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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.

Family

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.

Food

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!

Shopping

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.

Apply!

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.

Fun Fall Events Near Our West Chester Apartments

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Leaves are falling, the air tastes crisp, the days are getting shorter, and that can only mean one thing — it is fall in West Chester. As you have without a doubt determined from some of our previous blogs, West Chester, Ohio is an extremely close community, and what screams community more than fall events! Fall events in West Chester are for the most part free, meaning that you can venture from your apartments in West Chester to experience some of the fun fall events that our Township has to offer.

In today’s blog your local source of West Chester real estate, The Lakes at West Chester Village, will be discussing a few of the fall events that extend through the end of October. Continue reading to learn more.

Fall Activities At Wendel Farms

Through October 31st, you and your family can take the liberty of visiting Wendel Farms on the weekend to experience some classic fall activities. Wendel Farms features 6.5 square acres of space that is absolutely jam-packed with family-friendly activities ranging from a corn maze to a hayride to the petting zoo and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. So what are you waiting for? Grab your family or a group of friends and visit Wendel Farms for some wholesome fun!

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market

You might be noticing the “farm” trend already, and this is no coincidence. Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend on a farm, especially if the farm grows pumpkins. At the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market, not only can you choose your own pumpkin and hop on a hayride, but you can also experience some less-common fall entertainment like helicopter rides and chainsaw art. If you are looking for some fun-filled fall entertainment, be sure to visit Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market.

Brown Family Farm Festival

Are you looking for some primo Instagram photo opportunities? Whether you looking to take a selfie or two or show off your children and their Halloween costumes, the Brown Family Farm Festival is the place to be! Not only does this fun-filled farm offer plenty of photo opportunities, but it also offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and “Tiny Town” for the kids! If you have a fall to-do list, be sure to put the Brown Family Farm Festival on it!

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival

Another farm! We bet you didn’t see that one coming! Much like the other farms that we have discussed earlier in today’s blog post, the Niederman Family Farm Festival is a must-see fall destination. Are you looking for a nice hayride, some fall treats, and a farm experience topped off with a nice warm bonfire? If so, this might be the farm for you.

Experience Fall On A Farm Near Your Apartments In West Chester

If you are interested in some fun-filled time on the farm with your family and friends, West Chester has plenty of opportunities — and near your apartment too! The Lakes At West Chester Village are within a short drive of any of the above farms, making hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes,  and other fun farm activities just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

At The Lakes, At West Chester Village, we are happy to be a part of the West Chester community year round — although fall is pretty hard to beat. If you are interested in becoming a part of our awesome community, we urge you to contact us and schedule a tour of our apartments in West Chester.

For more information in regard to our apartment amenities and floor plans, we urge you to visit our website.