vacation home ownership Tag

Staying at a luxury hotel has long been the default option for discerning travelers. But is it still the right choice for you? The answer really depends on how you like to travel. Where do you want to go? How many people will join? What’s your budget? How much space do you need? What are your service expectations? 

Considering these questions, we believe Equity Estates provides a great alternative to hotel stays. 



4 Differences between Equity Estates and Luxury Hotels

To start, let’s compare how Equity Estates greatly differs from staying at a luxury hotel.

1. Room for Everyone 

Traveling to a luxury hotel can create some logistical concerns for a family. For example, do you book multiple rooms and hope they can be adjoining? Or try to book a suite? Where should everyone go when it’s time to relax for a few quiet minutes?

At an Equity Estates property, you’ll have multiple bedrooms. You will enjoy happy hour in the kitchen with your family and friends without worrying about a noisy table next to you in the hotel lounge. The kids can enjoy a movie night in the living room while the adults catch up by the pool. The entire house is yours for making memories.

2. Meals Your Way 

At home with Equity Estates, you enjoy a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want, not just after the café opens. No overpriced minibar either. Our investors enjoy a kitchen stocked completely with all their favorites. Plus, we will do the grocery shopping before you arrive…without any additional markup.  

There is no longer a reason to pay for an entire breakfast buffet when your toddler only wants a scrambled egg or a small bowl of cereal. This eliminates any potential stress from dietary restrictions or special meal plans. And if you don’t feel like cooking? Don’t worry – our team will arrange for restaurant reservations or a private chef for you.  

3. The Comforts of Home

Our homes are just that, a home. Each home in our portfolio is stocked with 85 consumables – from olive oil to tin foil to bug spray to back up batteries. Our investors travel knowing exactly which condiments, toiletries, and coffee will be there. Unlike a luxury hotel, there is no need to call the front desk or make a stop at a convivence store.   

Click here to see a full list of Equity Estates consumable items in every residence. 

4. Value

Luxury hotel rooms (e.g., Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton) can easily cost $1,000+ per night. Of course, for travelers who need more than a single room, costs can stack up quickly. Now if you’d like a multi-bedroom suite during high season, be prepared to spend $3,000 to $5,000 per night. Our Fund VI investors pay about $1,067* per night for their Equity Estates stays…and have access to an entire home.  Equity Estates offers remarkable value compared to luxury hotels. 

*nightly pricing before management fees



4 Similarities between Equity Estates and Luxury Hotels

Now, let’s compare some of the ways luxury hotels stays are similar to Equity Estates.   

1. Service to Count On

Sometimes the hardest part of vacation travel is managing the logistics, research, and planning aspects of your trip. You are often on your own. Depending on the hotel, the concierge team may be truly helpful in making various arrangements on your behalf. 

Now, think of how different your trips might be with Equity Estates. No more making your own dinner reservations, no more spending the first day of your vacation grocery shopping. Leave the heavy lifting to us. We plan all of the details, we book excursions, activities, we’ll make the grocery run, and even arrange for  private chefs. So when you arrive you start vacationing immediately.   

We have dedicated Destination Managers who are experts in each location. Each of our residences also has a Local Host on site to welcome you…and who remains available for any emergency or other needs during the trip.

2. Housekeeping

Just as you would expect in any luxury hotel, daily housekeeping is provided at all Equity Estates residences, so you may maximize your time off with family and friends. Our investors appreciate that everything is spotless prior to their arrivaland stays clean during your visit.

3. Location, Location, Location

Vacations provide an incredible opportunity to explore the world. Both as an Equity Estates investor or as a luxury hotel patron, you have the chance to explore a myriad of destinations throughout the year – or keep coming back to your favorite.   

If destination diversity is important to you, Equity Estates might be the right solution. Our investors enjoy travel to dozens of residences around the globe in 25+ countries. 

4. Consistency & Quality 

When you stay at a luxury hotel, you know what you are getting. Luxury hotel brands adhere to stringent quality and service standards. Similarly, Equity Estates investors take comfort in knowing the quality of the home, the location, and the amenities will be impeccable every single time.   

To assure our rigid quality standards, Equity Estates invests an average of $250,000 in furniture, fixtures, and equipment in each of our homes. Our investors can count on high-quality mattresses and furnishings, chef-grade cookware and appliances, luxurious linens, and immaculately kept homes in the best locations. Our investors are the owners, after all, and we know they expect their homes to be perfect each visit.  

Learn more about Equity Estates

Overall, our investment model is very different than staying at luxury hotels. When evaluating which option is the best for you or your family, it’s important to consider your current travel habits, investment goals, and (most importantly) your available time for maintenance and upkeep. 

Are you looking for a consistently excellent way to vacation while making a smart decision with your money? Click here to explore all of the homes in our portfolio, download our Fund VI Investment Overview, or schedule time to connect with a member of our Investor Relations team. 

Vacation home ownership is often considered by those looking for getaway time together or for a remote working situation with a different view. Still others look to luxury real estate as investment tool – one which provides a strong hedge against inflation and a haven from volatility in the stock market – especially during times of economic uncertainty.

