Many parents think an apartment won't offer the space they need to raise a family. But in fact, apartment living can be perfectly comfortable for parents with kids -- as long as you choose the right apartment! Here are four things to look for in an apartment when you have young ones underfoot:
Space between bedrooms
Some apartments are laid out with the bedrooms all placed side-by-side. This arrangement does not work well when you have kids. They may hear you going to bed at night if you stay up later than them, and the commotion they make in the evening may keep you awake, too. Look instead for an apartment where the bedrooms are more isolated from one another. This gives everyone a bit more privacy and quiet.
An apartment won't feel so small if the area has a lot of fun things to do outside, causing you and the kids to spend less time indoors overall. Look for an apartment that has a porch or backyard where the kids can play. A community where there's a playground, pool, and other fun outdoor amenities is a good fit for a family with kids, too. Not only will your kids get more exercise, but they'll be able to socialize with other kids in the community, too.
An eat-in kitchen or dining room
To maximize the use of space, some apartment layouts don't really have a dining room or enough space in the kitchen for a table. It's assumed that most people eat on their couches these days. But when you have kids, teaching them to sit and eat politely at the table is paramount. So, look for an apartment with either a dining room or a kitchen large enough to accommodate a table; mealtimes will be more pleasant, and you'll have fewer spills on the living room rug.
Even if you think you can make do with one bathroom now, you'll struggle to do so in a year or two when your kids are older and more independent. Many apartments have a master bathroom, which you as parents can use, as well as a second bathroom -- which you can allow guests and kids to use. Steer clear of two-bedroom designs with a single bathroom. These work okay for college students, but not for families.
With the features above, an apartment can be a perfectly enjoyable home for a young family. Contact a company like Campus Palms Apartments for more information and assistance.