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Top Amenities for Apartment Complexes and HOAs


Many people prefer to live in apartment complexes and homeowners associations because of their affordability, ease of maintenance and amenities. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities for building owners to get involved in their properties. In doing so, your community can be one of the most desirable places to live in your area!

With so many community amenities to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth splurging on. While each property is unique, here are the top amenities we recommend for housing authorities, apartment complexes and homeowners associations.

Childrens’ Playground

According to the National Apartment Association (NAA), 39 million Americans currently live in apartments. In order to serve these individuals and families, the U.S. will need an additional 4.6 million new apartments by 2030.

With so many people calling apartments home, it makes sense to provide these residents with the amenities they need to live comfortably. By including an apartment complex playground in your design, you can encourage happy, healthy families and stronger bonds among residents.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Fitness centers are not uncommon in HOAs and apartment complexes, but they’re often limited to a small room with few machines. Why not give your community something different to take pride in - outdoor fitness equipment for people of all ages to enjoy!

An outdoor fitness center makes it easy for people to stay active. You can hand pick the equipment depending on your demographics or choose from a preconfigured layout that aligns with your children’s park. Some popular equipment options include a climbing wall, step trainer, balance beam and chest press.

Dog Park

Plenty of people living in apartment complexes and HOAs have pets. While most of these places allow dogs up to a certain size, pet owners still have to get creative. Many have limited yard space or no yard space at all, which means they have to leash their dogs at all times. Fortunately, you can fix these issues with a beautiful dog park.

Dog parks are a major asset for apartment housing and HOAs. Pet owners will appreciate having a safe, secure environment where their dogs can run around, and they have the opportunity to socialize and meet others from the community. Choose from a variety of dog park accessories and equipment, or pick a preconfigured dog park agility course.

Shade Structures

Common areas are a great addition to any living community. These spaces give people a place to relax, hang out with friends and host events. To make these common spaces more attractive, install large shade structures for comfort and UV protection, picnic benches for sitting and trash receptacles to keep the space clean.

It’s also worth furnishing your outdoor space with a park grill and picnic tables. This way, people can grill out on summer days or plan community-wide events with food. Align this space with an HOA playground and a dog park, and you’ll have a beautiful, accessible space for everyone in the neighborhood!

Any of these additions will be major assets to your HOA or apartment community. To discuss the ways that you can bring your project to life, contact Cunningham Recreation today.