The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059
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Happy New Year from The Gardens

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAHappy New Year from The Gardens. We would like to thank our residents, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in communities, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at The Gardens we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Richmond, VA: One of the Best Cities in the South 2017

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 18, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VARevitalization—it’s a word used to describe what’s happening in nearly every American city right now, but in the South, our cities aren’t so much undergoing a revitalization as much as they are an awakening. Sure, we’re breathing new life into historic buildings and settling into homes that are in high rises and once-neglected neighborhoods. But from the Gulf coast to the Atlantic coast, a diverse mix of lifelong Southerners, millennials, newcomers, and transplants are launching start-ups, building new restaurants, creating new music, solving problems, and coloring the South as one of, if not the, most exciting regions of the country to live. And it's happening in ways we couldn’t have even imagined a decade ago.

9. Richmond, Virginia

Off-the-radar Richmond has the South paying attention. The beautifully restored Quirk Hotel, an unconventional music scene, and restaurants that are redefining Appalachian cooking have made us all take notice.

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


Southern Living

Signs It's Time to Downsize Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 11, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAOwning a home has long been the American Dream, but these days, far too many people are pushing themselves too hard to attain it. It's estimated that 39 million Americans can't actually afford their homes, while more than half the population has been forced to make major financial sacrifices to keep up with housing payments.

No matter what sort of property you're sitting on, there comes a point when you need to take a step back and decide if the cost of ownership is worth it. If you're thinking of downsizing, here are a few signs that it's the right move for you.

1. Your mortgage, insurance, and property taxes exceed 30% of your take-home pay

Taking on too much house is one of the easiest ways to set yourself up for disaster. When you overspend on housing, you make it harder on yourself to save money, and you give yourself limited wiggle room when unplanned expenses arise.

So what's considered too much house? Generally speaking, your mortgage, insurance, and property taxes combined shouldn't exceed 30% of your take-home pay. If you find that they do, then it's time to consider downsizing and freeing up some much-needed room in your budget.

Keep in mind that it could be the case that your housing costs weren't always excessive, but have now reached that point because your circumstances changed. It pays to be realistic about your situation. Consider getting out before you find yourself headed for financial ruin.

2. Your maintenance and repair costs keep climbing

The average U.S. homeowner spends anywhere from 1% to 4% of his or her property's value on annual upkeep. But if you find that your costs are exceeding the upper end of that range, it may be time to move to a smaller home that's less costly to keep standing. Review your bank and credit card statements for the past two years, see how much your home costs you to maintain, and decide if that figure is reasonable. If it isn't, then you'll want to consider a move.

3. Your housing costs leave no room for savings

Maybe your housing costs don't exceed 30% of your take-home pay, and your maintenance costs are minimal. But be that as it may, if you find that you're not saving money month after month, and housing constitutes your greatest monthly expense (which is the case for most people), then you may need to work on trimming that figure.

If you move to a smaller home, it's cheaper to heat and cool.

4. You're tired of not having options

Another reason to consider downsizing is if you come to realize that your housing costs are preventing you from enjoying too many of life's luxuries. Maybe you're swinging your mortgage payment just fine, and are managing to save responsibly all the while. That's all fine and good, but if you find that you're mostly unable to dine out or take vacations because your home monopolizes too much of your income, then it's time to consider a smaller -- and cheaper -- place to live.

5. You're no longer using all that space

One final argument in favor of downsizing boils down to whether or not you really need all the space you have. If you're older, and your adult children have moved out, then it may not pay to spend all that money on maintenance and the like when you don't actually need the room. Though letting go of a beloved home can be difficult, you can focus on building memories in your new home -- and one that's more affordable.

Housing can be a huge expense, so be honest with yourself about whether the cost of your home is really worth it. You may come to realize that downsizing offers you the best of both worlds -- a comfortable place to live, and a lot more money in your pocket.

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


Fun Friendly Holiday Events around Richmond

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

If you live in an apartment in Glen Allen, VA you may be looking for some fun holiday events in Central Virginia. Below are some fun ways to celebrate 2017.

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAA Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

A Christmas classic is coming to life! The Henrico Theatre Company invites you to come out to the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang. Tickets are $12.

25th James River Parade of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 9
6-9 p.m.

The James River Advisory Council will host its 25th Annual Parade of Lights There will be 25 boats decorated, and the lights can be viewed from Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park, Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park.

CarMax Tacky Light Run

Saturday, Dec. 9
6 p.m.

CarMax will be hosting a tacky lights run at Midlothian Mines Park. The run will feature a course through the Walton Park neighborhood in Midlothian, where participants can see over-the-top tacky lights and holiday decorations. Registration prices for the event vary from $10-$45.

Breakfast with Santa at The Virginia Cliffe Inn

Saturday, Dec. 9
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come have breakfast with Santa and visit his special Christmas cottage at The Virginia Cliff Inn. After breakfast, children are invited to participate in holiday workshops. Tickets are $5.

31st Annual Court End Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 10
Noon to 5 p.m.

Performances, carriage rides, music, museum shops and refreshments, along with various activities for children and free admission and transportation to 11 historic sites in the city.

COTU Christmas Market

Sunday, Dec. 17
1-6 p.m.

The Center of the Universe is hosting a Christmas Market! Includes 13 handcrafted vendors, holiday music and beer. All proceeds will benefit a local charity. Admission is free.

Chanukah on Ice

Sunday, Dec. 17
3-5 p.m.

Event includes music, free coffee, hot cocoa, doughnuts and the lighting of a giant menorah marking the sixth night of Chanukah.

Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights Illumination

The GardenFest of Lights will stay lit from Jan. 8, from 5 to 10 p.m. each day.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Continues through Jan. 1

There will be 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Attendees can enjoy festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows.

GardenFest for Fidos

Thursday, Jan. 4
5 – 10 p.m.

Bring your dogs to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to enjoy Dominion Energy’s GardenFest of Lights.


The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Call: 888-621-8872
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P