How To Connect With Neighbors In A New Community

How To Connect With Neighbors

Connecting with new people can be one of the more significant challenges when settling into a new community. You might be moving into a residential apartment complex or condo. You might be living in a new neighborhood. Whatever your situation, it’s not unusual to feel like a stranger.

The good news is that turning things around and meeting your neighbors can be pretty straightforward. You can even find yourself with new friends in short order.

Here are six easy ways you can connect with your neighbors after you’ve moved into a new community. Give some or all a try and see how well they work for you.

1) Scan the Bulletin Boards

Most apartment buildings have bulletin boards near the major entrances. Some even have them on individual floors across from elevators or stairwells. Give these a look to see if there are any meetups, clubs, or other events happening.

2) Visit the Social Areas

Either before you choose to live in a particular apartment complex or community—or after you’ve settled in—visit the on-site amenities. Gyms, common rooms, lounges, and so forth are a great way to meet your neighbors. Some residential apartment communities have group fitness classes and pools. These are also super ways to meet new people.

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3) Wander the Grounds

After you’ve visited all of the indoor amenities, see what the outside is like. Are there people congregating by a fire pit or on benches? Look for playgrounds, basketball courts, or jogging paths to get a feel for the kind of people you’ll be living near. Use this as an opportunity to say hello.

4) Walk the Neighborhood

There’s more to connecting than meeting people in your apartment complex or community. Take a walk around the neighborhood. Visit some local cafes and restaurants. Where do people do their shopping? Many of these places may also have bulletin boards or signage advertising local events where you can meet new folk.

5) Organize an Event or Club

If there doesn’t seem to be much happening around your community, you can always start something yourself. What are your interests? You could create a book club, or a jogging or exercise group. You could organize a game night in one of the common areas or host an event in your home.

If your building or community has a newsletter, advertise your group or meet up there. If there are bulletin boards, make use of those as well. Just make sure you have permission to post.

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6) Use Social Media (with caution)

Social media apps like Facebook or Twitter can be a great way to learn who’s living in your community, what events are going on, what your shared interests might be, and what meetup opportunities there are. Start by Googling the name of your community or its address and see if any links pop up that lead to a social media account.

The only caveat is that many social media community groups can be inhabited by individuals who prefer to complain and troll instead of adding anything productive. Try not to let it color your perception of your community too much. These people are often few but loud. There will be plenty of other people there who welcome friendly, supportive discussion. But if you find a social media account for your community is too toxic, go ahead and stop following that group.

The above suggestions should already go a long way in helping you meet new people you can soon become friends with.

7) Don’t Be a Stranger

Meeting people doesn’t have to be complicated.

Once you get started, you’ll find that momentum will carry you the rest of the way. Now that you’ve settled into your new home, you can now enjoy your new friends and neighbors.

Community Greenway Etiquette Tips

Trail Etiquette: Guidelines for the Greenway

Whether you live a very active lifestyle or prefer to take things slower, you can benefit from having a greenway in your community. They’re great places for a run or a casual walk through a verdant landscape alongside others in your neighborhood.

If you haven’t checked out your local greenway yet, here’s what you should know.

What Is a Greenway?

Greenways are stretches of land often used to connect people and places. These open space corridors are usually made up of natural features, such as rivers and streams, or manufactured spaces, such as former railroad lines or spaces between neighborhoods.

Greenways can positively affect an area with vegetated buffers that protect natural habitats, reduce erosion and flooding, and improve water quality. In addition, many greenways feature paved and unpaved trails perfect for recreation, bicycle commutes, skaters, walkers, horseback riders, wheelchair use, and social or civic gatherings.

To better serve residents, Link Apartments® intentionally builds apartment communities near greenways.

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How To Use a Greenway

Chances are there’s a greenway near you waiting to be used. Before you head out to explore, there are 13 good etiquette tips you should know to make sure everyone has a good time.

1) Stay to the right-hand side of the path except when passing. You should always pass on the left. If appropriate, give an audible warning when you’re about to pass so that those around you aren’t startled.

2) Pedestrians always have the right of way. Nonetheless, pedestrians should also exercise caution and be aware that some riders may not be able to stop or maneuver safely in time.

