SPONSORED POST: CeCe Yan of Pinnacle Residential Properties was born and raised in Beijing, China. She writes about her experiences serving real estate clients in the United States.
When it comes to real estate, although cultural differences between East and West exist, it has become clear that whether I’m working with clients from China or the United States, everybody wants the same thing. A home they can be proud of.
On the face of it, there seem to be a few cultural “rules.” But with every rule, exceptions abound. The kitchen is one such distinction. Generally speaking, Chinese cooks value working over an open flame. Due to the frequent movement of woks and quick changes in heat, gas ranges are therefore strongly preferred over electric or induction stoves. But the popularity of high-end gas ranges in Wellesley kitchens, combined with my clients’ requests, has shown me that the Chinese aren’t the only ones who want to see real fire when they’re making dinner for their families.
In terms of the orientation of a house, feng shui principles advise a south-facing home. Of course, such an orientation maximizes sunlight and, it is believed, therefore the happiness of the occupants. One of the most common requests I get from all of my clients, whether they believe in feng shui or not, is that the house be “light and bright.”