Everyone has their “dream home” painted out in their minds, or on Pinterest. We have all seen the luxurious bathrooms that feel so spa-like and the kitchens that feel so spacious that you have to shout across the room just to be heard. While most people (obviously) will never have a home like this, a girl can dream…and have fun while doing so! If you had all the money in the world, what would your dream home look like? Here are a few things that might have in it:
First of all, my dream home would be on at least 200 acres, preferably more. Do you know all the things that you could do with 200+ acres? The list is endless! I would love to drive home, down my driveway, past an orchard filled with apple tree after apple tree after apple tree. Peach trees and cherry trees would be nice, too. Oh, and of course orange trees! I could have gardens filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, chickens that provide more than enough eggs for the entire family (+ all of our friends and family members), and I might even venture off into raising animals for fun, like cows. The best part of having all of that land, though? The morning view! I would grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit on my back porch, and just relax, knowing that I have the most beautiful view in the state of Florida.
A huge butlers pantry
Oh, I love a good pantry and a walk-in butlers pantry would be amazing. Can you even imagine the space you would have to work with? It would be dreamy! If you love working in the kitchen, make sure to add one of these babies to your dream home!
An indoor pool
Okay, so I know that outdoor pools are nice and all, but how about an indoor pool? Talk about fancy! Improved technologies and ventilation mean you can love the water all year round, without the rest of the home feeling damp or smelling like chlorine, too. Even better, today’s indoor pool often has plenty of amenities taken from the spa. Put in a fountain, a lounger in the pool, and maybe even find a way to fill the room with spa music and aromatherapy. Sounds relaxing, right? Alternately, you could find a way to make an outdoor infinity pool, which would be just as nice – especially with your backdrop!
A gym with a sauna
A gym would be in my top 3 ‘must haves’ when it comes to building a dream home. It would not only save time, but if you think about it, it would also save money in the long run since you wouldn’t have to pay for a gym membership. I would have a weight lifting rack, a peloton bike and tread, and so much more. Plus, who needs to go all the way to the gym when you have everything in the comfort of your own home? Don’t forget the sauna, too! Saunas have countless health benefits, which is a benefit to having one in your home. Saunas have been known to relieve arthritis, get rid of toxins, and encourage weight loss.
Believe it or not, “going green” is a luxury. You see this with basic products such as laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and beauty products, but when it comes to home and lifestyle-based solar panels, and the more of your own power you can generate, the less flack you will get for your mansion’s carbon footprint. With solar panels and the new Tesla sitting in your garage, your footprint will be smaller than the one you’d make in your Louboutins. 😉
Although these are obviously dream home ideas, if you are looking into buying a new home in the near future, you might be surprised with the dreamy aspects that you can find within your budget! My best tip when it comes to making sure that you get what you want out of a new home? Find a great real estate agent, like Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA. He is an Avondale realtor who specializes in historic homes in Jacksonville. He previously worked in financial services and holds an MBA with an economics focus, so he brings a deep understanding of buying and selling homes. He enjoys sharing all of his knowledge with clients, which includes topics surrounding how to fit a 21st-century lifestyle into a historic home, where to seek financing for renovation with a home purchase, and even accurately pricing homes in Historic Districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill, and San Marco.
Cheers to your dream home!