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Winthrop Square Tower Height Lowered Over Flight Path Concerns – Condominiums Unaffected

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One of Boston’s most highly-anticipated residential structures has been knocked down a peg. Millennium Partners, developers of Boston’s upcoming Winthrop Square Tower, have announced their intentions to lower the height of the proposed building from 775 feet to 702.

The project calls for a $1.02 billion, 55-story luxury tower situated in the bustling Financial District. The developers recently discovered that the 775 foot tall structure would have stood in the path of of one of Boston Logan Airport’s runways, thereby diverting planes to other runways and sending them over communities north and west of the city that already endure increased air traffic. In talks with the Federal Aviation Administration, Millennium Partners found that a building no larger than 702 feet above sea level would be within the boundaries and avoid hindering takeoffs. In order to comply with federal rules governing building heights near airports, the height of the tower was lowered by 75 feet.

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Massport’s Logan airspace map suggests a limit of 725 feet at Winthrop Square.

The 1,100,000 to 1,500,000 square-foot mixed-use project will contain residential and commercial uses as well as a below-grade garage with 550 parking spaces. The reduced height will discard five to seven floors of proposed office space as opposed to condominiums. These residences at Winthrop Square Tower are expected to redefine luxury living in the neighborhood, as it is one of the few residential high rise buildings in its proximity. It is rare for a building of this height to be proposed in the Financial District, as most of the city’s skyscrapers are situated in the Back Bay neighborhood to avoid flight path issues with Boston Logan. Millennium and its architects are currently studying plans to see if they could add to the width of the tower to avoid greatly reducing its gross square footage. The plans for the project were already controversial, as a massive tower could potentially cast shadows on the surrounding Norman B Leventhal Park and several historic structures. Though the shorter tower will cast a shorter shadow, an upgrade in its width is not without consequences.

We can expect a new round of detailed plans to be unveiled by Millennium Partners and their architects later this year. Stay up to date as more details come to light through Bushari’s Crane Watch on BostonRealEstate.com.

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Rebuilding Work Commences on Fire-Ravaged Waltham Development

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This week, developers Daiwa House and Lincoln Property have commenced a rebuilding initiative on Downtown Waltham’s luxury residential development, The Edison on the Charles. The 10-alarm fire, which spread across five buildings along Elm Street, left the complex disintegrated to rubble.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, fire safety advocates voiced that the wood used to construct the building was susceptible to this type of damage. “It’s like a box of matches because it’s all unprotected wood. It fails rapidly which means you have the collapse of the building fairly quickly,” claimed Chief David Mottor, president of Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts. Since the building had no smoke detectors or sprinkler systems yet installed, it wasn’t possible to alert firefighters to stop the flames early on.

Developers of the project seek to rise the building from the ashes. John Noone, Executive Vice President of Lincoln Cooper Street LLC’s Northeast region plans for cleanup of the demolished structures to commence next week, with construction of the development’s five buildings starting after. “We’ve received our insurance proceeds and we’re going to proceed and rebuild exactly the same project, in the same location, with all the benefits that the city of Waltham is going to attain from this development”, Noone remarked.

The Edison on the Charles will feature 264 residential apartments consisting of four studios, 174 one-bedroom residences and 86 two-bedroom residences. Taking advantage of its location along Cooper street, the development is conveniently located along the bank of the Charles River with easy access to the Greenway and several acclaimed shops, restaurants and museums. Just down the street, the Waltham train station will whisk residents to more Boston excitement. Interstates 90 and 95/128 are a short drive from the project. Luxury amenities at The Edison on the Charles will include garage parking, a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor communal space with a swimming pool, and a resident lounge. While the damage has been a significant setback, developers Daiwa House and Lincoln Property are looking forward to delivering much-needed residential space to the growing neighborhood.

Read more about the development, along with forthcoming renderings and floor plans via Bushari’s Crane Watch.

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Finishing Touches Underway at 170 West Broadway

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The interior finishes are well underway on South Boston’s newest luxury condominium development, 170 West Broadway. Located in South Boston’s Saint Vincent neighborhood district, the project brings 33 residential home-ownership condominium units and 5,170 square-feet of ground-floor retail space to the vibrant area. The 33 outstanding condominium units are comprised of 16 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom residences. Eight penthouse residences will feature private roof decks. The project includes the removal of the existing single-story restaurant building and an upgrade with a new mixed-use building that includes ample on-site parking and related improvements in open space, landscaping, pedestrian and vehicular access and design.

