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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.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA, contact The Gardens.

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Virginia is a "Best State to Retire"

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 28, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAYou’re really going to do it. You worked your last day, you ate the cake and you decided to move to the best retirement spot in America. Next question: Where is that?

Bankrate looked at costs, weather, health care, crime, taxes, cultural amenities and a few other things important to seniors and have determined the best 10 places to retire.

Before you start packing, find out if you’ll need snowsuits or swimming suits.

Virginia is for lovers of affordable prices, communities where you can feel safe and relatively pleasant weather year-round. The fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley is an annual treat, spring brings cherry blossoms, and in summer you can hit the state’s Atlantic beaches.

#6 Virginia Scores highest for:

  • Cost of living
  • Relatively low crime rates
  • Weather

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Richmond is a Great Area for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 14, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, Richmond, VAWhen the time comes to pick a place to retire, you want to make it a good one. After all, retirement is the prize at the end of a lot of long years of hard work. So what are the factors that go into picking that magical place?

The perfect place will be a little different for everyone depending on finances, family and, of course, preferences. But for the most common factors – cost of living, safety, healthcare, activities and climate – Virginia comes out on top time and again.

BankRate.com, a financial analysis website, recently published a list of the Best States for Retire, ranking Virginia as #5 in the nation. We did a little more digging to find out what particular cities and towns have been recognized as top spots…and here’s what we found. Keep in mind, these aren’t in any particular order as they have all been recognized by various organizations and publications, but not analyzed side-by-side.

Richmond

Bloomberg Business ranked Richmond as one of the most affordable cities in which to retire. With beautiful neighborhoods and an abundance of cultural attractions like art museums, opera, theater and ballet, Richmond has no shortage of activities, Add to that a rich history, beautiful parks and good healthcare, and Richmond is a prime place to spend your golden years.

Whether you’re looking to be closer to the grandkids or just want a certain lifestyle, Virginia has more than enough options. If you’re retired, or thinking about retiring soon, and would like more information on apartments near Richmond, VA contact The Gardens.

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Millennials Love Living in Apartments in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAMillennials are born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. If there is one hot trend among them, it is their love for apartment living!

According to Forbes, only 11% of consumers ages 20 to 29 have a mortgage, compared to 30% of all consumers nationwide. Since a hefty down payment and solid credit is harder to achieve (especially with outstanding student loans) many young adults are opting for the flexibility of apartment living.

Why do Millennials love the lifestyle associated with renting? Below are four reasons why apartment living is so great!

Flexibility:

Let’s face it. Millennials aren't 100% certain what they want to do with their lives right after graduation. Having the flexibility of 6-month and 12-month lease allows for renters to either renew their lease or move on. Whether a millennial wants to move to the city for a job or move from the suburban setting to a downtown environment, the freedom of apartment living provides renters with both options.

Great Company:

With the trend of moving into apartments, apartment living can be fun! If your community is fortunate enough to have a pool, you can meet new friends at your apartment and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Moving into an apartment provides you with an ideal living situation; it can drastically improve your social situation!

Financial Freedom:

Raise your hand if you are under 30 years old and can put a down payment of $20,000 for a home?

The month-to-month payment options on rent means Millennials don't have the burden of taking out even more loans. Instead, they can actually save money while renting and establish good credit. This will set them up for financial freedom in the future!

Ideal Living Situation:

With the boom in rental developments, builders and developers are listening to what Generation Y is seeking in terms of their living situation. The result? Apartments nowadays are decked with the finest apartment amenities in the perfect locations. Imagine living in a community with a workout facility, Wi-FI business center, pool and dog part. This is what Millennials can expect from their apartment, which is why they’ll consider apartments as the idea living situation!

It is no coincidence that Millennials moving into rental communities have skyrocketed over the past several years. Developers are catering to the needs of Generation Y and in return, Millenialls love everything associated with apartment living!

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.

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Determining if Downsizing is for You

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 31, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAMany retirees downsize their homes, but this decision requires careful consideration of a variety of factors.

As men and women retire or approach retirement age, many opt to downsize their homes. Such a decision can save older adults substantial amounts of money while also liberating them from the hassle of maintaining large homes they no longer need.

Downsizing to apartments is a significant step, one that homeowners should give ample consideration before making their final decisions. The following are a handful of tips to help homeowners determine if downsizing to smaller homes is the right move.

  • Get a grip on the real estate market. Downsizing is not solely about money, but it’s important that homeowners consider the real estate market before putting their homes up for sale.

Speak with a local realtor or your financial advisor about the current state of your real estate market.

