Whether it’s running errands or just getting outside, having a furry friend by your side always makes things a lot more fun. Cities that are fun for people and pups always get two big paws up from the Apartment Search team, which is why we tracked down the best cities for pet lovers in the U.S.
Quirky Albuquerque is a dog’s heaven – the fresh air of the nearby mountains and the dry climate is good for just about any kind of animal. Since there’s a good amount of space, apartments in Albuquerque also provide amenities for both your indoor and outdoor critters. Read the rest of this entry »
“HOMES” is the acronym kids use to learn the names of America’s Great Lakes. But for many folks in Michigan, those Great Lakes and the surrounding cities are a home all their own! Here are a few reasons why Grand Rapids, Michigan should be on your radar for cool places to visit – and could be the site of your next home.
If You Like the Arts
The massive Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park covers 132 acres and is quickly becoming internationally known. And it’s not far from anything in the city, so you can get an apartment in Grand Rapids right next to some high-class sculptures and scenery. Read the rest of this entry »
While everyone believes that the city in which they live is the best, the experts contend there are some that are better than others, particularly for job growth, favorable earnings-to-cost of living ratios and a safe and comfortable lifestyle. This Valentine’s Day, ApartmentSearch.com recognizes five of the top fastest-growing cities in the U.S., according to Forbes magazine. These are the cities that more of us desire to move to, in order to create a better lifestyle for ourselves:
- Houston, Texas: Houston is the fastest-growing city in the U.S., thanks to a surge in the energy industry and exports. Houston’s job growth outpaces the rest of the U.S. at 4.5 percent, compared to the prior year. The city – known for its friendly atmosphere, rodeos and thriving arts culture – also boasts median annual pay for college-educated workers of $71,900 – the fourth highest in the U.S. among metropolitan areas. Plus – as Houston residents can attest – the cost of living is much lower than many other cities, thanks to affordable apartments and homes.
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As the nation eagerly anticipates Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, two cities in particular are on the edge of their seats: Seattle and Boston. But a lot more is on the line than who will be crowned this year’s NFL champion. Both of these cities are in a knockdown, drag-out duel over which city is the best place to live. Both have rich histories and traditions, fun things to see and food that is loved around the country. Of course, the proud residents of both cities believe their hometown is superior. Here is a closer look at top amenities of both cities; decide for yourself which team has the better city.
- Great place for business, especially tech companies
- Lots of parks and green spaces
- Great place for cyclists
- A mecca for academic minds
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This Colorado city in the mountains gets much praise for its culture, natural beauty, and activities. Why, exactly? Here are the top five reasons Denver is just really, really cool.
1. It’s smart
According to the New York Times, Denver’s population of young, educated people has increased 47% since 2000. Additionally, Forbes rated Denver as tied for No. 6 City Gaining the Most College Graduates. A combination of work and play attracts the young professional crowd that looks to start new careers in fun cities. Careers for young people are not something Denver is short of, either – its industries are booming in the high-density downtown area, particularly with technology and startups.
2. It’s beautiful
Denver really is a mile high and the largest city in a vast region, making for quite spectacular scenery. Snowboarding, skiing and hiking are the obvious attractions for being situated in the mountains, but Denver boasts its natural qualities in many ways. It began one of the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system, and has amazing city parks. Even a walk from your apartment in Denver to downtown – there’s no way to not enjoy the beauty. 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 just moved to Chicago, then you probably have seen or heard of the quintessential tourist places to visit (like Wrigley Field or Millennium Park). Once you’re settled into your new Chicago apartment, it’s time to venture out and find your own beloved local treasures. You probably won’t find any tourists here, but these 5 spots will be your favorite local hangouts.
Obviously, no Chicago list is complete without a deep-dish pizza restaurant and there are plenty to choose from. My Pie, our go-to, local pizza establishment, ranks on a lot of Chicagoans favorite pizza places. And what’s not to love? The homemade sauces and fresh ingredients are lip-smacking good. Don’t worry if you don’t like deep-dish pizza, My Pie has delicious thin crust options too! Read the rest of this entry »
THUMP. BUMP. WHUMP. If you’ve ever lived on the bottom floor, these kinds of noises might be all too familiar — but what’s going on up there? When you go knock on your upstairs neighbors’ door to discuss the noise, they never seem to have any idea what you’re talking about. Here are a few theories that you may want to ponder next time you feel compelled to go upstairs and investigate.
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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.
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With the official start of summer on June 21, apartment residents all over the country are looking for ways to stay cool. Fortunately for them, apartment communities offer so many different options for having fun and staying cool in the summer heat – much more than are typically available to homeowners.
Here are the top ways you can cool off this summer:
1. Most apartment communities have swimming pools. You can literally spend all day relaxing by the pool while your kids burn off some of that pent-up energy from being indoors. Children love pools! Plus, many communities offer special events such as “dive-in movies” and summer parties at the pool. This is a great way to cool off AND have a great time.
2. Another advantage that apartment residents have over homeowners is staying cool without breaking the bank. Apartment utility costs are lower than homes, even during the hottest months of the year. You can enjoy spending time in your air-conditioned apartment without worrying about the cost getting too high. Read the rest of this entry »