The number of rentals above the value of $50,000 has tripled since 2008 according to Bloomberg, and they're not set to plateau any time soon. But what sort of must-have amenities and benefits are you really gaining when you opt for one of these amazing luxury apartments?
If you're looking to upgrade your accomodation, here are a few of our top premium features to look out for during your apartment search.
1. Panoramic views
If you're opting for a city pad close to the office, search for a property that sits above the skyline or even a penthouse home, where you can enjoy spectacular views across the rooftops. Floor-to-ceiling windows are a must, especially if they also open out onto a terrace or balcony. Large windows allow light to flood in and make your new luxury flat feel even more spacious – just make sure you're not facing into any other buildings where your privacy could be hindered.
This amazing Upper West Side two bedroom apartment in New York shows how effective floor-to-ceiling windows can be, with views reaching towards the horizon and sweeping across the entire city. It also features two king bedrooms, two bathrooms and exceptional security standards.
2. Outdoor entertaining areas
When the summer months roll around, make sure you have some outdoor space to entertain in with a comfortable terrace or balcony. These options become even more impressive to your guests if they have a view to admire and a seating area where they can sit back and relax while you prepare their food on the barbecue. If you find a property during your apartment search with a large outdoor area, fill it with sun-loving plants and shrubs to create a relaxing spot to sit quietly and read after a long day.
This exclusive Hong Kong property features outdoor terraces to both the front and the rear of the property, allowing for excellent views across the verdant green landscape.
3. Gym and fitness facilities
Many amazing luxury apartments will also offer health and lifestyle benefits in the form of gym suites, pools and even spa rooms or saunas. You can exercise at your own convenience and in your own home without having to make time in your schedule to attend a public complex. If your gym is shared by your building, this could be a quiet and relaxed way of meeting your neighbours without the space feeling overcrowded.
When you're paying premium prices, the likelihood is that you're receiving a lot of extra room for your money. Think open-plan kitchen areas with plenty of storage and worktop space, as well as an area in the centre ideal for an island where your guests can perch and enjoy appetisers. Look out for amazing luxury apartments with high ceilings that allow for hanging chandeliers and plenty of art work on the walls without them looking cluttered.
This impressive property is one of the largest condominiums in Manhattan, offering over 10,000 sq. feet and with views that overlook the scenic Hudson River.
City apartment buildings containing premium flats are usually serviced by a whole team of helpful staff to help with upkeep and to provide other useful amenities. Search for a property with its own concierge who can call for taxis and make reservations for you, and have the cleaning service help with the maintenance of your apartment.
This turn-key bedroom apartment in Manhattan has three floors and a 24-hour white glove security service, as well as around-the-clock security.
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