High-tech luxuries becoming the norm in homes of the affluent

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 12:50pm.

Big homes are taking a back seat to high-tech gadgets for luxury home buyers, according to RealtyTimes.

With the ERA Real Estate and HGTV reporting that 46 percent of consumers see smart-home technology as a growing “must have” in their current and future residences, Digital Interiors says that 94 percent of buyers surveyed would give up 1,000 square feet of living space for high-tech luxury in their new homes.

Here are the high-tech gadgets that affluent homebuyers desire or consider necessities in their homes, according to RealtyTimes:

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats have to ability to program themselves based on residents’ preferences and adjust when they leave to conserve energy, and are also controllable from smartphones.

Enhanced home surveillance

Today’s home security systems do more than set off alarms and contact police when trouble lurks. Now they are often equipped with wireless security cameras inside and outside the home, and feature sleek and discreet designs. And some security companies offer subscription-free monitoring options.

Not just a luxury kitchen

While enhancing a kitchen is likely to improve a home’s value and appeal to potential buyers, modern-day affluent home shoppers are looking for the latest technology trends, as well, according to RealtyTimes. That might include no-touch faucets and smart refrigerators that alert the home owners when they need to go grocery shopping. Some models feature an internal camera to check on contents, built-in Wi-Fi to connect to mobile devices and offers available accessories that can be 3-D printed. Some high-tech refrigerators even offer Bluetooth smart cooking thermometers that relay to mobile devices when food is ready to create perfect dishes every time.

Entertainment to the max

Flat-screen televisions are a common find in most homes, and many also have surround sound while others even have home theaters. But the most luxurious entertainment systems with Savant allow people to adjust the lighting, change the channel on the smart TV and turn on music from one controller. It can also help monitor a home’s security and adjust the climate as needed, according to RealtyTimes.


Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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