AV Solutions Give Residents More Control in Charlotte Neighborhood

houseThe luxury condominium complex in Myers Park neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, features a smart design inspired by the elegant pedestrian streets of Europe, sleek high-end interiors and a slew of smart technology powered by Control4. Developer Jim Gross acquired the compact corner plot and turned the site into 24 luxury, full-floor condominiums,

Gross bought the site without knowing precisely what to build on it.

“I started pushing around pencil and paper and figured out it had to be condominiums. I came up with the idea of doing freestanding building stacks over the top of an underground garage,” he said.

Beyond the physical design, smart tech is an essential part of what makes Opus Myers Park so luxurious. Jim brought in Home Technology Solutions (HTS), a Control4 Smart Home Professional he’d worked with on several previous developments, to oversee the extensive installation.

“Every condo has at least five automated lights as standard, which can be set up however the owner wants, and people often opt to add more,” said Mike Fitton, president of HTS. “All the bedrooms and common rooms are centrally wired for TV, and there are four zones of audio with high-end Episode speakers. Everything can be controlled using the Control4 Tabletop Touchscreens in your condo or from a smartphone.”

As well as automated lighting and entertainment, thermostats are also connected to the systems. Every condo has high-speed Wi-Fi built-in. The integrator also maximized Control4’s automated security, access control and surveillance. Residents can see and speak to guests at the gate, see live feeds from common area cameras and access private cameras in their own vestibules.

Additionally, when owners aren’t home, Control4 provides a way to make it appear as though someone is thereby mimicking how and when the owners typically open and shut their shades or turn lights on and off. The system is powered by Pakedge networking, and HTS has wired up all the condos for potential additions to the setup. Owners can expand their system as they see fit.

“I love that I can click on the touch screen by my bed in the morning and see what the temperature is outside and get the forecast for the day,” said one resident owner. “I can set the room temperature easily on the same screen. Listening to music in any room is simple. I love that I can see who’s at the elevator when the bell rings or let someone in the gate with a touch of a finger. It really is wonderful and once we got the hang of it, very intuitive.”