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This week: High-tech living

1. Thousand Oaks, Calif. This four-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa overlooks the Sherwood Country Club golf course. The house’s Crestron system controls window drapes, security settings, the theater’s audio system, and more. Additional features include Brazilian cherry floors, five fireplaces, and an 800-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. $6,650,000. Bill Carter, Sotheby’s International Realty, (805) 446-1888

2. Lake Oswego, Ore. This house’s security system, cameras, lighting, sound system, spa, and pool are all controlled by smartphone. The home has five bedrooms and features a four-stop elevator, a dedicated media room, and a built-in boat storage area with two lifts. $11,600,000. Justin Harnish, Harnish Properties-Realty Trust, (503) 675-3300

3. Kernersville, N.C. The smart-home system at this six-bedroom house controls a 50-light tree-illumination system, a multiroom audio system, and interior lights guided by an astronomical clock, which adjusts to shifts in sunrise and sunset. The house also has a media room with theater seating. $3,800,000. Sharon Shealy, Prudential Carolinas Realty, (336) 768-3300

4. St. Charles, Ill. This six-bedroom home is fully programmable from a control board, which runs lighting, waterfalls, room aromas, and a dance-club-worthy sound system. Named 1996’s Home of the Year by the Home Automation Association, it has been featured in Forbes and Success magazines. The 27-acre property includes an award-winning five-acre Japanese garden. $7,900,000. Debra Dobbs, Koeing & Strey Real Living, (312) 307-4909

5. Dartmouth, Mass. This reconstructed 1900s dairy barn, now a four-bedroom home, is run by a Macintosh Mini. The computer controls the door locks, 500 lights, and a voice-activated program, named Natasha, that can recognize and greet visitors, and announces happy hour nightly. Price available upon request. Will Milbury, Milbury and Co., (508) 525-5200

6. Warwick, N.Y. This four-bedroom house is set on a four-acre lot and features a CentraLite Elegance smart-home system that through programming can reduce energy usage. The home includes many other “green” building elements, including Forest Stewardship Council–certified lumber. $1,350,000. William Kelly, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, (845) 988-7778

Steal of the weekThe K1, from kitHAUS, is a 289-square-foot aluminum-framed kit home with fully insulated wall panels and dual-glazed windows. Optional features include a deck, a canopy, and a solar-electric system to enable off-the-grid living. Starting at $75,000 (no property included). KitHAUS, (310) 889-7137

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