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Location

15 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 20 2018 - 6:30 PM

Event Details

SPIRE members braved winter weather on March 20th at one of the newest LUXbnb properties, Ampeer, for a presentation, light appetizers/wine and a Q&A session where SPIRE member Charlotte Perry ('81) - Founder, LUXbnb, talked about the changes in the vacation rental market as Millennials come of age and how LUXbnb has positioned itself to capitalize on these market changes in Washington, DC. 

When Charlotte saw an unmet need for short-stay rentals plus a desire by property owners to safely generate a healthy revenue stream from their residential properties, she melded the two into a short-term rental management business addressing the needs of business and pleasure travelers. LUXbnb focuses on short term rental management of high end furnished residential properties in Washington, DC.

Members learned more about how the newer trend of creating a sense of community in an "Instagram worthy" environment is of particular interest to developers who are racing to develop buildings like Ampeer. These micro-units with large and "over the top" public spaces are satisfying the craving of Millennials who want the whole experience of housing rather than just a nondescript apartment building. Ampeer opened in July 2017 and is the rebranded luxury concept from the former historic Patterson Mansion, a perfect example of the changing market.  

In addition to her business skills, Charlotte is intimately aware of the needs of business travelers having averaged 200 hotel nights per year during those 15 years. As an avid traveler, Charlotte has found her way to 48 states and 59 countries. Having travelled the U.S and the world for business and pleasure she knows well what travelers need and want in short-stay accommodations.

Attendees joined for dinner afterwards at nearby historic Iron Gate.