As we approach the end of 2015, everyone is looking for a unique way to celebrate the year that was filled with laughter, tears and a time when change seemed the norm. Do you live in a city that knows how to throw a party and can help you ring in the new year right?
Everywhere you go, you hear about the increase in popularity of the apartment lifestyle. Everyone from retiring Baby Boomers to Millennials to Generation Z – who are just now finding their first apartments – are discovering the benefits of apartment living. But an apartment is much more than just a place to eat and lay your head at night. One of the greatest things about apartment living is all the amenities that come with it – amenities that most people would not otherwise be able to afford or enjoy.
While we all know about apartment community amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools and recreational activities such as tennis and racquetball, there are many other amenities that are driving people to choose renting rather than owning.
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.
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.
Top 5 Questions Senior Citizens Should Ask Before Leasing An Apartment
Seniors have special needs that should be considered when looking to find their next apartment. Whether you’re a senior looking to find your dream one bedroom apartment or you’re looking to find an apartment for an elderly parent or relative, we at ApartmentSearch encourage you to ask these 5 questions before committing to a new home. Read the rest of this entry »
On Monday, September 1, our Nation pauses for a moment to celebrate Labor Day. For most people, this is simply a day off of work. But in all actuality, it is a celebration of the American Worker. It is on this day that we honor the contributions that the U.S. work force has made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We celebrate the blue collars, the white collars, all of the business professionals, and we celebrate apartments. For it is apartments that house our nation’s workforce.
From part-time college students to hourly workers on an assembly line, and to waiters, waitresses, and bartenders, we honor those professions that call apartments home. And it is not limited to the previously mentioned hard-working hourly jobs. Sales professionals, salaried office staff, and corporate executives choose apartments as their preferred lifestyle as well. In fact, there are 19.3 million apartment homes with approximately 34.6 million apartment residents, comprised of Americans from every walk of life. And the factors for which they choose the apartment lifestyle are as diverse as the people themselves. 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 »
When you live in an apartment, you can choose to live anywhere you want. While more millennials and other generations are choosing to live downtown in urban cities, many Americans are choosing to live the coastal life. As a result, they are enjoying the best of what summer has to offer: sun, sand, cool water, and relaxation.
Here are some of the top coastal cities where you can enjoy the beach life right outside your apartment:
- San Diego, California. First of all, the weather here is perfect year-round: the city boasts an average daily temperature of 70 degrees F. Nearby Mission Beach and Coronado Beach not only offer gorgeous white sand beaches but they also include Belmont Park, which features amusement park rides for kids and adults. Plus, locals can find an apartment near the world-renowned San Diego Zoo.
- Seattle, Washington. Those who choose an apartment in this gorgeous city get to visit all of the Puget Sound beaches whenever they want, particularly Alki Beach, with its 2.5-mile pedestrian walkway and soft sand. Seattleites can also stay cool on the water – and spot whales! –when they ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island or Orca Island.
- San Francisco, California. Locals get to enjoy sweeping views of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge whenever they want. They often enjoy gorgeous views of the water from one of the city’s numerous famous restaurants. This is a foodie city, to be sure, and apartment dwellers find some of the best natural ingredients for their summer dishes at the Ferry Island Farmer’s Market as well as Pike Place Market.
It’s May, dear renters, which means moving month is upon us. If you’re in the midst of packing up all your worldly possessions and relocating to a new apartment, you may be wondering what to do with your appliances. Unless your new apartment comes already equipped with a washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other appliances, you’re looking at some serious heavy lifting. After consulting your apartment moving checklist, follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a happier move with all your appliances intact.
Is Your Refrigerator Running?
First, empty your fridge of any food and clean the interior so it’s sparkly and smell-free. (You’ll want to do this regardless of whether the fridge is coming with you or staying behind—your security deposit could hang in the balance.) Next, unplug and defrost your refrigerator to prepare it for the move. Keep the door open so no funny smells crop up.
If your freezer is separate from your fridge, follow the same steps to get it ready for the big day. In addition to cleaning and defrosting, you’ll need to disconnect and drain the icemaker.