3) Always be considerate of other trail users. Don’t drop trash. Most greenways will have trash receptacles available. If there are none, take your trash with you.

4) Avoid stopping and standing on a trail that blocks other users. If you need to stop, move off the path to one side so others can pass freely.

5) Should an area along the greenway get a bit crowded, form a single line, so it’s easier for people to pass in either direction.

6) If you’re bringing children, make sure they are not walking or standing in fast-travel lanes meant for bicycles or rollerblades.

7) Cyclists should ride single file and at a safe speed. They should reduce speed in crowded spots or areas with reduced visibility or other hazards such as hills and turns.

8) Always wear reflective clothing and use reflectors and lights when using the trails after dark. This applies to anyone traveling along a path, including cyclists, joggers, or people simply out for a walk.

9) Use the buddy system and walk with others when you can. It’s not only safer, but it can also be more fun.

10) Be aware of your surroundings. This can mean avoiding isolated areas by yourself and not letting earbuds or loud audio keep you from hearing oncoming traffic.

11) Parking is often available on one or both ends of a greenway. When leaving your vehicle, make sure your valuables are secured and out of sight.

12) If dogs are allowed, they should be kept on a lead no longer than six feet. Maintain good control—especially when coming across other dogs.

13) And it should go without saying… always clean up after your dog. Dispose of waste bags in the trash or designated receptacles.

The Greenway Near You

Greenways are great ways to meet people, get some exercise, and enjoy the nature your community has to offer. If you live in a Link Apartments® community, you may be closer to all this than you realize.

Why wait?

Now that you know all about greenways, it’s time to get out see what your greenway has to offer you.

Most Desired Amenities in New Apartment Communities

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There are many reasons why someone might choose to live in an apartment community instead of a more traditional neighborhood. Popular reasons can include cost, location, and convenience, but what an apartment community offers in amenities can be a significant deciding factor as well.

Apartment complexes that go above and beyond to provide more value and quality for their tenants tend to build stronger, healthier, and happier communities.

Here are some of the amenities that sit high on most residents’ lists.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric cars are not going away. By 2025, it is estimated there will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 million electric vehicles on US roads. They are particularly popular with young, up-and-coming professionals, and the convenience of on-site charging stations will be a big draw for residents who think green.

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Greenery

Speaking of green, gone are the days of drab, industrial apartment housing. Instead, residents want to see a touch of nature in their environment. That’s why many apartment communities now feature small parks with benches, trees, water features, and even rooftop gardens. These are places residents can go from time to time to get a taste of nature.

Quality In-unit Features

Washer-dryer sets, outfitted kitchen, granite countertops, hardwood floors, large windows, and ample closet space all go a long way in fulfilling most potential residents’ wish lists. The apartment-living experience should be comfortable and luxurious so residents can feel content and proud to be a part of it.

Smart Home Features

Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular and may soon become a standard requirement for many new homes—especially in quality apartment communities. Smart home devices can cut down on energy usage and add up to significant savings over time and the environmental benefits. Additionally, innovative home features such as smart locks and lighting add to the appeal of luxury apartment living.

Complete Fitness Facilities

Instead of braving rainy or icy roads to get to an expensive gym five miles away, residents would much prefer to have everything they need right in their own building. Having a full range of modern exercise equipment available is a way to keep residents happy and active. Of course, if the community has additional facilities available for yoga, spinning, and other fitness activities, that’s even better.

Pools For Exercise and Relaxation

Having pool facilities open year-round is very popular among residents who want a choice in getting exercise, lounging, or both. While some residents enjoy the excellent cardio workout of a lap pool, the social aspects of a more casual lounge pool are also highly desirable and can set an apartment complex apart.

Dedicated Entertainment Space

When residents wish to leave their apartments for a change of scenery, but time or weather doesn’t make it convenient, a welcoming lounge area offering Wi-Fi, games, television, newspapers, and comfortable seating can be seen as a treasure. Some apartment complexes even have a pool table and lending library with books and DVDs for residents to enjoy. In addition, a sizable lounge allows tenants to entertain guests in comfort.

