According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 53% of adults surveyed reported worry and stress tied to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health. Quarantine life has certainly compelled many individuals to reevaluate everyday life choices that impact health, making 2021 New Year’s Resolutions more relevant than ever as a way to fully commit to establishing a better quality of life long-term.
The residential real estate industry is helping lead the way for better living in 2021, with amenities and perks that allow residents to foster healthier lifestyles.
Below are New Year’s Resolutions we predict will be most popular in 2021 and homes that can help you reach them.
RESOLUTION: Less Screen Time
Reducing screen time can have a strong, positive impact on decreasing depression as well as getting better quality sleep, something many today are struggling with due to quarantine and remote work. Co-developed by Douglass Development and PTM Partners, homes at Washington D.C.’s luxury waterfront rental Watermark encourage residents to take a break from copious screen time with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Anacostia River with views of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and Riverwalk Trail.
The 453-unit building also features tons of outdoor amenities, including a rooftop infinity pool, outdoor courtyards and a dog park. One reason a couple living at Watermark decided to move in was because of these perks that will allow them to decrease their screen time.
RESOLUTION: Become a Plant Parent
Owning and taking care of house plants not only cleanses the air of toxic chemicals, but helps you relax and alleviate stresses from quarantining. Another resident at Washington D.C.’s 453-unit luxury waterfront rental Watermark, Ashley Elstro, is working towards her goal of becoming a plant parent pro in 2021.
She has already started purchasing house plants and has been studying how to best take care of them by watching YouTube videos and gathering tips from local plant shop owners. Ashley has even started weaving her very own macramé plant holders.
RESOLUTION: Learn an Instrument
Music naturally relaxes the body and mind, and the simple routine of practicing an instrument can help melt away stress.
Llewellyn, a new 318-unit apartment community in LA’s Mission Junction neighborhood, houses a dedicated 600 square-foot jam room in which residents can practice and record music in an acoustically isolated setting that maximizes sound while reducing disruption to neighbors. The space is also ideal for other creative audio pursuits, such as podcasting.
RESOLUTION: Focus on Fitness
Townhouse on The Park, a 75-unit luxury rental development in Long Island City, NYC is ideal for those determined to prioritize their mental and physical health in the New Year. The gorgeous triplexes feature ample health and wellness amenities like MIRROR home gym systems in every unit, allowing residents to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle both while sheltering in place and once restrictions have lifted. With a Citi Bike station conveniently located at the property, cycling enthusiasts will love exploring the plethora of nearby bike trails.
Additionally, to provide residents with a connection to nature, which is associated with improved mental health, all apartments feature private outdoor space via private gardens or rooftop balconies, as well as wall-to-wall windows to allow for natural light. Leading Queens brokerage Modern Spaces is handling marketing and leasing for the building.
RESOLUTION: Learn a New Language
Although most in-person adult learning classes are canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some are choosing to use this time effectively, by learning a new language.
Nick Anderson, a resident at 26-story rental tower Herald Towers, has been learning the Spanish language from the comfort of his studio apartment until it’s safe to practice in-person again. Developed by JEMB Realty, Herald Towers is located at 50 W 34th St. in New York City.
RESOLUTION: Help the Environment
New Caribbean residential resort Rock House makes it easy to make sustainability a top priority in 2021. Helping the environment is proven to reduce eco-anxiety and, once the project is completed next year, residents can relax knowing rainwater and grey (waste) water will be harvested for day-to-day irrigation to minimize water waste.
Natural ventilation will cool the homes, while instant hot water heaters will be used for maximum efficiency, as only the required hot water is heated. The project’s low-density nature ensure a very low environmental impact, plus reduces irrigation cost and waste. Plus, no foliage will be imported for Rock House and all flora is indigenous to the site. The native landscape’s trees, shrubs and succulents, including the centuries old, slow-growing Joewood trees, are housed in an onsite nursey during construction in order to be incorporated back into the resort’s landscaping once complete.
RESOLUTION: Prioritize Self-Care
Nestled in “Millionaire’s row,” Turnberry Ocean Club is setting the new standard for ultra-luxury living. Developed by Jeffrey Soffer and opening in 2021, this 54-story Carlos Zapata-designed glass tower will be Sunny Isle Beach’s new wellness destination.
The three stories of unlimited wellness amenities offers residents premium levels of self-care, including:
- Sun & swim level with an infinity pool that cantilevers from the 30th floor
- Fitness & spa level with an indoor/outdoor open-air gym, hydrotherapy and revitalization spa with relaxation lounge, a yoga/Pilates studio and more
- Social and dining level with a sunset lounge and spacious indoor & outdoor dining
Plus, owners of Turnberry Ocean Club will have membership privileges at the prestigious Turnberry Isle Country Club, located less than a mile away from the residential property, with access to the AME Spa and Wellness Collective with a Yoga and Pilates studio, spinning studio, state of the arts fitness center, personal training, massage club, Himalayan salt suite, and full spa.
RESOLUTION: Take More Walks
A Sloan Kettering Registered Nurse, who currently lives in Astoria, purchased at 567 Ocean sight unseen due to her hectic schedule.
The proximity to the iconic, 586-acre Prospect Park (less than half a mile away) was what heavily influenced her to move forward – she also plans to have a dog once she moves in, who she’ll be able to share the enjoyment of living by the park with.
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