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
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
The largest city in the Lone Star State certainly has a little something for everyone. If you find yourself in Houston, Texas with a hunger for live music, you’ll be especially happy with what you find. After all, Houston’s musical alumnae include everyone from ZZ Top and Kenny Rogers to Lyle Lovett and Beyoncé. Fortunately, the live music scene in Space City is as alive as ever. Keep reading for the top spots you’ll want to hit to keep your ears happy.
Houston Music Venues
Anderson Fair – Fourth Ward, Montrose Area
If you’re in the mood for traditional Texas rock, you’ll want to stop by Anderson Fair. It was here that artists like Lyle Lovett got their start, and the tradition is still loud and proud. To this day you can still enjoy a very intimate setting with some of Houston’s best singer/songwriters. Be sure to hit up the ATM first… this popular joint only accepts cash!
Boondocks – Montrose Neighborhood
Like the name suggests, this isn’t a musical venue where you need to dress to impress. Just the opposite, Boondocks is the type of venue where you can go to relax, enjoy great music, and have a few cocktails in between trips to the dance floor. The crowd here is decidedly alternative, which makes sense, given the indie bands that take the stage. With a large dance floor upstairs, you’ll have more than enough room to cut a rug, though don’t expect any square dancing to break out.
The Big Easy – West University Area
This is another great musical destination where you don’t have to worry about who’s watching. The Big Easy is aptly named, given the New Orleans feel of the place. Outside, it looks like a dive bar, complete with Mardi Gras lighting. Inside you can enjoy some of the best zydeco and blues in the entire city. Expect big crowds on the weekend and odd stares if you don’t make a home out of the dance floor. Of course, you can also get some air outside on the patio and take in the sights and sounds of Kirby Drive.
Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge – Fourth Ward, Midtown Area
Inside the Big Top Lounge, you’ll hear all kinds of music, as the club seems to only care about good times. They proudly claim “no cover ever” in an attempt at keeping this Houston spot a place where anyone from anywhere can come in and enjoy themselves. If you don’t like the band on stage, enjoy some shuffleboard or foosball with your friends.
Firehouse Saloon – Galleria Area
If you’re in Houston, you might have a country music itch that you just have to scratch. Head over to Firehouse Saloon, then, to enjoy all the live honky-tonk music your eardrums can take. As the name suggests, this saloon is firehouse-themed, and you can bet it’s accurate, given that the owners are former firefighters, themselves.
Fitzgerald’s – The Heights Neighborhood
For over 30 years, Fitzgerald’s has hosted the best local artists that Houston has produced. Most groups on tour who pass through the city will generally seek out the club for its reputation as an authentic Houston music venue. With two separate stages, you’re bound to find something you can at least tap your foot to when you visit Fitzgerald’s.
Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar -The Heights Neighborhood
On the other side of the spectrum is Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar. This venue is a hipster favorite in Houston. Inside, you’ll find the kind of dimly lit interior they flock to, with plenty of shady figures to round the place out. Nonetheless, you’ll hear music that is far more reminiscent than modern. They have plenty of beer and even some wine, but you won’t need either, as Dan Electro’s has no problem if you just bring your own.
You might not be in Houston for the music, but that’s no reason to miss out on a good show. Even if you don’t know the local acts, stroll into any of the above venues, and you’ll be sure to have a good time.
If the Houston vibe is music to your ears, go ahead and “put a ring on it” and make one of our apartment communities home! Check out these LPC managed Houston apartments for rent!
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No matter how great a city is, if you can’t find a decent meal, there’s really no point in visiting, right foodies? Fortunately, Raleigh, North Carolina has more than a few places where you can find more than just a decent meal. Here are the best dining experiences you can find in the City of Oaks.
Lunch in Raleigh
Everyone loves a good steak, and if you’re in the South, you should make it a point to seek out what they have to offer. When you’re in Raleigh, your best bet is to head on over to Angus Barn. Since the mid-1960s, people have been showing up to Angus Barn in the hopes of finding a good steak, and they haven’t been leaving disappointed.
