7 Apartment Hacks You Need to Know Now

We know that you’re already excited about moving into a brand new apartment home with luxury apartment features and brand new amenities at Arcadia Run. But, even with plenty of storage and modern finishes in your apartment home, it’s always good to learn new ways to save even more space and time. Below we have put together a list of some of the best apartment hacks for apartment living, decorating, and storing!

best apartment hacks

If there is just not enough room at your place for everyone you invited to your morning yoga session, this is where stackable chairs really come in handy. They create more space if you’re entertaining, and are easier to move around when you are cleaning! For super space savers, you can also buy stackable end tables and stools. 

Mason jars can be used to store any kind of small household item, and better yet, they are a relatively inexpensive purchase at your local craft store. You can attach them to the wall or line them up along the counter for a nice way to store and display small items. 

Wires from your television, cable box, Internet router, etc., can be a real eyesore. Look for creative ways to hide these wires like a strategically placed stack of books or photo frame. 

Let’s face it, some of us are “collectors” and like having lots of things, but anyone with their own space knows that those boxes take up too much room! Some of the most common culprits are shoeboxes, cereal boxes, boxed freezer items, and electronics. If you have used an item more than a few times, throw away the original box. If there is only one ice-pop left, take it out of the box!

Don’t forget that height is your best friend in an apartment home, so think about how you can use the entire space. Utilize the beautiful 42” designer kitchen cabinets to store all of your kitchen needs and more. If you love to decorate, but need more surfaces, purchase wall shelves that create dimension in a room. 

It is a lot easier to justify buying a piece of furniture when it also doubles as something else! Some of our favorites are trundle beds, coffee tables that double as an ottoman, pieces with storage space inside, or anything foldable. 

Today, Pinterest is our go-to for everything do-it-yourself. DIY projects are a great way to save some money to put towards other things or create something that you wouldn’t be able to buy in a store. 

For all of our favorite apartment hacks and DIY ideas, check out our Pinterest board here: http://ow.ly/4mJYKo For more information about how you can rent a brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run, visit our website www.arcadiarun.com.

10 Upcoming Events in NoVA

Looking to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Northern Virginia? Be sure to add a few of these upcoming events to your spring calendar!

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Theatre Festival (Middleburg, VA)

April 2-3

Head on over to Middleburg for the American Shakespeare Center’s annual shakespeare festival, with a champagne brunch, playwriting competition, and stagecraft and acting workshops. Tickets range from $25-$40—visit the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Theatre Festival website for additional information.

Manassas Bicycle Tours (Manassas, VA)

April 2, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Manassas, VA

Spend the afternoon cruising through our beautiful hometown and learning more about a few of the many hidden gems of historic Manassas—with a Manassas Bicycle Tour. Bike tours are $5 per person.

Festival of Spring (Haymarket, VA)

April 8-29

Burnside Farms’ annual Festival of Spring is well-known as the largest Pick-Your-Own-Flower event in North America! Peruse 8 acres of beautiful blossoms and flourishing flowers, and take a break for an afternoon picnic! Visit the Festival of Spring website for additional information.

The North Face Endurance Challenge (Sterling, VA)

April 9-10

The North Face Endurance Challenge is back once again this year, in Sterling’s Algonkian Regional Park & Golf Course! This course is sure to keep runners on their toes—with a 50% single track, 30% dirt / gravel doubletrack, 10% gravel carriage road and 10% paved road. For start times and registration information, visit The North Face Endurance Challenge website.

Design & Wine (Herndon, VA)

April 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Unlock your creativity and imagination, with an acrylic paint class, where you’ll be able to create your very own, one-of-a-kind wine glass. Cost is $30 per person—visit the Design & Wine website for additional information and registration details.

Live Well Festival (Manassas, VA)

April 16, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 10th Annual Live Well Festival offers Manassas residents a chance to clean out their closets, and recycle gently used household items by donating them to a worthy cause.

The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (Fairfax, VA)

April 21-30

NoVA Fest is well-known across the region as the biggest film festival in the Mid-Atlantic. Stop by this exciting festival for a little slice of Hollywood, just minutes from the Capital! Visit the NoVA Fest website for additional information.

Cherry Blossom Celebration (Purcellville, VA)

April 9, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Stop by the Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA for their annual Cherry Blossom Celebration—complete with live music, wine tastings, craft vendors, with The Cured Food Truck and 3 Barrel Food Truck onsite selling delicious food as well. Visit the Breaux Vineyard website for additional information.

