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Pros of Renting: Amenities

Posted On: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Pros of Renting AmenitiesWe’ve already talked about the many benefits of renting an apartment, so let’s discuss one of the best things you’ll get when you choose to live the apartment life: amenities.

Having access to many amenities that you otherwise would not have is a huge cash saver and stress reducer. Luxuries such as a pool and fitness center are convenient, and things such as included heat and hot water save you a lot of money when it comes time to pay the bills. Even purchasing the necessary appliances such as washers and dryers can put a strain on your wallet, and if they break then you’re on your own.

By including the following amenities in many of our apartments and communities, CTBest Apartments provides our residents with a top-notch living experience: (more…)

Apartment Organization Made Easy

Posted On: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Apartment Organization Made EasyEven if you’ve already done your spring cleaning this year, there’s always room for more, and now is the perfect time to do some much-needed organizing. Here are some of our organizing tips for taking your apartment to the next level in organized style.

You’ll want to start by de-cluttering each room of your apartment. If you haven’t used that kitchen gadget or worn that shirt in a full calendar year, it can probably go; after all, there’s no sense in organizing it somewhere if you’re not going to use it anyway. You can either sell your unwanted items to secondhand stores or donate them to a local shelter or Goodwill.  While you’re at it, you can begin to sort things in various piles based on how you want to organize them. Find some important papers in a drawer full of office supplies? Put them aside for filing or shredding later.

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get organized. The task may seem daunting at first, but tackling the project room-by-room will definitely make it easier and less stressful. (more…)

How to Make Guests Feel at Home in Your Apartment

Posted On: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

How to Make Guests Feel at Home in Your ApartmentWhether they stay for the weekend or just a few minutes, it’s important that your guests feel welcome in your apartment. From subtle touches to rolling out the red carpet, we’re sharing our top tips for being the perfect host.

-Having guests over is the perfect excuse to get some of that much-needed cleaning out of the way. If you weren’t expecting company, de-clutter what you can and shut off rooms that you don’t want them to see.

-Plan ahead of time by stocking the fridge and pantry with items your guests will enjoy. If you’re not sure what they like, or don’t want to worry about allergies, they definitely won’t mind if you ask.

-For overnight guests, be sure that they have nice, clean sheets and fresh towels to use. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but white linens convey the most sense of cleanliness, which is important to any guest.

-You should also make sure to have sleeping arrangements ready before guests arrive, so they don’t feel like they are inconveniencing you. (more…)

How to Be More Eco-Friendly at Home

Posted On: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

How to Be More Eco-Friendly at HomeWith Earth Day coming up, you should be aware now more than ever about how your daily activity affects the environment. That’s why we’re sharing some of the best (and simple) ways to help you be more eco-friendly in the place you spend a majority of your time; your home.

-Recycling is one of the biggest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s a handy recycling chart that you can place near the receptacles in your home.

-You probably use your computer every day, but are you turning it off when you’re done with it? Even when computers are in sleep mode they suck up energy, so be sure to turn yours off completely off after each use to get the most out of it in the years to come.

-Invest in rechargeable batteries and learn how to properly dispose of old batteries.

-Don’t throw out your coffee grounds as they can be used to do some pretty great things. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Spring into Fun Door Wreaths

Posted On: Monday, April 11th, 2016

favorite spring wreath ideasSpring has sprung and while you’ve probably already hit refresh on your wardrobe and your apartment’s décor, why not go a step further and showcase your craftiness with a fun wreath to brighten your door (and maybe somebody’s day)?

Here are some of our favorite spring wreath ideas:

  • Of course, no spring wreath is complete without flowers. Our favorite picks for this time of year are tulips, hydrangeas, daisies or whatever variety reminds you of spring. To keep things fresh, silk flowers are definitely the way to go; you can always make the wreath feel more natural by using grapevines or twigs as a base. We also love the look of flowers on a foam base cut into you or your family’s monogram. (more…)

Celebrate Earth Day with New Haven

Posted On: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with New Haven at the Rock to Rock Earth Day RideJoin about 1,000 of your New Haven neighbors on an eight-mile bike ride across the city as you raise support for local organizations at the 8th annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride!

Registration is now open for the April 30 event, where members of the “rock band” will participate in an eight-, 12-, 20- or 40-mile trek from West Rock to East Rock. Along the way, participants will stop to eat tasty treats, listen to some cruising tunes, partake in environmental service projects and explore New Haven’s beautiful parks and neighborhoods.

Team up or ride solo to help raise funds for more than 20 local groups that aim to create a healthier, greener community. When you collect donations, you can choose to support any or all the wonderful organizations that make Rock to Rock possible and dedicate themselves to making the community a better place.

