Twin-Cities-based Norhart Expands Portfolio with First “Smart” Apartment Community in Blaine, Minnesota

IOTAS, an innovator in premier smart apartment technology, announced today that the first smart apartment…

IOTAS, an innovator in premier smart apartment technology, announced today that the first smart apartment community in Blaine, Minnesota, Emberwood Apartments, has went live.  Multifamily developer, Norhart, out of Minneapolis, has integrated the IOTAS smart apartment technology platform which allows property managers and developers to bring a fully-connected, smart home experience for residents and property managers that integrates IoT technology directly into multifamily units.

“As a company, we strive to create a better way for our residents to live and what a better way than to showcase the lifestyle that we can provide to our residents by incorporating smart home technology.” says Mike Kaeding, President of Norhart.

Emberwood is a stunning apartment community in Blaine, Minnesota. The community offers contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom apartment homes. The modern apartments offer upscale open-concept kitchens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and shaker style cabinets, full size washers dryers, among other amenities. There is a fitness and community room, as well as a heated underground parking garage. It is conveniently located near Main Street (125th Ave. NE) and Highway 65.

“With Emberwood being the first luxury smart apartment community in Blaine, Minnesota, we chose to integrate IOTAS smart home technology into our apartments to make the lives of our residents easier and more beneficial so that they can focus on what’s important to them!” said Kaeding.

The Blaine community offers an array of recreational opportunities, quality schools, and the convenience of a variety of shopping and dining options. The National Sports Center is minutes away and offers Olympic-class sports events and training facilities. From your new apartment in Blaine you’ll have easy access to the entire vibrant Twin Cities area.

Mike Schmitt, National Sales Executive for IOTAS shared, “Norhart’s enthusiasm for the impact IOTAS will have on the lives of their residents is contagious to say the least. It’s always great to work with a company who not only values todays resident experiences but looks to the future as well. Residents of Emberwood are lucky to have such a passionate team behind them.”

Norhart is a 25-year-old family business that builds and manages apartments.  In 2014, the president, Edward Kaeding, suffered a stroke which lead to his untimely death.  During this traumatic time, Mike Kaeding became president.  He has since grown the company by more than 50%.  Today Norhart is building a company that honors Edward’s memory.  That is being done through new and renovated apartments.  Norhart is pushing toward industry leading customer service and maintenance.  They are developing smart apartment technology that controls lights, doors, thermostats, and more.  On another side, they have raised thousands of dollars to support the homeless.  Norhart also promote local businesses and gave our residents gift cards to local restaurants. The dream at Norhart is to create a world class company that is focused on one thing: creating a better way for you to live.  And in doing so, they hope to honor Mike’s dad. For more information, please go to

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