FAM­ILY: Strengths

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It’s be­cause of these strengths that more Cana­di­ans are look­ing in the U.S. for sec­ond homes, as well as al­ter­na­tives such as Quint­ess, he says.

Dr. My­ron Stel­maschuk has been a Quint­ess Col­lec­tion mem­ber since 2007. He has taken his fam­ily, which in­cludes f ive chil­dren, to Maui, the Big Is­land of Hawaii, La Quinta, Calif., and Los Ca­bos, Mex­ico.

“For us, we get to see dif­fer­ent places and are stay­ing in an ex­pen­sive home,” says the med­i­cal doc­tor. “And it’s cheaper than buy­ing a home.”

A com­par­i­son shows the av­er­age cost per night for a four-bed­room, $4-mil­lion home in its pro­gram is $800 to $1, 450, while mar­ket rents range from $2,500 to $5,000, says the Quint­ess Col­lec­tion.

The Stel­maschuks get 25 va­ca­tion days per year and spend about $25,000 for those hol­i­days.

Quint­ess Col­lec­tion mem­bers have ac­cess to more than 100 lux­ury homes priced from $2 mil­lion to $8 mil­lion, along with more than 40

MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more sto­ries and photo gal­leries. des­ti­na­tions world­wide, says Miller.

Mem­ber­ship in The Quint­ess Col­lec­tion starts at $36,000, along with an­nual dues of $7,950 for 10 nights.

It of­fers prop­er­ties rang­ing from Mi­ami, Fla., and Maui in Hawaii to the Caribbean is­lands of St. Martin and Turks and Caicos. It also of­fers homes in U.S. des­ti­na­tions such as Aspen, Jack­son Hole, Ta­hoe and New York.

Other des­ti­na­tions in­clude Florence, Lon­don and Paris, as well as ex­pe­ri­ences in Kenya, South Africa, Thai­land, the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands and the Mediter­ranean Sea through Quint­ess Be­yond — a new mem­ber­ship plan that pro­vides once-in-a-life­time va­ca­tions.

Mem­bers pay a one-time re­fund­able de­posit and ini­ti­a­tion fee, with an­nual dues based on the specif ic cus­tom­ized mem­ber­ship plan de­sired.

With con­cerns sur­round­ing the in­ter­na­tional econ­omy and its im­pact on real es­tate, there has been an in­crease in in­ter­est on des­ti­na­tion club mem­ber­ship in­stead of buy­ing, says Miller.

“The Quint­ess Col­lec­tion has dou­bled mem­ber­ship sales rev­enue in the f irst six months of 2011 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2010, and ex­pects to be up by 250 per cent for the year,” he says. “We are op­ti­mistic and look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ued strong growth in 2012.”

Pho­tos cour­tesy, The Quint­ess Col­lec­tion

This lux­u­ri­ous house with an in­fin­ity edge pool in Los Ca­bos, Mex­ico, is one of the 100-plus homes in The Quint­ess Col­lec­tion.

Some peo­ple like snow — but if you’re look­ing for your own place in the sun, there’s this home un­der the palms in Hawaii.

Imag­ine en­joy­ing a ski va­ca­tion from this home in Aspen, Colo.

Des­ti­na­tions around the world in­clude this man­sion faced with stone in Jack­son Hole, Wy­oming.

Todd Miller, se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for The Quint­ess Col­lec­tion.

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