Leesburg Beer Fest (Leesburg, VA)

April 30, Noon – 6:00 pm

Live music, souvenir glasses, delicious food and over 75 beers to sample—need we say more? Visit the Leesburg Beer Fest website to purchase tickets and access additional information.


Money Saving Tips for Moving Into Your New Apartment Home

So you’ve finally signed the lease for your brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run, and now it’s time to move in! Moving can be costly, depending on how far you are moving and how much stuff there is to move. Because you are probably going to want to focus on buying things for your new apartment, spending all of your money on moving might not be ideal. Check some of these great tips for saving money while you move:

Plan: Planning ahead is a very important part of moving. The further in advance you plan, the less money you will spend. Often times, waiting until move-in day to plan will result in things going wrong and last minute expenses popping up.  Make sure to shop around to get the best deal!

Seasonal: If you can help it, try and move during the winter because it is the slowest season for moving. Often times, there are hidden deals and discounts that appear during this season to entice people to use moving services.

Disassemble: If you put all of your furniture together, why not take it apart again? Most furniture is easier to transport when it is in pieces, and if you are not using a moving truck, it may just fit in your car! Because you already put it together once, it will be much easier the second time around.

Declutter: While you are moving into your new apartment home, you should probably go through all of those memorabilia boxes from high school. Moving is a great time to get rid of everything you don’t need or want anymore, and it will save you money come move-in time.

Free boxes: The Internet is a wonderful thing, especially when you are moving! There are plenty of websites where you can search for people who are getting rid of free boxes so you don’t have to buy and assemble new ones.  

DIY: If you think you can move into your new apartment home by yourself, then by all means go for it! Borrow a friend’s pickup truck, or just make multiple trips back and forth. Moving on your own terms will also create a less stressful moving experience!

Source: forrent.com

The 2016 Renter: An In Depth Look

At Arcadia Run, residents have to “get used to getting more” everyday. Our new apartment home community has many amenities and features that are important factors for renters when it comes time to choose their new apartment home. Luxury apartment features include granite countertops, laminate “hardwood” flooring, designer kitchen cabinets, lots of storage space, and more, while our BRAND NEW amenities really take the cake. The Clubhouse at Arcadia Run holds our resort-style pool, modern business center, fitness center, leasing office, lounge, and more! Check out how Arcadia Run stacks up against the needs of 2016’s renter in the infographic below:

Holiday Events in Manassas

Holiday Events In Manassas

The holidays are finally here at Arcadia Run in Manassas, VA, what better way to celebrate than with a nice evening out on the town? And by that we mean in Downtown Manassas of course! There are so many festive activities going on throughout the area during the next few weeks, so take a look at this schedule for holiday happenings in Manassas! 



Deck the Museum

All month long

The Manassas Museum

Featuring art made by kindergarten and first grade children, the holiday exhibit at the Manassas Museum will be open all month long!


A Christmas Carol

Dec 11th 7-9pm, Dec 12th 2-4pm, 7-9pm, Dec 13th 2-4pm

Center for the Arts

Come enjoy an excellent performance of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, brought to you by Rooftop Productions.


Arcadia Run Holiday Party

Dec 12th from 12-3pm

Arcadia Run Clubhouse

All residents are invited to the annual holiday party where there will be food, fun, caroling, and prizes!


Winter Farmer’s Market

Dec 12th, 19th, and 26th from 9am-1pm

Lot B @ Prince William St. & West St.

This limited time farmers market will feature local vendors selling amazing treats and crafts.


Carriage Rides Around Downtown

Dec 13th & 20th from 1-4pm

Manassas Train Depot

Tour the streets of Historic Downtown Manassas in a horse drawn carriage.


Stocking Stuffer Sale

Dec 14th from 7am-3pm

Novant Health Prince William Medical Center

Join the community and stock up on small accessories, gifts, and snacks for the holiday season.


Winter Wonderland Train Show

Dec 16-20, 5-8pm

Center for the Arts

The National Capital Trackers will bring back their expansive holiday landscape & railroad community. (Back by popular demand!)


The Nutcracker

Dec 17th & 18th @ 7:30pm, Dec 19th @ 3pm & 7:30pm, Dec 20-23 @ 3pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Hurry and get your tickets for this favorite holiday ballet, presented by the Manassas Ballet Theatre.


Ugly Sweater Party

Dec 19th from 5-10pm

Heritage Brewing Company

In addition to other events throughout the month, Heritage Brewing Company is hosting an Ugly Sweater Party!

