Property listing on luxury condominiums can surely leave you drooling at the descriptions linked to them. Experts, however, warn us not to be easily swept away by the amenities offered. Vanessa Grout, who writes for Forbes, defines luxury as “something extraordinary-something endowed with advantages that don’t easily depreciate.”
She advises that, “We must look for those qualities that time doesn’t change: location, unobstructed views and light, architectural uniqueness, ceiling heights and sheer square footage. And shrug at the stuff that doesn’t matter.”
1. Valet Parking.
Sure it’s nice to have valet available for your guests, but it’s more important to understand your every day parking needs. Secured garage parking and easy access to your residence is the true luxury. Alteza in San Antonio provides convenient carts and direct access to the resident levels, 25 floors above the Grand Hyatt. The building concierge team returns the carts to the garage for future use. The Grand Hyatt valet is also available when the occasion calls.
2. Space-age materials.
Although engineered materials from the factory may appear really good, the fact is they are not the real thing. Avoid materials that are not familiar with you and instead focus on those that are made of high quality and timeless materials like metals, stone and natural wood. Floor-to-ceiling glass that captures panoramic city views is one of the best amenities of all.
3. Finishes and fixtures.
There are properties with finishes and fixtures that would qualify as a work of art-no need to give too much weight on them. These fixtures you will fall in love with will be ripped by the next owner of that unit. Look for quality you can trust from brand names like Sub Zero.
4. The Doorman.
Foremost, they do not have the responsibility of intervening with security matters. As to their receiving mails and packages while you are away, a dedicated building concierge staff should handle that. Many think that installing cameras and putting up a virtual doorman systems is as good as having a fully staffed building, but a camera doesn’t answer the phone when you need a helping hand. Alteza’s staff is available 24/7 and is ready to service your needs after you pass through the door or even when you’re away from home.
5. Superfluous Amenities.
The truth is, the frivolous ones are the most seductive for first-time luxury buyers: champagne chambers, complimentary lobby breakfasts, large-scale entertainment rooms, libraries, massage rooms, mini-golf greens, pet spas, and many more. Consider that there is no lasting value to these. You may also ask yourself, if you were going to host a party, would it be in your condo’s entertainment room? What you’re really looking for are the places that help you relax on a daily basis. A great gym and a private pool are important, but so is access to nearby outdoor amenities for jogging, biking, walking and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
Alteza above the Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Antonio fits the bill when it comes to delivering just the right mix. To review the list of standard features, click here.