Living in Luxury: Inside the World's Most Glamorous Homes
The most luxurious book of the year: an insider's look at some of the most opulent and exclusive homes in the world. Here are some twenty fabulous ... Show synopsis The most luxurious book of the year: an insider's look at some of the most opulent and exclusive homes in the world. Here are some twenty fabulous residences from around the world: from French country house to Manhattan loft, from Moroccan oasis to Florida oceanfront estate. They incorporate a remarkable range of architectural and interior styles, and cover every amenity: palatial reception rooms, vast kitchens, fully equipped home gyms, pool houses, and much more. An informative introduction gives the historical background to the development of the luxury real-estate market. It describes the ways in which international hotspots emerge, and profiles some of the most memorable personalities on the scene, from Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe, the founding father of the luxurious resort town of Marbella, to entrepreneurial figures like Andre Balazs and Ian Schrager. An invaluable property guide spells out the dos and don'ts of investing in luxury property for those who can and for those who like to dream: what to look for and what to avoid; the different types of property on offer--castle, mansion, villa; how to buy in the different international markets, and what to pay; and the basics one needs to know about the most important luxury markets worldwide. Complete with a foreword by Donald J. Trump and an afterword by Henriette von Bohlen und Halbach, this book reveals how a luxury property is an expression of personality and taste, a considerable financial asset, and the most telling status symbol of them all. 250 color illustrations.