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Cleaning Hacks For Your West Chester Apartments: Part Two

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If you tuned in to part one of this blogging installment, you likely know that we talked about some interesting and alternative cleaning methods such as using dryer sheets to buff out watermarks, grapefruits to clean the shower and tub, as well as using vinegar and an iron to rid your carpet of stains. Luckily, that isn’t all! In today’s blog post, your provider of luxury apartments in West Chester, Ohio, The Lakes At West Chester, will be continuing our conversation on our favorite innovative tips and tricks for cleaning your West Chester rental.

Clean Your Microwave With Soapy Water

While you might be thinking “No kidding — how else would you clean a microwave?”, we aren’t talking about simply scrubbing the microwave with soapy water. Instead, we are suggesting that you actually put the bowl of soapy water in the microwave and run it quickly. In doing so, you can expect for the grime and gunk covering the walls of your microwave ceiling to loosen up, becoming much easier to wipe off. This trick is so beneficial because if there is one thing that can make a luxury apartment in West Chester, Ohio, look less “luxurious” it is to have a dirty microwave.

Clean Fans With An Old Pillowcase

Often times you find yourself laying in bed, looking at the ceiling, only to realize that your ceiling fan is absolutely filthy. Sometimes it can be off-putting to clean the ceiling fan because more often than not, dust goes everywhere. Luckily, you no longer need to take a microfiber cloth and spread dust throughout your West Chester rental. Instead, simply take an old pillowcase (one that you are willing to throw out) and place the opening over each individual blade, simply shutting the opening and pulling the pillowcase off of the blade. In doing so, you will find that you collect all of the dust from the blade while also containing the dust in the back — a much better alternative to spreading it around your luxury apartment in West Chester, Ohio.

Clean Vents With A Wet Rag And A Butter Knife

To keep our list of odd cleaning uses for household items going, we would like to point out the efficiency of using a butter knife and a wet cloth to clean your West Chester apartment air vents. Over time, some dust and grime might build up on the grate of your air vent. By using a wet rag and a butter knife, you can easily slide the rag between the vents, quickly and efficiently removing the dust. Why is this important? Well, to put it simply, over time the dust will accrue on your vents, meaning that when the vents are turned on, they are more likely to decrease the air quality in your West Chester apartment.

Become A Part Of Our Luxury Apartments In West Chester, Ohio, Community

Here at The Lakes At West Chester, we love our little community. We are lucky enough to live within half an hour of Cincinnati while receiving all of the perks of living in a small community — and to top it off, we have a number of awesome amenities, both communal and in each of our West Chester apartments. If you are interested in becoming a part of our community, or even just want to take a look at our luxury apartments in West Chester, Ohio, we urge you to contact us to schedule a tour. Already know that The Lakes At West Chester is the perfect place for you? Simply apply online today!

We look forward to you joining our community. 

Cleaning Hacks For Your West Chester Apartments: Part One

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As a provider of apartments in West Chester, we understand that it can be difficult to clean your apartment — after all, grime and gunk do build up seemingly overnight. Luckily, there is a solution that can make any of the various apartments in West Chester look like a luxury apartment in West Chester. In today’s blog post, your local provider of apartments and townhomes in the North-Cincinnati suburbs, The Lakes At West Chester, will be discussing a few of our favorite cleaning hacks that can help you better manage the clutter, and dirt, in your apartment.

Continue reading to learn our secrets!

Clean Your Tub With A Grapefruit

While it might seem outright silly to clean your bathtub with your favorite breakfast fruit, there is a reason that we are suggesting it — and it is probably something that you haven’t thought about. How do you normally clean your shower or bathtub? You likely sprinkle a little bit of Comet on to a scrubbie and apply it to shower walls and bathtub floor. While we are not trying to discredit Comet, because hey, the stuff works — instead we are trying to point out that if you take a bath, you will essentially be soaking in the residuals of the chemical. A natural remedy that can replace comet is a halved, and lightly salted, Pamplemousse (aka a grapefruit).  So what are you waiting for? Clean your West Chester Apartments the natural way!

