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A Quick Glimpse into Theme Homes

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Most of us love everything custom-made these days, be it clothes, shoes or furniture. And now it’s time for custom homes. With a lot of Indians travelling to international destinations, be it for work or leisure, they are now getting increasingly aware of international trends, that extend to fashion, cuisines, lifestyles and homes. As a result, theme-based real estate development is gaining prominence amongst modern-day home-buyers.

This shift in consumer minds has in a way helped Indian real estate developers to make their project stand out from the rest. Here are a few distinct themes that are either becoming increasingly popular in India or are the country’s first:

Biophilic Architecture
Theme-HomesA design ethos that blends nature and architecture, the Biophillic style creates living spaces that are invigorating, inspiring and comforting. Incorporating natural elements like flowing water, green roofs and airy open living spaces help residents reconnect with nature. The local hillside ecology and topography are researched to design a master plan that helps the structures merge effortlesssly with the environment. Myst is India’s first such biophilic residential development that blends contemporary design seamlessly with the unique ecology of the Kasauli Hills. The expansive mountain views, indigenous plants, clean air and cascading streams add a new dimension to luxury living.

Mediterranean Style
14Mediterranean-themed homes like La Montana in Pune have terrace layouts that give you a great sense of space, while you breathe in fresh air thanks to the lush landscapes around. Porticos, classic arches, cut-stone facades and terracota railings are the highlights of the buildings. Stone, red-roof tiles, wrought iron and stucco are some of the elements which bring life to the Mediterranean concept. You can stroll along the township’s walkways and pebbled garden paths or lawns, passing through the open plazas and courtyards. All of these combined are no less than a treat to your soul.

Spanish Lifestyle & Architecture
15A style that revives the architectural trend of the early Spanish colonies, Santorini in Chennai offers distinctively conceptualised homes and intimate low-rise architecture. The exotic homes come with one-of-a-kind exclusive podium gardens, a lavish clubhouse with modern amenities and a vast expanse of green spaces. Truly, a lifestyle that is superlative and unparalleled!

       
       
       

Green Architecture
16Now here’s an invitation to holistic living with pre-certified green buildings that ensures cool air, with an increased ventilation of 30%, is funneled into homes with East-West orientation, providing ample light, while the south-facing sun-shading fins keeping the heat out. All of this is part of a master plan incorporating an interesting interplay of mid and high rise towers at Amantra, Mumbai that weaves in the elements of nature. There couldn’t be a better way than this to live green and eco-friendly.

A luxurious life has just got much more interesting with several such options for new home buyers. NRIs and HNIs are absolutely spoilt for choice. All one has to do is choose an ideal theme that reflects their personality. With an almost custom-made home, is there much to dream for? You are already living your dream, aren’t you?

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BUYING VACATION HOMES – WHAT ONE MUST CONSIDER!!!

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There’s a cold nip in the air. The festival lights that flicker like a pack of fireflies with the setting sun as the backdrop create a bokeh of memories that lead our thoughts in one direction- a holiday to a land far far away. Our hypothesis for such strong emotions is that these colourful lights seep into the essence of our being and stir deep seated emotions that are tantamount to relaxing holidays in far flung places; reasons that definitely push financial considerations into the background. And why not? The best vacation properties offer something right out of a Hollywood film (in our minds at least) – a view of the vast expanse of the sea, a mountain vista, a wooden cabin overlooking thick groves or a dock on a lake. Also a great retirement head start and an awesome, low cost destination for gatherings.

But flowery, quixotic dreams apart, before you invest in a vacation home keep in mind that you don’t have to buy the ultimate beach house with the high ceilings and French windows. It’s OK to start small. And also, it’s better if you don’t flow with emotions and spend more than you have to spare.

So what should you keep in mind before buying that ultimate vacation home which you would like to revisit every year?

Look for a place within three hours’ drive of a major metropolitan area or where you stay. Longer distances with difficult roads make weekend trips a pain. And this might turn you off from a visit to your vacation retreat.

Overenthusiasm could be a curse in the long run. Sometimes an investment opportunity seems so tempting that you can barely contain your enthusiasm. But buying a vacation rental property involves real estate, and it’s not like online shopping of shoes with 30-day return policies. So keep in mind your cash flow, the location, resell value etc.

The allure of vacation investment property is unmatched. One of the reasons is that whether you’re a skier, a lover of the beaches, or someone who dreams about fishing for 12 hours a day and scuba diving for the rest, there are homes available to meet a wide range of budgets/interests. Also vacation homes have long term profits. While all assets fluctuate in value in the short term, these properties retain their value mostly and even appreciate, simply because they are located in touristy/beautiful areas. So if you want to come back home with more than just a tan, a few souvenirs, instagrammed stories and a big hole in your pocket, take a soulful dip into the real estate world of vacation homes.

Here are some investment tips that you should keep in mind before buying a vacation home:

Buy only what you can afford even if you consider your vacation home as a potential way to earn income. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment.

Buy an existing home instead of land.

Work with an agent who knows the area.

Research all four seasons before you buy.