Downsizing can help homeowners save money on utilities, taxes and mortgage payments, but those savings may be negated if you sell your house in a buyer’s market instead of a seller’s market. Luckily, right now is a seller's market.

  • Take inventory of what’s in your house. Empty nesters often find that their homes are still filled with their children’s possessions, even long after those children have entered adulthood and left home. If the storage in your home is dominated by items that belong to your children and not you, then downsizing might be right for you.

Tell your children you are thinking of downsizing and invite them over to pick through any items still in your home.

Once they have done so and taken what they want, you can host a yard sale, ultimately donating or discarding what you cannot sell. Once all of the items are gone, you may realize that moving into a smaller place is the financially prudent decision.

  • Examine your own items as well. Your children’s items are likely not the only items taking up space in your home.

Take inventory of your own possessions as well, making note of items you can live without and those you want to keep.

If the list of items you can live without doesn't really bother you, then you probably won’t have a problem moving into an apartment.

If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to many of your possessions, then you might benefit from staying put for a little while longer.

  • Consider your retirement lifestyle. If you have already retired or on the verge of retirement and plan to spend lots of time traveling, then downsizing to an apartment may free up money you can spend on trips.

And if you really do see yourself as a silver-haired jet-setter, then you likely won’t miss your current home because you won’t be home frequently enough to enjoy it.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.

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Renting is Better than Buying

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAWhile both renting and buying have their own sets of financial advantages, renting does appear to have an edge when the economy is poor. There are tremendous financial benefits to renting as opposed to buying a house of your own. Here is a look at 10 reasons why renters have the better financial deal over homeowners.

No Maintenance Costs or Repair Bills

A definite advantage that renters have is that they have no maintenance costs or repair bills to pay off. When you rent, your landlord is responsible for all maintenance and repair costs. If an appliance stops working or your roof starts to leak, you do not have any financial responsibility to have these things fixed.

Access to Amenities

Another financial benefit to renting over buying a house of your own is having access to amenities that would otherwise be a huge expense. Luxuries such as an in-ground pool or a fitness center come standard at many midscale to upscale apartment complexes with no additional charge to tenants.

No Real Estate Taxes

An obvious benefit that renters have over homeowners is that they do not have to pay real estate taxes. Real estate taxes can be a hefty burden for homeowners.

No Big Down Payment

Another area where renters have the better financial deal is upon signing. You do not have to have a huge down payment saved up to move into a rental property. While the exact amount you need to move in varies from case to case, the total amount is significantly less than you would need to buy a house.

Shaky Market Creating More Renters

While many experts claim the U.S. Housing market is making a full recovery, others aren't so sure. An article written by International Business Times claims that the market is just now stabilizing and the word 'recovery' is unwarranted.

Decreasing Property Value

Property values go up and down, and while this may affect homeowners in a big way, it does not affect renters. Home value determines the amount of property taxes you pay, the amount of your mortgage and more. In a rocky housing market, renters are not as adversely affected.

Flexibility to Downsize

In today's economy, many people struggle to make ends meet. By renting, you have the option to downgrade into a more affordable living space at the end of the lease. When you are a homeowner, it is much more difficult to break free of an expensive house because of the fees involved with buying and selling a home.

Fixed Rent Amount

Rent amounts are fixed for the span of the lease agreement. This means you are able to budget more efficiently since you know the amount of rent you are required to pay. Mortgages and the amount of the property tax can fluctuate.

Lower Insurance Costs

While homeowners need to maintain a homeowner's insurance policy, renters would be wise to invest in a renter's insurance policy. Luckily for renters, renter's insurance is much cheaper and it covers quite a lot. The average cost of renter's insurance is just $12 per month.

Lower Utility Costs

It is much more affordable to heat and power an apartment or small rental home as opposed to a larger home. Rentals typically have a more compact floor plan, and renters can expect lower utility costs.

The Bottom Line

While owning a home may be beneficial over a long period of time, for many people renting is the better option. There are plenty of examples that show how renting can save consumers a considerable amount of money. The choice of whether to rent or buy is a personal one. Before making a hasty move, make the financial decision that is right for you and your family.

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Best States Rankings: Virginia is #11!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VA#11 Virginia

Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.

More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration.

OVERALL RANK OUT OF 50: Virginia is #11
HEALTH CARE #25
EDUCATION #10
CRIME & CORRECTIONS #6
INFRASTRUCTURE #24
OPPORTUNITY #11
ECONOMY #27
GOVERNMENT #2

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Must-Have Apartment Amenities

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartment Homes, Glen Allen, VALooking for a new apartment? Make sure to ask about these six must-have amenities!

