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Here Are the Hottest Apartment Amenities Residents Want in 2021

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Anna Bell
Here Are the Hottest Apartment Amenities Residents Want in 2021

With more people working from home, it’s more important than ever to rent a space that resonates with you and checks off most of the items on your wish list—as a home and an office. From access to outdoor spaces to eco-friendly amenities, there are a wide variety of factors to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for your next apartment. Here are 10 of the most highly sought-after apartment amenities that renters are looking for today.

Popular Green Amenities 

Recent research indicates that 77% of people want to learn how to live more sustainably and one of the best places to start is at home. Proven to be better for the environment, eco-friendly amenities are now one of the main things that renters are looking for.

Eco-Friendly Appliances 

Appliances can be a large waste producer, which is why property managers are starting to move toward more eco-friendly alternatives. This can be as simple as using LED light bulbs, which have been proven to use more than 75% less energy than the standard incandescent lighting. 

With more people working from home, it’s more important than ever to rent a space that resonates with you and checks off most of the items on your wish list—as a home and an office. From access to outdoor spaces to eco-friendly amenities, there are a wide variety of factors to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for your next apartment. Here are 10 of the most highly sought-after apartment amenities that renters are looking for today.

Popular Green Amenities 

Recent research indicates that 77% of people want to learn how to live more sustainably and one of the best places to start is at home. Proven to be better for the environment, eco-friendly amenities are now one of the main things that renters are looking for.

Eco-Friendly Appliances 

Appliances can be a large waste producer, which is why property managers are starting to move toward more eco-friendly alternatives. This can be as simple as using LED light bulbs, which have been proven to use more than 75% less energy than the standard incandescent lighting. 

Green Spaces 

Residents are starting to prioritize green spaces, including everything from friendly pet walking areas to rooftop gardens. Green landscaping helps to improve air quality and reduce pollution, increasing energy conservation. Renters might even want to look for an alfresco patio where they can grow plants and herbs of their own.

Mobile Apps 

The days when you needed to hand in a physical rent check or paper maintenance request form are long gone in most apartment communities. Thanks to the advent of the internet, these tasks (and more!) can all be done online. To make things even easier, leading technology companies, such as Sugar, have developed an all-in-one mobile application that allows residents to easily complete these tasks online. 

Online Rent Payment Options

Through Sugar’s user-friendly mobile app, residents are able to pay their rent online instead of being forced to hand in a physical copy. Plus, this eliminates any need for checks, stamps and mailboxes, which will help keep your payments hassle free. 

Online Maintenance Requests

In addition to paying rent online, the mobile app also enables renters to submit maintenance requests. Once the requests have been submitted, residents are then able to track the progress of the issue and receive updates once it is resolved. Getting that leaky sink fixed has never been easier!

Smart Technology 

With the world becoming increasingly powered by technology, renters are looking for smart home gadgets that will help provide convenience and increase security. Luckily for Sugar users, Sugar will soon be offering temperature, lighting and surveillance can all be easily controlled from one’s mobile device. 

Keyless Entry

Every apartment owner knows the hassle of losing your key, as well as the self-shaming that goes along with it. However, that frustration is a thing of the past as Sugar offers the option to personalize property with unique smart integrations, such as keyless entry. This feature provides advanced security and  better access control. 

Smart Lighting 

Smart lighting makes it possible to adjust the lighting in your home through your smartphone. (That means you can turn off the living room light from the comfort of a restaurant when you’re out to dinner!) Saving energy and money? We’re here for it!

Other Community Amenities

Outside of their individual apartments, residents want to ensure that there are sufficient community amenities to meet their wide array of needs. 

Package Lockers 

If you’re anything like me, online shopping has become a new hobby of yours throughout quarantine — whether by choice or necessity — with packages arriving weekly, if not daily. In apartment communities, it can be difficult to know when your package arrives or know it’s in safe hands wThe delivery of packages can undoubtedly be a headache for property managers, which is why more apartments are turning toward the use of package lockers. This equals great convenience for both property managers and residents, who want to ensure they receive their packages safely. 

Fitness Center

Convincing yourself to even think about working out can be difficult, but having to drive to the gym is another hurdle that people would rather not even tackle. But what about if the gym was just a few floors away? The majority of residents find it important to have a fitness center or gym. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that an overwhelming 92% of new rental buildings come with a gym or fitness amenity. Fitness centers inside the apartment perfectly combine fitness and convenience. 

Parking and Transportation Amenities 

When it comes to amenities, renters are looking for methods that suit their lifestyle and ensure greater safety. That’s where parking and transportation amenities play a role.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 

With people becoming more aware of the importance of their environmental impact, the electric car market is growing exponentially. Global sales of electric cars rose by 43%  in 2020, increasing the need for apartments to have electric vehicle charging stations.

Secured Garage 

One of the top priorities for renters is safety, and that extends to a secured garage. This is where an automatic remote-controlled garage door system comes into play. This ensures that only an authorized resident with a remote control can open or close door entry ways, adding to the safety and security of residents. 



Sources 

Forbes - 77% Of People Want To Learn How To Live More Sustainably

Energy.gov - Lighting Choices Save You Money 

American Family Insurance - 6 Benefits of Smart Home Technology 

Rent Cafe - Apartment Buildings with Gyms Fitness Amenities 

BBC - Why Electric Cars Will Take Over Sooner Than You Think