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What To Do This Weekend

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What to Do This Weekend

Weekend plans look a lot different nowadays, eh?  I’m sure you are as sick of reading stories that begin with,  “In these unprecedented times” or “Our new reality.”  So I’m going to skip the intro and the explanation …You are being a hero by staying home and protecting the health of your family and that of your neighbors.  Thank you!  Let me reward that good behavior with a list of a few things to keep you entertained this weekend.

Absurd Planet

It’s a ridiculous tongue in cheek nature show on Netflix.  There are plenty of adult jokes disguised as nature facts.  It’s child safe and adult approved.  The whole family enjoyed it!  If you are looking for a program the whole family can enjoy, add Absurd Planet to your watch list.

Watch Party

Speaking of Netflix, did you know you can watch a movie with friends long distance?  Check out  Netflix Party. It synchronizes everyone’s video playback and adds a chat feature.  If you and your significant other aren’t quarantining together, this is certainly a fun date night option, too!

Date Night Dinner & Dessert

If you are homebound with your significant other, you’re probably ready to spice things up.   Tasty did a great feature of creating a three-course meal from the pantry.  I was impressed….especially when one of the courses was peanut butter cookies!  Follow along and cook a great meal or just get inspired to create your own pantry date night!

Stretch

We are sitting still so much more than usual.  You need to give your joints and bones and muscles some love! Stretch them out!  There are plenty of free stretching videos on YouTube and the like, but my number one recommendation is the Peloton App.  They are offering a 90-day free trial right now, after that it’s $13/month.  The full body stretches are 5-15 minutes long giving you plenty of options.  Additionally, they have meditation, boot camp, running, and walking programs.  (and no, I’m not an affiliate…I just think it’s a great app)

Try A New Summer Recipe

Yeah, cooking isn’t a groundbreaking suggestion.  Approach it a little differently today.  Think of it as a meditation.  Take your time cleaning and cutting the fresh veggies or fruit.  Maybe watch a Youtube video first and learn a new technique.  Then when you are ready, take on one of these yummy summer recipes.

Dance 

Last week I took a dance lesson to learn the moves to the Tik Tok ‘Savage’ dance. The instructor was amazing…I was a *mess*!  But I haven’t laughed that hard in a while…and it used up a lot of energy!  You can find plenty of lessons on YouTube or you can try a virtual class with Diva Dance DC.  You can literally dance like nobody is watching! And who knows…maybe you will find some hidden talent!

Phone a Friend

….not for your sake, but for theirs.  People are getting cabin fever.  They need each other.  Scroll through your phone and find the friend that you know lives alone or the friend you know wishes they were living alone, and give them shout.  It doesn’t have to be a Zoom happy hour and it doesn’t have to be an hour long.  You can simply share a happy memory you have with them.  Small interactions and gestures go a long way right now.  

That’s it for this week.  As I find specific events or awesomeness, I will share a new post weekly!  If you have ideas or events to include next week feel free to send them my hollib@apartminty.com or @Apartmentalist on Instagram.

Be Well!

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10 Cities Near Denver To Live in 2021

City living isn’t for everyone. Though Denver is a hotbed for growth, some people find the accompanying traffic, congestion, noise and fast pace unappealing. Yet, the allure of a major airport, thriving economy and vast array of entertainment options mean that some people would like to enjoy Denver without becoming a resident.

Fortunately, plenty of great cities near Denver abound that combine access to its amenities without the downsides. Listed from closest to farthest, here are some of our favorite non-Denver places to live — all within 30 miles of downtown.

  • Westminster
  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Greenwood Village
  • Centennial
  • Golden
  • Lone Tree
  • Parker
  • Boulder
  • Castle Rock

Westminster

Westminster, CO.

  • Distance from downtown Denver: 9.0 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,914 (up 8.5 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,470 (up 11.5 percent since last year)

Westminster is an incredibly family-friendly suburb to the northwest of Denver. It’s not quite the halfway point between Denver and Boulder, but considering traffic, it can feel like the midpoint. The best of both worlds is at Westminster residents’ fingertips.

A 15-minute trip to downtown Denver via the light rail makes this an easy choice for commuters. Plus, there are endless ways to have a good time in the area. Water World, one of the city’s best-loved water parks, is nearby for family outings, and so is the Butterfly Pavilion, an invertebrate zoo and conservation institution.

Standley Lake promises a ton of summer fun for paddle boaters, kayakers and canoe fanatics. Plenty of hiking and biking trails are available, and Boulder is just half an hour away for more breathtaking mountain views.

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Arvada

Arvada, CO.

