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Where Have All the Mailboxes Gone?

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Where Have All the Mailboxes Gone?

The traditional curbside mailbox is being replaced by clustered multifamily storage vestibules, but there are still inventive ways to personalize your package delivery areas, says Housing Design Matters


June 29, 2022
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The mailbox is often an overlooked feature on residential properties, particularly for those living in multifamily units or master planned communities with clustered mailrooms or storage units. According to Housing Design Matters, the mailbox has become the subject of creativity over the past several decades, whether fortified with stone, surrounded by lush landscaping, or painted to reflect the homeowner’s artistry or hobbies. 

More recently, however, the multifamily clustered mailbox has become a mandate for new developments, leaving homeowners with few personalized design options. To make deliveries a breeze and keep mail organized, parcel delivery vestibules can replace the traditional mailbox while still creating a separate space for incoming packages.

Another common approach to clustered mailboxes is to add them to the amenity site – whether it’s a pool or actual club building. In some cases, this solution may be mandated by local officials. One thought is that it will drive residents to use the facility. Perhaps it is just a matter of convenience since we’re using an existing building. One 55+ community in Massachusetts wanted a separate community post office. Could picking up your mail become an opportunity to socialize?

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