Must-Dos When Touring An Apartment Community

When you are visiting apartment communities, it’s exciting to know that a new beginning is in your future! While there are some obvious things you will do on your visits, like tour the apartments and amenities, you may forget about other important factors if you feel overwhelmed or too excited during your visit. Because we want you to be fully prepared and certain that Arcadia Run is right for you, take a look at our must-dos when touring an apartment community!

Get to know the features

Before you even arrive at an apartment community, make sure you have a list of what you are looking for in an apartment home. When you tour the model apartment, be sure to ask questions about standard features, the different types of floorplans available, and any policies for the units. Arcadia Run’s apartment homes are among the best in the area, with modern features, appliances, an in-unit washer and dryer, and more storage space than many apartment communities today.

Discover the amenities

We know that an apartment home will probably be the most important thing contributing to your decision, but the amenities are a big factor to consider as well! At Arcadia Run, visitors have been blown away by our modern amenities time and time again, and we know you will be too! Our new amenities include a resort-style pool, ball court, large fitness center, lounges, theater, playground, and so much more! The most important part of discovering the amenities is to be observant so that you have the chance to bring up any questions you may have.

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Learn about maintenance

You don’t want to move into an apartment community without knowing that the management has your back when it comes to apartment repairs. No matter how new an apartment building is, there is always the chance that an emergency repair could be needed. At Arcadia Run, we have 24/7, emergency maintenance on call, so you can live worry-free and remain safe in your new apartment home.

Talk to some of the residents

The best way to get to know an apartment community is to speak to residents who already live there! While you are exploring the amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds at Arcadia Run, strike up a conversation. Ask residents to share their favorite things about the community, what kinds of social events take place, how long they have lived there, etc. Our residents here at Arcadia Run are truly some of the best around.


Sit down with the leasing staff

You might feel shy or hesitant to ask questions about the community and apartment homes, but this is what our amazing leasing staff is here for! At Arcadia Run, you can schedule an appointment with any of our leasing staff professionals who are always willing to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Take some time to get to know them and sit down to discuss your wants and needs for things like floor plans, living with a pet, etc.

Learn about conveniences provided

Apartment living is popular because of the amazing conveniences that this lifestyle offers! Arcadia Run goes above and beyond to make sure that living in our new apartment home community means less time worrying and more time enjoying. Some of our conveniences include a school bus stop on site, an open parking policy, easy online rent paying services, a mail concierge, 24-hour cyber café with free printer and coffee bar, and more.

Explore the neighborhood

Sure, you can visit our website and see some of the nearby restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues on a map, but there is nothing like getting to know the area first-hand. Drive around the Gateway Center and Promenade Commons to discover your favorite new stores, or take a quick drive to Downtown Manassas to soak in some history and try a few local eats.


If you’re ready to come visit Arcadia Run and find out why this is the perfect apartment community for you, schedule and appointment online or give us a call!

Apartment Living With Pets 101

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We won’t lie to you, living with pets in an apartment can be a ruff adjustment, we will also tell you that it is very worth is to be able to live with your best furry friend! Here at Arcadia Run, all of our brand new apartments are pet-friendly so if you are moving into your first apartment or even moving from a single-family home, you can bring Winston with you! Take a look at our advice and tips for living in an apartment community with your pet!


Give them their own spot

Even if your new apartment home at Arcadia Run is not the definition of tight quarters, there is still limited space for pets to be sleeping, eating, and running around. Set up a corner or area in your apartment home that is just for your pet! With Pinterest at the ready, there are so many ways that you can create a little pet oasis that is functional, but still visually appealing.


Make friends

Living in an apartment community gives you the opportunity to not only make new friends for yourself, but for your pet too! There are many residents here at Arcadia Run who also have loving pets that need company, so the next time you see another resident walking their dog, say hello and set up a doggie play date.


