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Hot Property Smart home systems put control at homeowners’ fingertips

September 17, 2018

Mobile technologies — smartphones and tablets — have “put the world” at our fingertips. It’s how we get immediate information. It’s how we communicate with each other. It’s how we shop for and buy things. It’s how we’re entertained and so on.

The familiarity and ubiquitous nature of digital mobile devices has made them indispensible to lives and lifestyles, and that doesn’t cease to be true when it comes to how we live in and leave our homes. Combining secure mobile apps with a home’s mechanicals and systems creates a smart home, a living experience that’s hi-tech and controlled with the swipe or touch of a screen.

Smart Greenwich homes

Many of Greenwich’s new-construction developers, architects and builders are thinking, from the outset of a project, about how the home might live and work for its residents. They consider lifestyle and efficiency, comfort and maintenance when laying out the floor plans.

A home need not be brand new to take advantage of smart home technologies. Mechanicals, fixtures and systems in older homes can leverage smart home solutions, too.

There are a number of smart-enabled homes listed for sale across Greenwich today.

Take, for example, the newly constructed home at 2 Randolph Pl., a five-bedroom center hall colonial in central Cos Cob. The property is listed for $2.295 million by William R. Leute of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

At 2 Randolph Pl., smart controls allow for the homeowner to remotely manage everything from oven preheating to central monitoring systems, such as security, fire and C02 monitoring. Even the LiftMaster-brand garage doors are controlled by smartphone app. “You’ll know when a door has been left open and can close it with a tap, no matter where you are,” Leute explained.

“As the house includes CATV/CAT6 wiring, there are many additional options and wireless controls available to manage lighting, heating and cooling, and entertaining systems,” Leute noted.

Also located in charming Cos Cob is smart home-enabled 659 River Road, listed by Sotheby’s Senior Associate Barbara Stephens. The asking price for the 12-room, five-bedroom home, replete with history and character, is $2.55 million.

Stephens described the property as “an idyllic country house.”

“Originally built in 1810, it has — with great imagination and meticulous care for design — morphed into a stunning 2018 home,” the listing Realtor noted. Here, smart home apps control video and security systems, temperature settings, a sprinkler system and a whole-house generator. Smart controls also put surround sound audio in the library, office and garage within smartphone reach.

“It controls audio in the family room, library, living room, kitchen, office, master bedroom and garage,” Stephens explained.

In Riverside — just a short walk to local schools and the Metro North Riverside train station — is another smart-equipped home at 215 Riverside Ave.. The five-bedroom, 4,500-square-foot home was “completely renovated and expanded” in 2017. Here, smart apps control the thermostats and lighting throughout the home. Ann Simpson of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is representing the seller; the property is listed for $2.495 million.

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