The apartments of the future


A zero-entry pool and children’s wading pool are some of the amenities at The Reef, an apartment complex in Fort Myers.

The builder has built condos before, so the layout of the new apartment complex is more like a condo than an apartment.

The builder has built condos before, so the layout of the new apartment complex is more like a condo than an apartment.

All the apartments have a view of a park or a reserve.

All the apartments have a view of a park or a reserve.

A smart door lock allows residents to enter codes and never worry about losing their keys, or setting a temporary code for a guest or service person. Several built-in motion sensors automatically turn on the lights when you enter the house. Phone apps, Alexa or Google Home can also be used to control lights or adjust the temperature.

Smart home features like these aren’t unusual in homes and condos, but this smart technology is now also included in a new apartment complex in Fort Myers.

Matt Valentine, MJ Development Southeast partner who created The Reef in Winkler, stresses the importance of this technology for every home, even rental apartments.

“Home automation technology can not only simplify daily routines in a living space, but can also reduce energy consumption and provide additional independence for people with limited mobility,” he said. “The integration of home automation into the daily habits of individuals and families is similar to wearable technology. It took a while for people to accept that wearable technology had benefits. Today, people put aside their Rolex and wear technology that can give them valuable information about their health and daily routines. Home automation will become just as important for the greatest number in a very short time.

Having a smart home is an advantage that Amilcar Flores now enjoys at The Reef. He moved here recently from California and works from home.

“I can light up my apartment from here,” he said, pointing to his phone. “I can turn off all the lights. How nice. I work from home so I love everything here.

Bob Chvala agrees.

“You can talk to Alexa and she can do anything for you,” he said. “My wife tells him to turn off the fans and turn on the lights. I like that everything is relatively new.

Winkler Reef has 160 two- and three-bedroom apartments. Rental prices start at $1,780 per month. Apartment sizes range from 1,116 square feet to 1,292 square feet. Each home features stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and wood-style floors, as well as smart locks, smart lighting, and smart thermostats. All apartments are equipped with an Amazon Echo Dot for voice commands.

Valentine has a background in building condominiums, so when it came to building The Reef, he wanted it to have the same feel.

“We developed The Reef in Winkler in a way that raised the bar for apartment living in Fort Myers,” he explained. “The cookie-cutter apartment box no longer works. Residents are much more demanding and want spacious and dynamic living spaces as well as amenities that enhance their lifestyle. We feel we delivered the resident living experience we wanted to deliver with this project and the response has been fantastic. »

The response has been so fantastic that every apartment is occupied. When a resident recently broke a lease, this apartment was filled immediately.

“We’re all full,” said Kelly Tull, leasing manager for Lincoln Properties. “It’s crazy. People call all the time.”

Tull says it’s the condo-style living, technology and amenities that make The Reef so desirable. The complex has a zero-entry swimming pool, children’s splash pool and barbecue area. In the fitness room, a Wellbeats system allows residents to input their desired workout and interactive classes or workout instructions appear on the giant flat-screen TV. Four giant monitors in the clubhouse provide residents with a fun way to gather to watch football or other sports or watch movies or TV on multiple screens. The Reef also has two dog parks. The apartments have been designed to overlook cypress reserves, wetlands or a Zen garden.

“We’ve been here since December,” Chvala said. “We like the facility. We love everything here.

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Apartments of the future


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