Classic meets Avant-garde
Imagine two opposing concepts coexisting as elements of a structure – the modern and the classic. The fusion may seem unconventional, but these two elements actually result in a new level of beauty and luxurious living. The twist for modernity in a classic design has been welcomed in present times. Whether it be in lifestyle, fashion, or luxury homes, the idea of merging them into one has always been possible and trendy. It is where functionality, ease, and comfort intercept.
The classic idea of a home being a place of warmth, relaxation, and comfort continues to be elevated through the years. Since 2014, homes have become bigger, better, and now smarter. This was the year that started envisioning the home as a model of innovation for living with ease, wherein just a single voice command could turn the lights on, change room temperature, or even pull the curtains. Just call out “Alexa” and your voice conveniently has the power over almost everything within the four walls, thanks to the aforementioned smart home devices. As they say, words truly are powerful. From having the ability to move people and emotions, to now taking control over things. From unlocking doors, to shutting windows, to playing your favorite songs, your words are in full control. Through Amazon’s Alexa, you do not have to lift a single finger or move a muscle. In addition, you can tweak Alexa based on your preference and home setup as well.
What is now literally a household name, Alexa is a virtual assistant AI technology developed by Amazon, inspired by human’s most prevalent nature: interaction. Interaction is defined as a kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. The idea of a two-way effect is essential in the concept of interaction, as opposed to a one-way causal effect. This form of communication typically exists between two living beings, between humans or between humans and animals, but technology has evolved enough to understand and reciprocate as well. Alexa does this well by assisting to every instruction possible, and ultimately making everyday living much easier.
So How does Alexa work? Alexa is a small home device that is activated by a voice command, and responses through a built in speaker. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Know the weather, listen to your favorite tunes, or search for the recipe you are craving. All of those are just an “Alexa” away.
Now, with all that being said, it may seem futuristic and cool to live in a smart home or have your own virtual assistant AI, but that’s merely an add-on to a premium luxury home. A luxury house and lot may still boast that traditional architecture that never goes out of style. In fact, many are still demanding for a timeless house design because its value rarely ever changes, if not grows. Courtyards, cobblestones, swooped roofs and front-facing gables are some staples of an Old English home. Resting on a seven hundred to a thousand square meter land, surrounded by lush greens of maze gardens and pine trees. Grand fountains that are inspired by the fortresses of Europe. All of this can be found in one place — Promenade in upscale Brittany Santa Rosa. With the integration of artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’, Promenade proudly offers truly classic homes with a modern twist.
Brittany Santa Rosa is one of the pioneers of an Alexa-powered smart home. The classic old English luxury house, Eliot, was made even grander and smarter. This 302 square meter home is a powerhouse. To start with,the elegant front door already perfectly exemplifies the integration of both the modern and the classic. Entrance can be accessed through four different technologies: fingerprint sensor, pin code, smart card, and of course, the traditional lock key. Upon entering the luxury home, it can be quite dark in the beginning. In want of natural light? All curtained windows are powered by the command of ‘Alexa, open/close the curtains.’ Your wish is her command. You may also navigate with ease through the dark with the backlit easy touch light switches. But if you’re not in the mood to tap those switches, let Alexa do the work for you. Too hot in here? Control your air-conditioning units with ease, using just your voice and of course, none other than, Alexa.
A smart home is definitely convenient and attractive to have, but it can also be all fun and games. Never miss a beat and dance to the sound of your playlist, or perhaps, discover the freshest songs. Ask Alexa about the weather today or whenever you plan your getaway, to achieve that perfect summer vacation or just to know whether or not you need to take an umbrella with you for the day. News, entertainment, sports, business updates – all made accessible with your new virtual assistant, housemate, and friend in need, Alexa.
Eliot, the smart luxury house and lot, proves that the classic era and the modern era can coexist to create the perfect luxury smart home just for you. Possibilities are endless with a smart home. Experience it first-hand in Promenade at Brittany Santa Rosa. Embrace the new face of luxury in a classic Eliot home.