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The new residential building will consist of approximately 46,194 square-feet of gross area, with 33 condominium homes and ground-level retail/restaurant space with a fifth level penthouse for enhanced residential occupancy. 39 on-site parking spaces will be contained within a private heated parking facility situated underground and at-grade. The fifth level penthouse will include duplex units with dedicated roof terraces situated behind the parapet wall.

With dozens of residential and commercial developments planned for the neighborhood, South Boston has become one of the hottest neighborhoods to live. Inquire about the last remaining units at 170 West Broadway and view floor plans and renderings via Bushari’s Crane Watch.

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1350 Boylston Development Gets a New Name

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Introducing The Harlo – Fenway’s newest luxury residential development. The 17-story building is set to bring new life to luxury living in Boston’s rapidly-growing neighborhood.

Developers Skanska USA have announced that completion of the Harlo is expected for Fall of 2017. Its 212 apartments are composed of a brilliant array of unique studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Units will feature exposed concrete ceilings, quartz countertops and panoramic views of Fenway Park and beyond. The building’s residences are further complemented by a number of exceptional amenities including a fitness center and yoga room, a lounge and billiards area, conference room, outdoor terrace with cabanas, and an expansive top-floor sky terrace with panoramic Fenway views. A two-level parking garage with car charging stations will complete this exciting new project.

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An LEED-Gold certified development, The Harlo will be consistent with the Fenway Urban Village Plan which seeks to further develop the Fenway neighborhood into an area “where people can live, work, shop and entertain in a single urban area”. Photos and Floorplans are now available at Bushari’s Crane Watch.

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Front Row Fireworks: 5 Homes with Picturesque City Views

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This Tuesday, we celebrate our nation’s day of Independence. And with that, Bostonians are getting geared up for a dazzling display of fireworks over the Charles River. However, it’s not always easy to get a good vantage point. We’ve compiled a few homes for sale that not only give you front row tickets to the show, but offer breathtaking city skyline views year round!

141 Dorchester Ave #909

Neighborhood: South Boston

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2.5 Baths

List Price: $1,560,000

This LEED Gold-certified residence is awaiting your arrival in the neighborhood’s coveted Macallen building. #909 offers more than 1,730 square-feet of living space spread across three elegant levels. The home features exquisite finishes throughout, including bamboo floors and oversized windows with dramatic city and harbor views in each room. Its dine-in kitchen offers high-end appliances, a center island with breakfast bar and unique architectural details. Retreat to the first floor, consisting of a master bedroom with en-suite bath and two large closets, as well as an additional, second bedroom and another full bath. The upper level is highlighted by a living room, with built-in wet bar, which connects to a spectacular private roof deck – the perfect venue for entertaining or relaxing.

 

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In-unit laundry and one deeded garage parking space complete this home. Enjoy sweeping skyline views from every room!

More pictures available here.

Contact Randy Horn at 781-367-1598 or randy.horn@bushari.com to learn more.

 

285 Columbus Ave #805

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Beds/Baths: 3 Beds/2 Baths

List Price: $2,488,000

This sunlit and spacious corner-unit loft is located in one of the Back Bay’s finest luxury buildings. Perched at the top of the highly coveted 285 Columbus Lofts, this stylish penthouse features walls of windows, offering spectacular views of the city skyline and bustling neighborhood below. Its chef’s kitchen comes with high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a breakfast bar. The bedrooms and generously-sized and flooded with natural sunlight; the master bedroom comes with en-suite bath and a large walk-in closet.

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Amenities in this professionally-managed building include concierge, elevator and a common roof deck – perfect for entertaining guests. In-unit laundry and a private storage unit complete this spectacular home.

More pictures available here.

Contact Eric Tam at 617-803-5683 or eric@bushari.com to learn more.

 

45 Province St #2302

Neighborhood: Midtown

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2 Baths

List Price: $1,600,000

Offering breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor & Financial District from its floor-to-ceiling windows, this stunning 2 bedroom home is located on the 23rd floor of 45 Province – one of Boston’s most luxurious residential buildings. The home features a spacious, open floor plan with designer finishes and bamboo flooring throughout. Its kitchen is built for the home gourmet, with Subzero and Bosh stainless steel appliances and a kitchen bar with built-in gas range, perfect for entertaining with friends and family. The impressive master bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet and spa-like en-suite bath. A well-appointed second bedroom, in-unit laundry and 1 deeded parking space complete this home.

 

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Located in the heart of downtown Boston, 45 Province offers unparalleled amenities, including a spectacular rooftop terrace with heated outdoor pool, concierge, Exhale spa, fireside library and screening room. Surrounded by the finest restaurants, shops and entertainment destinations, this home puts the best of Boston at your door.

More pictures available here.

