New Sweet On Pickleball Condominiums
National Pickleball Day, celebrated every August 8e, is a great day to tell a legend about the origins of this sport. The inventors of the game were looking for the right type of ball. He had to be bouncy enough to sustain a volley, dead enough to usually stay in a badminton-sized court. No ball tried seemed to hit that happy medium.
Then a creator had a brainstorm. “Let’s get Pickle’s ball!” he cried, referring to the pet dog and his favorite toy. They caught the ball, put it in play, and it displayed the right balance of bounce and stiffness. The name pickleball was born.
Apocryphal or reality? We may never know. But one thing is indisputable. When included in the amenities of an apartment building, a pickleball court proves to be one of the most effective selling points of modern condominium sales teams. That’s because an ever-growing number of potential buyers can’t resist the prospect of regularly engaging in what is arguably the most social and growing sport in the country.
Pickleball rules. So says the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s annual Topline Participation Report, which tracks participation rates of Americans ages 6 and older in 120 different sports, fitness and outdoor activities. “Pickleball continues its incredible rise,” the report’s authors concluded. It has become, they continued, “the fastest growing sport over the past two years, with participation up 39.3%”.
USA Pickleball’s 2022 Pickleball Fact and Media Sheet reports that pickleball grew in 2021 to over 4.8 million players in the United States. Of this total, 3.5 million were occasional players competing 1 to 7 times a year. And for those who associate pickleball with retirement communities, it’s interesting to note that the average age of all players continues to drop. It reached 38.1 years in 2021, down 2.9 years from 2020.
“Just a few years ago, pickleball was a niche hobby, with almost no mainstream awareness,” said Nick Perez, senior vice president of the Related Group.
“Fast forward to today, and the sport is making national headlines as one of the fastest growing pastimes in the country. It’s been an incredible climb.
Perez should know. At his company’s Casamar in Pompano Beach, Florida, residents continue to book the pickleball court, which sits alongside the pools at sunrise and sunset, and within sight of the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. . “It’s important to Related to meet the needs of our shoppers and incorporate offerings into our products that are fresh and exciting,” says Perez. “That’s why we added a full-size pickleball court. . . This has been a strong selling point for the property, which is now nearly 60% sold.”
At Turnberry’s luxury ONE Park Tower condominium at SoLe Mia in North Miami, pickleball is part of the long list of outdoor, active facilities that build community and contribute to well-being. This is also the case at The Standard Residences in Midtown Miami, where residents can take part in a lively game in an air-conditioned venue called The Stadium. Residents waiting their turn on the pitch can cheer on their neighbors from the bleachers. Standard residences provide all pickleball equipment, including uniforms, paddles, balls, and even sweatbands.
“Our buyers are thrilled to have pickleball on the property,” says Carlos Rosso, founder of Rosso Development, developer of ONE Park Tower and The Standard Residences. He adds that another appeal of the game for developers is that it takes up less space than tennis.
“It has been a big draw and a popular addition to our line of equipment. Pickleball is an incredibly social game that can be played by people of all ages and appeals to all demographics. Parents can play with it. their kids, grandparents with their grandkids. It’s fun and brings people together.