If you’re making a list of non-negotiables for your next home purchase, they may look a bit different than they did pre-pandemic. Now that we’re socially distancing and spending more time at home, we want to surround ourselves with amenities that make our lives more comfortable. 

 Below is a list of trending amenities that are becoming more popular with buyers shopping for homes during the pandemic.

Outdoor Living Spaces

With restaurants, bars, and beaches closed during the lockdown, we turned to our own backyards for rest and relaxation. Creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces helped us from feeling “stuck,” especially during the warmer months. Outdoor kitchens and barbecues, patios, hot tubs, putting greens…any amenity that allowed you to escape for a moment became highly popular in 2021 and doesn’t look to be changing any time soon.

Playgrounds

For families with children, having a dedicated space for them to play has become a godsend. Half-courts, jungle gyms, and swimming pools helped kids get plenty of exercise in a safe environment while also giving parents a breather from hours of homeschooling. 

Home Theaters and Gaming Rooms

Since going to the theater became impossible during the lockdown, homeowners decided to create their own. From outdoor screens and projectors to raised theater seating with wall-to-wall flat screens, we binged our favorite movies and shows in style. Gamers upgraded their setups too. Sitting on a beanbag in front of a basement television was replaced with gaming desks, gaming chairs, multiple screens, and LED trim lighting. 

Home Gyms

Hitting the local gym for a group class or some cardio was impossible during the lockdown, and it didn’t take long for us to upgrade our home outfit with everything we needed to build our personal gyms. Aside from common staples like treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights, we fell in love with smart machines and devices that allowed us to take group classes or workout with a personal trainer like Pelotons and Mirrors. 

Work-From-Home Spaces

The desk in the corner of the kitchen became your go-to hangout since working from home, and it didn’t take long before you realized that you needed a more secluded setup. Having a dedicated workspace away from common living areas allowed us to concentrate when we needed to and disconnect when it was time to stop for the day. And since Zoom and WebEx calls became part of our daily routines, adding professional soundproofing, audio, and lighting equipment to your workspace added that extra bit of polish that complemented your WFH sweats perfectly.

Whether you’re looking for a home with all of these amenities or something else entirely, I’m here to help you find the home that best fits your lifestyle needs, whatever they may be.