8 Enviable High-Tech and Smart Homes Around the World

by McEnearney on July 11, 2019

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Voice controls. Video systems. Multi-room audio. Motorized shades. Smart thermostats, appliances, server rooms, control rooms. Today, many of the high-tech functions these systems can provide users in a home can be accomplished much more affordably than even a few years ago. The technology has a lighter, more compact footprint and can be installed much more easily. The cost-saving benefits of eco-friendly homes are more widely recognized, too. But a lot of us are simply admiring of top-notch smart homes bursting at the seams with high-tech features. When you’re ready to dream of your next modern pad, check out our pick of top smart homes around the world, which presents listings from our affiliate network, Luxury Portfolio International. 

There are plenty of potential benefits for having or converting to a smart home: making a home more secure, more entertaining, more energy efficient, or making its features more automated—or a combination of these factors. When you’re ready to do more, check out Luxury Portfolio’s lookbook of smart homes, and impressive tech gadgets for smart homes. What will they think of next?


Note that property descriptions have been edited for length and clarity. 


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1. Unrivaled Views from an Automated Marvel

Zinkwazi Beach, South Africa
R20,000,000 (currency)

This imposing, architect designed home has breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Zinkwazi Lagoon, from all three levels. The living areas are open-plan and feature a granite topped kitchen which leads to the dining area and then to the mid-level lounge. There are glass stacking doors that fold away, opening onto a large covered balcony. On the lower level, you will find the other two bedrooms, both with an en-suite bathrooms. There is also another lounge with glass stacking doors that open to reveal another covered patio with a built-in charcoal barbecue and a rim-flow, heated swimming pool. Take a trip in the glass elevator to the upper level where the views are simply jaw-dropping. On this level, you will find a steam room, a custom built bar, another lounge and yet another large, covered balcony with a built-in gas barbecue and Jacuzzi.

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • Entertainers’ dream with an automation system that controls:
    • Ducted heating/cooling
    • Glass elevator
    • Blinds
    • Music system throughout home
    • Shutters
    • Automated gates
    • Garages
    • Security systems
  • Security: Alarm system, CCTV, security shutters
  • Rim-flow, heated swimming pool
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • 2 solar geysers
  • Generator to run the entire property




2. Museum Modern Ocean to Intracoastal Estate

Hillsboro Beach, FL, USA
US $29,500,000 (currency)

An inspired blend of artistic creativity and livable comfort, this new modern masterwork is embraced in a tropical paradise fronting 125+/- feet on the Atlantic Ocean and another 125+/- feet on the Intracoastal Waterway on Hillsboro Beach’s prestigious Hillsboro Mile, which offers a rare world apart in Hillsboro Beach, an exclusive oceanfront community known for its Old Florida beauty.  The central location between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale places fine shopping, dining, and entertainment within easy reach.

At once boldly innovative and timeless, sophisticated and sleekly simplified, this compound-like estate was designed by award-winning architect George Brewer with interiors by Gary Rubinstein, whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, and was just completed in 2016 after a nearly six-year design and construction process. The sublime gallery-like interiors address all the needs of everyday living and entertaining on any scale, while advanced smart-house automation allows effortless one-touch control of all systems from anywhere in the world. 

Our favorite (stylish!) high-tech features: 

  • Crestron automation by Audio One integrates all systems including the lighting, sound, retractable media screens, window treatments, fireplaces, and fountains
  • Restaurant-style American Panel walk-in refrigerator
  • The gourmet chef has a Sub-Zero refrigerator plus other Miele appliances including:
    • a gas cook-top
    • microwave
    • oven
    • steamer
    • wine cooler
    • dual coffee system
    • three dishwashers
  • Stylish media room is exquisitely paneled in Circassian walnut ornamented with stainless steel inlay
  • Four bedroom suites are arranged off the loft-style media room paneled in mahogany inlaid in brass and steel 



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3. Newly Renovated Contemporary Home

Johannesburg, South Africa
R16,000,000 (currency)

This newly renovated contemporary home is a unique find with its prime position on the pristine Dainfern Estate Golf Estate. One is awe-struck by the numerous koi ponds and ambiance of pure tranquility and privacy. It is evident that special attention has been paid to detail by the ultra-modern finishes of this home.

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • Magnificent gourmet kitchen boasts an imported FABRI kitchen with the unique ‘concealing’ door mechanism and internal automatic lighting 
  • Private wraparound wooden-deck includes a built-in drinks unit and unique double-glass door pub fridge
  • The pool lighting and LED shadow lighting are operated by remote control
  • The main bedroom is served by the alluring balcony offering magnificent views over the golf course, and the ability for Jacuzzi installation
  • Upstairs home theatre with double door sound proof system, recessed ceiling feature, and expansive balcony
  • Audio and Video color intercom and music system
  • Under tile heat
  • Property includes security system and security patrol



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4. 21st-Century Instant-Classic Masterpiece

Laguna Beach, CA, USA
US $3,695,000 (currency)

Put your final touches on this 21st century instant-classic masterpiece. Approximately 600 square feet of unfinished lower-level space provides the new owner with many options for adding their own special touches (media room, rare car storage, entertainment cave, wine cellar, etc.). For beach lovers, it is a short walk to Victoria Beach via a Coast Highway underpass. Downtown is just minutes away via auto to enjoy everything Laguna Beach has to offer or leave the car at home and catch the nearby Laguna Beach Trolley. A one-of-a-kind home that exemplifies Laguna Beach’s diversity of architectural styles. The 577 square feet of view deck is accessible through an ocean-facing wall of frameless glass panels that open the entire side of the home to the outside, this is Southern California seaside living at its finest. Only the finest of materials were used in the construction of this hi-tech marvel. 

