Buyers looking beyond home features when purchasing

Amenities spaces are increasingly becoming more important to home buyers.

The decision on where to purchase a new home goes beyond the features of the homes themselves. Beautiful countertops or elegant flooring go a long way, but there are a few other features that buyers are increasingly looking for. Those features include an amazing amenities space.

“In the past, we saw amenities spaces tucked away within buildings, which were small and uninspired compared to what is available today,” says Cressey Development Group’s Hani Lammam. “Amenities are becoming central to a building’s design.”

Among the popular amenities in new home construction are a full-size gym, a yoga studio, gardens, a music room and large communal entertaining spaces.

“We’re noticing that distinct architectural styles appeal to the homebuyer, such as multi-level and indoor-outdoor amenity spaces,” Lammam says. “Specifically, we’ve seen buyers wanting amenities that they will really use and which will add to their quality of living.”

To capitalize on this, Cressey has included beautiful amenities in several of their recent projects. Richmond’s Cadence features a rooftop garden and glass “Jewel Box” pavilion that holds an entertaining lounge and kitchen.

Maddox in downtown Vancouver includes a full-size indoor gym as well as a podium entertaining space linked to the main building.

Concord Pacific is also integrating amazing amenities in their new projects. For example, Park Avenue in Surrey’s City Centre has a tennis court, putting green, theatre, fully landscaped sky gardens and many more. Their Richmond master-planned community of Concord Gardens has a banquet hall, grand ballroom, lantern pavilion and several other stunning features.