14 August 2012

WETV Jacksonville Florida


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla --  HGTV has traveled the country looking for the best spot to build its first Smart Home. And a Jacksonville Beach neighborhood has been chosen. 
The network selected the quaint and environmentally conscious community of Paradise Key. 
"We are five blocks for the beach, close to the airport so that was probably the first thing and then when you come in here the look of the development the vegetation is pretty enchanting," said developer Lon Walton.
Walton says right now Paradise Key is an untapped resource. But after the exposure this community is about to get things should change fast. 
"The beach market has firmed up and we are starting to get a lot of activity we have several deals going right now but this is icing on the cake," said Walton.
Glenn Layton has already built several homes here and has been selected to create the smart home too. 
"It focuses a little bit more on technologies on being able to monitor energy efficiencies to be able to design homes efficiently to live today the way buyers like to live today," Layton said.
Work should begin in ten days. And Glenn says in the end it'll be a sight to see.
"Its gonna be something a little bit different," he said. "It's going to fit what HGTV does and that is they try to wow everybody and this will be a real wow."
Construction from the ground up will take about six months. And the entire process will be documented, meaning for the next year, the spotlight will be shining down on Paradise Key. 
And in July of next year, the keys to the home will be handed over to the HGTV smart home giveaway winner.


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