  • Distance from downtown Denver: 9.4 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,520 (up 10.2 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $1,850 (up 3.5 percent since last year)

Hanging out in Denver’s northwest corner is a historical suburb known as Arvada. Olde Town Arvada has recently turned into a trendy gathering place for people who like to shop and drink local beer.

The local shops and restaurants make this suburb feel less suburban. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is making a name for itself in the world of Denver-metro theater, and it offers classes, boasts a history museum and has an outdoor amphitheater with space for 1,200 attendees.

Arvada is an excellent place to live if you’ll be commuting downtown. You can hop on the light rail from Olde Town and be there in 20 minutes.

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Aurora

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  • Distance from downtown Denver: 9.6 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,458 (down 5.8 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $1,708 (down 6.3 percent since last year)

Straight east from Denver, you’ll find Aurora, a place that bills itself as the safest large city in Colorado.

One of the most populous places in Colorado, Aurora is also a sprawling community. Due to its size, the neighborhoods vary widely, but they have one thing in common: reasonable prices.

Living in Aurora provides easy access to the city. Many neighborhoods in Aurora offer a quick commute to Denver via the light rail.

Plus, the Aurora Reservoir and Cherry Creek State Park are nearby, which provide limitless fun for boaters, scuba enthusiasts and people who like to fish or paddleboard.

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Greenwood Village

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  • Distance from downtown Denver: 10.5 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $2,046 (up 15.5 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,611 (up 25.7 percent since last year)

Tree-lined streets and pristine parks are the marks of this upscale suburb located south of Denver. The commute times here are low, and the incomes are high. That’s because Greenwood Village encompasses the Denver Tech Center, a booming economic center that is a magnet for young professionals, families, older couples and entrepreneurs alike.

Greenwood Village is pricey, but many people consider it worth the cost because of the convenience.

The living is good in Greenwood Village, a place where the schools are competitive, the neighborhoods are quiet and the lawns are neatly manicured. While it lacks nightlife, the city is just a quick trip away from Denver via the light rail for those who want to paint the town.

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Centennial

Centennial, CO.

Photo source: City of Centennial
  • Distance from downtown Denver: 14.9 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,842 (up 3.4 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,441 (up 12.2 percent since last year)

Centennial is a suburb just south of Denver that runs east to west. Plenty of golf courses, hiking and biking trails and family fun pavilions are available here. Water parks, indoor ski areas and open-air shopping areas are easy to find.

Centennial is home to great schools, more space and a slower pace compared with Denver.

Centennial offers affordability and a commute that’s not too bad whether you plan to work in the Denver Tech Center or downtown Denver. Plus, this suburb has its own airport, a handy amenity for frequent flyers.

Young families and professionals alike will enjoy the modernity and friendly feel.

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Golden

Golden, CO.

  • Distance from downtown Denver: 15.9 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $2,624 (up 8.4 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,966 (up 3.6 percent since last year)

Just to the west of Denver sits Golden, the last place you pass on Highway 6 before it’s clear you’re not in the city anymore. Golden serves as the gatekeeper between city life and rural mountain views, and that comes with a heftier price tag than the average cost of rent in Denver.

This picturesque town feels like a little mountain town, and yet it’s still a place where downtown Denver is accessible by the light rail in under 40 minutes.

Yes, Golden is small, but it’s already making a name for itself in the Colorado dining scene. Here, you can expect charming mountain views, golf clubs galore and craft breweries.

You can also anticipate fun for the kids with offerings including Dinosaur Ridge trail with dig areas, the Colorado Railroad Museum, aquatic parks and more.

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Lone Tree

Lone Tree, CO.

Photo source: City of Lone Tree Government / Facebook
  • Distance from downtown Denver: 20 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,810 (up 11.3 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,537 (up 17.1 percent since last year)

Lone Tree is a newer suburb, but it has already become known as a haven for shoppers. It’s also the last stop on your way south out of Denver.

The Park Meadows Mall is a stylish shopping center, and there are plenty of dining options, ranging from casual to the dress-code enforced. The light rail extends to the Lone Tree city center and will get you downtown Denver in about 45 minutes. If you need to drive, you’re just a stone’s throw from Interstate 25.

People who move to Lone Tree love the mountain views, the parks with hiking, biking and horseback riding trails and the golf.

The schools here are good, making Lone Tree a hotspot for families who don’t want to deal with Denver’s nonstop activity.

What you miss in independent mom and pop shops, you make up for with affordability. Spacious yards are also a draw for people with pets and those who prefer wide-open spaces.

A local arts center completes the town and leaves it feeling less like a suburb and more like an escape.

