When it comes to the luxury consumer, convenience and peace of mind is high on the priority list, especially when on vacation. At Luxury Simplified Retreats, our team understands the value of providing a relaxing vacation for guests with luxury at every turn. Minimizing stress invites guest to focus on creating memories with their family and friends, as opposed to worrying about booking all of the activities, dinner reservations, or grocery shopping. After all, a vacation isn't really a vacation if the guests are still doing all the work! So just how does one accomplish this?
Since Charleston SC claimed the title of "#1 City in the World" by Travel+ Leisure, the vacation rental industry here has grown exponentially. Whether you’re a vacationer, homeowner or investor, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. Taking care of a property is a full-time job, so if you’re a vacation rental homeowner and don’t want the heavy burden that comes with cleaning, maintenance, and booking, then a vacation rental management company is your solution. When choosing a property manager, there are several factors to consider prior to selection, but more often than not, occupancy levels and consistent, reliable property care are two crucial areas a property management company must deliver on.
Along with historically warm weather, the New Year has brought with it 4 beautiful additions to our portfolio of Charleston luxury vacation rentals! Nestled in the Cannonborough and Elliotborough neighborhoods of downtown Charleston (two bordering neighborhoods highly touted in the vibrant Charleston food scene), these properties could not be more perfect compliment to our existing luxury rental portfolio. We are always THRILLED to expand our portfolio to offer more options to our guests. Here are our 4 NEWEST luxury vacation rentals in downtown Charleston SC:
Planning a getaway to a new city opens the doors to experience a different culture, different vibe and a new point of view. Our charming, historic city of Charleston offers southern hospitality at it's best, and what better way to experience it all than to fully immerse yourself? An extended stay at a local vacation rental is just the ticket - not to mention one in the heart of downtown - at our luxury condo, High Society.
What better way to start off a new year than to wrap up a successful one? In our humble opinion the Luxury Simplified Retreats team crushed it in 2016, and we're proud of it! Of course there's always room to grow, and we have high hopes for 2017. Our dedicated team spent countless hours planning activities for incoming guests, tying bows on our "Taste of Charleston" welcome boxes, and ensuring each luxury vacation home is in immaculate shape before each guest arrives. Here's a look at just a few of our spotlight moments from 2016 ...
Welcoming a new property to our portfolio is an exciting part of our job, particularly when we have been heavily involved in its progress. This project was another one that offered us the chance to work in conjunction with the team at Luxury Simplified Construction. Located at 1 Todd Street, this home had been a dilapidated building for many years, having experienced a fire back in the 1990’s with the piazza finally collapsing in to the street in 2015.
Think about what characteristics of your home make you feel just that - at home! Being in a house adds a sense of natural comfort. "Homey," if you will. It is your own space for just you and your family. You have bedrooms to relax and unwind, a kitchen to prepare meals and congregate with friends and family, you have outdoor space to enjoy Charleston’s weather and the surrounding vistas whether that means a trendy downtown loft or beachfront with sunrise views. Having these different spaces to create memories with your loved ones or create a relaxing retreat for yourself and enhances your memories and experience.
Luxury Simplified Retreats is investing in something big that will enhance our client’s experience when searching online for their ideal vacation getaway. In real life, people experience things visually and spatially. We form ideas of what we perceive to be the ideal space and by connecting these perceptions to our individual tastes we form an opinion. Virtual reality 3D imaging is the ultimate viewing platform to deliver an immersive experience and allow you to explore each property in exacting detail, as if you are walking through it yourself - right from your own home!
Sometimes, when we bring a new property into our portfolio of luxury vacation homes, the owner has already given their vacation home a name - and that's great! But on some occasions, we need to come up with a name for the house on our own and, more often than not, the house or the setting is so distinctive - it practically names itself! That is the case for our newest listing, located in downtown Charleston's historic Harleston Village neighborhood. Set on the corner of Bull Street and Rutledge Avenue is a grand historic home built by an undocumented builder in the early 1840s. A man by the name of Count Eugene Joseph Huchet, a cotton trader and French immigrant purportedly descended from European nobility, purchased the house in 1857 to be the home for his family. Today, the Hutchet House is now home to six private luxury units after it was divided into condos in the early 1980s when the house was renovated.
Did you know that VRBO and HomeAway just started charging a hefty service fee just for booking through their site? We think this is outrageous considering it adds up to 9% onto your total rental fee. To put this in perspective, so that you can see just how this booking fee might impact your bottom line, I will provide an example from a recent booking.