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Butler Country, Ohio Profile — Brought To You By Your West Chester Apartment Provider

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When people begin to shop around for places to move, what is the first thing that they do? They do their research on their potential “landing spots” — because the characteristics of the area you move to are bound to have a huge impact on you and your family.

Located in Butler County, Ohio, The Lakes At West Chester Village understands the inherent need for information people have when researching places to move, and because of that, we are dedicating today’s blog post to give you a profile of Butler County.

Continue reading to learn more about our area’s population, economy, education, and other noteworthy information.

Butler County Ohio A Look At The Numbers


One of the most important considerations that families that are moving must take into account is the population of the place that they intend on moving to — after all, it could dictate how easy it is to get around town, as well as the future opportunities that are present. Butler County boasted a population of 377,537 in 2016 and has since grown at a fairly moderate rate. While our suburban county provides roughly 180,582 jobs to its residents, many commute to nearby Cincinnati — a short 30-minute drive away.

So Butler County is a suburb of Cincinnati, but does that mean it has an aging population? While most people assume that the suburbs are a better fit for older generations, they have become increasingly popular for younger generations — especially those that are considering starting families. In Butler County, the median age in 2016 was actually 36.3 — proving that our county has diverse age range within the population.


As we stated briefly above, 180,582 people work in Butler County — which is good news for the local economy. Some of the more common industries that employ Butler County include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, management, wholesale trade, healthcare, utilities, and technology services.  In fact, Butler County boasts such an impressive economy that it employs more people than other Ohio counties of the same size.

But what is the statistic that you really care about as a prospective resident of Butler County? — the median household income. In Butler County, the median household income was $63,273 in 2016. While that may not be immediately impressive, it is higher than the national average, Ohio average, and Cincinnati Metro-area average.


If you are considering moving to Butler County, you have likely already found that our primary schools and high schools are among some of the best in the nation. But what about our secondary school opportunities? Butler County is home to a number of great secondary education opportunities — with the three largest being Miami University-Oxford, Miami University-Hamilton, and Butler Tech-D Russel Lee Career Center.

With a median in-state tuition of $11,758, Butler county boasts high-quality secondary education opportunities at an affordable price — thus attracting younger generations and stimulating the local economy.

What Are You Waiting For? Move To Butler County Today

As a provider of West Chester apartments, we might be a little biased here at the Lakes at West Chester Village, but the statistics also speak for themselves. With a strong community, powerful economy, and high-quality secondary education opportunities, Butler County has solidified itself as one of the most desirable areas near Cincinnati, and even in Ohio as a whole.

If you are looking for apartments for rent in West Chester, or townhomes for rent, we urge you to come and visit us at The Lakes At West Chester Village. If you wish to tour our wonderful Butler County apartment complex, or if you have any questions for us, please contact us today.

Do’s And Don’ts Of Apartment Living

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Living in an apartment seems pretty simple, right? After all, isn’t it the same as living in a single-family home?

While yes, living in an apartment is very comparable to living in any other style of home, it has to be recognized that there are some subtle differences. You have less space, you don’t have a yard, you have neighbors on either side of you, as well as above and below you. While apartment life is indeed much different than living in a suburban ranch-style home, it doesn’t mean that it is any less “luxurious” — it simply means that there are a few things that you should do to optimize your experience.

As a community of apartments in West Chester, we have a pretty good idea about what it takes to make the most of apartment life. Join us, the Lakes at West Chester Village, as we discuss the do’s and don’ts of apartment life.

Don’t Be Shy

When it comes to living in a communal setting like an apartment community, it is important that you are outgoing — when you first move in at the least. Unlike living in a house, isolated from your neighbors by your yard, an apartment community is much more dense — meaning that you technically share a wall with up to three neighbors. Because of this, it is important that you meet your neighbors when you first move in.

