We live in a crazy world. In one moment you say to yourself “Now I have seen it all” only to find something even more bizarre and baffling a few minutes later. It happens all around us and the growth of social media has allowed us to share and be exposed to more and more of these unusual events each and every day. The result is one part bewilderment, one part inspirational, and two parts hilarity. In celebration of the nonsense and silliness, today is Mad Hatter Day (which also marks the half-way point to April Fools’ Day).
Apartment residents are on the front lines of witnessing and experiencing these notable happenings. In fact, it is one of the great perks of apartment living that you could see or experience something new every day. The best way to describe it is that apartment living equals fun. So here to celebrate are 5 examples of the funny things you might see at your next apartment community.
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While there is much talk about how Millennials prefer renting apartments over home ownership, there is another important demographic group that is moving to apartments in droves: Baby Boomers.
In 2016, the Baby Boomer generation begins turning 70 years old, ushering in two decades of quick growth in the “senior” population. This group is more than 75 million strong, slightly less than the current largest demographic group – Millennials. These Boomers – who are more active than the seniors before them – are often empty nesters who seek the convenient and luxurious amenities that apartments offer.
Here are the top 4 reasons Baby Boomers love renting apartments:
- Walkability and easy transportation from apartments to jobs and activities they love to do. Baby Boomers are choosing to live in urban apartments so they can bike or walk to work, use public transportation and walk to restaurants and shopping, according to Angela Sweet, director of Destination Services for CORT. Making the search for the perfect apartment easier for Baby Boomers, ApartmentSearch.com offers a walkability score for each apartment complex, on a scale from one to 100.
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We do a lot with our iPhones these days. One minute, you’re checking your bank statement while listening to music and the next you’re using FaceTime to say hello to your dad from 1,000 miles away. However, one of the big flaws in Apple technology is the built-in alarm clock. (It can be unreliable, at best.) While this technology will surely improve, several alternatives have become popular in the meantime. Check out some of our favorite tech-savvy ways to wake up.
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Autumn’s arrival is now official and the changing of the seasons is already in full swing in many states. As short sleeve shirts and sandals give way to sweaters and scarves, apartment dwellers across the nation take advantage of the many benefits of the fall season. Power bills are reduced, thanks to reduced air conditioning. More time is spent outdoors, enjoying the crisp air. And, for the apartment residents of many cities, there are plenty of things that make autumn an even more magical time of year.
Summer’s Hold Releases the Southeast
Weeks and months of oppressive heat and humidity have been plaguing the Southern states since May. But now, the days are beginning to cool off a bit and apartment residents are leaving the confines of their air-conditioned homes to venture outside. In Tampa Bay, Guavaween (the annual Latin-flavored Halloween celebration) draws the masses to the Sunshine State. In New Orleans, Voodoo Fest fills the Big Easy with the sounds of dozens of musical acts. And in Knoxville, the bright colors of changing leaves draw thousands to the Smokey Mountains.
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Kate Good, best known in the multi-family industry as a professional speaker with the Apartment All Stars Tour and an author, is also a developer. As a partner in the development company Hunington Residential, Good designed and built Vargos on Lake in Houston, Texas, and is working on her second community, The Vic on Park Row, also in Houston.
ApartmentSearch recently caught up with Good to find out the latest design trends in apartment communities. The hot design trends and amenities across the U.S. include:
- Relaxation isn’t just for the couch anymore. “Especially with the trend toward smaller apartments, people are looking for a place outside their home for relaxation, such as the community’s yoga room, the club room, the game room or walking trails,” Good said. Communities with graduate students and other residents who like to be around less noise can designate quiet spaces that have a library fee, so residents can study.
- Amenities and services for pet abound. “We feel differently about our pets now than several years ago; they are full-fledged family members. My dog, for example, has a nanny and play dates,” Good said. As a result, communities are offering dog parks, dog-walking services, dog washes and “yappy hours”.
- Smaller apartments are in. “Studio and one-bedroom apartments are very popular right now. We are downsizing the square footage, because we are upsizing the rent per square foot. Residents are getting into a nicer apartment community, but staying within their budget,” Good said.
- Apartments go high-tech. Automatic lighting and temperature control systems that are popular in new homes are also being offered at many apartment communities. *Kate – can you add a line here?
- Closets get dressed up. More communities plan to add special “shoe closets”, built-in shelves in bedroom closets, after Good started the trend at Vargos on the Lake. In addition, more communities are adding islands within closets, which include drawers and benches with hampers.
- Smaller furniture is in. “People are staying in apartments longer, so they typically have more apartment-sized furniture. This is where CORT comes into play. With their wide array of furniture rental option, they can help apartment residents find the style that is right without having to spend huge amounts of cash to buy something new and cumbersome.
- Guest suites offer convenience. “Because we are so building many one-bedroom apartments, residents need to have someplace for their guests. At Vargos on the Lake, we built guest suites that we rent out by the night. They feel like a hotel room, with a full bath, king-size bed, furniture and cable,” Good said.
