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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…)

Mother’s Day Around Your CTBest Apartment

Posted On: Thursday, May 11th, 2017

When the month of May comes around, many residents think of budding flowers and the end of the school year, but let’s not forget about celebrating the most important women in our lives. If there’s anyone in the world who deserves a day to be catered to, it’s Mom! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14 and we’ve gathered some popular destinations for some quality family time.

Stamford

  • May 12, 3:30-7 p.m.: Dinosaur Zoo Live will be at The Palace Theatre. This breathtaking tour will allow the entire family to observe, meet and interact with life-like dinosaurs from pre- historic Australia. Purchase tickets here.
  • May 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Dads, this is a perfect opportunity to have your children make Mom something unique and special! Sam Bridge Nursery in Greenwich will hold a Mother’s Day Basket Making for kid’s event where each child will be able to plant a basket to bring home to mom.
  • May 14, times vary: The Italian Center celebrates Mother’s Day with a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, complete with an omelet station, Venetian dessert bar, complimentary mimosas and bloody Marys. While Mom relaxes, children can enjoy a full schedule of activities.
  • May 14, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Fez will offer a Mother’s Day brunch with special pricing for children’s meals and a bottomless bloody Mary and mimosa bar. (more…)

Walking Through Branford

Posted On: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

No matter where you live in Branford, you are not far from a walking trail that allows for fresh air, beautiful scenery and historic sites. Branford has an impressive number of trails to explore; to date there are over 100! Residents of all ages have a safe, no-cost way to incorporate exercise into their daily lives, avoid congested streets, and experience the natural and historic beauty of this quaint town.

Of the numerous trails throughout Branford, Shoreline Greenway Trail is one of the most highly anticipated. This trail, once complete, will be a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. The newest section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, at Farm River State Park in East Haven, officially will open to the public for walking, cycling and other activities on Thursday, May 11. As of now, seven completed sections of the trail are complete. This new segment covers a third of a mile at Farm River State Park, and extends this section of the trial to a mile. The Shoreline Greenway Trail website directs visitors on trailheads and parking. (more…)

Bring Tech with You

Posted On: Monday, April 17th, 2017

TechSmart Home design has been a trending topic for at least a year now, and with improvements in existing technologies and the release of new ones, it’s now even easier to bring the convenience of smart home designs into apartment living.

For a while, many of these ideas were out of reach for apartment residents because they required installation to interior or exterior walls and ceilings, which is usually forbidden to renters. Now, just as easily as setting up individual wireless routers, renters can install home control devices that are both functional and good looking. (more…)

Celebrate Easter in an Egg-Cellent Way

Posted On: Monday, April 10th, 2017

easter partyNothing suggests the coming of spring quite like an Easter party. With warmer weather and longer days, people of all ages are ready let their Easter colors shine and spend some time outdoors. Since Easter egg hunts are over fairly quickly, we thought it was a good idea to plan additional entertainment for your little ones. Our residents at CTBest are invited to join us for a kids Easter craft party on Friday, April 14, from 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m., at our Morgan Manor Community Room. These craft stations will allow for tons of unique decorations that will look perfect on your refrigerator.

Start your Easter activities without leaving your community and give your kids a time to remember! It’s a perfect time for kids to get a little crafty, and as long as the kids are accompanied by an adult, we’ll have plenty of egg-speriments to engage in. In addition to our wonderful craft party, there are also more Easter happenings throughout the community. (more…)

Why Begin Your Apartment Hunt Now

Posted On: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Stamford DowntownWhether it’s your first year in college in a new town or you’re familiar with the area but want to upgrade apartments, it helps to know when you should start looking for the perfect place to call home. Most students begin looking in summer, for a multitude of reasons. However, taking financial situations and availability into consideration, the ending winter months that lead into spring may be the best time to begin your apartment hunt.

In Connecticut, spring can be brief depending on the year so typically March and April are still recognized as winter months. Living in a college town, the apartment and housing market will swell and diminish as students move in and out of town. If you’re looking for an apartment near campus in the months leading up to the beginning of the fall term, you’ll probably be out of luck. Once graduation comes around, heading into summer, there will be more choices and less competition. If you begin searching in the spring months, you’ll be more likely to get a sense of the area, community and apartment you want. Some apartment complexes do month-to-month leases, while others offer yearly leases. In May, many leases end, making it prime time to make your move. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Refresh and Revitalize with Greenery

Posted On: Friday, March 17th, 2017

greenery2Whether you’re decorating a space for the first time or wanting to start the spring off with fresh décor, CTBest has taken the guesswork out of styling your apartment for you. Our apartments offer close proximity to bustling downtowns and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. It’s important to create a space that is comfortable yet highlights your personality, and that’s what CTBest Apartment Style 101 is here to help you do.

Named the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization. While painting the walls may be a problem, this cheery shade of green can be found in décor, furnishings and fashion. To add to the Greenery effect, another trend set to take off happens to be climbing plants. Here are a few ideas we’ve gathered to help incorporate the Color of the Year into your home: (more…)

Spring Break in Connecticut

Posted On: Monday, March 13th, 2017

spring breakThe signs of spring may be minimal, but there are still tiny bright blossoms spotting the ground and peeking around trees, giving an indication that the perfect season is near. Being a full-time college student can be stressful, especially in the winter months when the semester seems like it will never end. When there is a week provided to escape the rough realities of life, experts encourage students to take it! Spring break is a time to get out of the same daily routines; let this be the year you also make changes to your spring vacations and take the roads less traveled.

There is no need to travel far to have a good time and make lasting memories on your much-needed spring break. There are plenty of exciting adventures to be taken within driving distance of your CTBest apartment. Taking in the local sights from surrounding cities and beach towns, as well as touring your new hometown, are all ways to relax and rejuvenate without spending a ton of money. Connecticut has both the shoreline and the countryside for popular spring break alternatives right in your backyard. (more…)