1. Washer and dryer

Having a washer and dryer in your apartment, or at least in the building, will save you a great deal of time, money, and effort.

If the washing machines are located within your building, getting your clothes back to your apartment will be that much easier. And if the washer and dryer already come with your own apartment unit, that’s even more convenient. Ultimately, you won’t have to spend an extra 15 minutes trekking in and out of your building, while carrying a giant load of clothes each time.

2. Dishwasher

Even if you’ll be living on your own, a dishwasher is certainly convenient. With your busy schedule, you may not have the time or energy to be standing at the sink, painstakingly washing and drying all the dishes you left piled up over the week.

A dishwasher will help you get the little things done more efficiently so you can have time to focus on other, more important things — and have clean plates too.

3. Parking

If you live in a crowded city, you can easily envision this scene: cars in bumper to bumper traffic, sporadic honking, and — inevitably — no place to park your car on the street. You’re desperate and all you want to do is go home and unwind after a long day, not spend half an hour circling your neighborhood for a parking spot.

The good news is, you can avoid this stressful scenario by hunting for an apartment complex with private parking, such as a lot or a garage. Having your own, designated parking space will not only alleviate any parking-related anxieties you may have, but it will also afford you some peace and security about where you’re leaving your car.

Of course, the general safety of any neighborhood varies for everyone, but it’s always nice to know exactly where your car is and that it’s not being disturbed.

4. Cooling and heating system

One of, if not the, most important aspects of having your own apartment is your personal comfort. Make sure you scout out a place that has both air conditioning and heating.

For some of you, living without air conditioning isn’t such a big deal, especially if you’ve done it before and fared well — which is totally fine! However, speaking from the experience of living in a dorm for two years without air conditioning, surviving the hotter months during the academic year (mostly the end of August/beginning of September and May) was quite brutal. Sometimes, fans just aren’t enough. If you’re the kind of person who needs air conditioning to survive in the summer, make sure a cooling system comes with the apartment.

On that note, it’s also important to check that your new place has a heating system. During the winter when the temperature dips well below 20 degrees, you’ll be inside your cozy, heated apartment and congratulate yourself for making such a wise decision.

5. Storage space

With all the stuff you own, you’re sure to need an adequate space to store everything. When looking for an apartment, check for closet and storage space to ensure that there is enough room for all of your belongings. Appropriate spaces within the unit may include closets, mostly for your clothes and miscellaneous things. It’s a bonus if the apartment building has a basement or some sort of storage facility where residents can keep some of their larger items.

6. Fitness center

Perhaps this isn’t for everyone, but for those of you who go to the gym on a regular basis, a fitness center is a necessary component. Having a gym right in the convenience of your own apartment building may motivate you to go routinely, as you won’t have to make the trip to a local gym that’s farther away.

Additionally, as a building resident, you may be able to pay a relatively inexpensive fee to use the fitness center, as opposed to the amount of money you’d shell out at a local gym membership.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA with all the amenities you need, contact The Gardens.

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Richmond, VA Cheap Rent and Good Jobs for New College Grads

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 03, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAThere are certain things that as a new college graduate you have little control over, such as when you're forced to join the real world. If you happened to graduate in 2008 — when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs while the stock and housing markets were collapsing — you were somewhat out of luck. Still, there were things you could have done to improve your financial odds even in the Great Recession, such as picking a city with the best odds of finding a good-paying job and an affordable place to live.

Which begs the question: Where are those cities for young grads today?

The real estate site Trulia and the careers site Indeed have teamed up to look at which cities provide the best combination of affordable rental properties and the types of jobs that typically employ new grads.

Their conclusion: Finding the ideal place to work and live is tricky, because the market in which you might find the best-paying jobs may also happen to be too pricey for a 22-year-old to afford rent.

There are parts of the country that have the highest percentage of jobs that were amenable to those right out of college. Almost a third of all postings in San Jose were "grad-friendly," and recent grads could expect to earn around $3,333 a month.

Trouble is, all of that economic activity has dramatically driven up demand and prices for homes and apartments. In the San Jose market, new grads can only afford 2.5% of the available rental listings in the area.

Do new grads have to choose between a paycheck in their pocket or a roof over their head? To an extent, yes.

Yet the researchers note that there are some "sweet spots" that offer the best of both worlds.

MONEY took the data from the survey and organized it a bit differently.

We eliminated any location where less than than 10% of the housing market was accessible to new grads, and then looked at the top job markets among the remaining towns on the list. We found the Top 50 of those markets, Columbia, SC is number 41.

29. Richmond, VA
Monthly Income: $2,500
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 19.2%
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 15.9%

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The Gardens at Twin Hickory

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