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Amazing Wine Storage Ideas For Your San Francisco Luxury Home

By: Brooke Jansen

Most San Francisco luxury homes are built with constrained space, but that doesn’t mean you have to live without a wine cellar. While you probably won’t be able to squeeze in a cellar the size of some Napa homes, there are some creative ways you can add wine storage without having to tear down any walls. Here’s a quick look!

1. Glass Cellar: If you have extra space in a corner of a room, consider putting in a floor-to-ceiling glass closet of sorts where you can add wine bottle storage. It will create a magnificent focal point and afford views of your wine collection from virtually anywhere in the room!

2. Tasting Table: If you’re looking for a unique tasting table idea, run out to Napa and see if you can get your hands on an old wine barrel. You can use it as a tasting table where you can display a few bottles of wine, and pull up a few barstools to host your friends.

3. Wine Closet: Do you have an extra closet in your San Francisco luxury home that you’re not using? If so, think about turning it into a wine closet. Most reds should be shielded from light anyway if you’re trying to age it, and this is a great way to make use of extra space without breaking the bank.

4. Wall of Wine: If you’re a dedicated oenophile, consider turning one of your walls into a giant wine display. You can buy mountable wine racks that attach to the walls in your home, allowing you to display hundreds of bottles of wine and have an assortment at your fingertips.

5. Under the Stairs: The space under your stairs is awkward and underutilized, so think about installing a wine storage system here. This is a fantastic and unique idea that will help you save valuable space and also satisfy your need for wine storage!

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A Look at the Psychology of Real Estate

By: Brooke Jansen

Searching for a San Francisco luxury home is a big decision, and the way your mind works with regard to preferences, like if you preferred one home over another, is an interesting thing that most people don’t give a second thought to. Perhaps you visited the same house twice, and preferred it more on a day the sun was shining brightly versus a day when it was foggy and cold. The psychological implications of purchasing luxury real estate are alive and documented, so let’s take a quick trip back to Psych 101 to see how it all works.

Lifestyle: One of the reasons why real estate purchases are so tied to psychology is because a home is a direct representation of your life.

Cost: Of course, the cost associated with something like a San Francisco luxury home will have an impact on your psyche. Depending on how the value changes, this could have a very real implication for the life you want to live.

Superficiality: There is proven research that says the more attractive the real estate agent is, the more a buyer is willing to pay. It may seem silly, but this obsession with superficial things also plays into home buying. For example, if you walk into a San Francisco luxury home and hate the color the room is painted, you’re less likely to buy that house, despite the fact that you can remedy the issue with a cheap can of paint.

Perceived Value: The human mind is a powerful thing, and it’s amazing how attached we get to the perceived value of a home. You may think your home is worth X, but given the economy, it might actually be worth Y. Still, humans aren’t programmed to recalibrate their expectations so easily, and will often hold onto some perceived value. It’s called “loss aversion,” a mental aberration where humans are much more sensitive to losses than they are equivalent gains.

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A Look at the Luxury Car Market as 2013 Gets Underway

By: Brooke Jansen

As of the beginning of 2013, the U.S. luxury automotive industry hit the ground running. The Sales are up and the San Francisco luxury home owners are doing their part by purchasing a variety of vehicles. Here’s a look at the various brands that are hot right now!

Cadillac: January was their best sales month in 23 years, with sales rising an impressive 47% year-over-year. The 2013 ATS is leading the pack, and their nod as “North American Car of the Year” is clearly being heard loud and clear.

Porsche: Perennial luxury powerhouse Porsche tied for second in January luxury sales besting their 2012 numbers. This is due in part to the redesigned Boxster and 911 that are available now. If you have a spare garage at your San Francisco luxury home, head to your Porsche dealer to take one for a test drive. You won’t be sorry!

Lexus: With number rivaling Porsche, Lexus saw January sales rise 26.8 %. Their recently redesigned models are the first major overhaul to the brand in several years, and Lexus loyalists are loving it!

