The year 2020 has had a profound impact on the way people live and work. These changes have resulted in a shift in home design trends for today’s “new normal” way of life. Here we explore six amenities that buyers are increasingly seeking as they search for their dream home.
An Amazon Room
With more and more shopping taking place online, buyers are requesting a space to receive and disinfect packages. The contemporary 160 Pinehurst Drive in Oakville, Ontario was envisioned with health in mind, featuring a mudroom with an ultra-violet closet made for disinfecting packages, clothing and more. Represented by Peter Torkan and Steve Bailey, the home was designed by cutting-edge architect Bijan Zamani and built by Zamani Homes, one of Canada’s leading builders at the forefront of health-minded home design.
More Outdoor Space
With people spending more time at home than ever, the need for space to unwind, play and enjoy the fresh air remains high on the list of priorities. Situated in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf in Scottsdale, Arizona 20724 N. 112th Street provides abundant outdoor spaces, including an outdoor, shaded living room and dining terrace with a fireplace and TV. Sundecks and a grass lawn surround the infinity-edged pool and spa, set amidst a backdrop of far-reaching desert and hillside views. Represented by Siena Dorsey, the home also boasts a wine cellar, theater and indoor half-basketball court.
Working out at home has never been more popular, with the home gym gaining even more popularity in 2020. 948 N. Orlando Avenue in West Hollywood counts a stunning home gym among its enviable amenities. And it’s not your typical blank canvas filled with equipment, but a high-design space featuring custom industrial effect ballet barre made out of plumbing pipe, speckled glass mirrors, brass sconces, vintage statement furniture, and a six-person steam shower. Represented by Christopher Dyson, the eight-bedroom architectural triumph also features a lap pool, huge yard and outdoor skate ramp with rails.
With more evenings spent in, the home movie theater is gaining in appeal. 8066 Sunrise Loop in Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival, features an award-winning mine shaft-themed, 4K movie theater with plush recliners for kicking back and enjoying the show. Represented by Charlie Taylor and Jake Doilney, the eight-bedroom home is a lodge-like escape in the prestigious Promontory Club, featuring two offices, bunk rooms, a children’s playhouse, game room and dedicated tubing/sledding area, as well as access to golf, clubhouses and equestrian facilities.
The kitchen has become the heart of every home, no longer tucked away from the entertaining and gathering spaces, but integrated into the living experience and open to the views. At Windermere, a five-bedroom waterfront villa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, the kitchen and breakfast bar open to the living room, alfresco dining patio and views over the pool. Represented by Ian Hurdle, Sean O’Neill and Katherine Baryluk, the home is located in the exclusive Leeward neighborhood with a private yacht deck on the turquoise canal.
The home office has evolved from a luxury amenity to a necessity for most, with office spaces getting larger and more design focused. At 2304 Donella Circle in Bel Air, the office is a very Zen-inspired yet highly professional space with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows framing nature views, ensuring abundant light and an impressive Zoom background. Represented by Farah Levi, the home also boasts eight bedrooms, a theater, gym, game room, walk-in wine cellar and 70’ infinity pool, all with incredible Lake Como-style views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir.