The city of dreams, angels, and the epicenter of luxury living, Los Angeles constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in high-end residences. With technology advancing at exponential rates, it’s no wonder that homeowners are embracing innovative concepts to take their lifestyle to the next level. From wall-to-wall audio and visual to equipment invisible to the naked eye, technological home improvements come in different shapes and sizes and aim to make your life as easy as possible.
Smart Homes and Smarter Homeowners
“Luxury homes are embracing technology in a lasting way, with a growing desire for all-encompassing automation,” said Paul Salazar, Estates Director at Hilton & Hyland. These systems bring a touch of magic to daily life by allowing homeowners to control their properties with just a tap on their smartphone or a simple voice command. “Homeowners want streamlined control of their home life, from exterior lighting to in-house temperature and security cameras to having blinds and shades automatically open at sunrise, to even the timing of their morning espresso pours,” said Salazar. Whatever the purpose, smart home technology is a key to unlocking a more seamless and efficient living experience. “Companies like Control4, Crestron, and Savant provide all-in-one solutions that shape upscale residences,” said Salazar. Homeowners who deploy smart resources to simplify overcomplicated or routine tasks help create a life of ease.
A Home Theater Experience
The heart of the entertainment industry knows a thing or two about creating a stellar cinematic experience. Luxury homeowners are investing in top-notch home theaters and entertainment systems. “Companies like Gizmo specialize in highly customized and sophisticated technology environments,” said Kyle Amicucci, Estates Director at Hilton & Hyland. “Spanning the full spectrum of smart features including security, communications, and entertainment, home theaters with today’s technology create state-of-the-art screening experiences.” These spaces feature high-definition projectors, 4K TVs, the highest quality sound systems, and plush seating arrangements that rival the most exclusive movie theaters. Add automated curtains, mood-enhancing LED lighting, and a popcorn machine and you have your very own private screening room.
Green and Eco-Friendly Living
Environmentally-conscious architecture, design, and living are extremely prevalent in luxury homes around Los Angeles. Sustainable and energy-efficient technologies make green living not only possible, but also a perfect complement to the natural Southern California ecosystem. “Homes in the 3D-printed, zero net energy Desert Hot Springs development, Palari Scenic Crest, are the definition of green living,” said Luke Cohen, Estates Agent at Hilton & Hyland and listing agent for the development. “Built with a higher resistance to seismic, wind, fire, and mold damage, these homes are beautiful and eco-friendly.” Solar panels, smart thermostats, and energy-safe lighting help to reduce both carbon footprints and utility bills. These green innovations contribute to a home’s longevity, a healthier planet, and the overall value of properties with these features.
Security will always be a top concern for luxury homeowners, and Los Angeles is no exception. Advanced security systems now include AI-powered cameras, facial recognition, and smart sensors to keep homes safe. Homeowners can keep tabs on their properties across the globe at the touch of a finger, offering peace of mind wherever they are.
Kitchens are the heart of any home. Tech-savvy homeowners in Los Angeles are equipping their kitchens with smart appliances, such as fridges with built-in touchscreens and voice-activated ovens. “The refrigerator can remind you about the groceries you need,” said Stuart Vetterick, Broker Associate at Hilton & Hyland. You’ll find everything from smart faucets that dispense water at just the right temperature to automated coffee makers to make your mornings a breeze. “At Palari Scenic Crest, the homes are fit with water and air filtration systems by Delos to bring cleanliness and health to Desert Hot Springs,” said Cohen.
Wellness technology has found its place in luxury Los Angeles homes. Angelenos are increasingly focused on their health and well-being. Indoor air quality monitoring, integrated fitness equipment, and advanced water purification systems are just a few examples of the wellness-centric tech making its way into these homes. “Some systems integrate with aroma diffusers, providing calming scents based on present schedules and conditions,” said Leonard Rabinowitz, Estates Director at Hilton & Hyland. “There are lighting settings that adjust to your Circadian Rhythm, controlling the temperature and brightness and helping to regulate your sleep cycle and alertness throughout the day.” Some even boast dedicated spa and wellness rooms for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Home Office Revolution
The rise of remote work has started an evolution in home office design. Many luxury homeowners are creating high-tech, ergonomic workspaces designed for comfort and productivity. “People went from spending more time at the office than at home to more time at the home office than in other rooms,” said Rabinowitz. These offices are often equipped with top-notch video conferencing systems, smart desks, and adjustable lighting to create the perfect work environment. “