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Pet Amenities

Finally, it’s essential to remember that people love their pets, and pet-friendly apartment complexes are in high demand. Features such as dog runs and walking paths with evenly-spaced waste stations go a long way in welcoming pet lovers to any apartment community. In addition, a well-kept dog park adds a considerable amount to your reputation as a community that includes pets and their owners.

Creating a Community That Cares

Highly sought-after amenities give reasons for potential residents to review your apartment complex and provide them with plenty of reasons to stay. The more value you offer your apartment complex community, the more value you will see coming back to you in the form of appreciative, quality residents and full occupancy. That’s the Link way. Find a community near you!

What Is A Studio Apartment?

Studio Apartments Are Efficient

A studio apartment (sometimes just called an efficiency apartment) is a small apartment home that combines living areas into a single room. Their in-unit amenities are designed to be more space-conscious. For example, in a studio apartment, you’re more likely to have a small kitchenette area rather than a full-sized kitchen.

Should You Rent a Studio Apartment?

Your current lifestyle and living situation should be essential factors in deciding on a studio apartment. For example, do you need a lot of space? Do you spend a lot of time at home? Do you plan on living alone or with at least one other person? Finally, is an efficient apartment your best option if you are determined to live in a specific neighborhood but find regular apartments outside your budget?

Generally speaking, studios are most ideal for those who live alone, haven’t amassed a lot of possessions, and are more interested in what’s nearby than in what’s inside.

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What does an Efficiency Studio Apartment Look Like?

These innovative apartment homes are characterized by the lack of separating walls between main rooms. The bedroom, dining, and living area are typically the same space and are within sight of a small kitchen area. A good-efficiency apartment will have some closet space for storage. The bathroom is, thankfully, a separate room with a closing door.

The Pros and Cons of a Studio Apartment

On the pro side, efficiency apartments tend to be more affordable than traditional one-bedroom apartments—even in the more desirable neighborhoods. In addition, an easy-to-afford studio apartment can help build your credit score and allow you to collect savings for a down payment should you one day be in the market for a house or condo.

Secondly, they’re daily easy to clean and maintain. Less room means less of an area to get messy. If you don’t own a lot of clutter, it’s even easier to keep it in order.

Finally, many buildings with efficient apartments have on-site amenities for residents to enjoy. These could include pools, a gym, business center, lounge, cafe, community grills, media libraries, secure parking, bicycle storage, and more.

Of course, there are drawbacks as well. As mentioned earlier, studio apartments tend to be small. Where a larger apartment would have different rooms for different functions, an efficiency shares that space. So if you have a guest visiting overnight, don’t expect much privacy.

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Finding an Efficient Studio Apartment

You’re most likely to find studio apartment homes in cities where space is at a premium, such as Raleigh, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Still, apartment complexes across the country offer efficiencies—particularly in high-demand neighborhoods or urban areas with active business and entertainment districts.

The best-efficiency apartment complexes are those that encourage a sense of community. They can be neighborhoods unto themselves, in a way. Link Apartments® strives to build welcoming communities for tenants of all ages, backgrounds, and professions.

Contact us today for more information on studio apartment opportunities near you!

Essential Housing in Urban Areas

Building Sustainable Communities

As a result of the various challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the US is currently dealing with one of the biggest housing crises in living memory. Much of the problem stems from a shortage in moderately priced rental housing in the face of rising demand, building costs, and supply chain issues.

That said, providing essential housing in urban areas is a sensible and morally right mission.

Defining Essential Housing

While definitions may vary slightly among some groups, at the very least, essential housing should be that which offers working professionals affordable, quality housing in urban markets. Financially, this would encompass those who earn more than the cutoff for public housing subsidies but less than 140% of the area’s median income.

Essential housing does not include workforce housing which usually refers to middle-income working families who rent in more suburban areas. Similarly, essential housing does not include luxury housing which is currently saturating the market in most cities.

A key factor driving the essential housing shortage lies in the number of younger people entering the workforce and knowing that more are on their way.

Currently, the US housing market is 3.8 million homes short of what is needed to meet demand.

