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Google turns Selene from Foster + Partners into the ultimate smart apartment

Google has partnered with FrenchCalifornia, the design and creative studio of Guillaume Coutheillas, on two model homes in Selene, the recently relaunched 63-story condominium tower in midtown Manhattan designed by Foster + Partners. Google’s Nest smart home devices are integrated into both units, according to a representative, “setting a benchmark for how residents can effortlessly integrate high design with intuitive technology.” Focusing on security, entertainment, connectivity and more, the devices, including Nest Wi-Fi, Indoor Nest Cam, Nest Audio and Nest Hub Gen 2, include both voice and gesture controls and come in minimalist color palettes to match the intended design by the Coutheillas team.

In addition to the high-tech offerings, the residences include cultural masterpieces, including unique works by artists such as Christo, Agnes Martin, and Lisette Model, and collectibles from Marcel Breuer, Hans Wegner, Christophe Delcourt, and Philippe Starck.

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Out-of-state moves reach new peak

Americans are on the move, according to a new report from Redfin finding that migration in the US is at an all-time high. In July 2022, about a third (33.7%) of potential homebuyers on the site were looking for properties in urban areas outside their home country. That’s compared to about a quarter (26%) before the pandemic and 32.6% in the second quarter of 2022. Florida and California were the top picks, with Miami the most searched region, followed by Sacramento, San Diego and Tampa.

Redfin agent Jodie Lee reports that there has been a steady increase in relocators from LA and the Bay Area to San Diego since the pandemic made remote working more common. “I’ve also seen quite a few remote workers move out of places like Seattle and North Carolina,” Lee said in a statement, “because they love the sunny weather and outdoor activities.”

Tampa and Miami had the largest number of potential homeowners from the New York City metro area. But according to the site, migration to the sunny states is beginning to slow compared to last year as prices rise and inventory shrinks. Las Vegas rounded out the top five metropolitan areas, and Portland, Maine, landed in ninth in the top 10 list for the first time since Redfin began tracking the data in 2017. It’s especially popular with Bostonians, the site says — both those relocating and those buying a second home.

The report surveyed two million Redfin users looking for housing in more than 100 urban areas. To be eligible, users must have viewed at least 10 properties in the area.

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