 

Tackle Water Spots With A Dryer Sheet

So your parents are in Cincinnati on business and need a place to stay for the week. Being the wonderful child that you are, you happily allow them to. There is only one problem — West Chester rental is completely spotless, except for the water spots on your stainless steel appliances. Water spots can make any West Chester apartment look much dirtier than it really is, so take a dryer sheet to them and buff them out. Your refrigerator, your faucets, and any other stainless steel appliances will be looking brand new in no time and you will avoid embarrassment!

Join Us Next Week For Part Two Of Our Blog!

Thank you for joining us in part one of our apartment cleaning secrets blog post. It is our goal as a provider of luxury apartments in West Chester, Ohio, to provide our tenants with the highest quality of amenities — and we are quite sure that they want to keep them that way. Whether you clean your apartment by yourself, enlist the help of friends, or hire someone else to do it, trust us when we say you will be happier with a clean West Chester rental. Stay tuned to the next installment of our blog to learn a few more of our favorite cleaning tips and tricks!

Contact us today if you have any questions about our luxury apartments in West Chester, Ohio. Are you looking for a new apartment? Stop by to take a tour or apply online today!

Design Ideas For The Modern Townhouse

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For most people, moving to a West Chester Townhome is a big step. Whether you moved from a college apartment or your parent’s basement, you now have a space larger than you are used to. Upon moving in, you will likely notice that it doesn’t feel homey, as the decorations that once worked in your smaller living space are spread thin in your new one. In an effort to help you settle into your new West Chester rental your townhome community, the Lakes At West Chester Village has compiled a list of our favorite decorations and design ideas that you can use to make your new house a home.

Make Your Living Room Entertaining

Your living room is your space to both relax and entertain. Since you will likely spend most of your time at home in your living room relaxing, it is beneficial to spend most of your interior design focus creating a space that is conducive to relaxation, while also being exciting enough to entertain in. Consider purchasing furniture with subtle colors like grey, or off-white, while decorating the walls with artistic and colorful artwork. In doing so you can create a relaxing yet entertaining space.

Make Your Kitchen Minimalist

If you are familiar with the minimalist movement, you might know that it is all about getting rid of as much stuff as possible, only keeping the few things that you truly need. While it might scare you that we said the word “minimalist”, we aren’t saying that you should get rid of that super nice juicer that you never use, but instead we are saying that you should stow it away out of sight. Having a kitchen with minimal countertop clutter and simple decorations can create a chic environment, while also facilitating cleanliness by making crumbs and other contaminants obvious.

Make Your Bedroom Cozy

Whether your bedroom is decorated in a cozy fashion or not, you likely won’t lose sleep over it, but having a cozy bedroom could potentially lead to more, and better, sleep. But how do you decorate a room to be cozy? Thick fuzzy blankets, plush throw pillows, thick comforters and mattress toppers, dim lighting, and of course, blackout shades. By creating a cozy environment in your bedroom, you might be ready for bed earlier, and we really couldn’t blame you.

Make Your Garage Utilitarian

Honestly, having a garage is one of the best things about living in a West Chester rental, because not only can you keep your car toasty in the winter, but you also have an abundance of storage options. By utilizing your garage space for storage, you may be better able to keep your West Chester townhome clutter free. While garages are great storage options, having too much stuff in them can lead to the space becoming almost unusable. The solution? Line the walls of your garage with shelving systems, hooks, and other storage tools to make it so that you can efficiently stack and hang your storage items.

Make It Your Own

While we could talk all day about how we think you should decorate your new townhome in West Chester, at the end of the day you should decorate it in a way that is fitting to your personality — we are simply here to give you some ideas. Additionally, some people think that the best decoration is no decoration at all, and that is perfectly fine as well. If you have any decorating ideas that you think other residents would like, feel free to contact us and let us know so that we can feature them in future blogs!

Apply Today, Decorate Tomorrow

If you are looking for townhomes for rent in West Chester we urge you to schedule a tour with us at the Lakes At West Chester Village today. While you take a look at our West Chester rentals to be sure to visualize how you would design your new home, because trust us, our townhomes have potential.

If you have any questions about our townhomes for rent in West Chester, Oh, we urge you to contact us right away. Additionally, if you are interested in renting a townhome at the Lakes At West Chester Village, it is important to apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

The Comeback Of The West Chester Townhome

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In the past, townhomes have found themselves situated in a void where some people love them, and some people can’t stand them, but all of that has begun to shift in the last couple of years. As a provider of West Chester townhomes, we understand the appeal that townhomes have to some people, and we see the issues that other peoples see with townhomes as well. We get it, they aren’t for everyone, because if it has been your dream to have a huge yard, you probably won’t be happy in a townhome — unless you live at the Lakes At West Chester Village, that is.

In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of the issues that people have seen with living in a townhome in the past, and how our townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio have resolved said issues.

Our Townhomes’ Response To Yard Space

As we briefly mentioned in the introduction to today’s post, some people have a strange vendetta against townhomes simply because they have little to no functional yard space. At the Lakes At West Chester Village, we see that as a huge benefit — and let us tell you why! First things first, having a small yard mean that there is hardly any maintenance, or no maintenance if you live in one of our townhomes in West Chester, Ohio.  You might be thinking “This still hasn’t solved my functional outdoor space issue,” and you’re right, but trust us when we say we have a solution.

Living in our rentals in West Chester, OH we provide our tenants with more than an adequate amount of functional outdoor space to make up for their small yards. How does a playground for your kids sound? A community grilling station?  A wood burning fire pit? A bark park for your four-legged friends? A rentable clubhouse? A five-mile walking trail? At the Lakes At West Chester, we have it all! Stop by our community today to schedule a tour of our awesome little neighborhood.

Our Townhomes’ Response To Living Space

Typically when people think of townhomes they think of a space that is smaller than the average house, but larger than the average apartment — and more often than not, that is the correct assumption. While some people tend to think that it is normal to live in an apartment when you are younger and then graduate to a home as you age, skipping the “townhome phase” is something that we simply disagree with here at the Lakes At West Chester Village. Townhomes in West Chester should be viewed as appropriate housing for anyone, at any stage of their life, because whether you are newly graduated from college, or married with a child, townhomes have plenty of functional space for you.

If you believe that townhomes are not fit to accommodate your lifestyle, we have a solution for you at the Lakes At West Chester Village. Our townhome community features a number of facilities that can accommodate your various lifestyle needs. Our West Chester rentals feature plenty of outdoor space for you to unwind, a 24-hour business center for you to work in, a 24-hour fitness center for you to workout in, and a 24-hour tanning salon for you to relax in! For a full list of amenities, click here.

Come to Join Our Townhome Community In West Chester

If you do not already live here in West Chester, you are missing out. Our quaint little township on the edge of the Cincinnati urban sprawl is the perfect combination of city and small town feel. Jam-packed with arts, entertainment, food, and activity, West Chester is the perfect place to raise your family.

If you are interested in becoming a resident, whether that be in one of our apartments or townhomes in West Chester, we urge you to stop by our front office and ask for a tour. If you live far enough away that you cannot take the luxury of visiting us in person, we insist that you take a look at the various resources that we have on our website.

Are you already convinced that you want to live in one of our townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio? Apply today! If you have any questions about our community, be sure to contact us.

Tips To Save Money On Utilities In Your West Chester Apartment

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Ahhhh, bills. You love them and you hate them. Wait, maybe just the latter. While there isn’t a way for you to be able to avoid paying bills at all, you can take some deliberate steps towards lowering your West Chester apartment utility bills. In today’s blog post your local apartment complex, The Lakes At West Chester Village will be discussing a few of our favorite tips and tricks that can be used to lower the utility bill for your apartment or townhome.

Adjust And Lower Your Thermostat

While we know that this is a widely known (and fairly obvious) way to lower your utility costs, we just had to reiterate it. Even lowering your thermostat by a few degrees can make a huge impact on your utility bill, all while being hardly noticeable in your West Chester rental unit. Additionally, it might be beneficial to see if your thermostat has a programmable time setting so that you can predetermine when the unit is turned down.

Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

While it might seem a little expensive to change all of the lightbulbs in your West Chester apartment, you will likely end up saving money in the long run. Lighting in your West Chester unit can account for an average of 5-10% of your total energy usage, so replacing old outdated bulbs with newer LED bulbs can make much more of a difference than you might think.

Check Your HVAC System Often

While yes, you live in an apartment and you feel like this is something you shouldn’t have to do, regularly checking the filter to your apartment’s HVAC system can do wonders for your utility bill. At The Lakes, At West Chester Village we take care of the main HVAC system, and we make sure to do a good job of it, but dirt and other airborne substances will get trapped in the filter over time — making your HVAC system work twice as hard. Simply check on your air filter every couple of months and watch your utility bills shrink.

Buy A New Shower Head

Is your water bill so high that it’s got you down? One of the largest water wastes that we hear about here at the Lakes At West Chester Village is when people run their shower for five minutes before they get in while they wait for the water to get to their preferred temperature. A perfect solution to this is to get a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads can be found just about anywhere and are a cheap addition to your shower that will save you big in the long run.



Unplug Items When They Are Not Being Used

Something that people often forget about is the fact that appliances use energy even when you are not using them — and a lot of it. It is likely that millions of dollars are lost every single year due to items and appliances that are plugged in and using “standby” power. Some new items are programmed to turn off completely after a period of inactivity, but to be safe we recommend using powerstrips so that you can easily “unplug” multiple items and appliances with ease.

Wash Your Clothes In Large Loads

Washing machine usage is an excellent way to cut down on your electricity and water bills because unlike other appliances in your West Chester apartments, washing machines use both electricity and water simultaneously. By simply cutting back on how often you use the washing machine by washing larger loads, you will see huge improvements in your utility bills.

Save Money With Us At The Lakes At West Chester Village

Are you currently looking at apartments in West Chester? Have you visited us yet? If you haven’t, we urge you to stop by and check out our beautiful community of townhomes and apartments for rent. We offer our residents unmatched amenities ranging from a dog park to a five-mile walking trail to complimentary movie rentals. Additionally, our apartments and townhomes in West Chester, Ohio are centrally located between some of the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that our wonderful little township has to offer.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Ten Things to Do Before Finding Your First Apartment

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Finding a new apartment is an exciting thing, whether it is because you are finally leaving your parents’ house or if it is your first new place with your significant other. Because it is your first apartment, you might not be quite well versed in the area of finding a high-quality apartment — a West Chester apartment that is a diamond in the rough, if you will. Luckily, as a local apartment complex that has West Chester apartments for rent, we do know a thing or two about the apartment search, because before we owned an apartment complex, we too once had to search for an apartment of our own.

In today’s blog post we are going to discuss a few things that we think you should know before you begin your West Chester apartment search.

Set A Budget

Before you set foot out of the door of your current housing, you need to know what your maximum budget is, as well as your ideal budget. Apartment hunting is hard, and each tour will take quite some time, and by inquiring about the apartment’s price before you tour you can end up cutting your list down in half.

Don’t know how to choose the maximum amount of rent that you are able to pay? Generally speaking (and take this with a grain of salt, as all housing markets are different) an individual should never pay more than 25-30 percent of their monthly salary on rent. So if you make $4,000 a month, your share of rent should ideally never exceed $1,000-1,200. Additionally, there is no harm in being frugal. If you find a nice apartment for rent in West Chester that is under your budget, satisfies all your needs and checks off all of your boxes, there is no harm in saving your money for a rainy day.

Don’t Limit Your Search To A Small Area

One of the worst things that you can do is set too narrow of a scope — in regard to location or cost.

While yes, you might have a fine line of what you can or cannot afford, it is important to look at apartments both above your budget and below your budget so that you can better understand how the quality and amenities of an apartment factor into its rental price.

Additionally, do not set too strict of a limitation on where the apartment is located. Do you want to be within 20 minutes of work? While that might be ideal, an apartment that is simply 10 minutes farther from your job may be cheaper, nicer, and have better amenities. It doesn’t hurt to look, so just keep an open mind and be flexible.

Come Prepared To Sign a Lease

As a provider of apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio, we understand that you don’t want to sign a lease the day of your tour, and that is not our intent either, but leasing can be extremely competitive. Why is the apartment search in West Chester so competitive? Well, to put it simply, it’s supply and demand. Most apartment leases all start, and end, at around the same time, meaning a large population of people are all out and about looking for their next dream home.

By bringing things like an ID card, knowing your credit score, and being prepared to pay for a credit check and background check are all ways that could help expedite the process if it were to come down to a race for the last available apartment in a complex.

