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Leading with Confidence

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September 29, 2022

Leading with Confidence

In times of uncertainty, we often look to our real estate leaders to make predictions with confidence. How are rising interest rates and a downturn in the stock market going to impact the luxury property market? What about geopolitical events like the Ukraine war, China’s COVID lockdowns, energy prices, or climate change? Will the insatiable seller’s market of the last few years transition into a balanced or a buyer’s market? It is a complex and moving picture of our present moment. Predictions don’t come easy to anyone ­– not even a luxury real estate leader with an 89-year legacy that has experienced a real estate cycle or two! Of course, the difficulty in forecasting hasn’t prevented the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® team from looking for ideas to help our Luxury Property Specialists and their clients manage an uncertain future. One of those ideas is an incredible resource we’ve developed for the first time. Simply called “The Trend Report” and meant to be a companion piece to our annual “The Report,” this valuable, data-driven source of content is just weeks away from being released to the world! For The Trend Report, we offer a perspective on real estate with a big-picture lens. While our focus often tends to shift to short-term concerns during uncertain times, it’s important to keep a long-term view. We consulted with a range of experts who helped us identify several major trends expected to redefine high-end real estate for 2022, but also for the next several years. Our hope is that Luxury Property Specialists can use these trends to help their clients chart their next real estate moves and make decisions for the future. We want to help them navigate the waters of uncertainty with stability and confidence. Whether the world is at war or at peace; whether the economy is growing or shrinking; or whether we are in a buyer’s market or seller’s market, there is also confidence in knowing that a blue-chip brand like Coldwell Banker – who has been around since 1906 – is behind them. I can’t wait to share The Trend Report with you! The post Leading with Confidence appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

The Purosangue: Ferrari’s First Four-Door

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September 29, 2022

The Purosangue: Ferrari’s First Four-Door

Rolls-Royce has one. Bentley has one. When Lamborghini launched theirs, they created a frenzy. It’s the ultra-luxury SUV, and now it’s Ferrari’s turn. The Italian supercar manufacturer just introduced the Purosangue, its first ever four-door, four-seater. Just don’t call it an SUV. Ferrari insists the Purosangue is an “authentic Ferrari four-door sports car.” The car’s performance is certainly Ferrari-like, boasting a naturally aspirated V-12 engine with 715 horsepower and the ability to rev to 8250 rpm. Per Ferrari, the Purosangue has 80 percent of its total torque available at lower revs like 2100 rpm, can go from 0-62 miles per hour (mph) in 3.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 193 mph. Hence, the name Purosangue, which is Italian for “thoroughbred.” This non-SUV SUV can gallop. And it does so smoothly, with a brand-new configuration that vastly improves on the handling seen in typical sports utility or crossover vehicles. “The average modern GT’s engine is mounted forwards in the car, almost straddling the front axle with the gearbox coupled directly to it,” according to a Ferrari news release. “This results in less than optimal weight distribution that delivers driving dynamics and driving pleasure well short of the standards of excellence to which Prancing Horse clients and enthusiasts have become accustomed. The Purosangue, on the other hand, has a mid-front-mounted engine with the gearbox at the rear to create a sporty transaxle layout.” This configuration creates near-equal weight distribution. Couple that with Ferrari’s new active suspension system for exceptional stability, carbon fiber roof for weight reduction, and low-lying seats for that authentic Ferrari feel, and the Purosangue delivers the kind of handling you’d expect in one of its marquee sports cars. This isn’t Ferrari’s first foray into four-seater territory. The Portofino, the Roma, the FF, a couple of GT models — they all had rear seats. Undersized, narrow seats that were challenging to climb in and out of, and largely unsuitable for actual humans for more than a jaunt around the block. The Purosangue has rear-hinged back doors for easy ingress and egress, leading to four standard size, heated seats that adjust completely and fold forward to increase the already-substantial luggage space. The Purosangue’s interior also includes heated front seats with a massage function; an optional all-glass roof; leather, Alcantara, and carbon-fiber trims; sustainable materials; and dual screens — one each for the driver and front passenger so each can participate in the driving experience,” said Ferrari. “Many Ferraris have made combining benchmark performance with first class comfort one of the pillars of their success,” they said. “Now…Ferrari has created a car that is unique on the world stage: not only do performance, driving pleasure and comfort coexist in perfect harmony, but it is also a peerless encapsulation of the Prancing Horse’s iconic DNA.” The Purosangue will start hitting roads in the United States next year, with an expected price tag around $400,000. The post The Purosangue: Ferrari’s First Four-Door appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Inside Ferrari’s First 4-Door, 4-Seater