The primary reason that we urge you to meet the people that live around you is that it can help you a lot down the road. For example, maybe Josh and Jessica in apartment 4B are having a party and it is a little too loud. If you have met them, you might be able to simply send them a text and ask them to quiet down a little — something much more desirable than meeting them for the first time when you knock on their door to ask them to lower the volume.

The second reason that we advise our residents to meet their neighbors is that there is a potential friendship that you could be forgoing if you don’t. Now, we aren’t saying that you have to be friends with your neighbors, we are simply saying that it is a possibility — but you will only know if you go knock on their door.

Do Take Advantage Of Amenities

Now, this tip might not apply to all apartments in West Chester, but as a benchmark, we are going to use our apartments for rent as an example.

Unless your old house had a pool, a gym, a business center, a dog park, a clubhouse, and tons of other amenities, we would be willing to bet that living at the Lakes at West Chester Village is the first time that you have had access to all of these amenities just minutes from your doorstep. That being said, it can also be hard to get in the habit of using all of the amenities that you now have access to.

If you move into a new apartment complex in West Chester and happen to have access to a ton of awesome amenities it would be silly to not use them. So go for a swim after work a couple of times a week, or use the gym when you come home for your lunch break.

Don’t Be A Bad Neighbor

Above we discussed the hypothetical situation where you have to tell your neighbor to quiet down because they’re loud. While that is a less than ideal situation, it would be even worse to realize that you are the loud neighbor.

When you live in a community setting like an apartment complex, it is important to be nice to all of your neighbors — after all, it is likely that you will see them in passing almost every day. In order to make the experience more enjoyable for all parties, it is important to be respectful to other residents.

Do Make It Your Own

There is a common misconception that when you live in an apartment you can’t decorate it to make it your own. This is simply not true. Sure, when you have a house you have a ton of DIY freedom — heck, you could even knock down walls — but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your apartment as you would a home.

Making your space your own is important, after all, you did just sign a lease saying that it will be your permanent residence for the foreseeable future — so you might as well make it more comfortable. There are a ton of ways that you can choose to decorate your apartment in West Chester, and if you have any questions about what kind of decorations and renovations that you can make, simply stop by our office to ask!

Do Live At The Lakes At West Chester Village

Are you looking for a wonderful apartment community to call home? What about one where you can do (and not do) all of the things that we discussed in today’s blog post? If so, we urge you to get in touch with us here at the Lakes at West Chester Village to discuss scheduling a tour of our apartment for rent in West Chester. Contact us today with any additional questions.

Things To Do If You Are Alone For The Holiday Season

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When people think of being alone for the holiday season, they typically think of having to fend off robbers with some ingenious Macgyver-like defense systems. Lucky for you, you are not a young Macaulay Culkin, and you live in West Chester, Ohio, not New York, New York.

That being said, there are some other challenges that you might find yourself facing if you are home alone for the holidays — but the largest challenge that you will likely face is finding something to do. But you are in luck because today’s blog post is dedicated to discussing a couple of activities that you can do all by your lonesome — and coincidentally to help you feel less lonesome. Continue reading to hear some of your local West Chester apartment provider’s favorite things to do alone in West Chester over the holiday season.

Have A Movie Night

Yeah, you are probably thinking, “I can have a movie night whenever I want. So why would it be special to do this when I am alone?” We can’t argue that movie night is commonplace, but we can argue that you can make a movie night alone special.

When you have a movie night by yourself, you don’t have to share the couch with your roommate — and you don’t have to answer all the questions that they usually ask when they fail to pay attention by themselves. Additionally, and possibly the best part of all, you can watch whatever movie that you want! Sure, you might be a grown man. But The Notebook might also be your guilty pleasure. Now that you have the apartment to yourself, you can watch The Notebook without any of your friends being there to make fun of you!

Have A Treat Yo’ Self Day

Sure, we know that this is West Chester, Ohio, not Pawnee, Indiana. And you are a resident of our apartments for rent in West Chester, not Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreation, but you can still have a Treat Yo’ Self Day.

