Ex-pats relocating to the U.S. have a myriad of choices ahead of them as they transition from their home country to America. In some cases, the city they are moving to was determined by their employer. Even so, ex-pats will have new options to explore, including the type of neighborhood they would like to live in and determining what lifestyle is best for themselves and their families. 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 »
Welcome to the New Year. As we bid farewell to 2014 and say hello to the new journeys of 2015, people begin to take stock of the world around them. Many will make resolutions to lose weight, stop a bad habit, or spend more time doing the things that they love. Unfortunately, many of these quests for self-improvement will fail. But not to worry! There is a task you can undertake in 2015 that could have profound impact on your life. And this amazing journey to create a new you is actually one of the easiest things you could ever strive for. It is time that you create a new lifestyle for yourself by finding a better apartment for your life.
Psychologists have done countless studies on the effect that your surroundings have on you personally. If you have negative thoughts attached to the place you live, it becomes very difficult to escape those feelings. Many of these could be a result of life circumstances that happened to you throughout 2014. Or, maybe you are the victim of a negative environment, such as having neighbors who perpetually argue or living in a more distressed part of your area. Whatever the case, if your current home is causing you undo distress, the best thing you can do to improve your life is to find a new place to live. Read the rest of this entry »
As the economy recovers and more jobs continue to spring up from growing businesses, the millennial generation has begun to leave the confines of mom and dad’s home to set forth on their own. Certain educational specialties will drive a few of these 20 to 35-year-olds to suburban or rural areas. But, as a whole, this generation is heading to the city. As they dodge the financial burdens of home and car ownership, they seek apartments that are close to work, their friends, shopping and the things they want to do. What they crave is walkability.
In fact, the areas that have great walkability are seeing an unprecedented surge from this high demand demographic. Washington, D.C., has realized the largest growth with an increase of 82 percent in the past six years alone. San Francisco, Austin, New York, and even smaller cities, such as Seattle and Denver, are also seeing their downtown apartment markets more in demand than ever before. When seeking these apartments, a great “Walk Score” has become one of the most sought-after amenities and are a major way communities are differentiating themselves from their competitors.
Urban apartment dwellers want everything close. And, since they do not have huge sums of money tied up in mortgages or car loans, they are willing to pay a premium to be in a more desirable location. The benefit is not just to the millennials who live there. All of the local businesses that serve the area are also supported. The cycle creates an entire urban ecosystem that has gone as far as to revitalize once-dying city centers such as Detroit and Cleveland.
Walk Score recently printed its latest ranking of the top ten “Most Walkable” cities. They are:
- New York
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
When you are searching for your next apartment in one of these great cities – or any other city – ApartmentSearch.com is the best place to start. Not only are you able to narrow down your search by size, price, and amenities, you are also able to see the Walk Score and information about the surrounding neighborhoods. You instantly have information about the schools, restaurants, entertainment, and other businesses that support the neighborhood. In addition, when you let your apartment community knows that you found them through ApartmentSearch.com, we will send you $200 in rewards. That goes a long way into helping you settle into your new home and helping you enjoy the new neighborhood that you are now a part of.
The children of Baby Boomers are very practical, self-reliant, and independent. That is why this group – Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980) – are choosing to live in apartment communities all over the U.S.
The independence and practicality of this group of 51 million Americans are fueled by the fact that many of them grew up as “latchkey kids”, or the parents of divorce. This has caused Gen Xers to learn to rely on themselves and make decisions for their lives – and those of their children – based on their own experience, not what someone tells them is best. Read the rest of this entry »
Millennials (20 to 35-year-olds) are heading to apartments in droves, not only for the value they offer but also because the apartment lifestyle matches their personalities. This massive group of approximately 77 million consumers is important in part because of its incredible buying power. The only demographic group closest in size is the Baby Boomer population.
Many of these children of Baby Boomers grew up in single-parent households and, as such, had more responsibility than any generation before them. This led to not only a greater sense of value, but also a greater sense of their own self-worth and independence. Some millennials are still in college or have just graduated. They are not interested in buying a home; instead, they are seeking apartments that offer them the convenience, value, and lifestyle they want. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not easy being green, and it’s even harder if you don’t live in a city that supports eco-friendly initiatives. If you’re moving apartments and find yourself on the hunt for a city that is both a great place to live and kind to the environment, you’re probably struggling with a lot of options. And because no two green cities offer the same perks, it can be tough to sort through what each city offers.