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September 29, 2022

Inside Ferrari’s First 4-Door, 4-Seater

Rolls-Royce has one. Bentley has one. When Lamborghini launched theirs, they created a frenzy. It’s the ultra-luxury SUV, and now it’s Ferrari’s turn. The Italian supercar manufacturer just introduced the Purosangue, its first ever four-door, four-seater. Just don’t call it an SUV. Ferrari insists the Purosangue is an “authentic Ferrari four-door sports car.” The car’s performance is certainly Ferrari-like, boasting a naturally aspirated V-12 engine with 715 horsepower and the ability to rev to 8250 rpm. Per Ferrari, the Purosangue has 80 percent of its total torque available at lower revs like 2100 rpm, can go from 0-62 miles per hour (mph) in 3.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 193 mph. Hence, the name Purosangue, which is Italian for “thoroughbred.” This non-SUV SUV can gallop. And it does so smoothly, with a brand-new configuration that vastly improves on the handling seen in typical sports utility or crossover vehicles. “The average modern GT’s engine is mounted forwards in the car, almost straddling the front axle with the gearbox coupled directly to it,” according to a Ferrari news release. “This results in less than optimal weight distribution that delivers driving dynamics and driving pleasure well short of the standards of excellence to which Prancing Horse clients and enthusiasts have become accustomed. The Purosangue, on the other hand, has a mid-front-mounted engine with the gearbox at the rear to create a sporty transaxle layout.” This configuration creates near-equal weight distribution. Couple that with Ferrari’s new active suspension system for exceptional stability, carbon fiber roof for weight reduction, and low-lying seats for that authentic Ferrari feel, and the Purosangue delivers the kind of handling you’d expect in one of its marquee sports cars. This isn’t Ferrari’s first foray into four-seater territory. The Portofino, the Roma, the FF, a couple of GT models — they all had rear seats. Undersized, narrow seats that were challenging to climb in and out of, and largely unsuitable for actual humans for more than a jaunt around the block. The Purosangue has rear-hinged back doors for easy ingress and egress, leading to four standard size, heated seats that adjust completely and fold forward to increase the already-substantial luggage space. The Purosangue’s interior also includes heated front seats with a massage function; an optional all-glass roof; leather, Alcantara, and carbon-fiber trims; sustainable materials; and dual screens — one each for the driver and front passenger so each can participate in the driving experience,” said Ferrari. “Many Ferraris have made combining benchmark performance with first class comfort one of the pillars of their success,” they said. “Now…Ferrari has created a car that is unique on the world stage: not only do performance, driving pleasure and comfort coexist in perfect harmony, but it is also a peerless encapsulation of the Prancing Horse’s iconic DNA.” The Purosangue will start hitting roads in the United States next year, with an expected price tag around $400,000. The post Inside Ferrari’s First 4-Door, 4-Seater appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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September 28, 2022