There are many ways that you can treat yourself. For some people, it involves a day at the spa, and for others, it manifests itself in the form of a day at the mall — but regardless of how you choose to treat yourself, we fully support it.

If you are a resident of our West Chester Apartments, then you likely know that we are located in a prime location for a Treat Yo’ Self Day. Just minutes from shopping and the spa, our apartments are the perfect base camp for your endeavor to pamper yourself.

Do SomeThing that You Have Never Done Before

When you are home alone for the holidays it can become hard to find something to do. Heck, when all of your roommates were home it was still hard to find something to do.  But the beauty of being alone is that you can choose to do something that you have always wanted to do without someone else detesting.

Now, when it comes to doing things that you have always wanted to do, there is a large spectrum of difficulty associated with choosing an activity. For instance, some people think that going to try a new brewery is an adequate “adventure,” while others think of adventure more so in terms of “I have never seen the Grand Canyon. I should get in the car and drive until I get there!”

Regardless of what you consider to be the adventure of trying something new, we hope that you have fun — after all, it will help you to pass the time while you are home alone for the holidays.

Whatever You Do, The Lakes at West Chester Village Hopes That You Have Fun!

Sure, we may just be a local source of apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio, but we care about our residents — and if you have to be home alone for the holidays, we hope that you can make the most out of it. Whether you watch a movie, go on an adventure, or simply treat yourself to a much needed day of relaxation, rest easy knowing that whatever you did was better than sitting around and sulking.

We hope that you have a happy holiday whether you are alone, or with family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our apartment amenities, or our leasing options this winter season.

3 Ways To Temporarily Upgrade Your Bathroom In Your West Chester Apartment

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When it comes to living in an apartment complex, you have to tread the fine line of renovations that you can make, and renovations that you cannot make — after all you are a renter and not an owner. That being said, here at the Lakes At West Chester Village, we want all of our tenants to be able to enjoy their living space — even if the modifications and updates that you make are a little less permanent.

In today’s blog, we are going to discuss a few of the ways that you can update one particular room of your apartment for rent in West Chester — the bathroom!

Hang Up Some Decor

While it is a little taboo to paint the walls in your apartment bathroom (unless you have approval, of course) you can always spice it up and add some wall-decorations. Wall decorations like posters, prints, and paintings can all be used to add color, as well as cultivate an ambiance that promotes relaxation.

Another great wall decoration that we have found to be underutilized, both inside and outside the bathroom, are wall hanging mirrors. Wall hanging mirrors are an excellent way to add a decorative flair, make the bathroom appear to be larger, and add light.

When you are hanging your artwork in your West Chester Apartment, consider using removable sticky hooks so that you can decorate your wall without leaving a mark!

Add Some Removable Wallpaper

When we tell people about removable wallpaper, seldom do they even know that it exists. While painting a wall can be considered a permanent alteration to your apartment for rent in West Chester, removable wallpaper is not. In fact, it is almost as easy to pull off as it is to hang — and it doesn’t strip any paint either.

With removable wallpaper, you can make your bathroom feel like an oasis in the jungle or a chic southern bed and breakfast — without having to spend much money either.

Don’t Forget The Floor

We don’t mean to brag, but our bathroom flooring is quite pretty. Our large stone tiles are easy to clean and durable, but that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily your cup of tea. Some people like the feel of tile under their toes. Other like matting, and others life fuzzy rugs — really fuzzy rugs.

If you are not a fan of tile or linoleum, area-mats or rugs can be an excellent alternative.  Not only can they add some color and texture to the room, but they can also provide traction, ensuring that you do not slip and fall after enjoying a nice hot shower or bath.

Regardless Of What You Do, Make It Your Own

When you move into one of our apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio we want you to make it your own — after all, it is your new home. That being said, there are a ton of different things that you can do to make your new apartment feel more like home.

