5 High-Tech Smart Homes for the Super Rich
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Clock tower penthouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.
List price: $19 million
Listing agent: Michele Kleier, Gumley Haft Kleier Inc., 212-371-2525 ext. 350
This three-bedroom penthouse doesn't have the world's most elaborate electronics, but is in one of the coolest settings around -- a 98-year-old former factory's clock tower.
Spanning the top three floors of Brooklyn's famed 1914 Clock Tower Building, the condo boasts one-of-a-kind windows carved out of the structure's four huge clocks (which still function).
As for electronics, the penthouse has 12-speed CAT wiring and a Crestron system that controls lighting, heat, air conditioning, audio/video and shades.
Other amenities include 3.5 bathrooms, a private elevator, 16- to 50-foot ceilings and 24-hour concierge service.
The building is in Brooklyn's up-and-coming "Dumbo" area, which stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass."
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Tuxedo Park estate, Atlanta
List price: $11.5 million
Listing agent: Debra Johnston, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty, 404-312-1959
This newly built 2-acre estate features all sorts of cutting-edge technology, from a home theater that cost nearly $1 million to lights, thermostats and more that you can control remotely.
Virtually every room in this seven-bedroom/13-bathroom home is connected to central music and security systems and comes prewired for CAT5 cable, PBX phones and high-speed Internet access. There's also a high-tech geothermal heating/cooling system and super-efficient thermal-pane windows and icynene insulation.
But it's the property's home theater that really shines.
Outfitted with 12-seat German-made leather seats, the space boasts a $160,000 Digital Projections Pro-Cinema Commercial Projector, a 171-inch Stewart film screen and a $17,000 Snell surround-sound speaker/subwoofer system.