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Home Sweet Home

BY The Editors | December 20, 2017 | Feature Features National

Real estate in the Valley is hot, hot, hot. Here is our insider's guide to the faces and places shaping our homebuyer market, plus—what's next.
This Cullum Homes manse in The Estates at Paradise Reserve won a Custom Home of the Year Award.

Tech Crunch
For luxury home builders, the future is now. Technology and tricked-out home features will pave the way for a streamlined lifestyle.

It might seem easy to create a smart home with any number of gotta-have-it gadgets from big-box stores, but real estate industry insiders say luxury home buyers in the Valley want next-level features already included. Rod Cullum, president of Cullum Homes, says his clients are seeking high-tech, transitional residences with upgrades like in-home, glass-enclosed car elevators; refrigerated wine walls; steam ovens; and zonecentric air conditioners. Plus, he adds, “over the past few years, we have seen a trend toward more manageable lifestyle luxury homes, as many of our buyers are moving away from large estates that require a high degree of maintenance and upkeep.” To help them envision their future-forward lifestyles, virtual reality will become a popular touch point for buyers. “We currently have software that allows the potential client to walk through the home before it is even built,” says realty executive Scott Grigg of The Grigg’s Group. “VR goggles transpose architectural plans and finishes onto a specific lot so they can see the views from each direction.” Hello, tomorrow.

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