News Digest: Jimmy Kimmel’s High Tech Hollywood Home

News Digest: Jimmy Kimmel’s High Tech Hollywood Home

Jimmy Kimmel’s $2.3 million home features a kitchen, dining and media room combination with a dining table which can be lowered electrically into a coffee table, turning the dining room into a coffee table.

Jimmy Kimmel Selling High Tech Classic Hollywood Home

Before Jimmy Kimmel got his chance on network TV with the late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian purchased a 1947 Hollywood-Regency style home in Cahuenga Pass in Hollywood Hills. But times change and Kimmel is selling the 3,605-square-foot house.

The classic home features a wrought iron stair railing, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling leaded glass bay window leading to the spectacular view in the living room. The home includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms and even a recording studio with sound booth, but Kimmel updated the home for active entertaining and cooking.

The kitchen, dining and media room combination has a Wolf cooktop, double Bosch ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, diner-style dessert refrigerator, separate ice maker, soda dispenser and prep sink. The large dining table with booth along the wall and chairs can seat 12, but can be lowered electrically into a coffee table, turning the dining room into a comfortable media room with a huge screen on the opposite wall. The glassed-in bar features 12—yes, 12!—televisions and opens to the outside kitchen and pool, hot tub terrace where one can also find the pizza oven, BBQ, smoker and beer keg dispenser. Kimmel is asking $2.3million.


AT&T Plans Trial of In-Home Monitoring Service for Elderly or Disabled

Because most elderly or disabled people would rather remain in their homes than move to an assisted living facility, AT&T is launching an in-home monitoring system that it says will “seamlessly connect caregivers to their loved ones.” Trials of Digital Life Care will begin in Dallas and Atlanta this year with AT&T employees, and the company plans to roll out the “solution” to customers in 2015.

AT&T has positioned Digital Life as a platform for future smart home services. It includes home security and monitoring, as well as automation elements like lights that can be controlled via an iPad. Elderly care would be an extension of the service. 

The new platform provides real-time monitoring and alerts to caregivers about the daily activities of their loved ones, including eating, personal care, mobility, medication schedule, etc.

“This newest service from Digital Life will help caregivers stay connected with how their loved one goes about their daily activities. Through state-of-the-art equipment, predictive analytics and ambient monitoring technology, caregivers can receive customized updates on the daily activities that matter most while allowing their loved ones to live independently,” said Kevin Petersen, president of Digital Life.  “The core of Digital Life is a smart, simple and customizable automation and home security service.  We are taking this one step further with our new service to help our customers reduce the caregiving burden and help care recipients remain in their homes longer.”

It sounds like a high tech granny monitor for folks who would like to maintain their independence but whose grownup kids worry about them.



Porsche Design Tower Features Car Elevators, of Course!

Because every condo should come with a car elevator, Porsche Design Group included one for each condo in its Miami Beach high-rise Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles. The 132-unit black glass building is almost sold out with only 12 units left, so apparently the world’s top 1 percent think they really need car elevators. The price tag on one of these high tech condos is $6 million to $32.5 million for the penthouse, which is totally worth it since the owners will be able to view the “Atlantic while sitting in their cars rising 600 feet per minute on the way to their private garage outside their living rooms.”

Porsche Designer Tower with featured car elevators

“More than 20 billionaires have purchased homes at the Design Tower. ‘You don’t have to leave your car until you are inside your apartment,’ said Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.”

Besides the car elevators and the total of 284 robotic parking spaces that go with them, the condos also feature beachfront pool deck with lounge seating and beachside cabanas, plunge pools and summer kitchens. Amenities include a virtual golf simulator, four-car interconnected virtual race simulator and a movie theater with stadium seating for 25 guests. Oh, and there are 24-hour concierge, security and valet services, a private restaurant with outdoor seating and lounge bar, state-of-the-art spa, fitness center, hair salon, ballroom equipped with bar and catering kitchen and a 10,000-square -foot oceanfront space ideal for displaying museum-quality, collectible automobiles, just in case you get tired of looking at your Porsche. The building should be completed in 2016.

Porsche Design Tower exterior

Study: Americans Want Clean Energy—in Red and Blue States

While America doesn’t exist in a Dickensian haze of smog and smoke, the country is facing an energy emergency, the likes of which haven’t been seen before.

The problem isn’t that there are too few options­­­­­­­­­­­­­—it’s that there are too many. A Boston Globe article “Energy: What Americans Really Want” concluded that after a vast survey was taken in part with MIT Energy Initiative and the Harvard University Center on the Environment, most Americans do want change, as in more solar and wind energy.

The rub? Americans tend to under-estaimate the costs of such green and clean technologies. Also, while they don’t necessarily dislike options such as coal or oil, they are concerned about their harmful effects on the environment. The study found that Americans want cleaner fuels, with little bias based on their political leanings—and they want them cheaper. –Michela McShane

Related: 5 Secret Weapons of Green Home Pros

About The Author

Casey Meserve is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating investigative and timely articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a master’s degree in English in 2011. She began her writing career in 2005 as a reporter for Community Newspaper Company and later GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as an editor at AOL Patch.

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