Over the past 12 months, Chinese buyers surpassed Canadian on purchasing properties in the U.S., spending an estimated $28.6 billion on residential real estate between September 2014 and October 2015, according to the Realtor 2015 Profile of International Homebuying Activity.
A recent Fortune magazine article states “ancient art of feng shui is being used to sell luxury real estate to the Chinese.” Have you ever wondered why so many Chinese rely on feng shui to select, design, and decorate their real estate holdings? After all, 1.4 billion Chinese can’t be wrong.
Elemental harmony in the foyer of the exquisite Amio Road property on Kukui’ula Harbor (MLS# 277257)
Despite being ancient and therefore built upon more layers of cultural memes than there are leaves on a lotus blossom, feng shui is an imminently practical system for living in harmony with the environment. It is so common sense that regardless of prior exposure to it, you already know some feng shui.
It is a common sense to say that water runs down hill. And that plants need water to thrive. Or that metal chops wood. Or that you can rub two wooden sticks together to make fire. Or that fire can be doused by water. And the residue of fire, ash, is used to benefit soil, or earth.
Wood and fire and earth and metal and water are called “elements” in feng shui. These elements have relationships, some helpful and nurturing, some antagonistic. Feng shui masters simply observed natural phenomenon and created a system of living in harmony with the elements of the natural world around us. To improve harmony, health, and good fortune, arrange the elements according to good feng shui principles.
What Are Good Feng Shui Principles Related to Real Estate?
It’s elemental, my dear Watson, as Sherlock would say. A stone hearth makes a beautiful setting for a fireplace, indicative of the nurturing relationship between the elements of fire and earth. On the other hand, building codes require a certain distance between wooden studs and the fireplace, because fire burns wood. Setbacks are required near waterways to allow for the occasional flooding or rising tides, because earth and water have influence over one another. Lumber is hewn, milled, and sculpted by metal tools. We use the five elements every day. Feng shui masters do so in systematic way to deliberately create healthy, harmonious dwellings and workspaces.
In modern homes, a feeling of elemental harmony is enhanced by the careful selection, layout, and juxtaposition of wood and glass and steel and stone. Choice of materials and placement of furniture and other decorative elements enhances a sense of congeniality in every room. In feng shui designed environments the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are used in combination to assure a room, house, building, or entire city enjoy a healthy “Qi” translated as “energy.”
The results of designing and decorating in harmony with the elements is palpable. When you approach a feng shui designed building, you sense the serenity. The size and shape of the building, the entryway, the landscaping – it all feels “right.” If you pay attention to your Fitness Tracker, you will notice your pulse going down. You become more alert in a pleasant way as you enter the doors to discover more of the good vibes that a properly feng shui designed space provides. How can a building entry provoke these kinds of physiological responses? Feng shui.
Want to Know More?
I would love to help you design, decorate, purchase, or sell property on Kauai using time-proven feng shui principles to assure you of lasting harmony and good fortune. Call or text Alannah k. Levian RS77605 at 808.631.0388.