Real Apartment But when lease rate differences are negligible and everything is just about the same distance from work and fun, what can make one apartment complex or building stand out from the others are the community amenities it provides.
While perks like party rooms, bike storage, and swimming pools can be found in just about every apartment community in America, sometimes it’s the more unique amenities that can swing your decision as to which property you choose.
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So, when you’re on the hunt for your next home, here are 10 real apartment amenities you might discover along with your search, or wish you had right now.
1. Music room (Lyric, Las Vegas, NV)
Blasting your guitar amp or wailing on your drum kit may not make you very popular with your apartment neighbors. But what if your apartment complex had its own music room? Live out all your music dreams by jamming with your buds or inviting your friends over for a private concert or fundraiser.
Lyric in Las Vegas offers what they call the “Lyric LP Lounge.” Space includes a soundproof room with a riser for a stage complete with a portable sound system and storage lockers for equipment and a seating area with couches and barstools ready for your fans to yell “Free Bird!” at you. Or, a spot to just sing some karaoke.
Situated in the residential southern Las Vegas neighborhood of Silverado Ranch, Lyric is a medium-sized luxury apartment complex. Along with the music room, Lyric also features a barbecuing patio, electric car chargers, a coffee lounge and two resort-style pools with in-water loungers, cabanas and poolside ping pong, foosball, cornhole, and spin bikes.
2. Recording studio (M2 Apartments, Denver, CO)
Rocking out with your bandmates not enough for you? How about an entire recording studio to help make you a Spotify or Soundcloud star? And if music isn’t your thing, a private studio is the perfect spot to lay down the latest episode of your true-crime podcast or live-stream your adventures in Minecraft.
Denver’s M2 Apartments has just space. The complex’s recording studio is a soundproof, professional space complete with a fully-equipped mixing board, sound system, and a Mac workstation loaded with digital recording production software. Record your band’s latest hit record, stream a full-on concert or upload all your thoughts on the latest episode of “Westworld” directly to Google Podcasts.
The apartment complex itself sits in the very southwestern corner of Denver’s city limits between Littleton and Lakewood, just across from Marston Lake. M2 is an upscale complex at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with additional amenities including a winter-ready outdoor pool, a ski, snowboard and bicycle bike repair shop and a dog agility course. And it’s just 10 miles from Red Rocks Amphitheatre for when your music career takes off.
3. Outdoor gym (Club River Run, San Diego, CA)
Do you even lift, bro? Well, if you’re going to live in a place like San Diego, you’d be wasting all that sun and 76 degree summers doing it indoors. Apartment gyms can be hot and sweaty — and stinky. So, why not take advantage of the gorgeous always-perfect weather and hit the gym outdoors on the regular?
The outdoor gym space at Club River Run features a great selection of workout apparatus, all under a sun-protective canopy. The equipment structure has several stations, including dual battle ropes, a mini trampoline rebounder and a selection of medicine balls, a heavy bag, pull-up bars, balance bars, step platforms, and TRX training straps. The 24-hour outdoor gym is just past the doors of the 24-hour indoor gym, perfect for a workout change-up.
The gym isn’t the only outdoor facility Club River Run offers. When you get tired of lifting and pulling, hit up one of their three lighted tennis courts, wayward jump shot-protected basketball court or junior Olympic-sized heated swimming pool with 16-person Jacuzzi. And when you’ve worked up a good post-workout appetite, it’s just a short walk to the nearest In-N-Out Burger from this Mission Valley East neighborhood complex.
4. Barre room (El Royale, Los Angeles, CA)
Intimidating gyms with giant weight benches and hulking treadmills aren’t the only place to get a good workout. Sure, there’s yoga and Pilates and jazzercise, but have you tried ballet? The latest fitness craze to sweep the nation is barre fitness, a workout based in classical ballet moves utilizing the ballet barre. And like most crazes, barre was popularized in L.A., championed by barre fans like Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Fanning, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel.
So, how L.A. would it be to have a ballet studio and barre right in your apartment building? Very, and that’s what you’ll find at the historic El Royale in the heart of where Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Downtown neighborhoods all meet. The room is quaint and classic, a private, mirror-laden ballet room available for residents’ barre or traditional ballet needs.
Along with its sister facility the infamous Chateau Marmont, the El Royale was long-known as one of the ultimate luxury spots for stars and starlets to live, party and be seen. Throughout the decades, it has served as home to some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, from the dawn of the motion picture industry up through today, from Al Jolson to Nicolas Cage.
The Central L.A./Wilshire property recently underwent a modern upgrade, creating 56 of the most alluring apartment homes in La La Land, offering formal dining rooms, parquet floors, a grand piano lobby and a rooftop sundeck underneath its iconic neon green rooftop sign.
5. Golf simulator (Icon Central, St. Petersburg, FL)
If you’re a golf-lover on an apartment budget and live in a sun-soaked state like Florida, it might seem like living near a place where you can swing your driver isn’t in the cards for you. Tooling around and passing all the pricey golf course-adjacent condo communities might fill you with envy. But what if you lived in an apartment building that had its own golf simulator? You wouldn’t even have to go outside to get your swing on!
The brand new Icon Central apartments in St. Petersburg, FL, is a golf-lovers dream. Located just off the outdoor swimming pool is the luxury building’s Virtual Game Room, a sports lounge featuring a giant virtual athletic training screen. Set the system for the Blue Monster at Doral and swing away virtually while the software tracks your every drive and chip.
Golf, not your game? The simulator is a multi-sport playground with a virtual baseball swing, lacrosse shot and hockey slapper settings, as well. And bring your friends to come to watch from the comfort of the leather game room couches in the viewing area.
Just a mile from Tampa Bay and a half-mile from the Rays’ Tropicana Field, Icon Central couldn’t be more convenient at the foot of Downtown’s Edge District. The 368-apartment mid-rise opened in mid-2019 on the site of the historic 1926 Union Trust Bank building.
If you can tear yourself away from the simulator, you can partake of such amenities as a large palm-shaded infinity pool, rooftop patio, outdoor kitchen, theater room, steam and sauna facility, wine room, billiard parlor, and Peloton training center.