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Richmond is One of the Best Cities for Millennials

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAEvery year a new crop of college graduates sets its sites on jobs across the country and, for many, life in an entirely new city. Around the same time, recent grads weigh the pros and cons of staying put versus moving to a new city for better pay, cheaper rent, and a host of other factors.

Generations of young professionals have sought--and continue to covet--jobs in places like New York and Washington, D.C., but as the job market remains uncertain and the cost of living continues to rise, many young people are now considering cities for reasons beyond their traditional cache.

To create this ranking of the Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials, Niche.com analyzed the data of cities and metro areas with one million residents or more from the U.S. Census, FBI, and surveys of nearly half a million college students and graduates from over the past four years. Factors examined include percentage of the population identified as millennials (ages 25 to 34), median income, education level, and racial diversity.

The ranking also favors lower median rents, unemployment rates, and crime rates. Within cities, a similar subset of factors was used to determine the best neighborhood for millennials. User-generated survey data contributed on factors like nightlife, cultural attractions, shopping, and professional sports was also taken into consideration.

The economic climate right now is difficult for recent college grads. With a ranking like this we’re combining the fun stuff with more practical things like safety and the unemployment rate. It’s a good balance of what you need to think about when you’re starting to get serious about life beyond college.

Niche.com has been tracking the behaviors, preferences, and decision-making of millennials since 2002, when it was founded as college review and recommendation site CollegeProwler.com. Today, the site provides data and anecdotal information to individuals looking to choose neighborhoods, cities, and schools, using many of the insights gained about millennials when they were considering and attending colleges to understand what they now want in a city in which to build a career, life, and family.

For example, diversity on campus emerged as a high priority among millennials on the college hunt; it now ranks as a significant factor as the same age group chooses where they will live.

The cities and neighborhoods that appear on this ranking may raise eyebrows among those who’ve lived in places like New York and Chicago and can readily identify the neighborhoods highlighted as hardly among the most affordable. It’s a combination of attributes that make these locales attractive.

But each city had attributes that ranked lower than other locations—New York is famous for sky-high rents even in neighborhoods considered “affordable,” and D.C.’s crime rate is higher than places like Boston and San Diego.

You have to take it all into account. Every city has a strength and every city has a weakness, but these are fantastic places to get going, start jobs, start families.

Top Cities And Neighborhoods For Millennials: Charlotte, NC is #28 on the list.

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Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.

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Live Well in Richmond, VA on a Modest Income

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 30, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAThe average monthly Social Security payment was $1341 in January 2016. That's enough income for a married couple each receiving this amount to cover basic expenses such as housing, food, transportation, health care and utilities in some parts of the country, according to a U.S. News analysis of census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The analysis also factored in crime rates, access to health care and recreation opportunities. Consider Richmond, VA where two Social Security checks are likely to pay for basic retirement costs.

While norther Virginia has very high housing costs that aren't likely to be covered by social security alone, costs drop significantly a little farther south in Richmond. The median retiree homeowners pay $1,282 per month with a mortgage which drops to $465 among older residents who have paid off their homes. The median rent for senior citizens is $905 monthly. Virginia's capital city is divided by the James river, which has whitewater rapids running through town. The area also has several well regarded hospitals, including the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

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Virginia is on the List for Best States for Education

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VA When it comes to educating students, state governments play a vital role - from the allocation of funding to passing laws on school choice and basic curriculum. Among the Best States For Education, the Eastern Seaboard stands out, claiming the top 5 spots. This education ranking was determined by performance in PreK-12 and higher education.

Metrics considered the percentage of the population that is college educated - with an Associate's degree or higher - and average undergraduates tuition and fees for in-state students at public institutions.

#10 on the list: Virginia

College Educated: 45%
Average undergraduate tuition and fees: $11.057
Public High School Graduation Rate: 85.3%
Best Overall Rank: 11

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Reasons to Live in Richmond, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartment, Glen Allen, VAAmericans spend about a third of every food dollar on food services, and they spend more on restaurants than at grocery stores. WalletHub recently ranked the 150 most populated U.S. cities as the best and worst cities for foodies. The cities were ranked using 21 metrics that considered affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality, and only the city proper was considered.Richmond, VA made the top of the list.

What other accolades has Richmond been awarded?