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Parker

Parker, CO.

Photo source: Town of Parker, Colorado / Facebook
  • Distance from downtown Denver: 24.2 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,705 (up 6.3 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $1,994 (up 5.8 percent since last year)

Parker is a microcosm of Colorado. It feels like part mountain retreat, part rural small town and part city, which is to say that Parker has it all.

With a cute downtown bustling with restaurants, shops and events, Parker has plenty to do and see all on its own. It feels incredibly removed from Denver, and you can’t get downtown on the light rail. Yet the draw of Parker, for many residents, seems to override the commute.

Ideal for anyone who prefers safety and peace to action and adventure, Parker is still somewhat of a hidden gem. It’s safe, quiet and pretty, plus the schools are top-notch, making this an ideal spot for families.

Denver remains somewhat close by, but the city rush is nowhere in sight.

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Boulder

Boulder, CO.

  • Distance from downtown Denver: 27.3 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $2,392 (down 3.2 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,584 (down 17.8 percent since last year)

Boulder is a dazzling college town with scenery so enchanting that you won’t feel like you’re within 30 miles of Denver. And yet, the Mile High City is close enough that many people make the commute.

If you have pets, love to hike and enjoy beer, you will immediately feel at home in Boulder.

Bars that sling cheap beers for college students and fine dining restaurants with astounding views live happily side by side in this area.

Boulder has a lot to offer, but it is pricey. If you can afford it, though, Boulder will repay you with excellent schools, hiking trails that never cease to amaze, first-rate dining options and unbeatable people-watching opportunities.

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock, CO.

  • Distance from downtown Denver: 29.3 miles
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,599 (up 4.3 percent since last year)
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,008 (up 8.3 percent since last year)

Castle Rock is south of the Denver-metro area and sits roughly 40 miles north of Colorado Springs. This smaller city is an ideal place for people raising families, and it boasts outlet shops, spectacular views and attractive neighborhoods.

Golfing, an open-air ice-skating rink and trails and parks make Castle Rock an ideal location for someone who needs the trifecta of outdoor recreation, proximity to Denver and a small-town feel.

Castle Rock will entail a more difficult trek to Denver, as it lies outside the light rail’s reach. Plan on long commutes whether you head north or south since this city sits in a perpetually overcrowded neck of I-25.

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Make one of these cities near Denver your next home

Denver is not the only place that makes the Centennial State a great place to live. Living around the Front Range, you are likely to find the perfect combination of affordability, recreation and friendly locals.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments in April 2021. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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Apartment Highlights: Aura Pentagon City

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Apartment Community Spotlight: Aura Pentagon City

Aura at Pentagon City is the destination address that proves you don’t have to live in the District of Columbia to be a true resident of the nation’s capital. Your new address is the center of the DC Metro area, including all commuter routes and, of course, the area’s parks, shopping, dining, and nightlife options. A quick walk–just blocks from either the Pentagon City or Crystal City Metro and you’re home!

Choose a beautiful studio, one or two-bedroom apartment home that’s designed just the way you like it, with just enough space for your needs. Apartment homes range in size from 519 square feet to 1,243 square feet and with nearly 20 options to choose from, you’re sure to find a floorplan that suits your life. And our favorite feature; they’re pet-friendly! 

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Aura Pentagon City truly makes residents feel at home. They treat residents with high-end customer service, regardless of the situation. In addition to the wonderful team at Aura Pentagon City, the community amenities are top-notch. Whether you value underground parking, outdoor space, a business center, valet dry cleaning, rooftop pools and sundecks, on-site maintenance, fitness center, and even a dog park for your four-legged friend,  they have it all — and more.  Two resort-style pools, a fully equipped fitness center, and concierge are our favorites! Additionally, there is on-site parking, trash and recycling, and on-site dry cleaning. Can you think of anything missing from this community, because we can’t!

 

All in all, Aura Pentagon City is our community of choice when it comes to the Pentagon City neighborhood. The lux amenities, stellar service, and its central location are our main reasons why we love it. If you are looking into making Arlington, Virginia your home, Aura Pentagon City should be at the top of your list – we promise you’ll love it!

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Banquette, Baby!

I’ve been chugging along on the Hood Canal Cottage design – I know I am SO overdue for an update for you, but when you’re in the throes of design deadlines it can be really hard to find a moment to pause and recap everything. But I swear, it’s coming slowly. In recent weeks I’ve moved on from major architectural design and finish decisions into the interior design side of things. It’s been a tad overwhelming, as I haven’t decorated a space from scratch since we moved to San Francisco nearly 10 years ago (did you ever catch the tour of my first place in SF? I’m almost embarrassed to share it, but I was SO proud of it at the time).

