Where to Go for Smart Sarasota Homes


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 26th, 2016 – Check out Huntington Pointe in Palmer Ranch or Granada Park for Sarasota homes for sale with smart technologies, which some realtors’ reports indicate are now priorities in the checklist of many prospective home buyers.

Recent industry readings also suggest that it would be wise for sellers to include smart home devices in prepping up a house for sale. According to a real estate consultancy firm’s survey early in 2016, 65 percent of the 22,000 home shoppers it polled are open to spending more for smart-home technology systems. Well over 50 percent of those polled likewise indicated they are willing to pay extra for such high-tech items as external and internal security camera monitoring devices, network-linked appliances, and smart air filtration vents.

Complete Move-in Ready Package

Where to Go for Smart Sarasota Homes

Using these features as guideposts, a residence at Huntington Pointe listed early this year in the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale should have some techie buyers already taking notice. Though built in 1994, this four-bedroom home has already been upgraded to include a full HD security camera at its front entrance. Also installed in this home’s updates are motion detectors, phone or clicker-operated garage doors, and smart-controlled irrigation system. Its main living area is pre-wired for surround sound, thereby creating a total move-in ready home package attractively priced in the upper $300s.

Home sellers making such upgrades have a market advantage. Recently published research has shown that 71 percent of 1,250 American adults sampled in a survey prefer move-in ready homes. In addition, this study showed that 57 percent of the subjects consider homes as in move-in condition if smart-home features have already been put in place. Presented with a choice on identical houses but with one having no smart technology upgrades, 54 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer the one with smart-tech features.

More Local Showcases

MGB Homes is one custom builder with a heads-up on this market trend. One of its showcases is at Granada Park where it has staked its reputation as one of Sarasota’s best builders in a 3,342-square-foot residence. Now under construction, it is designed not only with smart home controls but also incorporates eco-friendly features. Flaunting a four-bedroom layout, this build comes with a tag price of $1.15 million in the current listing of Sarasota homes for sale.

Significantly, three other players in the local homebuilding industry—Voigt Brothers Construction, the architectural firm DSDG Inc., and Wicked Smart Homes—have affirmed the superb local expertise on smart home technology. A waterfront home that these three outfits collaborated in the construction was Electronic House magazine’s recent choice as the 2016 “Smart Home of the Year.”

DSDG’s handiwork in smart-home designs can likewise be appreciated in one of its newest condo projects, the Park Residences of Lido Key. This condominium’s features include a technology package foundation allowing its residents to control interior lighting, thermostats, motorized shades, and security system.

There are only three units left in this luxury condominium completed just last year. These condos have living areas of 2,460 square feet, designed with three bedrooms and priced in the $1.3 million and $1.5 million range.