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May
2014
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Best Apartment Amenities | Infographic


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Now that more Americans have chosen to rent an apartment instead of buying a home, property managers have added an increasing array of desirable amenities to their rental units – all to attract potential residents. The competition has turned up the volume on resident demands for options and services that truly fit their modern lifestyle. Advertising a “sparkling pool” and “covered parking” is just so…1998?

Today, renters increasingly demand that apartments are plugged in, green, and friendly for Fido. Apartment communities have obliged. Now, blazing fast Internet connections, green living, spaces for Spot and Fluffy, and community areas that reflect real living, have become standard amenities in many neighborhoods for young, tuned-in professionals.

Online resident portals for making rental payments and submitting maintenance requests and follow-ups with management have become the top items renters want. Communities that welcome pets rank well and benefit by having nearby dog parks, services to schedule dog walks and an ample supply of doggie bag dispensers and trash bins. Your four-legged furry friend is family, and property managers tend to acknowledge this now. In addition, renters are demanding a commitment to green living with recycling bins, electric car chargers, rainwater collectors, low flow showerheads and toilets, composters and much more.

Are there any amenities you might be willing to pay for instead of expecting as part of the rent? Apparently so, as premium parking spaces now make it into the top ten most desirable features.

Since adding spas, fitness rooms or rooftop lounges makes no economic sense for homeowners, renters benefit by having access to the luxury amenities that are now de rigueur.

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May
2014
1

SkySong Apartments, Scottsdale, AZ: Cool Apartments in a Hot Market


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SkySong Apartments is keeping it cool in the hot (we know… “it’s a dry heat”) climate of Scottsdale, Arizona this summer. Not by way of air conditioning and a snazzy swimming pool, even though they do have both, but with their ultra-cool amenities and urban-inspired environment. Simply walk into the office of SkySong and you’ll instantly feel submerged in a sky-high sense of hip. Teeming with resident-centric services, SkySong is in a class all its own. Here are just a few of their unique amenities:

onsite massage therapist and esthetician
movies by the pool
technogym with mywellness accounts for residents
food truck Thursdays
complimentary Starbucks and Tazo Tea
free wi-fi in common areas
package acceptance
assistance with door to door dry cleaning services

With a team like this to take care of you, how could you not want to move here? They’re #superfun and we love it. Click here to learn more about this hot…no, its cool… but its hot, too… community!

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SkySong also recently hosted its highly anticipated Grand Opening Party. Look through the Grand Opening Photo Album on Facebook by clicking here.

At the celebration, speeches were given by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, CEO of the ASU Foundation Rick Shangraw, and Don Couvillion, Vice-President of the ASU Foundation. Guests included the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and members, MT Builders, Todd and Associates Architects, SkySong employees and residents, vendors, and preferred employers. Musical entertainment was provided by Emma Sophina while bites and delights were created and served by Bruce Brown Catering.

Apr
2014
21

Top 5 Advantages of Renting an Apartment | Infographic


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Renting is the new buying. According to the National Association of Realtors, almost 6 million families will enter the rental market over the next 10 years. This trend toward rental homes and away from home ownership is not a passing fancy. It may seem that many have chosen renting over buying in the post-recessionary economy – because the mortgage market is still daunting. However, more cities across America have home prices that make renting a better deal.

When you include the luxury amenities that many apartment homes come equipped with, tweaking the American dream of owning a home to include renting one makes perfect sense. For these American families, the choice to rent instead of own is based on the flexibility and amenities that apartment homes provide. You are not locked into a mortgage, the property manager schedules and pays for maintenance, and you can afford a nicer neighborhood than you might be able to when buying. Renting is a realistic, long-term option that many people are consciously choosing.

The amenities alone are enough to convince you that renting is better than buying: free Wi-Fi, fitness centers, saunas, screening rooms, private workstations, clubhouses, barbecue gathering spots, playgrounds, gardens and more. In addition, the dedicated staff and management team are there to take care of the property. You no longer have to call the plumber yourself or pull another weed.

Renting provides a flexibility and freedom that owning a home cannot. While the desire to put down roots and build a nest may be strong for many, the economics of renting is beginning to make more sense in more cities across America.

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Apr
2014
17

Live Better in Corvallis, Oregon


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For many, a big city isn’t going to be the kind of place that makes them happy. Many cities ranked high on livability scores are smaller. Smaller towns have less pollution, less crowding, and less traffic, as well as lower costs. However, they may sometimes feel behind the times or offer less culture or entertainment. If this is a concern, one easy solution is to pick a college town. College towns have a market for entertainment and media targeted toward a younger audience that many other small towns do not, so they remain fresh and lively while still remaining at a comfortable size. Corvallis, Oregon, is home to Oregon State University and is a perfect example of this phenomenon.

