Towson Homes for You (or Me)

I’ve been looking for a new luxury apartment to live in ever since I moved to Maryland, which is located near Baltimore. I came across Rodgers Forge apartments. They offer towson md luxury apartments and honestly. they look pretty good. The building photos look super nice and clean.

It is located in Towson and is quite convenient in terms of location. It is only a short commute into downtown Baltimore and Rodgers Forge is on the Towson Shuttle line, which is nice for the residents. They also seem to have prety much restaurants nearby, which is important for me. I am a big food eater after all. They have everything you could ask for. They are also less than 2 miles from the Towson University if you want to go to school there. I’ve only heard good things about them. Continue reading

I Moved into a One Bedroom Apartment

I love everything about Henderson, Nevada. I moved here about three years ago with my sister, and we both fell in love with everything about it. She met the man of her dreams here, and she told me that I could keep the apartment if I wanted, or I could look at one bedroom Henderson apartments since maintaining a two bedroom on my salary might be hard to do. I would have looked for another apartment regardless, because I just didn’t have any need for a two bedroom unit. I know some people like a lot of room, but I am not one of them.

I decided to go ahead and look at one bedroom apartments in Henderson because I knew that my sister and her fiance were probably going to start a family right away once they were married, and my bedroom would make a good nursery for their baby. I didn’t want to live far away, so I decided to just look at the same complex, The Edge, to see if I was able to find any one bedroom units that I really liked a lot. Continue reading

Formal Vs. Informal Living Spaces

Whether you live in a house, apartment, town house, condo, or beach house, you likely have room for two distinct living spaces. Many homes are built with a room near the doorway, in sight as you enter, and then a second living space deeper into the home, usually near the kitchen. These two spaces do not have drastically different purposes, but they tend to be designed as such. Both are for entertaining guests, relaxing, reading, and performing other activities that generally involve being seated, but the smaller room by the front door is usually considered the formal living space, whereas the larger one by the kitchen (or on the second story landing, which is also common) is considered the informal living space.

How do you formalize and in-formalize a room? When it comes to attire, the sophistication differences are marked: formal means a dress and suit or tuxedo, whereas informal means jeans and a comfortable T-shirt. How do you create different moods and convey a tone to your guests with a room? After all, the formality of the space will often affect the formality of the interactions inside the room.

Considering Design

The key to distinguishing these spaces is in design. In design, spaces, or rooms, are said to have a certain style. Style is not the key to differentiating formality and informality, as virtually any decor style–rustic, Mediterranean, Zen, English, etc.–can be appropriate for a formal den or informal living room. Therefore, just designing these two spaces in different styles will not differentiate the tone of the two rooms by default.

The amount of decor is not necessarily the issue either. While being overly cluttered is unappealing, no matter a room’s purpose, stark, minimalistic rooms can also express an air of informality. When shopping at furniture stores in St. Petersburg, FL, you should not decide to fill up the living room and be stark with the den and expect a different tone. This is the cause of boring, unused dens and messy, cluttered living rooms.

Rather, there are other ways in which you can create a design for your den that is different from the design for your living room–ways that create individual tones and convey a different level of sophistication. Often, design can be challenging. You might attempt to design something to a certain effect or try to replicate something from a magazine, only to find that you did not achieve the right look. Something might feel “off” or just seem unpleasant. The following are a few simple ways to create different tones between the formal den and informal living room.

Comfort Level

Like with fashion, comfort is usually associated with informality. Living room furniture should be softer, more welcoming, angled for relaxation, and more fabric-based than den furniture, which should be more straight-backed and rigid. However, do not go to extremes. Overstuffed couches are too informal and a den full of nothing but wooden or metal furniture will be incredibly uninviting.

Pattern and Color Variations

Informal living spaces tend to feature more variations in pattern and color than a den would. Again, do not go to extremes, but try matching several compatible patterns and colors in your informal space and sticking to 1 or 2 motifs in your formal space.


