The Luxury of a $500,000 Closet

Luxury Closets
February 9, 2013

by Roberta Murphy We’ve written about luxury closets in the past, but these days some are spending up  to $500,000 for luxe clothing storage that might include a champagne refrigerator, sound system, glass-enclosed display cabinets, wet bar or even a breakfast area. Gone are the simpler days of a luxurious dressing room. The master closet area has become a destination room. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on four luxurious…


Luxury Above La Costa

by Roberta Murphy At San Diego Previews, we deal with a number of people who are relocating to the San Diego area. They may be from from the East Coast, the desert, Bay area, Midwest or Europe, but all have pretty specific ideas about the lifestyle they anticipate in sunny Southern California. Many of these seekers are seasoned and affluent home buyers–ones who can be pretty specific about the features…

December 28, 2009

Urban Luxury Near the Beach

by Roberta Murphy When the combination of urban luxury and sandy beaches come together, we might think of high rises in Miami, Los Angeles, La Jolla or Honolulu. San Diego County now boasts a second urban and beach destination: Oceanside Terraces, the new luxury midrise residence in downtown Oceanside. We spend a great deal of time here and  think we are in heaven, because we are dealing with amazed guests…

October 19, 2008

7 Bargaining Secrets for Luxury Home Buyers

by Roberta Murphy If this is the worst real estate market (for sellers) in recent history, then surely it creates some of the best buying opportunities of a lifetime as well. We are seeing smart money aggressively buying in our San Diego real estate market, and hear reports of the same elsewhere. The properties are being bought as fix-and-flippers or are being held as longer term rentals. We receive inquiries…

August 11, 2008

Nouveau Luxury Home Buyers: Instapreneurs

by Roberta Murphy Who are these young and ultra-affluent buyers of homes in Rancho Santa Fe, Palm Beach, La Jolla, Aspen and Manhattan? Robert Frank, in his best-seller Richistan, calls them instapreneurs (didn’t he coin the term?). These are the new titans in technologies, who have benefited from a rise in financial speculation and governments that support free trade and wealth. Instapreneurs are not plodders when it comes to accumulating…

April 23, 2008

A Luxury Home Bargain: Rancho Santa Fe Farms

by Scott Murphy Discriminating luxury home buyers in the San Diego area are starting to raise sophisticated eyebrows at some of the better real estate buys in luxury neighborhoods such as Rancho Santa Fe. One of the best buys on the market these days is a magnificent 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath single story estate on two level acres that was recently remodeled. This Rancho Santa Fe Farms home features a lagoon pool,…

March 8, 2008

The Luxury Shower (and 5 Tips on How to Create One)

by Roberta Murphy Once upon a time, the lowly shower offered faint competition for the jetted bathtub. The bathtub was where one went to luxuriate, while the shower was a functional cleanser. Not any more. These days the lowly shower is one of the hottest home luxuries in demand. The shower stall might contain a steam shower, a multi-headed storm of warm water, or simply a place to stand under…

February 29, 2008

Commission Conundrum with Luxury Real Estate

by Roberta Murphy A year or so ago, real estate circles were abuzz with argument and discussion about the pros and cons of discount real estate services and commissions. Discounter Redfin had opened with one agent in San Diego, and their CEO Glenn Kelman promised that real estate discounters would turn the real estate brokerage business either upside down or inside out (I dont recall which). Beating Kelman at his…

November 12, 2007

What Do Luxury Home Buyers Expect from their Agents?

by Roberta Murphy This is Part One of an ongoing series about Luxury Home Buyers, their expectations, origins and trends. This first article in the series will look at these buyers and what they expect from their luxury real estate agents. For some reason, I thought market knowledge and keen negotiating skills would head the list for luxury home buyers, but a recent 2007 membership survey conducted by the Luxury…

September 26, 2007

Luxury Home Digest Makes “Top 100 Real Estate Blogs”

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September 10, 2007

by Roberta Murphy It came as a total surprise when I received an email from International Listings that Luxury Home Digest had been tapped as one of the top 8 Home Buying blogs in the country–and one of the top 100 Real Estate Blogs. WOW! I join the other winners in this category in thanking the judges at International Listings for this special real estate honor: Barbara Corcoran Ink: Barbara…