Contact Eric Tam at 617-803-5683 or eric@bushari.com to learn more.

 

186 Havre St

Neighborhood: East Boston

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2 Baths

List Price:

186 Havre St #3: $650,000

186 Havre St #4: $625,000

186 Havre St #1: $575,000

Only three units remain at East Boston’s newest boutique luxury development. Each residence features 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with high-end finishes and a clean, sophisticated aesthetic. Enjoy fabulous Boston skyline views from all three of these units as well as an abundance of natural sunlight. The property is situated in an outstanding location, earning it a 95 Walkscore – moments to the Maverick or Airport MBTA Blue Line T Stops, allowing easy access to Downtown Boston and State Street.

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At the Faretra, you’ll be within moments of famed Central Square, Piers Park and all of the wonderful shops and restaurants throughout the neighborhood.

More pictures available for Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 1.

Contact Matthew Diozzi at 617-413-8188 / matthew@bushari.com to learn more.

Contact Daniela Cafaro at 617-797-0056 / daniela@bushari.com to learn more.

 

1 Canal St #PH1106

Neighborhood: North End

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2.5 Baths

List Price: $7,600/mo

Enjoy modern living in the North End’s newest luxury residence. This one-of-a-kind penthouse duplex features two private terraces and unobstructed views of Boston Harbor, the North End and Rose Kennedy Greenway. The home offers high ceilings with oversized windows with hardwood flooring throughout. Stylish kitchens feature stone countertops, GE Monogram appliances and gas cooking. This apartment is unlike any other in the city.

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World class amenities include a rooftop social lounge with panoramic city views, boasting a heated swimming pool, cabanas and movie theater. Work out in the sprawling fitness center with yoga and spin studio. Or let your inner-chef embrace the grills in the courtyard. At One Canal, your moments from the Financial District, Boston Common and MGH. Enjoy the ultimate residential experience at One Canal. Currently offering six weeks free for a lease beginning by July 23, 2017.

More pictures available here.

Contact 617Living at 617-500-9900 or 617living@bushari.com to learn more.

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Online Real Estate Price Estimates

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The latest news making headlines throughout the real estate industry is the lawsuit against Zillow and their notorious “Zestimate” forecasting feature. It may sound engaging to quickly determine what your home (or your neighbor’s or colleague’s home) is worth, but these sorts of online appraisals — as the results have shown — can often times be misleading.

Take Illinois real estate lawyer, Barbara Andersen, for example. Barbara purchased her 3 bedroom town home in 2009 for $630,000. In consideration of the home’s floorplan and finishes, she is confident that hers home was of greater value than nearby units. When Barbara felt that her home was undervalued by $100,000 on Zillow’s Zestimate component, she took it up with the company. Zillow responded that Barbara should “go in and change her home facts.” Frustrated that the company had missed her point, Barbara’s concern is that Zillow should not be making estimates of home values at all. Her suit against the company alleges that, despite the company’s denial that Zestimates are considered “appraisals,” the fact that they offer market-value estimates and are promoted as a tool for buyers to assess a property’s value shows that they meet the definition of an appraisal under Illinois state law. Therefore, the company should be seeking and obtaining the consent of the homeowner before publicly releasing such estimates.

Homeowners, real estate agents and professional home appraisers have been sharply critical of Zestimates and other free appraisal tools for years. Estimates are often times 20 to 30 percent too low or too high. Zestimate error rates are off by 10 percent of the selling price roughly one quarter of the time. The prices are off by 20 percent more than one tenth of the time. Several homeowners have even noted that their rental properties skyrocketed in the wake of the housing collapse. These errors can risk tens- or hundreds of thousands of dollars, misleading buyers and creating roadblocks for sellers.

The main issue with Zillow’s estimates is that they are based off of comparable sales. In the economic downturn, volume decreased, which made real-time comparable hard to find. Pulling up home price estimates around an entire neighborhood can be helpful, but if there are only a few sales in the past few months, the statistics are going to be unreliable. If Zillow keeps its Zestimate feature, they should be encouraged to figure out what the seller paid for their home and when. This will provide more reliable information than delivering a stab in the dark based off of comparable sales.

Instead of relying on outdated pricing information, ensure that you are being delivered proper information with a CMA from a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained to administer the comps on what similar properties have sold for recently. This will justify any validity in your potential pricing strategies. Our team at Bushari is made up of accomplished real estate professionals who are knowledgeable market analysts, clear communicators, skilled negotiators, creative marketers and are fully dedicated to exceptional customer service. Get to know them and browse through our current featured listings at BostonRealEstate.com.

