Why apartment blocks are adding coffee bars to the mix

September 17, 2018 Sanjana Saluja

People living in residential developments are placing more emphasis on amenities and community than ever before. JLL Real Views explores how developers are meeting their needs.

For many people living in Europe’s cities, coffee isn’t just about a quick caffeine fix on their daily commute, it’s also about relaxing and socializing in cafes whether it’s Monday lunchtime or Friday night.

While there’s no shortage of artisan or chain outlets, residential developers are increasingly choosing to add their own offerings to the mix with coffee bars on the ground floors of new build apartments.

In doing so, they’re building a sense of community and providing an amenity that adds value for residents while improving the attractiveness of their schemes – not to mention adding a valuable additional income stream as coffee sales soar.

It’s a sign of the residential sector’s growing appreciation of the needs and requirements of residents, says Nick Whitten, UK residential research director at JLL.

“Residents increasingly expect high quality services and amenities on their doorstep,” he says. “Desirable coffee bars in developments provide an area where residents can work, meet friends or relax in what they see as a home from home.”

Click here to find out more about how coffee bars are adding value for residents living in the apartment blocks.

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