HOW WILL WE LIVE IN 2025?

How Will We Live in 2025?

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BY 2020, UBERAIR PLANS TO RUN AIR TAXIS IN AT LEAST THREE BIG CITIES – DAL­LAS, LA AND DUBAI. IF TH­ESE GET OFF THE GROUND, A TRANS­PORTA­TION REV­O­LU­TION COULD BE SPARKED THAT COULD LEAD TO THE RISE OF AIR­BORNE CITIES LIKE THOSE IN MOVIES LIKE The Fifth El­e­ment OR Blade Run­ner. ADD TO THIS AR­TI­FI­CIAL IN­TEL­LI­GENCE, EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL IS­SUES, AND THE SHAR­ING ECON­OMY, AND IT SEEMS FAIRLY CER­TAIN THAT THE WAY WE LIVE, WHERE WE LIVE AND HOW WE BUILD OUR HOMES IS HEAD­ING FOR A DRA­MATIC EVO­LU­TION.

Crispin Inglis, CEO of smart on­line real es­tate agency Prop­er­ty­Fox, be­lieves that as early as 2025 homes could look vastly dif­fer­ent.“The speed of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment is just too rapid to ig­nore, and be­cause of the long-term na­ture of prop­erty in­vest­ments – peo­ple own their homes for an av­er­age of 10 years – plan­ning now for the fu­ture is crit­i­cal. So if you are ren­o­vat­ing, buy­ing or build­ing a home, or if you are a prop­erty de­vel­oper, de­sign­ing for the fu­ture, rather than the now, is the smart thing to do.”

Prop­er­ty­Fox has an­a­lysed some of the big­gest trends, is­sues and tech cur­rently im­pact­ing us and be­lieves that by 2025 our homes could have evolved in some of the fol­low­ing ways.

WA­TER, WA­TER EV­ERY­WHERE

Even af­ter Cape Town emerges from the cur­rent crip­pling drought, our wa­ter woes will not be over. South Africa is one of the 30 most wa­ter-scarce coun­tries in the world. Re­ly­ing solely on our mu­nic­i­pal­ity for wa­ter sup­ply won’t be sus­tain­able into the fu­ture, so houses will need to have built-in rain­wa­ter tanks and dou­ble-retic­u­la­tion grey­wa­ter sys­tems. The pop­u­lar­ity of large gar­dens and pools will di­min­ish and we may even see the dis­ap­pear­ance of the wa­ter-guz­zling bath­tub in favour of show­ers that au­to­mat­i­cally turn off af­ter two or three min­utes.

ROOM-MATES THAT YOU AL­WAYS GET ON WITH

Alexa – Amazon Echo’s Smar tHome as­sis­tant – will be­come your best room-mate ever. She won’t fin­ish the milk, hog the bath­room or bring home her smelly boyfriend. In­stead, Alexa will read you the news, an­swer even the trick­i­est ques­tions, take phone calls, con­trol lights, open cur­tains and up­date shop­ping lists. Alexa the bot will be­come a valu­able part of the fam­ily, so you’ll want to rig your house up to be smart enough to al­low her to reach her full po­ten­tial.

GARAGES WILL GO

Even­tu­ally, it is pos­si­ble that there will be “he­li­pads” pur­pose­built on rooftops. But even if per­sonal air trans­port doesn’t “take off”,Uber,Tax­i­fyan­dlift-sharingapp­swillal­mostcer­tain­ly­catal­yse a big de­cline in car own­er­ship. As a re­sult, the space pre­vi­ously used for the garage won’t be needed, so we’ll ei­ther see smaller plots or the garage area be­ing di­verted for other uses.

HOMES BUILT FOR SHAR­ING

Per­haps the por­tion of the prop­erty pre­vi­ously used to house cars will now be a sep­a­rate en­trance to wel­come Airbnb guests, who could help cover the bond and run­ning costs of the home.

An­other pos­si­ble mod­i­fi­ca­tion could be that some as­pects of a home, like stor­age, be­come pur­pose-built for shar­ing. Cur­rently a lot of peo­ple rent out their homes for short pe­ri­ods over De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, and they have to la­bo­ri­ously pack up all their per­sonal pos­ses­sions so that the house feels like a hol­i­day home to guests. A neat solution is to in­stall ro­tat­ing cup­boards that can move the host’s pri­vate pos­ses­sions to the back at the click of a but­ton, with pris­tine empty shelv­ing, guest tow­els and linens mov­ing to the front for guests.

THE COOL KIDS MAY AGREE TO LIVE FUR­THER AWAY

The com­bi­na­tion of air taxis, self-drive cars, car-shar­ing apps and Uber, means there’ll be fewer cars on the road by 2020, which will likely mean fewer traf­fic jams.This may mean that a city’s trendy crowd will be com­fort­able liv­ing fur­ther out of town, and new ar­eas will spring up full of good restau­rants and bars.

MULTI-PUR­POSE ROOFTOPS

If food prices con­tinue to bal­loon, more and more peo­ple will start grow­ing their own pro­duce. With gar­dens shrink­ing, it is likely rooftops and ver­ti­cal spa­ces will be used to plant vegetable and herb gar­dens.

To keep ecom­merce pur­chases de­liv­ered by drone safe, there may be spe­cial land­ing hatches on the roof, pos­si­bly even

re­frig­er­ated ones for food de­liv­er­ies.As the drone pulls in, you can open the hatch re­motely via your smart de­vice – or Alexa can do it while she waits for you.

IT’LL CURE YOUR FEAR OF COM­MIT­MENT

Trend fore­caster Dave Nemeth says that a cool fu­ture fea­ture is “on com­mand in­te­rior de­sign”. Through LED and pro­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy you will be able to change the look of your house on a daily ba­sis. One day you can project rose gold wall­pa­per onto your lounge fea­ture wall, and when that trend moves on you can go ahead and switch to a smoky blue paint ef­fect. Where you place your TV will also be less of a ma­jor de­ci­sion as mo­bile pro­jec­tors will al­low you to stream Net­flix on any wall or sur­face around the house.

APP-DRIVEN EV­ERY­THING

Buy­ing and sell­ing ev­ery­thing – from cloth­ing to prop­erty – is likely to be app-based. Prop­er­ty­Fox, for in­stance, is al­ready launch­ing a user-friendly dash­board al­low­ing sell­ers to pick from a se­lec­tion of ser­vices like home stag­ing, home clean­ing or bond ap­pli­ca­tions. It also lets sell­ers keep up to date on view­ing and re­sponses, and al­lows them to eas­ily com­pare their home’s eval­u­a­tion to other prop­er­ties of sim­i­lar size and value on the sys­tem.

Prop­er­ty­Fox is South Africa’s lead­ing smart on­line real es­tate agent. A unique fea­ture of the Prop­er­ty­Fox model is that all in­for­ma­tion is ac­tively shared with the seller. Prop­er­ty­Fox han­dles all lo­gis­tics, sched­ul­ing and se­cu­rity vet­ting. Sell­ers only have to show their home at a time that is con­ve­nient to them. For more in­for­ma­tion, call +27 21 286 1150 or please visit www.prop­er­ty­fox.co.za.

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