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One of the most significant factors affecting market availability comes from the cost challenges in building new housing. Contributing to the rise in costs are:
– Increased Construction Costs – Over the past ten years, the average costs associated with construction have outpaced average wage growth by 25%.
– Increased Land Costs – With the value of land used for single-family housing rising four times faster than inflation and the price of land under existing single-family homes going up over 25%, the cost of land for new structures has also increased.
– Effects of the Pandemic – The COVID-19 pandemic has had several long-reaching effects on housing and construction. Most noticeable are issues around rising costs of materials from lumber to fixtures. One reason for the increased cost has been supply chain disruptions which have affected all markets and industries.

Addressing the Essential Housing Problem

At Grubb Properties, we believe we’ve found a solution to the housing gap that serves all stakeholders: investors, potential residents, and our broader community. In developing Link Apartments®, we focus on two key differentiators: location and price point. We select urban areas near community amenities, transit options, and employment anchors like research universities and medical centers. We also target affordable rents to residents earning 60-140% of the area’s median income.

How Grubb Properties Makes It Work

Given the severe nature of the current housing gap, Grubb Properties has organized our vertically integrated company completely around meeting this need. Our development program is solely focused on bringing Link Apartments® communities to desirable urban markets where essential housing is in the highest demand.

We understand the resident who needs and wants essential housing, and what matters most to them. We encourage residents to stay at our properties and build authentic communities. Our Long-Term Resident Program caps rents for any resident who has lived at our properties for at least five years. More than 8% of our residents are currently part of this program.

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The growing need for essential housing, combined with Grubb Properties’ years of experience in actualizing these creative methods, has us perfectly positioned as we come out of the current health and housing crises. There is no company better organized or better prepared to meet this critical moment.

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For more information, visit our Grubb Properties website at www.grubbproperties.com to see how our investment perspective starts with principle.

6 Tips For Sustainable Apartment Living

Sustainable Apartment Living

Are you looking for ways to make living in your apartment more sustainable? Check out these unique ideas!

1) Cooler Summers With Intelligent Designs 

Whether your apartment comes with blinds or you have curtains that go with your aesthetic, make sure all the windows are covered during the summer. Sunlight beaming through your apartment window can heat an apartment swiftly. Consider installing heat-reducing film on the windows, which can diminish approximately 30% of heat entering the apartment. As a bonus, this aids in keeping warm air inside during the winter months!

2) Get Off Of Junk Mail Lists 

Residents of apartments are the biggest targets for credit card offers and catalogs. By opting out, not only are you minimizing those annoying offers you get weekly, but you’re also ensuring the environment has a more sustainable life.

Here are some statistics regarding junk mail to think about:
– This accounts for about 308,000 pounds of paper.
– 65% of that paper doesn’t get recycled.
– State and local governments spend around $320 million/ year to get rid of junk mail.

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3) Reducing Your Apartment’s Electric Bill 

Did you know that most electronic devices in your apartment remain on, even when they’re turned off?

The great news is there are ways to counteract the small but consistent energy usage. One option is simply unplugging devices and cords or turning the power strip off whenever they’re not in use or you’re gone for an extended period. Consider trying a smart plug as well, which allows you to control electronic devices through a smartphone or tablet wirelessly.

4) Use Less Bottled Water 

Frequently buying cases of bottled water is not cost-effective, let alone the amount of plastic waste being thrown out.

Instead of constantly buying bottled water, try using water filters. You can choose two selections: a filtering device that can be attached to a kitchen faucet or a water pitcher with a filter inside. These are two eco-friendly options that will save you money and ensure you always have clean water at your convenience.

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5) Shop With Reusable Bags 

There are many benefits to reusable bags!

For starters, less plastic waste is being used. The plastic bags given at grocery stores or markets can be flimsy, but you can count on reliability and durability with reusable bags. You can also carry a lot more, so no more multi-trip grocery unloading.

6) Eliminate Single-Use Items 

Using non-single-use items is not only cost-efficient but is eco-friendly to the environment!

Benefits of reducing single-use items and using multi-use alternatives.
– It saves money & saves energy.
– Allows products to be used to their fullest.
– Reduces waste sent to landfills or incinerators.
– Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Link Apartments® is committed to building sustainable apartment communities in developing areas throughout the country. Learn more about our sustainable building efforts!