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Thursday, January 19, 2012

style & real estate - hotel living edition

I have to admit there is very much a part of me that thinks the idea of hotel living Dylan McKay style a la Beverley Hills 90210 sounds heavenly. The concept of the hotel lifestyle and having all the deluxe amenities at your fingertips would be absolutely delightful. I can just picture coming home and thinking "I just don't feel like cooking dinner - how about room service???". Obviously room service is the best amenity and also the most dangerous but owning a home in any major hotel means you have the gym, parking (valet), door men, pools, spas and much more all at your disposal and usually at a discount to utilize. It also means high monthly maintenance fees to keep all these services in operation (sorta negates the discount spa services). I'm all about convenience fees living in the city but when they equal what a normal mortgage payment would be then it's a little out of control. Since I always keep my eye on the real estate market here in Boston I notice that there an abundance (for sale and for rent) luxury apartments in hotels around town. This had me thinking while all the obvious extras are such bonus's it just might not be enough to keep the value of your home. Everything associated with the hotels brand, chain and name is associated with your properties worth. If they don't take care of their grounds, guests and keep the hotels interiors in tip top shape then your homes value is in the gutter. Without focusing too much on the negative aspects and why investing in hotel real estate really isn't a good idea (in my opinion), let's go back to day dreaming of not having to lift a finger to do much and look at the gorgeous real estate available in hotels around Boston. Hotel living doesn't come cheap but let's be honest isn't it more fun to look at expensive real estate???

Life at the Intercontinental Residences with boasting harbor views & ultra modern living

Boston's Financial District

penthouse apartment

view 2 of the same room

master bath

gourmet kitchen

This condo can be your for $3.7 million

Life at the Mandarin Oriental in the heart of the city

Boston's Back Bay

Prudential & Copley shopping at your front door - danger, danger!

glamorous living at it's best - dramatic fireplace, sleek finishes & baby grand piano
helloooo herringbone wood floors - oh how I love you
giant soaking tub & double vanity
(I think this bathroom is the same size as my current place on the hill)
fireplace in the bedroom - sold
large white eat in kitchen - beautiful

This luxurious condo can be yours for $10.9 million

Life at the new W hotel

Boston's Theater District

this is definitely not my favorite location in town but story is it will clean up with new businesses like the W
(side note:  if the Ritz can't change the area they are in, not sure the W can!)

contemporary design & floor to ceiling windows

do love the grey washed wood floors but not sure I would ever do in a home

kitchen with breakfast bar

dark & cozy media room

This can condo can be yours for $3.2 million

Life at the Ritz Carlton

Downtown Boston 

huge entryway

massive living rooms
carpeted bedrooms - whats up with that??
not loving the kitchen with the spotlights everywhere

the view does not suck

This can condo can be yours for $8.9 million
(someone is high if they think this apartment will get that much money)

Is the hotel lifestyle for you???

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