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Why We Love Norwalk

Posted On: Friday, August 26th, 2016

Washington Street in NorwalkBeyond our apartments in Norwalk, there are many reasons why we simply love this city. Norwalk has beautiful sights and beaches, fun attractions to visit, great food and more. To help you understand more about why we love Norwalk, here are a few of our favorite things this great city has to offer:

Beautiful Sights

Norwalk is an urban waterfront community that is home to some of the area’s best parks and beaches including Matthews Park, Oyster Shell Park, Calf Pasture Beach and Heritage Park. With easy access to these parks, residents in this city can enjoy walks on the beach whenever they want and always have a beautiful view to see at sunrise and sunset. Who wouldn’t love living near the beach? (more…)

Why We Love Morningside Gardens

Posted On: Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Morningside GardensLocated on the Connecticut shoreline, Norwalk is an urban waterfront community that many have grown to love. The city has much to offer through its beautiful beaches, parks and attractions such as the Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stone Museum for Children. The city is also only about 30 miles from Yale University, one of the top universities in the nation. For these reasons, you can begin to see why our Morningside Gardens community is perfect for you.

In this community, guests can find one bedroom and one bath apartment homes and two bedroom and one bath townhomes with features they will love. These features include, but are not limited to, wall-to-wall carpeting, hardwood floors, ceramic-tiled kitchens and baths, dining areas, resident-controlled central air conditioning, heat and hot water. In addition, the community offers ample onsite parking, access-controlled front doors, beautiful grounds and in-home washers and dryers or access to an on-site clothes care center. (more…)

Tips for First-time Renters

Posted On: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Hoyt Bedford apartments near Downtown StamfordWith classes beginning this month, there may be many who are stepping out and looking to rent for the first time. Whether this is your first time or the fourth time renting, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are a few tips to remember throughout the entire process:

  1. Make a budget: One of the first things you should do when starting to look for an apartment is to make a budget. You need to be able to know what you can afford. The general rule when it comes to renting is your rent should not exceed 30 percent of your income. Budget wisely and don’t go over your budget.
  2. Have priorities: Create a list of priorities of what you want you in your apartment and lease. Know which ones are more important and which ones you would be willing to give up. Having this list can help you further narrow down your choices and find the one that best fits you. Examples may include ability to have a pet, location or square footage. (more…)

Visit the 3rd Annual Classic Car Show in Branford

Posted On: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Classic carsWhen you live in a CTBest apartment, you can expect both a comfortable living space and an active community for you to spend your time in. Our residents in Branford apartments have an exciting event to look forward to toward the end of August with the Branford Rotary 3rd Annual Classic Car Show.

For those looking for a fun and cost-effective way to spend a Sunday afternoon, you should make a trip to the car show on August 21! This free event will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Branford Farmers’ Market Tent.

This event is perfect for car lovers and those just looking for something new to try. Visitors will get to see more than 150 vintage automobiles at the show. The display will be varied and feature both domestic and international cars made from several different manufacturers.  (more…)

Stay Organized by Finding Your Ideal Study Space

Posted On: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Laptop on the desk of a study spaceSummer break is nearly over, which means school is just around the corner! While college is plenty of fun, it’s always important to stay on top of your classwork. Knowing how to stay organized in a college apartment is an important step to having a successful semester!

When things start to get overwhelming in school, your apartment is the first to notice. Everywhere suddenly becomes a study space and various books and papers can be found anywhere including the living room, the kitchen, your bedroom or even the bathroom! This leads to not only a messy apartment, but also disorganization and lost assignments. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Mirror Tricks

Posted On: Monday, August 1st, 2016

When decorating your apartment or trying to create a new look, you don’t need to go overboard with fancy supplies or materials. The addition of something as simple as a mirror can do wonders for your apartment’s personality, as long as you do it right. Here are some of our mirror tricks to help you add some style to your CTBest apartment!

