One of the first Homekit-enabled communities comes from KB Home
Welcome to the future. It is right there in SanJose, no more than 20 minutes from Silicon Valley. Here home builders KB Home is doing an entire community at the Promenade at Communication Hill in California, which is a full smart home driven by Apple’s HomeKit. It contains HomeKit enabled devices such as lights, fans, locks and thermostats. All controlled by your iPad, iPhone or Apple TV or spoken via Siri commands.
It is not the first time that a home builder is promoting new houses filled with smart home technology. Back in spring 2016 real estate franchise Coldwell Banker offered a similar solution with Nest products as main source. And the feedback where overwhelming. 81 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to buy a home if it already had smart home tech installed!
HomeKit is the perfect choice
KB Home believes that smart homes is here to stay so there are offering a HomeKit package starting at $4,000 including lights, fans, thermostats and locks. You might think it is a little pricy. But when looking at the total cost for a three-story, four-bedroom townhouse priced at $900,000 it makes good sense.
Jacob Atalla, vice-president of sustainability initiatives at KB, think that it is important to stay ahead. “We are focused on innovation. It’s important to people’s lifestyles,” he said. He has been searching for a solution that was good enough for the company and with Apple’s HomeKit and Home app he got just what he was searching for. “This is what we were waiting for,” he said.
See the HomeKit community live
Are you curious to see a house like this? KB Home has a model house at 307 Adeline Street in San Jose that is filled with all the best HomeKit enabled gadgets. Several listings for the neighborhood has already gone live so the interest for these smart homes seem to be quite high.
How about you? Would you spend over $4,000 on HomeKit enabled devices?