A strata building can be your home, but it’s also a community. That’s why strata building amenities are required to make it an inviting place to live. But, of course, not all buildings are created equal. The amenities included don’t just improve liveability for yourself but also signal that you’re making a smart investment. If you ever decide to sell or rent out your apartment, the returns are likely to be much greater if you’ve bought into a high-quality strata scheme with desirable amenities. Here is our pick of the best.
Strata building amenities to look for
The gym is a great amenity for those who want to stay fit while living in a strata building. It can be used by all strata owners, and tenants as well. The size of the space is important here, as is the condition of the gym equipment. Every building is different, so if you’re keen on keeping your fitness levels up, it’s worth checking out the gym facilities before you move in. Ideally, the equipment is reasonably modern, in good condition, and regularly cleaned. To stay up to date with the latest fitness technology and ensure maintenance is done properly, there are commercial rental options available to owners corporations.
Swimming pools are a great way to relax and socialise. They can also be used for exercise, which is a great add-on for many health-conscious people. A swimming pool in a strata building is a very enticing amenity, but there is a cost involved. Naturally, they’re expensive to install, however maintenance can also be costly. So, if you do want to move into a strata building with a pool, be prepared to pay a little extra in your strata fees.
Balconies and courtyards
A balcony or courtyard is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s for relaxing or entertaining. Balconies can be used for many things, such as dining al fresco, growing plants and flowers, or even hosting barbecues. You’ll find that most people who live in apartments have balconies because they are so popular with residents and offer a chance to get outside.
It’s important to note, however, that most strata buildings have specific rules about what you can and can’t do on a balcony or in a courtyard. So, be prepared to use these spaces responsibly or risk being in breach of the by-laws.
Community gardens are a great way to bring people together. Essentially, it’s a dedicated space for growing fruits and vegetables and is managed by those in the strata community who wish to be involved. Being part of a strata community garden project isn’t compulsory, but for those with a green thumb, it’s a great amenity to have. Those who do help maintain the garden reap the benefits of fresh produce. Plus, it’s a great eco-friendly amenity to attract owners who consider sustainability to be important.
Looking for help managing amenities?
Amenities in your strata building are always great. But they can also be a point of contention in terms of keeping the spaces tidy for all to enjoy. If issues with amenities are raising their heads, you may benefit from professional strata management. More Than Strata takes care of this, plus so much more on behalf of your Owners Corporation. So, if you need assistance, reach out and contact us today.