Last Updated on March 27, 2024

What is an Amenity in Real Estate? | Real Estate Definition

By Alan F Macdonald

What Are Amenities in Real Estate?

On the MLS system, amenities are additional items of interest that may make a property more desirable. They are indicated on a real estate listing and are often abbreviated. Because so many items have been added to the list recently, the Edmonton Real Estate Board has changed the field to be called amenities/features.

Real Estate Agent Explains Amenities

Anything actually on or included in the property could be an amenity. Things that are not located on the property would instead usually fall under site influences.


Amenity MLS® Abbreviation
Air Conditioning – Central ACCEN
Full Air Conditioned ACFUL
Part. Air Conditioned ACPRT
Window Air Conditioned ACWIN
Appliances Included APPIN
Assisted Living ASTLV
Balconies BALCO
Beach Access BEACH
Boating BOAT
Cable TV Connection CABTV
Club House CLUBH
Car Wash CWASH
Daycare Centre DAYCR
Elevator Freight ELEVF
Elevator Passenger ELEVP
Exercise Room EXERC
Fenced FENCE
Fireplaces FIREP
Private Fishing FISHN
Gazebo GAZEB
Guest Suite GUEST
Handicap Access HCAP
Handicap Interior Accessories HCAPI
Intercom INTER
Lake Privileges LAKEP
Laundry Coin-Op LAUNC
Laundry Common LAUNCM
Laundry In-Suite LAUNS
Laundry Same-Floor LAUSF
Party Room PARTY
Picnic Area PICNC
Playground PLAYG
Pool Indoor POOLI
Pool Outdoor POOLO
Private Park Access PPARK
Parking Extra PRKEX
Parking Plug-Ins PRKPG
Parking – Visitor PRKVI
Racquet Courts RACQT
Recreation Room/Centre RECRM
See Remarks REMKS
R.V. Storage RVSTG
Satellite TV Connection SATTV
Security Door SECDR
Secured Parking SECPK
Security Personnel SECPS
Skating SKATE
Social Rooms SOCAL
Sauna/Swirlpool/Steam Room SSS
Storage In-Suite STGIN
Storage – Locker Room STGLK
Swimming SWIM
Swirlpool Bath (Jacuzzi) SWIRL
Tennis Courts TENCT
Tobogganing TOBOG
Workshop WRKSP

Of course there may be other items that are of importance, but the above amenities are those that the Edmonton Real Estate Board has included in searchable MLS field. And they have a lot of what would be important included. Many of these items are included because they would be important in a condominium. That is, a condominium may have a security guard or racquet courts that the owners may use. Of course some private residences have racquet courts, too – it’s just rare this side of Graceland.

Why Does It Matter?

Amenities can make a huge difference in the ability to sell a property; they’re also important considerations for most buyers. For example, if you are looking for a condo, but you just absolutely want in-suite-laundry, there may be no point in looking at properties that do not have this arrangement. By the same token, to attract buyers who want this amenity, a listing real estate agent would surely want to mention it. And just mentioning it in a description may not be adequate. Amenities can be searched in the MLS system by a buyer’s agent so that all searches either include or exclude this particular amenity.

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