6 buildings full of millennial must-haves

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    Millennials might not be buying houses as early as previous generations did, but make no mistake: They care about where and how they live.

    Fifty-six percent of renters in 2016 were millennials, according to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends. Even though they aren't all looking for homes yet, millennials have the same top priorities as other homebuyers when it comes to finding a place to live. They want to locate a place that fits their budget and live in a safe neighborhood.

    The more unusual top priority for this generation is finding a home that allows pets.

    Millennials are more community-minded than older adults as well, according to the Zillow report, with 55 percent saying they're involved in their neighborhoods or surrounding communities.

    That community spirit is clearly expressed in the extra building amenities millennials say they want, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Multifamily Housing Council and real estate research firm Kingsley Associates. Millennials are twice as likely as baby boomers to prioritize outdoor recreational facilities, 18.4 percent more interested in fitness centers and 13.7 percent more interested in having access to a lounge area or party room in their living communities.

    Adding amenities like these often comes at a premium, but many millennial renters are willing to pay a little more for a gym in their building or movies, lectures, pool parties and cookouts organized in their own ready-made communities. In some cases, residents can even find these extras at a discount compared to what they would pay outside of their buildings.

    From Manhattan micro-apartments with housekeeping and community yoga to Amsterdam lofts designed with traveling professionals in mind, these living spaces are luxurious, efficient and, in many cases, all about finding great roommates.

    Click ahead to see six communities with features that are millennial-approved.

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    Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling book author and founder of Best Money Moves, an employee benefit program that helps reduce financial stress. She also owns ThinkGlink.com, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources.