Trail running, guest apartment, beauty salon, study room, cinema, gastroteca, coworking, children's games room with video games, nursery, bicycle parking, space to recharge your electric car, cafe, minigolf, smart mailboxes, basketball court, spa, Turkish bath, sauna, organic garden and shower for dogs. Of course, fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool and garden. With all this, who wants to go out of your urbanisation? Or, better said, who needs to get out of it?
The common areas are no longer what they were. They are much better. Far have been the first developments of four decades ago who looked so proud of a garden and the community room. This and the pool were a luxury, a symbol of high social class. Today, there are some basic equipment present in almost all of the new promotions. “There is a gap very clearly between the previous housing cycle, and this. The developer realizes from the year 2014 that is no longer worth any thing, that the buyer is going to select, compare and buy to whom we offer the best services,” says Julio Touza, of the study Touza Architects.
No developer is conceived to build housing, whether for sale or for rent, without these spaces dedicated to sport, leisure and health, in addition, delivered fully equipped. The only limit is marked by the proportions of the plot and, when it is not allowed to virguerías, it resorts to the cover. On the rooftop will be the garden and the swimming pool in the project Skyline, in the district of Tetuán, also in the capital, that builds the platform switzerland Stoneweg.
jogging track, garden, study room or gastroteca are some of the new areas
The best thing is that the revolution of the common areas has not done more to start. “It is logical that this type of services go taking ever more prominence within the new building,” stresses Jaime Fernández, deputy manager of the Property Developers Association of Madrid. “Architects and developers we are still mulling over the head to innovate and create new spaces,” says the architect Touza, in charge of the design of Riverside Homes, a tower of 72 meters of height of the developer Neinor Homes in Legazpi (Madrid). Has devised a large terrace for common access to all of the neighbors with an urban garden and a telescope. Also signature River Park, a project of Gestilar in the district from madrid of Arganzuela, which will include a shower for dogs.
And thus, almost without intending it, these spaces, which do not count in building capacity, have become the best selling tool, the perfect hook commercial. “Make us be more competitive. Are a differentiator, an added value that makes them more attractive our housing and facilitates the marketing,” emphasized in the promoter Aedas Homes. Also mark distances with the second-hand market, many times devoid of all these extras.
By now, the endowment most common are the green areas, present in 33.8% of the dwellings, together with rooms for bicycles, available in 24.7%. Also, the children's playgrounds outdoor swimming pools, sports courts and halls of study, details Cristina Ontoso, commercial director, marketing and communication Via Célere. Already beginning to see, although a dropper, the first residential play spaces for children, “which are highly valued among buyers between the ages of 30 and 45 years. Also the vegetable gardens and ecological gastrotecas for celebrations,” emphasized in the promoter iKasa.
however, in Neinor Homes believe that at the time of designing these areas to assess issues such as the costs of community, the possible noise of the paddle tennis court or the fact that the share of external gym can be cheaper. In this sense, they believe, “beyond the green zones and the pool, the rest of the elements do not act as differentiating attributes at the time of decide to purchase, especially when we talk about promotions of the middle”.
These monthly expenses referred to will depend heavily on the size of the estate. “Generally, the large common areas are in great promotions, so that this outlay is affordable. For example, in a 200-story with swimming pool for adults, pool for children, playground, gardens, gym, paddle tennis court and community room, the receipt of the community may be around 120 or 150 euros a month”, calculated in Aedas.
Film, or zip line
Via Célere was one of the pioneers in this of the common areas. “We are increasingly claiming spaces for sports and leisure without the need of moving away from home”, brings Ontoso. His latest innovation has been to include the baptized as “space for health”, a stay equipped with a device to prevent atragantamientos, a team of cpr and routine (takes tension, etc.). And have built-in sauna, cinema, beauty salon or even a zip line. Add to those that already are its signs of identity, such as the living room social-gourmet and the children's playroom themed. Via Célere is also responsible for bringing to the market something never seen before, as the guest apartment that the owners can book when they receive visits.
“One of the main changes of the Spanish society in recent years is the rhythm of life of the families, with long working hours. Value getting close to leisure spaces that avoid travel and to take advantage of the time without leaving the house”, they say in Aedas. This promoter has accepted the challenge to create more than 37,000 square meters of common areas in a promotion in Seville: main swimming pool of 1000 square sheet of water, six paddle tennis courts, a circuit of running more than a kilometre and a social club. In the first of the seven buildings of the residential complex have sold homes from 120.000 euros.
Neinor Homes has opted to innovate with viewpoints, urban gardens, and the first living club of Seville. “It is an urbanisation with several swimming pools, gym, cafeteria, playground, daycare, or sports areas”, they say.
“The present housing needs are not understood without all of these extras and is almost impossible to raise a new building project today without them,” indicate in iKasa. This developer has created Somosaguas Club (Pozuelo de Alarcón), an american concept common areas with over 16,000 square feet, which encompasses gastroteca, gym, swimming pools, track, running, japanese garden, ecological vegetable garden, minigolf, paddle court,...
Equip the estates with some of these spaces does not comes for free. “Carry a higher construction cost, which logically will have an impact on the price”, remember in Asprima. But it is not very representative nor unaffordable, writes Julio Touza. “In a promotionn of 100 dwellings it would be enough a surcharge of between 2,000 and 3,000 euros per floor”, calculated.
Updated Date: 18 January 2020, 09:00