Nonnegotiable Amenities for City Living

by: Jo Montgomery

Renting is hot, and so are amenities. More Americans are renting, instead of owning, than ever before. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, over 36 percent of Americans live in rented housing. And although there are a myriad of reasons you may prefer to rent rather than own, one of the biggest draws is amenities. Apartment communities can offer amenities that might otherwise not be affordable in a private home – amenities that make living easier and more convenient. And did we mention, just more fun?

Let’s take a step back and level set. What are amenities? They are any distinctive or nonessential aspect or service provided to renters. But when it comes to the fabulous world of amenities, it can be overwhelming. What should you look for? How do you decide which are truly nonnegotiable amenities for city living? The truth is, it’s up to your personal needs and wants (Yes, they are different!), and your budget. However, at Windsor Communities, we know a lot about renters and what makes them happy in a community. That’s why we’ve put together this list of what most people consider nonnegotiable amenities for city living. If you’re hunting for an apartment to call home, and are befuddled by the long and varying lists of amenities, don’t sweat it. Here are the features that Windsor Community residents tell us are the key to their apartment living bliss.

Nonnegotiable Apartment Amenities

The inside of your apartment is your sanctuary. And your “must have” amenities are completely up to you. What your next-door neighbor needs may be very different from what you need. Even so, there are a few amenities you should consider, because they will absolutely make your life easier, more enjoyable, and possibly save you money.

A Pet-friendly policy is most important if you have a four-legged family member. If you’re unsure, ask this question early on, and find out if there are any breed or size restrictions.

In-unit Laundry is the jackpot of amenities. It will save you time and effort, as well as money.

Air conditioning may not be a “must have” for some. But if you live in an area with warm summers, you know that frequent showers and sweating through your clothes can be a drag. Air conditioning also removes excess moisture from the air, reducing humidity by about 50%. And, the filtering process removes dust and dirt particles from the air for easier breathing.

A dishwasher is also one amenity some think they can live without. However, washing dishes by hand is time-consuming and wastes gallons of water. Energy-efficient dishwashers use less water than you would hand washing, even for a few minutes. You’ll be doing your part to save the planet, and your time, with a dishwasher.

If you own a car, secure parking is important in any city.  Not only will it reduce the chances of burglary, but is also more convenient since you won’t be parking in a different space every time, schlepping yourself and your packages to your apartment.

Ample windows that let in lots of natural light are not only beautiful, but good for your health. Did you know that sunlight is a natural alarm clock, raises your serotonin levels, and improves your mood? True! 

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Here are a few more amenities most people don’t want to live without:

  • Storage space or large closets
  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Smart home technology
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Outdoor space (patio or balcony)
  • Views

Nonnegotiable Community Amenities

You should consider your community an extension of your apartment. And community amenities, shared by all residents of a building or property, should be considered when you are apartment hunting. If a community has first-rate amenities, you don’t have to look elsewhere for your recreation, exercise and community support. Here are some community amenities to keep an eye out for during your apartment search.

A fitness center is high on most people’s lists. Having a fitness center in your community means you don’t have to travel to work out at a gym. A provisioned gym with quality equipment will allow you to cancel your gym membership, save time and gas. 

If one of your apartment mates is a beloved pet, you’re going to want pet amenities like a pet washing station and nearby dog parks

There are other parking and transportation amenities you may need in addition to dedicated parking. If you have an electric car, you will certainly require electric vehicle charging stations. And, if you don’t have a car, you’ll want easy access to public transportation. Either way, you’ll want ample guest parking for family and friends. 

Today, more and more of us are taking to our bikes for our commute to and from work. And after work or on the weekends, we can pedal around the city for exercise and recreation. So, if two wheels are your preference, you ‘ll need bike storage.

We are social animals, after all, so regular community events provide frequent opportunities to meet neighbors, make friends and just get together.

The digital age is here and the option for online rent payment simplifies our lives. It reduces the chances of forgetting to pay on time. It’s not only convenient, it’s more secure. On the same hand, online maintenance requests can take the hassle out of getting things around your apartment repaired. Put in that request when you think of it, even if you’re at work or on vacation.  

Other community amenities most people don’t want to live without include:

  • Common and recreational areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue area
  • Playground

Although most apartment amenities are considered nonessential – there’s no denying they make life easier and more enjoyable. Whether it’s folding fresh clean laundry while watching TV in your own living room, or a clean and well-appointed fitness center just an elevator ride away, most will agree that many amenities are worth the extra cost. We’ve share what most consider nonnegotiable amenities for city living. However, just how happy you can afford to be, well, that’s up to you.