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Get Smart: What is a Smart Home, and What are the Benefits of Having One?

Posted on November 15, 2021 by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty

What is a smart home? Essentially, a “smart home” is a residence equipped with devices and systems that make your life easier. These devices and systems automate tasks normally managed by humans, like lighting, home security, sounds system, blinds, locks, home theater, thermostats, etc. Smart home automation uses internet-connected systems and devices that are managed through one main pilot, like a tablet or a smartphone. While the concept isn't new, the evolution of smart home technology is rapidly growing and changing. While ease and comfort are obvious incentives to converting your home into a smart home, there are several features that benefit the environment, upgrade security, make your space more entertaining, and enhance the home’s value. 


Automated and digitally managed lighting, appliances, and heating and cooling systems, can have a positive environmental impact. These systems can lower your energy usage and are often the most impactful smart home features. Have a garden or pasture to water? According to tests run by the Irrigation Association, Smart Irrigation can conserve 20% more water than traditionally controlled irrigation systems. This is made possible through sensors that tailor watering schedules to the needs of the landscaping and environmental changes (ie. rain). 


For secondary homeowners, smart home features can be especially helpful for managing your home from afar. Digitally managed locks and security systems can offer a sense of ease when away from the residence. By having control of these systems using voice commands, location rules, sensor detection, or even simple schedules, your house will be running itself like a property manager. 


Have you ever been to a party on Red Mountain where there's a different soundtrack playing in every room? Or a family gathering where the living room has surround sound for the game that doesn't disturb the music playing in the kitchen? These are smart home entertainment features that give you the opportunity to cater to you and your guests’ needs. 


While there are plenty more benefits of having a smart home, the best way to convert your smart home into one of intelligence is through features that enhance comfort and the home's value. A heated driveway and garage or a home theater are just a couple examples. 


Here are a handful of our favorite smart homes currently listed with Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty. 


37 Primrose Lane, Carbondale, CO, MLS# 170473


Capture the majesty of Mt. Sopris and the Roaring Fork River from this 5,900 square foot smart home. This solar energy generated home has a heated garage, data room, elevator, and refrigerated wine cellar for 1,000 bottles. The 800 square foot deck is outfitted with an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, hot tube, natural gas heaters, and surround sound Polk outdoor speaker system. Make this your hub for luxury entertainment and living.


Here are the Specs: Fire suppression sprinklers in the whole 7,200 square feet, water purification, conditioning, and softening, data room, refrigerated wine cellar, Nest smoke detectors, 6,500 KW of solar energy generation, the driveway and lower patio have a decorative LED lighting border, and an indoor and outdoor speaker system. 


Listed with Arleen Ginn 


1020 Carroll Drive, Aspen, CO, MLS# 167948


There's a reason Starwood founder Edgar Stern chose 1020 Carroll Drive; it is simply the finest Aspen estate. Enjoy end-of-the-road privacy and top-of-the-world Elk Mountain views on six Starwood parcels totaling 115.7 acres. The 13,175 square foot main house was designed with an arts and crafts style on a Rocky Mountain scale. There are two ponds on the property. A guest house with four en suite studios and three wood-burning fireplaces, three 3-bedroom caretakers, offices, garages and maintenance facilities are situated below the main house. Starwood is Aspen's only gated community with x-country ski trails, tennis courts and an on-site fire station. This is a one-of-a-kind private Rocky Mountain legacy estate with every amenity, direct USFS access, and forever views.


Here are the Specs: Lutron system, electric shades and automated security.


Listed with Chris Klug


1220 Watson Divide Ranch, Snowmass, CO, MLS# 151263 


Taking its name from surrounding Snowmass Mountain, Capitol Peak, Mt. Daly and Mt. Sopris, Four Peaks Ranch is the consummate mountain sanctuary. Once inside the gate, a world of unique splendor and beauty awaits. An outdoor paradise spreads out amongst the 876 pristine and unspoiled acres with 15 miles of alluring private trails. When the need for outdoor adventure is met, an abundance of essential indoor amenities are sure to pamper and indulge. 


Here are the Specs: Home theater, climate-controlled wine room.


Listed with Craig Morris and Wyatt Wheeler


144 Bridge Lane, Snowmass, CO, MLS# 170383


Located off the Guggenheim ski run in Snowmass, this gorgeous, newly constructed, mountain contemporary home awaits you with extensive west to east views of the Snowmass Valley. With 5,175 square feet, this spacious home offers a main floor master with a fireplace, steam shower and private deck, guest-master situated above the two-car garage, and 3 guest suites downstairs. Weather hiking directly from this home in the summer, or skiing in the winter, this home is absolutely perfect for all seasons!


Here are the Specs: Automated lighting, smart controlled garage door, digitally managed locks. 


Listed with The Team 


709 West Hallam Street, Aspen, CO, MLS# 171317


Your Aspen dream home in the making! Transform your dream into reality with this sophisticated and impeccably designed West End retreat. Due for completion at the end of 2021, the down-to-the-studs remodel by Z-Group Architects offers intriguing finishes executed with second-to-none craftsmanship by S&S Construction. The captivating main living areas offer tall, vaulted ceilings with grand views of Shadow Mountain, a lofty open floor plan, and seamless indoor-outdoor living. The home décor by Katy Allen provides top-of-the-line furnishings and design details throughout the five bedrooms and seven baths making each room unique yet harmonious with the rest of the home.


Here are the Specs: Audio system to include indoor and outdoor features with Sonos control, surround sound features in living room, network install throughout the house – wired and wireless, keypad for entry at exterior doors, Lutron lighting and window blinds controlled via Lutron app, temp sensors and thermostats within Lutron app, Honeywell home security with sensors at exterior doors with app, axis surveillance cameras with app to view cameras from smartphone.


Listed with Lex Tarumianz



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