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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…)

Best Drinks to Enjoy by the Pool this Summer

Posted On: Monday, July 18th, 2016

Pros of Renting AmenitiesThe best way to endure a hot, summer day is being at the pool with a cold and tasty drink. To help you get through the summer, we’ve compiled a list of non-alcoholic drinks for you and your family to enjoy while soaking in the sun next to the water. Our favorite drinks to enjoy by the pool include:

Strawberry Lemonade

Nothing beats homemade strawberry lemonade. To make, add two cups of strawberries, half a cup of agave and three-fourths of a cup of lemon juice to a blender and pulse until the strawberries are liquefied. Pour the juice into a half-gallon pitcher, add slices of lemon and fill it with chilled water. If you want, you can add slices of strawberry to the pitcher for extra flavor. Pour it over ice to keep cold and garnish the glasses with lemon slices and strawberries. Not only will the drink look pretty, it will be delicious! (more…)

New Haven Music on the Green

Posted On: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Music on the GreenWhat could be better than a FREE summer concert series with your friends and family? Presented by the Yale New Haven Hospital, the New Haven Music on the Green summer concert series is the perfect event for you and your family to enjoy. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, July 30, be sure to come out and enjoy live musical performances from R&B “Funky Divas” En Vogue and the original “princess of pop” Debbie Gibson. In addition, there will be an epic 80s dance party at 6 p.m. on July 30. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Summer Rug Refresh

Posted On: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

By changing up things inside such as color, patterns and fabrics, you can make your apartment as bright and cheery as the weather. One of the easiest and most impactful ways you can do this is by updating your rugs. With summer in full swing, it’s always a good idea to transition your apartment’s décor to match the changing seasons outside. By changing up things inside such as color, patterns and fabrics, you can make your apartment as bright and cheery as the weather. One of the easiest and most impactful ways you can do this is by updating your rugs.

CTBest provides beautiful wall-to-wall carpeting in many of its luxury apartments, but adding your own style through area rugs, mats and other decorative rugs can really elevate your space and also help keep those carpets clean.

In thinking about how to care for your rugs over the summer and buying new rugs for the summer, here are a few tips to keep in mind: (more…)

Stamford Residents Celebrate Summer with CTBest

Posted On: Monday, June 20th, 2016

In celebration of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, CTBest recently treated its apartment residents with a School’s out for Summer Party at Morgan Manor in Stamford. In celebration of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, CTBest recently treated its apartment residents with a School’s out for Summer Party at Morgan Manor in Stamford.

Residents of all CTBest apartment communities were invited, and attendees enjoyed creating summer crafts, coloring and eating ice cream with family and friends all while getting to know their neighbors and other residents. Some of the kiddos in attendance even got the chance to make their dads some special gifts for Father’s Day!

Overall, everyone had a great time and was excited for the next CTBest bash. If you’d like to live in an apartment that regularly hosts fun events, such as Morgan Manor, and is close to a variety of entertainment options in Stamford, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com.

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Why Stamford is the City for You

Posted On: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Why Stamford is the City for YouWhy is Stamford the city for you? Stamford, more specifically Stamford Downtown, is a vibrant and inviting place with something to do all throughout the year. The city is host to some of the best events around and is called home by more than 80 different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It is also a place with many job opportunities that will allow you to have a great quality of life. Stamford is definitely the place to be; all that is missing is YOU!

To give you a glimpse into what it is like to live in this exciting city, here are some of our favorite things about Stamford:

Events

There are always fun events going on in Stamford that our residents love to go to throughout the year. One of them is Wednesday Nite Live (formerly known as Jazz-Up July), which is a summer concert series held in Stamford at Columbus Park every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in July. Another event is the Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series. This is another concert series held in Stamford at Columbus Park this summer on Thursdays for those 21 and older. Lastly, Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit every summer called Art in Public Places, where artists’ works are displayed throughout downtown for the city to enjoy. These are just a few of the events residents in Stamford enjoy all throughout the year. (more…)

Stamford Downtown Farmers Market

Posted On: Friday, June 10th, 2016

 Stamford Downtown Farmers MarketThe 2016 Stamford Downtown Farmers Market kicks off Saturday, June 18 and will continue through October 29. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, come out to the farmers market on Prospect Street at Latham Park and support your local vendors. There will be a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as breads, jams, baked goods, cheeses, oils and so much more! Don’t miss out on being able to buy straight from the farm to your home at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market.

Some people may question why you should buy local, especially from a farmers market. Here are a few reasons why you should support your local farmers market:

  1. Fresh, Seasonal Flavors: When you buy from a farmers market, you can know that the food is in season and fresh, and that the flavors are better and have been grown and brought to you organically. The food isn’t highly processed or grown using pesticides, hormones and any other non-organic modifications. Farmers bring only the best by using better and safer techniques and picking right before the market begins.
  2. Supports Local Farmers: Many times, local farmers have trouble competing with large, agriculture businesses that control the industry. Buying from local farmers gives them a chance to compete and return to market with their fresh produce again.
  3. Connect with your Community: Not only do you get fresh flavors and support local farmers when you buy from a farmers market, you also get the chance to build relationships and connect with your community. At a farmers market, you can meet up with friends and family and make new friends as well. In addition, when you buy from a local farmer, there is a good chance you can learn about great cooking tips and recipes straight from the farmer. Typically, farmers love the food they grow and sell and have come up with great recipes they love to share with customers. Overall, farmers markets are great places to connect with your community.

Be sure to come out and support your local Stamford Downtown Farmers Market this June through October. For a list of vendors and more information, visit Stamford Downtown’s website.

We loving living in a city that has events like this that brings our community and residents together. If you are looking for an apartment in Stamford with a great sense of community, give leasing consultant Desiree a call or text at 203-223-1665 or visit www.CTBestApts.com for more information.