Lennar Homes is building Amazon’s Alexa into all its new homes, including a subdivision in Aurora

The Denver Post

Lennar and Amazon have teamed up and recently announced the opening of interactive Amazon Experience Centers within select Lennar model homes across the United States, including Lennar’s Inspiration community in Aurora,CO. Now customers in the area can experience first-hand the convenience of Alexa smart home experience and more in a real home environment. Learn more about the Amazon Experience Center and Lennar’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Designs in this recent The Denver Post article by Aldo Svaldi

When Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, enters someone’s home, it is typically as a guest. But buyers of new Lennar homes will find her waiting for them when they walk in the door.

“Alexa, what are you doing here?”

Lennar Corp. had previously run with Siri and Apple’s smart-home technology. But the nation’s largest home builder is now married to Alexa and offering Amazon’s suite of home automation products as a standard feature in Denver and across the country.

“Everything is included. It is a neat package,” said Frank Walker, Colorado division president at Lennar, during a tour of an Amazon Experience Center at a model home at the Inspiration Colorado community in south Aurora.

Purchasing the various items separately would run around $5,000, Walker said. Lennar buys the equipment in bulk and passes the savings on to its customers. Home buyers receive training and technical support from Amazon to set up and operate the various features.

Lennar uses home design and Wi-Fi signal boosters to eliminate dead spots in the house, Walker said. That signal connects a host of smart products including a Ring video doorbell, a Baldwin lock system, Lutron lights, Honeywell smart thermostats, and controllers for home entertainment systems.

Users control the various systems via voice commands using an Amazon Echo Show, which can run multiple devices at once in what are known as “scenes.”

For example, the party scene lowers the window shades half way, dims the lights, and then turns on music. The movie scene will bring the shades down all the way, turn off the lights and bring up the home video system.

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