Basic apartment checklist: decent bedroom space, close to public transportation, no noisy neighbors—and, oh, yeah, I need to make sure my dog has regular access to a spa in the building. Believe it or not, this and many more such extravagant amenities are becoming less outrageous and more commonplace at ultra-luxury apartment buildings. Read on to find an apartment to rent that comes with access to wine cellar storage for 100 bottles, a gift wrapping station, and even a music practice room.
Oenophiles, rejoice! This Connecticut apartment building offers a private climate-controlled wine cellar to store your most precious vintages, along with an adjacent tasting room and kitchen. There’s enough space in the cellar for each resident to store 100 bottles—so when the apocalypse happens, don’t fret, your cabernet is safe! There’s also a yoga studio and towel service in the fitness club, spa, and pool, along with a screening room and a card and billiards area.
Rent: Starting at $4200 per month for a 2BR*
Fancy a game of chess? The outdoor area at Western Station offers a life-sized board. Games not your thing? Detox inside the his-and-hers saunas, or grab a latte in the Cyber Cafe.
Rent: Starting at $1045 per month for a 1BR
For every person who has wanted to throttle the cable guy for making you wait for him to show up “between the hours of 1 and 5” (liars!), this building has its own Related Technology Concierge on-hand to solve your most pressing 21st century problems. If you don’t feel like waiting in the tech center, hang out inside the in-building Internet cafe, play a game of one-on-one on the basketball court, or sweat it out at the residents-only Equinox at M Club Gym. Feel like getting some fresh air? Head out to the lawn and watch a movie on the big screen—or just sit on the terrace and cackle at all the unworthy who pass by below.
Rent: Starting at $3950 per month for a studio
Don’t you hate it when you want to take advantage of a nice day and bike to your destination—but, alas, you don’t have a bike? This building offers its own bike loaner program, as well as storage for those who have their own two wheels. If stationary peddling is more your thing, check out the gym, which features its own spin room and aerobic room, as well as a climbing wall and a spa. There’s also an electric car charging station on site, along with a ZipCar rental area.
Rent: Starting at $3450 per month for a 1BR
In gift giving, convenience is key: Why fumble with the scissors and tape when you can hand someone an envelope or ship the gift directly from Amazon? But if you want to upgrade your presents—or you’d sooner not give a gift than show up with a naked box—this building has its own gift wrapping station, along with a splash pad area and a stand-up tanning bed.
Rent: Starting at $1014 per month for a 1BR (on select floors, $965 for a 2BR)
Need to get in some quick practice time with the band, but can't find a space that will put up with such ruckus? These apartments offer soundproof music jam rooms, complete with pianos and a selection of vinyl that lends itself to great inspiration. There’s also a rooftop pool with gorgeous views of the Capitol, along with an outdoor cinema theater.
Rent: Starting at $1870 per month for a studio
As New Yorkers with young children can attest, there is nothing more annoying than a wound-up kid trapped inside the apartment on a day with unbearable weather. The Aldyn has its own Kidville indoor playground, bowling alley, rock climbing wall, and a 75-foot indoor swimming pool. Feel like lying low? Practice your swing on the golf simulator or soak in the hot tub (because you can’t have a 75 foot pool without one, right?).
Rent: Starting at $3200 per month for a studio
Dogs need pampering, too. This building offers a pet spa and grooming station for your four-legged friend, as well as the grocery store New Seasons Market on the ground floor.
Rent: Starting at $1315 per month for a studio
This apartment complex catering to USC and FIDM students (yes, students) offers a rock climbing wall, a karaoke room, and 46-inch flat screen TVs in every living room, not to mention a movie theater that seats 100 and an onsite restaurant for those who can’t make the trek to the dining hall (or, they could take the free shuttle). And it wouldn’t be student housing without fun recreational activities like learning how to make home bath products, concerts, and the occasional free massage. Exams are stressful, you guys!
Rent: Starting at $909 per month for a private room in a 6BR apartment
* Prices shown are at the time of writing