Private elevators in homes: The new must-have amenity for luxury homes

All across the country, private elevators in homes are becoming the must-have amenity for today’s luxury buyers. Curbed Hamptons noted that the feature is on “trend watch,” because, “as real estate gets more and more luxurious,” people want their residences to be “more and more accommodating to their lifestyle choices.” In New England, the home elevator has become a desirable feature in both “the three- and four-story town houses that define Boston’s monied neighborhoods” as well as in the upscale suburban areas, said the Boston Globe.” And in Southern California, private elevators in homes are popping up not just in downtown high rises and celebrity mansions, or in “house renovations, custom homes and high-end spec properties,” said the Los Angeles Times, but also in new luxury townhomes in Pasadena.

The draw of private elevators in homes

Today’s luxury real estate buyers are drawn to the idea of having private elevators in homes for the prestige factor. “Elevators are status symbols and conversation pieces and, once you get one, you wonder how you ever lived without one,” says Nella Stevens, owner of Park Elevators in Gastonia, N.C. in Mansion Global.

The idea of adding private elevators in homes or building them into brand-new condos for sale has become so popular that TecHome Builder calls it the “Raging Residential Elevator Trend”, and the Denver Post, “the status symbol of the wealthy homeowner” and the “new essential fashion accessory for palatial luxury homes.”

In Old Town Pasadena, an area that buyers don’t tend to leave thanks to its combination of welcoming, small-town feel with big-city amenities, leafy streets, great access to all of Southern California, and upscale nature, private elevators in homes make sense. Especially when you’re talking about new luxury condos in the city.

“Private elevators in homes are definitely a status symbol for luxury homebuyers here in Pasadena and in upscale areas nationwide,” said “Patrice Quishenberry, Vice President of Sales for etco HOMES, builder of luxury townhome community Villas at the Ambassador Gardens in Old Town Pasadena. “We get inquiries every day from buyers who are looking for Villas’ unique mix of open floorplans, luxury amenities, and great Old Town location, and for whom an elevator is an absolute necessity. Many of these buyers are downsizing from luxury estates in Pasadena, but they still want the very best of everything.”

Prestigious and practical

Prestige is only one of the factor contributing to the rising popularity of private elevators in homes. One of today’s most prominent real estate trends surrounds baby boomers who are seeking to trade in those high-maintenance estates for something that provides more freedom and access to enjoy the things they love, like great restaurants, shops, and cultural hotspots. For those in search of a forever home featuring a lock-and-leave lifestyle in a new luxury condo in Pasadena, a private elevator is not just nice to have—it’s essential.

“We’ve seen a sweeping trend among our buyers and interested parties who want to be surrounded by luxury and also want to be prepared for the future,” said Quishenberry. “They may not need or even use an in-home elevator right now, but they’re making an investment for today and the future.”

For more information about living in Pasadena, visit Villas at the Ambassador Gardens. This new neighborhood of upscale townhomes in Old Town Pasadena offers lock-and-leave luxury and walkability to all of the area’s great shops, restaurants, and activities. Villas offers spacious floorplans with 2,904 to 3,717 square feet of living space, Mediterranean-influenced architectural detail, fine interior appointments and top-of-the-line materials, and features including gourmet kitchens, private terraces and roof decks (per plan), and four-car garages. 

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