Top 10 Outdoor Amenities at Multifamily Housing Developments for 2021

Fire pits, lounge areas, and covered parking are the most common outdoor amenities at multifamily housing developments, according to new research from UTOPIA's sister media brand, Multifamily Design+Construction.
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For multifamily developers, and their building teams, getting the amenities mix right could make or break the success of their multifamily housing developments.

Ongoing research by UTOPIA's sister brand, Multifamily Design+Construction (MFDC), aims to help developers, owners, architects, and other project team members identify proven and trending multifamily amenities. 

The latest iteration of MFDC's research, the 2021 Multifamily Amenities Study, ranks the top 131 amenities that developers are providing in today's apartment and condominium communities. A total of 342 industry professionals completed the online, 11-question survey over a four-week period in February/March 2021. 

The makeup of respondents includes architects/interior designers (34.9%), developers/owners/property managers (30.5%), construction professionals (21.4%), consultants (5.0%), engineers (3.2%), and others allied to the multifamily housing field (5.1%).

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Top 10 Outdoor Amenities at Multifamily Housing Developments

Among the findings from the 2021 Multifamily Amenities Study is a ranking of the top 10 outdoor amenities. 

Fire pits (66.1%), lounge areas (64%), and covered parking (55.3%) were cited most often by survey respondents, followed by rooftop deck/terrace (54.4%), outdoor pool (53.2%), and walking paths (49.4%). Outdoor kitchens (43.6%) and community gardens (31.6%) are also popular items. 

Looking at historical data from the 2019 and 2017 Multifamily Amenities surveys, almost all outdoor amenities tracked closely with the 2021 report. Although “storage (outside the unit)” seems to have dropped off significantly, at 44.2% this year, vs. 57.5% in 2019 and 62.4% in 2017.

Top 10 Outdoor Amenities at Multifamily Developments

Nearly one-fourth of respondents (24.6%) had installed a Jacuzzi, up slightly from 2019 (20.6%). 

Outdoor movie screens (15.8%, vs. 14.4% in 2019) and catering pantries (12.9%, up a touch from 11.7% in 2019) also made the list.

The 2021 Multifamily Amenities Study ranks amenities and features across nine other building areas:
• Top ‘smart connectivity’ systems
Top 10 indoor amenities
Top 10 recreation services
Top 10 convenience services
• Top 10 quality of life amenities
Top 10 business and technology services
• Top 10 security services
• Top children's services
• Top services for pets
• BONUS: COVID-19 impact on amenities
• BONUS: List of ‘first-time amenities’ for developers

For the full 16-page PDF report, click the DOWNLOAD THE REPORT button below.

About The Author

David Barista, UTOPIA Content Director

David Barista

David Barista has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than 20 years, including editorial leadership roles with Pro Builder and Building Design+Construction. He currently serves as the Content Director for Utopia and the Group Editorial Director – Digital and Social with SGC Horizon, which publishes multiple market-leading media brands focused on residential and commercial construction.

Dave is a six-time Jesse H. Neal Award winner, and a seven-time finalist. He’s also won numerous editorial awards from the Construction Media Alliance and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.