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Unique Apartment Amenities Residents Actually Want

When it comes to choosing a place to live, residents have a wide range of preferences and priorities. For many potential residents, the availability of unique apartment amenities can be a significant deciding factor.

In fact, a recent study conducted among a diverse group of 1,000 residents, aged between 18 and 34, revealed that an impressive 80% of renters plan to remain in rental communities. 

This finding underscores the importance of providing specific amenities that not only attract new residents but also foster long-term satisfaction and retention among current residents. 

By offering these sought-after amenities, you can significantly enhance the appeal of your community and create a welcoming environment that keeps residents happy and engaged for years to come.


What are Apartment Amenities?

Apartment amenities refer to the various services, features, and facilities provided to residents within an apartment community. 

These amenities are intended to enhance residents' quality of life, promote convenience, and create a desirable living environment.

There are two main types of amenities: community amenities & in-unit amenities


Community Amenities

Community amenities encompass the shared spaces and facilities that residents can enjoy collectively.

Examples of Community Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Clubhouse
  • Outdoor recreational areas
  • Barbecue grills
  • Pet parks 
  • Playgrounds
  • Social lounges
  • Work-from-home spaces

*Access to these amenities typically is included in residents' rent, but can also be offered as an additional fee.

These amenities create opportunities for residents to connect, relax, and engage in recreational activities, fostering a sense of community and enhancing the overall living experience.


In-unit Amenities

In-unit amenities are still made available to each resident, but they are features offered in their private living spaces. These amenities add convenience and comfort to residents' daily lives.

Examples of In-unit Amenities

  • Fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances
  • In-unit laundry facilities
  • Walk-in closets
  • Balconies or patios
  • High-speed internet access
  • Smart home technology and automation 
  • Central air conditioning
  • Reserved parking spaces

🐥 Interested in learning more about how to seamlessly integrate smart home automation into your in-unit amenity offerings? See how LittleBird can help. 

When considering which amenities to offer in your community, it's crucial to address both community-wide and in-unit amenities. Potential residents value a well-rounded selection of amenities that cater to their lifestyle needs and preferences.


Must-Have Unique Apartment Amenities 

Take a step further than offering traditional apartment amenities and really set your property apart by having these unique apartment amenities that are actually worth having. 

LittleBird’s Living Resident App

The LittleBird Living resident app serves as a valuable resident amenity by providing a convenient and efficient platform for residents to access various community services and resources.

There are many features and benefits of our mobile app, for both residents and property managers including: 

  • Amenity Details Let residents use their LittleBird app to learn about, reserve, and pay deposits or usage fees for amenities.
  • Announcements: Boost resident awareness of the latest community news and updates with targeted announcements and mobile notifications.
  • Local Deals: Get your residents connected with their local neighborhood with special offers from merchants near your community. 
  • Community Events: Increase resident engagement in community events through mobile notifications and app-based RSVPs and payments.
  • Maintenance Requests: Have new maintenance requests pushed directly into your existing maintenance tracking software. 
  • Community Board: Empower your residents to post items for sale, ask for recommendations, and organize events through a convenient community board.

Give your residents a sense of community by allowing them to get to know their neighbors, participate in activities, and discover local businesses – all within one app.

🐥 Want to bring LittleBird’s Smart Community features to your community? Request more information here. 


EV charging stations

The increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) presents a unique challenge for residents of apartment communities. 

Many residents are eager to embrace this eco-friendly mode of transportation; however, the lack of efficient charging options often hinders their ability to do so. 

By taking a proactive approach and addressing this issue, apartment communities can provide their residents with an option they've never had before designated EV charging stations in their parking lots.


Valet trash services

In an effort to enhance the convenience and quality of life for residents, apartment communities can introduce a valuable service: daily or weekly trash pickup. 

By offering this service, residents can enjoy the added convenience of simply placing their kitchen or bathroom trash outside their doors in the morning, knowing that it will be promptly collected through an express valet pickup system.


Garden center

One of the most cherished aspects of homeownership is the ability to cultivate a personal garden and connect with nature.

Recognizing this desire for a green thumb, apartment communities can create a sense of home by offering small plots of garden space for residents to nurture their own plants, grow small produce, or cultivate their favorite flowers.


Package lockers

By implementing a system similar to Amazon lockers, residents can enjoy a hassle-free experience when receiving their packages, while property staff can focus on other essential tasks.

Package lockers provide a secure and efficient way for residents to retrieve their packages at a time that suits them best. 

When a package is delivered to the apartment community, it is placed in a designated locker and residents receive a unique QR code or PIN to access their locker. 

This eliminates the need for property staff to hold and distribute packages individually, reducing the chances of misplacement or delays in delivery.

Residents can conveniently access the package lockers at their own convenience, whether it's during regular business hours or after hours. This flexibility ensures that residents have convenient access to their packages, even if they have busy schedules or work late hours.


Final Thoughts…

  • In a competitive rental market, standing out from the competition is crucial to attracting and retaining potential residents. 
  • One effective way to differentiate your property is by offering unique apartment amenities that go beyond the standard offerings. 
  • Distinctive amenities not only capture the attention of potential residents but also enhance their living experience, making your property an attractive and desirable place to call home.


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