Top 10 outdoor amenities in multifamily housing for 2019

Top 10 results in the “Outdoor Amenities” category in our Multifamily Design+Construction Amenities Survey 2019.

August 19, 2019 |
Rob Cassidy
Top 10 outdoor amenities in multifamily housing for 2019

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Top 10 results in the “Outdoor Amenities” category in our Multifamily Design+Construction "Multifamily Amenities 2019" survey remained steady from 2017 to 2019. As in 2017, roughly half of this year’s respondents had built either an indoor or outdoor pool. One-fifth (20.6%) supplied a Jacuzzi. A smaller group (14.4%) had installed an outdoor movie screen.

At a reader’s suggestion, we added “covered parking” this time; the majority (52.2%) said they offered it. In some denser cities (Chicago, Boston, even places like Sacramento), especially for high-rise rental projects served by decent transit, developers have been able to negotiate with local officials to obtain zero, near-zero, or "much lower" required parking.

Look for municipal authorities to continue to reduce the required number of parking spaces in big cities with mass transit—and a strong Uber/Lyft presence. Then we'll have to see what happens to all those existing structured parking garages, many of which are only partly occupied at night.

 

Lounge areas and fire pits head the Top 10 results in the “Outdoor Amenities” category in our Multifamily Design+Construction 2019 Multifamily Amenities survey. Light blue: 2019 survey findings; dark blue: 2017 findings.

 

To get the complete survey results for 113 amenities used in apartment/condo projects in the last 24 months, visit Amenities 2019 PDF (short registration required).

Rob Cassidy

Robert Cassidy is Executive Editor of Building Design+Construction and the Editor of Multifamily Design+Construction. A city planner, he is the author of several books, including “Livable Cities,” and was a co-founder of the Friends of the Chicago River.

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