Joseph Gorny-Designed Private Residence in Alamo

Mediterranean architecture has a long, storied history in California. The celebrated architectural style – with its earth-based palette of materials, simple massing of forms, courtyard planning, shady arcades, and integration with the landscape – never seems to lose its luster for Californians in search of living environments that suit both their lifestyle and the local climate. Architect Joseph Gorny thoughtfully applied these inspirations to a custom Alamo estate he designed in 2006 while also reimagining the Mediterranean vernacular with a contemporary twist. The residence still manages to feel every bit as timeless as it did the day it was built. Adorning the interiors of over 5,700 square feet are marble floors, Venetian plaster walls, soaring ceilings outlined in coffered, arched, and beamed details, and distressed Walnut hardwood floors. These expressions, along with the home’s quality materials and craftsmanship, lend to an atmosphere that feels sophisticated and gallery-like. The home’s location – on a gated private lane – further elevates the feeling of sanctuary.  Each way you look, there is something to enthrall you: textured walls and ceilings, brass finishes, elegant chandeliers, and custom built-ins. A formal living room, flanked by two sets of French doors, leads to the backyard for effortless entertaining. The breezy dining room also opens to the outdoors, in true California-Mediterranean spirit. Opening from the family room, the gourmet kitchen delights with a butler’s pantry/wet bar, three ovens, dual dishwashers, and a vast center island – giving this multi-functional space every imaginable convenience to handle gatherings. Beyond, the backyard, side yard, and courtyard have been transformed into a fluid, magazine-worthy entertaining oasis.  Slate stone embellishments and an attached loggia comprised of a shiplapped ceiling and fan, built-in speakers plus a gas fireplace give the entire area the vibe of an outdoor living room. An executive office, five bedrooms, wine cellar, and unique au pair setup on the lower level with a separate entry complete the home. Luxurious yet relaxed, the residence stands as a true ode to California living. View the complete listing by Jon and Camille Ahern of Coldwell Banker Realty in Danville. The post Joseph Gorny-Designed Private Residence in Alamo appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

