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An Unofficial Ending of Summer

Posted On: Monday, August 28th, 2017

Many students may have started back to school this past week, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun is over just yet! Labor Day weekend gives us one last big weekend for the summer. One more weekend to enjoy the beaches, barbecues and summer activities before we embrace the fall foliage and college football games. If you’re looking for fun around the Stamford, Norwalk or Branford areas, here are some events to consider: (more…)

Apartment Style: 101 Create a Style You Imagine

Posted On: Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Whether you plan to have guests over frequently or you want to carve out a quiet place where you can study and unwind, CTBest apartments provide the perfect backdrop for your plans, and your decorating style. Regardless of how you’ll plan to use your home, you’ll want to make it look like yours with accents and furniture to create just the style you imagine. Since our apartments are located in the bustle of busy cities like Stamford, Branford and Norwalk, we’ve pulled together a list of ways you can bring some of the natural world into your space. Pick and choose the ideas that suit your preferences best. (more…)

Keep Moving with CTBest

Posted On: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Of all the reasons people choose to live in Stamford, and to live in our apartments here, one of the most attractive is the high walking score. Essentially, our communities in Stamford give our residents easy walking access to schools, shopping, arts, dining and more. For college students, this is of particular interest because not only can you get to class quickly and affordably, but you can also use the walkability and nearby trails to stay fit and blow off steam between classes. (more…)

Create The Perfect Study Space

Posted On: Monday, July 31st, 2017

An important part of any student’s living space is somewhere to study. This is easiest to do, and most fun and customizable, in a comfy apartment, rather than a dorm room with much more limited space. In the Stamford apartments from CT Best, a student has an opportunity to make a cozy and productive space. Here are some tips to maximize the effectiveness of any study spot:

  • Set up drawers and/or shelves to keep your supplies and books out of the way but close at hand.
  • Have a desk light bright enough to read by, but one that focuses the light in the area, since you might have to consider roommates and odd study times. (more…)

Ideas for Furniture Shopping on a Budget

Posted On: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

furnitureWith college starting back in just a few short weeks, students will be moving into their new homes-away-from-home. Settling into a new space can seem daunting, but one way to make it more welcoming is to fill the apartment with items from home or that you love. The only problem: you don’t want to break the bank! Thankfully, we have compiled a few tips for you to shop smart and save money on furniture you love.

IKEA: This Swedish furniture store designs and sells ready-to-assemble desks, chairs, futons, tables and other furniture, which is perfect for people on a budget who don’t mind spending a little more time to save a lot more money. There is a store located in New Haven, minutes away from our Branford apartments and about an hour away from both Norwalk and Stamford. (more…)

Five Move-in Tips to Help You Transition

Posted On: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Transitioning to adulthood is exciting and can present challenges, like living on your own for the first time. Even if you have roommates, apartment living provides a chance to spread your wings and plenty of opportunities to grow. . One of the first growth opportunities might happen on the day you move in to your new apartment. Here are some tips to make this change easier:

Bring a cart with wheels – A major key to success when moving into your new apartment is making the process as efficient as possible. A rolling cart takes strain off your body, and allows you to move more every trip to the van. You can rent these from moving companies, and some apartments provide these to new residents. A group of friends could pool resources to purchase one and use it for years to come. (more…)

Celebrate the Fourth with Your CTBest Neighbors

Posted On: Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Happy 4th of JulyThe mercury is rising and the colors of Old Glory wave all across Connecticut, where it can seem especially fun to celebrate independence with reminders of history all around us. Residents of our properties have access to a smorgasbord of Fourth of July in walking distance or short drives from home. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the ways to mark the occasion with your neighbors.

Stamford will host a free fireworks show on Friday, June 30 at 6 p.m. in Cummings Park. Entertainment begins at 6:00 pm and the fireworks will start after dark. Bring a picnic and a blanket, find your spot and enjoy a relaxing summer evening. Guests are reminded that parking restrictions will be in place, and that traffic after the show may be congested. Cummings Park makes a scenic spot for a picnic and fireworks display. Enjoy fishing, swimming or boating and then cuddle up to watch the rockets red glare bursting over Long Island Sound. (more…)

How to Save on Utilities in the Summer Heat

Posted On: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

During the summer, people flock to Connecticut for its beauty and unique activities. As different as the residents and their lifestyles may be, they all have common goal in the summer: how to beat the heat without breaking the budget. Take a look at these tips to save energy and money this summer:

Unplug devices — This issue is one that is easy to fix, but it is usually not thought about. There is a common misconception that if the device is off, it is not using electricity, but devices like televisions can often use electricity even when not in use. A good indication of a device that uses electricity when powered off is anything with a clock or light. In order to fix this problem, using an energy-efficient power strip can help. (more…)

Memorial Day Celebrations Near CTBest Apartments

Posted On: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Our downtown Stamford apartments are ready for Memorial Day

Memorial Day was set aside to remember those who gave their lives in active military service. Families often gather in town squares and along parade routes to celebrate. The long weekend also gives us an extra day to kick off the long, lazy days of summer. Our residents in each of our communities are fortunate enough to live near some of the best Memorial Day activities in the country, and lots of them are within walking distance. (more…)

Finding a New Home for Four-Legged Family Members

Posted On: Friday, May 19th, 2017

When it’s time to look for a new apartment, it’s important to consider every member of the family before signing that lease. Whether the much-loved family pet will be making the move with the family or renters plan to adopt an animal once settled, do research ahead of time to make sure this pet is allowed in the new digs. We have a few questions to ask and some thoughts to consider when deciding to rent a pet-friendly space. (more…)