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When you were hunting for an apartment, you probably zoned in on just a few must haves – an affordable price in a convenient location that allows pets. You’re not hard to please, right?

Depending on your specific community, there could be a whole world of cool amenities and features right outside your front door that you’re missing out on. And guess what? You’re paying for these amenities every month!

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Take my advice: don’t fall into the trap of not taking advantage of what’s available to you. I’ll admit that I’m totally guilty of this myself. I lived in a community in Duluth, GA that had not one but two swimming pools, a workout facility, tennis court, soccer field and a car wash all on-site. Did I ever partake in these convenient amenities? I used the pool and the car wash once over a four year period.

If you like the convenience of having everything you need at your fingertips, then an apartment with lots of amenities is right up your alley. Not only will you be able to have a good time without going far, but partaking in what your community offers is the best opportunity to meet your neighbors. So get out there, mix and mingle!


Crescent Park at Playa Vista in Playa Vista, CA
Crescent Park at Playa Vista Apartments in Playa Vista, CA

This is an easy way to have fun for free. If you’re planning a birthday party or social gathering, ask your leasing office if this public space is available for your guests to enjoy. This is also a good place to hang out and see who else lives in your community.

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Fitness Studio

Falls at Marina Bay Apartments in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Falls at Marina Bay Apartments in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Any fitness amenity offered by an apartment community is always a plus. Gym memberships are expensive, generally ranging anywhere from $30 to nearly $100 per month. And what’s worse, so many people spend that money and don’t even go to the gym! Why waste that cash when you have a gym or workout room right outside your front door? You’ll save dough, time and gas by skipping the gym and working out close to home.

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Multi-Purpose Gaming Room

Monticello at Town Center Apartments in Hampton, VA
Monticello at Town Center Apartments in Hampton, VA

For the kid at heart, game rooms are a fun perk. These rooms sometimes include ping pong tables, air hockey, table tennis and similar games. When you need a break from your monotonous daily routine, this is a good place to go.

Toddler Room

Parkside Place Apartments in Cambridge, MA
Parkside Place Apartments in Cambridge, MA

Outdoor playgrounds are to be expected. When it’s chilly outside and the kids are bored, having an indoor play area could be the answer to your prayers. Amenities like these are beneficial if you prefer to limit your children’s TV and technology time. Not only can kids play and interact like they’re supposed to, but you can make some new friends, too. Network with other parents in your apartment community. You might even find a reliable sitter or set up a monthly play date with other parents.

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Tanning Bed

The Aventine Apartments in Greenville, SC
The Aventine Apartments in Greenville, SC

If occasional tanning is your thing, you’ll appreciate having a tanning bed in your apartment community. Even if this amenity is free, we caution you not to overdo it. Seriously, do you really want to scare the neighbors with your new Tan Mom makeover?


The Bravern Apartments in Bellevue, WA
The Bravern Apartments in Bellevue, WA

A day at the spa can be pretty pricey. If it’s not in your budget to spend big bucks on a massage, take advantage of your community’s spa, sauna or steam room. This feature meets the demand of residents who crave a high-end renting experience.

Indoor Basketball

The Victor Apartments in Boston, MA
The Victor Apartments in Boston, MA

Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always appropriate for quick game of one-on-one. With an indoor court, you won’t need to leave your community to get your heart rate going. Mingle with your neighbors and even form a team. Don’t think amenities like this are important? Think again. It’s rumored that NBA star Carmelo Anthony chose his New York City apartment building, The Aldyn, partly because of the full hardwood court available to residents.

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Movie Theater

The Orsini Apartments in Los Angeles, CA
The Orsini Apartments in Los Angeles, CA

Why spend your hard-earned cash at the movie theater when you can watch flicks in your community’s cinema? Private screenings, scheduled movie nights and free popcorn are fairly common, but be sure to ask what’s happening in your specific community. Free date night, anyone?

Wine Cellar

Highgrove Apartments in Stamford, CT
Highgrove Apartments in Stamford, CT

What a treat this is. Community wine cellars are usually climate-controlled to keep your vino in optimum condition. Wine and cheese tastings are definitely a perk for residents, too. Have fun, and drink responsibly.

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Gift Wrapping Station

Sandstone Creek Apartments in Overland Park, KS
Sandstone Creek Apartments in Overland Park, KS

During the rush of the holiday season, this amenity is a must. Spend more time shopping while someone else does all the wrapping for you. Go head, take credit for those perfectly wrapped gifts. We won’t tell!

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If you think these are cool, there’s a whole world of unique apartment amenities out there that we haven’t even touched on. How would you like wake-up calls, after school care, free wifi and 24-hour on-site childcare?

We want to hear from you: What’s the best amenity your apartment community offers?



About The Author

Tiffany Maberry is a content contributor for the Apartment Guide Blog. She's been writing professionally for over 10 years and enjoys working in the social media space. Find Tiffany on Google+.

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