Amenities in brand-new condo and townhome communities continue to impress prospective buyers. In fact, high-end amenities in these communities are creating what are known as “third places”—locations where people spend a lot of time outside of home or work.
Consider Optima Kierland, for example. Located in North Scottsdale and set for occupancy in early 2018, the community (with fewer than 55 unsold luxury condominiums in a 12-story high-rise tower) offers erst-class features. They include a fully equipped 16,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor fitness center, indoor basketball/squash courts and a golf simulator. The community’s Sky Deck— with its 360-degree rooftop view—has a heated lap pool, steam and sauna rooms, and spacious common areas.
Amenities designed to dazzle
At Contour on Campbell, a community of 111 one-, two- and three-bedroom condos in a four-story building in the heart of the Biltmore area in Phoenix, amenities include community lounges with coffee bars, seating areas, televisions and common kitchens. “We also have programmed events for homeowners,” said sales manager Mark McCloskey, “such as themed nights or wine tasting events.”
At Mountain Shadows Resort Condominiums in Paradise Valley, the Citizens Club “allows all condo residents to use the expansive fitness facilities, locker rooms, pools, [hot tubs] and fitness classes,” said Jesse Thompson, area director of sales and marketing for Mountain Shadows, a resort complex that includes 42 studio, one- and two-bedroom condos. “That’s in addition to 24-hour room service, optional housekeeping services and onsite concierge and security.”
Lush gardens, stunning views
“Exclusive indoor and outdoor amenities set Optima Kierland apart,” said David Hovey Jr., president of Optima.hese include lush gardens and water features on the lower levels to “stunning mountain and cityscape views from the rooftop sky deck.” Vertical landscaping and private outdoor rooms in each home integrate the condominium tower with the natural beauty of the desert environment. Optima Kierland, Hovey said, also provides 24/7 virtual concierge services.
Prioritizing what’s most important
McCloskey advises prospective buyers to “focus on what is most important to you. If working out is important, for instance, do your homework on what is included in the gym area to see if it matches your routine.” “Buyers should always review the costs associated with HOA fees and ensure that the value of the amenities and services are best associated with their needs,”]ompson said. “For example, if fitness and golf are not a priority in your daily life routine, then purchasing a residence with a focus on those amenities would be wasteful.”
Before you choose a condo community based on amenities, Thompson cautioned, review a prospective community “for the density and lifestyle you want to surround yourself with. I would suggest signing up for a few communities’ newsletters to see if their activities and promotions are in line with your preferences and pique your interests.”