Every month, the restaurant serves up nearly 20,000 steaks, perfectly grilled and dry-aged to perfection. Be as picky as you want when you get there. The steak-lover’s paradise serves up 8 different cuts, which you can customize, thanks to the six sauces and toppings available. Not into steak? Not a problem. They also have lamb and seafood options. In fact, Angus Barn even has vegetarian dishes, though you’ll probably want to hold your breath while you’re in there.
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
Just like you could probably guess the décor and menu from the name “Angus Barn”, your imagination is probably correct about Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. Short of eating in an actual castle, it doesn’t get much classier than this. Inside the historic Dodd-Hinsdale House, you’ll find a dining experience fit for a lord and lady. Walk through the ornate arch doorway to your dinner table and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and warmth of the crackling fireplace nearby. Wine lovers will appreciate their award-winning selection, and anyone with an appetite will have more than enough options to complete the experience. You can also choose to sit down for a meal in the tavern, where the experience is a bit more casual, but you can still get a mean martini.
For a taste of France, you can’t go wrong with Raleigh’s Saint Jacques. The owner, Lil Lacassagne, is actually from the South of France, so you can bet the menu is authentic. The décor is decidedly French, as well, meaning you’ll leave the North Ridge Shopping Center and enter a dining room that could be in Cavalière. At Saint Jacques, you can enjoy escargot, filet mignon, and wine from all of France’s famous regions.
Bloomsbury Bistro is home to John Toler, a chef of national repute. He insists on changing the menu every season, so if it’s been a while since you’ve dined at the restaurant, your taste buds can count on a whole new experience. While Toler himself clearly prefers French cuisines, he steeps many of his options in American dining. Visitors will have no problem ordering a beautiful portion of Black Angus beef just as easily as they may request duck liver. The bistro’s dining room is intimate but very comfortable.
Another great option for steaks is the elegant Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Here, you can find all the beef your heart desires, as well as oysters on the half shell, Chilean sea bass, and much more. While you wait for your table, enjoy a cocktail made from their extensive cache of liquor, or visit the humidor for your favorite cigar.
Raleigh is a beautiful city with plenty of sights to take in. However, when the day draws to a close, you’ll probably have quite the appetite to address. If you want more than just a burger and fries, try any of the above restaurants. They provide dining experiences that offer more than just great meals.
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Many people love to live in big cities, and it’s no surprise. The glamour and sophistication, as well as the surplus of entertainment, attractions, and the chance to meet new people can prove powerful attractors when drawing in residents. However, if you’re going to move to a big city, you have to consider which one. The U.S. has many sprawling urban areas now. New York and Boston own the East Coast and San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle dominate the West, but you can’t count out the middle of the country. Midwest cities like Detroit and Chicago are more than worth considering; they may actually be the heaviest contenders.
Chicago and New York are often seen as having something of a rivalry. While many New Yorkers feel that Chicago is less sophisticated or shouldn’t be considered a proper rival, there are actually many advantages to living in the Windy City over the Big Apple. The first to come to mind is definitely the cost of living. Anywhere in the Midwest will be cheaper than coastal prices, and even larger urban areas are no exception. It is vastly cheaper to rent a better apartment in Chicago than a worse apartment in New York, both for location and condition. The median rent in Chicago is $200 cheaper, and anyone who has struggled for rent knows that that can be a huge difference.
While rent is the most noticeable expense difference, there are others to consider. Utilities, food, and even health care all cost more in New York than in Chicago. In the current economy, these expenses add up quickly, and many find that the difference in cost is more than enough reason to pick one city over the other.
If it is culture you’re concerned about, Chicago might not have Broadway, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty to offer. You can find many museums and parks, usually in close proximity to your apartment. The parks are big, too, even if they are less nationally known than Central Park. These same apartments also allow easy access to the sports stadiums.
Obviously, no large city is perfect, but those who love urban environments have already accepted the logistic issues inherent in having so many people in a relatively small area of land. If you are looking for a city that has all the advantages of a metropolitan area and avoids many of the common pitfalls, Chicago is the choice for you. While the city holds the entertainment choices and vibrant atmosphere of a large city, it remains convenient to move around and relatively inexpensive. Residents can access nature just a short distance from their apartments and then return to the city atmosphere for shopping at famous boutiques or lunch at renowned restaurants, all without completely emptying their wallets.
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If you love taking the opportunity to learn about history and science or appreciate art, you’ll find plenty of chances in Forth Worth, Texas. Even for being the fifth largest city in the Lone Star State, Fort Worth has an inordinate amount of museums. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best.
Kimbell Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum isn’t the biggest example on the list, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of mention. While its actual collection is relatively small, it contains some pieces that any art lover would die to see. Michelangelo’s first known painting is housed there, for example. “The Torment of Saint Anthony” is actually the only piece of the great painter’s to be on exhibit in any of the Americas. Work from other artists like Rubens, Poussin, Rembrandt, and Boucher can also be seen gracing the walls. The museum is also well known for its gorgeous modern architecture, which makes exceptional use of light.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Speaking of modern art, Forth Worth has a museum for that too. The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth (a.k.a., The Modern) is actually located adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum. The museum is comprised of 5 separate pavilions, all standing on a reflecting pool. Visitors can view work from famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Susan Rothernberg, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is 166,000 square feet and hosts a number of really fun and interesting exhibits. For example, visitors can enjoy the Noble Planetarium. Seating 90, visitors sit under a video dome that can display well over 7,000 stars. If you’re visiting with a family, be sure to check out the Fort Worth Children’s Museum inside. It features exhibits especially designed for children who are 8 and under. Many of these give kids an opportunity to play.
There’s also the Omni Theater, which was the first Imax Dome in the southwestern United States. The eight-story dome, which features a 120-foot screen, puts theatergoers right in the middle of all the action.
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Being Texas, respect needs to be paid to the legendary cowboy. If you’d like to learn more about these eponymous American characters, head on over to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Despite its name, the Hall of Fame actually functions as a museum as well, showing off the rustic lifestyle of cowboys from yesteryear. The site does commemorate both men and women who excelled in rodeo or simply supported the cowboy way of life. In fact, over 125 have their own separate displays there that tell visitors about their own personal contributions as either cowboys or cowgirls. You can even nominate some of your own favorites while you’re there.
While there is plenty to do in Fort Worth, Texas, you should spend some time in at least one of the museums mentioned above. The city takes great pride in its cultural offerings, and these museums are fine examples of them. If you spend time in Fort Worth, discovering how amazing the culture is and want to make your permanent mark on the city, check out our Fort Worth apartments for rent – you’ll be glad you did.
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Atlanta, Georgia is known for many things. It’s the home of the Braves, of course, as well as Falcons football. In 1939, Gone with the Wind would put on a 3-day premiere that drew over a million people to the city. Back in 1996, it hosted the centennial summer Olympics. But one thing any local will tell you is Atlanta is a city that knows how to have a good time. If you’re there when the sun goes down, make sure you check out at least one of the following staples of Atlanta nightlife.
Blind Willie’s in Virginia Highland
If you like blues, Atlanta will not leave your eardrums starved. One of the best locales in the city for that music is Blind Willie’s. Since 1986, the bar has hosted some of the most talented blues musicians in the entire country. Maybe that’s why the kitchen there serves food from some of the best blues cities in the nation too (i.e. Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, etc.).
Cosmo/Lava in Midtown Atlanta
For those of you who demand a more vibrant scene, Cosmo/Lava will certainly please. This is one of those clubs where people go to be seen, and they certainly dress the part. Inside, there are actually 2 clubs, with 3 levels and 5 different bars. Fortunately, the venue doesn’t lack dance floor space. As Cosmo/Lava certainly attracts a crowd, you might want to opt for VIP status, which is some of the best in the city. Pay cover once to enjoy two clubs, and when you need air, go outside to the patio and take in Atlanta’s gorgeous skyline.
