What Must-Have Features Should Your Next Apartment Have?
So your lease is up, and you’re ready to do something new with your living situation. The issue is that there are too many of the same old apartment complexes around you. You’re looking for something new. You want to step up your lifestyle. You’re looking for luxury.
A simple Google search for luxury apartments in Kansas City won’t give you the best options initially. It will take some narrowing down of choices to find the right one for you. And you’ll come across many apartment communities that advertise themselves as luxury, but don’t offer the amenities and perks that truly make a luxury living community.
Here’s what you should look for in a luxury apartment community so that you know your monthly rent is getting you want you want from your new home.
Luxury Apartments Offer an Exclusive Fitness Center and Other Amenities
Living in a luxury apartment comes at a higher price. When you pay for this luxury, it is fair to expect certain luxuries from your apartment community – not just premium finishes inside your home.
The most common amenity is an on-site fitness center. This is a great perk because it allows residents to save money on a gym membership, so residents can work out right in their backyard. Many even offer group fitness classes as well, limited only to people like you who live in the community.
Look for an exclusive gym at the communities you tour, even if you don’t plan on using it. Having a well-maintained gym shows that the apartment community is committed to the living experience of their tenants and providing them with premium options.
Other amenities to look for in an apartment community can include:
- Swimming pool and hot tub with cabanas
- Media room and community gathering areas
- Daily free coffee bar
- Resident mixers and special events
- Coworking spaces
- Front desk concierge, including dry cleaning pick up and delivery, and package handling
While this may seem like something that should go without saying, you’d be surprised how many people don’t have free parking at their apartment community. After all, many of the luxury apartments in Kansas City are located in the hustle and bustle of downtown where parking is scarce.
This isn’t just a KC thing, however. Downtown luxury apartment dwellers in all big cities will come across apartment complexes that charge for unsecured and uncovered parking. That’s not much of a luxury at all.
You want to make sure your next apartment complex considers their location and parking restrictions from the start, so they are not passing along expensive parking costs to residents later. Free covered parking is ideal in a luxury apartment community.
Of course, a luxury apartment should look and feel luxurious throughout. The design and elements shouldn’t only be reserved for common areas and kitchens, either. If you’re not sure what other luxury elements to look for, we’ve got you covered.
Look for some of these things when you tour a luxury apartment:
- Luxury countertops made of granite, marble, or quartz
- Stainless steel energy-efficient appliances
- Hardwood or ceramic tile floors
- Flawless walls that are freshly painted and free of damage
- Tiled showers (not a plastic surround)
- Double vanity in the bathroom
- Walk-in closets with closet organization systems
Don’t sign a lease at an apartment complex that claims to be luxury and has none of these elements included in the design of the units. They’re a cheap imitation, and you can do better.
Luxury Apartments Are Pet Friendly
Bringing along a non-human roommate? Nobody wants to live in a place that doesn’t accommodate or accept the pets they love and hold as part of their family. Only consider luxury apartment communities that welcome and even encourage pet residents.
Many apartments will talk about pet friendliness, but you need to take it a step further to see just how friendly they actually are. On your tour, ask about breed and weight restrictions. The best places for your pets to live will accept all well-trained breeds, genders, and sizes of dogs.
Additionally, inquire about the pet-related amenities in the community. The best apartments for your pets to live will have plenty of green space dedicated to the community pups and potentially a dog washing station as well.
If you want luxury living in an apartment community, it’s likely you will expect the same from the neighborhood around it. Make sure to pay attention to the location to ensure it is central to all the action of the city, with easy access to places you’ll need to go on a regular basis.
If you have extra time when taking tours, explore what options you have for fun within walking distance of the apartment community. That will not only get you excited about moving in, but also give you a sneak peek of establishments that could soon become your favorites.
An apartment that is centrally located is the best option for your living experience. Being in a location that is not too far from work, school, or any of the other activities of the city gives you a full immersion into what a city has to offer.
Don’t Cheat Yourself Out of Luxury
Settling for less in your next apartment community is selling yourself short and will leave you unsatisfied and unhappy with your living experience. You’ll be ready to move yet again when your lease is up.
Make sure to ask all relevant questions and explore as much as possible about the community to make the best decision for you. Your future luxury lifestyle depends on it.