Alexa: What’s the latest apartment amenity?

The newest thing in luxury apartment living is “Alexa Everywhere” as highlighted in this Wall Street Journal article:

New York developer Tishman Speyer is making a bet on voice-activated smart-home devices at each of the 1,871 apartments there, in what it sees as a blueprint for the future of rental housing…

In the 120 apartments in the “Penthouse Collection,” which consists of luxury units on the top four floors at Jackson Park, home-automation features will be built directly into outlets, light switches and a smart thermostat that could be used to raise and lower the heat or air conditioning through word commands…

The smart appliances would be connected through a hub to Amazon.com ’s Echo Show, a device with a video screen, activated by calling out to “Alexa.”…

The other apartments, now on the market, will get a scaled-down version with the Echo Show and an outlet that can plug into an existing receptacle and be used to turn on a coffee maker or a lamp. Renters would be able to add features as well.

The article goes on to point out that the “smart home” devices might currently focus on managing the lights and appliances, but in the near future they could incorporate information on services provided by the property manager – office hours, dates and times of upcoming events, reserving space at the gym, etc. – or even services and events in the surrounding area.

While this is confined to the extreme high end right now – the penthouses in Jackson Park rent for $10,000 a month – this is something that is likely to become an expectation at most market rate communities for  increasingly tech dependant renters.