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24/7 Wall St.: Eight Amazing Home Amenities for the Rich

Technology and Media Center

Location: Whistler, B.C., Canada
Home price: US $9,050,000
Square footage: 5,000

High-end media centers contain well-crafted paneling and built-in amenities such as a wet bar, a small catering kitchen, a refrigerator or a popcorn maker. All those creature comforts come with comfy seating and coexist with a bank of high-def TVs, cameras for videoconferencing and digitally controlled sound systems that may span the entire manse.

Lighting controls are another way that costs mount in a technology and media center. Depending on how the room is used, it should be lit differently, says Morris, so that “you can see what’s in your lap and still see the screen.”

Morris’s architectural view: “Those are becoming more like sitting rooms than movie theaters. Now all of the electronics are simpler. So it’s more like a sitting room or a family room and likely there’s a way to block off the screen when it’s not in use.”

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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