Owners of luxury fractional property buy a share of a single residence, that provides them with a couple of weeks to thirteen weeks of usage a year. The ownership period varies by development and can be expressed as a fraction (eg 1/10, 1/8, or ¼) or as a number of weeks (eg 5, 6 or 12 weeks).
Private Residence Clubs are the upper tier of the luxury fractional market, providing all the services of a five star hotel together with the ownership.
There are hundreds of fractional and Private Residence Club developments located in city, beach, mountain and resort destinations. Use our home directory to search through these locations.
They are sometimes compared to timeshares, although there are several key differences. For instance luxury fractionals are in better locations, are more luxurious and typically larger, providing 2, 3 or 4+ bedrooms.
This article covers the reasons people buy fractionals and PRCs, and if you're looking to buy read the list of questions to ask before buying your fractional. For easy reference there is a glossary of terms.
The latest news and research on luxury fractionals and Private Residence Clubs is available below.
The southern tip of the Baja California peninsula provides a scenic backdrop for E3Escapes' 13,000 sq ft luxury fractional home.
The Four Seasons Residence Club in Punta Mita, Mexico has unveiled its Phase II expansion, which consist of 15 new fractional homes.
Luxury residence club and resort developer, Timbers Resorts, has recently introduced its own exchange program. Owners can now stay at any of the seven Timbers Collection properties, even if they own at just one resort.
There are more and more private residence clubs offering preview stays as a way to try out the club before you buy.
A 15th-century palace is home to Palazzo Tornabuoni, a private residence club situated in an upscale shopping district in the heart of Florence.
Fairmont Heritage Place, the private residence club from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, has assumed management of two private residence clubs formerly operated by Storied Places. The two clubs are at Nature's Door, Whistler and Inspiration, Miramar Beach in Sandestin, Florida.
Reach Advisors surveyed 378 members of nine luxury private residence clubs located in top ski resorts. The survey assessed the satisfaction with availability and the likelihood that members would recommend the club to friends and family.
Many successful professionals seek to escape through a hobby or passion. Some choose boating, fishing or golf, while others journey to wine country to enjoy a refined, quiet lifestyle away from the daily grind. With the option of owning a fraction of a vineyard, winery or home on a vineyard, the latter becomes an obtainable lifestyle.
The Ritz-Carlton Club is rapidly growing its private residence club collection with 11 destinations including locations in California, Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and now The Bahamas. The newest offering in Abaco, The Bahamas will be available for first phase occupancy in December 2008.
The Aspen Times announced that Fractional sales in this exclusive ski resort had actually increased in June this year, bucking the trend for the year to date.
Vacationers who wish to slip into history and taste the true essence of medieval Tuscany will cherish Borgo di Vagli, a fully restored 14th century hamlet near Cortona, Italy.
An innovative new lender is giving borrowers with excellent credit the opportunity to finance destination club and shared luxury property purchases.
It appears to me that the fractional ownership vacation home industry has been dancing around a topic of fundamental importance for too long - the mark-up or "premium" charged to fractional buyers.
The Cape Codder Residence Club offers the only fractional ownership opportunity in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Fractional or shared ownership vacation homes are a rapidly growing segment (over 30 percent in 2006) of the real estate market. Fractional real estate sales were about $1.6 Billion in 2006 and are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. Most of these fractional real estate sales may be attributed to resort and niche fractional projects rolled out by large hotel operators, such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Starwood, and Ritz Carlton (resort fractionals).
In theory, the condo-hotel purchase sounds like a solid investment. Pay an amount up front, and get money back monthly when the hotel rents out your unit. Many investors couldnt wait to get into this market. They whole-heartedly believed that their monthly costs would not only be covered, but that they would have money to put back in their pockets.
Ragatz Associates just released their latest annual survey of fractional homes, private residence clubs and destination clubs in North America. The overall combined sales were $2.3 billion in 2007, up 8.3 per cent from 2006.
The New York-based Luxury Institute just completed a survey of wealthy individuals and asked them about branded private residence clubs. In this Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) the St. Regis Residence Club won top honors.