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The Best Home Security System to Protect You and Your Home

There’s no doubt that we at Freshome love helping you enhance your home’s aesthetics. From eye-popping wall art to dynamite floor selections, we believe your home should make you proud. However, we also know that a home is more than just a collection of things. A home is the one constant in life, where one should always have a sense of safety and security.

Unfortunately, the reality is that there will always be people looking to disrupt that security. While we can’t change the way of the world, we can take steps to protect our belongings and the people we love against malcontent.

Thanks to the rapid increase of innovative technology in recent years, protecting your home with a security system is cheaper and more accessible than ever. However, making the right decision on which company you should trust to protect everything you love can be a real headache. At times, it seems easier (and more fun) to simply go with Kevin McCallister’s Home Alone security plan.

Thankfully, we at Freshome understand the importance of safeguarding what’s most important to you. After poring over piles of reviews and rankings, reviewing official United States that is easy to relocate, and the latter will likely look for a more professional, anchored approach.

Contrary to popular belief, I found that the super-rich aren’t your typical criminal’s primary target. In fact, the most burglarized households in the United States make an average income of $35K a year. In other words, those less likely to be able to afford a comprehensive security system are at a higher risk.

This revelation immediately altered my approach from finding the “best security system,” to finding the “best security system for those who need it.” While there may well be million-dollar security systems capable of creating a minefield of infrared lasers to snatch up even the sneakiest of burglars, ultimately these solutions don’t help those most likely to be in the crosshairs. Frontpoint strikes the perfect balance between cutting edge technology, unmatched customer service, and reasonable prices.

Other home security systems to consider

While Frontpoint was the clear winner for the best overall home security system, I found in my research that other companies excelled in key categories, and may be more appealing to customers with specific needs. Furthermore, if you are considering a DIY home security system, be sure to check out our best DIY Home Security System review.

The Best Affordable Home Security System

Protect America
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Can you say, “No up-front charges?” With an extremely reasonable starting monthly fee of $19.99, free start-up equipment, and a free relocation kit, Protect America is easily the best security system in its price range. Possibly best of all, the installation is completely DIY, ditching the “cable-guy factor” offered by a company like ADT. The only thing holding this company back from the number one spot is that its most affordable packages don’t offer the convenience of cellular monitoring.

The Best Home Security System for Relocating

Simplisafe
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Life happens, as do relocations, which could spur headaches for security system owners. Thankfully, there’s Simplisafe. Simplisafe costs a bit more than others up front, but after the initial cost, you actually own the equipment. To boot, Simplisafe offers extremely affordable monthly monitoring, and ditches landlines and wall holes for a 100 percent wireless service, making it the clear choice for the frequent mover.

The Home Security System with the Best Tech

Vivint
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Although it’s not quite like something out of a Bond movie, Vivint definitely features some of the best out-of-the-box technology in the industry. Including a touchscreen control center, 100 percent wireless sensors, cellular phone monitoring at all price points, and optional Z-Wave technology, which helps you regulate and manage your home’s energy usage). All in all, Vivint is pricier than the competition, but offers professional installation on one of the most technologically advanced systems, remaining a great option for those who can afford it.

A full review of the best home security system

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Regardless of our income, we all deserve to feel secure in our own homes. The necessity of peace of mind cannot be oversold in today’s world, and your home security should give you the same sense of stability as the four walls around you.

Despite a plethora of excellent competitive options for home security systems, Frontpoint truly stood above the crowd from the get go. From its acclaimed customer service, to its DIY installation and cellular based system, Frontpoint proved itself to be the premier option for home security, while still remaining affordable.

From the beginning, I placed a lot of weight on each company’s customer service. In the case of a false-alarm tripping, or especially in the case of a break-in, the last thing you want is a difficult or even argumentative person on the other side. Frontpoint’s defining attribute is its customer service consistently ranked heads above the competition. In fact, I’ve never seen as much unanimous positivity for one company on the internet in my life.

It’s not all about the customer service, though. A security company has to put its money where its mouth is and offer protection at a sensible price. Frontpoint follows through, offering the most comprehensive and technologically advanced system in its price point on the market. By offering fully wireless cellular DIY installations and a free relocation kit, Frontpoint is able to offer the same technology as a company like Vivint does, at around half of the price.

