It has been said that “bigger is better”. But is it? Is bigger really better, or have we fallen victim to a preconceived notion that should have disappeared around the same time as Blockbuster Video? As we recover from the economic downturn that scarred our country a few years ago, builders have once again begun to develop multi-family communities on an epic scale. Renting has evolved to the preferred living situation for the majority of Americans. Free from the burdens of an oppressive mortgage, many people who enjoy the apartment lifestyle are able to seek out the best of these new apartment offerings. Others, in a quest to save money, have sought more affordable apartment options from previously established apartment communities. But one thing that all apartment shoppers have in common is the quest to find an apartment with the right amount of space. Read the rest of this entry »
National Pie Day – January 23 – is nearly upon us and who doesn’t love pie? The four most popular American pies hail from these four great cities, so here is a little more about what apartment living in these cities is like:
Home of the Boston Cream Pie, Boston is also known for its art and history as well as its sports teams. Apartment dwellers here can go to the famous Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox play whenever they want. This city also has fabulous public transportation – the MBTA – and is known for its top schools and healthcare. In addition, this is a wonderful city for foodies, with top-rated restaurants such as La ‘Espeliar and Atlantic Fish Company. Thanks to its significant Irish population, Boston sports a number of fantastic pubs within walking distance from apartment buildings and near public transportation.
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As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, we all want to spend more time outdoors. We envision walking through meadows filled with wildflowers, hiking up mountains and biking around our city. We also are enjoying foods that remind us of spring and summer, such as seafood. There is nothing like visiting the great markets and restaurants near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco or watching the entertaining seafood shows at the world-famous Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Wash. There are also a myriad of spectacular seafood restaurants and shops to explore in your own city. The best part is that they are often just minutes from your apartment.
Here are the top five seafood cities we found. Does your city make the list? Read the rest of this entry »
Spring has sprung – at least it has in some areas of the country. The birds are returning, green grass is popping up through the snow, and we are all itching to get out more and explore our cities. So does your city make the list of the Most Walkable Cities in the country? Walkable cities have high clusters of employers, civic institutions, medical centers, retail shops and cultural assets, according to a recent report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros.
Based on the report, here is the list of the Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.: Read the rest of this entry »
On March 17, we celebrate that great American holiday known as St. Patrick’s Day. To many of us, it is a mid-week excuse to get out and party with our friends, watch parades, and act silly. But in many U.S. cities, it is one of the biggest events celebrated all year long.
Here are the best cities to live in for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:
1. Boston, Mass.: Of course Boston is number one on our list! Boston claims the largest Irish population of any U.S. city at 20.4 percent, making the city a great place for residents to celebrate their heritage. Every year, the city’s numerous apartment residents can walk or drive to the huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, knowing the best vantage points to watch and enjoy. After the parade, they can walk to one of the many Irish pubs that Boston is famous for to celebrate the holiday. Read the rest of this entry »
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
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.