Home Entertainment is More Enjoyable Than Ever in The Smart Home

Media Room in The Smart Home

Inside The Brookfield Residential Smart Home, you’ll discover capabilities, powered by Amazon’s best-selling Alexa platform, that help to make life easier and more convenient. You’ll also find capabilities that make home entertainment more enjoyable than ever before, too.

In the lower-level media room, you can say “Alexa, turn on Movie Time,” and the overhead lights will dim, ambient lights will illuminate and a movie will begin playing. Just outside the door, in the rec room, you can tell Alexa “turn on Sports,” and the TV will turn on to your favorite sports channel — perfect for game day.

Upstairs, your kids can have their own dance party in their room by saying “Alexa, turn on Let’s Party.” The shades will lower, the lights will dim, key lights will illuminate, and music will begin playing.

When you’ve had enough fun for the day and it’s time to relax, you can make your way to the owner’s bathroom, where you can say “Alexa, turn on Relax,” to dim the lights, illuminate the overhead star panels and start playing soothing spa music. And when it’s time for bed, simply say “Alexa, turn on Bedtime.” The shades will lower, the lights will dim to off, and the nightstand light beside you will illuminate.

These are just some of the ways that the home automation features inside The Smart Home are making life more convenient than ever. To learn more, check out our Smart Home website and schedule your tour at Avendale today.

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The Smart Home Opens to Home Shoppers at Avendale

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The doors opened and droves of home shoppers got their first look at the project that’s redefining the way we live inside our homes.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home, powered by Amazon Alexa, is the game-changing new home that’s bringing voice-enabled home automation to the masses. And as the Mid-Atlantic’s most innovative homebuilder, we couldn’t wait to show it to excited home shoppers from across the area at the Grand Opening on January 28.

As they toured the home, attendees of the weekend-long celebration enjoyed refreshments and got a firsthand look at how The Smart Home and Amazon Alexa are making life easier and more convenient.

Through every room, attendees used the power of their voices to activate special capabilities, called “skills” —
from turning on the lights and setting the thermostat, to asking questions about the home and checking the security cameras.

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to the Grand Opening, The Smart Home is open for tours daily at our Avendale community in Bristow, VA. Visit our Smart Home website to learn more and schedule your tour now.

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The Smart Home Takes Convenience to a Whole New Level

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In between the unforgettable time spent with family and friends at home, our days are filled with a variety of menial tasks such as watering the lawn, updating calendars and adjusting the thermostat. They may not take much time individually, but together, they can eat up time better spent on other things.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home, powered by Amazon Alexa, is changing all of that.

Visit The Smart Home at Avendale today, and you can see just how the voice-enabled home automation makes life easier and more convenient every day.

Using just your voice, you can control the temperature of your home, ensuring that the thermostat is always at the most comfortable setting for your family. You can even control the TV and lights in other rooms. And when it’s time to water the lawn, you can tell Alexa to start the sprinklers — making it a chore that’s easier to get done and harder to forget.

If you’ve got a busy schedule, The Smart Home will also help you keep everything on your calendar in order. Simply tell Alexa when you need a reminder or an alarm. And if you need to get started on your grocery list, you can do that, too.

This is just a glimpse at how convenient life can be with Smart Home capabilities, and we’re excited to offer this groundbreaking technology in new homes at select communities across Maryland and Northern Virginia right now. To learn more about The Smart Home, check out our Smart Home website and schedule your tour today.

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In The Smart Home, You’re Ready for Easier Living

The Smart Home Built by Brookfield Residential Powered by Amazon Alexa

Your alarm clock goes off at precisely 7 a.m., same as every morning. What do you do next?

Perhaps you turn on the lights and open the shades to let in the first rays of sunshine. You turn on the television to catch the morning news. You start brewing a pot of coffee. And it’s a little chilly, so you turn up the heat a few degrees. It’s a good way to start your day.

Now imagine that you’ve done all of these things, and you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet.

That’s the easy convenience of life in The Brookfield Residential Smart Home powered by Amazon Alexa. It’s the result of our dynamic collaboration with Amazon.