The Green City Checklist
Looking for apartments in an environment-friendly city? Keep these criteria in mind while you choose your new home. See if the city has:
□ A Recycling Program – Some cities have a mandatory recycling program, while others simply encourage its inhabitants to recycle. Find out what kinds of services, like free bins and recycling pick-up, the city has to offer apartment-dwellers.
□ Walkability and a High Walk Score – If cutting down on the use of your car is important to you, it’s helpful to know just how easily you can get around a city on foot. If you’re looking at a specific apartment in a specific city, just find it on ApartmentSearch.com and click the “Neighborhood Info” tab to view the apartment’s Walk Score. To learn more, you can also check out our list of the most walkable cities in the U.S.
□ Bicycle-Friendly Accommodations – A city with plenty of dedicated bike lanes is a cyclist’s best friend. Cities that encourage biking with bike lanes, bike racks, and even bike rental services all contribute to greener city life.
□ A Public Transportation Network – A good public transit system should be efficient and relatively inexpensive. Check out your options in each city, and make sure you know what other renters are saying about the quality of the city’s public transit, and whether the system services the apartments that you are considering.
□ Plenty of Green Space – Green space in a city can include public parks, gardens, playgrounds, plazas, and trails. Urban green spaces can help reduce a city’s carbon footprint, provide a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution, and more.
□ Renewable Energy Resources – These resources might include solar power and wind power, and ideally should be incorporated as resources for the city’s main power plant.
□ LEED-Certified Buildings – Buildings and apartments that are LEED-certified have met a number of Earth-friendly criteria that take into account the energy and water use the building requires, the building’s compliance with environmental laws and regulations, occupancy scenarios, and building permanence.
□ Other City-Wide Earth-Friendly Initiatives – Plenty of cities have programs in place that involve conservation efforts, sustainability initiatives, renewability goals, and community opportunities to become more Earth-friendly. Check out each city’s website; if there’s a special program going on, the city is likely to brag about it up front.
Your Tips for Finding Apartments in a Green City
Is living in a walkable neighborhood a requirement for you in your apartment search? Walkability is a measure of how friendly a neighborhood is for pedestrian activity. Walkable neighborhoods have an array of benefits for the health of residents and the environment and economy of the area. These neighborhoods are home to a variety of businesses and services that cater to nearby residents and have features that make them comfortable for pedestrians, from safe sidewalks and eased traffic to pleasant storefronts and streetscapes.
If you’re hoping your apartment search leads you to a walkable city, you may want to check out New York, San Francisco, and Boston. These three beautiful cities are ranked by Walk Score as the most walkable in the country. Read on to learn about them or to find a walkable neighborhood in a city near you.
If your apartment search is taking place in New York City, congratulations! NYC is the most walkable city in the United States. Neighborhoods here are home to many unique shops and restaurants. There are so many, in fact, that Walk Score has estimated New York residents can walk to 13 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in just 5 minutes! Additionally, NYC has great public transit options for those times when you just don’t feel like walking.
San Francisco is the second best city for an apartment search if you’re looking for a walkable neighborhood. The city is known not just for its beauty, but also its eclectic vibes and abundance of job opportunities. In addition to walking, San Francisco residents also get around on an excellent transit system or by bike.
Boston is actually known as “The Walking City,” so it is no surprise that an apartment search here turns up many walkable neighborhoods. This old city was designed during a time when walking was a major mode of transportation and has maintained its pedestrian-friendliness to this day. In addition to being friendly to walkers, the city also boasts a good public transit system, including one of the oldest subway systems in the world.
If New York, San Francisco, or Boston just aren’t your speed, no worries! ApartmentSearch.com can help you find an apartment in a city and neighborhood that’s just right for you. Just enter your search criteria and browse you favorite apartments. At the bottom of each apartment listing, under the “Neighborhood Info” tab, you’ll find the neighborhood Walk Score plus a map of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, stores, parks, schools, and other services. You can even search for particular businesses or entertainment with the “Search Nearby” feature. See which neighborhoods are most walkable and scope out your new favorite coffee shop or dog park long before you pack up your moving truck with ApartmentSearch.com.