How They Did It: Casa Tortuga

Ed Wenck | Jun 20, 2019

One of the more interesting aspects of this seaside home: Its ocean-facing side must be dark during sea-turtle nesting season (March through October) to meet local codes.

The other challenge here: This building is — believe it or not — a $30 million spec home. As the team at ETC tells us, “the home’s systems must be flexible enough to appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers, yet able to be modified to accommodate the personal choices of the future owner.”  

Those systems include:

* A full security system with alert speakers, perimeter motion detectors, and a wine room monitor,
* Surveillance that includes 15 cameras,
* Crestron controlled lighting,
* Sixteen audio zones,
* Sixteen TV locations,
* Four separate video inputs on a 98-inch Planar wall,

* And eight HVAC zones.

Programmed scenes include a “Realtor” function that delivers perfect lighting, comfortable temps, and cool jazz to potential buyers. The project won Finalist honors at the 2018 CEDIA Awards (Best Integrated Home, Level IV, Americas).


2611 Mercer Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CEDIA Member Since 2003
Industry Partners:

The Benedict Group
Role: Architect

Dale Construction
Role: Builder

Marc-Michaels Interior Design
Role: Interior Designer

Carey and Knuth Electrical
Role: Specialty Consultant