Designing the Hood Canal Cottage is a unique situation to be in for a hobby designer like me. Usually, you move and take pieces with you, but since the cottage won’t serve as a full-time residence, I’m starting from a literal blank slate.

My focus this week has been on the dining room – or in this case dining space as the dining area sits within a great room that also houses the kitchen and living room. I’ve been shopping around like a madwoman trying to hone in on the look and feel I want to bring to life in the dining area. I want it to feel distinct and anchored – its own little zone within the larger room. And the idea I keep coming back to again and again is banquette seating.

Banquettes and built-ins have been having a moment for a while now, but I would argue for very good reason. A built-in banquette is a great space saver in a smaller space and increases the capacity around a dining table. Since I envision the Hood Canal Cottage as our hub for future Thanksgiving dinners and holiday gatherings, I definitely want to be able to cram as many people around the table as possible.

Like many of the examples you see here in this post, our dining table will also run parallel to a long wall, rather than float in the middle of the room. This actually limits the ability to pull back a dining chair. I would probably have to use a bench on that side of the table, but a banquette will allow the table to sit a little closer to the wall and not have legs you have to work around, saving precious floor space.

I also love how a banquette offers the opportunity to add big long seat cushions, back pillows, or both! Adding cushy upholstery to a dining space softens areas often dominated by hard surfaces. I love how that brings a sense of coziness, inviting you to sit and linger over your morning coffee, or pour that last little bit of wine and stay up talking. I want this home to encourage anyone who stays there to slow down and enjoy the little moments. Kinda like you’re living on vacation. That is the goal.

Adding a major upholstered piece at the dining table will also help me bridge the living room space and kitchen.

While I am obviously leaning toward jumping on the banquette bandwagon, I do have some convincing to do. Not everyone in my household is into the idea of a banquette. To add to that resistance, I’m not finding any good off-the-shelf options so it’s likely I’d have to go custom to create my vision. Custom is certainly not the most affordable of options.

So what say you? Do you happen to have a banquette in your home?? Do you like it? Have you found it comfy? Useful? Are there downsides you’ve dealt with? I think I’m pretty committed to this design choice at this point, but I would love to hear what you think! Please share in the comments section.

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Does Renters Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

Your apartment comes with precautions like smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and alarm systems. But what about extreme weather events and natural disasters?

Your landlord’s insurance may only cover the building structure. But you’ve done your due diligence and signed up for renters insurance, insurance coverage that protects you and your belongings inside your rental.

But depending on the natural disaster, your policy could not be exhaustive enough and provide you with enough coverage. Sure, a tornado may be included, but not a big flood or landslide.

According to esurance, the average renter owns about $20,000 in personal property. That’s a lot of valuables, many of which are unable to be replaced.

Learn more about what kind of storm damage renters insurance covers — and what it doesn’t — and how to make sure you’re covered. If you’re not sure about your coverage, don’t hesitate to reach out to your insurance agent.

You’re covered for these

Most renters insurance policies cover damage from hail, lighting, windstorms, wildfires and the weight (think ceiling/roof) of ice, snow and sleet.

These perils, as they’re called by the insurance company, are often covered and you may receive a reimbursement to replace your damaged items.

If the wind breaks a window and your living room furniture gets ruined from the hurricane-force winds, you may be covered under your policy.

When speaking to your agent, depending on how bad the storm damage is, make sure that your policy covers alternative housing while repairs are ongoing. Your renters insurance may pay for you to stay at a hotel in the meantime.

You’re not covered for flood damage

Nearly 41 million Americans currently live in flood zones. But renters insurance does not cover flood damage, just water damage caused by appliances.

If there’s a high risk of floods in your area, consider an umbrella flood policy to protect yourself and your belongings. First, use the FEMA Flood Map to identify your area and its risk of flood.

If you need protection, the National Flood Insurance Program, a community program insurance policy, offers access to participating flood insurance providers. Before signing, ask how soon until the policy goes into effect — 30 days is the standard.

The flood policy will help you return your property to pre-flood conditions, according to FEMA.

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Or earth movement

Half of U.S. residents are at risk for damage from an earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS). Most people think of California and the Pacific Northwest. But there are many spots around the country that exhibit earthquakes with enough magnitude to cause damage. Just last December, scientists recorded a 4.4 earthquake in Tennessee.

Earth movement doesn’t only include earthquakes, but also landslides and volcanic eruption. None of these events are included in your renters insurance coverage.