Mercedes-Benz & BMW: Mercedes-Benz is a name synonymous with luxury, and auto lovers showed their dedication to the brand last year. All year, they battled BMW for the top spot, but Mercedes-Benz emerged the victor. This year, things seem to be off to another great start. Sales rose 10.7 % in January as compared to BMW?s increase of just 0.7 % in January.

Audi: Audi realized a 7.5 % rise in January sales, and while their sales pace wasn’t as strong as rest of the luxury segment, it does mark their 25th consecutive month of sales increases. That’s a particularly exceptional stat given the state of the economy over the last two years, and 2013 appears to be another strong year for the Audi brand.

Jaguar/Land Rover: While Jaguar/Land Rover has yet to report their January 2013 sales, it’s expected that they will be on par with the rest of the luxury market.

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Take a Trip on the Seas Aboard Johnny Depp’s Luxury Yacht

By: Brooke Jansen

For a taste of the good life, consider taking a trip on the seas aboard Johnny Depp’s luxury yacht called Vajoliroja. Yes, it looks like a pirate ship à la Pirates of the Caribbean, but it’s the perfect excuse to harness the kid in your and set sail on a vacation that is filled with the luxuries any A-lister would expect.

Offered through Burgess Yachts, Depp has been renting his private luxury yacht for years. The luxury yacht can be chartered during the winter for cruising through the Bahamas and Caribbean for a price of about $130,000 per week, or during the low season for about $110,000 per week. He also offers up Vajoliroja for some summer Mediterranean cruising when the boat is housed on that side of the world.

The yacht is an opulent reflection of Depp’s personal style. Built by Proteksan Turquoise, this 156-foot yacht features an Art Deco design that was inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s. The rich color palette favors deep reds, and Vajoliroja has room for ten guests in five cabins, including the master stateroom, VIP cabin, double cabin, twin cabin, and a bunk cabin. There?s also room for eight crew members.

Toys onboard include waterskis, a wakeboard, kneel board, and snorkeling equipment, and if you’re unsure of where to go, Vajoliroja has itinerary suggestions for all three locations. In the Mediterranean, visit Antibes, Cannes, and Monte-Carlo, and in the Bahamas, start in Nassau and sail to Allen’s Cay, Warderick Wells, and Rose Island. The Caribbean itinerary includes stops in Antigua, Marigot Bay, St Vincent, Bequia, Tobago Cays, and Grenada.

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Johnnie Walker Opens Luxury Members-Only Club in Beijing

By: Brooke Jansen

When you’re the maker of the world’s number one Scotch whiskey, you can take some pretty big liberties, like creating a members-only club in China. Actually, creating two. The new club, which recently opened in Beijing, is a sister property to the one in Shanghai. Luxurious through and through, the Johnnie Walker House was deliberately opened in one of the busiest cities in the world, offering natives and travelers a unique dining experience where they can sample the first-rate spirits.

Both Johnnie Walker Houses offer a bar, museum, retail outlet and an exclusive member’s club. In the club, luxury abounds, offering members a variety of bespoke experiences to indulge in. Incorporating the basic elements of whiskey into the decor, the floors and walls contain copper, yeast, water, barley and peat. The club is situated on what was once the only royal road for Chinese emperors to attend sacrificial ceremonies, so there was clearly some deliberation when deciding on the location too.

Adds Gilbert Ghostine, president of Johnnie Walker parent company Diageo Asia Pacific, “The Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai has been our most successful experiment in marketing and commercial innovation in Asia to date. It’s the reason why Johnnie Walker House Beijing has been opened.”

At the Johnnie Walker House, guest can sample signature blends and private “whiskey-inspired” dining from the in-house chef. And because the vast amount of whisky might overwhelm their guests, the Johnnie Walker House offers an exclusive concierge service and relationship managers that will get to know the preferences of each guest to ensure that each experience is a first class one. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience where guests can learn more about the whiskey they love.

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