Apartments and high rise condominiums residences are by definition places where neighbors live in close proximity. For many residents of these buildings, its a prime perk the ability to get fit, co-work, and socialize all in one place.
The coronavirus pandemic accelerated several trends that are likely to change the way Boston high rise condos and apartments are designed in the future,
Social interaction drives the choice of residence for many high rise condo buyers. The pandemic has now inspired property managers to get creative with ways to keep residents safe and yet engaged with neighbors. Just as office co-workers, schools, and families quickly learned to use online platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts, so did building managers. Virtual happy hours, trivia contests, and fitness classes began connecting residents who could not see each other in person.
An issue that causes high anxiety for residents and building operators is elevators. While cleaning the doors and buttons frequently was immediately instituted in buildings, many also requested that residents limit the people in the elevator at any one time to members of their household.
The use of virtual tours for sales is expected to accelerate even as social distancing guidelines are lifted. In addition, many buildings offer self-guided tours into a model
New condos and apartments are typically designed and planned two to four years in advance, so it will take time before building floor plans and features that reflect lessons learned during the pandemic.
There’s a spike in sales of units with a den today, so if this continues we may add more dens in buildings where we can adjust the mix of unit sizes,
I anticipate that people will want a little more space such as a den or extra bedroom, but thinks a bigger priority will be a balcony or patio, especially one with a view.
Going forward, I think developers and managers will look for ways to bifurcate their open space for smaller groups rather than large congregations of residents
In addition, I think developers may try to add more elevators to reduce the number of people in each one, although that could be extremely expensive. Another option, maybe more open stairs to the second and third floors so residents on those levels walk instead of taking the elevator.
Co-working spaces may also adapt, with developers creating individualized space with glass partitions and furniture.