FirstService Residential Identifies the Top 10 Rooftop Amenities

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Leading property management company lists most popular rooftop trends as 2016 nears

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Rooftop spaces are now the center of the social scene for many buildings. With surrounding architecture serving as the scenery, these resort-style spaces have become sanctuaries for those in busy urban areas where concrete rules the streets.

FirstService Residential, North America’s largest manager of residential communities, has maintained an expansive portfolio of luxury high-rises in major cities across the U.S. that boast some of the best rooftop spaces residential buildings have to offer. From heating lamps to grilling stations, FirstService Residential has rounded up a list of the top 10 rooftop amenities being incorporated today.

1.    Top Chef Cooking Stations
Most high-rise dwellers don’t often get the chance to entertain with home-cooked barbecue. By incorporating grills into rooftop spaces residents can perfect their grilling skills.

2.    Green Space Among Concrete
Whether it’s open rows of plants or an enclosed greenhouse full of vegetables, rooftop gardens are a great way to grow fresh food and provide a green space to residents in an urban setting. Buildings can upgrade the garden by incorporating koi ponds and comfortable seating for a meditative effect.

3.    Year-Round Heating
A fire pit is a great way to lengthen the rooftop lounging season. Nothing’s better than a crisp evening under the stars, taking in a dramatic city view through the flickering flames of a cozy fire.

4.    Restaurant or Bar
Turn your rooftop into a scene all its own with an innovative restaurant or bar concept. And with panoramic views, everything you serve will come with a side of wow.

5.    The Water Effect
Indoor or outdoor, a rooftop pool is guaranteed to make a splash with residents. Luxurious options like saltwater or infinity pools can really set your rooftop apart and increase the marketability of your property.

6.    Motivation to Workout
Enjoy your workout from a different perspective. Whether its cardio, lifting, yoga or Pilates, a rooftop fitness area makes any workout anything but routine.

7.    Kid Friendly
Creating your own rooftop mini-park – complete with playset – provides a fun space for kids and their parents. Having the convenience of a park only a few floors away will be a powerful draw for homebuyers looking for a family-friendly building.

8.    Furry Friend Upgrades
Your rooftop can go to the dogs (in a good way) by leveraging this space to create places for residents’ four-legged friends to run, walk and play.

9.    Communal Gathering Spaces
Rooftops can get hot, so having shade for residents is key. Provide artful and comfortable cabanas that can double as a space that can be rented out for birthday parties and family gatherings.

10.    The Ultimate Package
To truly blow away residents create the ultimate rooftop hotspot by incorporating a little bit of everything.

“Most people who live in urban environments have a favorite rooftop lounge or hotspot,” said Marc Kotler, Senior Vice President of FirstService Residential New York, and a specialist in developer consulting and the management of new and young properties. “Savvy management companies are now taking a cue from those great spaces and creating similar experiences on their own rooftops. Personalizing the space with gardens or children’s play areas is a great selling point for any building. ”

Luxury high-rise apartment building rooftop spaces are beginning to rival the best views that restaurants and bars have to offer. By providing a personal touch, residents will be drawn to the space and appreciate the added amenity. For more on cool rooftop concepts, contact FirstService Residential.

About FirstService Residential
FirstService Residential is North America's largest manager of residential communities and the preferred partner of HOAs, community associations and strata corporations in the U.S. and Canada. FirstService Residential’s managed communities include low-, mid- and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives, single-family homes, master-planned, lifestyle and active adult communities, and rental and commercial properties.

With an unmatched combination of deep industry experience, local market expertise and personalized attention, FirstService Residential delivers proven solutions and exceptional service that add value, enhance lifestyles and make a difference, every day, for every resident and community it manages. FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a North American leader in the property services sector. For more information, visit

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