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10 Benefits Of Townhome Living In West Chester, Ohio: Part 2

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As we discussed in part one of this two-part series, there are a number of benefits associated with townhome living. There is less maintenance, a close community, you can have a garage, it is cost friendly, and they are usually located in close proximity with the amenities that you might need — but what else is there?

Continue reading as we discuss more benefits of living in a West Chester townhome in part two of our blog series!

6. Multi-Level Living

Often times, homes are grouped into two very ambiguous categories — the first being, detached single-family homes the second being apartments and townhomes. As a provider of townhomes in West Chester, we have observed how this unfair grouping has made a negative impact on townhome life.

One of the reasons that townhomes and apartments are grouped together is that they are often in communities with shared walls. That being said, townhome life is extremely different than apartment life because of the multi-level floor plans that they feature. Why is this important? Apartments can feel isolated because they are inclusive spaces — meaning there isn’t much space to get alone time from others. Townhomes, on the other hand, allow for some privacy because of their multi-level nature.

7. They Come With Communal Amenities

What is something that apartments and townhomes have that your average detached home does not? A ton of communal amenities. Living in a townhome community like ours provides you with various amenities ranging from a gym to a business center to a pool and even a dog park.

To have all of those amenities in a detached single-family home would be extremely expensive, but if you live in one of our townhomes in West Chester it is included in your rent! Check out some of the amenities that we offer to our residents.

8. No Homeowners Association

When discussing townhomes in comparison with detached single-family homes it is extremely important to bring up the presence of a homeowners association (or lack thereof if you rent one of our townhomes in West Chester).

Detached single-family homes almost always have a homeowners association — and if they don’t, there are likely strict city compliances that the homeowner must take into account. When you live in a townhome community like The Lakes at West Chester Village, there may be some rules, but they are not nearly as strict as a homeowners association or a city code.

9. It Is a Good Transitional Living Space

We won’t lie, we understand that people traditionally transition from apartment to townhomes and then from townhomes to detached single-family homes. Why is this the case? When you are young, it is usually just you and a couple friends living together — and it is likely that none of you have that much stuff either. Because of this, a smaller apartment is feasible. As you grow older, you accumulate more things and begin to consider starting a family. At this point in your life, you will need more space than your apartment can provide, but a single-family home might still be too expensive, or way more space than you need.

Because of this, townhomes are the perfect transition. They provide you with ample amounts of space while still allowing you to have access to all of the amenities that you grew accustomed to when you lived in an apartment. In fact, we have seen people move from our apartments to our townhomes in West Chester.

10. They Are High Quality

Now, our last benefit of living in a townhome is something that we can only apply to our townhomes — after all, it would be rather reckless of us to assume that other townhomes in the area are nice like ours. At The Lakes At West Chester Village we take great pride in the quality of our West Chester townhomes. But don’t just take our word for it, come see for yourself!

Join Our Townhome Community Today

Are you looking for a new place to live in Butler County? Have you considered The lakes At West Chester Village? Come visit us to tour our apartments or townhomes today!

We hope that part one and part two of this blog series have been helpful. If you have any questions about our townhomes for rent in West Chester, we urge you to stop by our office or contact us today!

10 Benefits Of Townhome Living In West Chester, Ohio: Part 1

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In a lot of our blog posts we have talked about our apartments and what makes them so great, but did you know that we also have two townhome floor plans? At The Lakes At West Chester Village, we offer two distinctly unique floor plans that range between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet — meaning that our townhomes in West Chester are rather spacious. But what else makes our West Chester townhomes so desirable?

In today’s blog, we are going to discuss five of the largest benefits that you will experience when living in one of our townhomes. Stay tuned for part two of our blog where we will discuss the remaining five benefits of townhome life.

1. It Is Less Work

Townhomes rival single-family homes in square footage, meaning the interior space is pretty comparable with most homes in the West Chester area. But it is not the similarities with a single family home that make townhome life so special — it is the things that are different.

When you live in a townhome you have less maintenance to worry about than if you lived in a detached home. Primarily speaking, it is the outdoor maintenance (or lack thereof) where you will see the largest benefit. When you live in a townhome, you might have a smaller yard than if you were to live in a single family home, but as a result of that, you never have to do yard work!

As far as the inside of your townhome goes, you will still have to clean it yourself, but you will not have to worry about maintenance if something breaks. Sounds pretty nice, huh?

2. Community Is Close

Similarly to our West Chester apartments, our townhome community is extremely close. Sure, you have plenty of privacy when living in a townhome, but you are also bound to bump into your neighbors from time to time.

When a community is close, and when you know your neighbors, there is an extra sense of security. So whether you are borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor or they are keeping an eye on your home while you are on vacation, there are a great number of benefits involved with living in a townhome community.

3. You Have A Garage

One of the most underrated aspects of townhome life is that you can have a garage. At our townhomes in West Chester, we have two townhome floor plans — one with a single-car garage and another with a two-car garage. But why is a garage such a large benefit?

When you have a garage attached to your West Chester townhome the benefits are endless. Whether you use it to keep your vehicle out of the weather or as storage, a garage is a valuable space that you might not otherwise have if you were to live in an apartment.

4. It Is Cost Friendly

One of the best parts about living in a townhome in West Chester is that it is extremely cost friendly when compared to single-family homes. While townhomes share many of the benefits that you might experience when living in a single-family home, they do so at a much cheaper cost.

Typically, townhomes have lower utility costs and maintenance costs than detached single-family homes do. While the utility and maintenance costs might not seem that much lower than the costs associated with a single-family home, over time the savings will add up — allowing you to spend the money on something that you really want!

5. Urban Convenience

One of the things that people often overlook when speaking of townhomes is how conveniently located that they are. Sure, the West Chester area (and all of Butler Country for that matter) might not be that “urban” to begin with, but townhomes in West Chester are typically located closer in proximity to stores, restaurants, and other developments than most detached single-family homes are.

At The Lakes At West Chester, our townhomes are located in close proximity to a number of local businesses and amenities — making them the ideal place for you to call home. Come check out our townhomes today to see what we mean!

Stay Tuned For Part Two Of Our Blog!

So in today’s blog post we discussed a few of the benefits that you might experience from living in one of our townhomes in West Chester — but wait, there’s more! Stay tuned for part two of our blog where we will discuss five  more benefits to living in a townhome in West Chester.

In the meantime, contact us if you have any questions about the amenities that our townhomes have access to or how to apply to live in one of our townhomes. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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.

Population

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.

Economy

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.

Education

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.

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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.