For those shopping for a new apartment, Good believes the most important factor is to “look for an apartment community that fits your lifestyle”. “If you are new to an area, you want to meet your neighbors, so look beyond just a floor plan; look at the community’s activity calendar,” she said. For example, communities that host regular food truck events or arrange for a group of residents to attend a sporting event, provide opportunities to make friends and socialize.
To select the apartment community that is right for you, visit ApartmentSearch.com. We help you narrow down your choices by rate, neighborhood, walkability score, school ratings, amenities and other factors. A customized list of available apartments is then created, just for you. ApartmentSearch is also the only apartment locating service to offer up to $200 in rewards when you tell your new community that you found them on ApartmentSearch.com.
We all need a break now and then. There is no one among us who can work 14 hours a day, seven days a week and not feel the effects from it. Our lack of sleep affects our health, our mood, and our thinking. Sometimes we are so tired, it is difficult to think straight at work or drive safely to work. We may become irritable with our family and friends. Of course, you may be thinking, working this hard is a necessity of life. And you are right. Many people must work two or three jobs to pay the bills. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve been battling the August heat, it may be hard to believe that summer’s almost over. But before you gear up for sweater season and get ready for the taste of pumpkin flavored – well everything – squeeze one last drop of fun out of your summer by throwing the perfect party for friends or family. With 4 classic summer parties to choose from, it won’t be hard to host the event everyone will still be talking about when the leaves start to fall.
Now that summer temperatures have hit their peak, a classic pool party can be the cure for whatever ails you. Whether you’re looking for something low key and spontaneous or a more elaborate affair comes to mind, if you live in an apartment community with a pool, party planning is easy. Your pool should almost always be ready for action, but make sure to check with apartment management to go over any pool rules and to ensure cleanliness before the day of your get together.
Couldn’t make it to a theatre to see summer’s hottest blockbusters? No worries—just host a watch party of your favorite movies at home! It doesn’t matter if you live in a studio or one bedroom apartment either; no space is too small to turn into a makeshift movie palace. Be sure to dim the lights, provide plenty of snacks, and comfortable seating. Once the mood is set, even the smallest screen can look like the silver screen.
Cookout, Picnic, or BBQ
For good food and great conversation, an old fashioned cookout may be just the party for you. To reduce the stress of planning and cooking, turn your picnic into a potluck! Potlucks save you time and money while adding greater variety into the food you serve. And just because it’s called a cookout doesn’t mean it has to be outside. If you prefer to dine indoors or your party gets rained out, consider a balcony BBQ. It’s easy to turn outdoor space into a grill masters wonderland when you know what to do.
If you’re looking to hangout with friends but want something more exciting than the norm, host a theme night! From a bring-your-own board game night to an off-kilter costume party, murder mystery dinner, and more, any theme is sure to bring out the best in your guests. Create a contest to see who comes to the party best matching the theme and crown the winner accordingly. Let the winner plan the next theme night so you can keep the party going all summer – or at least for what’s left of it!
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Why US Millennials, Baby Boomers Choose the Apartment Lifestyle
More Americans, of every age and economic bracket, are choosing to live in apartments. They love the convenient, affordable lifestyle that apartments offer much more than the burdens and expenses of home ownership. Baby boomers – typically empty-nesters – and Millennials, those between 18 and 34 years old, are two of the biggest demographic groups renting apartments now, said Angela Sweet, Director of Destination Services for CORT. Read the rest of this entry »
An apartment is more than just a cost-effective housing option. It is more than what people who cannot afford to purchase a home rely on. It is more than just a place to call home during college or an extended business relocation. An apartment is a reflection of you – it is your home. It is the place that you have chosen to live because of the amenities and lifestyle it provides you.
Apartments Offer Variety
There are hundreds – if not thousands – of different options that you can choose from that make an apartment more than just four walls. If you want a view of nature, such as trees or a lake, there are apartments for you. If you need or want to live in the ground floor, there are a myriad of apartment homes available to you. If you prefer to live on the top floor of a building in order to cut down the noise and have a great view, you can have that. If you want to live in a community that has complimentary tennis courts, they are out there. The options for the place you will call home are virtually endless. Read the rest of this entry »
Now that summer has officially started, we can look forward to pool parties, barbeques, and all the other festivities that come with season. While we spend long days in the sunny outdoors with furry friends, it’s important to remember hot temperatures mean different pet care practices. Here are a few of major pet considerations:
Keep Pets Hydrated
Hot temperatures can cause pets to get dehydrated very quickly. In order to avoid dehydration, make sure all outdoor pets have plenty of fresh, clean water. It’s also important to ensure there is plenty of shade so your pets can get out of the sun during especially hot days. Additionally, be careful of overheating your pet through excessive exercise outside. Read the rest of this entry »