Buying a Luxury Home? Make Sure You Can Enjoy The ViewsMarch 7, 2013
A home’s vantage points are one of its most universally enjoyable attributes—but when not considered carefully, they can be a sore spot that causes “buyer’s remorse”. When viewing properties, consider whether the windows are large and well placed, if the common rooms are designed with the view in mind, and if the best views of the house are located in areas where they are most likely to be enjoyed—after all, a gorgeous view is wasted if it’s only seen from the bathroom or laundry area!
Be mindful of which windows in a home face east and west, considering that those rooms will have a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset, but will also require window treatments to ensure comfort and functionality when the sun is at its peak.
Consider how close to major roads, railways or airports the home is located, and whether the windows face noisy, traffic-filled streets. Will road, rail or air traffic be a source of noise pollution or obscure the view from inside the home? Whether you’re considering a waterfront villa, a mountain cottage or a suburban single-family home, make sure that your view is clear and unobstructed. Can you see the water, the forest or the mountain, or are your windows facing your neighbor’s driveway? Walk through the home at different times of day, making sure to evaluate whether the outdoor areas, patios, porches and decks provide an open air venue for relaxation, enjoyment and the view that’s right for you!