Mirrors can bring more light to your apartment without the cost of buying and using more lamps. Brighten up your space by placing a mirror behind a light source in a room. The mirror will reflect the light, so it can reach more areas of the room, and this effect will add some beauty to the space as well!Sometimes you don’t need a whole lot of room to work with when decorating. If you have a piece of furniture that forms a tight space against a wall, think about adding a large floor mirror. This addition can add prominence and purpose to your furniture and give you a great spot to make sure everything’s in order!

For a more daring approach, consider adding a whole mirror wall to your apartment! If done properly, these mirrors can give off the illusion the room is bigger than it really is and add an extra design element to your apartment. Some ways to build your mirror wall is by using multiple smaller mirrors like paneling, using large antique mirrors for added charm and an artistic touch, or framing the mirror with trim to give it substance.

These are just a few of many ways mirrors can increase the character of your home. Don’t waste your time with complicated and time-consuming projects when hanging up a mirror is all you need!

For more information on our apartments in some of Conneticut’s most popular locales, visit www.ctbestapts.com or contact our leasing agents. Text or call Desiree at 203-223-1665 or Jessica at 203-448-9650.

Pros of Renting: Utility Affordability

Posted On: Friday, July 29th, 2016

utilitiesWhen looking to rent an apartment, utility costs are always an important factor to consider. Different places handle the responsibility of utilities in different ways, and that can be a reason for variations in the costs of renting. In the end, the affordability of utilities is a huge advantage when renting, especially with CTBest Apartments.

One reason the costs of utilities is low when renting is because of the floor plan of the apartment. Apartments are typically more compact, and there is less to heat or cool in the apartment. Large homes take a lot of energy to heat and cool because of all the space, and that, in result, costs more money. Another reason why it costs less to heat and cool an apartment is because oftentimes there are one or more walls adjacent to another apartment. This means the cool or hot weather outside isn’t affecting the temperature of the apartment inside as much. The other apartments act as insulation, and it takes less energy and money to keep the apartment’s temperature consistent. (more…)

Decorating Hacks You Can Do This Week

Posted On: Monday, July 25th, 2016

Room with map wall artWe are all looking for those projects and decorating hacks that don’t take too much time and can give our apartments new life. Whether it is recycling something to be used in another way or simply changing colors in a room, the ultimate goal is to make our apartments reflect our personality and be welcoming to guests who come over. What are these quick decorating hacks? We’ve provided a list of those quick hacks that you can do this weekend:

Create Map Art

This is something you can put up in your apartment that is easy and is a fun reminder of where you have been, especially if you love travelling to new places. Find a large map of the United States and put it up on a wall. When you travel to different states, be sure to get a picture of you. When you get home, print out the picture, cut it out to the shape of the state you were in and put it up on the state on the map. This idea is a great decoration piece that is easy to do and reminds you of the places you have been and trips you have took. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter! (more…)

Tips to Save on Energy Costs in the Summer Heat

Posted On: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Things to Do in Hamden and New Haven, ConnecticutHot summer days can mean fun times outdoors, but it becomes not so fun when it’s time to pay the bills. Escaping the stifling heat with the A/C can lead to higher energy costs than normal and a wallet that’s all dried up. At CTBest Apartments, we understand the struggle, so here are some summer time tips to saving on your cooling costs.

When you’re not at home or at night when you’re confined to your bedroom and can enjoy the breeze of a ceiling fan, raise the temperature in your home instead of keeping it low. There’s no need to cool your apartment when no one is around to enjoy it. Raising the temperature is a great option for whenever you’re not in need of cooling and can save between five and 15 percent on A/C bills! (more…)

Beach Bag Must-Haves

Posted On: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Enjoy beaches near our Stamford rental apartments

As the hot summer days continue to roll, going to the beach is the best solution to cool down and have some fun. However, before you head out, be sure you have all the necessities you need for a day at the beach. So you don’t forget, we made a list of beach bag must-haves for you when head to the sun and sand:

  1. Sunscreen: If you don’t bring anything else, make sure you have sun protection when you go to the beach. No matter the SPF you choose, although we recommend at least SPF 30, pack sunscreen and put it on at the beach. And don’t forget to reapply throughout the day! Nothing is worse than coming home from the beach burnt. (more…)