In the age of the dying landline, it was imperative that the best company offer a cellular solution to home security. Not only does Frontpoint offer 100 percent wireless and cellular security at all price points, its top two price tiers have a built-in a failsafe, called “Crash and Smash Protection,” to keep criminals from tampering with your security center and impeding …read more      

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Fresh Scandinavian Attic Apartment With Two Sunny Terraces

Comprising three bedrooms and two lovely sunny terraces, this modern attic apartment offers exceptional views of Stockholm and memorable sunsets. The 188 square-meter home-discovered by Freshome on Skeppsholmen– is characterized by abundant natural light and an overwhelming feeling of space. As you step inside, you are greeted by a hall with gray tiled floors and a wardrobe for storage. The kitchen, living and dining room are organized in an open plan, encouraging socializing. A generous living height, skylights and windows on both sides allow the inhabitants to take the pulse of Gamla Stan from the comfort of their fluffy armchairs.

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The central point of the living room is a contemporary brick fireplace, spicing up the atmosphere during cold Swedish evenings. By employing a minimalist color palette in gray and white, the designers managed to create a sense of freshness throughout. Wooden floors visually contrast the walls and furniture, adding warmth to the composition. The bedrooms imagined in the same style, with a simple color mix and large window openings, feel particularly inviting. Spa-style bathrooms with glass-enclosed sauna and jacuzzi enhance living quality in this Scandinavian home. Last, but not least, the two terraces offer the inhabitants the chance to further contemplate the city and relax with family or friends.
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Unconventional Work Sanctuary: Modern “Backyard Cottage” in Oslo

Especially designed for a writer in Oslo, Noway, this backyard cottage is an unconventional modern work sanctuary. Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter built an annex to the clients’ residence, with extensive views of the surrounding landscape, a suitable retreat for creativity. According to the developers, “the project rises in height towards the south, in order to reach above the neighbor’s hedge and allow direct sunlight to flow in to the interior. The south elevation is narrow, to avoid too much sunlight that could disturb the workplace, and provide privacy.” Made entirely out of glass, the north facade mirrors the landscape, inducing a state of relaxation.

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Two other units containing a reading chair and a mezzanine extend outside the main volume, contributing to the original shape of the backyard cottage. The sober black silhouette pierced by glass unveils warm and friendly interiors, where wood plays a major visual and connective part. Minimalist furniture arrangements and creative storage units (mainly employed for books) redirect attention towards the vivid spectacle outdoors. In a place this inviting and open to nature energies, inspiration is invited to strike at any moment. [Photography by Jonas Adolfsen]

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Complex Modern Penthouse Offering Panoramic Views Over Mexico City

Not too long ago, we published a gallery depicting a penthouse design by Archetonic, a project where lightweight geometry was the key of a clean, modern design scheme. Today we would like to present another project from the same architecture firm. Penthouse Diamante is located in Mexico City, Mexico and displays a contemporary style with simple lines and seemingly floating furniture units. According to the architects, the core design concept was entirely related to spaciousness, creating naturally lit functional zones and a good level of connectivity.
design modern residenceThe layout of this apartment in Mexico city was planned in close relationship with the modern living needs of the inhabitants, while aiming for an optimum indoor-outdoor link: “The lower floor of the project is designed for public, family areas: an entrance lobby, games room, study, living and dining room, visitors’ washroom, kitchen and a terrace. A wooden deck was installed on the terrace, combining with the outdoor furniture to create a comfortable space with 360 degree views over the city. The private rooms are placed on the upper floor: a family TV room, three junior bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and closet, and a master suite with an antechamber and enormous dressing room/bathroom with expansive views over the city.” [Photography by Rafael Gamo]
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Colorful and Inviting “Apartment V01″ Merging Fresh Design Solutions

Merging color with fresh design solutions, dontDIY completed the design of Apartment V01, a lively home located in an old central building in Sofia, Bulgaria. The main purpose of the project was to maximize the amount of natural light inside the rooms and to create overall comfortable living conditions. Creative storage ideas can be spotted throughout the apartment; even the built-in kitchen can be hidden behind white sliding doors made from plywood, thus visually enhancing the living room.
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The social area is colorful, friendly and filled with inspiring elements: “A small fireplace is built-in into a large white cabinet situated along the darkest wall of the room which also accommodates the refrigerator and the air-conditioning unit. In the middle of the living room one finds a bespoke plywood table which serves as a dining table or a working desk. A light blue Scandinavian sofa is lying in front of an exposed brick wall painted white in front of the picture window, while a black rotating Jean Prouve Vitra lighting fixture hovers over the sofa. The white wall in front of the seating area serves as a projection screen.” See any other details you find captivating? [Photos by Asen Emilov]
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Bookshelves Throughout Define the Fascinating Library House in Portland

Jessica Helgerson completed the development of the Library House, an inspirational private refuge in Oregon, USA. This project was a complete remodel plus an addition to a small structure which was originally the public library in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. Many aspects of the design are fairly traditional, in keeping with the vintage of the house, but with very modern pieces layered on: “We were struck by how lovely the volume of the old library was, and decided to keep the big open space to house a great room, with kitchen, dining and living areas. We enclosed the open front porch to create an entry and powder room, and added on to the side of the building to create two small bedrooms and a new bathroom”, the designer explained.