Casual Living in Corvallis

Almost half of the population of Corvallis is college students. This means that a much greater proportion of the population than normal is in the 18-25 age group, so a lot of the available entertainment and activities will be targeted toward them. If you are in that age group but not in college, or prefer the contemporary atmosphere associated with that age group, Corvallis can provide that without the stress and bustle that would normally be required in a city with that large of a population in that age group. You can enjoy a smaller and more relaxing town without feeling like you’re living in the past or getting the suffocating small-town feel of everyone knowing everyone’s business, since much of the population rotates every four or five years.

Obviously, part of the potential advantage of living in a college town is the college itself. Whether you are of traditional college age or not, you can still benefit from having an excellent institute of learning in your area. Proctoring classes is always an option, as is returning to school part time or even full time. Doing so can not only keep your mind fresh, but also gives you advantages when it comes to employ-ability. This is especially true if you work with technology, where information changes quickly and it is important to keep up.

Another advantage to college towns is the availability of apartments. Apartments are usually much more affordable than trying to rent or buy a home, which is why they are the most popular option for college students. This means that there will be more apartment buildings in the area than there otherwise would be for a town of that size, and you can take advantage of their affordability as well.

Corvallis is a comfortable, environmentally friendly city with a thriving, young, and creative population. With its status as a college town, you can easily find an apartment there and avoid big city bustle, pollution, and stress while keeping abreast of current trends. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to pick and choose between a small city vibe and modern entertainment and commodities. Just pick a college town like Corvallis, Oregon to set up camp and you can have the best of both worlds.

Sources: http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-college-towns-2012/corvallis/or

http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-places-work-life-balance/

Apr
2014
8

Lincoln Property Company Ranks #3 on NMHC Largest Apartment Managers List for 2014


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Lincoln Property Company is excited to announce its #3 ranking on the recently released National Multifamily Housing Council’s 50 Largest Apartment Managers List for 2014. Coming in with 153,445 units, LPC retained the third place slot for the second year in a row.

Up from a 144,542 unit count in 2013, LPC has been awarded management of communities throughout the US, helping to boost the portfolio’s large multifamily housing base.

Click here to see the entire list of management firms on the NMHC Largest Apartment Managers List.

SkySong Apartments in Scottsdale, AZ

SkySong Apartments in Scottsdale, AZ

Apr
2014
8

April 8 Marks Groundbreaking for New Lincoln Property Company Mixed-Use Development in Falls Church, VA


Lincoln Property Company and NVRetail are holding a groundbreaking ceremony for The Reserve at Tinner Hill, an upscale apartment and retail development in the heart of Falls Church, VA this morning at 10:30 a.m. Elected and government officials and project representatives will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Located at the intersection of South Maple Avenue and Washington Street (Lee Highway), The Reserve at Tinner Hill will include 224 upscale apartment units with 46,000 square feet of ground floor retail space where The Fresh Market is slated to be the anchor retailer.

The project will host designer finishes such as floor to ceiling windows, granite countertops, stainless appliances, wood vinyl plank flooring, custom kitchen islands, balconies and Juliet balconies in select homes. Each apartment will include washer and dryer appliances and will be smart-wired for phone, Internet and cable services.

Amenities will include ground floor retail — including The Fresh Market, LEED Silver Certification, garage parking and elevator access, pet friendly, club room with a lounge, fitness center and motion studio, swimming pool, in-house bike storage and 24-hour maintenance.

Click here to read a recent press release covering the ceremony and check back to our blog for updates.

Apr
2014
7

Lincoln’s Mid-Atlantic Region Awarded Management of Bent Tree Apartments located in Centreville, VA


Bent Tree Apartments located in Centreville, Virginia is now part of the Lincoln Property Company family of communities in the company’s expanding Mid-Atlantic Region. LPC was awarded management of this community on Monday, March 31.

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This pet-friendly community, located just minutes from the nation’s capital, offers a variety of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans ranging in size from 680 square feet to 1,213 square feet. Bent Tree Apartments already offers a commendable selection of apartment and community amenities, but LPC’s long-term plans include community resident amenity upgrades and capital improvements to building exteriors. Immediate goals and initiatives include improvement in the areas of maintenance, customer service, and resident satisfaction.

Click here to read a recent press release covering this exciting LPC news topic.

Mar
2014
27

Fun Tourist Attractions in San Antonio


As the seventh most populated city in the entire country, you can bet there is plenty to see and do when visiting San Antonio, Texas. While the city is well known for its nightlife, dining, and hospitality, there are some tourist attractions you must absolutely include in any stay. Continue reading for some of the best.

The San Antonio River Walk
As you might expect, the San Antonio River winds through the city that shares its name. The city goes out of its way to highlight the natural beauty of this river. San Antonio itself is built up about a story above the river in most places, giving pedestrians the ability to get up close to the river, while still maintaining a safe distance.

In many ways, the city is built around the waterway, and, in fact, the River Walk was seen as an important part of San Antonio’s urban renewal. Nowadays, the network of paths takes people by the Alamo, the Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, HemisFair Park, and an assortment of fun restaurants and bars, too.

