A great garden not only looks good but can also push up the value of your home, writes
mid the cut-andthrust world of international property sales, the importance of a well-tended garden can sometimes be forgotten. But when it comes to a property with a garden, it looks like everything’s coming up roses. Take five-star hotel The Peninsula Paris, which recently re-opened its doors after a ¤430 million makeover that includes a new penthouse suite—complete with its own lavish rooftop garden—that will set guests back around ¤25,000 a night.
In any city where space comes at a premium, a garden affects a buyer’s perception of a house, one that generally commands an even higher price. “When selling your home, first impressions are hugely important. The garden is as much a part of this as the house, so the two should complement one another in style and size,” says Lindsay Cuthill, head of Savills’ country department in the UK. “When urban buyers contact me with a view to moving out to the country, one of the biggest drivers, along with school places, is the opportunity to have a much bigger garden—it’s freedom for the children, provided by immediate access to a large space.” She adds, “A beautifully presented garden, particularly one designed with care and a focus on family life, provides considerable value.”
Life’s a beach in Miami, where The RitzCarlton Residences recently announced 111 luxurious condominium homes and 15 private single-family villas, with seven acres of outstanding gardens designed by awardwinning Italian architect Piero Lissoni.