As 2019 draws to a close, here’s a look at the year that was in real estate and architecture and a preview of what to keep an eye on in 2020.

Amenities arms race to continue

“The amenities arms race is a big moment that has transformed residential real estate, both for rentals and condo,” said Peter Olesker, executive vice president of developer services and corporate communications at @properties in Chicago. “It’s no longer just about space but rather the activation/programming of that space,” he said, adding that this is a “phenomenon that has reached a crescendo as the end of the decade approaches.”

Personalization is the next level in amenity offerings, according to David Hovey Jr., president and principal architect at Optima Inc. “Connecting with residents in a personal way further enhances and customizes their day-to-day experience – and also gives them a few extra minutes in a day.”

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