As the days shorten, the dreams of many apartment dwellers turn to visions of winter wonderlands. Sunday is the pinnacle of this as the official first day of winter arrives with the winter solstice. Whether you love sledding, winter sports, or just sitting by the fire, we reveal our selections for the best cities in which to have an apartment for those who want to make to the most of the winter season. Read the rest of this entry »
‘City Living’ Category
Whether you’re exploring your theatrical talents, just got a job offer, or are just getting a new start, Los Angeles is probably one of the more challenging places to get settled into as a new resident. As one of the biggest cities in the world, even urbanites can get overwhelmed. If you’re not sure where to start, consider these few tips to get one step closer to the City of Angels.
Don’t be Scared of Apartment Renter Competition
About 12 million people call Los Angeles home, with closer to 18 million residents in the Greater Los Angeles area. With this in mind, finding the perfect apartment or job is not as easy as in other cities. Don’t let this scare you – if you get denied an apartment application, that’s okay. If you have three interviews in a week with no calls back, that’s okay too. Persistence is key – try, try again, and eventually you’ll find your niche in The Big Orange. Read the rest of this entry »
We love this time of year, and know that you do, too. Everyone seems to be in a joyful, sharing kind of mode. It is a great time to get out of your apartment and participate in some of the merriment in your city. While every city has some great light displays, Christmas caroling, holiday parades, and traditions unique to them, we found the top U.S. cities that go above and beyond for the holidays.
The best seven cities for holiday celebrations include: Read the rest of this entry »
Chicagoans know that there’s much more to the Windy City than just Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Chicago reaches miles and miles beyond the historic downtown – there are an estimated 200 neighborhoods in the area, with 77 “community areas” defined by the University of Chicago Social Science Research Committee, all with a distinctive culture and essence. Here are a few that you shouldn’t let slip under your radar if you’re hunting for Chicago apartments and trying to find that perfect neighborhood.
The Old Town neighborhood lies in the Near North Side community area, on Lake Michigan and just north of the business district and downtown. Because of its ideal location and popular shopping and dining destinations, the area is known for its extreme affluence. Huge, historical houses are sometimes turned into a cooperative-style living situation, however, if you’re looking for a unique style of living. Otherwise, the area makes a great visiting destination for a day to shop, eat and see the beautiful historical buildings and modern masterpieces alike. Read the rest of this entry »
As the economy recovers and more jobs continue to spring up from growing businesses, the millennial generation has begun to leave the confines of mom and dad’s home to set forth on their own. Certain educational specialties will drive a few of these 20 to 35-year-olds to suburban or rural areas. But, as a whole, this generation is heading to the city. As they dodge the financial burdens of home and car ownership, they seek apartments that are close to work, their friends, shopping and the things they want to do. What they crave is walkability.
In fact, the areas that have great walkability are seeing an unprecedented surge from this high demand demographic. Washington, D.C., has realized the largest growth with an increase of 82 percent in the past six years alone. San Francisco, Austin, New York, and even smaller cities, such as Seattle and Denver, are also seeing their downtown apartment markets more in demand than ever before. When seeking these apartments, a great “Walk Score” has become one of the most sought-after amenities and are a major way communities are differentiating themselves from their competitors.
Urban apartment dwellers want everything close. And, since they do not have huge sums of money tied up in mortgages or car loans, they are willing to pay a premium to be in a more desirable location. The benefit is not just to the millennials who live there. All of the local businesses that serve the area are also supported. The cycle creates an entire urban ecosystem that has gone as far as to revitalize once-dying city centers such as Detroit and Cleveland.
Walk Score recently printed its latest ranking of the top ten “Most Walkable” cities. They are:
- New York
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
When you are searching for your next apartment in one of these great cities – or any other city – ApartmentSearch.com is the best place to start. Not only are you able to narrow down your search by size, price, and amenities, you are also able to see the Walk Score and information about the surrounding neighborhoods. You instantly have information about the schools, restaurants, entertainment, and other businesses that support the neighborhood. In addition, when you let your apartment community knows that you found them through ApartmentSearch.com, we will send you $200 in rewards. That goes a long way into helping you settle into your new home and helping you enjoy the new neighborhood that you are now a part of.
Happy Halloween. Most Americans love everything about Halloween – not just dressing up and trick-or-treating the day of—but also visiting haunted houses and attending parties and other Halloween events during the entire month of October. Lucky for them, apartment residents in certain cities have much more to enjoy about this spooky holiday than others.
Here are our top picks for Best Cities for Halloween:
- Salem, Mass.: No place in the country – or the world, for that matter – celebrates Halloween like this Northeast U.S. city. Known as the site of the Salem witch trials in the late 1600s, Salem celebrates its creepy history with events throughout October. Events include the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour, the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Walk, Haunted Harbor Cruise, and a Haunted Movie Series at the Salem Common Historic District. Plus, authentic séances are held, along with the annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo.