Objects that remind people of certain time periods or functions can effectively alter the tone of a space. For example, china and silver tableware make a dining room formal by association, whereas colorful and ceramic tableware will feel less formal. Incorporate objects that feel formal into your den, like cigar boxes and pendant tables; decorate an informal living room with homey and comforting objects, like framed photographs and pillows.


Remember that your formal den is not necessarily for your pricier furniture. In fact, a large, comfortable sofa for your informal living room might be one of your big-ticket items. Instead, focus on decorating both rooms with quality furniture. When you visit furniture stores in St. Petersburg, FL, you can find furniture that is both elegant and comfortable.

Nerja Rental Apartment In Spain

Nerja Apartment for rentals on Costa del Sol with , Shared Pool

Very Quiet Pueblo Apartment – Private Sun Terrace with Outstanding Views

Sleeps up to : 6 (2 bedrooms)

Chumbera Hill Urb / Development

Nearest Beach : Burriana – 0.3 km

Nerja Apartment Description :

Ground floor very quiet pueblo apartment in two story building having just 4 apartments. Very private sun terrace with outstanding views and stone built BBQ. Next to shared swimming pool suitable for all ages. Close to the famous Burriana Beach with 1 Km of sand, water sports and restaurants.

10 minutes drive to golf courses at Baviera and Rincon de la Victoria. Walking distance to Nerja old town with a mass of small restaurants and shops in its narrow winding streets.

Nerja Area :
The Costa del Sols finest beaches & coves are located here

Located in the South of Spain ( Andalucia Region ) within the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol

Airport : Malaga – 60 km

Beach : Burriana – 0.3 km

Train Station : Malaga – 60 km

Alt Airport : Granada

Facilities for this Nerja Apartment Rental :

General Bed Linen Provided, Towels Provided, Safe

Kitchen Hob, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Kettle, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine,

Entertainment TV, Satellite/Cable,

Living Room

Seating for 6.

Dining Area

Seating for 6.

Nerja Apartment – Accommodation :

2 Bedrooms – Twin Bedrooms (2),

1 Bathrooms – 1 Bathroom. ,

Views from this Nerja rental apartment : Sea Views,

Nerja Apartment – Outside Facilities :

This Nerja rental apartment benefits from a Shared Pool, Tennis Court, Balcony, BBQ, Parking, Garden Chairs, Sun Loungers

Chumbera Hill is one of the most sought after holiday loactions in Nerja. All adjoining buildings are limited to a maximum height of 2 floors. The little hill offers fine views in all directions but is only an eight minute walk down to the Burriana Beach. ( Rather a longer time to walk up from the Beach when you get to my age !) Bicycles available.

Further Details (for this Apartment in Nerja on the Costa del Sol in Spain)

Nerja is one of the few remaining towns on the Costa del Sol which has not been spoilt by over develoment in recent years. It combines peace and quiet with the access to wonderful clean beachs and a lively town. Said to be the place “where the sun goes in winter” it provides a year round climate for holiday makers. For first time visitors Nerja itself with his hill village of Frigiliana will provide more than enough activities to fill a holiday. Repeat visitors will go to Granada to see the ancient Moorish buildings and gardens of the Alhambra; may drive further into inland Spain to visit Seville; drive along the coast to the waterpark at Velez-Malaga; may join a “Four wheel drive safari” to visit some remote hill village; or go further afield on a one day trip to Gibraltar.

How to get there: Fly to Malaga airport. or to Granada All budget airlines. We can arrange for a car to meet you at the airport and take you to Nerja. Alternatively visit our web site to see details of hire cars. Finally there is a good hourly bus service from the airport to Malaga and along the coast to Nerja.

Rent Nerja Apartment Suitability : All of the Family, Children Welcome, Wheelchair Accessable, Suitable for the Elderly and Infirm, Long Term Rentals Welcome,

Unfortunately pets are not allowed, no smoking is allowed inside the apartment.

