What Makes A Luxury Home Luxurious

By Alyssa Morrison |

At Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, we represent all property types and price points—and along with that moniker, it means many of our agents specialize in selling and marketing the most extraordinary and luxurious homes in Western Washington. Their intrinsic knowledge of the area combined with their specialization in estate homes means they often represent several multi-million-dollar sales a year. But what’s the difference between a $43-million estate, a $6-million home, and a beautiful home in the six-digit range? 

Today we’re looking at five basic factors that elevate a simply stunning home to something truly “luxe.”




Location is an essential cornerstone of luxury homes, and it can dramatically influence their appeal and desirability. Whether nestled on a tranquil waterfront, perched in an urban metropolis, secluded in the rural countryside, or boasting expansive acreage, the location sets the stage for luxury living. Waterfront properties offer breathtaking vistas, recreational opportunities, and an aura of exclusivity. Urban settings provide access to cultural amenities and conveniences. Rural retreats offer privacy, tranquility, and space. Acreage allows for expansive estates and custom landscaping, while generous square footage provides ample room for grand designs and lavish interiors. Ultimately, the location of a luxury home not only shapes its surroundings but also defines the lifestyle it offers, making it a crucial consideration for those seeking the epitome of extraordinary living.



The vistas experienced from luxury homes transcend bricks and mortar and become an integral part of a homeowner’s lifestyle. Through its panoramic cityscape that comes alive with twinkling lights at night or the serenity of nature stretching as far as the eye can see, the view elevates a home to something exceptional and adds immeasurable worth, both in the home’s emotional value as well as its listing price. The view also creates a daily connection to the surrounding world, bringing the outside in and turning a home into a retreat. 




Privacy is a paramount consideration in the design and location of luxury homes, showing the value of personal space and tranquility. It’s about creating a retreat from the fast-paced modern world amid an era of constant connectivity and surveillance. A luxury haven offers respite where the homeowners can unwind, free from prying eyes and noise pollution. That’s why luxury homes often feature expansive properties, gated entrances, and natural barriers that foster an atmosphere of exclusivity and solitude. This focus on privacy underscores the idea that a home is not just a physical structure but a sanctuary for rejuvenation and respite, a sentiment cherished by homeowners of diverse backgrounds.


Craftsmanship/Bespoke Features/Appliances


The craftsmanship of each element in a luxe home, from intricately coffered ceilings to ornate moldings or hand-carved woodwork, showcases the exceptional skill and dedication of the artisans involved. These details are more than embellishments—they are testaments to the artistry that goes into creating a sophisticated and striking residence. Once a luxury estate is designed and crafted, the appliances and furniture selected to create the finest living are just as important. That’s why many luxury home listings are sure to point out the appliances that will elevate the living experience including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Viking, and Thermador, to name a few. The result is a home that not only provides shelter but also serves as a work of art, a testament to the enduring value of expert craftsmanship in the world of luxury real estate.




Legacy homes often boast architectural beauty and craftsmanship that sets them apart. While some have historical significance due to their age, architectural style, or the prominent individuals who have lived in them, others may simply be recognized as historically or culturally important within a community and feature intricate detailing, fine materials, and unique designs that reflect the era in which they were built. Legacy homeowners often take great care to maintain the property’s original charm and character with renovations and updates that thoughtfully preserve the home’s historical and architectural integrity.


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