Everyday Silicon Valley employees design and/or work with smart technology that helps change the world. So, it make sense that they want to be surrounded by smart technology not only in their professional lives, but their personal lives. 

As a privately owned home builder in the San Francisco Bay Area, Summerhill Homes creates upscale communities that reflect the ethos of the region: innovative, constantly striving for excellence and exuding timeless elegance. The majority of Summerhill Homes’ buyers work at local “Big Tech” companies and expect their homes to be as innovative as their workplaces. Knowing this, Summerhill Homes equips new properties with all of the smart home essentials—smart doorbells, thermostats, and, most notably, LiftMaster® Garage Door Openers powered by myQ®

A smart home starts with a smart garage

Chris Neighbor, president of Summerhill Homes is passionate about the future of the smart home and credits his company’s success, in part, to its unwavering commitment to smart technology.  While most people may not think about their garage as a part of their smart home, Neighbor does. He has witnessed firsthand, as have many of the Silicon Valley tech titans (think Apple, Amazon, Google who got their start in the garage), how the garage has evolved from just a place to park the car to a multifunctional space that has also become the main point of entry for 70 percent of today’s households. 

“We’re really at a transformative point in history,” Neighbor says, “The smart home and the garage can do so much more than the average consumer fully understands. We focus on smart home technology that helps solve real world needs, in the case of the garage, smart access technology is really useful. Providing reliable, secure smart home access adds convenience and security to everyday life.

Neighbor partnered with LiftMaster to smarten up the garage. LiftMaster’s powerful combination of reliable hardware and myQ technology has enabled millions of homeowners to control, secure and monitor the garage on their smartphone through the myQ app. With the myQ app, homeowners benefit from on-the-go management of daily activities like never having to wonder if the garage door was left open, receiving real-time alerts when children arrive home from school, remotely letting in the dog walker or service person and  in-garage delivery to keep packages safe and secure. 

More convenience. Enhanced security.

“For us, the choice to partner exclusively with LiftMaster was easy,” Neighbor says. “They’re the name everyone recognizes. More importantly, they’re the big innovator in the smart home era. The garage is a primary entry point of the home and it’s imperative for homeowners to be able to control and monitor that space from their smartphones.”

To add an extra layer of security, convenience and connectivity, Summerhill Homes will soon install LiftMaster’s new 85503 Secure View™ Garage Door Opener at its new properties. As the first opener with a built-in wide-angle camera, the Secure View adds streaming video, recorded events and 2-way communication to the myQ app. This allows homeowners to see and hear what’s actually going on in the garage even if they are on vacation halfway across the world. 

“The garage has become a true extension of the home, “ Neighbor explains. “We believe for such an important space you don’t just want any garage door opener.”