Rent apartments in Nerja , Chumbera Hilldirect from the owners to benefit from sea views, and other luxury facilities

Rent Nerja apartment near to these local activities: Cycling, Golf, Horse Riding, Sailing, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, WaterPark, Wind-Surfing

Think about renting Nerja apartments on the Costa del Sol as a great starting point to explore this fantastic Coastline . Nerja rentals of numerous types and sizes at this resort.

Rent An Apartment Or A House ?

Which is better, renting an apartment or a house? The answer to this question is how much privacy do you need?

Privacy is at a premium in an apartment building …neighbors, landlord. You never know what a neighbor will do with your personal information. Your neighbors have access to your mailbox since they are usually grouped
and many times, if something is too big for the box, the mail will be left on a building’s entrance steps or landing and neighbors can also see who comes and goes from your apartment, including the landlord.

You share a common laudry area and maybe even a common locker area although locked. The items you are storing are generally visible through the cage-like construction of the lockers. You also may share common parking areas, including a garage.

Another area of concern, if you have turmoil inside your apartment, the adjacent residents are usually privy to the turmoil. Let’s face it, we all lose our cool at times.

Other disadvantages are you do not get to pick your neighbors and the calibre of some may be poor. You won’t know your neighbors history, particularly legal. Many landlords do not do background checks prior to renting to a new tenant. Apartments generally lack space in comparison to a house. There also could be restrictions on pets.

There are pluses to living in an apartment. You may meet new friends to join your circle of friends. Apartments rent for less than houses. You may have recreational facilities and even a swimming pool. You have less responsibility than renting a house. No outside property maintenance is expected. Cleaning of common areas is arranged by the landlord (laundry, recreational facilities and garages).

Now renting a house is expensive. A consideration is the fact that you could almost purchase your own home for the same money.

Other disadvantages could be exterior and interior maintenance. In some cases the landscape maintenance (keeping property clear of dangerous items and clutter, lawn mowing and snow removal) is the the responsibility of the tenant. Sometimes the landlord will provide the equipment necessary to accomplish the maintenance.

Interior maintenance may be partially covered by the landlord (landlord may supply paint for your labor) but if there is an electrical, plumbing or heating problem, the landlord would most likely hire a professional unless the landlord is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in maintenance issues. There are some laws requiring repairs be made by a licensed individual. Garbage pickup is an expense which will probably be borne by you.

There are slum landlords in this world who do nothing to maintain their property and just let it deteriorate. However, there are also some very conscientious landlords who are interested in maintaining the value of their property.

The landlord could be discouraged from renting, maintenance and the responsibilites or purchased the property for investment purposes and put the property up for sale. When the property is sold, you may no longer have a home and will be required to find another place to live on a short time frame (30 days or less). You may not receive the notice until the next rent payment is due.

The foremost advantage of renting a house is the privacy factor. Your neighbors have very little access to your private information unless they are snooping in your mailbox (against the law) or lurking the exterior of the house.

Even if you have great neighbors, you can keep them an arms-length away by keeping private matters to yourself.
You may also wish to do some gardening like grow your own crops to supplement the family’s budget and nutrition. A house may provide more living space than an apartment. You also may be allowed pets providing you keep the premises free of pet paraphernalia.

Unless the landlord is casing his house, you will have freedom in entertaining. The noise should not bother anyone unless the party overflows to your neighbors.
Hopefully, your family and friends will respect your home
and surroundings.

Now that you have read some of the pros and cons of renting an apartment versus renting a house, you can make an informed decision on which way to move. I have attempted to cover both sides of the rent an apartment or rent a house
issue to assist you in one of life’s many decisions you must make.

Apartment Living Is Your Recipe For Happiness

Apartment living is the recipe for happiness. That’s what the happy experts at the University of Michigan are saying, at least in a round about way. Apparently, wealth, riches, and Huge Friggin Homes do not make you happy anymore.

So if expansive lawns and big mansions don’t make you happy…what does?