Give them plenty of exercise

Although our apartments are spacious enough to live with pets, they still need plenty of exercise. Not only does this mean going outside, but also playing, walking, running, and any kind of movement! With open grassy areas and winding sidewalk paths throughout our apartment home community, there is space to get in plenty of exercise for your pet each day.


Take them outside as much as possible

Pets need lots and lots of exercise to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, but they are also animals and need to be able to get fresh air and roam free (on a leash). To keep your pets at their best, take them outside even more than you think they need to be. This will keep your pet happy and healthy for many years to come.


Get into a routine

As creatures of habit, pets can quickly learn a routine that works ideally for your busy schedule. Take them outside similar times each day, feed them at similar times each day, and use actions or signals to declare a time of the day like bedtime. The most accustomed your pet is to a routine, the happier they will be living here in Arcadia Run. They will be less stressed and nervous about getting everything they need for a great life.


See? This doesn’t sound so bad does it! Don’t forget to ask all of our residents here at Arcadia Run how their pets like living the good life. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment community, this could be the one for you!

Fall Design Trends to Freshen Up Your Apartment Home

Now that you’ve cleaned out your pool bag and put away your summer clothes, it’s time to dive head first into fall at Arcadia Run! Besides your daily pumpkin spiced latte, there are several other ways to celebrate the best of the seasons. If you’re looking to freshen up your apartment home this fall, whether you want to be more organized or you’re looking to spruce up your interior décor, there are several emerging trends that will make your apartment #goals. Check out some of our favorite trends that we know will look great in your new apartment home here at Arcadia Run!



Darn, you knew you should’ve kept that quilt that Great Aunt Susan gave you years ago. Whether you want to replace your duvet or comforter, or just want a big blanket to wrap around you, quilts are coming back into style this fall. The different patterns and colors will give your apartment a cozy feel for those chilly nights spent watching Hocus Pocus and munching on candy corn.


Blush Pink

Man’s greatest question: What exactly is millennial pink? And does blush fall under that category? If so, we don’t mind. As a soft, light color, blush goes well with the bold colors of fall, such as red, gold, and brown. Add in pops of blush around your apartment, such as a pillow, blanket, or even bath towels. If you want to channel your inner Elle Woods, add some blush to your wardrobe this fall. That goes for you too, gentleman!



While we’ll never give up our beloved copper Moscow mule mugs, brass is seeing a resurgence this season. We don’t recommend going all out with an ornate brass chandelier, but subtle touches of brass around your apartment are a great way to add some sophistication to your décor. Put some of your favorite pictures from the summer in brass picture frames, or use brass votive holders for those fall-scented candles you can smell from down the hall.


Matte Black

If you’re not sipping your pumpkin spiced latte out of a matte black travel mug, are you even drinking a PSL? Matte black is a great way to show your edgy side without getting too witchy this fall. Try placing matte black vases on your end tables or your counter, perfect for holding those fall flowers. If you really want to impress guests, use matte black silverware and dishes when having dinner this fall.


Trick or Texture

No, it’s not a trick. Texture is one of the best parts of the fall season. From smooth apples, to soft blankets, there are several ways to highlight the fun textures of the season in your apartment home. Bring the colorful trees inside with fake branches and leaves for a stunning centerpiece, or pile different blankets (wool, chenille, cashmere, etc) in a basket. For the DIY-ers out there, welcome friends into your home with a festive fall wreath on your door, made out of burlap or ribbon.


Let us know what fall design tips worked for you this season! Learn more about all that Arcadia Run has to offer at



Fall Festivals for the Whole Family in Manassas, VA

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colors…it must be fall at Arcadia Run! Now that classes have started and the kids are back in school, it’s time to think of some fun activities to get you through those tough first few weeks. Luckily, Arcadia Run is just minutes from some of the best fall events and activities in the area! Check out some of our top picks for local events happening this fall near Arcadia Run.


