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ORLANDO — With a smog-eating roof, digitally controlled showerheads and recycled glass countertops, Vision House will open at Epcot on Earth Day .
A rising trend of super-efficient, solar-powered new homes allows homeowners to combat rising energy costs by giving back to the power grid.
Normally, when someone asks for the remote, it’s because they want to undertake some serious TV channel surfing. But in one unique home located just 90 minutes north of New York City , playing with the remote control will set the entire wooden house spinning on its axis. This dome home was, in fact, built on an electronically-controlled axle. So with a push of a button, the 3,000-square-foot New Paltz home for sale can rotate 360 degrees. In five orbital minutes, the house will turn one full rotation.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images The big problem for builders of luxury homes in the cities where wealthy people choose to live is the sheer lack of space, especially for parking a small fleet of vehicles . Which is why one Miami Beach condo developer plans to build a new skyscraper with a robotic parking deck built in. The $560-million Porsche Design Tower project as described by the Miami Herald will allow owners to ride their vehicles into a robotic elevator system that drops them and their vehicles at their doorstep. The condos were designed by Porsche Design Group , a spinoff of the German automaker that lends its style to everything from office complexes to cellphones. ( Developer Gil Dezer also has Porsche body panels mounted on his walls.) The condo will have 132 units over 57 stories, with larger units sporting up to four parking spaces per unit.
A stunning view of the Vancouver marina, the North Shore mountains and downtown are only a taste of the upsides of living in this floating home. Owners Doug McClelland and Anthony Tucker plopped their newly built floating home in Coal Harbour Marina in Vancouver, British Columbia. This harbor is considered one of the best in North America, and is full of gorgeous yachts of the rich and famous. The sleek modern design stands out as the newest floating house built in this harbor.
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