How To Identify A Community-Oriented Apartment

Posted on: 27 October 2017

Living in an apartment can be lonely if the tenants don't live a community-oriented life. Therefore, if you are preparing to buy an apartment, it may be in your best interest to hunt for a community-oriented one. Here are some of the signs that will tell you that an apartment is community-oriented:

They Have Community Amenities

By far, the largest indication that an apartment is set up for community life is the availability of community amenities that every tenant in the apartment can use. Here are examples of such amenities

  • Outdoor spaces and lounges where people can relax or catch up with one another
  • Community gyms where tenants can exercise together
  • Rooftop barbecues areas for relaxing and holding parties
  • Communal swimming pools
  • Communal play areas

They Organize Regular Community Activities

It is not just enough to have community amenities; the amenities should be used on a regular basis if they are to foster friendships or togetherness. You can ask the management of the property or even your future neighbors whether they hold any regular community activities such as a monthly get together or competitions. Apart from asking the tenants and staff members, you can also tell whether the amenities are regularly used by inspecting their conditions. A cloudy swimming pool with a low water level is probably not used as much as it should be used.

The Tenants Interact With Each Other A Lot

How the tenants interact with each other and what they say about each other can also go a long way in helping you gauge whether life in the apartment is community oriented. Visit the apartment in the evening to see whether each tenant retreats into their own house or they hang around in the communal areas.

The Staff Is Friendly With the Tenants

In a truly community-oriented apartment, a cordial relationship should not just exist among the tenants, but also between the tenants and the staff working in the building. The cleaners, building managers or even the doormen should all feel part of the community. Visiting the apartment a couple of times or more before moving in can tell you whether this is the case or not. For example, you can watch the interactions between the staff members and the tenants to gauge the nature of their relationship. Do they greet each other warmly? Do they know each other's names? Do the staff members play with the kids? Do they stop and chat with each other? These are some of the questions whose answers will tell you how the staff engages with the tenants.

Contact a realty group to help you find real estate communities near you.