What amenities would your dream apartment community offer? From outdoor grills to pet parks to DIY maker studios, this year's most popular amenities cater to residents who want the privacy of a one-bedroom apartment and the flexibility to socialize within their communities. The National Apartment Association asked experts which amenities are going in and out of style in 2018. Check out the list below to find out what's in store!
1. Social Spaces
According to Ken Valach, CEO of Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), “The number of renters wanting an ability to get out of their apartment and socialize more with their neighbors is increasing.”
Residents who work from home in particular desire socialization. To meet that need, apartment complexes are focusing on more cross-functional areas, such as combination bike room-coffee bars.
If social areas are positioned outside, it’s even better, climate-permitting. For example, an Orange County, CA community recently installed an outdoor kitchen with a Neapolitan wood fire pizza oven.
2. Pet Parks
Beyond providing sweet spots for relaxation, we can expect to see apartment operators continue to offer amenities that cater to residents’ hobbies and, most important, their pets! Many communities are transforming extra acres of land into fabulous dog parks.
3. DIY Project Areas
“Maker” rooms are studios and workshops where residents can come together to create DIY projects. The maker room is especially popular among Millennial renters, according to Greg Mutz, Chairman and CEO of AMLI Residential. “Golf simulators seem to be popular in certain markets, but not everywhere," said Mutz.
Word on the street is that wine storage areas have lost their appeal. “It may be because in high-end communities we are putting fridges in units so there is no reason to use the common area to store wine,” says Gables Residential President and CEO Sue Ansel. “Tanning beds and tennis courts and token fitness centers also have become outdated,” Ansel added
Outside of the Atlanta area, MAA CEO Eric Bolton says tennis courts are becoming obsolete. “For the most part, you see that amenity going away, particularly for urban set ups,” he said. “We are trying to repurpose some of these areas into more special settings, such as coffee bars, for more people to come together.”
As a recap, here’s what recent ApartmentGuide search data shows as the most popular amenities for 2017:
Top 10 Most Popular Apartment Amenities:
- In-unit washer and dryer
- Air conditioning
- Pets allowed
- Furnished apartments
- Washer and dryer connections
- Some utilities included
- Cable ready
- All utilities included
Top 10 Most Popular Community Amenities:
- Pet friendly
- Swimming pool
- High speed internet access
- Fitness Center
- Laundry Facility
- Covered Parking
- Gated Access
- Wireless internet access
- Access to public transportation