Historical San Antonio Riverwalk

Enjoy the sights and sounds along the San Antonio Riverwalk

The Alamo
A stay in San Antonio is not complete until you’ve visited the world famous Alamo. Texas’ top tourist attraction is located conveniently downtown, so you can easily incorporate it into a day of activities. The Catholic mission and compound was where the historic Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836. Nowadays, the famous attraction serves as a museum, where you can tour the actual compound and muse upon artifacts of the time.

McNay Art Museum
On the other side of the spectrum is McNay Art Museum. The first modern art museum in Texas’ history, it’s been delighting guests and fans of the art form since 1954. Named after Marion Koogler McNay, the museum’s creator, it was funded by her father’s oil money and her own love of art. She actually bequeathed her personal 24-room mansion, which has Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, to be the museum itself. As it also sits on 23 acres of beautifully landscaped land, including fountains and Japanese gardens, the surroundings are as much a part of the attraction as the art itself.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Due to its temperate climate, San Antonio can support many forms of life indigenous to exotic locations, such as Africa. These are just the kinds of creatures you can find, too, at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. This zoo is one of the unique kinds that actually allows visitors to drive through much of the attraction. In this way, it very much mimics a real safari! Imagine getting right up close to a giraffe, zebra, or ostrich. You can also get a good look at some animals that are kept at a much safer distance, like a rhinoceros.

With the San Antonio Spurs, an active downtown, and much more, you’d have to work pretty hard to become bored in this town. While there are countless options to explore, make sure your list of attractions begins with the four mentioned above. They’ll give you a good sense of the city and plenty to talk about when you get home. Maybe so much that you might like to make San Antonio your home! If you’re interested in learning more about the numerous and attractive San Antonio apartment homes for rent, click here to visit Lincoln Property Company’s San Antonio communities.

Mar
2014
12

Why Your Wallet Will Thank You for Moving to Minneapolis


With the job market the way it is, more and more people are willing to move in their search for jobs and for affordable housing. If you are considering such a move, you may be thinking of big cities like New York or Seattle. But don’t be fooled – while there are more jobs and higher-paying jobs in these areas, the cost of living is also much higher. So, in practical terms, you won’t gain much, and if you don’t get a job right away, you’ll be in a much tougher position. Instead, your focus should be on somewhat smaller urban areas in the middle of the country, especially the Midwest. To be specific, Minneapolis is the place to look if you want low living costs and a good chance at a high paying job.

Minneapolis Apartments

Minneapolis Apartments

As of October 2013, Minneapolis has the lowest unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in the country – only 4.1 percent. Obviously, that makes it a pretty desirable new home already, as the problem is getting a job, or at least a job in your field, as often as it is the pay. Even better, Minneapolis is the only city in the 15 top high-income cities in the U.S. to be located in an area with low living costs, rather than a more expensive coastal region. All this means that not only are you more likely to get a job, but the job will likely be higher paying – and that money will go further than it would most places where a job paid that well.

One example of that last point is housing costs. You can rent an apartment in Minneapolis for substantially less than you could find an apartment of equal quality in many other cities, even though it is the urban center of Minnesota. One month’s paycheck can go a lot further in regards to how nice of an apartment you can afford. Having a nice living space is important. Your home is where you de-stress from the day, and living somewhere that has maintenance issues won’t help you relax.

Choosing an apartment also gives you prime access to central areas of the city, so you don’t have to travel far to get to work or to enjoy the many attractions Minneapolis has to offer. There are many apartment communities right in the downtown area. Being able to get into downtown buildings quickly also allows you to enjoy the benefits of walking without having to brave the cold. Many buildings are connected by skyways, so you can save money and get exercise without having to deal with the infamous Minnesota weather any longer than it takes you to get from your apartment to the nearest connected building.

While moving a long distance for a job isn’t usually thought of as a purely economic decision, your wallet will thank you for moving to Minneapolis. Check out our budget friendly and casually elegant apartment home options in Minneapolis by clicking here!

Sources:
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Mar
2014
5

Lincoln’s Kansas City teams sweep Crystal Merit Awards Ceremony

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The Apartment Association of Kansas City held their annual Crystal Merit Awards Ceremony last month on Saturday, February 8th. The Lincoln Property Company teams received a dominating seven (7) awards throughout the evening, including “Best Company Management Team” for the second consecutive year! Special congratulations to the hardworking teams at Fountainview on the Plaza and The Highlands North and South for raking in six (6) awards!

Please see below for the full list of awards.

Lincoln Property Company Kansas City Team Members at 2014 Crystal Merit Awards

Lincoln Property Company Kansas City Team Members at 2014 Crystal Merit Awards

White Glove Award: Sheryl Kruse – Fountaiview on the Plaza

Best Assistant Manager: Emily Voss – The Highlands North and South

Best Models Designed by Staff: The Highlands North and South

Best Property Newsletter: The Highlands North and South

Best Property Amenities: Fountain View on the Plaza

Best Property Website: Fountain View on the Plaza

Best Company Management Team: Lincoln Property Company

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