Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level.

What Is A Smart Home Now?

Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their home, citing benefits like improving security, increasing the value of their home, reducing their energy bills, and adding convenience. Connected home technology like the Nest Thermostat allow customers to save money by using technology to manage the heating and cooling systems in their home: efficient and frugal.

Many people already use these technologies in connection with their entertainment and sound systems, but the technology can connect you to your refrigerator, oven, security systems, and even your lighting. Celebrities have been using this technology for a while now (Oprah even has a ski-home in Telluride with a radiant heat system that keeps her driveway completely snow free), but as the technology grows and becomes more affordable, everyone can have access to smart home features.

Smart home security systems are also showing up in homes with greater frequency. Home owners and apartment residents alike love the added security and convenience of having video doorbells that send notifications to their cell phones. Well-known smart home brands like Honeywell, Nest, and Amazon (Ring) all offer smart security technology, available for startup costs of under $500. Most basic systems come with door and window sensors, motion detectors, and some sort of hub, but you can easily upgrade your smart home security system and include garage door openers, door locks, surveillance cameras, lights and sirens, water sensors, detectors for smoke and carbon monoxide, and countless others.

Most of this technology you can control from your smartphone, easily changing and updating rules for your security system,  locking and unlocking doors, arming and disarming the entire system or automatically recording video.

Built-In Smart Tech

Retail developers have sensed the changes on the horizon, and many are beginning to offer buyers the option to have smart home technology built into the homes before they take up residence. Drewery Place in Houston, Texas partnered with Amazon to offer all residents an Amazon Alexa when they moved in. The 27-level tower offers a mixture of high-end luxury apartments and studios, featuring connected home technology from Honeywell thermostats and IT support to programmable lighting, Latch Bluetooth door hardware, and access to Spruce, among others. Spruce provides hotel-inspired services to apartment residents, including pet care, daily chores, laundry and dry cleaning, and housekeeping. Like Spruce, Hello Alfred also offers residents of complexes using the service access to an Alfred Home manager to help with daily tasks around your house, from stocking your fridge to watering your plants.

Reach Residence at Brickell City Centre in Miami, Florida features penthouses equipped with connected home technology like smart plugs, Amazon Alexa and Echo Dot, and charging stations for electric vehicles available to all residents of the property. Even luxury resorts in The Bahamas are featuring connected home technologies; illa Bimini Resort & Residences offers potential owners of their luxurious residential villas the opportunity to include solar panels in their vacation home, along with smart home controllers, locks, and security systems.

The Next Frontier

If you’re looking for the next way to bring everyday luxury into your home, look no further than the smart home technology systems that are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. Your connected devices can do more than you think to make your life easier, offering convenient, affordable options that will save you money and make it feel like you’re living in a luxury hotel everyday!

Photos courtesy of Reach Residence at Brickell City Centre, Drewery Place in Houston, Texas,, and Home Depot.