World’s first HomeKit community springs up in San Jose

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HomeKit is now getting packaged into new homes.
HomeKit is now getting packaged into new homes.
Photo: KB Home

Apple’s HomeKit platform is set to power an entire community currently under construction in San Jose.

Real estate development firm KB Home revealed today that its new community, Promenade at Communications Hill, will be the first ever in the US to have HomeKit technology built-in, providing a seamless experience from the foundation up.


By integrating smart features to the construction process, KB Home is set to attract Silicon Valley techies that want to live in the smart home of the future right now.

With the Apple HomeKit package, homeowners will be able to adjust lights, lock doors, open the garage, monitor security and other tasks straight from their iPhone or Apple Watch. A new Home app was introduced this fall as part of iOS 10. Home allows iOS users to control all their smart-home gadgets from one easy-to-use screen.

HomeKit-powered homes

Buying a HomeKit house won’t be cheap though. Prices start in the low-$900,000s. The three-story floor plans range in size from 2,148 to 2,178 square feet. You can have one built with up to five bedrooms, four baths, and a two car garage.

No word on exactly how much the Apple HomeKit package will cost. KB Home says it’s also making it available at its Magnolia at Patterson Ranch community.

Apple doesn’t make its own HomeKit devices, but rather licenses the tech out to other companies to create a more unified experience. Over 100 HomeKit devices from third-parties are expected to be available by the end of 2016 with hundreds more coming in 2017.