Buy a home with five-star ser­vice

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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

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