With many Americans putting off buying houses until later in life, apartment dwellers are seeking not just luxury but amenities that make their rented spaces feel more like home. “You’re getting invested in that community, you’re making friends, and you want to hang out,” says Paula Munger, director of research at the National Apartment Association. Think gracious communal spaces, welcoming fitness centers, and places to gather on the roof and share the sunset or a meal. Adds Munger, “We’re seeing a rise in anything that brings people together.”

As these four luxury New York properties show, the right amenities can combine a small-town feel with the sophistication and vibrancy of one of the world’s great cities.

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Thriving Indoors and Out

Vibrant Long Island City is just 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, but the 16,000 square feet of amenity space at 1QPS Tower make a compelling argument for sticking to the comforts of home. Soaring ceilings create an atmosphere at once majestic and intimate, with indoor terraces and shared spaces including a lounge, library, media room, conference room, game area, and communal kitchen. Three-story, floor-to-ceiling windows infuse the private gym-caliber fitness club (including a 42-foot rock-climbing wall) with natural light. Outdoors, enjoy the serenity of an eighth-floor terrace complete with a community garden. And on the 45th floor, gather for a swim and a cookout to the strains of a professional sound system and breathtaking views. 42-20 24th St., Long Island City, Queens, NY, 718.881.1777, 1qpstower.com

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Bonding in Brooklyn

The mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton overlooking the rooftop pool speaks volumes about the vibe at 363 Bond Street in Brooklyn’s Gowanus area: hip, smart, colorful, relaxed, and fun. Spread a blanket on the lawn of the rooftop green space or enjoy a barbecue in a private cabana. Kick back with your neighbors for a round of billiards at Social by 363, a residents’ lounge with the feel of a chic downtown bar. Whether your passion is spinning, free weights, or yoga, stay in shape with 363 FIT. Other amenities include an onsite social host, a 24-hour-attended lobby, parking, and bicycle storage. 363 Bond St., Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY, 718.363.2663, 363bondstreet.com

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Making Connections

From its West 35th Street location where Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen come together, The Lewis offers convenient access to diverse Manhattan neigh-borhoods—not to mention a helpful concierge ready to help at all hours. In the same way, the building’s serene residents’ lounge serves as a crossroads for residents to commune and relax in comfort and style. Shared spaces on each floor allow for intimate gatherings, while the rooftop terrace encourages outdoor grilling and sunning amid spectacular city views. Stay in shape in the Matrix-equipped fitness studio and, for convenient connection to the outside world, enjoy onsite parking and bicycle storage. 411 W. 35th St., New York, NY, 212.564.4411, thelewisrentals.com

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Welcoming All Ages

Set in the sought-after new Essex Crossing development on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, The Rollins offers world-class nightlife and dining practically outside your door. But an emphasis on community means time at home, too. In addition to a residents’ lounge featuring a fireplace, a media room, billiard and shuffleboard tables, a wet bar, and other diversions, you’ll find a children’s playroom designed to spark creativity and imagination, as well as a 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza equipped with a playground. Adult residents will cherish working out in the fully equipped Fitness Center, and then unwinding with friends and neighbors on the Rooftop Terrace, with lounge seating, grills, and dining areas framed by skyline views. 145 Clinton St., New York, NY, 646.762.0689, therollinsnyc.com

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