Have you ever wondered how our lives and homes will look like a decade from now? In the last twenty years, we have come face to face with some harsh realities of this planet we call home. Issues like overpopulation, mismanaged dumping of waste and global warming threaten to destroy ecosystems around the world.

On the other hand, we have also seen rapid developments in technology and are experiencing the many benefits of the digital revolution. Advancements that only existed in the realm of the imagination a few decades ago are now a part of our everyday lives.

These changes are radically transforming the way we inhabit and interact with our surroundings. From small innovations that make our lives more comfortable to magnificent geodesic domes—the cities of the future are likely to look very different from where we live now. Let’s turn the spotlight on some of the emerging trends that will shape the way we live our lives in the future.

Downsizing To Apartments

More and more people will move to urban areas, trading in their spacious homes for apartments and lofts. Apartments require less maintenance, and common issues are taken care of by the body corporate. They are more flexible, safe, convenient and give people a sense of community. As our lives get busier, compact apartments make more sense than large, sprawling homes.

With changing needs, our future living spaces will evolve as well. Smart homes with Internet connectivity built-in will become more common. With space becoming more scarce, small apartments will be set up to deliver all the comforts that large houses do.

More Densely Populated Urban Areas

A large percentage of the population will choose to migrate to urban areas. This shift will continue to be driven by the need for better job opportunities. People will also move to cities to have access to modern amenities and services that may be harder to come across in less densely populated regions. These services will help simplify their lives and make their chores easier as they navigate their busy days.

Connected Social Spaces

This year, the global pandemic reminded us about the importance of social relationships. Human beings are psychologically and emotionally programmed to form connections with one another. In the hyper connected world of the future, technology will play a key role in bringing our loved ones closer.

Housing communities will become increasingly connected and self-sufficient. Shared community spaces will be more important than ever, with people using coffee shops, restaurants, bars and clubhouse to work and socialize. These smart venues will be required to provide technology for cutting-edge wireless connections. This will bring about dramatic changes in the way we inhabit spaces and interact with each other.

Modular Apartment Designs

While living spaces will become smaller, apartment hunters will continue to have high expectations of the amenities available to them. As a result, modular or movable designs will be increasingly popular. They will give residents the option to have a full kitchen, a large bed and a comfortable living space, even in a small area. Modular designs are likely to be expensive, so it will be up to the consumer to decide if the benefits outweigh the costs.

Co-living Models

Another trend that will be driven by the lack of space is co-living. This way of life is already becoming popular among millennials and students. These homes are designed to offer people small, individual sleeping spaces with access to large, shared communal rooms. Since living expenses are shared, residents are able to enjoy more facilities and resources at a lower cost. This way of living also gives occupants the chance to socialize and interact with each other.

Ready-to-live Interiors

There is a rise in the demand for ready-to-live apartments, and this is only likely to go up. Future homes will come with top-of-the-line digital connectivity in addition to modern interiors. They will be equipped with smart appliances that enhance the day-to-day lives of their inhabitants. Smart technology will be incorporated in such a way that it functions silently in the background, adding to but not interfering with the ambience of the space.

Safety As A Priority

In the future, safety and security features will become a priority for people. This is another reason why people will prefer apartments to individual homes. Living in a multi-unit building packed with security features will be preferred by families, particularly in crowded urban areas. The proximity of neighbours will also be considered a safety advantage. Apartment complexes of the future will come with added security features like high-definition cameras, fingerprint access and top-of-the-line fire protection.

Environmentally Conscious Living

As awareness rises about our impact on the environment, people will become more conscious of their carbon footprints. The consumer demand for green, eco-friendly buildings constructed from sustainable materials is on the rise. As a result, these materials will become more accessible. Architects and builders all over the world have already begun incorporating elements like green walls, smart windows that store energy, and recycled materials into their designs.

Final Thoughts

The real estate market is constantly evolving. What was popular once is now a relic of the past. The apartments of the future will be drastically different from the homes we live in now. These changes will be driven by economic, cultural, and technological shifts.

Living in compact, connected apartments appears to be the way of the future. Factors like population growth and soaring real estate prices will have a role to play in where we live. Our lives are likely to get busier and more fast-paced, as a result of which people will prefer to live in modern, amenity packed buildings rather than suburban houses.

These shifts will not be dramatic, but will start to modify our daily routines gradually. There’s no doubt that the homes of the future will offer a wide range of benefits that simplify our day-to-day lives.

Leonard Ross is an established property developer in Auckland, New Zealand.