Depending on your home’s location, you may consider buying an additional policy for earthquake, landslide or earth movement protection. According to USAA, there are grants available in California to discount the price of earthquake insurance.

For landslides, an additional policy is required. It’s based on the property’s slope, house value, closeness to nearby mountains and hills and frequency of landslides. It’s expensive so be sure that your home needs it before pulling the trigger.

Choosing reimbursement

The main issue will be replacing your valuables after the storm damage. When looking for the best policy for you, talk to your agent about the benefit of replacement cost coverage vs. actual cash value coverage.

Depending on your items, one may be better than the other. Replacement reimbursement gives you the value amount for the item as if it was purchased today. The actual cash value is the depreciated value of it before the damage occurred.

How can your property manager help?

After the incident, follow up with your landlord or property manager to confirm the timeline of repairs. If the storm damaged the outside of the structure and deemed your home less than optimal for living, inquire about reimbursement for alternative living costs.

Inventory all damaged belongings once it’s safe to do so after the storm. Let your landlord know that you’re coordinating as well with your renter’s insurance. You’ll be glad that you have an up-to-date policy to help you get back on your feet during this scary time.

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Parking Options When Your Community Doesn’t Have a Parking Lot

Parking is an amenity that some people don’t even think about when looking to rent an apartment. But if you want the convenience of a covered garage or a guaranteed spot for your vehicle, it has to be part of your must-haves.

When a space is not included, then it becomes a much bigger deal. Do you live in an apartment complex that doesn’t have a parking lot? No worries, we’ve got a few options for you to consider.

1. Street parking

street parking

Depending on where you live, street parking may be an available option at no cost to you. While it may be free, it’s often on a first-come, first-serve basis. This means you’ll have to try your luck and find an open parking spot.

Know ahead of time that some street parking will cost you. Think metered spaces or a permit for a block or specific neighborhood. More often than not, time restrictions on parking will be part of the deal.

Keep an eye out for signs posted with instructions. Pay attention to avoid getting a ticket, having your car booted or towed.

2. Garage or lot parking

garage parking

If your complex or apartment building doesn’t have its own garage, then paid parking in a nearby garage is an option. Or, a parking lot within walking distance of your home. Parking lots are most common near shops, bars and restaurants, according to the Parking Network.

There are parking lots that are open throughout the year, but some are also improvised. Think of when you’ve gone to an event. Where do people park for a music festival that only happens once a year? There might be an open nearby meadow for parking, for example.

Paid parking lots and garages sometimes include a parking attendant. Gated entries require a ticket to enter and leave, or a machine to pay the parking fee. For this type of parking, you’re usually charged for the amount of time that you park. If your car is there for more than a few hours, you may incur a flat fee for daily parking.

When parking in an area that requires you to take a ticket, be sure to hold onto the ticket to leave. If you lose the ticket, you may pay a flat fee, which could be more than the cost of the time you actually parked in the space.

It’s a good idea to shop around for the best rate since costs vary from garage to lot. While comparing rates, look at whether it is cheaper to pay for daily vs. hourly parking.

3. Parking apps

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Parking apps are one answer, especially in a lot of urban locales. Searching for and paying for parking has become easier because of parking apps. Some apps even let you make a reservation and will provide instructions on how to redeem parking at the garage.

Parknav is an app that offers real-time predictive street parking in more than 200 cities. Search the app for an address. Parknav displays a map with nearby streets. These streets are color-coded according to the likelihood of finding parking there.

That’s only one app out of many that help you find parking. Some apps are city-specific and there are even a few that help you save money. A quick search on your phone’s app store will give you a list of useful parking apps.

4. Ditch the car for public transportation

public transportation

Although it may not be ideal for everyone, public transportation is an option. Do you live in a transit-rich city? If you live in an area that’s easily accessible by mass transit or has everything you need within a short distance, you can always sell your car and use the bus, subway, train, bike or walk.

This option may save you money and will remove the stress of having to find parking. There’s a huge variation among different cities in the price of parking.

Park wisely

Parking is a problem when you live in an apartment without dedicated spaces. It’s also an issue when you’re a two-car family and you’ve only got one reserved space. Street parking could be lacking where you live. Especially in urban areas.

Some cities want to require the unbundling of parking space rentals from housing lease agreements, reports the Seattle Transit blog, which could lead to lower rents! Whatever the case, try to avoid parking in areas that are not well lit at night, block driveways or are in prohibited areas.

If you find that parking is important to you, keep this in mind for future apartment searches. But even if your apartment complex doesn’t have a parking lot, don’t stress. Just look around and know that you have options.

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