Buy a home with five-star service
Coco Chanel, Peter Sellers, Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Taylor all made their home a hotel at some point in their lives. There is something undeniably glamorous about checking in with no intention of checking out. Now, a recent swathe of new developments serviced by hotels make this way of life a reality.
“In New York in the Twenties and Thirties, the finest accommodation in the city was undoubtedly in the Carlyle or the Pierre,” says Dick Friedman, chief executive of Carpenter & Co, a property firm, who is also a director of the Four Seasons Group. “It’s coming back into fashion,” he says. “If you were to buy a townhouse, to have the same level of luxury you’d need to employ a huge number of staff. In a hotel residence, if you want maid service twice a day, someone to walk the dog, a martini at 2am or your dry cleaning done, you can have all of this. You’re not living in a hotel as such but you’re living in a luxury environment, where you u get full service.”
Friedman has most reecently been involved in the he development of One Dalton, n, a 61-storey glass tower containaining a Four Seasons hotel otel which services 160 luxury ury apartments in the historic ic Back Bay area of Boston. The he scheme is due to be commpleted by the end of this year ar and prices start from om $2.75million (£1.98million) to over $40million for the duplex penthouse which, if sold, ld, would be a record for the city. ity. According to Friedman, it is the fastest-selling Four Seaeasons development so far; he’s
Hanover Bond apartments, by Mandarin Oriental