 

Start Your Apartment Search At The Lakes At West Chester Village

If you are looking to have a short apartment search process from start to finish, we advise you to start your search here at The Lakes At West Chester Village. We offer apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio that is second to none in quality, amenities offered, and affordability. And to add to that, our location is not too shabby either.

If you are interested in living at The Lakes At West Chester Village we urge you to check out our website to find a full list of amenities, floor plans, and any other information that you might want to know about our West Chester apartments. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, be sure to contact us at our main office.

We look forward to showing you your new home.

What Is More Desirable? Living In The City Or A Suburb Of Cincinnati: Part Two

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In our previous blog The Lakes at West Chester Village, your source of luxury apartments in West Chester, OH, discussed the general appeals and stereotypes that are associated with living in the city versus living in the suburbs. Additionally, we spoke in depth about the benefits and the culture that the city can provide to someone living within city limits. If you would like to revisit part one of this blog post, click here.

As we stated in our previous blog, we are a stakeholder in the argument of if living in the suburbs is better than living in the city and vice versa. At The Lakes at West Chester Village, we are unapologetically in favor of the lifestyle that suburbs can provide, and in part two of this blog post, we will tell you why.

Why Suburbs?

Well, in order to get it out of the way as soon as possible, we must say that the obvious reason that we are in favor of the suburbs is our location. Sitting on the edge of the greater-Cincinnati bubble, our luxury apartments in West Chester, OH, are the perfect place to live with our communities perfect balance between relaxed and active.  Below, our community of apartments in West Chester, Ohio has compiled a favorable list in favor of living in the suburbs. Enjoy!

Get More Bang For Your Buck

When most people think about the cost of living in the suburb as compared to living in the city, they think in terms of property ownership. It is widely known that in real estate that you can get more square footage for your money in the suburb as compared to the city, but people rarely think of this concept in the terms of renting. Much like when looking for a property to purchase, West Chester rentals also allow you to get more square footage for your buck. So would you rather live in a tiny studio apartment in downtown Cincinnati? Or in a large apartment in West Chester for the same, if not less, money.

Less Is More

Sure, the obvious thing that West Chester has less of than in Cincinnati is people, but sometimes less can be a good thing. With a smaller population comes, wait for it — less pollution. With the deficit in cars on the road, you might notice better air even though you are still within a reasonable distance of downtown. Additionally, if you reduce the number of people in a given area, you will also notice a tremendous amount of noise reduction. While we are only 23 miles from downtown Cincinnati, you might find our luxury apartments in West Chester, OH quiet enough to be a day spa.

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Better Schools

While this is not always the case with suburbs, West Chester happens to have some of the best schools in the Cincinnati area. Are you interested in providing your child, or future child, with a quality public education? Consider moving to West Chester, where the local high school has a 40 percent rate in advanced placement educational programs. At The Lakes at West Chester Village, we offer apartments that are for rent in West Chester, Ohio that can allow you to become established in our quaint suburban community.

A Chance To Participate In Government

Living in a smaller community means that your voice is more easily heard. Taking a more active role in government is much easier when you are a part of a smaller community like ours because your voices and opinions can be heard by those that actively make the decisions. If you are a part of our community of luxury apartments in West Chester, OH, you have the opportunity to have your voice be heard. Exercise your rights with us!

Have We Made The Suburbs Appealing Enough?

Like we said in part one of this blog series, there are three types of people in this world — people that love living within city limits of a large metropolitan area, people that enjoy living in the suburbs, and people that really have no idea what living arrangement would better suit them. If you were in favor of living in the city, we probably wouldn’t change your mind, but for those that remained undecided, we look forward to having you come to visit our community of luxury apartments in West Chester, OH.

At The Lakes at West Chester, we understand that people are predisposed to like the city or the suburbs. All we are saying is that if the suburbs sound appealing to you, we would love to have you come to visit. If you have any further questions on our apartments in West Chester, or even about our quaint township itself, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask. If living on the outskirts of the hecticness known as Cincinnati, schedule a tour of our West Chester apartments, or apply online today!

What Is More Desirable? Living In The City Or A Suburb Of Cincinnati: Part One

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There are three types of people in this world — people that love living within city limits of a large metropolitan area, people that enjoy living in the suburbs, and people that really have no idea what living arrangement would better suit them. Here at The Lakes at West Chester we are obviously partial to the latter, being that of living in the suburbs, but in an effort to better demonstrate the benefits of both sides we will do our best to be impartial. Join The lakes at West Chester Village, your source for luxury apartments in West Chester, OH as we discuss the various benefits of living inside, or outside of the Cincinnati city limits.