10 Over $10 Million: September 2022 Edition

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September 26, 2022

10 Over $10 Million: September 2022 Edition

If you are looking for your own personal wonderland, look no further than this month’s collection of 10 Over $10 million listings from the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program. 13000-13001 Lewin Ln Southwest Ranches, FL. $ 54,000,000 Available for the first time on the market, this dreamy resort-style gated compound in Southwest Ranches boasts over 11 acres with manicured grounds and two French Provincial mansions separated by a large private lake and fountains. No expense has been spared using only the finest materials and amenities, including movie theaters, soaring ceilings, expansive living, dining, entertaining areas, sumptuous bedroom suites, and outdoor entertaining areas with infinity pools, covered lounges, summer kitchens, bars, hibachis and more. Listed by Jill Eber and Jonathan Mann of Coldwell Banker Realty in Miami Beach 277 St Pierre Rd Los Angeles, CA. $ 52,000,000 This exquisite 36,000-square-foot villa is one of the few trophy compounds positioned on St. Pierre, one of Bel Air’s most prized streets. Fresh off a major renovation, the 8-bedroom estate offers every conceivable amenity fit for a Los Angeles luxury lifestyle – from an indoor pool to a bowling alley, gym, indoor racquetball court, cinema, 2-story living room, and vast sophisticated entertaining spaces. An entertainment center/guest house of approximately 20,000 square feet resides in the rear of the property. Wrought iron gates and mature redwood trees shroud the estate in complete privacy. Listed by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills  790 Lake Rd Miami, FL. $ 39,000,000 One look at this all-new tropical waterfront masterpiece, and it will be clear why they call it “Casa Moderne.”  On its way to being completed, the residence is sheathed in a Miami modern aesthetic and privately located at the end of a cul-de-sac in Bay Point, Miami’s most secluded gated community. In addition to boasting the only approved rooftop terrace in Bay Point with 360 degrees of unobstructed views of the bay and Miami’s skyline, the home is highlighted by ultra-high-end finishes accentuated with natural stones, drop ceilings, floor-to-ceiling impact glass doors, a floating staircase, Italian glass doors, state-of-the-art kitchen, see-through wine cellar, fireplace, elevator, and a lap pool. Six ensuite bedrooms reveal balconies and panoramic views. Perfect for the entertainer at heart. Listed by Ana Rodriguez of Coldwell Banker Realty in Coral Gables 34 Beverly Park Circle Beverly Hills, CA. $ 35,000,000 Set in Beverly Park, a favorite celebrity haven due to its privacy and guarded entrance, this gated Tuscan-style estate brings together impeccably renovated interiors that offer a contemporary interpretation of an Italian villa. Gallery-like spaces and breathtaking rooms for grand-scale entertaining combine in over 52,000 square feet set on 1.2 acres. Among the estate’s standout amenities: a mahogany library, eight bedrooms, a wine cellar, guesthouse, gym, sauna/steam shower, four-car garage, and a captivating outdoor setting with a pool, pool house with wet bar, and covered dining terrace, all surrounded by manicured gardens.  Listed by Katelyn Bird of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills 413 W Smuggler Street Aspen, CO. $ 11,990,000 The West End is one of Aspen’s most desirable locations – which makes this stunningly well-kept 4,800 square-foot residence all the more special. An open floorplan defined by natural light inspires endless memories. Three ensuite bedrooms, including a generous primary suite framing mountain views, live above grade. The lower level secondary living area makes for the perfect recreation area or space to add a 4th bedroom. Best of all? You’re walking distance to the Benedict Music Tent and Aspen Institute, and a short bike ride to town. Listed by Richard Rosin and Chris Souki of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse 2181 3rd Avenue Napa, CA. $ 35,000,000 It doesn’t get more wonderland-like than a bucolic Napa Valley vineyard estate. Created from the 1800s settlement of Napa’s founder, Nathan Coombs, the Meteor Vineyard Estate is a rare and prestigious offering on approximately 34 acres consisting of an architecturally significant residence and an esteemed, highly profitable ultra-premium vineyard that has been called the Grand Cru of the Coombsville region. The gated oasis is anchored by an over 13,200 square-foot residential compound designed by Cutler Anderson, which