“People are always looking for something exciting and different,” says architect Richard Krantz of the wave of new salons. He put a salon with stations for hair and nails in a $20 million house built in Newport Beach, Calif., about a year ago. Now he’s considering including them in spec houses he designs. When he takes clients to see the house with the salon as an example of his work, Mr. Krantz says it makes a strong impression.
Builder Andrew Johnson, owner of Jadee Construction in Hot Springs, Ark., estimates that the 450-square-foot hair salon he put into a $7 million house for a client last year cost about $30,000. Big-ticket items include two pedicure chairs that cost about $5,000 apiece. There are also two manicure stations, a hair-washing basin and a leather chair on rollers for haircuts. He is currently putting in another private salon in a 4,000-square-foot home under construction in Hot Springs.
Kimberly Najjar included a hair and nail salon in the 40,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom house she and her husband built in Atlanta. Ms. Najjar says she has enjoyed the salon more than any other feature, including the ballroom, cigar room, theater, two gyms, seven kitchens, recording studio and swimming pool. “I hate going to salons because of all the chaos going on there,” she says. Many salons have no cellphone policies, which can be a pain, she adds. The house is on the market for $15.9 million—and the salon is listed among the selling points in the marketing material.
Current property listings reveal the popularity of salons in luxury homes. Some highlights: An 8,800-square-foot house for sale for $14.5 million in Los Angeles calls its hair salon an “amazing feature.” Harbor Freight Tools CEO Eric Smidt recently sold his Beverly Hills estate, priced at $45 million, that includes “coiffure salon.” The Primm Ranch, for sale for $16 million in Las Vegas, lists a hair salon among the amenities, which also include a bowling alley and a recording studio.
I’m a staunch advocate of people spending (their own) money on any damn-fool thing they want to, including a private hair salon, but if you’re doing it to enhance your resale value, forget it: these must rank just about even with indoor pools. The Journal quotes this agent’s opinion, and I think she’s spot on:
Not all agents agree on what private salons contribute to resale values. Tamara Bourne, with Keller Williams Realty in Peachtree City, Ga., has had several listings with hair salons and says they’re “hard as heck” to sell and get lots of funny comments. “It’s kind of a freaky thing,” she says.