Top Trends in Multifamily Housing – Part II

Sub­mit­ted By: Jere­my Sell­ers, Chan­nel Vice Pres­i­dent of Mul­ti­fam­i­ly & Home­build­ing, Wolf Home Prod­ucts

Our last blog post dis­cussed part I of top trends in mul­ti­fam­i­ly hous­ing and today’s fol­low-up post fea­tures four addi­tion­al trends we’re see­ing in mul­ti­fam­i­ly hous­ing by Jere­my Sell­ers of Wolf Home Prod­ucts.

  1. Busi­ness Cen­ters: For the past decade, the grow­ing trend in many busi­ness­es has been to allow employ­ees to “telecom­mute.” Apart­ment com­mu­ni­ties have kept up with the trend and are offer­ing every­thing from iCafes to small busi­ness cen­ters equipped with mul­ti­ple work sta­tions and even pri­vate con­fer­ence rooms. Devel­op­ers have invest­ed in high-speed inter­net infra­struc­ture to keep up with telecom­muters need for speed.
  2. Resort Style Out­door Ameni­ties: It’s amaz­ing how far both low-rise and high-rise apart­ment out­door ameni­ties have come over the years. Apart­ments have always offered a small out­door liv­ing space but today they offer resort style ameni­ties, includ­ing infin­i­ty swim­ming pools, pool­side cabanas with large spas, and most impor­tant­ly a large BBQ area. Many of the new urban apart­ment BBQ areas have shied away from built-in stone grills and are mov­ing to exot­ic stain­less steel out­door cab­i­nets with a hang­ing grill.  
  3. Green Leas­es: Many metro areas such as New York and Boston offer a “Green Lease” apart­ment. This style apart­ment has white paint, high­ly reflec­tive roof with solar pan­els, elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions, bike stor­age, and floor to ceil­ing win­dows. The inter­nal sys­tems include ener­gy effi­cient mechan­i­cal sys­tem and soy based insu­la­tion.
  4. Per­son­al Touch­es: Anoth­er trend that renters can’t get enough of is the per­son­al touch of a devel­op­er to a prop­er­ty. Apart­ments today offer authen­tic­i­ty, local­ism, unique details, and even cus­tomiza­tion that help ele­vate the con­sumers’ liv­ing expe­ri­ence. In a project built at a for­mer steel mill, you will see reclaimed wood planks and steel H‑beams cre­at­ing cus­tom fin­ish­es and fur­nish­ings that speak to the his­to­ry of the prop­er­ty.

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