When you are completing your decorating and you are unsure if there is a decoration that would be damaging to the apartment or restricted through your lease agreement, simply stop by our front office and ask. We would be happy to tell you what is, and isn’t, allowed. Contact us today for more information about our apartments for rent in West Chester.

How To Make Your West Chester Apartment Feel More Grown Up

How To Make Your West Chester Apartment Feel More Grown Up

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There is a point in everyone’s life where they realize that they need to spruce up their apartment and make it look more adult. It might be when you are frantically cleaning up your apartment right before your new girlfriend or boyfriend comes over, or it could be when you are simply sitting on the couch — regardless of when it happens, it seems to hit you like a brick wall.

We aren’t saying that you should be ashamed of your college mini-fridge that is covered in thousands of brewery stickers, or that you should get rid of the fuzzy unicorn pillow that you have had since you were six years old. Instead, we are simply saying that you should change the general feel of your apartment, we are just suggesting that you put a simple touch of sophistication on it. Luckily, it won’t take as much work as you’d think that it might.

In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of our favorite ways to spruce up our apartments for rent in West Chester in the hope that you find a tip you like and do the same!

Frame Your Art

Look, we understand that the tattered Kiss poster that your dad got signed by Gene Simmons in 1979 that is hanging above your couch is an important family heirloom. We understand that there is no way that you would ever get rid of it — in fact, we don’t want you to get rid of it, we just think that you could make it look a little more presentable.

A great way to make a vintage poster look more presentable is to frame it. The frame doesn’t have to be large and extravagant, it just has to be there. Additionally, framing your favorite poster can actually protect it while making it look like a more formidable piece of wall art.

Organize Your Alcohol

In college, it is perfectly acceptable to hide your alcohol in plain sight. In fact, it is almost normal considering college students are known for decorating their cabinet tops with the remains of conquered bottles of liquor. Making an apartment feel more “adult” is as easy as organizing your alcohol in a visually appealing way.

One of the best ways that you can store your alcohol is to pick an empty cabinet and designate it as a liquor cabinet. In fact, the only way that you could make a liquor cabinet more adult is to add a cheap lock to it to keep high school children out. Another great way to organize your alcohol is to buy a bottle rack.

Buy Some Plants

Nothing says “I’m an adult” like having plants in your home — after all, it shows that you are more than capable of taking care of another living thing besides yourself. Plants are also a great asset to your West Chester apartment because having plants around can boost your mood and make you feel better.

All of that being said, it is important that you get a plant that you know you can take care of. If you are super diligent, consider getting a pretty fern. If you are not so diligent, consider getting yourself a plant that can practically take care of itself — a plant like a cactus or succulent.

Strategically Place Books

One of the most adult things possible is to decorate your home with books and other forms of literature. Not only does it look cool, but it also screams “I’m sophisticated.” One of our favorite things about decorating an apartment with books is that not only can it be a conversation driver with guests, but it can also make things more nostalgic for you if you decorate with some of your childhood favorites.

While yes, we know that you probably have a kindle, we urge you to still consider decorating your space with some good ol’ fashioned books!

Buy Yourself Something Nice

While when you were a kid you rewarded yourself by purchasing a gaming console or that new toy that you wanted, being an adult is buying a nice home furnishing. Consider purchasing a new television and surround sound system to make your movie nights more pleasurable. Or, consider purchasing a couch to compliment the living room setting that you already have set up.

Why is this our favorite way to make an apartment seem more adult? Well, not only do you get to make your West Chester apartment reflect your age better, but you also get to buy yourself something nice!

Come Visualise Your Adult Home In Our Apartments For Rent In West Chester!

Are you thinking about making your apartment feel more adult? Maybe consider starting fresh at a new apartment complex in West Chester — an apartment complex like The Lakes at West Chester Village. Schedule a tour of our complex and its amenities today! We look forward to seeing you.

What Makes Living In An Apartment So Great?