The Smart Home, located inside our popular Avendale community, integrates voice-enabled home automation using the best-selling, cloud-based voice service, Amazon Alexa. This technology allows you to control the home with just the sound of your voice. It covers the essentials — turning on lights, the television, etc. — and then takes it beyond the expected, throwing in plenty of twists along the way.

“We built this home because we had a vision for making life easier for all of our homebuyers,” division president Robert Hubbell said. “Yet it’s exciting to think about the impact this technology can have not just on people who want to simplify life’s day-to-day tasks, but for people who legitimately need to simplify them.”

A Smart Home with Peace of Mind

A quick tour of The Brookfield Residential Smart Home is all you need to start imagining the possibilities for people looking to make their daily experience easier.

With Smart Home technology, not only can you use your voice to control the lights, shades, fans, television and thermostat, you can also lock the door and check the built-in security cameras.

This technology can also help you keep track of daily tasks and appointments or add items to your shopping list, too. Alexa can also update you on the day’s news, play music or read books through Audible or text-to-speech Kindle books.

We expect that Smart Home technology will be especially popular with homebuyers looking at a 55+ Active Lifestyle community. While most residents of such communities are quite active and pursue a fun, social lifestyle, this new technology will provide easier living and much-needed peace of mind.

Always Adapting

What The Smart Home is capable of today is only the beginning. As this technology is integrated into more and more of our homes, the possibilities are unlimited — thanks to the collaboration with Amazon and its open-architecture voice service.

You could buy the latest Alexa devices, such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV or Fire tablets and bring it home to add more capabilities. Setup is simple and intuitive — all because we know that technology moves quickly. We’ve made sure that you can turn your own new home into a Smart Home and that you’ll know your home will always be adapting, getting smarter and making your life easier.

For more information or media inquiries regarding The Smart Home, please read the original press release on PRNewswire or contact Brittany Darr at NDG Communications.

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Shaking Up Homebuilding by Teaming with Amazon

The Smart Home Built by Brookfield Residential Powered by Amazon Alexa

You say the word and things happen.

The shades go down and the television turns on. The thermostat adjusts until the temperature is perfect.

A new way of living is here.

This is a major step forward for homebuilding, and it’s the result of our game-changing collaboration with technology and online retail giant Amazon.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home powered by Amazon Alexa integrates voice-enabled home automation using the best-selling, cloud-based voice service, Amazon Alexa. This technology allows many features in the home to be controlled by voice commands.

And home shoppers will love this: Alexa can act as an automated sales assistant, ready to share information with you from the moment you walk in the door.

Located at Avendale, The Smart Home carries the potential to change the way we live. In fact, we’re now offering voice-enabled home automation to our homebuyers in select communities across the region.

For us, this home is just one more way to create the best places to call home for our customers.

“We always knew there was a desire for this technology in new home construction,” division president Robert Hubbell said. “The challenge was finding a way to incorporate the technology into a home in a way that was accessible and adaptable for the everyday homebuyer. Through our collaboration with Amazon, we’ve done just that.”

A Home That Speaks for Itself

Because The Smart Home is a model open for tours, we’ve empowered the home — and Alexa — to answer your questions. Once in the home, you can ask aloud to learn more about the home and its features, the community or the homebuilder.

The capabilities of The Brookfield Residential Smart Home also include voice commands for dozens of our most common daily tasks. Then they go well beyond the expected, throwing in plenty of exciting twists along the way.

The Smart Home shows off its capabilities throughout the home, in some cases combining a variety of tasks into a single voice command. For example, standing in the lower-level media room, you can say, “Alexa, turn on Movie Time.” The overhead lights will dim and the theater lights will illuminate. A favorite movie will begin playing on the oversized screen.

A Builder Always Seeking Innovation

Our team is constantly challenged to innovate, to come up with the next big idea. The foundation for The Smart Home began nearly a decade ago when we built the first in a series of concept homes that have redefined our approach to building the best homes for our customers.

In 2008, we built The Hybrid Home, an award-winning model of green homebuilding. A year later, we built The Energy Lab Home, where we studied the best ways to incorporate renewable energy into new homes.