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Moving? Here’s Bushari’s Ultimate Cleaning Checklist

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Let’s face it, moving is one of the most stressful parts of the home buying process. On top of that, the job’s not done until your old house is emptied and cleaned; which can be stressful in and of itself. Washing windows and scrubbing floors may not sound like the most appealing aspects of the moving experience, but it is amongst the most important. You’ll want to clean up your old home in order to get back your security deposit or make your property more desirable for potential buyers. In addition, you’ll want to ensure that your new home is spotless when you’re moving in. We’ve compiled a checklist of cleaning activities in order to lessen the strain of shaping up your home and allow you to ease into the next chapter of your life.

 

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We recommend waiting until all your furniture items are packed up until beginning to clean. Trying to navigate around numerous pieces of furniture and moving boxes will just leave you with more work post-packing. An important rule to ensure time and quality effectiveness is to work task-by-task, rather than room-by-room – i.e. starting with dry cleaning activities like dusting and vacuuming each room then moving on to mopping and washing. Before you’re ready to focus on the rooms, you’ll want to take care of a few preliminary tidying duties.

 

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With the basic steps and rules in mind for cleaning your home, it’s time to move on to the rooms. Be sure to read through each of these checklists first and then prepare cleaning tasks as needed.  Remember, you’re going to want to perform these duties task-by-task rather than room-by-room.

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Once you’re pleased with the cleanliness of your home, we advise that you take photographs in order to preserve proof of its excellent condition (and get your deposit back!). Before unpacking all of your belongings in your new home, you may want to go through a few of these steps once again in case the previous tenants neglected to leave it in perfect condition. Your furniture should be clean from the move, but may attract dust. A final dust cleaning throughout your new home should do just the trick – allowing you to relax and begin a new chapter of your life.

Click here to download the guide as a PDF.

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Boston’s Sustainable Housing Boom

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Throughout the world, architects and designers have been increasingly focused on developing environmentally-friendly strategies. From utilizing recycled building materials to introducing solar energy and permaculture gardening, developers are putting an emphasis on sustainable living. Eco-friendly building design is of significant importance to Boston. A city-wide push under Mayor Walsh has achieved energy efficiency gains with capital improvements that yield savings and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. While over 400 buildings and projects throughout the city are already LEED certified, more developments have taken even greater bounds in leading the eco-friendly initiative.

Parker & Terrace Street Development

“Not just a building – a PARK”. This Mission Hill development has been recently approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency; proposing 44 residential units in a thoughtfully-designed green building. Each unit has been designed around an outdoor space that helps create a unified indoor/outdoor experience. The developers’ goal is to unify the design of the building and the landscape to create a community in which residents may converge; linking artists, art-lovers, gardeners, bicyclists, and neighbors.

Each spacious and flexible one-, two- and three-bedroom unit opens into a private garden. Patios, courtyards and murals punctuate the steel facade of the building. Retail spaces permeate and activate the street and are defined by an inner courtyard with an open stair that connects the vibrant Terrace Street to the landscape above. This development also includes 30 motor vehicle parking spaces and 82 bicycle parking spaces. The project further incorporates a 14,000 square-foot community garden on its roof. A 14,500 square-foot solar farm provides electricity for the energy-efficient residential units and retail spaces. Heat is provided through a geothermal heating system and is distributed through radiant heating in the floors. The design achieves a projected energy surplus of 21% and a Platinum LEED score of 123 points. At Parker & Terrace street residences, you’ll be a part of the green living experience flourishing throughout several Boston neighborhoods.


Green at the Distillery

The Distillery is a new South Boston residential building located adjacent to the current Distillery site. The 1966 bottling plant has been replaced by a 65 unit residential building. The Distillery serves as a live/work area for artists with underground music practice rooms, an open courtyard venue for performances, galleries, an artist residency program, and public artworks.

The project incorporates “Passive House” design – a combination of an extremely insulated and non-porous building shell with a recovery ventilator. A typical residential building will use a system that pulls in air from the outside to heat or cool it on its way into the building while venting the warm or cool air back outside (thus wasting the energy embodied in it). A Passive House building’s recovery ventilator transfers the warmth or coolness of the air that is exiting the building into the new air coming in from the outside, resulting in a well-ventilated interior that has recycled its own warmth or coolness – creating an energy-efficient space that recovers its own heating and cooling.