2017 Manassas Latino Festival– September 24, Harris Pavilion, Manassas

Discover the rich culture of the area’s Latin American communities at the Manassas Latino Festival! The festival will highlight food, music, and art, and will even have activities for kids, such as piñatas! Eat delicious food and listen to live entertainment all afternoon at this free event in Old Town Manassas.


Manassas Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival– September 30, Harris Pavilion, Manassas

Rain or shine, its time for a glass of wine! Or craft beer, or local distilled spirits…the choice is yours at the Manassas Steins, Wines, and Spirits Festival. Listen to live music while discovering your new favorite local brew or wine. This year is sure to be one for the books, as the event is introducing the Oyster Tent, with delicious freshly shucked oysters.


35th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee– October 7, Manassas

Whether you’re going for the first time this year or have been going for years, the Fall Jubilee is a Manassas staple! There’s fun for both kids and adults with over 100 crafter and community booths, live music and entertainment, AND it’s free. For the competitive souls out there, not only is there a pumpkin pie baking contest, but there is a pumpkin pie eating contest. If you’re over 21, be sure to check out the Beer & Wine Garden on the lawn for local beer and wine samplings.


Bad Wolf Brewing 4th Annual Fall Festival– October 7, Manassas

Kick off pumpkin beer season with a trip to Bad Wolf Brewing’s 4th Annual Fall Festival! With live music, food trucks, local vendors, and of course plenty of beer, you won’t want to miss this party. Even better, Bad Wolf will be releasing the coveted BadWolf Pumpkin Saison and a specialty cask just for the event. Kids are also welcome, so get your tickets now.


WMZQ Fall Fest– October 7, Jiffy Lube Live

You’ll be able to die a happy man (or woman) after seeing Thomas Rhett at WMZQ Fall Fest! Jam along to all of Thomas Rhett’s hits, plus hear music from opening acts Dan + Shay, and Walker Hayes. Jiffy Lube Live is right down the road from Arcadia Run, making it easy to Uber home after a day of tailgating.


Which event are you looking forward to this fall? Check out everything Arcadia Run has to offer by visiting us online at





The Best Websites to Find Apartment Decorating Inspo

Now that you’re moved into your new Arcadia Run apartment home, it’s time to start decorating! Decorating is one of the most fun things you can do when settling into your apartment, as it reflects your own unique style and personality. However, you may run into a few decorating roadblocks, such as having too many ideas or not enough inspiration. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite online sources for apartment decorating inspiration, so get those creative juices flowing!


Apartment Therapy

This website has it all for apartment decorating! Get ideas and inspirations from their articles and gorgeous photos, as well as tips for the DIY type. One of our favorite parts of Apartment Therapy is they have a video section that breaks down certain DIY projects, or how to organize a certain room in your home. You can also take photo tours of curated apartments for assistance putting together an entire home style.


House Beautiful

If you’re having trouble deciding on a color theme for your apartment, look no further than House Beautiful. They offer designer tested color schemes, and you can read about everything from the best colors that work for a bathroom or hot color trends for this year. However, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to deciding on something you love!



Home to everyone’s favorite interior designer Joanna Gaines (and Chip!), HGTV online is a huge source for all things decorating related. Find inspiration if you’re looking to decorate for the upcoming season (pumpkin spice everything) or how to master an easy DIY project. Stay up to date with them on social media, as they frequently post home design inspiration!



If you have something in your head and are looking for a way to narrow down exactly what you want, browse Pinterest! Pinterest’s many design boards from thousands of users and brands allow you to see different ways of decorating a bedroom, or how best to organize your closet. You can even make your own boards for future inspiration, our check out Arcadia Run’s page!


Better Homes & Garden

Another all-purpose site, BHG has everything you could need for ideas on how to decorate your apartment home. Learn how to arrange furniture for more floor space, or make a centerpiece for that end of summer party you’re hosting! You can even pin ideas from here to your personal Pinterest page!