In 2015, we created The PureBlue Home. With a goal in mind to reach net zero, we challenged the status quo of nearly every system in the home, exploring the latest technologies in energy efficiency and sustainability. The completed home scored an impressive negative 1 rating on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) chart.

Then in 2016, we developed My Brookfield Home, a first-of-its-kind app that keeps our homebuyers connected throughout the homebuilding process. It’s a portal where buyers can access key documents, track important tasks and appointments, contact their sales team or view photos of their home under construction.

On the strength of these successful innovations and amid the growing popularity of Alexa devices, the collaboration between us and Amazon came together naturally — and rapidly.

“Once we agreed upon the details of the project, we were off and running,” Hubbell said. “We were building The Smart Home within a matter of weeks. Our team came together quickly, pushed past the perceived limitations of production homebuilding and found solutions that make voice-enabled home automation a reality for homebuyers right now.”

Designing the home to be receptive to voice-enabled home automation was a critical first step. In addition to collaborating with Amazon, we also enlisted a group of forward-thinking vendor partners to join in this project.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the team that created this home,” Hubbell said. “From our internal team to all our handpicked collaborators, everyone involved brought exciting ideas, and everyone helped to not only create this home but to make it a home that will adapt to new technology in the future.”

Join us for the Grand Opening of The Smart Home this weekend! For more information or media inquiries regarding The Smart Home, please read the original press release on PRNewswire or contact Brittany Darr at NDG Communications.

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Make a Smart Investment in a Brookfield Residential Model Home

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A Brookfield Residential model home is an investment opportunity overflowing with potential. Purchase any of our fully upgraded, professionally appointed model homes now, and we’ll lease it back from you.

You’ll start building equity right away, and you can rest easy knowing that we’re taking care of your new home.

If you’re ready to make a smart investment, the right model home awaits you at one of our sought-after communities in Maryland. To learn more about Brookfield Residential model home investment opportunities, get in touch with us today, or visit any of the communities listed below.

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Admirals Square Townhomes | Annapolis, MD

The Baltimore | $524,990
3 beds, 3 full baths, 2 half baths and 2,200 sq. ft.
Lease: $3,500/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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The Annapolis | SOLD
4 beds, 3 full baths, 2 half baths and 2,550 sq. ft.
Lease: $3,500/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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Admirals Square Condos | Annapolis, MD

The Chesapeake | $424,990
2 beds, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and 1,700 sq. ft.
Lease: $3,000/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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The Severn | $549,990
3 beds, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and 2,700 sq. ft.
Lease: $3,500/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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Oakview Village Townhomes | Glen Burnie, MD

The Wakefield | $349,990
2 beds, 2 full baths, 2 half baths and 1,780 sq. ft.
Lease: $2,500/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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Travilah Station Townhomes | North Potomac, MD

The Camden | $899,990
3 beds, 3 full baths, 4 half baths and 2,640 sq. ft.
Lease: $5,500/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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The Bryant | $949,990
4 beds, 3 full baths, 2 half baths and 2,520 sq. ft.
Lease: $6,000/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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Wilson’s Grove Single-Family Homes | Gambrills, MD

The Sumner | $799,990
5 beds, 3 full baths, 1 half bath and 4,185 sq. ft.
Lease: $5,000/month for 1 year
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The Fillmore | $899,990
6 beds, 5 full baths, 2 half baths and 5,000 sq. ft.
Lease: $5,000/month for 1 year
Closing Assistance: $10,000
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*Model home purchases require the use of a Brookfield preferred lender. Certain terms and restrictions apply. Offers, financing, prices, amenities and terms are all subject to change without notice. Please see a Brookfield Residential sales manager for details.

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This is the Ideal Home for Tech-Lovers

The Smart Home built by brookfield residential powered by amazon alexa

A revolution in home technology is upon us.

We think that once you see our new Smart Home powered by Amazon Alexa, you’ll never want to go back to a time when you couldn’t control your home with just the sound of your voice.

We’ve collaborated with Amazon to fulfill our shared vision of a home that changes the way we live, simplifying our routines and helping us make the most of each day.

