File photo of Carbon Cos. Latitude apartments in Plano. The developer has built almost 16,000 rental units in the last three decades. Plano ranks seventh nationwide for the green space and amenities renters enjoy in the city, according to a study by STORAGECafé, a nationwide self-storage search website. The […]
Plano ranks seventh nationwide for the green space and amenities renters enjoy in the city, according to a study by STORAGECafé, a nationwide self-storage search website.
The study rated the nation’s 100 largest cities from worst to best and examined more than 82,000 large-scale apartment buildings across the country using the Yardi Matrix real estate database. Specifically, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based STORAGECafé looked at complexes with at least 50 units that have features such as courtyard and rooftop decks, swimming pools and spas, fitness centers, business lounges and sports courts for tennis and basketball.
STORAGECafé also rated Plano No. 1 for having the best amenities for renters in Texas. The city has also seen a 20-percent increase in rental units built over the past decade, according to the study. Five other North Texas cities made the top 100 community amenities list:
- 24th - Fort Worth
- 29th- Irving
- 38th – Garland
- 41st – Dallas
- 49th- Arlington
What earned Plano such high marks? Here’s what STORAGECafé found in its study of Plano’s rental properties:
- 49% of the city’s apartment properties provide “over-the-top” community facilities.
- Other features are outdoor space and parking spots and resort-style pools (98%); 24-hour fitness centers (88%) and spas (53%)
- About 18% of Plano’s rental communities have tennis courts, 26% have volleyball courts and 18% provide basketball courts.
- 77% offer clubhouses and 69% have business centers.
On the downside, Plano’s apartments are not especially family-friendly, according to the study. About 31% of rental communities have playgrounds.
Austin ranked 13th and was the only other Texas city to make the top 20.
The entire report is available here.