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • The home is program controlled via a Control4 smart automation system for:
    • lights
    • blinds,
    • bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
    • alarm sensors
    • music
    • TV
    • HVAC systems
    • outside motion detectors 
  • Scene management allows mood settings for preset light and shading as well as vacation mode controls to take care of the house when away
  • A garage car elevator allows for two cars in a single wide garage plus possible storage of a third
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified Equipment, High Efficiency



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5. Magnificent and Upmarket Home

Plattekloof, Cape Town, South Africa
R33,000,000 (currency)

Magnificent and upmarket home built over three levels and finished with impeccable style and with the highest quality offers stunning, unobstructed views over the whole of Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the Atlantic Seaboard. Enticing patios that offer mesmerizing sunsets and alfresco dining. A unique, private and modern home designed to captivate.

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • Solar panels take care of all the household needs, including the solar heated rim-flow pool!
  • Server room with the latest technologies ensures smooth operation of Wi-Fi and electronic needs
  • Indirect LED lighting cuts out any unnecessary direct glare and bounces the lights off the ceilings and other surfaces. For safety, all the marble finished staircases are fitted with soft LED evening lights.
  • Music system with built-in ceiling speakers throughout the house
  • Camera system around the house
  • Lower level soundproof cinema, with cinema furniture included
  • Laundry room has drop down laundry system and staff accommodation
  • Second level lounge and family room with sunken wall mounted TV sets and speakers
  • Contemporary kitchen is fitted with SMEG appliances
  • Master bedroom has a walk-in cupboard with separate dressing room with built-in dryer system.
  • From the main bedroom you can access the second heated indoor jacuzzi, sauna and a private entertaining area with built-in bar overlooking the city lights
  • We love that the technological house features are automated and operated from an iPad


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6. Johann Slee Designed

Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
R29,900,000 (currency)

We love this one for its simple showcasing of modern features in a sleek home that is almost museum-like. Johann Slee designed architectural masterpiece juxtaposed in a structured park-like garden with pool and conservatory style studio. Set behind the highly secure fourth road enclosure, this home offers abundant, safe, technologically-advanced living, simultaneously offering the off-the-grid back-up features meaning no risk of outages! Enter into a double volume entrance with flow onto the park. Abundant formal lounge/dining room open onto a large alfresco covered terrace with kitchenette, built-in ice machines, gas barbeque etc. opening in turn onto the Structured Garden. The entire basement of the home has been utilized for entertainment, including a billiard room, pajama lounge, gym, guest suite with private courtyard, a functional scullery area and three direct access garages.

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • Home theatre (basement)
  • Climate-controlled wine cellar
  • Gated Entry
  • Alarm System
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Swimming Pool
  • Intercom



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7. Magnificent Elevatored Townhouse

New York, NY, USA
US $19,950,000 (currency)

Located on a tree-lined Street off of Park Avenue, this magnificent 20-foot wide elevatored townhouse has a Neo-Federal brick and limestone facade and encompasses approximately 8,200 square feet plus a 1,730 square foot basement. The gracious layout with grand proportions has beautifully scaled rooms and includes seven bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Outdoor space consists of a charming garden and two terraces. The current owners worked closely with the world-renowned curatorial developer, Adam Gordon on every aspect of the renovation and design of the home, restoring its original grandeur while meticulously updating the entire residence with the finest finishes and appointments throughout.

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • 5-zone central-air-conditioning system
  • State-of-the-art security system
  • Industrial WiFi system
  • New Bulthaup kitchen has been outfitted with appliances from Miele, Gaggenau, and Sub-Zero 
  • Delightful 26-foot landscaped garden with automatic irrigation
  • In addition to stately staircase leads to the upper floors of the home, there is also an Otis elevator, which goes to all five levels
  • Basement has separate mechanical rooms which house a new Weil McLain boiler as well as a commercial gas hot water heater with an electrical back up water heater
  • 400 Amp electrical service and an industrial strength dehumidifier



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8. New Mid-Century Modern Inspired Estate

Boca Raton, FL, USA
US $4,250,000 (currency)

Reflecting the essence of relaxed indoor/outdoor living in Boca Raton’s prestigious beachside Estate Section, this sublime new modern estate is the collaboration of two noted South Florida firms – Signature Development Group and architect George Brewer, whose innovative works have been honored with numerous awards. Taking its cue from Mid-Century Modern design, this single-level residence is effortlessly styled with clean lines, generous glass, and lofty open-concept spaces in an airy courtyard plan that benefits from a profusion of natural light. The beautifully proportioned layout totals 5,444+ square feet with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a three-bay garage. 

Our favorite high-tech features: 

  • Retractable 12-foot-high glass doors make an open connection between the inside and outdoors
  • For the master chef, Miele appliances include a gas range
  • Smart-house systems plus a full-house generator with natural gas service from the street
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