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When people think of apartments, they think of the worst apartment that they ever lived in. They think of the loud upstairs neighbors that they had. They think of the crusty carpet that their landlord refused to replace. They think of the parking spaces that it didn’t have. After all, it is usually the things that you hate that you remember.

But that shouldn’t keep you from ever living in an apartment again — especially if you can find one of the good apartments in West Chester like ours! In today’s blog post, we will be discussing a few of our favorite things about apartment life — an experience that you can have if you join our community.


If there is one thing that you can get from an apartment in West Chester that you can’t get from a house is flexibility. Flexibility to move around. Flexibility to travel. Flexibility to not get stuck in one city for the rest of your life. While owning a home doesn’t necessarily keep you from ever being able to move again, it certainly does make it harder.

We know, you are probably thinking “But who would ever want to leave West Chester?” While that is certainly a good question, we aren’t saying leave forever, we are just saying that you should consider living in Europe for a year — heck, downtown Cincinnati would even suffice. Regardless of where you go, you can always come back to our apartments in West Chester, Ohio.

New Friends

We know, as we said earlier, you probably associate your apartment neighbors with loud noises, but that doesn’t have to be the case! When you move into our apartments in West Chester, consider reaching out and becoming familiar with your neighbors. Not only will it make it easier for you to shoot them a text and tell them to quiet down in the late hours of the night, but it can also lead to friendships!

So when you are looking at apartments for rent in West Chester, think of it as a good way to meet new people and begin new friendships.


You might be thinking “I can have all of the amenities of an apartment complex at my home, so why would I live in an apartment?” You are right, we cannot argue with that — but we can tell you that it would be a lot more expensive to install a pool in your backyard than to reap the benefits of our apartment pool. Plus, if you live in our West Chester apartments you don’t even have to take care of the pool.

Now, there are a lot more amenities than just pools that you can benefit from by living in our apartments — that was just the most obvious amenity for us to exploit for the sake of making a point. You can also benefit from amenities like our playground, fire pit, walking trails, business center, gym, tanning salon, dog park, rentable clubhouse, and more! So what are you waiting for? Come to visit us to see all of the awesome things that you are missing out on.


One of the most underrated things about apartments is how functional their location can be. Because apartments are zoned differently than single-family homes, they can be placed closer to shopping centers, entertainment, transportation, and business centers. Can you imagine being able to walk to work or ride your bike to dinner? Living in our apartments for rent in West Chester makes all this, and more, possible.

Easy Payments

When people think about living in a home instead of an apartment, they usually imagine that it will make the end of the month budgeting easier. This is simply not true. In fact, living in an apartment is the easier option when it comes times to pay bills.

When you live in an apartment you pay for two things — rent and utilities. When you live in a home, your bills break down into categories like water, stormwater, gas, electricity, homeowners insurance, and the mortgage (and more). So what are you waiting for? Make paying bills easy again and come to join our community of apartments for rent in West Chester.

Come to Join Our Community

If today’s blog post has interested you in the idea of living in an apartment in West Chester, Ohio and reaping all of the benefits of apartment life, we urge you to come to check out our community. At The Lakes at West Chester Village, we offer a number of amenities that are simply unmatched by single-family home-life, and other apartments for rent in West Chester, for that matter.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by our office today contact us online to schedule a walkthrough! We look forward to seeing you!

Your West Chester Village Apartments Discusses Our Favorite Things About the Holidays

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Regardless of your ethnicity, race, or the holidays that you celebrate, the holiday season can be a quite enjoyable time. Some people like them because it is a social time, while others like it because it is a time that they don’t have to socialize. Regardless, the holiday season has nuances that everyone can find to be enjoyable.

In today’s blog, we are going to discuss a few aspects of the holiday season that we love, here at the Lakes At West Chester Village.


