The real estate agents on “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” have seen some hot properties, and the latest episode of their show is no different.
In the episode “Storm the Castle,” the houses up for sale may be out of the average buyer’s price range. (One is priced at $75 million!) Nonetheless, they provide serious inspiration for those looking to add some high-end California style to their homes.
Read on to find out which home features make buyers and guests go, “Wow!” Then, get some fabulous renovation ideas that might apply to your own home, though in a more modest way.
1. Go a step above a normal staircase
This staircase is understated but stunning.Bravo
Real estate agent Tracy Tutor may be in over her head when it comes to her latest home listing. With a difficult seller and a shocking $75 million price tag, she’s got to hustle to sell this house.
So, it’s lucky for her that the place is beautiful. With a massive great room, gorgeous views, and a secluded location, it’s a lavish, one-of-a-kind build.
One fabulous feature buyers love is the staircase. With inlaid steel and warm wood steps and banisters, it is minimalist and modern.
“To engineer this staircase was like a feat in and of itself,” Tutor explains.
Creaky stairs with carpet or outdated railings can make a house look old. But a staircase that’s sleek like this one can make any home look like a million bucks (or more).
2. Get a bathtub that stands out
The bathtub stands out in this white bathroom.Bravo
Another incredible feature in Tutor’s latest listing is in the master bathroom: a walnut bathtub. The walnut adds an earthy vibe to the otherwise white room, and the tub’s round shape gives the space a look of originality and sophistication. It’s a good reminder to think outside the box (or the tub) when it comes to designing a beautiful master bath.
3. Wood beams add style
With a soft wood tone, these beams bring a modern, stylish aesthetic to the house.Bravo
Another impressive feature in Tutor’s listing is the long row of laminated wood beams on the ceiling. There’s a total of 187 beams, and while this may seem like a lot, these beams add serious style. And with their muted color, they don’t overwhelm the space.
It’s a good reminder that natural wood-tone beams can add flair to any home, whether there’s one, two, or 187 of them.
By the end of the show, Tutor hasn’t received an offer on this mansion yet, but after hosting a successful open house, she’s at least hopeful.
4. Smart systems are a major draw
A high-end media room needs top-notch technology.Bravo
Meanwhile, real estate agent James Harris has been working for months with buyers Brittnie and Jeremy, who are looking for a perfect house for their growing family. Brittnie is expecting their first child soon, so the race is on to find their new home.
They want a new build, and fall in love with one home in the Pacific Palisades. This home is perfect for them because it has the modern look they want—plus plenty of modern technology.
The listing agent, Alex, explains the smart systems include music, lights, and security, making home life easy. Alex says these features are negotiable when it comes to the sale of the home, but, of course, Brittnie and Jeremy have to have them.
They decide to buy the house as long as the home’s updated technology comes with it. They end up paying $6.6 million for the property.
5. An open floor plan is still a must
This kitchen has a great view of the living room.Bravo
Real estate agent Harris knows that his young clients will also need an open, functional layout as their family expands. Luckily, the house they like has a large kitchen and open-concept living area.
“This is a great entertaining space,” Harris says. And while this space may be perfect for parties, Jeremy points out that being able to keep an eye on kids while they’re cooking in the kitchen is a great perk, too.
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