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The infinity pool at Brooklyn Point (Train Media) The infinity pool at Brooklyn Point (Train Media)
The amenity race has shown no sign of slowing down in luxury real estate, but the past year has unquestionably affected it. Residential buildings were required to close their common space when New York was on lockdown, and reopening could only take place after new health and safety protocols, including social distancing, were implemented.

Some questioned what the pandemic would mean for residential amenities, but they remain a key part of New York City buildings. David West, founding partner at Hill West Architects, observes, "We are actually seeing requests for more shared amenity spaces, not less." Additionally, The New York Times found that a growing number of Los Angeles buildings are embracing spiritual programs and experiences; Maverick was the only New York building cited in the article, but the East Coast may soon come to embrace this. We take a look at newly in-demand amenities below.
Newly in-demand amenities at New York City residential buildings

More Wellness-Oriented Amenities
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Where many buildings previously tripped over themselves to include fun amenities like bowling alleys and video arcades, health and wellness-related amenities are now moving to the forefront. That is especially the case at Aman New York Residences, where a 67’ indoor pool surrounded by day beds and fire pits is the centerpiece of Aman Spa. Additional offerings include hot and cold plunge pools, Hydro massage pools, saunas and steam rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga and Pilates studio.
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From the listing: The Vana Penthouse residence encompasses the entire 21st floor, spanning across 6,287 square foot, comprising of four-bedrooms, five-and-a-half-baths, and a home theatre meticulously designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston and features picturesque views of Central Park and the City Skyline. Interior features include a serene private elevator lobby leading to the grand entry foyer with herringbone patterned floors and custom designed oiled walnut double doors, white oak wood plank floors and 3 glass enclosed fireplaces and 10'7''ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

Enhanced Fitness Centers
252-South-Street-01 All images of One Manhattan Square via Extell
At a time when Peloton bikes became a fixture in the well-heeled New Yorker’s home and Long Island City rental Townhouse on the Park incorporated Mirror home gyms into the apartments, building gyms have to think beyond a treadmill and a few free weights to get residents working out there again. One Manhattan Square was certainly prepared for this - their fitness offerings include cardio and weight rooms, cycling studio, Pilates studio, sports courts, and a 75’ lap pool.
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From the listing: Residence 58E is a 1,400-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom with an open gourmet kitchen and breakfast bar. This spacious northeast corner residence overlooks the expanse of Midtown with Hudson and East Rivers, and iconic Empire State views. Warm, modern interiors are brought to life by the renowned design team at Meyer Davis Studio. This residence features imported stone and custom finishes, premium Miele appliance package, 5” wide stained oak flooring, master bath with custom wood cabinetry, marble tile walls and mosaic floors with radiant heat, under-mount Wetstyle sink with glass vanity top and Dornbracht polished chrome faucets and a washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

Sports Courts
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From the Olympics to amateur teams throughout the city, there is no denying that the past year has had an impact on sports. Even real estate could not ignore it, but the changes work in certain residents’ favor: A growing number of buildings have added sports courts to their amenity suites, allowing residents to play basketball, squash, tennis, soccer, or their sport of choice without having to leave the building.
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From the listing: Duplex PH11B is the perfect five-bedroom five-bath residence totaling 3,816 square feet with a gracious 277-square-foot terrace fit for entertaining. Arched windows and Juliet balconies are key features that set this apartment apart from others in the building. All of the gracious public spaces are on the first floor including an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, entry gallery, private stair and great room with fireplace and terrace that runs the length of the great room. See floor plan and full details here.

Private Outdoor Space
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At the height of the pandemic, those with private terraces or balconies could step outside, close the door to a crowded apartment behind them, and get fresh air without worrying about safely social distancing in the elevator or lobby. Months later, Mr. West has said, "There is an especially renewed emphasis on outdoor spaces, both shared spaces...and terraces and balconies in individual units." His firm isn't the only one making private outdoor space a priority - it is appearing in new developments all over the city.
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From the listing: This one of kind one bedroom residence is the home of your dreams! Residence 3I is thoughtfully designed with an open living space with your own terrace that is nearly 230 square feet! The primary bedroom features a large walk-in closet, area for dining and GE washer and vented dryer complete the package. Warm elegant interiors feature high ceilings, wide-plank white oak floors, quartzite kitchen countertops, Gioia Venatino marble bathroom, and custom millwork throughout. See full details here.