 

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The Distillery project has surpassed the benchmarks set by the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating system; using just 10% of the energy of an ordinary new residential development of this size. The project incorporates other green technologies including cogeneration of electricity, drain heat recovery, recycled gray water, community garden and food production and composting. The developers have also been working to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of transportation to and from the Distillery and the neighboring buildings. A collaboration with the MBTA has rerouted a downtown bus line to stop at the Distillery. The project further includes Zip Cars, electric car charging stations, and networked community carpooling. The developers of the Distillery are committed to ensuring that the building will remain an affordable and vibrant residence for Boston’s artists and artisans.


The Allandale Residences

Allandale Residences, recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, involves the construction of 14 new sustainable townhomes. All 3.5-4.5 story townhomes include three bedrooms and range from 1,600 to 2,800 square-feet. The homes will further include private entrances and internal garages. Developers Wonder Group LLC of Dorchester claim that its development will add no demands to the regional electricity grid and will be able to withstand strong storms that could come with global climate change.

The entire site will complement the surrounding Allandale Woods conservation area and is expected to target Net Zero efficiency and LEED Platinum performance. The townhomes will be built into an existing hill on the site and positioned to take most advantage of the sun for their roof solar panels. Bio-swales and vegetated rain gardens will line paved areas and a new vegetated stormwater treatment system will retain and filter water – providing a recreational/visual amenity for the community. The site is conveniently situated on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border, offering direct access to the Arnold Arboretum, Allandale Farm and Allandale Woods.

Highland Street Development

The new development at 226-232 Highland consists of four three-story wood-frame townhomes in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The project took over a formerly vacant site occupying a prominent corner that overlooks the historic Fort Hill neighborhood. This project was conceived as a prototype for family-friendly, energy-efficient townhomes. Each unit is approximately 1,850 square-feet with flexible floor plans including large rear decks and backyards.

The Highland Street project was developed under the City of Boston’s Energy Plus Green Building Program which seeks to develop energy-positive sustainable green housing. Developers Urbanica, Inc were chosen through a design competition organized by the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the Department of Neighborhood development. Each of the townhomes are radically sustainable and capable of producing more energy than they consume. The project has achieved HERS ratings between -6 and -9 and is certified LEED Platinum. Throughout the project, sustainability was the primary driver for design decisions. Sustainability measures include strategies for improving energy performance and stormwater management. Air and daylight access contributed to south-facing sloped roofs with solar panels and terraced landscaping managing water along the site’s slope. These energy-efficient features have sparked a long-term conversation within a diverse community about the importance of sustainability in the design of residential structures.

For more information on these and other developments throughout the Greater Boston area, view our new residential Crane Watch.

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Reaching New Heights: The Residential Towers Set to Give Boston’s Skyline a Facelift

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For decades, the Boston skyline has remained more or less unchanged, dominated by high-rise office buildings. Midtown’s Millennium Tower marked the beginning of the city’s residential tower boom and, over the course of the next several years, it will be joined by a slate of new luxury buildings that will take the city to new heights. From the gleaming facade of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel & Residences at One Dalton to the gorgeous renderings of the Bullfinch Crossing Tower, there’s a lot to be excited about in Boston real estate.

 

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See below for our map of where these new towers will be located.

To learn more about these and other developments in Boston, head to BostonRealEstate.com’s Crane Watch feature and sign up for a Property Alert.

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Smarten Up Your Home with These Essential Devices

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In our current age of technology, the bulk of our scheduling, work, task management and entertainment revolves around our phones and computers. Recently, these trends have made their way into our offices, our cars and even our homes. The most recent trend that has made its way into modern-day homes is the introduction of smart home products. A smart home provides its home owners with convenience, comfort, security, and energy efficiency at all times, regardless of whether or not they are home.

This current generation of smart home products provides convenience by saving consumers time, money and energy. We’ve compiled a list of six essential gadgets that will help your home “get smart”!

Lighting

Automated lighting is usually the first step that homeowners take when entering the smart home lifestyle. Lighting is fairly simple to set up and can be relatively inexpensive if you have the right product in mind. Below are a few popular lighting products for the price conscious smart-home shopper.

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Temperature Control

In recent months, more and more homes have been advertised with built-in smart thermostats. They assist in keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while saving energy and lowering utility bills. Further, many of these devices are controlled remotely through your own smartphone. There are three primary contenders for smart home temperature control devices.

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Ecobee

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Security Systems

Thanks to advances in smart home technology, you can now have peace of mind at the touch of a button. These security systems, using cameras, alarms and motion sensors, will help you keep your home safe from anywhere in the world.

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Recreation

Smart entertainment devices can help streamline your recreational setup. Get right into your favorite playlist or new movie without the typical lengthy process. Interact with your applications in a seamless manner through touch, gesture or voice. These devices will allow for you to more intuitively control the entertainment environment of your home.

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