includes a four-bedroom main home, a three-bedroom second dwelling, and a studio. The enveloping 22.58 acres are Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grape vines, and at the property’s highest point, an iconic valley oak. Listed by Cyd Greer of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley 1030 Galleon Dr Naples, FL. $ 25,900,000 A waterfront paradise awaits you in this private gated Naples masterpiece. Situated in treasured Port Royal along the breathtaking waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the estate brings the quintessential Florida lifestyle right to your doorstep – where you can park your yacht in the back and you’re only minutes from the exclusive Private Port Royal Club. The residence itself spans over 6,400 square feet with interiors complemented by dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass windows that capture open water views. Completing the home are five bedrooms, seven baths, a sauna, an office, open balconies, and a four-car garage. Beyond, an oversized swimming pool, lush grounds with space for play, direct gulf access from an 80-foot concrete dock, and a jet ski lift will quite literally keep you anchored to the Naples lifestyle. Listed by Beverly Stevens of Coldwell Banker Realty in Naples 25365 Prado De La Felicidad Calabasas, CA. $ 29,990,000 Nestled in quiet Calabasas, a tony suburb about 27 miles outside of Los Angeles, La Maison Blanche is an architectural masterpiece of unparalleled craftsmanship and sited on over an acre of lushly landscaped grounds. The grand 17,000-square-foot estate unites six total bedroom suites, a separate guest house, and sophisticated entertaining areas, from the spectacular living room and formal dining room to the paneled library, spacious family room, home theater with adjoining wet bar, game room, and large private office. A chef’s kitchen offers an oversized center island, leading to a breakfast room with stunning views. A country club backyard beckons with breathtaking views, sweeping lawns, and a 110-foot pool featuring incredible waterfall, infinity edge, and bridges. Listed by Gary Gold of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills 209 Northside Road Bellevue, WA. 98004 $11,000,000 As the Seattle area’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, Bellevue is no stranger to eye-catching estate properties. This striking view residence, custom-built for the current owner to meld modern luxury with the ultimate setting for living and entertaining, masterfully follows in this local tradition. A location only minutes from downtown Bellevue manages to feel worlds away with a gated drive that envelopes you in total privacy. Soaring ceilings and walls of windows showcase the views in over 10,000 square feet. Meant to be highly livable for the modern family, the floorplan creates effortless flow – especially in the kitchen and adjacent family room, but also if you transition your guests from the main level to the lower level, which features the ultimate party room, bar, movie theater, and home gym. The main level also prioritizes indoor/outdoor flow with Nano doors open to an entertaining terrace with built-in heaters and a BBQ. Seven ensuite bedrooms complete the home. Listed by Lisa Turnure of Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle. 608 Seminary Drive Mill Valley, CA. $ 14,500,000 Built by the renowned builder of the year, Jeff King, in collaboration with G2 Design, this unique high-end remodel transformed a Mediterranean-style estate into a fresh, modern home featuring beautiful and highly usable custom solutions that take advantage of the water views, quality of light, and lush tree-filled property. Located just 15 minutes from San Francisco, this coveted Strawberry estate is ideal for enjoying the best of luxury indoor-outdoor organic living. A fusion of grand scale – the home measures approximately 6,500 square feet –with rich and natural materials give it enduring warmth and comfort. The floorplan is comprised of five bedrooms including the decadent primary suite, four full baths and two half baths, an exquisite central living room, an enormous family room, and the ultimate chef’s kitchen appointed with a spacious custom dining area – perfect for entertaining large groups or small. Beyond, a 3-car garage, private auto-court, expansive yard, multiple living room-style patios, and an infinity-edge pool/spa inspire the home’s next owner to live their best life yet. Listed by Joshua Deitch of Coldwell Banker Realty in Mill Valley The post 10 Over $10 Million: September 2022 Edition appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

