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10 San Francisco apartment buildings with luxe amenities

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The seemingly endless perks of living in one of the city’s new residential towers

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In the ever-changing cityscape of San Francisco, luxury residential towers are continuing to change the skyline and feature amenities that rival four-star hotels. They may cost a pretty penny, but they also feel like their own mini-cities where residents have everything at their fingertips. From state-of-the-art gyms to rooftop lap pools, here are some of the impressive amenities offered at the city’s newest and most sought-after addresses.

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1. NEMA

Winning the best-amenities award from the San Francisco Apartment Association for two years in a row, this complex is a sleek combination of cutting edge design and technology. Located in MidMarket, notable amenities included three terraces that are inspired by Northern California landscapes and use regional plants to create a respite from city life. The Urban Terrace located on the third floor boasts a heated saline lap pool that makes swimming in San Francisco’s often chilly climate possible and, dare we say, enjoyable. A tech-savvy set-up throughout the property includes interactive touchscreens that display transportation schedules, breaking news headlines, and local weather reports. The building also puts on special events—e.g., goat yoga.

2. Arden By Bosa

With designs inspired by the natural beauty of nearby Mission Creek and Mission Bay, this apartment complex does a great job of balancing sleek hotel-like lounges alongside natural outdoor spaces to relax in. Keeping the tech-savvy resident in mind, there is reliable WiFi and USB ports throughout all of the community spaces, as well as electric car charging stations in the garage. The rooftop lap pool stretches out at an impressive 75-feet and boast panoramic views of the city. For the ultimate city escape, the 5th Floor Terrace with its impressive landscaping provides an outdoor area to retreat to after a long day at work. For residents who prefer to stay indoors, there’s a cozy library lounge where you can curl up with a book on a foggy day.

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3. Avalon at Mission Bay

Located near AT&T Park, this LEED-certified apartment complex makes the high cost of living almost bearable in the city. Impressive features include a full-sized rock-climbing wall for those who aren’t height averse. For those who prefer to stay closer to the ground, there’s a bocce ball court that’s ideal for a few rounds after grilling a meal on their spacious outdoor kitchens. For residents who prefer the creature comforts of a gym, there is an indoor basketball court perfect for a pick-up game, and two fitness centers with a dedicated spin room and complementary exercise classes.

4. Potrero Launch

Featuring urban loft living within the trendy neighborhood of Dogpatch, there are plenty of amenities to impress residents with at this apartment complex. The rooftop Sky Lounge includes stainless steel gas grills that have accompanying city views. For days when the fog is in full force, the social lounge and demonstration kitchen is where you’ll find residents socializing. For those seeking a moment of silence, the professionally landscaped Zen Garden is an introvert’s best friend.

5. 38 Dolores

Embracing an eco-living model, this modern apartment complex at the border of the Mission and Duboce Triangle uses mixed-use materials, solar thermal technology, and harvests rainwater to create a less invasive environmental impact. Features include an outdoor herb garden, an eco-roof, and a butterfly habitat for residents to enjoy. The Prado Group created the apartment complex, a local real estate development firm that focuses on projects that respect and enhance the neighborhoods they choose to build in. Best of all, Whole Foods is located on the ground floor for any after-dinner snack runs.

6. Alchemy

This centrally located apartment complex in the Lower Height offers plenty of solid indoor and outdoor amenities. With an expansive 4.3 acres of public access outdoor space that includes Waller Park and a Community Garden, there is plenty of opportunities for residents to get some fresh air. For music enthusiasts there’s a private music room equipped with a piano and ample instrument storage. Best of all, they can jam out without bothering the neighbors. The landscaped rooftop terrace has panoramic views of the city skyline, including Twin Peaks in the distance. There is also a resident lounge that is set up with strong WiFi and a coffee bar to fuel you through any work project.

7. Jasper

Created by the same company that is responsible for NEMA, this high-rise apartment is located in the midst of the popular Mid-Market neighborhood. Standing at 400-feet tall, this building definitely adds to the growing skyline. Tech highlights include keyless entry for all resident apartments as well as fiber-optic cable that provides some of the fastest Internet service available. Even though there’s plenty to do steps from the apartment, residents won’t want to leave with an onsite movie theater and a club lounge that features an interactive video wall. Residents also can take their self-care to the next level through in-room spa treatments or spending time relaxing in the property’s sauna or hot tub.

8. The Paramount

Towering forty-three stories tall in the middle of SoMa, this luxury rental tower provides the best of city living. A notable feature for a canine-obsessed city like SF is the “wooftop,” where four-legged guests can exercise to their heart’s content out on a dog run. For human guests there’s an outdoor lap pool set high among nearby buildings, creating a scenic spot for your daily swim. There are also state-of-the-art business rooms to hold on-site meetings, making your home an ideal place to work hard and play even harder.

9. Azure Apartments

Located in the Mission Bay neighborhood, this luxury apartment boast waterfront views of the Bay. Impressive amenities include a two-story WiFi lounge with infrared fireplaces and plenty of outdoor space for relaxing next to fire pits and taking advantage of the grilling stations with a backdrop of the city. There is also a well-equipped fitness center that is open 24-hours, a pet wash station, and a laundry/dry clean service that will clean your clothes in what seems like a blink of an eye.

10. 100 Van Ness

Formerly an office building turned into luxury apartments, this Civic Center space boasts some of the best views in the city. From the roof deck you can savor panoramic city views that include the Golden Gate Bridge, and AT&T Park. Residents can take advantage of the grass lawn or play a game of bocce in one of the outside community spaces. The spacious Lounge is designed by award-winning designer Colum McCartan, and features a business center, cozy hangout nooks, gourmet kitchen, library, conference room, and a private party room with wine storage.