Labor Day has been a national holiday for a long time, since President Grover Cleveland signed it into law in 1894 in fact. This celebration of workers started as much more than the three-day, shopping extravaganza and un-official end of the summer season that we know it as today though. In its early days, the celebration of Labor Day was a celebration of a job well done by America’s workforce. From factory workers to industrial laborers, the booming growth of American prosperity meant lots of hard hours in often challenging conditions. The unions fought hard for this time, which would be set aside each year, to allow for a moment of pause. It was a chance to look around, see what had been accomplished, and celebrate a job well done. Read the rest of this entry »
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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.
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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 »
As you enter your final years of college or are returning for your post-graduate degree, the things you seek in an apartment have changed. The trappings of quad-style student housing living, overflowing with excited freshmen and sophomores – along with the parties and noise they produce – have been replaced with the desire to lead a quieter, more focused life. For you and your family members or roommates, there are numerous off-campus apartments that could be a perfect fit for you. But how do you choose the one that is right for you? Read the rest of this entry »
The NFL football season is back and sports fans around the country are celebrating the return to action of their favorite teams and players. When you move into an apartment, you also join a team. A team composed of neighbors as well as the employees that manage your apartment community. As a member of this team, you receive many benefits and lifestyle perks that make every day a victory.
In recent months, exaggerated reports plague the news that living in a house is more affordable than apartment living. These examples are only true in five percent of U.S. markets where the population is living in densely-populated urban cores. Examples of this include San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. In the other 95 percent of housing markets, the apartment lifestyle remains the most affordable option, which takes more into account than mortgage versus rent. The unforeseen maintenance costs and increased utility expenses cost home owners thousands of dollars per year over what renters pay. Read the rest of this entry »
The tears began to well up in Shawna’s eyes. She tried hard to make sure Sam didn’t see. It was always like this on this particular day every year. Sam looked back and waved as he got onto the school bus to his first day of 5th grade. She pushed back the tears, smiled and waved, then started the walk back to her apartment. Summer was over and school was back in session.
She closed her apartment door and walked to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee. As she scooped the grounds into the coffee filter, she once again began to cry. She remembered his very first day of school just like it was yesterday. He had cried before they left the apartment. Now he was a “big boy” and “too cool” to be seen with his mom doting over him. She wiped away the final tears, poured a fresh cup, and walked out on the balcony to enjoy a little peace and quiet.
Things haven’t been easy since Steven went back on active duty. He had been in Afghanistan for most of Sam’s life. Luckily, they had found an apartment that was close to the base, their friends, and a top-rated school district. Their old house had been too much for her to keep up by herself and was not in a great location for the things Sam would want as he grew up. When he left for overseas, Steven had agreed that she should find an apartment best suited for them. Read the rest of this entry »