A Gorgeous Coral Gables Mansion for the Water (and Design) Enthusiast

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September 24, 2022

A Gorgeous Coral Gables Mansion for the Water (and Design) Enthusiast

In Florida’s Coral Gables community, waterfront homes often double as parking spaces for boats. This recently listed Gables Estates residence by Judy and Nathan Zeder of Coldwell Banker Realty-affiliated The Jills Zeder Group is no exception – but it elevates the idea of waterfront living with clean, sophisticated high design. Offered on the market for $39,900,000, the 18,045 square-foot Mediterranean Revival is effortlessly spacious with 223 feet of prime waterfront to match. Of course, there is a private dock for your prized watercraft, which will surely please the serious yachter. But for the person who appreciates beautiful things? The light, bright, airy interiors forgo overly flashy nods to glamour in favor of serenity and natural beauty. A calming neutral color palette sets the backdrop for an undeniably relaxing atmosphere meant for casually refined living and entertaining. A unique blend of natural materials, bespoke finishes, state-of-the-art amenities and designer elements lift every room. A grand hallway leads to a beautiful living room, a formal dining room, a great room, and an eye-dazzling chef’s kitchen with a sweeping center island and Miele, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. For parties, you’ll have seamless flow to the expansive outdoor terrace with lounging and dining areas, an outdoor kitchen and an infinity-edge pool and spa that cascades to manicured landscaping. A total of nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and two half bathrooms offer privacy for everyone. The principal bedroom suite presents a haven that’s pure luxury with a balcony, spa-like dual baths and walk-in closets. Other highlights include a gym, office, media room, elevator and staff quarters. A playground and lush lawn invite the next owner to enjoy a true resort-like lifestyle. Naturally. The post A Gorgeous Coral Gables Mansion for the Water (and Design) Enthusiast appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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September 22, 2022

