Five homes with high-tech fittings

From a French villa with a poolside cinema screen to a New York penthouse with mirrors that turn into television screens

Dome House, Brantfell Road, Windermere, Cumbria, UK, £1.45m

Dome House

Where In Bowness-on-Windermere, a small town in the Lake District. Manchester international airport is about 90 minutes by car.

What A 6,160 sq ft house built from locally sourced larch wood, with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, an indoor pool, and a garden with views of Lake Windermere.

Why Featured on the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs, Dome House was built as an “eco-home”. It uses an air source heat pump to warm the indoor pool, extracting heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15C.

Who Strutt & Parker,, tel: +44 1423 594859

The Integral House, 194 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, C$ 22.9m ($ 17.6m)

The Integral House

Where In Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, a 30-minute drive from Toronto Pearson international airport.

What A 17,000 sq ft house with four bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a gallery space big enough to accommodate up to 200 guests, surrounded by curving, double-height glass and timber walls.

Why The property has an indoor exercise pool. When activated, the water level can be lowered to reveal a small waterfall feature. A 30ft-long window can also be electronically lowered to open up the pool to the outdoors.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty Canada,, tel: +1 877 960 9995

El Nido, Cascada de Camoján, Marbella, Spain, €25m

El Nido

Where Within a gated community in the foothills of La Concha mountain on the Costa del Sol. Málaga international airport is 35 minutes by car.

What An eight-bedroom villa with more than 3,150 sq metres of living space spread over three floors and connected by a glass lift. There is also a gym, beauty salon, tennis court, 10-car garage and terrace with an infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean coastline.

Why In the courtyard, four projectors map images, such as floating Koi fish, on to a 16-metre-high steel sculpture by the conceptual artist Arne Quinze. The property’s 54 speakers, 20 television screens, lighting and heating are all run via an integrated control system.

Who Engel & Völkers,, tel: +34 952 868406

The One, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France, €8.45m

The One

Where In the hills behind Cannes. The Promenade de la Croisette is less than a 10-minute drive, while Cannes-Mandelieu private jet airport is 15 minutes by car.

What A 313 sq metre villa with four bedrooms, a roof terrace and outdoor infinity pool.

Why The lighting, blinds and cinema screen — built on to the side of the villa so it can be viewed from the pool — can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

Who Home Hunts,, tel: +33 970 44 66 43

Puck Penthouse I, 293 Lafayette Street, New York City, US, $ 58.5m

Puck Penthouse

Where In the SoHo area of Lower Manhattan, at the top of the iconic Puck Building, once home to the satirical Puck Magazine, in print until 1918. JFK international airport is about an hour’s drive away.

What A 7,241 sq ft penthouse with four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a gym, wine room and media room.

Why Television screens turn on within the bathroom mirrors, which, together with the lighting, can be run via a tablet or smartphone.

Who Corcoran,, tel: +1 212 836 1055

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