Turn on the lights, raise the shades, play some tunes. Check the security camera, lock the doors. You don’t have to lift a finger. All you have to do is ask.

And that’s only the beginning.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home, located at Avendale, integrates voice-enabled home automation using the best-selling, cloud-based voice service, Amazon Alexa.

“We are excited to be working with Brookfield Residential to bring the ease of Alexa into the Avendale community,” said Rob Pulciani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “We hope that homebuyers enjoy the convenience of voice-controlled home automation and use it to help them do everything from turning on the lights to adding items to their to-do list.”

Voice-Enabled Home Automation for the Masses

Until now, for most home automation capabilities, even if you could bring them into your home, you needed some tech savvy and a wide assortment of apps on your phone or tablet to control everything.

The Smart Home makes it easy for anyone to control their home with the sound of their voice.

We’ve wired the home to be receptive to the technology it has included now and technology that might come later. The collaboration with Amazon was critical because the cloud-based Alexa voice service allows you to control it with your voice, not just a phone, tablet or computer. And Alexa is open to new advancements. Anyone living in a Smart Home can buy the latest Alexa device, such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV or Fire tablets, and incorporate it easily.

Step Inside The Smart Home

Aficionados of home automation technology won’t want to miss the opportunity to tour this home.

Some of the most exciting features of The Brookfield Residential Smart Home are the custom capabilities, called “skills,” which combine a variety of tasks into a single voice command. For example, if you’re in the lower-level media room, you can say, “Alexa, turn on Movie Time.” The overhead lights will dim and the theater lights will illuminate. A favorite movie will begin playing.

Or imagine winding down at the end of the day. You can walk into the owner’s bathroom suite, start running a bath and say, “Alexa, turn on Relax.” The shades lower, the lights dim and illuminated star panels turn on as soothing spa music plays.

We want you to visit The Smart Home and be intrigued and excited about this new way of living. We want you to imagine how your lives would be better in a voice-enabled home. And if you’re a person drawn to the latest technology, we think you’ll be drawn to Brookfield Residential.

Join us for the Grand Opening of The Smart Home on January 28-29. For more information or media inquiries regarding The Smart Home, please read the original press release on PRNewswire or contact Brittany Darr at NDG Communications.

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The Smart Home is Simplifying the Lives of Busy Families

The Smart Home, built by Brookfield Residential, powered by Amazon Alexa

Life moves fast for a busy suburban family.

Between school and work, sports and volunteering, not to mention the many other demands on a modern family’s time, the few free moments that remain are treasured.

That’s why we’ve collaborated with Amazon to fulfill our shared vision of a home that works better for today’s families, simplifying life and helping them make the most of each day.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home, located inside our popular Avendale community, integrates voice-enabled home automation using the best-selling, cloud-based voice service, Amazon Alexa. This technology allows you to control many of the home’s features with just the sound of your voice. It covers the essentials — turning on lights, the television, etc. — and then takes it beyond the expected, throwing in plenty of twists along the way.

For anyone who wishes they could snap their fingers and make things happen, this is the next best thing. The Smart Home can automate a variety of household actions into a single voice command. It saves time and it makes life easier.

The success of The Smart Home has prompted us to invite homebuyers in select communities throughout Virginia, Maryland and Delaware to incorporate voice-enabled automation packages into their homes as well.

It’s all part of our reputation for innovating. Over the past decade, we’ve created three ultra-efficient, cutting-edge concept homes that redefined the way we build homes for our customers. We also launched a first-of-its-kind app that allows homebuyers to stay closely connected to the building process.

Making Life Easier Inside Your Home.

As we launched this collaboration with Amazon and began work on our flagship Smart Home, we needed to first imagine who would live in this home. Only then could we create the automated capabilities — called “skills” — to complement the residents’ lifestyle.

Here’s what we envisioned:

Before they even get out of bed, parents ask the home to turn on the lights, open the shades and play some music to get their day started. As they get dressed, they hear reminders from Alexa about appointments, sports practices and other items on the to-do list.