Looking to keep up with the newest trends and designs? Look no further than Freshome. They keep you up to date with the hottest decor trends this year, or what modern design ideas are popular for your apartment home. Freshome also does a great job of educating you on what exactly ‘rustic chic’ (or any design term) means, and how you can make it work for you.


Now that you have a better idea on where to look for some inspiration, get to decorating! Learn more about living in a new apartment home at Arcadia Run by visiting us online.

Ways to Stay Active This Summer at Arcadia Run

The hot, humid, dog days of summer are here at Arcadia Run. It is tempting to stay in the nice, cold oasis of your apartment home, but you need to take advantage of all we have to offer! Staying active at Arcadia Run means that you can get out and enjoy yourself right in your own community, just steps from home. No need to battle summer crowds or traffic jams; we have everything you need right here! Check out some of our favorite ideas for staying active this summer at Arcadia Run.


The pool


Laying out by the pool is great, but splashing around in the water is even better! Whether you’re doing laps, playing Marco Polo with the kids, or just floating around, you’ll be moving. Not only will you stay cool, but you’ll get a workout too! This is the kind of summer activity we can get on board with.


Fitness Classes


Why pay for an expensive gym when you can walk right to your own gym right here at Arcadia Run? We’ve teamed up with our friends at Power For Life Fitness to offer residents fitness classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! Get your Namaste on at yoga, or release some of that energy at cardio kickboxing. Check out our monthly schedule of classes and times here.


Walk It Out


Going for a run during the peak humidity of the summer doesn’t sound like a great idea. However, Arcadia Run has walking trails nearby that are the perfect place for a relaxing walk to clear your mind, or even motivating a friend to go with you. If it is really too hot out, head down to our gym and hop on a treadmill!


Play Ball       


For those looking for a little more competition, get some friends together and get a ball game going! Our ball courts at Arcadia Run are the perfect place to play a little 1 on 1, 2 on 2, or the classic game of HORSE. Whether you just want to practice your free throw or have a full on scrimmage, our ball courts are heating up this summer.




If you have kids running around driving you crazy over summer vacation, head on out to the Arcadia Run playground! With slides and steps and other things to climb on, the kids will have a blast running around. The best part about the playground is that kids can use their imagination and entertain themselves. We bet they’ll be asking to go back every day!


Your summer doesn’t have to be spent inside your apartment home! Get outside and experience all that Arcadia Run has to offer. Learn more about our other amenities by visiting us online.

The Best Websites to Find Affordable Apartment Furniture

It’s officially almost summertime, and that means that many of you are moving into a new apartment home here at Arcadia Run! If you are looking to purchase some new furniture for the first time, or need to replace some items that you already have, we are here to share with you some of the best furniture websites out there. Since we are always looking for a deal, and know you are too, we’ve ranked these sites according to affordability and value. Without further ado, let’s jump into our top picks for affordable furniture websites!


Apt2B – This website was started by two young guys who wanted to make furniture shopping for your apartment “as easy as ordering pizza.” On this site, you’ll find simple and modern designs where you can choose a fabric for the majority of sofa and chair options. The company’s fun and real approach to the business is sure to pull you in, and all of the pieces are reasonably priced. As their website states, “furniture is like death and taxes; it’s inevitable,” so why not make it fun?


CB2 – You grew up hearing about how great Crate + Barrel is, but have you met the younger and cooler sibling, CB2? Not only can you find some amazing modern pieces here, but some of the furniture is specifically made for apartment living. CB2 does a great job of understanding how to bring super modern and hip designs to people with all budgets!


Capsule Home – This is the website you go to for a truly fashionable piece of furniture with a surprisingly affordable price tag. As it says on their website, “Capsule produces unique pieces, often with mixed materials and multi-function use that are intended to add dimension to any home.” The pieces here are perfect for apartment homes, and created by individual designers who each have an eye for great style.


