The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, resulting in wellness being a prime focus in everybody's lives. Hence, a home ensuring total wellness inside out is the first choice. Today, home buying isn't just about looking out for comfortable living within the four walls of a residential property. Buyers seek a living environment that motivates, and keeps one active and engaged in life. And to fulfill the purpose, the kind of amenities a residential project offers plays a vital role.
Amenities in a residential project can be categorized as essential amenities and amenities that are meant to give you convenience and luxury are extra amenities. The following essential amenities make the livability quotient top-notch and one need not worry at any hour of the day:
1. Water supply - We need water throughout the day for basic needs like drinking to performing multiple tasks. Therefore, the supply of water must be 24x7.
2. Power backup - Life literally comes to a standstill without electricity. Considering how uncertain electricity breakouts are, proceed with a specific residential project only if it provides power backup.
3. Parking - Although almost every housing project provides a car parking space, it is advisable to inquire and make your requirement clear. Besides parking your car, having provisions for your guest's car as well is pure delight.
4. Elevator - Another essential amenity to look for while buying a home is the elevator. Having more than one elevator to reach the floor where your home is even better.
5. Shop - Be it a medical shop for emergencies, or a shop where daily household items are kept, the availability of such shops within your gated community will make your life easy.
6. Security system - From security personnel to hi-tech security equipment such as CCTV, the presence of a well-managed security system in the complex ensures a high level of your safety and security.
7. Living in the greens - When we think of a healthy and natural environment, greenery immediately strikes. The impact of greenery on our health is abundant. Post pandemic, the realisation has been deeper regarding how beneficial it is to live in the greens. Hence, prefer your next home to be the one that has open green spaces, parks where you can sit or walk, tree and shrub plantations that improve air quality. From calming down your stress levels, improving sleep, and making you more productive, living in the greens is the need of the hour.
8. Play area for kids - Parks, where adults spend time, may not be suitable for children all the time. A dedicated play area for them is the right environment to play, learn and grow. At a play area, kids meet each other and find it more fun to play together. The right space gives them the freedom to explore ideas and build imagination to the fullest.
Let's move on to the next type of amenities that are meant to fill your life with a little bit extra:
1. Clubhouse - People often search for ways to escape from their daily work-life routine. A clubhouse will alleviate your stress. It normally includes a gym, cafe, indoor games, and swimming pool. If not daily, one can spend some lively moments and socialize during the weekends in the clubhouse.
2. Sports facilities - For sports enthusiasts, real estate developers often provide the facility of a badminton court, basketball court, and tennis court in their residential projects.
3. Salon & spa - With a salon & spa present in the complex, you need not go far away to indulge in self-pampering and grooming. Whether it's once a week or a month, a hair salon and spa is the best go-to place to take care of yourself.
4. Focus on fitness - Besides a fully equipped gymnasium, there are other fun ways to stay fit. Yoga/meditation center and aerobics/Zumba studio are some of the most preferred choices among homebuyers.
5. Restaurant - The presence of a fine dining restaurant ensures enjoyable family time within the gated community.
6. Concierge service - Residential properties that deliver a luxury lifestyle often have concierge service as a part of their offering. Concierge service offers help and benefits in dining options, hotels, air tickets, gifting, and a lot more.
In terms of offering essential, modern, and luxurious amenities, the following housing projects in Lucknow are so far the best from the lot:
Excella Kutumb, near HCL IT City, Sultanpur Road, Lucknow
Amenities - flowing water in front, cycling/jogging track, education center, yoga/meditation center, daily need shop, power backup, 24x7 water supply, lush green landscape, intercom facility, clubhouse, gymnasium, CCTV surveillance security, Indoor/outdoor games, kids’ play area, party lawn.
Sahu City, Kabirpur, Sultanpur road, Lucknow
Amenities - signature entrance gate, cycling track, mound, park, kids’ play area, parking, guest house, driveway, green islands, guard room, temple, school, lawn, gazebo, shopping, pathways, rainwater harvesting, efficient electric supply system, recreational facilities, power backup, garbage & sewer disposal system with the sewage treatment plant.
Eiffel Vivassa Estate Phase 1, Mastemau, Lucknow
Amenities - spacious lush green area, gated township, well-planned drainage system, zero waste sewage treatment plant, double entry/exit, lavish card rooms, gymnasium, yoga lounge, indoor games room, swanky swimming pool, party area, 24x7 security, open & basement parking, jogging tracks, state-of-the-art health & fitness facilities, shops, play area for kids with swings.
Rishita Mulberry Heights Phase 1, Sector - C, Pocket - 6, Sushant Golf City, Lucknow
Amenities - jogging track, tennis court, cricket pitch, cycling track, basketball court, kids’ play area, amphitheater, chess court, outdoor gym, skating rink, large central lawn, beautiful water features, walkways, variety of plantation, decorative lighting, ample seating, plush bedrooms, modern kitchens, luxurious bathrooms.
1OAK Natura, Sushant Golf City, Lucknow
Amenities - toddler pool, community hall, badminton court, multipurpose hall, yoga/meditation area, sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting, clubhouse, power backup, gymnasium, 24/7 water supply, landscape garden, parking, security cabin, internal street lights, paved compound, fire fighting systems, waste management, car wash area, swimming pool, RO system, pergola, sauna, steam room, gazebo, fountain, library.
Amenities - clubhouse, children’s pool & play area, indoor/outdoor banquet facilities, gymnasium, yoga studio, swimming pool, entrance gate with 24x7 security, landscape garden, shops & grocery, stilt/open parking.
Amenities - double-height entrance lobby, clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool, fully-equipped gymnasium, aerobic/yoga center, kids’ play area, jogging track, indoor theatre, central green, barbeque area, bamboo garden, fountains, water bodies, basement/stilt/open parking, individual drop off zone for all blocks.