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 »
If you’re new to Boston, you’ve probably already heard about all the tourist-y spots the city has to offer (think Fenway Park and Cheers). But when you live here, you’re probably looking for something a bit more personal to explore and call your own. Here are some places around Boston that you won’t see on the likes of TripAdvisor. Tourists may not visit them, but as a local, you’ll truly treasure these 5 Boston spots.
Find Tranquility Downtown
One of the most common complaints about the Kendall Square area is that it’s crowded and bustling. Sure, you can find all kinds of awesome food and killer boutiques, but can you find a place to take a breather? Turns out you can! The roof of the Cambridge Center parking garage is actually a beautiful garden with winding walkways, a picnic area, and beautiful plant life. Just look for the entrance with the simple sign ‘Roof Garden,’ and make your way to the top. Read the rest of this entry »
Rent is one of the many expenses that can vary quite a bit depending on where you live. And the more expensive it gets, the more important it becomes to find the right place the first time. Here are some helpful tips to help you find an apartment in some of the more expensive cities in the U.S.
Los Angeles, California
- Median studio apartment: $1,405
- Median one-bedroom apartment: $1,740
- Median two-bedroom apartment: $2,406
If you want to get an apartment in LA, the first thing you need to understand is your budget. You shouldn’t be spending more than 1/40th of your annual gross income on an apartment. So if you are making only $40,000/year before taxes, you need an apartment that costs less than $1,000 a month. The choices in this price range will be limited, so you may need creative alternatives such as finding one (or multiple) roommates. Read the rest of this entry »
Boston, Mass., and Savannah, Ga., are without a doubt the best places in the U.S. to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 16 and 17. But which city offers the best celebrations and boasts residents who get into the spirit of the holiday most? This is a tough one to call, since both cities go above and beyond to commemorate the holiday.
Bostonians have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since, it seems, the beginning of time. During the American Revolutionary War, General John Henry Knox positioned 55 cannons on Dorchester Heights in Boston. Those who wished to pass through the Continental Army’s lines had to use the password, “St. Patrick”. That strong history and tradition is carried through to today, when many of Boston’s 637,000 residents come out to see the city’s annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade. The second largest parade in the U.S. is broadcast on national TV and draws around one million residents and visitors.
Of course, St. Patrick’s Day weekend is also a time for the city’s expansive Irish American population to celebrate their heritage. Boston claims the largest Irish population of any U.S. city at 20.4 percent of its overall population. Every year, the city’s numerous apartment residents can walk or drive to the parade – held on March 16 this year – knowing the best vantage points to watch and enjoy. After the parade, they can walk to one of the many Irish bars that Boston is known for, to celebrate the holiday. Then, they can simply walk home afterwards.
Savannah, meanwhile, has hosted Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations since 1824 and boasts a celebration that is known throughout the country, if not the world. Savannah’s historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on March 17 every year, draws around 300,000 residents and visitors annually.
Savannah is most well known for “turning the river green” at its popular St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River. This event has grown into a huge music festival that draws many of Savannah’s 142,000 residents annually. The city’s apartment residents, especially those who live near River Street, have the added bonus of simply taking a short walk to one of the biggest – and most fun – festivals in the South.
As you can see, both cities are pretty evenly matched in this Battle of the Best St. Patrick’s Day Cities. So if you want to live where you can get the most out of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, let ApartmentSearch.com help your relocation to either one of these “green” cities.