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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.

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Define What "Luxury Apartment" Means To You

by Nathan Olson

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. While one person might be willing to pay oodles of money to bathe in a gold-plated tub, the next might think that is absurdly gaudy. In the world of luxury apartments, a gold-plated tub is a definite possibility, and it easy to become enamored by frivolous amenities. Thus, when you decide you want to rent a luxury apartment, you need to take the time to define what luxury means to you and then stick to it to make sure you get something that you love. 

Amenities

Apartment complexities will offer a variety of amenities, and luxury apartments will try to step up their game by adding amenities. Take the time to think about what amenities you must have, the ones you would like, and the ones you can live without. For example, an apartment complex might have an exercise lounge. Being able to have access to multiple fitness machines onsite might be attractive, but if they don't have the full set of machines you want, then you might still want a gym membership. Thus, whether your luxury apartment gives you access to fitness machines might be a moot point. 

Ambience

A second consideration is the overall feel of the apartment complex. Architecture, layout, lighting, landscaping, and colors can all work together to create luxury or to undermine it. The biggest consideration when it comes to ambience is the overall design scheme. For example, you might be looking for a building with old-world charm or something more modern. Just decide what makes you feel comfortable and pampered then look for apartments that deliver. 

Location

Some people define luxury simply by being close to a place they love. For example, if you want a launching pad for your outdoor adventures, then you might be willing to do without some of the features that you would look for in most luxury apartments simply to have your dream location. 

Luxury is a nebulous concept. Trying to find an apartment that has every feature you could possibly will often be out of the question. Instead, the best you should expect is an apartment which has a fortuitous combination of features so that you feel at home and comfortable. Setting down a list of criteria will not guarantee that you get a fully loaded apartment, but it will help you choose between options to find an apartment that meets your definition of luxury. 

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