Wayfair – You’ve seen the commercials on TV and maybe even gotten their catalog in the mail, but Wayfair is truly one of the best. It is one of the world’s largest online furniture selections and includes other brands like Joss & Main, All Modern, Dwell Studios, and Birch Lane. Depending on your personal home design style, whether you’re classic, modern, eclectic, etc., one of these brands will have the perfect piece of furniture you are looking for!


Overstock – If you’re a bargain shopper, you’ll love this website for their amazing sales! This smart website takes stock of excess inventory from thousands of different retail categories and sells it to customers lower than the recommended manufacturer price. This way, you know you’re getting a good deal. Another benefit to this website is that there are a great deal of customer reviews, meaning you can hear firsthand about which products are the best.


Houzz – This website is a catchall for furniture shopping and those who don’t know what they want. With almost 100 furniture brands all in one place, you can easily find what you are looking for based on price, color, ratings from previous customers, and even sort by room. Houzz is also a great place for apartment inspiration, as you are able to shop directly through photos of rooms designed by pros.


Before you find the perfect furniture, you are going to need to find the perfect apartment home. Contact us today to schedule a tour and find your new apartment home!

Our Top Poolside Reads for Summer 2017

We’re just a few weeks away from Memorial Day Weekend 2017 and you know what that means: the re-opening of the pool at Arcadia Run! Bring on the lazy summer days spent poolside with friends, splashing around with the kids, or laying in the shade with a great book. It can be hard to decide on what book to choose, but we’ve decided to give you a list of our favorites to help make it easier! All you need to enjoy this summer at Arcadia Run is a spot by the pool and a book to read!


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies was the show that everyone was talking about this spring, but did you know it was a book first? Don’t worry about trying to binge watch all the episodes; you’ll be hooked from the first chapter! Murder, intrigue, sassy housewives…this is the perfect book for an afternoon at the pool.


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

From the author who brought us ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ comes another thought provoking story about the real life problems that exist in today’s society. Follow along as Ruth, a nurse in Connecticut, deals with racism, privilege, and how one determines the justice of it all in this book that you won’t be able to put down.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Don’t let the title scare you! Think less numbers and scientific equations, and think more about questions that people ask themselves. How do we fit within the universe? What does it all mean? Tyson breaks down some of the most complex and interesting aspects of our world into quick chapters that are easy to understand and will be perfect for contemplating under the sun this summer.


The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Calling all lovers of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper! Chip and Jojo, the amazing husband and wife team taking over Waco, Texas, decided that a TV show wasn’t enough and put pen to paper to bring to life their entire story. From how they met, to their first fixer upper, with plenty of photos, you’ll fall in love with this book and rush to catch the next episode of their show!


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Hawkins gripped you with her novel ‘The Girl on the Train’ (also a movie with Emily Blunt) and does it again with ‘Into the Water.’ With twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very last page, your friends will be begging to borrow this book when you’re done with it!


We’re excited to kick off our summer with the opening of the pool over Memorial Day Weekend! Check out everything else Arcadia Run has to offer this summer by visit .

Basic Cleaning Essentials for Your Apartment Home

When living in an apartment home that is smaller than a single-family house, it is so important to keep up with cleaning to keep the space spick and span. Not only will keeping your apartment home clean benefit your health and lifestyle, but it will ensure that the quality of features such as your countertops and floors stay looking like new. If you only want to purchase the necessities without fancy cleaning solutions or gadgets, take a look below at our list of the essential items for keeping your apartment home clean every day!


Paper towels: If you don’t have paper towels in your apartment home yet, what are you waiting for? These multipurpose towels are the best for cleaning up spills, wiping away dust, or just tidying up surfaces in your home. The best part about paper towels is that you can throw them away as soon as you are done with them to eliminate any odor or bacteria.

