Private Residence Club View

Owners of luxury fractional property buy a share of a single residence, that provides them with a couple of weeks to thirteen weeks of usage a year. The ownership period varies by development and can be expressed as a fraction (eg 1/10, 1/8, or ¼) or as a number of weeks (eg 5, 6 or 12 weeks).

Private Residence Clubs are the upper tier of the luxury fractional market, providing all the services of a five star hotel together with the ownership.

There are hundreds of fractional and Private Residence Club developments located in city, beach, mountain and resort destinations. Use our home directory to search through these locations.

They are sometimes compared to timeshares, although there are several key differences. For instance luxury fractionals are in better locations, are more luxurious and typically larger, providing 2, 3 or 4+ bedrooms. They also offer true, deeded ownership whereas timeshares usually just offer a "right to use."

This article covers the reasons people buy fractionals and PRCs, and if you're looking to buy read the list of questions to ask before buying your fractional. For easy reference there is a glossary of terms.

The latest news and research on luxury fractionals and Private Residence Clubs is available below.


There are more and more private residence clubs offering “preview stays” as a way to try out the club before you buy.

A 15th-century palace is home to Palazzo Tornabuoni, a private residence club situated in an upscale shopping district in the heart of Florence.

Fairmont Heritage Place, the private residence club from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, has assumed management of two private residence clubs formerly operated by Storied Places. The two clubs are at Nature's Door, Whistler and Inspiration, Miramar Beach in Sandestin, Florida.

Reach Advisors surveyed 378 members of nine luxury private residence clubs located in top ski resorts. The survey assessed the satisfaction with availability and the likelihood that members would recommend the club to friends and family.

Many successful professionals seek to escape through a hobby or passion. Some choose boating, fishing or golf, while others journey to wine country to enjoy a refined, quiet lifestyle away from the daily grind. With the option of owning a fraction of a vineyard, winery or home on a vineyard, the latter becomes an obtainable lifestyle.

The Ritz-Carlton Club is rapidly growing its private residence club collection with 11 destinations including locations in California, Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and now The Bahamas. The newest offering in Abaco, The Bahamas will be available for first phase occupancy in December 2008.

The Aspen Times announced that Fractional sales in this exclusive ski resort had actually increased in June this year, bucking the trend for the year to date.

Vacationers who wish to slip into history and taste the true essence of medieval Tuscany will cherish Borgo di Vagli, a fully restored 14th century hamlet near Cortona, Italy.

An innovative new lender is giving borrowers with excellent credit the opportunity to finance destination club and shared luxury property purchases.

It appears to me that the fractional ownership vacation home industry has been dancing around a topic of fundamental importance for too long - the mark-up or "premium" charged to fractional buyers.