Most Houston apartments lack these three basic amenities

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The view of the eighth floor pool, sunbathing deck and cabanas at Hanover Post Oak in the Galleria area. Only a quarter of Houston apartment complexes offer a gym, a pool and on-site laundry facilities, according to a new Apartments.com report.

car-1In recent years, Houston apartment developers have engaged in an arms race of sorts. Call it the amenity industrial complex.

Although many early apartments offered a concrete pool and a community laundry room, the newest luxury apartments boast ever more impressive amenities.

The latest and greatest apartments feature a demonstration kitchen, a rooftop garden and even a 24-hour concierge service and valet parking. Some apartments even cater to renters of the canine kind, offering dog washes and dog parks.

However, the majority of apartments in the Bayou City still lack some of the basic amenities found in these new properties, according to a new Apartments.com report.

The Chicago-based online apartment marketplace — a subsidiary of Washington, D.C.-based CoStar Group (Nasdaq: CSGP) — found that only a quarter of Houston apartment complexes in its database offer a gym, a pool and on-site laundry facilities.

Just 686 of some 2,800 Houston apartment buildings offer these three amenities, according to Apartments.com. When looking at amenities offered per unit, Apartments.com found that a little more than a third of some 542,500 units in Houston offered those amenities.

In fact, Houston ranks No. 7 nationally for the number of apartment units per capita that offer a pool, gym and laundry facilities, according to Apartments.com.

Developers and remodelers can flip Class B and C apartments for a profit by upgrading the pool, adding a gym or including in-unit washers and dryers.

Here are the top 10 cities nationally for apartments offering a pool, gym and laundry facilities, according to Apartments.com:
1.Las Vegas
2.Austin
3.Orlando
4.Phoenix
5.Raleigh
6.Denver
7.Houston
8.Washington, DC
9.Tampa
10.Seattle

(Paul Takahashi-Houston Business Journal)

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