Well, according to the Happy Experts (not sure if that means the experts are happy and dang it’s pretty funny isn’t it that one could go to school and major in Happy and then get paid by big Universities to discover what makes people happy. And what is your day like as a Happy Expert? “Sorry Honey..I’ll be working late tonight, I am going to the tavern to see if drinking beer and playing pool with my friends makes me happy…) I digress. You’re reading this paragraph because you want to know what the experts said makes you happy.

According to the experts “Time to enjoy friends and family” is what makes people happy. “Well, Duh!” you say? That’s just what I said, too.

So the obvious conclusion from all this is that Apartment Residents are happier.

There are virtually hundreds of reasons that renting an apartment may be a better option than owning a home. And with the recent housing slump and growing number of homes being foreclosed on, there is a growing want for becoming an Apartmentite.

What’s so wonderful about apartment living? Let me fill you in!

After an extensive brainstorming session, my team of me and me, have come up with the Top 6 reasons that living in an apartment ROCKS! And the best part is that all of these reasons save…time.

1) NO LAWN!!!- This is by far the number one reason to live in an apartment. You have no yard to mow. You’ll never have to pull weeds. You’ll never have to worry about taking care of a fire ant problem. You don’t have to waste water on the lawn to keep your grass green. No raking leaves, etc, etc, etc…HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?!?!

2) Freedom!!!- There’s so much more freedom in an apartment. You have the freedom to move anywhere you’d like at the end of your lease. You aren’t locked into a 15, 20, or a 30 year mortgage. It’s an obvious perfect situation for someone who likes to live footloose and fancy free.

3) The Benefits of a Pool without the Work- This is my favorite. At apartments, you get the full use of their pool and deck areas, but never have to worry about the upkeep. With a pool at your home, YOU have to skim for leaves, YOU have to check the chemicals, YOU have to do all the work. In an apartment you can kick back and let the apartment management take care of that for YOU!

4) It’s Cheaper – All in all and across the board, renting an apartment can be much cheaper every month than paying a mortgage.

5) Maintenance – In a home, if your toilet breaks, refrigerator runs, sink leaks, door falls off it’s hinges, develop a pest problem, or any number of the possible things that can happen happens, you have to find a way to take care of the problem yourself. In an apartment, all you have to do is let the apartment management know and they will take care of it for you! (In a reasonable time of course.)

6) Free Gym – Most apartment communities have their own fitness center on location provided for the residents. With state of the art equipment, these gyms are free and you don’t have to travel at all to get in a good workout. As a home-owner, you’d either have to build a home gym or get a gym membership that may cost you $40/ month. Eck!

So there you have the top 6 reasons to rent over own. From my point of view, all of these things can not only save you a ton of money every month, but as I mentioned before…time. Time for you to spend with friends and family, which is what makes everybody a little bit happier.

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The A,B,C’s of Apartment Living

As apartment dwellers, we “Live for Fun.” Looking for some ideas to inject a little more fun into your lifestyle? Now you’re talking. Here’s a list of what makes apartment living fun, from A to Z.

Apartment living = freedom.

Balconies. Sublime.

Community events to socialize and spot the neighborhood hotties.

Dinner parties with neighbors and friends. No place like an apartment to find your inner Rachel Ray… or Emeril…or just nuke a Hot Pocket and kick back on the couch.

Extreme apartment makeover? Chose your own style, décor and feng shui that puppy.

Fact — you can (and should!) protect your stuff with renter’s insurance.

Gotta get some exercise? Hit they gym. It’s right downstairs.

Have a drink. Invite some friends. Hang out.

If it’s broke … not your problem! Maintenance will fix it.

Just a hop, skip and jump away from shopping centers, restaurants and of course “Targét”.

Kitchen with a fully-stocked snack cabinet? Heaven.

Laundry services? Convenient in your place or, if you share a laundry room, hide those skidmarks!

Many apartment communities are pet friendly. Bring a pooper scooper and you’re golden.

Nightly summer BBQ with fun-loving gang from upstairs and down the hall. Dogs are on!

One night stands in the privacy of your apartment? Aweeeesome.

Pool, fitness center, complimentary breakfast and tennis courts. Plenty of apartments offer these great services. Find one!