Living In The City Or The Suburbs: The Argument

Even as a key stakeholder in the debate regarding the appeals of living in the city or the suburb, we must acknowledge that our luxury apartments in West Chester, OH might not appeal to everyone. Naturally, some people are predisposed to city life, as they find the fast-paced culture alluring. That being said, there will always be people on the other side of the spectrum as well — people that find quiet evenings at a small local brewery more appealing than a late night at a downtown pub.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty part of the argument, as it is really more of a preference than an argument — we here at The Lakes At West Chester Village would like to acknowledge some of the stereotypes associated with living in the city and living in the suburb.

Historically, people were known to spend their youth disseminated around the country in communities ranging from metropolitan to extremely rural communities, with most younger people  seeking the appealing city-lifestyle. Then, after living their 20s and 30s in the metropolitan area, they suddenly want a simpler life in a quiet, quaint, community. Then, they would move to the suburb, start a family, and live quietly.

While the cliche ideologies of the city and suburbs once had been indeed quite strong, they are no longer relevant, as now — regardless of age, some people are predisposed to like the city, and others, the suburbs.

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City Living: What Are The Appeals?

There are many reasons that someone might resort to city living instead of typing “apartments in West Chester” or “apartments for rent in the Cincinnati suburbs”.  Some people have jobs in the city and aren’t quite ready to start commuting, while others simply love the city life and would never want to leave it. Living in the city can be extremely fun, as there is always something going on. While cities like Cincinnati can provide the hustle and bustle that cities are usually associated with, it can also prove to be less fast-paced, as there are localized cultures within the city limits that can be incredibly valuable to immerse yourself in.

Are you an intellectual that likes to spend your time learning the vast wealth of your city’s knowledge? Then check out the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Contemporary Arts Center, and more.

Are you more interested in the restaurant and entertainment culture? Catch a concert at U.S. Bank Arena or Riverbend Music Center or reserve yourself a table at J. Alexander’s – Redlands Grill, or BRAVO Cucina Italiana.

Our point is that even as a provider of luxury apartments in West Chester, we can see the appeal that people might see in living within Cincinnati’s city limits.

Stay Tuned For Part Two: The Allure Of The Suburb

In part two of this blog post, we will discuss the allure of the suburb, and why people might find it more attractive than the city.

For those of you that already have seen the promises of living in a suburb of Cincinnati like West Chester, Ohio we urge you to come to visit us at The Lakes at West Chester Village. Our luxury apartments in West Chester, OH are located in a quaint township outside of Cincinnati, but still has all of the resources of a large city. Check out one of our last blog posts where we discussed some fun activities in West Chester.

If you are looking for an apartment in West Chester, Ohio, we urge you to contact us today. Schedule an appointment to tour our West Chester luxury apartments, or apply to become a part of our community online today.

How To Spruce Up Your West Chester Townhome

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Since the beginning of time, people have viewed townhomes as an intermediary step between an apartment and a detached home. People commonly think this because oftentimes apartments, and townhomes, in particular, can feel like they lack the “homey” feeling. Today, in The Lakes At West Chester blog, we will be discussing some of our favorite ways to spice up West Chester townhomes and make them feel more home-like.

The Lakes At West Chester is your source of high-quality and comfortable townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio. Because of our investment in townhomes and apartments, we know a thing or two about how to make them feel more like a home. Below, we have compiled a list of our favorite tips and tricks that you can use to spruce up your townhomes in West Chester, Ohio.

Hang Mirrors

When most people think of a mirror they picture it as a tool that is solely used for looking at yourself while you brush your teeth, ensuring that you are ready for the day, but at The Lakes At West Chester, we think differently. A mirror is a tool that can provide two major benefits to your West Chester rental — brighten the room, as well as making it look larger.

Mirrors can be strategically placed on the walls of your West Chester townhomes in an effort to brighten the room. Depending on if your unit faces East/West, North/South, or between the two, a mirror can accurately brighten any room of the house. The trick is that when you hang the mirror you want to hang it on the wall that is most prone to receiving sunlight. One last consideration that you should make before you decide to hang the mirror is if you would rather have a brighter home in the evening or in the morning, subsequently hanging the mirror on the eastern side of the room if you would like morning light and the western if you want evening light.