As you go through life you grow farther and farther away from your family. Now, this is not to say that you don’t have a good relationship with them still, but there is a huge difference between living in your parent’s basement and living a few states away — after all, you will see them a lot less if your situation is the latter. Additionally, as you grow older you have different responsibilities that you had never had before, making it harder for you to budget your time for communicating or spending time with your family.

That being said, the holiday season allows us to reconnect with our family members that we might otherwise not get to talk to on a daily basis. Regardless of the holiday that you celebrate, we are sure that it allows some time for some good ol’ quality wholesome family fun and reconnection. Whether your family has come to see your new apartment in West Chester, or you are traveling to see them — it really doesn’t matter as long as you get to be together.


Okay, we get that our above point was a little sappy. Heck, you might not even like your family — and that is completely up to you! But if there is one silver lining that you can get out of the holiday season, let it be the food that you get to eat. The holiday season is knowing for being the best time of year to attend family dinner. Why? Well, for some reason holidays pretty much guarantee that some kind of comfort food will be cooked — and a lot of it too!

For Thanksgiving, it is the traditional turkey dinner with mash potatoes, stuffing, and any other family-based traditions. For Christmas, it is a ham. For Hanukkah, it is potato latkes, challah, and brisket. For Kwanzaa, it is the Kamru feast. While all celebrations stem from different ethnicities and religions, they all have one thing in common — good food. Whether you are hosting the holiday season in your West Chester apartment or traveling, if there is one thing to make sure that you do, it is to eat some good food!

Rest & Relaxation

While spending time with family and eating copious amounts of food are some of the incredible benefits that the holiday season provides us with, there is one thing that you begin to appreciate about it more and more as you grow older — the rest and relaxation.  Sure, we aren’t here to say that children need breaks any less than adults do, but as you get older and your responsibilities begin to pile up, you begin to realize just how valuable that free time can be.

For some people, holiday breaks are meant to gather the family and fly out to a mountain town like Jackson Hole or Vail to get some skiing in, while for others it is meant to be utilized for sleeping on the couch, drawing a warm bath, or spending the entire day in bed. Whether or not you go on a ski trip or stay in your West Chester apartment, we hope you enjoy your break!


While we have already listed some of our favorite things about the holiday season, we couldn’t finish today’s blog without bringing up America’s favorite pastime — shopping. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us, but people will continue shopping long after those days pass as people scramble to try and finish their holiday shopping lists. Luckily, if you live in one of our apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio, shopping experiences are just a short drive away.

Happy Holidays From Your West Chester Apartments

Regardless of what you choose to use your free time for this holiday season, we hope you enjoy it. If you are looking for a home to settle into before the holiday season comes full swing, come to visit us and tour one of our apartments for rent in West Chester. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact us if you have any questions.


Tips For Living In A One-Bedroom Apartment

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When people hear the term “one-room apartment” they usually picture a studio apartment, when in reality the two are much different. Sure, you might be thinking “small is small,” but at least when you live in a one bedroom apartment you can’t see your kitchen sink from your bed. At the Lakes at West Chester Village, we offer a number of different apartment floor plans and sizes, with our one bedroom apartments being the smallest. That being said, when it is just you, a one bedroom apartment is manageable — but there are some ways to optimize your living space even further.

Take Inventory Of Your Belongings

When you find yourself to be living in a smaller space than you are used to, it is easy to feel cluttered — after all, you never realize how many belongings that you have until you move. In an effort to make your apartment feel less cramped, consider what belongings that you need, what belongings that you want, and what belongings just seem to follow you around everytime that you move. After making a list of your belongings, you will be able to decide what is worth keeping, and what you should get rid of. If items that you are wanting to get rid of are still in good condition, we urge you to consider donating them to a local charity organization.

Create An Organizational System

One of the best ways to ensure that your smaller apartment feels larger than it is would be to create a system that prevents common clutter. For example, if you live in a smaller apartment, you have less counter space. A great way to keep your countertops from becoming cluttered is to create spaces for typical countertop clutter like keys, mail, and other miscellaneous goods. Consider mounting a wall organizer for your mail and keeping miscellaneous items and your keys in a drawer by your door. After you have found places to put common clutter items, you will notice that your apartment seems larger — as there is more available counter space.