  • Richmond ranked in the top Best Places to Live in the USA.
  • The Veil Brewing Co. was named No.3 Best New Brewery in the World out of the 6,5000 new producers worldwide.
  • Richmond named one of 25 Most Romantic Cities.
  • Richmond is a Top 10 City for Global Trade in the United States.
  • Richmond named one of 20 best places in America to start a business.
  • Richmond named among America's 50 best running cities.
  • Richmond named a top city for creatives.
  • Richmond number 7 on Travel + Leisure’s 'America’s Favorite Places' survey.
  • Richmond was named "the modern cultural capital of the South".

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Should You Rent or Buy?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAMost of us grew up hearing adults tell us what a great investment owning a home is.

But is it really always a good choice to buy a home? Are there any conditions when it is better to rent instead of purchasing a home? The answer is yes, owning your own home can be a solid investment, but it is also true that purchasing a home is not always the best plan. When deciding whether to buy or rent, you should consider multiple factors, because there are pros and cons to both buying and renting.

There are several financial benefits to renting temporarily or even long-term. If you rent, you will never have to pay property taxes. You should purchase renter’s insurance, but you won’t have to buy homeowner’s insurance, which is more expensive. Also, while owning a home can be financially beneficial, it isn’t necessarily the best way to invest your money. You could choose to invest in stocks, and you might end up with more money than you would by simply owning a home for a long time.

If you do buy a home, you will have to take care of it if you want to keep your investment. You would also most likely have to hire someone to fix issues like the roof, plumbing, or other repairs. If you consider yourself handy at fixing things, then you also could choose to make the necessary changes yourself. However, if you already have a busy life or simply prefer not to tinker with household issues on your time off, then you will have to pay someone.

These are things that potential homebuyers often don’t consider: All of these issues cost money if you own your own home. If you prefer to have someone else handle most problems, escape yard care, and also avoid additional costs, you may consider long-term renting.

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College Towns are Great Places to Live

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 06, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartment Homes, Glen Allen, VAFor some, it’s the roar of the crowd as the home team scores a touchdown on Saturdays. For others, it’s the quiet, tree-lined sidewalks on the quad or the ability to meet new people at different events at any hour of the day.

Even if it’s not home to your own alma mater, college towns and cities throughout the U.S. offer a high concentration of opportunities packed into a small area. Whether it’s the academics, food options, theater or business opportunities, life in a college town is not just great for the students, it's beneficial for full-time residents as well.

The attention college town areas receive, combined with the regular influx of new students and faculty from other parts of the country, contribute to the appeal to potential residents who may or may not be associated with the school itself.

There is a global perspective, and this intellectual base and diversity that the average small town wouldn’t get otherwise.

But some of the most loved college towns for residents and students alike have factors outside the academic institution that contribute to the economy and cultural variety of the area.

The metro area usually hosts large companies which serve as major local employers and also attract related businesses to the region.

Colleges don’t necessarily bring in the restaurants and all the activities, but they help support all the restaurants and activities.

When college towns flourish outside campus grounds, the community gets even stronger, as students find work after graduating and become locals themselves.

A lot of times, students graduate and end up staying. Their families come and visit them for the four years while they’re in school, and a lot of parents of students who end up packing up their lives and relocating later because college towns are great towns for so many other reasons.

Whether you’re moving to a new town or city for the proximity to its school or other reasons, here are a few tips to help you navigate real estate in a college town.

Expect a tight real estate market. Because a portion of residential real estate in college towns is often taken up by off-campus student housing, there will likely be a lower inventory of homes than it may seem at first. Real estate markets across the country are experiencing low inventory for single-family home sales, and this is even more likely near a college.

Inquire about the atmosphere during all seasons. Many college towns based exclusively around the local college or university will see a big drop in population once summer hits, leaving what may seem like a ghost town until fall classes begin.

But not all college towns are the same. Boulder’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains and other outdoor attractions bring a whole new group of people to the city during the summer months while the majority of students are gone.

What happens in the summertime is the students go home but the tourists come in.

Before you relocate to a college town, ask locals how the city is influenced by the academic calendar.

Prepare for Welcome Week. Even if the town doesn’t experience a significant decrease in activity during the summer, be ready for the influx of students, parents and siblings for those few weeks when students are moving in at the start of the fall classes.