Divan Restaurant & Hookah Lounge in Buckhead
Boasting four out of five stars on Yelp with 125 reviews, you can bet this Buckhead restaurant is sure to amaze and delight. If you’re looking for an atypical dinner and night on the town, Divan is the place for you. Offering a combination of amazing food, tempting cocktails, and the unique experience of Hookah, patrons can’t go wrong! Featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes with Persian influences, Divan is a cultural experience unlike any other in the Atlanta area.
Havana Club in Buckhead
As you might imagine, Havana Club is steeped deep in Cuban influence. But the club features a number of rooms, none of which are remotely the same. You might enjoy the Main Room, for example, amongst plush sofas and a generous VIP area. Walk over to the Studio, and you’ll find plenty of dancing going on. Over at the Stage, you can pick your favorite cigar and sit down at a private cabana. Each room features its own DJ, so you’re bound to find the music you like. With so much to take in, don’t forget to look up and enjoy Club Havana’s acrobatic offerings.
Opera Nightclub in Midtown Atlanta
Many Atlanta natives consider Opera Nightclub to be the absolute best in town. Of course, with that kind of reputation, you can’t expect to just walk in. When you go to Opera, dress to impress, but wear comfortable shoes because you’ll probably be in line for a while. That said, once inside, you’ll be glad you waited. Opera Nightclub is full of VIP seating, dance floor space, and some of the best DJs, not just in the city, but in the entire world.
If you’re in need of sleep, Atlanta probably isn’t the city for you. In fact, Georgia’s capitol might have a serious claim to America’s nightlife throne. No matter how you like to spend your time away from the sun, Atlanta has options that won’t disappoint. That said, we would be remiss not to mention some of Atlanta’s best apartment homes to spend those daylight hours waiting for the nightlife excitement to begin. Click HERE to learn more about Lincoln’s Atlanta apartments. From highrise flats to garden style townhomes, you’re sure to find the perfect home for your Atlanta lifestyle.
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If you’ve never been to Dallas, you might imagine barbeque, the Cowboys, and oil money. But with over 1.2 million people, the 3rd largest city in Texas has far more to offer than that. And for the most part, Dallas makes it easy on visitors when it comes to finding their personal tastes. The city is split into over a dozen different districts, each with its own flavor. Continue reading to learn about some of the best.
The Art District
Many people don’t realize that Dallas has one of the best scenes for art, not just in Texas, but the entire country. Covering over 19 blocks, the Art District has almost 70 acres of eclectic offerings. The area is actually the focus of a 30 year plan that has so far seen 4 separate buildings built by Pritzker Prize awarded architects. It’s also home to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Dallas Museum of Art, which sits at its heart. No matter what kind of art you enjoy, this district is worth your time.
Once an area known for its industrial work, Deep Ellum is now the go-to for live music. While the area is often credited with being the birthplace of blues and jazz, nowadays you’re just as likely to hear hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll bouncing off buildings in this district. Deep Ellum has been compared by many to New Orleans and New York’s SoHo, in terms of its rich and native art. The area is home to a number of festivals throughout the year. There’s more than just music to be found there. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of restaurants, as well as stores that sell unique works of art, jewelry, and clothing.
Known by locals as the “Beverly Hills of Texas”, Highland Park is definitely a far cry from some of the more rustic parts of Dallas. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of unique character to be enjoyed in this district. If you like fine dining and upscale shopping, you won’t want to miss Highland Park. A popular attraction is Highland Park Village. The Spanish Mediterranean shopping complex features boutiques like Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and others that would make it revered amongst some of the world’s best designers and pickiest shoppers.
