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Beat the Heat in Your Apartment this Summer with These Tips and Tricks

Posted On: Friday, July 31st, 2015

Indoor plants help save energy and keep air cool in your apartmentKeeping your apartment cool in the summer can cause your power bill to skyrocket. Trying to escape the summer temperatures can seem impossible, but with these tips, you can stay eco-friendly and save money.

1. Shade East and West facing windows. We all know the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Take the time to buy the right curtains such as blackout curtains or shades to keep the heat from sneaking in throughout the day.

2. Decorate with indoor plants. Indoor plants help keep the air around them cool. They use photosynthesis to survive and create energy. Plants also use the heat around them as energy to create their own food with water and sunlight.  (more…)

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with CTBest Apartments

Posted On: Monday, July 27th, 2015

Best Ice Cream in New Haven Summer is heating up, and one of the best ways to cool down is to dive right into a refreshing scoop (or two) of ice cream.  As a treat that is loved the world over, ice cream was given its own month by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to get some of the best ice cream in the state, and there are plenty of parlors in New Haven County for residents of our Seramonte Apartments to enjoy in July and year-round.

This list of the best ice cream parlors in the New Haven area from blogger Mommy Poppins has some great places where you can get the sticky-sweet treat: (more…)

Stylishly Pet-Proofing Your Apartment

Posted On: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Stamford Apartments FurnitureYou love your apartment, and you love your pet. You want your pet to be safe and comfortable in your apartment, but you don’t want to sacrifice your personal style in the process. To make you and your four-legged friends happy in the same space, the following tips and tricks from the Design Sponge blog will help you stylishly pet-proof your apartment.

For animals that shed a lot, a dark rug with small patterns will help hide pet hair, dirt and stains much better than a solid or wide-print pattern.  An indoor/outdoor rug is easy to clean and can stand up to tough scrubbing when your pets forget their manners, and a low-pile rug will make your pets less likely to make your carpet their personal scratching post.

Speaking of scratching posts, rope can be a useful tool to make an alternative to those often unsightly cat toys. By wrapping sisal rope around exposed pipes or table legs, you can create a place for your cat to scratch while adding visual interest to the space. If your cat is still having a scratch attack, velvet is the way to go for your upholstery. It’s not a looped thread, so your pet has less to sink his claws into to ruin your furniture. If you already have furniture picked out and it’s not velvet, a durable throw blanket will do the trick. (more…)

Summer Fun in Branford

Posted On: Friday, July 17th, 2015

Stony Creek’s famous Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise for the Sea Mist Cruise and Croon This summer in Branford, Connecticut is shaping up to be an exciting one with fun and inspiring community events guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout. If you’re visiting the area or live in our Montoya Apartments or Condominiums, you’re never far away from the action in this beautiful seaside town.

Come see the stars under the stars! On July 16, in conjunction with Broadway producers Seaview Productions and Owenego Beach Club, the Legacy Theatre will present its second annual Broadway in Branford featuring Wicked’s Eden Espinosa & Friends. This outdoor pay-what-you-can event features the best of Broadway talent right here in Branford. The event will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Owenego Inn on 40 Linden Avenue.  RSVP and donation information about this star-studded evening can be found at eventbrite.com. (more…)

The Alive@Five 2015 Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Posted On: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Alive@Five 2015 Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Downtown StamfordThe Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series kicked off on July 9 with a bang as Michael Franti & Spearhead took the stage at Columbus Park in downtown Stamford. This band, which blends hip hop, funk, jazz, rock and anything else to get the people moving, has been captivating audiences for more than 20 years and is just one of the exciting headline performances that will take place during the six-week music festival.

Since 1997, Alive@Five has brought nationally- and internationally-recognized performers to the music lovers of Stamford, Connecticut. With acts like ABBA, The Drifters, Hootie & the Blowfish, Don McLean, Blues Traveler, Third Eye Blind, Foreigner, The Beach Boys and many more, Alive@Five has established itself as one of the best venues to see great live music. This is definitely one event you won’t want to miss!

Alive@Five 2015 will be held Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. and features the following acts:

  • July 16: Boyz II Men
  • July 23: Guster
  • July 30: Andy Grammer
  • August 6: Sister Hazel
  • August 13: Shaggy (more…)

Be the Master of Your Move

Posted On: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Tips for a Stress-Free MoveYou’ve saved your pennies and budgeted for your rent, but have you planned for all of the details after you’ve signed your lease? Moving into an apartment is a big step, but it can be made much easier if you prioritize planning before you drive away from your former residence. If you’re considering moving into a new apartment, there are some simple solutions to mastering your move:

Make moving arrangements in advance: Are you using professionals or your friends to help you move? Whether you’re trusting your buddies or resting easy with the pros, make your arrangements several weeks ahead of time. Even if you’re moving yourself, this may mean renting a truck or using short-term storage. Some apartment communities have relationships with moving companies that offer discounts, so make sure you check with your new community office to see if this is an option.