Heading out the door, Mom asks the home to turn off the lights and close the shades. Dad asks it to lock the door and turn on the sprinkler to give the lawn a quick drink. The Smart Home just combined several minutes of basic tasks into mere seconds.

Back home in the evening, it’s time for the kids to do homework as parents prepare dinner. Mom asks The Brookfield Residential Smart Home to turn off the television — sorry, kids — turn on the lights above their desks and play classical music in the background.

After dinner and a little family time, Dad retires to the owner’s suite and reclines on the bed to watch some television, while Mom walks into the owner’s bathroom and starts running a bath.

“Alexa, turn on Relax,” she says.

The shades lower, the lights dim and illuminated star panels turn on as soothing spa music plays. A perfect end to a busy day.

Always Adapting.

What The Smart Home is capable of today is only the beginning. As this technology is integrated into more and more Brookfield Residential homes, the possibilities are unlimited — thanks to the collaboration with Amazon and its open-architecture, cloud-based voice service.

We know you have access to all the best technology as it hits the market. So you could buy the latest Alexa device, such as an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV or a Fire tablet, and bring it home to add more capabilities. Setup is simple and intuitive.

This was so important to us because we know that technology moves quickly. So we’ve made sure that you can turn your own new home into a Smart Home — and that your home will always be adapting and always getting smarter.

Join us for the Grand Opening of The Smart Home on January 28-29. For more information or media inquiries regarding The Smart Home, please read the original press release on PRNewswire or contact Brittany Darr at NDG Communications.

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Join us for The Smart Home Grand Opening on January 28-29

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This is it. We’re opening the door to our latest groundbreaking new home.

The Brookfield Residential Smart Home powered by Amazon Alexa is opening soon, and you can be among the first to see it.

You’re invited to join us for the official Smart Home Grand Opening weekend on Saturday, January 28, through Sunday, January 29, at our Avendale community in Bristow, VA. You can tour this revolutionary new home from 10am-6pm throughout the weekend.

Whether you’re an early adopter of technology or you’re just looking for a home that will help to simplify your life, you’re going to love what you see during the Grand Opening weekend.

We’ll show you how, with just the sound of your voice, The Smart Home can make life easier and more convenient. Give it a try while you’re there by saying “Alexa, turn on Relax” to see how you The Smart Home helps you unwind in the owner’s spa bathroom after a long day. Or say “Alexa, turn on Movie Time” in the lower-level media room and get ready for showtime.

While you’re exploring the home and all of its capabilities, you can also learn more about what makes Avendale one of our most sought-after communities in Northern Virginia. And because we’re bringing this game-changing technology to select communities across Virginia and Maryland, we’ll also share more information about where else you’ll be able to find or build Brookfield Residential Smart Homes.

Have questions or want to learn more about Grand Opening? Give us a call at (703) 335-2717. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Visit Our Most Popular Communities in 2017

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2016 was a great year for home shoppers looking to find their ideal homes at one of many Brookfield Residential communities across Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Although a few of our communities saw the sale of their final homes this past year, we also opened three highly anticipated new communities.

These three communities were developed not just to meet the needs of homebuyers in the area but to exceed them. So if you’re looking for a new home in the new year, be sure to check out these communities during your home search.

Admirals Square (Annapolis, MD)

Whether they’re seeking a garage townhome or a spacious garage condo, homebuyers are flocking to Admirals Square because of the premier Annapolis lifestyle it offers. Located in the heart of one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most beautiful cities, these stylish, contemporary townhomes and condos give residents an all-access pass to Annapolis’ finest restaurants, best shops and most exciting venues that surround it.
 

Mayfair (Purcellville, VA)

Mayfair is home to Loudoun County’s most affordable townhomes. But this serene community is also home to some of the most desirable single-family homes for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the area. That escape comes with convenience because Mayfair is one of the most accessible communities in Northern Virginia.
 

Travilah Station (Rockville, MD)

Our newest community is also one of our most lavish. Introducing new levels of townhome luxury to the region, Travilah Station is already exceeding elevated expectations from homebuyers looking to call the sought-after North Potomac area home.
 

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