February 2016

AS_Leap-FrogEvery day, the news is filled with stories of the growing cost of rent in the U.S. and the challenges of finding quality apartments in many metro areas. However, the news media has only given you one side of the story. The simple fact is, in nearly every metro area in America, the total costs of renting an apartment are equal to or far less than those of home ownership. If fact, apartment living can provide you with many luxuries that most homeowners cannot afford. This means that today is as good a day as any to leap into the joys of renting an apartment.

AS_LaundryAh, springtime. The season of birds chirping, flowers blooming, and all things fresh and… wait, is that a cashmere blanket on your chair or just a giant layer of dust? Let’s face it: winter isn’t the easiest season to clean up. Luckily for you (and your roommate, if you have one), spring is the perfect time to tackle the clutter. Here are a few easy ways to get started and save you some stress.

AS_Oklahoma-CityRelocating to Oklahoma’s capital? You’ll find that Oklahoma City is filled with plenty of adventures for you to cherish, all wrapped in deep-rooted Southern Charm. Become a part of the action and see why Oklahoma City’s is moniker “The Big Friendly” when you see these five sights.

1. Lose Yourself in the Bricktown Entertainment District

Take a stroll on the district’s brick-lined street and see why this revitalized downtown warehouse district is one of the most booming areas in the metro. Located east of downtown, it’s a destination where the city’s rousing nightlife is filled with entertainment at every corner, a hub where self-proclaimed foodies dine at some of the city’s delectable establishments, and a place where shoppers’ dreams come true. Take in all that Bricktown has to offer from a water taxi on Bricktown Canal to hitting the dance floor all night long. Don’t be surprised if you come back to the “The Brick” for more.

AS_KitchenWhen you rent an apartment, you sometimes have to live with a look that’s less-than-perfect. After all, in most cases it’s not like you can tear down walls or make permanent changes to a space you don’t own. This can feel especially limiting in kitchens, where storage can be short and the design pretty plain. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some things to make your cooking space a happier place to be. Whether you are in a studio, a two-bedroom apartment, or a two-story townhouse, here are 5 simple options.

CORT Plaza Living Room SetWhen you retreat back home from long day, are you coming back to a place of rest? If not, a little feng shui may be the answer. Start with the room that welcomes you home – the living room. Here are 6 simple ways you can achieve balance in your living room with your furniture rental pieces.

1. Stay organized and clutter-free
A living room that is clean and clutter-free is a good foundation of feng shui. Little things lying around the living room aren’t just an eyesore; they disturb the balance of the room. Solution: Use a cocktail table with drawers (think the Union Square Cocktail Table) and give small items like remote controls a new home so they’re out of sight and off your mind.

AS_Dog-CouchThe simple fact is that we are obsessed with our pets. This Valentine’s Day, pet owners are expected to spend at least $30 on their pets and, as Americans, we spent more than $60 billion annually on our furry family members. We share photos of them on social media, we talk to them as if they were our own human children, and apartment renters go out of their way to make sure that they choose the apartment that is right for their pets. It is not a coincidence that the Westminster Dog Show takes place each year around Valentine’s Day and is held in New York City. Even Hollywood is getting in on the action with the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Pets. For many of us, apartment life has definitely gone to the dogs.

AS_Valentines-DayYou may think Paris is the city of love, but we think it’s Loveland, CO! Ready to see why? The city’s name is no joke—you really will love every second you spend in Loveland. Nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and just a 30-minute drive south of Fort Collins, Loveland is the loveliest city for a weekend getaway for fun, romance, or adventure! Check out the top 10 things we love about Loveland. We think you’ll fall head over heels for…

AS_FootballAs everyone in the U.S. eagerly anticipates Super Bowl 50, two cities in particular are on the edge of their seats: Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, Colo., home of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, respectively. But a lot more is on the line than just having a championship football team. Both of these cities are in a knock-down, drag-out duel over which city is the best overall.

Here is our comparison of the two cities, so you can decide for yourself which team plays in the best city: