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High-Tech Translates to a Smart Home, Safe Home 

High-end homes in Orange County, especially along the coast, are often found ensconced in guard-gated communities. In many, additional guards regularly patrol the grounds, giving homeowners an extra measure of security and peace of mind. Most luxury homes also possess elaborate security systems designed to detect intrusion or, in the case of celebrities and top-level executives, unwanted attention.

Smart-home technologies deliver an even higher level of protection, with facial recognition technology for frequent visitors, fingerprint entry, and programmable keypads that determine how long staff has access to the house. The high-tech systems provide owners instant access to video feeds of their homes via a mobile app, no matter where they are in the world. Other homeowners opt for additional, Jack Bauer-level protection, including blast-resistant windows, steel doors, reinforced walls and security shutters that slam down at the touch of a button. Secret passages and rooms hidden behind bookcases or under staircases are other security measures luxury home owners are employing to stay safe. When all is said and done, a guard-gated community and a home alarm system can deter most unwelcome visitors—human ones, that is. Possums, squirrels and coyotes traipsing around the property might be a different matter.

Tuscan Palace

The home at 33 Canyon Terrace in the private, gated community of Pelican Hill in Newport Coast sold on Feb. 16, fetching $9.4 million. It was listed in November for $10 million. Nestled away on a .93-acre lot reminiscent of the hills of Tuscany, the 10,413-square-foot home is adorned with finishes that include a two-story entry with floating wraparound staircase and an opulent master suite with retreat and four oversized en-suite guest bedrooms. There are six bedrooms and seven baths. The resort like grounds with oversized pool and cabana, along with private putting green complete with sand trap, also include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, water features, outdoor fireplace and barbecue pavilion.

Cindy Chin of Keller Williams Realty represented the seller and Evan Corkett of Villa Real Estate represented the buyer.