Any sports fan traveling to Dallas must visit the Victory Park district. It hosts the American Airlines Center, home to both the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars. Of course, there is plenty else to be enjoyed. You can visit a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops. Dallas’ famous Ghostbar is located in Victory Park, as well as other fun hotspots like the Hard Rock Café, the House of Blues, and the W Hotel.
Keep in mind that there are still 9 other districts in Dallas to explore, each with its own unique character. You could easily spend an entire year enjoying just one of them. So, while many might know Dallas for just one thing, the truth is it offers an eclectic collection of attractions.
It’s not easy to choose a new home. Even if you have a general area of the country picked out, like New England for example, you still have a wide range of choices in cities both large and small. Ultimately, you have to decide what type of city is right for you. If a large town where you can experience history but also keep up with the latest trends sounds ideal to you, then you should probably choose Boston as your new place of residence.
Take the Old with the New
Boston is often thought of as a historical city, and that isn’t inaccurate. After all, many of the most famous events of America’s Revolutionary War occurred in this very city, and there’s plenty to learn about the past here. The Freedom Trail will lead visitors and locals alike through some of the highlights, but it hardly hits every historical point in the city that has been around since before America was even a nation. History buffs will find plenty to love in Boston.
However, just because it has plenty of history doesn’t mean Boston is stuck in the past. Boston is actually the youngest big city in terms of population. This is due to the many colleges in the area and the vast population of college students. Along with that comes the businesses that cater to the interests and needs of the younger set, meaning that Boston is full of technological innovation and fashionable trends. Far from being at odds with the history of the town, the modern aspects, easily accessible from many of the apartments in the city, give a real sense of the time that has passed. Boston may be historical, but it’s still definitely a living city.
West Square Boston
Boston is also a very healthy city for its residents and visitors alike. Visitors can enjoy the local cuisine and know that it’s produced and made locally. Fresh foods are simply better for you, and Boston, while large, is still small enough to be surrounded by plenty of farmland. Of course, the ocean is a source for many of the ingredients as well!
However, as with any city, there’s a lot to be gained from Boston that only the residents get to take advantage of. On a basic level, tourists are not going to get nearly as many health benefits from the parks as residents who can visit them regularly will. However, there’s a much bigger factor in play for the health of Boston residents, and that’s the availability of health insurance. Only four percent of the population of the entire state of Massachusetts is without health insurance. State laws have made it easy to access. Not only does it help when you as an individual can get health insurance, but the fact that others around you can get care makes it less likely that you’ll get sick from the spread of germs.
While you are certainly excited about your first move, odds are you are probably a little nervous as well. You’re unsure of everything from what papers you’ll need to sign to how you should decorate. From the apartment hunt to your first week in the new apartment, this guide will help make your transition much smoother.
Searching for an Apartment
Fortunately, searching for an apartment is easy when you search online. In fact, you can even use your smart phone to search for apartments while you wait in line at the grocery store or are taking a break at work. If you’re open to a number of different types of apartments in your location, you can try a short-tail search like, “Florida Apartments” or “Apartments in New York.” If you are looking for a specific type of apartment, you might try a long-tail search like, “New Mexico apartments with a gym close to shopping.” Don’t forget to bookmark your results so you can compare later.
Searching for a new apartment is both thrilling and nerve wracking, but you can boost the thrill and reduce the nerves if you take the time to consider how budget, neighborhood, and privacy figure in to your dream apartment. Remember that everyone’s living needs are unique, so just because your best friend loves an apartment doesn’t mean it will be your best fit.
The Approval/Paperwork Process
After you’ve found the apartment that’s right for you, getting approved to live there is the next step. Generally, this requires a background check, credit report, and references. After being approved, you will setup a time with the property manager to sign the lease. Most people think of the lease as a document that simply stipulates how much they will pay in rent per month. However, the lease is actually much more comprehensive. It outlines behaviors that could result in eviction or penalties as well as your and the landlord’s or management firm’s responsibilities when it comes to damage. Read the lease carefully and ask questions about anything you don’t agree with or understand. If you have problems with the lease, bring them up with the property manager to determine if changes can be made. If not, you may need to look for another apartment. Once you’ve signed the lease, the apartment is officially yours.