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In keeping with the theme of the original library, the designer added bookshelves throughout; they define the entry, flank both sides of the great room, and surround the little desk in the guest bedroom. Since the volume of the main space was so tall, library ladders at both ends of the room were integrated to provide access to the tall shelves. Because of the tight lot, the bedrooms needed to be quite small so the designer built in useful cabinetry wherever possible, including around and under the bed. A warm palette of jewel-toned color is introduced in the furnishings and art, which include paintings by Portland artists Anya Spielman and Jocelyn Rahm. [Photos and information courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design]

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“ASH+ASH” Residence Exhibiting a Range of Outdoor Terraces and Porches

Merging contemporary architecture with sustainable design techniques, Hennebery Eddy Architects created ASH + ASH, a private home in Portland, Oregon, USA. According to the project developers, the residence “takes advantage of regional and distant views to the east, north and west and a close relationship to its neighborhood and immediate landscape. We were driven by a desire to create a range of outdoor terraces and porches for use at different times of the day and in different weather; blurring the line between those spaces and the interior living spaces was central to the design concept.” The L-shape plan of the home was envisioned around a central swimming pool, with lounge areas for relaxation.

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A rich modern array of materials define the overall appearance of this contemporary US home: “The building is composed of white stucco planes with glass and cedar infill panels that float above a dark brick base. Deep cedar soffits at the home’s porches extend above the glass forming rich interior spaces. Rift cut white oak used extensively throughout the interior is complemented by a cantilevered walnut stair to the rooftop view-box and terrace.” Any thoughts on the overall design approach for this project? [Photography by Josh Partee] modern residence (2)modern residence (3)modern residence (4)modern residence (5)modern residence (7)modern residence (8)modern residence (9)modern residence (10)modern residence (11)modern residence (12)plans (1)plans (2)

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Seattle Apartments: The Ultimate Renters Guide

Viktoria Apartment Rooftop in Downtown Seattle

At Freshome we’re always working to bring you the best in architectural innovation and interior design trends by showcasing beautiful homes and apartments around the world. In our new series, we explore the most dynamic neighborhoods in cities across the U.S. and highlight the best apartment options each of them have to offer. Starting with our hometown of Seattle, we put together a list of great things to do, eat, and see while also showing you the best places to live.

We spent more than 40 hours conducting extensive research on Seattle real estate and looked at some 600 apartment complexes in the area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of variables. In addition to providing basic information about the buildings, such as year constructed, number of units available, and average rent prices, we also factored in other important amenities like outdoor space and fitness rooms.

Interior design is important to us, so we also looked for features like hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances, balconies, and other modern features coveted by today’s renters. We also considered the apartment’s Walk Score—its accessibility to respective neighborhoods, bars and restaurants—in order to determine the city’s best pads.

From beachfront apartments in West Seattle to posh condos above the eccentric streets of Capitol Hill, we explored 11 of the most popular Seattle neighborhoods. Whether you are moving to Seattle, or just want a glimpse into the multifaceted communities of the Emerald City, browse the Freshome Seattle Apartments guide to the city’s vibrant urban neighborhoods and its best apartments.

Belltown

Located between Downtown and Queen Anne, Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. With a large selection of restaurants and an active nightlife scene, Belltown attracts professionals of all ages looking for a blend of city living with a neighborhood feel. Residential options mainly include high-rise condos and apartments.

In recent years, Belltown’s popularity decreased due to an increase in crime. However, the neighborhood has begun recovering and is seeing an influx of residential and retail development.

What Is There To Do?

Located on the edge of the Downtown retail center, Belltown is home to many premium shopping destinations, including clothing boutiques, design studios and home interior stores. You’ll find a mix of trendy restaurants, like the popular

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 136
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,925-$5,550
  • Highlights (amenities): Newly constructed on the corner of Western and Vine, the 12-story Walton Lofts feature eco-centered, high-end design such as bamboo flooring, 10′-13′ loft ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows capturing expansive views of the city and sound. A few notable amenities include a grand library, bike workshop, fitness center, and rooftop to rival the best of Seattle.