Disinfectant: While there are many types of disinfectants to choose from, this solution is necessary for eliminating bacteria in all areas of your apartment home. We recommend an all-purpose disinfectant to use on hard surfaces throughout your apartment home, but you can also grab an air and fabric disinfectant to eliminate even more allergens and bacteria that can get trapped in your home.

Dishwashing liquid: Not only does this come in handy to cut through grease and grime when you are hand washing larger or more delicate dishes, but it can be used for an assortment of other things. Most dishwashing liquids are strong enough to also use as a spot carpet cleaner, window cleaner, shower cleaner, and more!

Scrubbing brushes or sponges: Even though each of our new apartment homes has a dishwasher, you are going to need additional cleaning tools for dishes that need to be hand washed. Scrubbing brushes and sponges are both inexpensive tools for your apartment, and can also be used to scrub countertops, showers, etc.

Vacuum cleaner: Because our apartments include carpeted rooms, a vacuum cleaner would be a wise investment. The best part about vacuums today is that there are several kinds for you to use on both carpets and hard flooring, which can eliminate the need for a broom.

Sweeper mop: This is also an essential cleaning tool for living at Arcadia Run since there are also rooms with tile and laminate in each apartment home in addition to carpet. We recommend purchasing a multipurpose sweeper mop that can double as a dry broom and a mop. These are readily available at many stores and are compact for easy storage.


Other items that we recommend include baking soda and white vinegar which can both be used for a number of homemade cleaners when you are in a pinch or don’t have specialized cleaning solutions on hand. It also helps to have some microfiber cloths readily available for when you really need to absorb a spill or pick up a stain. Although paper towels can work fine, microfiber materials work even better!

Fore more information about our new apartment homes here at Arcadia Run, visit our website and stop by to take a tour of our (super clean) model apartment home today!

Myth vs. Fact: Apartment Living Edition

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You may have listened to your friends complain about their apartment homes or heard the horror stories from your parents. Today we are here to explain why some of the common beliefs about apartment living are just not true here at Arcadia Run! Ignore everything you have heard and take a look at the myths and facts below as we set the record straight!


Myth: There is no storage space.

Fact: At Arcadia Run, each apartment home has ample storage space so you don’t end up spending extra money on off-site storage. Each spacious apartment comes with multiple closets, including walk-ins, and large designer cabinets, so that you don’t have to sacrifice bringing any of your belongings to your new apartment home!


Myth: You never meet your neighbors.

Fact: If there was ever an apartment community where you get to know your neighbors very well, it would be here at Arcadia Run! Our new and modern amenities, in conjunction with weekly resident events, make sure that our residents feel a part of a close-knit community, where they can meet forever friends and maintain great relationships with the familiar faces they see every day!


Myth: Parking is a hassle.

Fact: The Arcadia Run community was designed for convenience in more ways than one, including an open parking policy. Whether you are coming to tour the Arcadia Run community, or you already live here and are hosting guests for the weekend, you can park anywhere, anytime!


Myth: A maintenance request takes forever to get resolved.

Fact: Take it from the current residents here at Arcadia Run: we take all maintenance requests very seriously. In addition to resolving all requests in a timely manner, we have 24/7 emergency maintenance services for those times when a problem or issue cannot be ignored for another second!


Myth: It is difficult to find an apartment that allows pets.

Fact: At Arcadia Run, our community is very pet friendly! Many of our residents live with pets, and you will frequently see owners walking dogs around the community. If you’re considering getting a furry friend to live with you in your new apartment home, check out our blog to learn about the best apartment dog breeds!


Myth: Apartment living is cramped.

Fact: Our new apartment homes here at Arcadia Run are very spacious and give you more than enough space to live comfortably! With seven different floor plan options to choose from, our experienced staff can help you choose the best one to fit your needs. Additionally, our large Clubhouse provides even more space for you to hang out, relax, and have a change of scenery!


Now that we have changed your mind about apartment living, come on over to Arcadia Run for a tour of our community here in Manassas, VA!