luxury real estate backyard with large pool

Gone are the days of retreating to your home for alone time and private reflection. Instead, luxury real estate homeowners are now opting for welcoming spaces that encourage their friends and family to visit often. By focusing their attention on creating entertainment areas that cater to everyone, homeowners are beginning to choose welcoming, useful spaces over private ones.

Whether you enjoy entertaining or just prefer to follow what’s hot and what’s not, transforming these six spaces in your Kelowna luxury home will keep you on point with the hottest real estate trends.

1. Calm and Comforting Courtyards 

Bordeaux Residence

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Courtyards are taking the luxury real estate market by storm. In high demand, front-entry courtyard designs make for a serene, relaxing space that will instantly brighten your mood before you even step foot in the front door. Outdoor fireplaces, eye-catching landscaping, cozy seating and soothing water features make an instant and lasting impression. 

2. Paradise-Worthy Backyard Pools

Viewbank Project

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Although swimming pools in the Okanagan are incredibly common, many luxury homeowners are now more interested in resort-style pools. In-pool seating, swim-up bars, and cozy lounge areas are the most popular features requested and sought after by homeowners. 

3. Fully Stocked Outdoor Kitchens

2012 New American Home

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Another must-have trend popping up all over the Kelowna luxury real estate market is the addition of outdoor kitchen areas. Outdoor kitchens are the perfect space for entertaining. In addition to custom grills, homeowners are adding in things like: 

  • Wine coolers
  • Refrigerators
  • Sinks

This allows them the freedom to stay outside while entertaining company. Why spend time inside when you can enjoy the company of friends and family while enjoying the great outdoors? 

4. Attention-Grabbing Game Rooms

New Build South Yorkshire 2

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Surging in popularity, game rooms are making their appearance on must-have real estate shopping lists. Some of the features highly desired are billiards tables and wet bars complete with wine coolers and refrigerators. Don’t forget about the little ones either. Children-sized seating complete with built-in shelving for board games is just as popular.  

5. High-End Home Theatres

luxury home theatre with dark seating and large screen tv

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Home theatres are the next big thing in the Kelowna real estate market. With stadium-style seating, high-tech sound systems and monster movie screens, home theatres are the perfect place for inviting guests to an evening of entertainment. Accessories like theatre-style popcorn makers, shelves stocked with treats, and soda dispensers and beer taps bring the complete movie-going experience home.  

6. Spiritually Refreshing Meditation Rooms

Meditation Space

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Although meditation rooms are not necessarily entertaining guests, they boost the comfort appeal in any luxury home. This new trend is taking off, and homeowners are either requesting these spaces when searching for luxury real estate or else transforming their current spaces. Bamboo flooring, piped in nature sounds, soothing tabletop water fountains, indoor hot tubs, built-in yoga mats, and shelves stocked with candles, incense, and books on natural healing are popular items used to transform a regular room into a meditation room.

For other property trends to keep an eye out for this year, have a look at our previous post: 5 Luxury Real Estate Trends to Look for in 2016.

Are you looking for luxury real estate that encompasses these trendy features while still catering to your must-have list? Call our luxury real estate agent, Quincy Vrecko! He’ll show you the trendiest and most desirable homes in the luxury real estate Kelowna market. Call 1-250-863-8810