- New Orleans, La.: Already a spooky place to live because of its haunted homes, historic graveyards and voodoo history, New Orleans really comes alive at Halloween. Apartment residents who live in this Southern city are fortunate to be scared silly at the House of Shock, which was voted the number one haunted attraction in the U.S. The House of Shock is set up as a country fair devoted to gore, with a live pyrotechnic stage show, a walk through the haunted house, a zombie graveyard and Satanic Church.
- San Francisco, Calif.: This illustrious city by the Bay has been deemed the “best city in the U.S. for trick-or-treating”, according to Zillow’s annual ranking. San Francisco earns this distinction, because it “will provide the most candy, in the least amount of time, with the fewest safety risks,” according to Zillow. Parents who live in San Francisco are fortunate to have a great place to take their kids out on Halloween night.
- Hershey, Penn.: Speaking of trick-or-treating, Hershey is one of the sweetest places to live for fresh, local chocolate and other Halloween treats. It is the home, of course of The Hershey Co. and nearby is the chocolate division of Mars and Just Born, the manufacturer of Peeps. Plus, Pennsylvania provides more pumpkins than other state – millions are harvested from 6,500 acres.
- Pontiac, Mich.: This Midwestern city is home to the Erebus Haunted Attraction, a four-story, plot-driven haunted house that previously held the Guinness World Record for largest haunted house. Residents of Pontiac and nearby cities say it is the scariest haunted house they have ever visited.
If you love to celebrate Halloween – with all of its terrors, tricks, and treats – you need to live near a city that embraces the spirit of everything that is great about this holiday. You can find a great apartment that is near your Halloween houses, events and festivals, as well as near safe neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Let ApartmentSearch.com help you find your next home. We quickly narrow down your search for the perfect place to live by amenities, price, location, and other factors. Plus, when you tell your new apartment community that you found your apartment on ApartmentSearch.com, you can earn up to $200 in rewards. Finding you next apartment is not scary! You just need to use ApartmentSearch.
Fall is such a wonderful, social time of year. As the pleasant fall temperatures surround us and we head out to fall festivals and pre-Halloween activities, we also gather with our friends and families at restaurants across the country. Apartment living means the ability to choose where you live close to the things you love to do – even you favorite places to eat.
But which cities sport some of the best food cultures? These are places that have developed their own distinct food style and scene, based on many generations and cultures that live in the area. Here is our list of Cities with the Best Food Cultures: Read the rest of this entry »
Music festival season isn’t over just yet! While summer has the likes of Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the fall season actually brings a number of amazing festivals across the country. Regardless of what your favorite music genre is, there’s a music festival for you. Here are a few of our favorite fall music festival recommendations:
Austin City Limits
October 3-5 & 10-12 Austin, TX
What started as a television show in the 1970s, ACL began hosting a festival in the heart of Austin in 2002. Now, ACL is one of the largest and best-known music festivals in Austin, Texas. Every October, 75,000 people flock to Zilker Park to see musical groups from all genres such as country, folk, rock, hip-hop, and indie. This year’s lineup includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Lorde, Beck, and Skrillex. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re new to Austin, you probably want to visit the iconic Austin landmarks that make the city so unique. So once you’ve set up your Austin apartment, go check out the entertainment scene and discover your personal favorites. Austin has a great entertainment scene that’s perfect for showing off your new city to out-of-towners. Whether you prefer a night at the theater or a heavy metal concert at an outdoor venue, there are plenty of entertainment venues to appeal to everyone. Here are 4 Austin classics to jump start your exploration of Austin entertainment.
The Paramount Theatre
Established in 1915, the then-called Majestic Theatre opened in Downtown Austin as a vaudeville theatre house. After almost 100 years of service to the Austin area, the Paramount Theatre remains a staple of the Austin entertainment scene. From national touring theatre companies to screenings of classic movies to self-produced comedy shows like Greater Tuna, the Paramount plays host to a variety of shows year-round. Read the rest of this entry »
Unbeknownst to many Americans, Cincinnati was actually one of the first major cities established after the American Revolution. Cincinnati became a boomtown in the 1800s, often fondly referred to as the “Paris of America” for its elaborate architecture projects. These projects and the city’s lengthy history contribute to the extensive number of historical sites found in Cincinnati. Here are a few of our favorite historical attractions to visit next time you’re in Cincinnati.
Over-the-Rhine is a historic neighborhood in urban Cincinnati believed to be the largest intact historical district in the country. Founded by German immigrants, Over-the-Rhine has several distinct districts within the neighborhood. Comparable in architectural significance to the New Orleans French Quarter or Greenwich Village in New York City, Over-the-Rhine features a unique mix of styles popular in the late 1800s, including Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Italianate. Read the rest of this entry »