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a final touch, residents can take
in sunsets and panoramic views
on a 400-square foot rooftop
pied-à-terre that is larger than
many studio apartments in
THE CONNECTED HOME
Loudoun County, Virginia, features
open-air architecture with walls of glass
and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow
more than just a glimpse of the outdoor
Upper West also brings forward every
major living and entertaining space in a
manner that integrates stunning views of
Loudoun's 100-plus-acre Central Park. As
Without question, millennials
are more "plugged in" than
any previous generation. Their
lives revolve around the digital
sphere, which means smart
technology integration is a top
priority in their homes.
In many ways, a concept once
thought of as "the home of the future"
is now considered a reality, which
means saying goodbye to a basket
full of remote controls. The market's
Builders can't have too
many gathering spaces
in communities geared
to millennials. You don't
need a lot of organized
activities; they're the
masters of hanging out.
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Millennials are among those helping to revitalize urban
cores. Builders should make sure they promote nearby
restaurants, night spots and other amenities.
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most innovative homes now focus
around one central operating system
and mobile platform, which cohesively
coordinates and connects technology
throughout a home. Home devices are
now conveniently controlled through an
online application on a smartphone, or
one central remote.
So what does this mean for a home
owner? An easier, more streamlined
lifestyle. Homes such as Upper West at
One Loudoun include built-in, high-tech
features such as multi-room audio
systems and high-end home networking
that ensures connecting to Wi-Fi is as
painless as possible. Upper West also
features smart locks and keyless entry,
which means less time spent searching
for lost keys as your home can lock and
unlock itself for you.
Millennials may be looking for dream
homes that center heavily around technology, but they also place a surprising
emphasis on the simpler elements of
home life: connecting with neighbors
in real time and the great outdoors.
Times and generational tastes may
be changing, but classic elements are
evolving right along with them.
Doug Smith is president of Miller & Smith.
BRAMBLETON GROUP LLC
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