Whether you're looking to buy an apartment as an investment property or as a place to live in yourself, there are certain amenities you may want to look out for. If you're into fitness, you may want to find a building with tennis courts and a gym. If you have children, an on-site playground and swimming pool could be essential. And on a more basic level, you may want to focus on buildings that come equipped with elevators and have a doorman to not only provide security but accept packages when you're not home to retrieve them yourself.
But while these amenities are either somewhat or very common in apartment buildings, you may be surprised at some of the perks certain buildings have to offer. Here are some of the more unique ones we've stumbled upon.
A sky pool
It's one thing for a building to have a standard swimming pool for residents to access, but in London's Embassy Gardens' Legacy Buildings, engineers have created a sky pool that connects the rooftops of neighboring buildings. Swimmers will be able to see the ground through the pool's glass bottom.
On-call sommelier service
In New York City, Tribeca's 30 Warren has lots to offer wine enthusiasts. Its on-call sommelier service gives building residents access to private wine tastings, and all units within the building come equipped with built-in wine fridges.
Some people are really invested in personal wellness. To that end, 40 Bleecker in New York City's NoHo neighborhood may be a clear draw. Building residents can enjoy different IV creations, from vitamins to hangover cures to immune system boosters.
Private restaurants for residents
Many city apartment buildings allow residents to live within walking distance of numerous outstanding restaurants. But why leave the building when there's one under your roof? Midtown Manhattan's 220 Central Park South offers an in-house private restaurant overseen by acclaimed celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Talk about fancy.
An indoor skate park
This one is really a teenager's dream. Waterline Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side features not only an indoor tennis court, recording studio, and dog playground but also an indoor half-pipe skate park that includes a 10-foot ramp. Residents don't even need their own skateboards and helmets -- the building makes those available.
An in-building pet spa
For some people, finding a pet-friendly building is challenging enough. The Rennie in Manhattan, however, offers its own pet spa, where furry friends can be pampered all day.
What apartment building amenities should you look for?
OK, so let's be honest -- these apartment building features are all incredibly cool in their own right. But they're also fairly unattainable for the average investor without a hefty budget that extends into the millions.
If you're looking for an apartment to live in or add to your portfolio, focus on those amenities that lend to an improved quality of life for the average resident. You may decide that having a roof deck, for example, is more important than having an in-house gym, since it may appeal to more people, and that would be a smart choice from an investing standpoint.
Of course, the more amenities you're able to afford, the more you might really enjoy your apartment, or the more rental income you might command for it. But while it's not unreasonable to seek out a building with a doorman, playground, or party room, don't set your hopes on a luxury pet spa or a wine expert who can deliver handpicked bottles to your door. These perks are highly unlikely to become anything close to the norm.