Your lease will stipulate a move-in day, so you can start getting your friends, family members, and professional movers in line right away. Whether you’re moving across the country or across the street, moving is time consuming, so it’s best to do as much of the work as possible before move-in day. On the day you move, all of your items should already be stored in moving boxes, which should be labeled by room. Make sure to mark any fragile boxes, as well as boxes that contain items you will need right away,
In addition to having your boxes packed and ready to go, it’s also beneficial to have a move-in plan. Determine which people will be assigned to which room, and have them look out for the boxes you will need right away. They can unpack these for you while neatly arranging the others for you to unpack later.
Your First Week
The first week after your move is generally the hardest. Odds are, you still have to work or go to school, but your home is unorganized because you’re still deciding where everything goes. Make the process easier by going from room to room and arranging furniture and belongings. Store all of your decor in a closet, and once you’ve arranged all your furniture and belongings, you can take a whole weekend to decorate.
While moving into your first apartment can be overwhelming, it can also be great fun. Surround yourself with positive people and have a plan in mind, and your move will go quickly and smoothly.
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Although the prospect of moving to a new apartment is exciting, beginning your apartment search can also be very stressful. You know that if you love where you live, your apartment can become your sanctuary – a place to rest, rejuvenate, entertain, and enjoy the company of those you love. However, you also know that an apartment that doesn’t suit your needs can negatively affect you. Everyone’s needs and preferences are different, so you shouldn’t simply look for the perfect apartment; you should look for the perfect apartment for you. Instead of enduring an apartment that doesn’t meet your needs, take the proactive approach by considering your budget, your potential neighborhood, and your privacy at the beginning of your apartment search.
If you’re like most apartment hunters, the price of rent is the first variable that you consider when starting your apartment search. This is how it should be, since it’s often also the least flexible variable. However, as is true with any purchase, you will have to decide if you are willing to pay more for higher quality or save money by electing for fewer amenities. For this reason, it’s best to settle on a budget range rather than on an exact dollar amount that you would like to pay for rent before you begin your search. Remembering that your housing costs should not exceed 30% of your income, come up with a range that you’re comfortable with and a list of what would persuade you to select an apartment at the higher end of your range. A beautifully designed patio? A 24-hour gym in the building? Concierge service?
If you’re looking for a new apartment, you’re also looking for a new neighborhood. Unfortunately, apartment hunters don’t always thoroughly investigate everything the neighborhood has or doesn’t have to offer. For example, if you have kids, you want a neighborhood with parks, kid-friendly restaurants, and indoor entertainment geared toward children. If you work from home often, you will probably need a neighborhood that’s rich with Wi-Fi hotspots and has at least one printing or copying store. If you land your dream apartment but it’s in a neighborhood that doesn’t provide for your needs, you will still be miserable.
Apartment living can mean some intrusion into your privacy. Because they live within close proximity, your neighbors’ noise level, pets, and lifestyle may affect you. Some apartment communities have strict privacy policies that evict tenants if they don’t follow rules regarding quiet hours, pets, and soliciting door to door. Other apartment communities may be geared more toward building a community among tenants, with common gathering places, athletic courts, and entertainment rooms. An apartment communities’ physical layout can also have an effect on your privacy. For example, does a wall separate the individual unit porches, or does it appear that the porches are shared? Do tenants use common stairs and landings, or do they have private entrances? Whether you like to spend time with your neighbors or prefer to be left alone, you should investigate the culture of the community before you choose to live there.
Searching for a new apartment is both thrilling and exhausting, but you can boost the thrill and reduce the nerves if you take the time to consider how budget, neighborhood, and privacy figure in to your dream apartment. Remember that everyone’s living needs are unique, so just because your best friend loves an apartment doesn’t mean it will be your best fit.
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