Smart is the new luxury. Owning a high-tech smart home is no longer futuristic fiction but is real estate reality.
A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices, such as your phone or iPad, to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems: adjust the temperature, lighting, music or even the digital artwork in order to indulge your mood or satisfy a need. At the touch of a button that Van Gogh becomes a Picasso; those glass walls become tinted for privacy; the lights become dim and the sound system softly fills your home with the sultry Nora Jones. Smart technology allows you to transform your home according to your latest whim and from any place in the world.
From the rolling hills in the Czech Republic, to the white spruce forests of Canada, to the best beaches in California, the smart-home phenomenon has toured globally and, undoubtedly, has confirmed that high-tech is the new-norm for a hefty-price. And so, let’s peer into some of these splendid smart homes, shall we?
Central Bohemia, Czech Republic
High-tech often equals sleek and minimal.
This modern marvel boasts an interior just under 12,000 square feet and consists of two separate villas that are located in the quiet village of Ořech, just a short distance from the border and center of Prague. Located in an ideal serene setting with a massive garden spanning over 30,000 square feet, this chic abode boasts state-of-the-art equipment and technology, as well as a fitness-wellness area, wine cellar and home cinema. And that’s just for starters.
Other amenities include Finnish and steam sauna, solarium, heated pool, whirlpool, custom made furniture, designer outdoor furniture, heated entry ramp to the garage and underfloor heating. Fully automatic operation allows for smart-style remote control of this contemporary property. As you leave work and head home, you might remotely change the ambiance at home for your significant other by dimming the lights and playing some sultry jazz. It creates a mood more effortless than drinking wine and there’s no hangover to be had.
British Columbia, Canada
At other times, high-tech equals stately elegance and classic sophistication.
This tri-level home is perfectly situated in Vancouver and while retaining its stately Canadian charm, it also offers all the bells and whistles of a high-tech lifestyle. This real estate extravaganza boasts over 10,000 square foot of luxurious living area, that includes two master suites that span the length of the house (sanctuaries unto themselves) plus six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
This property is located on a beautifully landscaped 30,0000 square-foot estate with stunning 180 degree mountain and ocean views. From the large home theatre, temperature-controlled wine cellar, Tiki-style wet bar and a 40-foot heated lap pool and sauna, this classic real estate masterpiece has it all.
The home is also fully equipped with Control 4 Smart Home Automation. The security system, all interior and exterior lights, the sound system and TVs can be controlled using a smart phone or iPad.
Laguna Beach, California
On the global frontier of smart-home technology, it’s quite obvious that Home Sweet Home has morphed into Home Smart Home.