New York City residential buildings, especially newer ones, are packed with frills. If you’re moving into an expensive apartment building, you can expect to find a long list of amenities. Roof decks, gyms, co-working spaces — even wine cellars and concierge services are commonplace. But what amenities do home searchers really crave? In which are they less interested?
Pets vs. push-ups. What do renters really want?
Most likely you’d prefer being allowed to keep pets over having access to a gym.
It’s hardly surprising, given the craze for dogs and cats in this city: the most popular amenity in rental buildings is by far the ability to have pets.
Next is the requirement that the building should have a doorman and an elevator. Parking garage and furnishings are at the bottom of that list, because New York renters love their furry friends, place a huge value on convenience, hate walking up stairs and prefer having their own interior decorations to someone else’s. A garage? Many renters don’t own a car, nor do they intend to.
What buyers want.
If you’re buying a home, generally you’ll have somewhat different preferences than renters. Having a doorman is most popular. The ability to own pets is close behind, along with having an elevator.
You’re more likely to want a washer and dryer in your apartment than a community laundry room in the building. You probably have more of a fondness for fireplaces than renters have, with slightly warmer feelings about car ownership.
So, the only amenities New Yorkers really want in their new place is a pet and not having to walk up stairs. Surprising enough, as many as two-thirds of New York City's newcomers are indifferent to the prospect of having a gym in the building.
Drop needless, keep essential
The real estate market in New York is so tight and hard, that you’d probably eliminate a lot of your wish-list amenities, just so that you could find something that meets your essential necessities.