Florida Lakefront Estate Is a Golf and Water Sports Enthusiast’s Dream

Stunning water views. Captivating sunsets. A location on the 15th hole of a prestigious championship golf course and 150 feet of lake frontage. This Windermere, Florida dream estate checks all the boxes. Perfectly situated on the shores of Lake Butler and the 15th hole of Isleworth’s prestigious championship golf course, the residence spans over 11,000 square feet with three levels of family living and entertaining. Distinctive details and a collection of amenities lift the home to elevated status. A gracious two-story foyer opens to an abundance of natural light and unencumbered views of the lake from each room. Striking chandeliers, a massive stone fireplace, and a private balcony define the living room. A designer gourmet kitchen, complete with a large center island and luxury appliances such as Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Bosch, opens to the family room, dining room, and breakfast nook with sweeping water views. A butler’s bar is convenient when entertaining. Pet owners will also appreciate the pet washing station in the laundry room. A total of six bedrooms ensure a large extended family plenty of privacy.  Grand and luxurious, the owner’s suite includes a sitting room and balcony to watch the sunsets. A hotel-rivaling bath with a back-lit granite jetted tub and custom-designed master closet. Upstairs are five remaining full bedroom suites, including a separate guest/in-law’s wing accessible by a half flight of stairs or entrance from the home’s private elevator. A lower-level entertaining space offers every kind of leisure amenity imaginable, from a gym, bonus/recreation room, movie room with snack and beverage bar, wine cellar and a spectacular billiards and card room with full bar. Paying homage to its location, a golf simulator room also awaits. Last but not least –an array of outdoor amenities await – including a pool and spa, plus a private covered boat dock with lifts to accommodate a boat and 2 jet skis. All of this is located behind the manned gates of Isleworth, offering one of the most exclusive private clubs and golf courses in the world. View the complete listing by Terri Schon of Coldwell Banker Realty in Orlando. The post Florida Lakefront Estate Is a Golf and Water Sports Enthusiast’s Dream appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Beyond First Class: Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers

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September 19, 2022

Beyond First Class: Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers

Travel, even with a first-class ticket in hand, can try any passenger’s patience, jostling with long lines at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and customs checkpoints, consuming mass-produced meals and enduring overcrowded lounges before boarding. But a company called PS ensures pampered treatment for commercial airline customers before and after flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The company recently introduced the same services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the world’s busiest. Mounting frustrations over air travel have led to an explosion of private jet charters and fractional aircraft ownership programs, but PS eliminates most of the irritations over flying commercial airlines. Founded in 2017 as The Private Suite, PS is essentially an exclusive luxury terminal with a wide range of resources, including a stylish lounge called The Salon, private VIP suites in which to refresh before boarding, a no-hassle TSA checkpoint and chauffeured luxury sedan transportation directly to the aircraft. Noting the concept already exists internationally, PS co-CEO Amina Porter explains, “Airports in the U.S. are becoming increasingly congested, and with so much innovation happening inside the plane cabin, we felt there was an opportunity to improve the airport experience.” To illustrate that vision, she posits, “Imagine boarding a commercial flight without having to see a counter, line, crowd or gate!” While airports in the U.S. have increasingly focused on security, Porter insists that PS offers luxury and privacy without compromising security. Joining PS means never standing in line again for TSA checks — and upon return the routine is equally seamless, including clearing customs privately and painlessly. This is how celebrities travel, but Porter says of her clientele, “Our members range from public figures to businesspeople to couples splurging on their honeymoon.” She adds, “They choose PS, whether occasionally or regularly, because they know PS upgrades their travel experience in a stress-free, luxurious way.” While membership has its advantages, anybody can reserve PS services for a special trip. Non-member rates are currently $995 for use of the club-like Salon and $4,650 for a private suite that accommodates four or more. All-access annual membership fees are currently $4,850, which includes discounted or complimentary services throughout the year. PS never shuttered during the pandemic, and Porter reports travelers’ desire to avoid large crowds naturally sparked increased interest in her services. “PS has benefited from travelers prioritizing safety and social distancing. Not only did we invent socially distant luxury, but our members absolutely love eliminating traffic, lines, shared surfaces, crowded concourses, and gate areas as they’re getting back in the groove of regular travel, says the hospitality executive. The company used the pandemic-induced slowdown in air travel to enhance and expand its physical environments. “We took the low travel volumes as an opportunity to not only upgrade our existing spaces — the private suites, outdoor garden, the kitchen — but also introduce a brand-new concept: a social lounge at PS named The Salon,” reports Porter. “We worked with celebrity interior designer Cliff Fong to create the exact aesthetic we were looking for: a residential, collected and elevated ambiance that feels a world away from an airport lounge,” she explains. The PS facility, located on the opposite side of the runways from the main terminal buildings at LAX, is about a two-mile drive on access roads unburdened by L.A.’s typically horrendous traffic. The most accessible space within the PS facility is the tastefully designed Salon — with its sleek bar and cushy lounge furniture it has the air of a buzzworthy Beverly Hills restaurant — that is the equivalent to a private social club at the airport. The company’s 20,000-square-foot building at LAX also contains 12 private suites, each attended to by a professional staff ranging from onsite concierge to private chauffeur. “It takes no less than eight PS team members to make the magic of a suite experience happen,” relates Porter. For the suites, designer Fong created a sophisticated residential aesthetic with soothing color palettes, high-end finishes, thoughtfully curated artwork, and coffee table volumes from Paris-founded publisher/bookseller Assouline. Each suite offers a pantry loaded with high-quality products, an equally well-stocked bar, cushy daybeds and marble-clad bathrooms complete with Japanese smart toilets. A generous supply of complimentary toiletries, beauty products and over-the-counter medications are provided to ensure a safe, comfortable journey. The PS suites, which have the relaxed feel of high-end condominiums, can be enjoyed up to three hours before or after a flight. Supplementing the pantry and bar resources is high-end cuisine created in the company’s onsite commercial kitchen, but special requests are always accommodated. For an additional fee, guests can order food from anywhere in town, whether it be Spago or In-N-Out Burger, the latter very much in demand by Angelenos returning home after a long trip away from their favorite fast-food fix. Other amenities facilitated by PS staff include in-suite massages, manicures or hair styling, and the pandemic made physician visits a popular request among members. When it is time to board one’s flight, private TSA checks are conducted inside the PS facility (sans the excruciating lines, of course), after which guests are escorted to a BMW 7-Series sedan for the short drive to their flight. PS clients are delivered directly to the aircraft, where they board either first or last, thereby avoiding the congestion and lines experienced at the gate. Illustrating the ease of PS’ door-to-door transition, Porter notes that the entire distance from automobile to airplane door at LAX is a mere 70 steps for her clients, compared to approximately 2,200 steps for the average passenger. With sedan service, private customs check and suite availability, the return leg is equally agreeable. And with the company’s optional PS Direct service, passengers can be whisked directly from their arriving aircraft to their final destination, such as a corporate office, hotel or home. After successfully debuting in Atlanta this year, Porter envisions an ambitious expansion for PS, providing far greater numbers of passengers an opportunity to experience air travel in a luxurious new way. “We want to be in every major U.S. airport,” says the pioneering travel and hospitality entrepreneur. By Roger Grody This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates magazine.            The post Beyond First Class: Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers: The Private Suite

