You’re looking for a new apartment, but beyond the square footage requirement and location you’re not sure what else you’ll need. Sound familiar? These days, many apartment buildings offer an array of amenities, so make sure to take note of what extras are important to you before you sign that lease. Here are just some of the amenities to consider:
Is a fitness room important to you? Despite being a workout enthusiast, I never touched the fitness rooms in many of my previous apartment buildings because they simply didn’t offer what I was looking for. I would often end up joining a gym rather than using the amenity that was provided in my lease. Conversely, one apartment building I lived in had a fantastic workout space, complete with brand-new cardio equipment, a vast variety of weight machines, and even a separate room where you could do yoga or hook your phone up to a screen so that you could do web-based workouts. There was also a glassed-in children’s room where you could let your children play while you exercised. If fitness is important to you be sure to check out the fitness room to see if you would actually use it.
Pools are always a fun perk to have, especially once summertime rolls around. When I lived in D.C. I signed a lease for an awesome loft apartment in a building without a pool … not knowing that the building across the street offered a rooftop pool. Not a big deal in the winter, but I spent the summer eyeing those pool-goers with envy!
Comfortable lobby or outdoor space
If you work from home it’s often nice to have a place to go to change things up a bit. I do a lot of work on my computer and some days I feel like I need a little change of scenery. It’s important to have a lobby with good Wi-Fi and enough space for you to work in without feeling like you’re surrounded by other residents or the managerial staff. When I lived in Maryland I would often write in my building’s lobby or outside in the courtyard when the weather was nice. It was convenient to be able to get out of the apartment but not have to leave my building. A fancy coffee machine in the lobby even made it feel like I was working in a coffee shop.
Community room and kitchen
If you like to host parties or watch sports on TV with a group of friends, a community room that you can reserve can be a very convenient amenity to have. I’ve never used these rooms myself, but have attended many get-togethers in a friend’s apartment building and it was really nice for hosting a group of people.
In-unit washer and dryer
Laundry is one of those chores that can pile up quickly if you don’t tackle it every few days. Having an in-unit washer and dryer is convenient for a multitude of reasons, least of which is that you don’t have to compete with your neighbors for use. If you like having control and possession over your laundry then this amenity is one you don’t want to pass up.
Covered and designated parking spots
Covered parking can be a game changer if you live in a place with snowy winters. Not having to scrape your windows or dig yourself out of the snow can save you so much time and effort. It’s also nice to have covered parking in the summer, especially if you have young children. Likewise, you never know how wonderful designated parking spots can be until you live in a place without them. If parking convenience is important to you it’s definitely worth choosing an apartment with these amenities.
Beyond the amenities listed above, you can often find tennis courts, outdoor kitchens, game rooms, community gardens, monthly wine tastings, dog parks, or even fitness classes touted by different apartment buildings. Ever-evolving demands from renters have encouraged many communities to establish a true lifestyle within their development. There has never been a better time to be a renter, so research your amenity options before you commit to anything!