More than just Rent-a-Cop: Luxe homeowners splurge on high-end security systems

Wealthy owners load homes with Bat Cave-like features

Residence 590 in San Francisco (credit: Troon Pacific)
Residence 590 in San Francisco (credit: Troon Pacific)

You didn’t think the wealthy were just going to slap the Slomin’s Shield outside their luxe homes, did you?

High-tech security systems that protect residents from everything ranging from prying eyes to chemical attacks and seismic events are all the rage, Forbes reported.

“We’ve seen interest in safe rooms, blast-resistant floors and walls, as well as exterior security measures like radar that is capable of detecting a person or security cameras that can follow intruders,” said developer Greg Malin of Troon Pacific, who builds high-end homes on the West Coast with luxury security systems.

“Things we typically do include are biometric entry systems — including secure access to wine rooms — cameras with video recording and long-term storage, unique access codes for trusted individuals and enterprise-level firewalls,” he added.

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Troon Pacific’s Residence 590 in San Francisco, for example, has nine security cameras, a protected garage entry, biometric keypad access and an advanced firewall that’s used by big tech companies like Dell.

It also happens to be the Bay Area’s most-expensive listing, with an asking price of $45 million.

Warburg Realty’s Jason Haber said he has even seen homes that protect against chemical attacks.

“An apartment had one room equipped with a safe space in the event of a chemical attack,” he said. “Basically, you run into the room, turn on a button and a tent pops out of a built-in closet. You run in the tent, and it protects you from the attack around you.” [Forbes] — Rich Bockmann