How can I get one of my properties invited to be featured on the Upstate Luxury Tour of Homes website?

Selecting a home to join a portfolio of luxury custom homes is a meticulous process that demands the highest standards of quality and uniqueness. Such a home must first exude an aura of exclusivity, boasting architectural excellence that sets it apart from the ordinary. Attention to detail is paramount, with every element meticulously designed and executed to perfection. The location of the home plays a pivotal role, often nestled in prestigious neighborhoods or picturesque Upstate settings that offer unparalleled views and privacy.

Interior spaces must epitomize opulence, featuring top-of-the-line materials, state-of-the-art technology, and custom craftsmanship that seamlessly blends form and function. Beyond aesthetics, the home must also provide an array of amenities that cater to the most discerning tastes, from spa-like retreats to cutting-edge entertainment spaces. Moreover, it should align with the lifestyle aspirations of potential residents, whether it’s a haven for relaxation or a showcase for extravagant gatherings. Ultimately, a home’s induction into a luxury portfolio hinges on its ability to deliver an exceptional living experience that transcends the ordinary and resonates with those seeking the epitome of bespoke living.

If you know of a property or residence that meets these exacting standards, please reach out directly to Taylor Lyles, CEO of the Homebuilders Association of Greenville:

What are the criteria for consideration for a property to be featured on the Upstate Luxury Tour of Homes website?
Creating a portfolio for a luxury tour of homes website requires careful selection to ensure that only the most exclusive and exceptional properties are featured. Here’s an outline of criteria to consider:

  1. Architectural Excellence:
    • Distinctive and unique architectural design.
    • High-quality construction and craftsmanship.
    • Innovative use of materials and aesthetics.
  2. Location and Setting:
    • Prime, desirable locations such as upscale neighborhoods or scenic vistas.
    • Privacy and security features.
    • Access to amenities like golf courses, beaches, or cultural attractions.
  3. Interior Features:
    • Luxurious finishes, materials, and fixtures.
    • Spacious, well-appointed rooms with attention to detail.
    • Smart home technology and automation.
  4. Amenities:
    • Spa-like features such as saunas, hot tubs, or steam rooms.
    • State-of-the-art fitness facilities.
    • Entertainment spaces, home theaters, or game rooms.
    • Wine cellars or tasting rooms.
    • Outdoor amenities like pools, tennis courts, or gardens.
  5. Views and Natural Elements:
    • Captivating views
    • Integration with natural surroundings, like landscaped gardens or waterfront access.
  6. Sustainability and Energy Efficiency:
    • Environmentally friendly features such as solar panels or energy-efficient systems.
    • LEED or green building certifications.
  7. Security and Privacy:
    • Gated entrances or security systems.
    • High-level privacy features, such as large setbacks or extensive landscaping.
  8. History and Heritage (if applicable):
    • Historical significance or architectural heritage.
    • Renovations that preserve and enhance the property’s historical value.
  9. Customization and Uniqueness:
    • Evidence of custom design and unique features tailored to the property.
    • Avoidance of cookie-cutter designs.
  10. Market Value and Investment Potential:
    • Demonstrated appreciation potential.
    • Competitive pricing within the luxury real estate market.
  11. Lifestyle Alignment:
    • Properties that align with the lifestyle aspirations of potential buyers, whether it’s for relaxation, entertaining, or cultural experiences.
  12. Professional Photography and Presentation:
    • High-quality, professionally taken photographs showcasing the property’s features. Ultimately, our photographer and videographer will be utilized, but for consideration we must see decent photography.
    • Detailed, compelling descriptions highlighting the property’s unique qualities.
  13. Compliance and Legal Considerations:
    • Compliance with local zoning laws and regulations.
    • Clear title and legal documentation.
  14. References and Reviews (if available):
    • Positive feedback from clients/residents
    • Testimonials from reputable real estate professionals.

By adhering to these criteria, a luxury tour of homes website can curate a portfolio that appeals to a discerning audience seeking only the most exceptional and exclusive properties.

What do I get with my membership?
Your subscription will get you access to all of our Luxury Tour homes and portfolios. We will keep adding to our website throughout the year.
I love what I see. How do I find the perfect custom home builder to make my dreams a reality?
Choosing the perfect luxury custom home builder is a crucial decision when building your dream home. Here are some key pieces of advice to help you make an informed choice:

  1. Define Your Needs and Budget:
    • Determine your specific requirements, including the size, style, and features you want in your luxury home.
    • Establish a realistic budget, considering not only construction costs but also design, permits, and potential upgrades.
  2. Research and Referrals:
    • Start by researching local custom home builders with a strong reputation for luxury construction. Obviously, our website and the HBA of Greenville is the first place to start!
    • Seek recommendations from friends, family, and real estate professionals who have experience with custom homes.
  3. Check Credentials:
    • Verify the builder’s licenses, insurance, and certifications to ensure they are qualified and comply with local regulations.
  4. Portfolio Review:
    • Examine the builder’s portfolio of completed projects, especially from our Luxury Tour website. Pay attention to design aesthetics, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.
  5. Visit Completed Homes:
    • If possible, visit some of the builder’s completed homes to get a firsthand look at the quality of their work and gather feedback from homeowners.
  6. Interview Multiple Builders:
    • Meet with several builders to discuss your vision and assess their ability to understand and execute your ideas.
    • Ask about their experience with similar projects and their preferred architectural styles.
  7. Ask for References:
    • Request a list of references from the builder and contact past clients to inquire about their experiences working with them.
  8. Transparency and Communication:
    • Ensure that the builder is transparent about costs, timelines, and any potential challenges.
    • Evaluate their communication skills and responsiveness to your inquiries.
  9. Quality of Subcontractors:
    • Inquire about the subcontractors the builder uses for various aspects of construction, such as plumbing, electrical, and landscaping.
    • Ensure these subcontractors meet high-quality standards.
  10. Warranty and After-Sales Service:
    • Understand the builder’s warranty policies and the level of support they offer after the home is completed.
    • A reputable builder should stand by their work and be responsive to any issues that arise.
  11. Green Building and Technology:
    • If eco-friendliness and smart home technology are important to you, inquire about the builder’s expertise in these areas.
  12. Contracts and Legal Matters:
    • Carefully review all contracts and legal documents before signing, and consider involving an attorney specializing in real estate if necessary.
  13. Trust Your Instincts:
    • Ultimately, trust your gut feeling about the builder. You should feel comfortable and confident in their ability to bring your vision to life.
  14. Visit Ongoing Projects:
    • If possible, visit homes that the builder is currently constructing to see their work in progress and assess their organization and job site cleanliness.
  15. Compare Quotes:
    • Obtain detailed quotes from multiple builders and compare them thoroughly. Be cautious of significantly lower bids, as they may indicate corners being cut.

Choosing the perfect luxury custom home builder is a significant step toward turning your dream home into a reality. Take your time, do thorough research, and prioritize open communication to ensure a successful partnership and the construction of a home that meets your highest expectations.

I want to bring the Luxury Tour of Homes to my area. Are you offering the ability to license it to other municipalities or geographical locations?

The short answer is YES! We are hand-selecting certain areas where we are open to the idea of licensing the Luxury Tour of Homes brand and concept. If you are interested in being one of the founding municipalities or geographical regions, please reach out to both Taylor Lyles ( and Dorothy Self (


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