Buyers are always looking for extra perks beyond their four walls when searching for an apartment, and developers are constantly trying to satisfy these demands.
An ever-growing list of resort-inspired amenities from pools to outdoor cinemas are being used to tempt budding apartment buyers across Australia.
“Many downsizers, for example, don’t just want a low-maintenance home, they are actively looking for a home that offers them ways to relax, enjoy life and entertain friends and family,” Edge Visionary Living Managing Director, Gavin Hawkins, told the West Australian.
“Then there are the young couples or FIFO workers who can come home and enjoy a real holiday break from work.
“Buyers today have lots of choice, so they’re looking for resort-style amenities that encourage activity, engagement and a sense of community.”
We take a look at the indulgent comforts that continue to rise in apartment developments, and how projects are going above and beyond to surpass residents’ needs and desires.
The cornerstone of any great hotel resort is a pool with a view. How often have you seen an amazing picture of an amazing infinity pool and fantasised about spending a whole week lounging on the sundeck?
Well, HOME by Caydon has certainly made the most of its view of Melbourne’s CBD and offer residents the chance to peer over to this eclectic city from an incredible infinity pool.
Beyond the walls of HOME by Caydon residents will enjoy everything Alphington’s new neighbourhood has to offer. This not only includes the new shopping and retail development, Alphington Village, but also plenty of outdoor space and community facilities as well.
Despite living in an apartment building, full of other people, these places can become quite secular and lose that ‘neighbourhood feel’ you get from living in a cul de sac or residential street.
Arkadia in Alexandria is specifically built to create communal spaces, where people are more likely to talk. A communal rooftop garden is rich with details like a bbq and individual dining pods, abundant planting with mature trees, and of course, plenty of space to relax and take in the expansive views of the city and Sydney Park.
This is accompanied by a thriving communal garden that gives residents the chance to grow their own veggies for homegrown ingredients and believe it or not, this also includes plans for a beehive and chicken run for fresh honey and eggs.
Combining this sense of community and a hotel-style lounge area, where people have a drink and relax after a day of exploration, a residents’ lounge is something developers are increasingly offering as a perk.
Highpark Seasons already offers an escape with the central courtyard but, ready for when the weather gets cooler, also presents a lavish and exclusive residents’ lounge, where people can warm up by the fire and have a soothing drink.
Cinemas are seldom found in hotels or resorts, however, developers want to give residents the feeling of owning their very own private big screen.
Reminiscent of those found in sports stars’ mansions, some even opt to making use of Australia’s warm weather by putting them outside.
Liberty, South Village has done just this. For a night of pure bliss, residents can sit back on a beanbag and watch their favourite movie with a glass of wine under the night’s sky.
Communal dining area
Glenarm Square offers residents exclusive access to a lavish communal dining area. To make it a little bit extra special, this space is co-designed by Shane Delia.
The star of SBS Television’s hit series ‘Shane Delia’s Spice Journey’ and owner of Maha restaurant brings a high-powered philosophy of food, enjoyment and community to this stunning space. Once completed, this opulent venue will host exclusive demos by the man himself.
Yoga and gym facilities
With the emergence of health and wellbeing becoming a larger part of people’s lives, developers have had to cater to this changing dynamic.
Aspire Melbourne offers two exercise areas, a gym and a yoga room, onsite. The latter features floor-to-ceiling windows and walls that reflect the serene landscape beyond — a perfect spot for early morning yoga.
Aspire represents one of the last chances to live in a super tower in Melbourne’s CBD. It also features a stunning indoor pool, spas, multiple private dining and lounge areas for entertaining guests, and even a ballroom, library, meeting rooms, and co-working spaces — how’s that for resort-style amenities!