Utilize Wall Space

When you live in a one bedroom apartment in West Chester, you are bound to have fewer places to store your small decorative items. Dresser tops, side table tops, and countertops heavily used in smaller apartments mean that you should turn to the walls for decorative support. By strategically placing shelving units of floating shelves around your apartment you can begin to store and display items vertically in a more efficient fashion.

Spend More Time Outside Your Home

One of the best ways that you can deal with living in a smaller space like a one bedroom apartment in West Chester is to spend some time outside of your home. Small spaces can be quite nice — unless you spend all of your time in one. By spending more time outside of your apartment in West Chester, you will not feel as cramped in your apartment. Plus, you will spend much less time getting it dirty!

For One Bedroom Apartments — Ours Are Pretty Large

At the Lakes at West Chester Village, we understand the pains that are usually associated with one bedroom apartments. They feel small, and can sometimes be rather hard to live in. That being said, our one-bedroom apartments in West Chester are quite large — with both of our one bedroom floor plans featuring around 900 square feet of space. If you are interested in becoming a part of our community, we urge you to come to visit us or schedule a tour of our apartments. And don’t worry, we have more than just one bedroom apartments. We also have two bedroom apartments and three bedroom apartments.

Contact us today for more information.  

Preparing Your Apartment For Your Thanksgiving Travels

Preparing Your Apartment For Your Thanksgiving Travels

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Once a year Americans all over the country lock their apartment doors behind them and begin their travels to a friend or family members’ home across the country. This is a joyous time, as you will soon be reunited with your loved ones, but it can be rather hard to shake the eerie feeling that something could possibly go wrong while you are gone. What if the power goes out? What if there is a heavy storm? What if someone breaks into your apartment? What if you… forgot to lock the door?

As a provider of apartments in West Chester, we saw it fit to capitalize on the opportunity of Thanksgiving travels to provide you with a couple of tips that could benefit you any time you leave your apartment for an extended period of time. Join us here at the Lakes at West Chester Village as we talk apartment preparation in today’s blog!

Tell Someone In Your Complex

If you are planning on being gone for an extended period of time, it doesn’t hurt to let someone know. Even if Tom next door is a little to loud past 10 pm on weeknights, it doesn’t mean he won’t be willing to keep an eye on your place for you. Why would you tell someone in your complex? For emergencies, of course. What if someone breaks in? Tom might hear a rumble and remember that you are supposed to be gone for another week. What if you desperately need that account number that you wrote on the sticky note on your refrigerator? Well, if you trust Tom enough you can leave an emergency key with him. All we are saying is that it couldn’t hurt to have someone keeping an eye on your West Chester apartment while you are gone.

Unplug Your Electronics

Electronics are incredibly easy to unplug, but before a trip, it is usually the last thing that you think about. Additionally, when most people hear the argument “Unplugging your electronics when you aren’t using them saves you money”, they think that there is no way that an electronic in sleep mode can be that damaging to their wallet. Well, you might be surprised that it can be. The Natural Resources Defence Council recently found in a California study that 23 percent of residential energy consumption came from electronics that were plugged in while not being used. While West Chester does not have steep electricity costs like they do out in California, we think we could all stand to save a little money by unplugging a couple electronics before vacation.

Adjust The Thermostat

Arguably one of the most important things for you to do before setting out on your thousand-mile journey for one delicious meal is to adjust your thermostat. We get it, it might be nice to have the heater on when you get back, but to heat an empty apartment is to lose money. Additionally, it does not take that long for an apartment to heat once you have returned home from your travels — so save some money and turn the heat down.

