One way to make a New York City condo stand out is to make sure it has the latest in smart home technology, so developers are adding heating, cooling, sound, lighting, or security systems that can be controlled by apps or smart home assistants.
For example, apartments at 5 Court Square in Long Island City come with a long list of smart features: keyless door locks, shades, lighting switches, thermostats, smoke detectors, and even a washer/dryer—all of which can be programed on Google Assistant. You'll find motorized roller shades and wireless lighting controls to set the mood at One Hudson Yards.
Prices for smart home technology have come down dramatically in recent years, says Martin Eiden of Compass. (If you're looking to add smart home systems to your apartment or house yourself, check out Brick Underground's "How to renovate your NYC apartment to make the most of smart home technology.")
“There is an oversupply of new developments on the market and all basically have the same amenities,” Eiden says. “Adding smart technology is an inexpensive way to differentiate yourself.” (For more info on products, read "6 new smart home monitoring devices to help you save money and aggravation.")
Smart door locks are one of the most in-demand products—they're so practical.
“You can press a numerical code to get in, which is great for a cleaning person or a dog-walker,” he says. “You can change the code anytime remotely from your phone. Also, you could unlock it from your phone if your spouse forgot their keys.”
Check out these condos on the market with smart home systems.
460 West 42nd St., #PH4C, Midtown West
Listed for $6,430,000, this 2,315-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath penthouse (also shown at top) has a study that can be converted to a fourth bedroom, an open kitchen with white Calacatta marble and a double-filtered water system, wide-plank oak floors, in-unit laundry, and is smart home ready. The unit is located in a Manhattan View, a LEED Gold Certified condo building with a 24-hour front desk attendant, live-in building manager, and concierge. There's a residents-only Equinox gym with a heated indoor lap pool, basketball court, party rooms, screening room, and lounge. Common charges are $3,414 a month. Taxes are $116 a month thanks to a 421-a tax exemption until 2032.
101 Wyckoff Ave., #1E, Bushwick
Priced at $799,000, this 915-square-foot, one-bedroom, two-bath condo has 12-foot ceilings, oak floors, custom lighting, an in-unit washer-dryer, open-concept layout, gourmet kitchen, private roof terrace, Nest system, and remote-controlled lighting. It’s in the Wy 101 Lofts, a converted factory one block from the L train. Common charges are $311 a month. Taxes are $290 a month.
35 West 15th St., #22A, Flatiron
This $6,850,000 three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner unit has floor-to-ceiling windows, a great room, modern kitchen with custom cabinetry, an en suite bathroom in each of the bedrooms, a semi-private elevator landing, oak floors, a laundry room with a vented washer/dryer, and smart blackout shades, lighting, temperature, and security systems. It’s located in a full-service luxury condo building with a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, outdoor terrace, children’s playroom, on-site gym, lounge, bike storage, dining area, and private wine storage. Common charges are $2,373 a month. Taxes are $3,009 a month.
385 West 12th St., #TH4, West Village
Listed for $7,950,000, this 4,382-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath 26-foot-wide maisonette has its own private entrance, gas fireplace, marble counters in the kitchen, and a private garden with a hot tub, cabana, and grill. There is a NEST smart home system, a monitored security system, an eight-zone HVAC system with built-in humidifiers, and a fully-integrated sound/entertainment system with indoor and outdoor speakers. The landscaped rooftop has a 50-foot lap pool, two gas grills, and dining areas. Common charges are $7,157 a month. Taxes are $6,076 a month.
134 East 93rd St., #PH15B, Carnegie Hill
Following a recent $355,000 price reduction, this 1,735-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath condo is now listed for $3,995,000. The unit has two terraces, including one that wraps around the first floor of this duplex, a chef’s kitchen with a marble island, a formal dining area, vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and in-unit laundry. The apartment is outfitted with Savant and Lutron smart home technology (for lighting, shades, and TV), and a Sonos sound system. It’s located in a pet-friendly full-service condo building with a full-time doorman and staff, a fitness center, a communal garden, storage, and a bike room. Common charges are $2,721 a month. Taxes are $2,832 a month.
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