Don’t procrastinate on your packing: Start with the trinkets and seasonal items that don’t get used very often, and save the everyday-use items for the end. If you start packing early, you’ll relieve yourself of that stress on the night before your move. (more…)

How to Ace Your First Place: A First-Time Renter’s Guide

Posted On: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

First-time rental guideYou may be done with school, but renting your first apartment is a lot like taking an exam; a certain amount of preparation must be done to ensure that you make the grade. Knowing what to expect, and planning for the unexpected, can make all the difference when you’re out on your own for the first time.

First, and probably most important, set a budget; ideally, rent should make up no more than 30 percent of your income. Make sure to start a contingency fund to save for unexpected expenses, and be prepared to shell out a considerable amount for a security deposit (this often this equals first month’s rent), utilities and fees for any extra amenities.

Be prepared to go through the application process. Have all the relevant information easily accessible, such as proof of employment, and allow enough time for a credit and background check to process. If you cannot provide a sufficient credit report or work history, a co-signer may be required to complete the lease agreement. In addition, you should always read everything on the lease. If you don’t understand or agree with something, speak up and have the landlord explain it to you; this will save you from a lot of headaches, and possible legal battles, down the road. (more…)

Seven Must-Have Products Every Renter Should Own

Posted On: Monday, June 29th, 2015

Products for renters Any renter who has moved around enough times understands the struggle of decorating; you want to personalize your space for the duration of your stay, but all of the painting, re-wiring and hanging decorations can put you at risk of losing your security deposit when the lease is up (not to mention, it can be very time consuming). For those renters who want don’t want to live within four white walls for a year or more, this list of versatile home products courtesy of Dwell is exactly what you need.

1. Go cordless! Create atmosphere and lighten up your space with the Wald plug lamp from Feltmark. This sconce-like lamp plugs directly into an outlet and is a clever, space-saving alternative to a floor or table lamp. Bonus: It’s designed, made and hand-assembled right here in the U.S.A.

2. If you have been blessed with a large place, it can often be hard to determine what goes where. Thankfully, the Gradient bookshelf by Kutarq is not only great for housing your favorite literature, but it can also be used to separate and define space. Perfect for frequent movers, this bookshelf is lightweight and easy to assemble and disassemble. (more…)

Why Millennials Would Rather Rent Than Buy

Posted On: Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Millennials would rather rent than buy, outnumbering Baby Boom generation As the job market continues to improve, young college graduates are rapidly becoming the largest share of the American workforce. However, due to the national $1 trillion student loan debt and an increased “sharing mentality” among Millennials, this surge in the labor force has not necessarily translated into home sales.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Millennials will surpass the Baby Boom generation in size this year. This growing demographic has extensive knowledge of technology and is more likely to graduate from college, making these individuals more desirable candidates for jobs while also burdening them with never-ending student loan debts. Because of this, the option of renting is becoming more appealing and the idea of homeownership is now a distant concept for those in the 18-34 age range.

Millennials choose to rent for several reasons. For one, the majority of jobs that require the knowledge and skills many recent graduates possess are ones that happen to be available in major cities throughout the country. Therefore, Millennials are no longer looking to live in large suburban homes because they are not convenient to work or they simply cannot afford to finance a home. Many people in their 20s are also more likely to change jobs or relocate for work within five years of accepting their first jobs. So, they see no point in being tied down to a major purchase they made when they were fresh out of college. Additionally, renting does not require extensive home maintenance, which often contributes to stress that Millennials do not want, need or have time for as they are starting their careers.

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Celebrate the Red, White and Blue this Fourth of July

Posted On: Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Fourth of July celebration fireworks displayFourth of July in Connecticut is shaping up to be as explosive as ever this year, as events promise good times for all. With the best Independence Day celebrations located within minutes of our apartment communities, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the following activities; just be sure to keep an eye on the weather, as event dates and times are subject to change:

Join the town of Branford as it commemorates America’s birthday with a fireworks display on June 27. Fireworks will be shown from Branford Point at Parker Park and can also be seen from Foote Memorial Park. For more information or to make an online donation to this free event, visit the “Branford Fireworks 2015” Facebook page.

The celebrations continue in Stamford with the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks show on July 2. Held at Cummins Park, the event is free and entertainment will be provided by DJ More than Music beginning at 6 p.m. More information can be found online at the Stamford Daily Voice.

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