The home became the center of the universe for many of us during the pandemic. In 2021, buyers are seeking unique amenities that make living and working from home exciting and comfortable. Throughout the pandemic, we have witnessed a huge shift in what amenities our clients prioritize when purchasing a home. The amenities that used to fall under the “would be great to have” category has now become “non-negotiables”.
More than ever, the home has become the staycation, the office, the gym — you name it. In today’s world, home life is everything. Below are the amenities buyers are seeking when house-hunting in 2021.
1. Outdoor Living
While under lockdown, we have spent more and more time outdoors. The demand for outdoor amenities has skyrocketed. From upgrading outdoor living and dining areas to installing state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens and barbecues, buyers want the perfect outdoor area for entertaining safely. Especially in San Diego, buyers want areas to enjoy living outside as much as they enjoy their interior spaces.
2. Kid-Friendly Features
With everyone working from home and homeschooling becoming a part of everyday life, the desire for more kid-friendly amenities in a home has increased exponentially.
From large playrooms and outdoor half courts that can be used for basketball, skating, and scooter rides to incredible jungle gyms, sandboxes, and swimming pools, having kid-friendly amenities and spaces has never been more important.
3. Work-from-home spaces
The home office has become the go-to amenity for homebuyers. Clients are seeking spacious and quiet office spaces that are ideal for working from home. Aesthetically pleasing decor that doubles as beautiful Zoom backgrounds are also a priority.
4. Sporting areas
During the pandemic, buyers have taken up new hobbies — including sporting activities. From tennis courts to basketball courts, putting greens to swim/spa pools, buyers want to have options at home to allow them to work on their skills and stay in the game even when they are staying at home.
5. Home gyms
With many fitness centers and gyms still closed or open with limited hours and capacity, buyers are seeking state-of-the-art home fitness spaces. From the latest Pilates equipment to expertly crafted weight rooms, fitness rooms have become almost a necessity to many buyers in this market.
Luxury buyers have become accustomed to at-home salon visits, with nail technicians and masseuses coming directly to them for regular grooming. We’ve witnessed buyers seeking built-in salon spaces they can dedicate to pampering themselves within the comforts of their own homes.
7. Kitchens with storage
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home, and buyers are now seeking kitchens with extra-large pantries or adjoining storage rooms where they can keep their essentials stocked, should any shortages occur.
8. Sanitizing amenities
Sanitizing stations in mudrooms, air filtration systems throughout the home and even guesthouses that can be used for quarantine purposes have all become the new normal for buyers in this market.
Overall, the home has become the center of the universe for many of us during the pandemic. In 2021, buyers are seeking unique amenities that make living and working from home exciting and comfortable. We look forward to seeing how these client needs evolve as the market continues to progress throughout the year.