Thursday, January 20, 2011
Multiple Homes for the Rich!
As the Butler for a billionaire family, I'd like to just mention that rich people are not usually confined to one residence!
A lot of us don't even own one house! Much less several, or many! (This includes me! I'm a born renter! Ha!)
But if you're truly rich, then why not have some get-away place in the favorite spots you often visit? An apartment in New York, or Paris. A chalet in Switzerland, or Aspen. A beach home on the French or Italian Rivieras. (Or even the Caribbean, for that matter. )
As for the family I'm currently working for, they do indeed have multiple properties. (And to my eternal regret, one of them is not a villa in Tuscany! Ha!)
In addition to the main house here in town, there's a condo in New York, an apartment in Milan, a chalet in Aspen and a beach house in the Caymans (but I think this belongs to one of the sons).
These other properties are all fully staffed -- well, the chalet only seasonally, with a caretaker couple during the off season.
I've yet to see these other places, but during the first interview the Mrs asked if I had a current passport (yes!) and if I'd be willing to travel? So maybe someday. (I'm fully qualified, by the Butler School, to manage and staff multiple properties. So we shall see how this job eventually unfolds.)
Now, to get back and forth to all these places, my employers have their own jet! Well, of course! (It seats twelve, but could actually seat sixteen. However, it was reconfigured to accommodate a bar! Ha!)
And there's a pilot on retainer -- on call at any time!
But now here's a curious note: When they zip off to one of these places, there's very little luggage involved, if any at all! They have a full climate-appropriate wardrobe in each home, and all their toiletries, otc medications, and cosmetics are replicated in each location!
Usually, the Mrs takes whatever book she's currently reading, a big purse -- and that's it! "I'll be in Milan for the weekend."
This just absolutely blows me away!
Thanks for reading! I hope it's fun!