The gourmet kitchen must-haves in your new luxury home in Pasadena

Looking for a new luxury home in Pasadena or another popular spot in Southern California? A gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line amenities and all the most in-demand features is probably at the top of your list. To make sure your kitchen showcases the latest and greatest, look for the following:

An expansive island

Islands are no longer optional in today’s luxury kitchens; they’re as important as high-caliber appliances. “Kitchen islands are command central. Playing host to everything from homework to happy hour, islands are often the most popular spot in the house—as well as a stunning showcase of style,” said the Los Angeles Times.

Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends for MasterBrand Cabinets, added in the Times, “It used to be that islands played an important role in allowing homeowners to gain more countertop for cooking, but it’s really taken on a whole new life in today’s kitchen. It’s more about creating a focal point within the space for social and family interaction, in addition to the food prep.”

An expansive kitchen island is key for luxury homeowners regardless of whether or not they have kids in the home, and acclaimed homebuilders like etco HOMES are expressing this trend in new luxury homes in Pasadena like at Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens. The gourmet kitchens at Terraces feature oversized islands with large, counter-height eating bars that keep the sightlines open and expand the entertainment potential. Caesarstone® countertops with designer-selected  backsplashes keep everything looking sleek and stylish.

Gleaming countertops

Those Caesarstone quartz countertops are part of another leading trend. While granite and marble used to be the top choices, quartz has taken over as the hottest material for counters in gourmet kitchens.

“If you’re about to start a project with any countertops, you’ll want to consider using quartz,” said Amanda Gates of Gates Interior Design. “It’s the number one product on the market right now. It’s durable, has incredible finish options and it’s fresh.”

Part of the allure of quartz products like Caesarstone is being able to choose from a number of different high-end looks and get the appearance of marble without the maintenance—especially important for those who are downsizing to a luxury townhome or flat and want a luxury look without having to work hard to keep everything looking perfect.

“Everybody wants the beauty of Calcutta marble, but they don’t want the upkeep,” said Paul L’Esperance, co-owner of L’Esperance Design in West Hollywood, in the L.A. Times. Added designer Denise Bosley, owner of Denise Bosley Interiors in Sierra Madre: “People want marble, but they know it’s not practical. We’ve been using a lot of quartz, and a lot of new [manufactured] materials coming out that look like marble.”

Clean lines on cabinets

Want to see the hottest look in gourmet kitchens when it comes to cabinetry? Check out the Italian Linea Quattro, flat-panel, European-style cabinetry with designer-selected finishes, finger-grip profile handles, and soft-close doors and drawers at Terraces.

“Today, above anything else, there is a rising movement towards a streamlined look that focuses on simplicity and minimalism,” said Sebring Services. “Kitchen cabinetry has not been spared the modernization wave that has influenced home décor in recent years. One of the most obvious impacts has been the adoption of clean aesthetics in cabinetry constructions. This type of cabinetry works perfectly for a modern styled kitchen, complementing other components like the countertop and the backsplash.”

Stainless steel appliances

When it comes to upscale kitchen appliances, stainless steel is still the go-to. In a recent study on Houzz, 72 percent selected it as their finish of choice. Houzz’s study looks at the top renovation trends—important for those who have an older home they are looking to update to modern standards and revealing for those who want to skip the renovation and enjoy a brand-new luxury home in Pasadena that includes all the most desirable high-end features and amenities.

At Terraces, the gourmet kitchens include: a 48-inch, stainless steel, Sub-Zero® built-in refrigerator/freezer; Wolf® Stainless Steel five-burner cooktop, double oven andhood,   and an ASKO® dishwasher, as well as a Franke Cube stainless steel, single-basin kitchen sink in a barn style—another top kitchen trend for luxury homes. “Divided sinks are out,” L’Esperance said in the L.A. Times: “Everybody wants the big trough, farm sinks in stainless steel or enamel.”

For more information about buying a new luxury home in Pasadena, visit Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens or call 866-387-6213. Terraces’ three-bedroom luxury flats and townhomes in Old Town Pasadena offer open, airy floorplans with 3,040 to 4,430 square feet encompassing gracious entertainment rooms, home office/retreats, and rooftop decks or outdoor terraces with glass railings to maximize views.

Terraces is located in a premier Old Town setting, nestled within the exquisite grounds of the historic Ambassador Gardens, with rolling lawns, lush gardens, meandering walkways, and soothing streams, and within easy walking distance to Pasadena’s restaurants, shops, and museums.  You can also click here to be added to the VIP Interest List.

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