Volta

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 34
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,725-$3,895
  • Highlights (amenities): Volta, a luxury complex on 1st and Bell, comes complete with high-end finishes: free-standing bath tubs, professional-grade kitchen appliances, stone-tiled showers, and walk-in closets. And with only 34 units, residents won’t have to do too much sharing of the community features, namely a rooftop grilling lounge and garden area.

Via6

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 654
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,525-$4,270
  • Highlights (amenities): This giant double-tower on 6th and 2nd has dubbed itself a “vertical neighborhood”, and with good reason. Excellent apartment layout options aside, Via6 really shines in it’s community features. The ground floor has food options ranging from high-end cuisine to juice and coffee bars. You’ll also find a food market, bike shop, movie screening area, and a barber shop. A large terrace on the 7th floor is equipped with grills and lounge areas for outdoor relaxation.

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Queen Anne

Queen Anne is north of Downtown and within walking distance of the retail center, but maintains a residential feeling. The neighborhood has two distinct areas: Upper Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne, each with their own unique demographics and housing. Upper Queen Anne’s tree-lined streets make it feel suburban. Affluent families live in mansions, stately homes and luxury condos.

Lower Queen Anne is younger and more affordable than its counterpart up the hill. Young professionals dominate the neighborhood, made up of turn-of-the-century and mid-century apartment buildings combined with new construction of luxury apartments.

This established neighborhood is growing every day, especially on the lower part of the hill. Residential and retail development is taking place and many of the old buildings are being replaced with new construction.

What Is There To Do?

The quiet streets of Upper Queen Anne are lined with quaint boutiques, including the Queen Anne Book Company, Queen Anne Dispatch and Three Birds Home & Gifts and trendy restaurants including Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf, Lloyd Martin and Mezcalaria Oaxaca.

Many restaurants, bars and The Seattle Center can be found on Lower Queen Anne. Lower Queen Anne is also known for its arts and culture scene. It is home to numerous theaters, the opera, ballet and a SIFF theater. Most nights of the weeks, you’ll find a young crowd out late at one of the neighborhood’s many bars.

Throughout the neighborhood, there are numerous parks, including some with impressive views of the water and the city, most notably Kerry Park, with its famous view of the Seattle skyline.

Transportation

The neighborhood is extremely walkable, but be ready to climb some hills if you plan on moving between the upper and lower parts of the hill. Car travel is common on Upper and Lower Queen Anne, but parking is difficult on Lower Queen Anne, especially if there is an event at Seattle Center.

Queen Anne Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,854

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  • Year Built/Renovated: 2010
  • Number of Units: 203
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,765-$2,670
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Massive “Sky Pool” in London Seemingly Floats 10 Stories Above the Ground

Soon to bridge across two ten-floor buildings in London, the Sky Pool by Ballymore is one of the major highlights of the Embassy Gardens development. This see-through swimming pool will be 115 feet off the ground, and its dimensions of 90 feet long, 19 feet wide, and nearly 10 feet deep will allow the inhabitants of the residential complex to swim at ease above the River Thames. The project also implies an entirely transparent glass shell that is 8 inches thick.
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The Sky Pool is part of the Nine Elms regeneration efforts in Battersea in south London: “My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. I wanted to do something that had never been done before. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London”, stated Sean Mulryan, chairman and CEO of the Ballymore Group. This new project has already stirred a lot of controversy, as the prices of the neighboring apartments, which will be released to the market starting next month, start at 602,000 GBP, or about $944,000. Design-wise, what are your thoughts on this unconventional, massive-scale project?
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Perfectly Planned One-Room Apartment Boasting Inspiring Details

Located on the third floor of a beautiful central building in Gothenburg, this delightful one room apartment was carefully planned for a maximized living experience. As we were looking through the listings on Alvhem, our attention was captivated by the bright color scheme and open plan of this extremely functional small home. White oiled oak parquet flooring, mirror doors, stylish stucco, cast iron elements and ledges of rock- all contribute to a diverse and captivating design scheme.
scandinavian home (1)This apartment may officially have only one room, but the bedroom alcove with spotlights and space for a larger bed offers plenty of privacy. The crib underwent a total renovation in 2008, when both the kitchen and bathroom were replaced. Walls were removed to create a better impression of space and a lovely brick kitchen island was built, adding warmth and coziness. The living room comes with large windows and views of the quiet Alvhem street and a glimpse of Rose Street. The walls are painted in a gray-white shade that provides a neutral base for further decoration. In one corner, behind a beautiful profiled door, there is a dressing room with ample storage space.

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