What's on your wish list? Top 10 must haves for today's multi-million dollar homes



    - Royal LePage reports on the most unique and sought-after accessories of
    luxury homes -

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Come holiday season, children and adults alike
begin creating wish lists - detailed accounts of everything their hearts
desire. This season luxury homeowners' wish lists are likely to spare no
expense, as the bar just keeps getting higher when it comes to outfitting
one's multi-million dollar pad.
    Multiple car garages and lavish walk-in closets are a thing of the past;
indoor car washes and walk-in refrigerators are the new rage. As demand for
luxury homes continues to grow, so do the wants and needs of those looking to
buy.
    "The million dollar home is no longer the exclusive domain of the rich.
In fact, many typical middle income Canadian families now own million dollar
residences due to soaring property prices," said Elli Davis, sales
representative, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. "Accessorizing the
property with the hottest must-haves is a natural extension of living a luxury
lifestyle and a way to stand out from the crowd."
    With the help of its Carriage Trade real estate agents, Royal LePage
compiled a top 10 list of the most unique and sought-after accessories that
Canadian luxury homes are outfitted with.

    
    1.  Elevator car lifts, indoor carwashes - Luxury homeowners spare no
        expense for their priceless automobiles. Avid car collectors,
        especially in city homes where property size is limited, install
        elevator car lifts to expand garage capacity. Keeping a fleet of cars
        clean is no small feat. In fact, for many it necessitates an
        on-premise indoor car wash.

    2.  Walk-in refrigerators - Professional kitchens akin to what one may
        find in a five-star restaurant have taken over luxury homes. With
        growing emphasis placed on home entertaining, walk-in refrigerators
        and multiple ovens, sinks and dishwashers are the norm for even the
        novice gourmet.

    3.  Spas, gyms and yoga and Pilates studios - The home gym has undergone
        a makeover and the focus now is on complete health and wellness
        facilities. Professional-style spas complete with steam rooms and
        massage rooms overtake the outdated sauna or whirlpool. Yoga and
        Pilates studios trump stair climbers, treadmills and rowing machines.

    4.  Wine cellars and tasting rooms - Grand wine cellars often found in
        Rosedale, Forest Hill or Westmount residences are the norm for
        today's connoisseur. Individual cellars for red and white wines, as
        well as specialized tasting rooms equipped with various sinks and
        buckets for wine sampling are becoming all the rage.

    5.  Concierge services - Concierge services are no longer limited to
        condominium owners or hotel guests. Today's luxury homeowners utilize
        companies specializing in concierges. From making dinner reservations
        to picking up dry cleaning or purchasing opera tickets, concierge
        services are now a common trend within many luxury neighbourhoods.
        There are several companies that will provide typical concierge
        services to homeowners - essentially acting as a live-out butler.

    6.  Media rooms - Media rooms that rival the local public theatre are as
        prevalent in luxury homes as the family room. These windowless rooms
        typically boast a theatre-size screen, surround sound and rows of
        plush seats to accommodate large groups.

    7.  Wrapping and sewing rooms - Specialized rooms to accommodate
        particular hobbies or tasks, which are completely outfitted help to
        keep homeowners organized, are very popular. Dedicated rooms for gift
        wrapping boast everything from ribbons to paper varieties to bags and
        bows, while sewing rooms have every type of thread, button and zipper
        imaginable with tables and machines tailored to the homeowner's
        needs.

    8.  Structured wiring and security - A wireless home is a thing of today.
        Many luxury residences feature security capabilities (e.g. door
        locking), entertainment options and light settings that can be
        accessed remotely throughout a home in various rooms. Some properties
        are even equipped to remotely control security features in far away
        cottages or second homes. Another innovative perk for those with deep
        pockets are security systems that allow property owners to view their
        home while at work, at the cottage or on holiday.

    9.  Home elevators - As homes are increasing in size, and are being built
        higher to accommodate several floors, home elevators are becoming an
        accessory of convenience as well as necessity.

    10. Heated driveways, walkways and garages - Manual snow removal is a
        thing of the past for those in exclusive neighbourhoods that favour
        heated driveways, walkways and even garages. Built on top of heating
        coils, snow melts as soon as it touches these warm surfaces.
    

    About Royal LePage

    Royal LePage is Canada's leading provider of franchise services to
residential real estate brokerages, with a network of over 13,000 agents and
sales representatives in 600 locations across Canada operating under the
Royal LePage, Johnston & Daniel, and Realty World brand names. Royal LePage
manages the Brookfield Real Estate Services Fund, a TSX listed income trust,
trading under the symbol "BRE.UN."
    For more information visit www.royallepage.ca.





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