October 12, 2012 8:32 pm

Hot property: Remote control

Five residences that could be operated using devices such as iPhones and iPads, from Suffolk to New South Wales
The living room of a modern villa in Mougins, near Cannes, Côte d’Azur, France

Mougins, near Cannes, Côte d’Azur, France, €5.3m

Where A short walk from Mougins village, four miles from Cannes and 16 miles from Nice Côte d’Azur airport.

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What A modern villa, built by the current owners, with landscaped gardens, a pool and south-west views towards the sea. It has four en suite bedrooms in the main house and a two-bedroom guest house.

Why Designed to be operated by an iPad anywhere in the world, the house is fitted with electric shutters, an alarm system, irrigation system and automatic lighting and heating.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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The view from the pool of a six-bedroom house in Son Vida, Mallorca, Spain

Son Vida, Mallorca, Spain, €9.8m

Where Overlooking the city of Palma, 15 minutes’ drive from Palma international airport.

What Set in a plot of 2,300 sq m, a newly built six-bedroom house with 900 sq m of feng shui-designed living space. The property has hanging gardens and a waterfall appears to run through the house and reappear in the front garden. The bedrooms have balconies with sea views, and there are two pools, two saunas, a wet bar and outdoor entertainment area.

Why All rooms are equipped with Niessen panels to control heating, air-conditioning, lighting and music – as well as the spa, pool area and fountains.

Who Engel & Völkers, www.engelvoelkers.com, tel: +34 971 60 91 41

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The facade of a five-bedroom house in Broomheath, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Broomheath, Woodbridge, Suffolk, £2.6m

Where Overlooking the River Deben, eight miles from Ipswich, where trains into London’s Liverpool Street station take about 65 minutes.

What Winner of the Suffolk Association of Architects’ award for design and construction, this five-bedroom house comes with nearly two acres of gardens. It has a staff flat, home cinema, games room, gym and pebble-lined pool.

Why There’s an integrated audio-visual system, automated lighting control, fingerprint door entry and a building management system that controls zoned underfloor heating.

Who Strutt & Parker, www.struttandparker.com, tel: +44 1473 220 444

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The facade of a six-bedroom mansion in Sandcastle, Brigantine, New Jersey

Sandcastle, Brigantine, New Jersey, US, $9.5m

Where Overlooking a sandy beach with views of Atlantic City, 60 miles from Philadelphia, two-and-a-half hours’ drive from New York City.

What A six-bedroom mansion built in 2010. The house is lined with walls of glass to maximise the views.

Why A Crestron touch screen and remote system controls audio equipment, air conditioning, heating and lighting.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +1 212 468 7140

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The view from the deck of a four-bedroom house in The Villa Del Rio, Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia

The Villa Del Rio, Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia, A$2.68m

Where On the lower north shore of Sydney harbour, four miles north-west of the Sydney central business district (accessible by car or ferry), about 11 miles from Sydney airport.

What An art deco-style, four-bedroom house built in 2010 in an L-shape to take advantage of its north-facing position. The property has a palm-filled garden with a pool and spa.

Why The house has a Wiser Home Controller system that enables the owner to turn on lighting, entertainment, security, blinds and heating (including the fireplace) remotely from their iPhone.

Who Savills, www.savills.com.au, tel: +61 409 663 051

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