As median home prices continue to surge, buyers are taking a second look at alternative housing options, including modular and pre-manufactured homes. Unlike options from the past, today’s prefab homes are stylish and technology driven.

One of the newest options in this $19.3 billion industry comes from Singapore-based startup Nestron that offers four, prefab options that include a built-in artificial intelligence assistant named Canny that controls lighting, heating and security.

Ranging from $19,000 for the baseline Legend model to $59,000 for the top-of-the-line Cube model, Nestron is hoping to attract aspiring homeowners who want high style without breaking the bank.

Nestron’s basic and upgraded models.

Each model includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space that are fully furnished with a dining table, sofa, TV, built-in bed rack, wardrobe, washing machine, and water heater. The homes are no bigger than 263-square-feet, but white walls, curved structures, and full-length tempered glass windows make the space look larger than it is.

In addition to being stylish, Nestron claims each model can withstand high-level earthquakes and hurricanes, is fire resistant for up to two hours, and offers top-notch sound and thermal isolation thanks to a frame built with galvanized steel and rock-wool insulation pads.

Lastly, the models are made with recyclable materials and include hook-ups for gas, water, and electricity. For buyers who are environmentally conscious (and have the budget), Nestron offers a $4,300 solar power panel upgrade to reduce electricity usage.

The homes are now available for preorder, although shipping dates have yet to be revealed.

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