Whether it means avoiding your local Target or Bed Bath & Beyond for a couple weeks in the early fall or taking your summer vacation to coincide with the nearby college's start date, preparation is key to avoiding any potential downsides to the newly refreshed student population. It's also worth keeping graduation weekend and homecoming in mind as busier times in the community.

Learn to love the school. To make life in a college town easier, it might help to let yourself become a fan – though that may be easier said than done if you’re a diehard University of Michigan fan living in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Even if you’re not supporting the sports teams, accepting the student population itself can make you dread three-quarters of the year a little less.

Local residents should follow the school's events calendar to take advantage of activities open to the public, from student theater productions to cultural food expositions.

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Luxurious Apartments in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAVirginia is a very popular area to visit and to live. Regularly receiving accolades as a wonderful place to retire, one of the “best states," packed with wonderful small towns, where your money can go farther, and surrounded by beautiful scenery. In fact, Virginia has a warm climate and so much to do. Glen Allen is a beautiful and classy area right down the road from exciting Richmond with art, theater, and restaurants galore. Some of the best food at your fingertips and overflowing with charm, people from all over love their decision to move here.

If you are looking for a one bedroom apartment in Glen Allen, VA look no further than The Gardens. These luxury apartment homes have a community environment and exclusive amenities. There are various styles of one-, two-,and three- bedroom apartments with luxury apartment community amenities as well.

The Gardens sits in an exclusive retail and business community. Get a taste of the history, art, small town city living, and comfort, with a built-in community. This is a distinctive apartment community environment made for those seeking apartment amenities, spacious and inviting floor plans, and the dedication of a committed management team.

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Things to Do Around Richmond, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAAre you considering moving to an apartment in Glen Allen, VA? If so, there is plenty to do and see here!

This blog can help you find the best things to do in Richmond, VA. If you’re a foodie looking to find out why Richmond is one of the hottest culinary destinations in the country, you'll soon find out we have great restaurants and eateries here. We’ve got no shortage of family fun in Richmond and the outdoors is a playground where you can kayak, swim, tube and relax. If biking is your thing, you need to check out the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52 mile dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting the Commonwealth's past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the scenic Route 5 corridor.

We’ve got unique shopping destinations like Need Supply, Ledbury and Shockoe Atelier for fashionistas and world-class museums like the VMFA, The Valentine and the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. And the Richmond region makes eco-friendly travel easy. From thrift and vintage shops to farmers markets, Segway Tours, bike rentals and Virginia Green certified hotels, restaurants, venues and attractions, it’s all about sustainability and respect for the environment. Live 400 years of history in Richmond before sipping craft beer or cider at one of our more than 25 breweries!

Tours and Trails

Riverfront Canal Cruise tours, the Virginia Capital Trail, food tours, garden trails, beer trails and history's Liberty Trail await you in Richmond, VA.

Sports

No matter your game, there’s a sport for every athlete in Richmond VA. We’re home to motorsports, fishing, and eagle watching.

Shopping

Shop top designer brands at big-name retailers, outdoor outfitters, bespoke shirts and denim, vintage and consignment gems, museum shops -- they're all right here in the Richmond region.

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What's it Like to Live In and Around Richmond, VA?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAMore than 7 million tourists visit the Greater Richmond region each year to explore its rich American history. Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech in Richmond's St. John's Church and, as the former capital of the Confederacy, the metro area was at the epicenter of the Civil War. Modern-day interests can easily be found in the region as well, including world-class museums, a vibrant food scene and a wide array of entertainment options from concerts and theater performances to family-friendly festivals.

The only region in America with whitewater rapids running through its downtown district, Richmond is a major financial center with banks calling it home. Richmond is also the seat of Virginia's state government. And, with a wide range of housing options and a below-average cost of living, the Richmond metro area – which includes suburban areas in the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico – appeals to a varied demographic, from young families to retirees.

Downtown Richmond is anchored by Virginia Commonwealth University, which draws a large crowd of younger part-time residents. But this college town (also home to the University of Richmond) has plenty to offer families and older residents, as well. Each of Richmond's neighborhoods exudes a unique personality, from the historic 19th-century homes in Church Hill to rustic farms and family-friendly suburban communities in the outlying counties.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Richmond ranks as #24 with an overall score of 6.9 out of 10.

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