Lay A Towel Down In Front Of The Refrigerator

At this point, you are probably thinking “These tips all seemed pretty normal until now!”.Laying down a towel in the front of a refrigerator might seem a little peculiar, but we promise you that as weird as it sounds it can be a lifesaver in the right situation. If the power is out for any amount of time in your West Chester apartment, then the refrigerator and freezer are off as well. While it might be a bummer to have all the food in your fridge go bad, you probably won’t be too worried about it — especially with your soaking wet kitchen floor. When a refrigerator is off for a long period of time, the freezer stops… freezing —resulting in a large pool of nasty water on the floor in front of your fridge. Laying a towel down before you leave can ensure that if the freezer begins to melt that your floor doesn’t get wet.

Water Your Plants

One of the saddest things that you could ever come home to is a bunch of dead plants — so be sure to water them before you leave on your trip. Think about watering your plants about a week or two before your trip. Why? Well, if you have a succulent that does best when watered every 14 days, you want to time the last watering so that it is the day before you leave to ensure that the plant won’t need to be watered again until well after you get back. If you have plants that need to be watered every other day, consider giving Tom (your neighbor, remember?) a key and some watering instructions. When you leave you West Chester apartment for your trip you will feel much better knowing that your plants are safe.

Don’t Forget To Lock The Door!

Now that you have done so many things to prepare for your trip, it really would be ashamed of you if you forgot to lock the door. Because if you did, someone could walk in and steal your perfectly watered plants, your unplugged appliances, your towel from the kitchen floor — heck, they might even crank up the heat just to spite you.

We hope the tips provided by our apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio have helped you prepare for your upcoming Thanksgiving trip. Are you currently looking for a new apartment? Maybe one in a nice community where even if you left the door unlocked that you would be okay? Come to visit us or contact us at the Lakes at West Chester Village today!

Finding Your First Apartment

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There are two types of “first apartment” experiences. For some people, their first apartment is the first time that they will be able to call a home theirs instead of their parents. For others it the first time that they move into their own place from that six-bedroom house that they lived in with 8 people in a college town. Regardless of where you are moving from, it is where you’re moving to that makes the experience special — as long as you find a quality West Chester apartment, that is.

As a complex of West Chester apartments for rent, we saw it fit to weigh in on the conversation of “how to search for your first apartment.” Continue reading today’s blog post to hear a few of our favorite tips!

What Is Your Price Range?

Before you look at a single apartment in West Chester it is imperative that you sit down and take a look at your budget. Consider how much money that you make a month (after taxes), the expenses that you are responsible, and the amount of money that you would be able to save. In doing so, you will have a better idea of what you can spend on rent and utilities in a month. Determining a price range is arguably one of the most important things that you can do when looking for a new apartment — because as nice as your new apartment can be, living outside your means is never fun.

Find A Neighborhood And Narrow Your Search

Once you know what your price range is, you can now begin looking at apartments. While it might seem absolutely necessary to look at every apartment in Butler County, you would be wasting your time. Instead, you should make a list of the amenities that you absolutely need. Once you have done so you can now begin to narrow down your search to neighborhoods that offer the amenities that you need access to. Additionally, it is important to visualize as you look at apartments for rent in West Chester how long that it would take you to get to, and from, work each day.


Once you have found a place (or places) that you are interested in, it is imperative to submit an application. While yes, we just told you to “not hesitate”,  that may have been a little premature. Instead, we insist that you do so quickly AFTER you have thoroughly read the application to ensure that you do not bind yourself to an agreement before you had intended to. Once you have applied you can sit back and relax — and by that we mean you can begin to pack up your things and prepare for your move.

We Hope You Picked The Lakes At West Chester Village!

While we hope that you chose to become a part of our West Chester Apartment community, we really just hope that this information helps you find your first apartment. If you did choose another place, don’t fret, as we can always be your second!

If you are looking for apartments for rent in West Chester, Ohio, we suggest that you come to visit us at the Lakes At West Chester Village! If you have any questions about our apartment community or the floor plans and amenities that we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.