So, hop up on that bike to support great local causes, get some fresh spring air and explore your own backyard at Rock to Rock on Saturday, April 30. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day! Everyone from rookies to seasoned riders is invited to take part in Rock to Rock. Visit www.rocktorock.donordrive.com for official entry, times and important information.

If you live in our Seramonte apartment community, be sure to check out this favorite annual event in New Haven. If you don’t live at Seramonte but want to live near fun events such as the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride, give leasing agents Jessica or Sam a call/text at 203-448-9659 and 203-619-4576 or visit us online at www.ctbestapts.com.

Why Renting Is Great For Your Budget

Posted On: Monday, March 28th, 2016

Why Renting Is Great For Your BudgetHome ownership is a rite of passage that many people associate with adulthood and maturity. With the fluctuation that this economy is prone to, jumping on to the home ownership bandwagon may not be the best financial decision when you’re on a budget.

Here are some of the benefits of renting an apartment instead of buying:

No property taxes

This is one of the most expected perks of renting. You won’t have to pay real estate taxes, which are complex and typically based on your home’s market value. New homes are getting even bigger, which will likely increase the financial burden of property taxes.

No large down payment

Many landlords require renters to pay a deposit before securing an apartment, but the down payment required to purchase a home is at a much higher cost. Let’s say that you pay a five percent deposit on a home with a market value of $150,000. Your move-in cost would be $7,500, which is much higher than the average security deposit. By choosing to rent, you can avoid the high costs due at move-in. CTBestApts offers a traditional security deposit and the optional deposit route that allows residents to keep their money while setting up their deposit. Learn more here. (more…)

How to Start and Care for an Indoor Garden

Posted On: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

How to Start and Care for an Indoor GardenWinter is coming to a close and the days of seeing flowers bloom are well on their way! Don’t let apartment-style living stop you from partaking in the joys of the spring season. Instead, opt for an indoor garden. According to a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, house plants purify indoor air by absorbing potentially dangerous gases found in natural air. Additionally, your apartment will be more aesthetically pleasing and will have added comfort for you and your guests to enjoy.

Here’s how you can get started with your indoor garden for herbs, flowers, fruits or vegetables:

Make the space for it. NASA suggests having at least one plant per 100 square feet in your home in order to reap air cleansing benefits, but that is by no means a rule. If you are starting an indoor garden for decorative purposes, you can use as little or as much space as you’d like. For instance, a tomato garden can be done on a window sill. (more…)

Celebrate a New Season with a New Apartment!

Posted On: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Renting specials at The Townhouse, a luxury apartment community in Stamford, ConnecticutSpring has officially sprung and CTBest is excited to announce limited time renting specials at The Townhouse, a luxury apartment community in Stamford, Connecticut.

Our current incentives at The Townhouse include:

  • Up to one month free rent on select one-bedroom apartments.
  • Up to one month free rent on select two-bedroom apartments; includes one covered indoor garage space.
  • On-site fitness center included.
  • No move in/move out fees or common costs.

The high-rise apartments of The Townhouse are located only forty minutes from New York City and just steps away from theatres, restaurants and exciting nightlife destinations in downtown Stamford. Inside the community, residents can find most units with a washer and dryer, newly renovated kitchens, balconies and an on-site clothing care center. When you’re ready to go for a run or lift some weights, you can also check out the fully-equipped fitness center in this all-inclusive community. Residents of The Townhouse have the benefit of quick access to mass public transportation routes and covered parking. All Townhouse apartments even have included utilities (heat, hot water, cooking gas) so you won’t have to worry about paying an extra bill each month! (more…)

Celebrate Easter in Stamford with CTBest!

Posted On: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Celebrate Easter in Stamford with CTBest

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams

We couldn’t agree more! CTBest is celebrating Easter and the arrival of the much-anticipated spring season with a party at the Morgan Manor apartment community in Stamford. All CTBestApartments residents are invited to hop on over to the Morgan Manor Community Room located at 95 Morgan Street for a Kids Easter Craft Party!

From beautiful eggs to adorable chicks and bunnies, children will enjoy making easy but fun Easter crafts that will delight them (and you!) throughout the season. Parents might even get inspired to create some of their own crafts that will go perfectly in their luxury Connecticut apartment!

Snacks and juice will be provided for all who attend. Parents must accompany children throughout the party.

If you are not a resident of Morgan Manor, just look for the balloons located at the pedestrian entrance to the Morgan Manor Community Room. There will be a PARTY sign outside.

We look forward to having everyone there, and can’t wait to see what wonderful creations the kids create! (more…)