Private Pools
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Both public pools and residents-only swimming pools have reopened, but not all swimmers are comfortable returning to a crowded setting where masks aren’t worn in the water. They would be happiest at buildings like Soori High Line, 565 Broome Soho, and The Aldyn--select units feature private swimming pools.
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From the listing: The ultimate in luxury is this home’s 3,600+ square foot landscaped terrace that hosts a 15’ x 37’ private pool and separate spa tub. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows expose brilliant light and views in every room with double-height ceilings in the formal expanse. The finest select finishes are displayed throughout along with high-end systems including elevator. The stunning eat-in kitchen boast Teak cabinetry, Blizzard Quartz counters, Caldia marble chef block and pro stainless appliances. The first floor boasts an open loft-like expanse with formal dining room, living room and library. See floor plan and full details here.

Meditation Studios
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Physical health has been on everyone’s minds over the past year, but it is not the only component of good health. A number of buildings are starting to recognize that, and incorporate amenities aimed at enhancing residents’ mental health. Meditation rooms are now part of several buildings' amenity suites, and allow residents to hone their practice in a peaceful setting.
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From the listing: Residence 515, an 837 square foot 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom plus home office apartment with western exposures and 9' ceilings. Designed by INC Architecture & Design, each residence at Saint Marks Place features carefully detailed finishes and fixtures. 7" White Oak floors with sound cancelling insulation, solid core interior doors, and double glazed windows provide a quiet and serene environment. Each residence also has central heat and air through linear slot diffusers, with separate temperature controls for every room. See full details here.

Green Walls
184-Kent-Avenue-01 Green wall at Austin Nichols House via Nest Seekers
It’s a pleasure to come home to a living green wall in the lobby, but the appeal goes beyond aesthetics. The plants serve as natural insulation while removing pollutants and dust from the air, and studies show that even the slightest glimpse of greenery can lead to a more positive outlook, increased attention span, and reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes, and unhealthy foods. With so many benefits, it is little wonder that Sara Ianniciello, director of design at Whitehall Interiors, predicts, "We expect to see the demand for larger windows and even outdoor green spaces like plant walls, gardens, and sustainable amenities continue to grow."
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From the listing: This expertly designed home is an over-sized one bedroom with a home office and sprawling 195-square-foot balcony. Upon entering the home, you are struck with its high end design. A gracious foyer leads you down a corridor that opens up to a massive living, kitchen and dining area. This open concept space redefines loft-living and is pronounced by 12-foot ceilings. From the living room and out onto the private terrace, large enough to fit a dining and lounging area, enjoy charming tree top views out onto the building's luscious courtyard. See floor plan and full details here.

Common Outdoor Space
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In pre-pandemic days, roof decks were extolled as a spot to enjoy the best views in a building, and courtyards as peaceful oases in a busy city. Today, they have emerged as new social hubs that allow residents to get fresh air while keeping a safe social distance--Williamsburg rental The Dime launched leasing when New York was still on lockdown, and quickly adapted its marketing materials to highlight extensive outdoor space rather than an admittedly impressive indoor amenities package. Elsewhere in Brooklyn, 98 Front Street’s 7,000-square-foot rooftop features three separate outdoor kitchens and grills, a screening area, and an outdoor workout facility.
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From the listing: The three-bedrooms at 98 Front provide a spacious refuge intuitively designed to feel luxurious; most complete with private outdoor space and serene western views of DUMBO's landmarked historic district. Further bringing the outside in, natural light pours in from 8 feet 8 inches windows, but your sanctuary is insulated by sound-attenuated oversized windows by ALUMIL and the 5 inches White Oak floors throughout further illuminate the space. High ceilings are made of polished concrete prepared for easy lighting fixture installation. The great room and kitchen can hold all the living that needs to happen, while meticulously curated spaces and multiple closets throughout enhance the efficiency of daily life. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the listing: From soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to mesmerizing views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge, every element within The Dime has been carefully curated and designed to evoke true tranquility and relaxation for residents. The Dime offers countless stunning indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, including a fully-attended lobby, fitness center with outdoor space, half-court basketball court, penthouse lounge, and an expansive outdoor terrace featuring multiple dining areas, grills, a great lawn, a community garden, and more. See floor plan and full details here.

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