What Is True Luxury Living?

Living in a luxury resort town is a treat in and of itself for everyone. But for some, it is the pinnacle of a true luxury lifestyle. Waking up every morning to the sights and sounds of the ocean or to views of the most beautiful snowcapped mountains are dreams that many have with very few experiencing on a daily basis.

But, what is the true luxury to this life? Is it just living in a home with these magnificent views or is it living in magnificent home with the views being only one of the perks? That is a question that requires some thought.

Walking up and down the beach or through villages at ski resorts, you see several styles of homes with only one common element…the views from the deck or porch facing the ocean or mountainside.

Imagine being able to sit in front of a wall of windows watching a storm churn out in the sea or sit by a big picture window in a cozy overstuffed chair watching thousands of snowflakes fall from the sky. This is what those who live in luxury do from their homes. Though, each home a different character and look to the home that exudes the needs and wants of the homeowners.

No matter the location of the home — beach town or a ski resort — many are lavishly appointed and perfectly decorated with every amenity you can conjure up. Think floor to ceiling windows, beautiful moldings, and huge kitchens with high-end appliances and shiny granite countertops, and beautiful elevators. On the outside, you find infinity pools appear to be one with the ocean or elaborate hot tubs with views of massive trees and the most beautiful mountains. As you stand and look out the window in a home of this caliber, you can’t help but think that you “have arrived.”

On the other end, there are cottages in the same locations with the same panoramic views that are much more simple and understated. Wooden porches with swings, modest kitchens and other rooms with tasteful, less chic decor are the mainstays of these quaint homes. Yet, for many, who can afford the ultimate in luxury, these homes are what they consider to be the highlight of luxury living. Here, the views from the windows and the feeling that comes with living so close to the most beautiful locations far outweigh any high end amenity that an estate might offer.

So, the question remains. What is luxury living? Who has it best? One definition of luxury is “free and habitual indulgence in or enjoyments of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well being.” Based on this, it seems that either way is considered luxury living.

The answer is in the eye of the beholder. Location, alone, is definitely a luxury but lavish improvements and enhancements are the icing on the cake to make the experience that much more gratifying!

What do you consider luxury?

We have our share of luxury homes in the Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Beach Luxury Homes are in excess of $600,000 and on up to $4,000,000 plus for direct waterfront. Lower prices are found in St. Pete Beach Luxury homes but there are many gorgeous homes in between Clearwater and St. Pete as well to consider.