Mirrors are also an excellent tool to make the rooms in your West Chester rental seem larger. Granted, if you are looking directly into the mirror it will clearly not make the room seem larger, but when you catch the reflection out of the corner of your eye, it will trick your brain into thinking that the room feels larger.

Make An Urban Garden

Depending on the West Chester rental property that you decide to rent, you may or may not have a yard large enough to grow all of your favorite herbs, fruits, and vegetables. If you are interested in building an urban garden, check out the three different types of gardens that we have outlined below.

In-Ground Gardens

In-ground gardens are the most common type of gardens for people that own a property, So if you own one of the townhomes in West Chester, Ohio, this is likely the best option for you. In-ground gardens require no structures to be built and instead only require some tilling and the addition of fertilizer to the soil. Once you have mixed the soil, you can plant any of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that your heart desires.

Raised Bed Gardens

A raised bed garden consists of a wooden structure that sits above the ground and is filled with dirt. Raised garden beds are the perfect gardening technique for someone that is looking for townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio because a raised bed can be transported, and depending on the size of the bed, put on the porch or in the yard. Raised garden beds can be constructed both with or without, a bottom, with the bottomless varieties being more permanent.

Container Gardens

Lastly, we will discuss the container garden, a valuable asset for the West Chester rentals that have little-to-no functional outdoor space. If you are looking for townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio, container gardens are by far the most practical and manageable form of urban gardening. Building a container garden is as simple as buying small containers that you can move with ease and plant your fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Planting them in a small container makes it easy for the plants to be moved from the front porch to the back porch to inside the house with ease.

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Get A Large Corner Couch

While you normally would not think to add a large couch to a smaller room, it can actually do two major things — decrease the cluttered look of the room and provides some serious comfort. Any time that you buy a large couch for a moderately sized room in one of the many townhomes in West Chester, Ohio, it is visualized as being in the way, or troublesome, when in reality it can be an excellent addition to a room.

A corner couch, as large as it may be, will hug the wall, staying out of the high traffic areas in the room while also providing an immense amount of comfortable lounging. Additionally, having one large couch versus a small couch and the chairs can declutter a house and give it a more chic look.

Storage, Storage, Storage

One of the easiest ways to make your townhome in West Chester, Ohio feel homier is to have it be clutter free, and what better way to do that than to incorporate excess amounts of storage options in your home. Now, don’t get us wrong, at The Lakes At West Chester, we love shelving units, but there are innovative other ways to store things in your West Chester rentals.

Two of our favorite new innovative storage ideas are devices that you typically wouldn’t think of as a storage receptacle — ottomans and coffee tables. Ottomans are an extremely functional storage solution because they already serve a functional purpose, making it a much better alternative to using additional storage containers. Ottomans are perfect for holding the blankets and other fabrics that would otherwise be cluttering the living room draped over the arm of the couch.

Much like ottomans, new coffee tables can provide some serious dual functionality to your West Chester rentals. Coffee tables are already good for holding drinks, food, remotes, and for kicking your heels back in after a long day at the office, but they can also serve as a storage receptacle. Many new coffee tables feature drawers and tops that open so that you can store the miscellaneous items like the magazines and remotes that once cluttered your living room.

Use Your Best Judgement

As Your source for high-quality townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio, The Lakes At West Chester can’t tell you how to make your townhomes a home, because that is solely up to you. We do hope, however, that you like, or are inspired by, our above suggestions. West Chester is a wonderful community, and a West Chester rental is as wonderful as you make it.

If you are looking for townhomes for rent in West Chester, Ohio, we urge you to check out our community. At The Lakes at West Chester, we offer both apartments and townhomes that are centrally located between food, entertainment, and local businesses. Stop by today or apply to our west Chester rentals, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Five Annual Events Near Our West Chester Apartments

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In one of our past blogs, we discussed some of the reasons why we think living in the West Chester Township area is second to none. Today we will continue that trend by discussing some of the best events that our area will be hosting this summer. All of the events that we talk about today are within a reasonable distance of out West Chester apartments, so grab your bike or skateboard and experience the wonderful events that our town has to offer.