If you’re considering a second home, are you prepared for all the research, work, and costs that can accompany such a long-term decision? Have you considered how much time you’ll actually get to enjoy it? Will you still travel to other destinations? Who will manage the home when you’re away?

Considering these motivations and questions, we believe Equity Estates provides a great alternative to purchasing a second home of your own or complementing other travel.



4 Differences between Equity Estates and Second Home Ownership

To start, let’s compare how Equity Estates greatly differs from owning a second home.

1. Location, Location, Location

When you purchase a vacation residence, you receive unlimited access to that home…but only that home. People who own 2nd (or 3rd) homes often feel obligated to vacation there. In fact, they tend to feel guilty for wanting to travel elsewhere. We’ve even had families that love variety purchase a vacation home, only to come back a couple years later and revisit Equity Estates. Their family members missed the ability to explore the world.

If destination diversity is important to you, Equity Estates might be the right solution. Our investors enjoy travel to dozens of residences around the globe in 25+ countries.

2. No Stress Maintenance & Upkeep

Owning a home isn’t always easy or as glamorous as one would hope – that challenge can be even greater for a vacation home. Unexpected repairs, landscaping arrangements, HOA fees, monthly utilities can be overwhelming from afar. Not to mention things like frozen pipes or hurricane preparations, which can be real nightmares. And if it’s been a while since you last visited your vacation home, don’t be surprised to spend your first day of vacation working on repairs or to find it dusty on arrival and in need of a deep clean.

Our investors enjoy the comfort, quality, and consistency they would expect from their own home, but without any day-to-day effort. Equity Estates homes are professionally managed. Plus, the actual overhead expenses of owning and maintaining our homes are shared amongst all investors versus on your own.

3. Service You Can Count On

Sometimes the hardest part of vacation travel is managing the logistics, research, and planning aspects of your trip. You are on your own. Before you arrive on vacation, it’s unknown whether or not things will be as expected.

Now, think of how different your trips might be with Equity Estates. No more making your own dinner reservations, no more spending the first day of your vacation grocery shopping. Leave the heavy lifting to us. We plan all of the details, we book excursions, activities, we’ll make the grocery run, and even private chefs. So when you arrive you start vacationing immediately.

We have dedicated Personal Travel Concierges to plan every detail, and Destination Managers who are experts in each location. Each of our residences also has a Local Host on site to welcome you…and who remains available for any emergency or other needs during the trip. Daily housekeeping is provided, of course, so you may maximize your time off with family and friends.

4. A Diversified Investment

We believe that luxury real estate is a great place to invest. But at the end of the day, when an individual buys a vacation home, they are still exposed to a degree of risk…because it’s still only one home in a single destination.

Choosing to invest in an Equity Estates fund gives you ownership in twelve homes across multiple destinations – domestic and international – with a defined path to liquidity. Of course, our investors stand to benefit from any appreciation of the real estate in their fund. We have designed a business model which operates on the belief that we should only profit when investors do, with a clear exit.



Similarities between Equity Estates and Second Home Ownership

Now, let’s compare some of the ways owning a second home is similar to Equity Estates.

Consistency & Quality

As a second homeowner or an Equity Estates investor, you get to avoid risking your time off. We know how important it is to have your expectations met (or better yet, exceeded). Our investors take comfort in knowing the quality of the home, the location, and the amenities will be impeccable every single time.

To assure our rigid quality standards, Equity Estates invests an average of $250,000 in furniture, fixtures, and equipment in each of our homes. Our investors can count on high-quality mattresses and furnishings, chef-grade cookware and appliances, luxurious linens, and immaculately kept homes in the best locations. Our investors are the owners, after all, and we know they expect their homes to be perfect each visit.

Enjoy a Well-Stocked Home

Nothing is more frustrating than arriving in a rental house and not knowing what items will be on hand. Will there be salt and pepper, basic spices, and shampoo?

Problem solved if you have your own vacation home…or if you’re an investor in Equity Estates. Each home in our portfolio is stocked with 85 consumables – from olive oil to tin foil to bug spray to back up batteries. Our investors travel knowing exactly which condiments, toiletries, and coffee will be there.

Click here to see a full list of Equity Estates consumable items in every residence.

Clear Path to Liquidity

With both ownership options – an investment with Equity Estates or privately purchasing a second home – there is a clear path to liquidity. Our investors appreciate that each Equity Estates fund has a defined period when we will sell all the residences. With second home ownership, well, that’s all up to you.

Learn more about Equity Estates

Overall, our investment model is very different than owning a second home. When evaluating which option is the best for you or your family, it’s important to consider your current travel habits, investment goals, and (most importantly) your available time for maintenance and upkeep.

It’s worth noting at least 40% of Equity Estates investors also own a second home, too. So don’t think you can’t choose both to add more variety to your travels if your financial situation permits it.

Are you looking for a consistently excellent way to vacation…while making a smart decision with your money? Schedule time to connect with our team or download our Fund VI Investment Overview to learn more.