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3 Chicago Properties Highlight Interest in Wellness Features

Digested from “Competition on MF Amenities to Increase” (12/15/15) Rogal, Brian J.

As high-end features have started to become the new norm, properties are focusing on wellness services that add luxury and lifestyle components to their communities. Three Chicago properties highlight the increasingly competitive environment for amenities in apartment communities:

•    Downtown-based Walton on the Park has a meditation garden.
•    Presidential Towers has been redeveloped to include an outdoor Zen garden.
•    One Bennett Park, which should be completed in 2017, has plans for a 1.7-acre public park adjacent to the community.

These features highlight not only the growing interest in higher-end amenities but also the culture and lifestyle apartment communities afford as potential residents shop for apartment homes.

“We’re seeing an evolution to more emphasis on overall wellness rather than strictly entertainment and recreation,” David Kennedy, principal at KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Chicago/Midwest office, told “And this is not just happening on the East Coast or West Coast; it’s a national phenomenon.”

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