The Doctor Will See You Now—Without Leaving Your Home

The Doctor Will See You Now—Without Leaving Your Home

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Architectural Digest
The Doctor Will See You Now—Without Leaving Your Home: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, telemedicine is becoming the latest luxury residential must-have
By Dan Avery
August 17, 2020

“Developers have always looked at wellness—yoga classes, gyms, rooftop gardening—but actual health care hasn’t really been part of the mix before,” he said. “The TytoCare device is really the tipping point.”

Across America, health-focused programs are also gaining traction as a must-have/in-home amenity. On-demand medical concierge services were already available at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach before COVID-19, but their use has increased dramatically. “It seemed like an added-value luxury perk and now it’s something they find essential,” a representative told AD.

And next year, Royal Palm Companies will break ground in downtown Miami on Legacy Hotel and Residences, a 50-story tower with a full-service medical facility across the first eight floors.

Residents will have priority access to the $60 million, 100,000-square-foot Center for Health + Performance, which will offer diagnostic and surgical services, labs, doctors’ offices, and an on-site pharmacy.

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Miami’s Legacy development. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Palm Companies 


There’s a focus on preventive health as well, with a spa, training and diet programs, and sports medicine clinic. And a sophisticated digital portal will track health data as residents pursue their wellness goals.

Health-care expert Stephen Watson, who partnered on the project, said Legacy is aimed at “a new wave of consumers who will be increasingly invested in their health and wellness when making any future travel or real-estate decisions.”

In light of the pandemic, Royal Palm is incorporating CHP’s medical-grade air filtration systems and antimicrobial surfaces throughout the building and is looking into voice-activated elevators, touchless room key access, and UV light sanitation for high-traffic areas.

There’s a reason South Florida is the nexus for this boom in health-focused amenities. In addition to an older population more likely to access care, the region has a sizable international community that may find the American health-care system daunting. It’s also a popular destination for medical tourism.

“People come to Florida because they want an elective surgery or just a healthier lifestyle,” said Royal Palm Company’s Dan Kodsi, whose firm is developing Legacy. “Health is the new wealth, we say.”

But medical perks are becoming increasingly common in real-estate developments nationwide. Shift Capital will offer a telemedicine service, Teladoc Health, to residents of its new 100-unit affordable housing development in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.

In New York, Related Companies is offering on-site COVID-19 PPR and antibody testing for residents at more than a dozen of its properties, through a partnership with Sollis Health, a concierge medical practice.

Testing at home has “helped people feel more comfortable and confident about their health, well-being, and the atmosphere in our buildings,” Related CEO Jeff Blau said in a statement.

Madison House, a luxury condo building near Herald Square, is offering a full membership to Sollis Health at signing. Residents can request house calls, access telemedicine, or visit Sollis medical centers in Tribeca and on the Upper East Side. And if they have to see a specialist, patient advocates are available to guide them to the best doctor. It’s no small perk: An annual membership at Sollis Health starts at $5,000.

“I think developers have generally shied away from recommending health-care providers before because it’s such a personal thing,” said Sollis founder Andrew Olanow. “But in the wake of COVID-19, that’s all changed. It’s about being proactive.”

He sees the trend in health-care amenities only growing as priorities shift during and after the pandemic. “You’re already living and working at home, working out at home,” Olanow continued. “Now you’ll access top medical care from home, too.”