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What’s Hot in High-End Apartment Amenities

Digested from “The Hottest Multifamily Amenities”
Bisnow (3/27/15) Dixon, Catie

Quartz is the new granite. So said a panel of multifamily-housing leaders who gathered recently at a conference in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss trends in Class-A building amenities.

Robert Hunt, executive vice president at development, construction and management company Embrey, said quartz countertops, which cost 50 percent more than granite, will now be the premium finish in Embrey buildings, and granite will be the standard. 

Other popular high-end amenities, according to panel members, include the following:

Golf simulators. Embrey is adding this $50,000 perk to some of its buildings.

Rooftop terraces. This amenity is now standard in Class-A buildings, said Hailey Ghalib, managing director of USAA Real Estate. Taking it a step further, she said USAA is adding a wood-burning pizza oven to a rooftop terrace at a Brooklyn, N.Y., development.

Pet yards. Constructing a 10-square-foot dog run can add $150 to monthly rent, said Will Balthrope, executive director of IPA Management.

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