Lean, Mean, Washing Machine
To prepare your washer, you’ll need to disconnect it from the water line and drain it completely. Next, secure the electrical cord and washer drum for an easy move. Let the machine air out a bit with the washer door open before transporting it.
Dryer Dryer on the Wall
If you are uncomfortable disconnecting appliances from utility lines, you may want to leave the disconnection of your dryer to the professionals, especially if it is a gas connection. Once that’s done, remove the vent hose, and secure the dryer door.
Some Good Oven
Your oven could probably use a good cleaning before you move, too, so give it a thorough scrub inside and out. You will have to disconnect this as well, and like the dryer, you may want to get a third-party service to do it, especially if the oven is gas-powered. Next, disconnect all removable parts and store them in a clearly-marked bag for transportation to your new apartment.
If your dishwasher is making the trek with you to your new apartment, disconnect it from the water line (again, hire a pro if you’re not sure). Make sure it’s unplugged, completely dry, and (though this should go without saying) has no dishes left in it.
Valentine’s Day is here and lovers across the country are planning their celebrations. We all know of the romantic reputation of cities such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York. But some cities can surprise you on how romantic they can be. For apartment dwellers and the other locals of these cities, the secret of the romance is not a surprise. For everyone else, here is the countdown of the 10 most unexpectedly romantic cities for apartment residents.
10. Cincinnati, Ohio: The ice rink at Fountain Square is a beautiful locale for lovers to spend the day, and amazing views of the city can be had together at the Carew Tower’s Observation Deck. For warmer, indoor options, try some of the city’s many romantic restaurants including Embers, Chez Nora, and Barresi’s Italian.
9. La Jolla, Calif.: For nature and recreation lovers, this city has it all. At its beaches, sweethearts can snorkel with seals and sea lions, surf together, or take long walks along the sandstone cliffs. The city is also known for its world-class golfing.
8. Minneapolis, Minn.: The Stone Arch Bridge, with its orange glow lighting the Mississippi River, is a great place to stroll with your loved one. Other great Valentine’s date options: the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or the Guthrie Theater, which sports many popular plays.
7. Detroit, Mich.: While many think of this sprawling metropolis as an industrial, auto-producing city, it also has many romantic options. Have you heard about the Detroit Princess Riverboat? During the winter, cruisers stay warm inside with romantic dinners and entertainment while enjoying the beautiful view outside.
6. Charlotte, N.C.: Living amongst the city’s historic architecture and beautiful scenery makes the perfect backdrop for local getaways with your love. Set in a 1913 historic house, the Fig Tree Restaurant is just one of many romantic eateries that you don’t want to miss.
5. Jacksonville, Fla.: Where else in the U.S. can residents enjoy soft, sandy beaches with weather in the 70s and 80s in the winter? At Jacksonville’s beaches, The Salt Life Restaurant makes a wonderful night out with your Valentine. Visitors can also take a romantic walk along the Jacksonville Riverwalk, or take a ferry to the opera or a play.
4. Albuquerque, N.M.: After you hike the gorgeous Sandia Mountain with your sweetheart, you can catch a ride to the top and dine at High Finance, which is more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Don’t forget to enjoy a dip in the hot springs at the Ojo Calliente Mineral Springs & Spa.3. Pittsburgh, Penn.: 440 bridges make a beautiful backdrop for city dwellers in love. For a spectacular view from above, take the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mount Washington.
2. Providence, R.I.: Did you know that Providence has gondolas that run on the city’s three rivers, as well as top Italian restaurants in the Federal Hills’ area? There is nothing more romantic than feeling like you are in Venice with your love.
1. Memphis, Tenn: While Memphis, Tenn., may be acclaimed as the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and the home of Graceland, it is also a surprisingly romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts can take a dinner cruise and dance on the Memphis Riverboat’s paddle-wheelers at night, and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the historic streets and sites of downtown Memphis during the day. Locals love to take advantage of Valentine’s weekend with a stay at the Heartbreak Hotel, which has a unique heart-shaped pool.