When you think of the world of condos and new-build apartments, “unique” may not be the first word that springs to mind. Condos have a reputation for being uniform, but thanks to a new crop of savvy architects and technology-embracing designers, the best modern condos on the market feel more custom than cookie-cutter. From virtual personal assistants capable of ordering in-home beauty treatments to personal chefs hirable at the tap of a button, it’s never been easier to design a lifestyle that feels entirely bespoke. These modern condos are called smart homes for a reason.
Atmospheric Control in California, USA
While a prewar renovation certainly has its charm, you can’t beat the convenience of turnkey. Located in the sought-after neighborhood of Rancho Del Oro, this Oceanside, California home is ready for you to lock the door and throw away the key. If soothing interiors awash in calming neutrals aren’t enough to create a relaxed atmosphere, smart home technology allows you to set lighting or create a breeze with a tap of your smartphone. And for moments that are too zen for phones, simply call out to your own personal assistant and Alexa will take care of it for you.
Considered Seclusion in Guadalajara, Mexico
Looking for the privacy of a penthouse without the staggering heights? This vertical Guadalajara development offers twelve apartments each occupying their own floor, serviced by smart elevator, guaranteeing seclusion without sacrificing on location. Elegant architecture marries with cutting-edge design in an open-concept, villa-inspired floor plan that flows out to a sunny terrace overlooking panoramic views of the city. The pièce de résistance comes in the form of a sleek and shiny kitchen with fully-concealed floor-to-ceiling cabinetry that feels entirely custom. Storage has never looked so chic.
Remote-Controlled Lighting with Waterfront Views in Queensland, Australia
Oceanside living is all about ease: breezy open windows, sun-drenched balconies, the sound of the waves. The interiors of this Queensland condo, conceptualized by award-winning designer Sandy Smedley, are designed to bring the vibrant surrounding marina setting indoors. The latest smart technology—including LED lighting and electronic blinds and shutters throughout—ensures a seamless, relaxed flow. With many flocking to the Gold Coast to build their nests, new developments can pose a concern for waterfront vistas, but with “never be built out” views, you can rest assured that you won’t lose your front-row seat to the Coral Sea.
App Convenience in Padenghe sul Garda, Italy
This Lake Garda home home places luxury in the palm of your hand. Ultra-modern interiors overlook nearly 15 acres of rolling Padenghe sul Garda hillside with sweeping views of Lake Garda, a popular holiday destination amongst the in-the-know travelers who retreat annually to its crystal-blue waters. A private pool, jacuzzi, solarium, and Finnish sauna overlook the lake on a panoramic terrace. Arrange for a wide variety of personal services including a private chef and at-home beauty treatments using an exclusive multilingual app. Who needs to leave?
Next-Level Living in London, England
Outfitted with the latest tech, this suave London penthouse feels as tailor-made as a Savile Row suit. Contemporary interiors pair seamlessly with the home’s future features, which include smart home control systems, comfort cooling, heating underfoot, and state-of-the-art appliances throughout. Spread over two floors, the smart features of this premium condo ensure that no matter where in the home you settle in, you’re supremely comfortable.
Home Automation in Kraków, Poland
A modern smart home set in a historic urban center strikes an intriguing contrast. Located in one of Poland’s oldest cities, this Krakówcondo is awash in glossy fixtures and polished appliances. Travel through time as you take in the historic 16th-century architecture of nearby Old Town from your spacious terrace, before closing the blinds with a tap of an iPad and tuning in to your private home theater. Fully automated by smart home integration, this property leaves no stone unturned when it comes to functionality, including heating, lighting, and audio-video controls.
With formulaic configurations and lack of personality a hallmark of the past, today’s condos are looking to the future. Thankfully, times are changing, with a wide range of savvy developers embracing modern advancements and elevating condo living to entirely new heights.
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