Each Friday, Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, writes about luxury, trends, business and more in the advertising pages of the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Below is his letter of April 29, 2022.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE
Having two home offices is a new status symbol?
You bet — especially if there are two wage-earners in the family. (Everyone needs their privacy, you know.) Homes that are of-the-moment tend to have key features in common, and a story in the 2022 Luxury Outlook, the trend-packed annual report from Sotheby’s International Realty, dives into the best of them. Beyond the big movement to energy-efficient windows, appliances and lighting — all extremely important — these are the amenities that luxury buyers are flipping over now.
The ground-floor guest suite: A main-level bath and bedroom are great for guests and visiting parents, and many homeowners like the age-in-place option it offers.
A greener HVAC system: A wellness-oriented heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will replenish oxygen and clean and filter indoor air to remove excess moisture, smoke, odors, dust, airborne bacteria and carbon dioxide.
The stay-in kitchen: A homey feel, good task lighting and plenty of space for storage and food prep are the new musts. Wine refrigerators, built-in coffee makers, warming and refrigerator drawers and dual ovens, sinks and dishwashers are all the rage, too.
The sybaritic owner’s suite: Desirable features here include multiple walk-in closets, a sitting area with a fireplace and a private terrace or balcony.
The luxurious outdoor living space: Patios, decks, porches, pool decks and terraces are valuable — and more and more expected.
Come read the Luxury Report. It is loaded with stories I think you’ll love, including about trends, buyers, second homes, hot locales and more. We put it all on briggsfreeman.com/market-moves.
And if you find that your own home suddenly isn’t feeling very of-the-moment, we can help with that, too.
PICTURED AT TOP OF STORY: 5411 Surrey Circle in Dallas, with all the modern luxuries: luxurious outdoor living spaces; guest suites; a sybaritic owner's suite; and more