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 »
‘New York City’ Tag
As apartment residents get ready to head out on their summer vacations – and enjoy the amenities their own cities and apartment communities have to offer – one of the primary things they look forward to is visiting their favorite restaurants and discovering new foods, beverages and desserts. We discovered some of the best shops and restaurants for delicious food this summer, and are revealing which cities are home to the award-winning eateries.
New York, N.Y. : Arguably the best city for foodies in the U.S., it is difficult to pick just one restaurant to feature here. But we did find a very unique shop to help keep you cool this summer: Big Gay Ice Cream, which has locations in the East Village and the West Village. The shop’s soft-serve ice cream is served with eclectic toppings and the cones have fun names like Bea Arthur, Gobbler and Mermaid. 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 »
We love this time of year, and know that you do, too. Everyone seems to be in a joyful, sharing kind of mode. It is a great time to get out of your apartment and participate in some of the merriment in your city. While every city has some great light displays, Christmas caroling, holiday parades, and traditions unique to them, we found the top U.S. cities that go above and beyond for the holidays.
The best seven cities for holiday celebrations include: Read the rest of this entry »
Moving to the Big Apple can seem like a daunting task. Between the extensive transportation system, the 8-million+ population, and figuring out New York City apartments, New York looks pretty intimidating for sure. However, moving to New York City doesn’t have to be so stressful. Whether you’re moving to NYC for a new job, the culture and food, or just a change of scenery, we’ve got a few tips on how to make the transition a little easier. Consider these questions before choosing an apartment and you’ll be well on your way to living in NYC.
Can you live in a studio apartment?
It’s common knowledge that living in New York comes with a hefty price tag and small space. Assess how much living space you want and how much you’ll actually need. Depending on your budget, you might have to sacrifice the queen sized bed and walk-in closet for an affordable place to live. Walls aren’t just for hanging pictures; so remember to get creative with vertical space as well.
What boroughs and neighborhoods make sense for you?
If you’re working in the Bronx, you probably don’t want to live in Brooklyn. Take your work/home commute into consideration when finding the right neighborhood. Spending 2 hours a day en route to and from work isn’t appealing to most people, so investigate what options you have near your office. If you plan to work from home, what type of nearby amenities do you want? Like any city, some neighborhoods are nicer than others, so visit the area and make sure you feel comfortable and safe there. These considerations help you narrow down from 5 boroughs to 1.
What renting option is best for you?
Depending on your anticipated length of stay, you should decide on the type of lease agreement you need before searching for apartments. If you know you’re going to be in NYC for a while, a long-term rental agreement is most likely cheaper. But if you aren’t sure, try out a short-term or month-to-month lease. If possible, meet your landlord before signing a lease. Becoming acquainted can help you foresee any potential problems.
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 »