Report: Live-work-play apartments growing in the Bay Area, nation

San Francisco
Mark Prado

With hybrid work more common, live-work-play rental communities are rising in popularity, trending among Millennials locally and across the nation, according to a new report from RentCafe.

Parts of the Bay Area are witnessing growth of these mixed-use developments with residential, office, retail and leisure space that can include fitness centers, swimming pools, spas, basketball courts and even playgrounds. 

In the Bay Area: 

  • Live-work-play rental construction increased in San Francisco, especially in the last decade, when more than 4,700 apartments were built in mixed-use properties. These apartments represent 22% of total units built between 2012 and 2021.  
  • San Francisco’s live-work-play apartments, currently 7,500, is the 13th highest number in the country.
  • San Jose saw 5,700 of the units built in the last decade, 19% of the total apartments in the city.

Millennials represent the most numerous cohort inhabiting the units, at 56% of the renters. California now has 11% of the total apartments in live-work-play rental buildings. Manhattan is home to one-fifth of nation’s live-work-play apartments.

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