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.
By many standards, rental has become the new American Dream, as our nation’s 35 Million apartment residents can attest. Even as the economy continues to recover, home ownership is becoming more difficult for younger generations. Weak job market conditions, mixed with rising housing costs, have driven millennials and other generations to seek out apartment living as their primary housing option. This is also creating an unprecedented growth rate for multi-family living. Here are some of the factors that are driving people to rent now and ask questions later.
Let’s face it, the economy has been a burden on us all. Unemployment still hovers at dangerous levels, while costs of living continue to rise. Just five years ago, banks went tumbling as the housing bubble gave way and foreclosures skyrocketed. Now, even though money is available once again, loans are harder than ever to come by due to stringent qualifying standards. First time homeowners are having trouble getting a first mortgage and many people who had mortgages before are afraid to go back to homeownership. Renting is the best alternative. Even with rising rental rates, the affordability of rental still far exceeds the burdens of mortgage constraints.
Family Status Changes
When your family grows, so does your need for space. Renters have the flexibility to change their space needs to keep up with these changes. Whether it is co-habitation, marriage, or new dependents, there is an apartment out there to fulfill the need for more space. The same can be said of divorce. As a new chapter in one’s life begins, the ability to downsize and start over again is imperative. Apartments allow for the ever-changing family to always have an affordable housing solution.
If you are going to live somewhere temporarily, a house is probably not your best solution. Students going off to college need dorms and off-campus housing. Relocating business professionals are often only in cities for a short amount of time for temporary assignments, or they have not decided where to put down roots. Even seasonally, people move to different areas of the country to enjoy or escape the snowy escapades. The apartment lifestyle allows you to be able to adapt and succeed in any new city for as long or as short a period of time is needed.
The number one reason that a third of all renters choose apartments is that they want to live the apartment lifestyle. Homeownership comes with a lot of headache, including upkeep, maintenance, and noisy neighbors. All of these challenges are taken away when you dwell in apartments. Also, many of the amenities available to apartment residents are not available to those living in houses. Furthermore – in our time-crunched society – the option to live, work, and play all in one community has become a necessity. 65% of all apartment dwellers live within 30 minutes of their work. Apartments also allow you to live where your friends are and reside close to the activities and ventures that you love.
Apartments are the best lifestyle for many. Almost everyone lives in at least one during their lifetime, and many people will have more than one. That is one of the best things about them. There is an apartment out there suited for anyone. It is just a matter of finding the right one to fit your needs.
This post was written by Pete Regules. Follow him on G+ for more insight on the state of the apartment industry.
Although the Chinese art of Feng Shui can sound daunting or complex, there are many minor ways you can implement feng shui into your college dorm or apartment arrangement. And while the mechanics of enhancing the chi flow of each room can sounds like a lot of work, the idea that your mind is reflected in your living space or vice versa is fairly intuitive. After all, molding your apartment into a comfortable and inviting home by decreasing clutter and rearranging furniture certainly sounds like it could also help unclutter your mind.
The word “feng” in Chinese means wind, while “shui” means water – both symbolizing the importance of creating a certain “chi flow” in your home by making sure the flow is uninterrupted by your material possessions. Although accomplishing every aspect of feng shui in your apartment may be difficult because of the lack of space and division between rooms, there are some quick fixes that, according to feng shui, can positively effect your stress levels and even school and work relationships:
- Entryway and Front Door: The main or front door is typically called the “mouth of Chi” in feng shui, meaning that it is important to keep a clean and open-spaced entryway free of shoe and clothes clutter – thereby allowing more energy in to nourish your apartment space. Things like positive art, great lighting and vibrant colors are all non-permanent feng shui solutions you can implement even if you’re renting an apartment.
- Bedroom and Sleeping Areas: One very important factor in creating good chi flow in feng shui involves a clear distinction between your living and sleeping areas. To boost your feng shui in these areas, make sure that the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before you go to bed is not something negative like a computer or TV or clothes clutter. Use art and cleanliness as sources of inspiring energy in the morning.
- Kitchen: In feng shui, the kitchen is considered one of the most important areas of chi. Having your kitchen too close to the front or back door could result in your chi escaping easily. A kitchen with good feng shui is typically well-lit, spacious, and clean. Avoiding an overabundance of kitchen gadgets and instead introducing fresh flowers can increase uplifting energy. Lastly, incorporating the color yellow into your kitchen in feng shui is good for your digestion.
The fun in enhancing the feng shui in your dorm or apartment is in creating a living space where your body and mind can feel positive and uncluttered, thereby creating happiness in other areas of your life. Have some small apartment living feng shui tips of your own? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!