Quality movie nights, TV show fan club groups and board games (no shame in “Taboo”). Be a kid.

Rock star parking directly in front of your building.

Sex. Fact: Apartment dwellers get it on more. Did we mention sex?

Trash pick up at your door or just down the hall ….take the smell outside!

Use your space as a fitness factory. Grab those free weights and sweat to the oldies in privacy.

Visitors welcome 24/7-or not. It’s your place, your rules.

Wireless internet signals picked up from your neighbors. They’re clueless.

Xebec is an actual word that starts with X. We could have gone with x-ray or xylophone but everyone does that.

You can walk around naked and no one will ever know. Remember, blinds closed please.

Zzzzz…in your own bedroom, complete with an attached bathroom and walk-in closet. YES!

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Five Tips to Make Apartment Living Better

All different types of people live in rented housing. Most rented dwellings are part of a complex and share common space with other renters. Depending on where you live, rented properties might be your only option. You might have other reasons for choosing to rent instead of own, like money, an unpredictable work schedule, or a temporary family situation. Apartment rentals may be an option for you if you are in this situation. If you are having a tough time accepting rented living or there are things that frustrate you about your situation, there are plenty of things you can do to make thing better. First, make sure your environment is safe. Some people feel safer living in homes rather than living in rented space. You should check out all of the escape routes in the building and make sure your interior smoke detectors work. Consider installing or ask your landlord to install a carbon monoxide detector. Also make sure the locks on all entryways are secure. Many ground level units have sliding glass patio doors, which offer an easy entry for burglars. Consider additional security for doors like this like drop bars or alarms. Use your space effectively. Chances are you have less space living in a rented unit as opposed to owning your home. Make sure you purchase furniture that is suitable for living in a smaller area. If you are living in the rented space temporarily, consider storing some of your larger spaces. Keep clutter to a minimum and enjoy the fact you have less space to clean and fewer maintenance issues in an apartment. Also look for smart storage solutions, such as under the bed storage systems or shelving throughout the space. Most rented homes have small kitchens. Organizing a small space like a kitchen is important so it can be fully functional. Some people who live in rented units hardly ever use their kitchen because the space is small and inconvenient. Make the place as pleasant as possible. Fill it with gourmet ingredients and high quality cookware. Just try not to go overboard with supplies because they take up space. Create a pleasant seating area near the kitchen or on a patio for dining. This will encourage you to cook at home on the regular basis. If you have time, become active in the community. Sometimes renters create a community organization that helps them stay in touch with one another, make decisions about property issues that affect everyone, and plan special events. Making friends and feeling like a part of the community is a great way to chase away the blues of rented space. It will help you get through hard times and even if the situation is only temporary, it will be more fulfilling if you are part of the community and experiencing an active social life with those around you. Do what you can to be friendly with neighbors and you might find yourself with lifelong friends, even though your living situation is temporary? Published at:

Look Out For These Common Slip Ups When Living in an Apartment

Those who have lived in the same apartment building for years become very comfortable with their surroundings. Though you may feel very safe in your apartment building, is it a false sense of security? Because you’re living with lots of other people, there are plenty of opportunities for other residents’ home security choices to negatively affect you. Here are some of the home security slip-ups you may be making as an apartment resident: Treating the common areas of the building as ‘safe’ areas where you can relax. Once you get comfortable, it’s easy to let your guard down, treating the whole building as a safe place when you are only in control of your own apartment. No matter how long you’ve lived there, the building is still shared space, and you have no idea who could be inside or what their intentions may be. Other residents may be letting people they don’t know inside the building, or they could have dangerous intentions themselves. Stay alert in common areas and pay extra attention to people you don’t recognize. Do not let your kids play in the playground area of your apartment complex unsupervised; doing so is just like sending them into a public park alone. Failing to install or use home security alarms. Though you might think that such alarms can’t be used in a rented apartment, in fact wireless door and window alarms can be installed almost anywhere, and even taken with you when you move. Motion detectors, glass break sensors, and other devices are critical for home security no matter where you live, , even if you think there’s no possibility of a home invasion. Apartment dwellers tend not to spend a lot of time and effort on the security of their apartment, but they should, especially if they plan to be there a while. Being careless about leaving your doors and windows unlocked. Even if you live on the tenth floor of a secure apartment building, it is not safe to keep your doors and windows unlocked. You never know who’s inside the building; your neighbors might be letting dangerous people inside. Do not leave windows or doors facing common areas open or unlocked – doing so is just like leaving open an entry facing the street. In fact, they should not only be locked, but also protected with door and window alarms. Allowing maintenance workers inside the apartment unsupervised. One of the most convenient thing about apartment living is that maintenance workers will fix anything that breaks, but this can also be one of the most dangerous aspects. Sure, it’s easier to just let them do their job while you’re at work, but doing so leaves you at risk. Your belongings could be stolen, or the workers could be scoping out your apartment for a later break-in. Make it your policy to be present when anyone is inside your apartment. Not knowing all of the escape routes from your apartment. Sure, there’s the route you use every day, usually without even thinking about it. But what if that were blocked by a fire, structural damage, or an attacker wielding a weapon? Could you get out any other way? Apartments tend to have fewer escapes than houses, but there is usually another way out. You should know about possible fire exits, including back stairways and windows leading to fire escapes. Do you know how to use fire escape ladders? If you live on an apartment only a few stories from the ground, invest in fire ladders, which attach to a window so that you can escape to the ground safely. Published at:

Resurgence of Apartment Living in Indianapolis

In response to the trends noted by the Indianapolis real estate community in the last three years, many commercial condominium developments are converting to apartments. As lenders are becoming more restrictive in continuing construction loans and developers are finding that they are unable to sell the units already finished and move-in ready, developers are beginning to adopt the same posture as that taken by homeowners who purchased the next home before selling the first – put the property up for lease to pay the bills until the market turns around. Purchase minded consumers wishing to downsize their expenses, including lawn maintenance and property taxes were expected to flood into the condominium market as the home sales market diminished. Instead, developers are finding that the current market trend is too far into the trenches, in that those potential buyers that were going to eat up the condo market, have already done so, and the remaining who have the desire to do so, have homes in other areas that cannot be sold. Since the Indianapolis real estate market is one of the last in the nation to really feel the pinch of credit problems and plummeting property values, there is a lot of wonderful opportunities to make money in Indianapolis real estate, if you still have the financial security to hold the properties without risk. Apartment buildings are available at relatively low cost and are a good investment. As more and more people realize that the indulgences of the last ten years are coming to an end, and are worrying about job stability, many are foreclosing on their homes and finding themselves needing a place to live without the benefit of good credit to secure a mortgage. The resurgence of apartment living is evident, and there are plenty of apartment buildings for sale in the Indianapolis real estate market. The stumbling block will be in dealing with a flinching credit market while trying to obtain a commercial loan. This can be accomplished with some planning and investigation. While a good Indianapolis real estate agent will be a critical asset, retention of a real estate attorney is always a wise move when purchasing your first multi-family building. An attorney from the area will not only be expert in dealing with the financial and legal ramifications of a commercial real estate transaction, but also have knowledge of the current economy and market trends which will not affect his invoicing. Therefore, the attorney will be more honest in his advice than someone who is dependent on sales commission for income. Another consideration is establishing enough income from rented units to cover the loss of unrented units at any given time. Generally, the larger the number of units, the more opportunity to rebound from a small percentage of un-leased units. Fortunately, the Indianapolis real estate trends are showing that more and more people are returning to apartment living. Even for those who have maintained their job and have substantial income, are generally unwilling to purchase real estate for fear of having to transfer out of state and are therefore leasing apartments instead. Since the Indianapolis real estate market has been traditionally strong, even in the recent downturns in the economy and the real estate market as a whole, the local economy is still drawing new population, making the purchase of apartment buildings a lucrative investment. Published at: