With environmentally responsible elements and the capability to manage entertainment and climate-control systems from anywhere in the world, these compelling homes set high—and high-tech—standards for luxurious modern living.
Contemporary Wine Country Compound
In addition to strikingly sleek contemporary style, four serene bedrooms—including two master suites—a 650-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a swimming pool, and an alfresco kitchen and dining area, this residence and guesthouse have been outfitted with an array of high-tech amenities and conveniences. Home automation is managed via a Control4 system, the media room and other spaces are outfitted to accommodate top-tier wide-screen televisions or monitors, and the sound system is state-of-the-art.
Artful Living in East Hampton
East Hampton, New York | Dana Trotter, Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage
This custom-built modern minimalist home is a residential work of art distinguished by a series of sculptural arches that create separation in the public spaces while maintaining a sense of openness and classical grandeur. This is also an Energy Star-rated home boasting solar panels, high-efficiency water heaters, a generator, LED strip lighting, thermostats and a camera-equipped doorbell from Nest, and an electric-vehicle charger in the attached two-car garage. All the charms of East Hampton’s Main Street are minutes away.
Dynamic Modern Design
Los Angeles, California | Alison MacCracken, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage
The layout, ambience, and dedication to top-tier materials and technology distinguish this 3,821-square-foot modern masterpiece. The interiors feature an ideal blend of wood, glass, concrete, steel, and light; while balconies, a patio, a lush lawn, and a rooftop deck encourage enjoyment of the outdoors. Outfitted with a wireless mesh network, the entire home—including Apple AirPlay, Hikvision cameras, an RTI sound system, Lutron lighting, Nest thermostats, and a DoorBird doorbell—can be managed via smartphone or tablet.
Sleek, Sophisticated Santa Fe Oasis
Santa Fe, New Mexico | David Woodard, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – Main Downtown Brokerage
Santa Fe’s glorious natural light illuminates this majestic home, a bastion of striking modern Swiss style. Designed by acclaimed architect Jeff Harnar in 1998, it was impeccably reconceived and expanded to feature flowing open-plan living areas and four bedrooms secluded in separate wings. No expense has been spared in assuring consummate levels of convenience and style—the sleek, sophisticated spaces are impressively organized and are finished with the highest-caliber materials, cabinetry, appliances, media components, lighting, and fixtures.
Santa Ynez, California | Micah Brady, Mike Brady, & Jennifer Nation, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Ynez Valley Brokerage
This three-bedroom contemporary Ranch-style home has an airy open floor plan and a wraparound covered patio, making it perfectly suited for indoor-outdoor living. Minutes from the restaurants and shops of Old Santa Ynez, it enjoys views of the Los Padres and Coastal Mountain ranges from its five-acre parcel, which features multiple barns, storage buildings, fenced pastures, and a swimming pool. Although classically charming, the home has eye toward modernity and technology, with environmentally conscious solar panels mounted on the roof.