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September 19, 2022

Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers: The Private Suite

Travel, even with a first-class ticket in hand, can try any passenger’s patience, jostling with long lines at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and customs checkpoints, consuming mass-produced meals and enduring overcrowded lounges before boarding. But a company called PS ensures pampered treatment for commercial airline customers before and after flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The company recently introduced the same services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the world’s busiest. Mounting frustrations over air travel have led to an explosion of private jet charters and fractional aircraft ownership programs, but PS eliminates most of the irritations over flying commercial airlines. Founded in 2017 as The Private Suite, PS is essentially an exclusive luxury terminal with a wide range of resources, including a stylish lounge called The Salon, private VIP suites in which to refresh before boarding, a no-hassle TSA checkpoint and chauffeured luxury sedan transportation directly to the aircraft. Noting the concept already exists internationally, PS co-CEO Amina Porter explains, “Airports in the U.S. are becoming increasingly congested, and with so much innovation happening inside the plane cabin, we felt there was an opportunity to improve the airport experience.” To illustrate that vision, she posits, “Imagine boarding a commercial flight without having to see a counter, line, crowd or gate!” While airports in the U.S. have increasingly focused on security, Porter insists that PS offers luxury and privacy without compromising security. Joining PS means never standing in line again for TSA checks — and upon return the routine is equally seamless, including clearing customs privately and painlessly. This is how celebrities travel, but Porter says of her clientele, “Our members range from public figures to businesspeople to couples splurging on their honeymoon.” She adds, “They choose PS, whether occasionally or regularly, because they know PS upgrades their travel experience in a stress-free, luxurious way.” While membership has its advantages, anybody can reserve PS services for a special trip. Non-member rates are currently $995 for use of the club-like Salon and $4,650 for a private suite that accommodates four or more. All-access annual membership fees are currently $4,850, which includes discounted or complimentary services throughout the year. PS never shuttered during the pandemic, and Porter reports travelers’ desire to avoid large crowds naturally sparked increased interest in her services. “PS has benefited from travelers prioritizing safety and social distancing. Not only did we invent socially distant luxury, but our members absolutely love eliminating traffic, lines, shared surfaces, crowded concourses, and gate areas as they’re getting back in the groove of regular travel, says the hospitality executive. The company used the pandemic-induced slowdown in air travel to enhance and expand its physical environments. “We took the low travel volumes as an opportunity to not only upgrade our existing spaces — the private suites, outdoor garden, the kitchen — but also introduce a brand-new concept: a social lounge at PS named The Salon,” reports Porter. “We worked with celebrity interior designer Cliff Fong to create the exact aesthetic we were looking for: a residential, collected and elevated ambiance that feels a world away from an airport lounge,” she explains. The PS facility, located on the opposite side of the runways from the main terminal buildings at LAX, is about a two-mile drive on access roads unburdened by L.A.’s typically horrendous traffic. The most accessible space within the PS facility is the tastefully designed Salon — with its sleek bar and cushy lounge furniture it has the air of a buzzworthy Beverly Hills restaurant — that is the equivalent to a private social club at the airport. The company’s 20,000-square-foot building at LAX also contains 12 private suites, each attended to by a professional staff ranging from onsite concierge to private chauffeur. “It takes no less than eight PS team members to make the magic of a suite experience happen,” relates Porter. For the suites, designer Fong created a sophisticated residential aesthetic with soothing color palettes, high-end finishes, thoughtfully curated artwork, and coffee table volumes from Paris-founded publisher/bookseller Assouline. Each suite offers a pantry loaded with high-quality products, an equally well-stocked bar, cushy daybeds and marble-clad bathrooms complete with Japanese smart toilets. A generous supply of complimentary toiletries, beauty products and over-the-counter medications are provided to ensure a safe, comfortable journey. The PS suites, which have the relaxed feel of high-end condominiums, can be enjoyed up to three hours before or after a flight. Supplementing the pantry and bar resources is high-end cuisine created in the company’s onsite commercial kitchen, but special requests are always accommodated. For an additional fee, guests can order food from anywhere in town, whether it be Spago or In-N-Out Burger, the latter very much in demand by Angelenos returning home after a long trip away from their favorite fast-food fix. Other amenities facilitated by PS staff include in-suite massages, manicures or hair styling, and the pandemic made physician visits a popular request among members. When it is time to board one’s flight, private TSA checks are conducted inside the PS facility (sans the excruciating lines, of course), after which guests are escorted to a BMW 7-Series sedan for the short drive to their flight. PS clients are delivered directly to the aircraft, where they board either first or last, thereby avoiding the congestion and lines experienced at the gate. Illustrating the ease of PS’ door-to-door transition, Porter notes that the entire distance from automobile to airplane door at LAX is a mere 70 steps for her clients, compared to approximately 2,200 steps for the average passenger. With sedan service, private customs check and suite availability, the return leg is equally agreeable. And with the company’s optional PS Direct service, passengers can be whisked directly from their arriving aircraft to their final destination, such as a corporate office, hotel or home. After successfully debuting in Atlanta this year, Porter envisions an ambitious expansion for PS, providing far greater numbers of passengers an opportunity to experience air travel in a luxurious new way. “We want to be in every major U.S. airport,” says the pioneering travel and hospitality entrepreneur. By Roger Grody This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates magazine.            The post Pampered Departures and Arrivals for VIP Fliers: The Private Suite appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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