Lofts, condos top list of trends to watch this year

REAL ESTATE WATCH

February 13, 2000

Urban lofts and the return of condominiums top the list of trends to watch in multifamily housing this year, according to Van Tilburg, Banvard and Soderbergh AIA, a leading multifamily architecture firm.

"Most interesting is that apartment dwellers are asking for in-home offices and the latest technology, but, at the same time, desire top-quality materials and special extras such as dual shower heads," said Johannes Van Tilburg, president of the Santa Monica, Calif., firm.

Van Tilburg, Banvard and Soderbergh reports that apartment lofts and urban condominiums are becoming popular in major metropolitan areas, and that builders are adding into the mix 500-square-foot studios and three-bedrooms of up to 2,000 square feet.

Finishing out the list of trends are extras such as hardwood floors, technology connections, home offices, luxury apartments and a common business area. "Even in the age of technology, the centuries-old thirst for human contact and meeting places is unabated," Van Tilburg said.

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