Here at The Lakes at West Chester, we thoroughly believe that apartments in West Chester are better than apartments anywhere else in the Cincinnati area. Why? The answer is simple — there is no place in the world like West Chester. Join us today as we discuss some of the summer 2018 events.

Buckeye BBQ Fest – May 18-19, 2018

If you are interested in some good old-fashioned family fun you absolutely have to be in attendance at the annual Buckeye Barbecue fest. Featuring two nights of non-stop live blues concerts, 99 kegs of local microbrews, a classic car show, and a multitude of different barbecue vendors, this event is sure to be an absolute blast.  

In addition to being chock full of entertainment, food, and fun, the Buckeye BBQ Fest also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get into like most large events. Day passes are five dollars, and kids under the age of 12 get in free. So what are you waiting for? If you live in one of the many apartments for rent in West Chester, OH, or even a house for that matter, head on down to the Buckeye BBQ Fest. We will see you there!

Hump Day Concert Series – May 31 to Aug 22, 2018

Everyone’s work week is the same. When the week starts you get that “I have five days of work left this week.” feeling, and needless to say, it is quite unenjoyable. Luckily, when Wednesday rolls around and you hit that midway point to the weekend your spirits are lifted. In the West Chester Township, we consider Wednesday to be a day of celebration, and that is exactly what we do.

Every Wednesday for the greater part of the summer at Voice of America MetroPark, tasty dinner, drinks, and music will be served to all in attendance. So grab your chairs, blanket, and a cooler or snack and relax to the soothing sound of local music as you celebrate your Wednesday. To learn more about this event check out the Metro Parks of Butler County website.

Oh, and did we mention that this event is free? Talk about making a good thing great. At The Lakes at West Chester, we thoroughly enjoy the community events that our area has to offer. Come see what we mean and then become a part of our community by moving into one of our apartments for rent.

Become A Part of Our Community

The West Chester Concert Series – Jun 2 To Sept 3, 2018

If there is an emerging trend that you might be picking up on by now it is the fact that West Chester loves its live music and concerts. The West Chester Concert Series is the perfect event for settling back and relaxing on a cool summer evening. Pack your own meal, or switch it up and bring take out, there is no wrong way to experience this concert series. Much like The Hump Day Concert Series, the West Chester Concert Series is also free and family friendly.

For more information on the location, as well as a full lineup of bands that will be performing, check out the Butler County Visitors Bureau’s website. Additionally, check out our West Chester apartments for rent so that you can be close to the action.

Christmas In July – Jun 25 to Jul 31, 2018

Everyone loves Christmas, right? But It is kind of a bummer that you can only see Saint Nick once a year. Luckily, at EnterTRAINment Junction you can see him twice, although seeing him again does not guarantee a second round of gifts. If your children are interested in seeing Santa (or if you are) be sure to stop by this wonderful event that celebrates the unbeknownst “half-Christmas” celebration.

For more information on this local West Chester, not-so-white Christmas event be sure to check out the EnterTRAINment junction website.

The Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta – Jul 14, 2018

The Crazy Cardboard Regatta is an event like no other. Hosted by Butler County, this unrealistically cool race features teams of paddlers aboard cardboard creations. Whether you build yourself a cardboard boat or are more comfortable spectating from the shore, this even it sure to be fun.

Are you not a fan of boating, races, or spectating? Don’t fret, because like most West Chester events, the Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta features a plethora of local vendors as well as other entertainment activities that you can participate in.

For more information on this wacky event, be sure to check out the Metro Parks of Butler County website.  

A Tour Of The Lakes At West Chester Apartments – Whenever You Want

While taking a tour of our West Chester, OH apartments may not be considered an event, we do think that it is a pretty big deal. If you are looking for your very own piece of West Chester real estate there is no better place for you to begin your search than here with us at The Lakes at West Chester. Featuring amenities ranging from a heated saltwater pool to a 24-hour fitness and tanning center, our apartments and townhomes are second to none here in the West Chester Area.  

We urge you to look at our apartments in West Chester, Ohio both because of the wonderful amenities that we can provide, as well as the wonderful community that we are a part of. Schedule a tour with us today, or contact us to ask questions.