Source: http://visitmanassas.org/events/

Why Manassas is the Ideal Location to Rent an Apartment

At Arcadia Run, we could not imagine living in a better location than Manassas in Northern Virginia! With beautiful apartment homes, rich history, amazing local businesses and a central location, you can’t beat the accessibility and convenience of our city. Take a look at the many reasons why Manassas is the ideal location to rent your new apartment home!

One of the Best 

WalletHub recently named Manassas one of the best small towns in Virginia! By combining factors like, affordability, economic health, education & health, and quality of life, 1,268 small cities were ranked in WalletHub’s study conducted in October. Our amazing “small city” of Manassas was ranked the 8th best small city in Virginia and #276 overall on the list. The website explains their methodology by saying that living in a small city “creates a sense of greater wealth because of cheaper living cost.”


The local culture in Manassas is infused with a rich American history wherever you turn. A very prominent location for important events and battles during the Civil War, Manassas is still home to many historic sites. The Manassas National Battlefield Park, Old Town Manassas, and the Stone Bridge are just a few of our favorite spots to explore!


Just minutes from Arcadia Run, is some of the area’s best shopping and dining. From the Manassas Mall, to Bull Run Plaza, and downtown Manassas, there are endless stores and restaurants to visit for your everyday needs! Additionally, Historic Downtown Manassas has weekly events as well as some of our favorite local shopping and dining spots!


Located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Arcadia Run is a great location for those who want to be close to the city for work or for play! Manassas allows for a suburban lifestyle while still being less than 30 minutes to Dulles International Airport and just 45 minutes to the heart of D.C.

Luxury Apartments

At Arcadia Run, there are brand new apartments and amenities to enjoy! Our luxury apartments for rent include modern features such as granite countertops, 42” designer kitchen cabinets, vinyl “hardwood” flooring, abundant storage space, and a variety of floor plans to choose from.

If we haven’t already convinced you that Arcadia Run is the perfect home for you, visit us today to take a look at our brand new amenities, apartments, and meet with our amazing sales team!

Sources: visitmanassas.orgvirginia.org

At Home & Bar Louie Open in Manassas

It is no secret that here at Arcadia Run, we love our hometown of Manassas! In October, we were proud to welcome two new amazing businesses to the city, At Home and Bar Louie. Both of these great companies chose Manassas for their newest locations and we could not be more excited to experience what they have to offer our community!

At Home

At Home is a home décor superstore, which spans across 26 states and currently has over 90 operating stores. Just minutes down the road from Arcadia Run, At Home opened up its fourth Virginia store on Sudley Road in late October. This store is perfect for Arcadia Run residents because it is a one-stop shop for everything you need to complete your apartment home! From furniture to décor and housewares, At Home prides themselves on being able to provide a large assortment of items and styles at everyday low prices. Just in time for the holiday season, At Home is now open in Manassas!

Bar Louie

What began in downtown Chicago in 1990, Bar Louie has now opened its sixth D.C. area location right here in Manassas. Known for their signature handcrafted cocktails, extensive beer and wine selections, and unique bites, Bar Louie is bringing an eclectic bar vibe to the area. For a social night out with friends or a much-needed cocktail after work, Bar Louie is sure to be the new hot spot for socializing in a nice casual setting just minutes from Arcadia Run. Bar Louie GM Melissa Hildebrand states, “We plan to amaze our guests with the quality of our handcrafted drinks and the food from our scratch kitchen.”

With so many great businesses moving to the area, our central location in Manassas, VA keeps getting better and better! If you are interested in checking out our brand new luxury apartment homes, schedule an appointment to visit Arcadia Run today! You can also browse the featuresamenities, and floor plans on our website to discover how you can get used to getting more!

Sources: reuters.combarlouie.comathome.comprnewswire.com

October Events in Manassas

In downtown Manassas, Virginia there are always so many events to attend, especially now that fall is here! Take advantage of these great seasonal events just a few miles from Arcadia Run and embrace the haunted history of Manassas just in time for Halloween! Here are all of the events coming up for the rest of October.




Manassas Farmer’s Market

October 22, 29 – Loy E. Harris Pavillion

October 24, 31—Lot B

7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Head on over to the farmer’s market for locally grown produce, meat, baked goods and artisan crafts! This market runs all the way through the fall season, so make sure to stop by while you can!

Old Town Walking Tours

October 22, 29 – Manassas Museum

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Old Town walking tours will give you insight into the rich history that Manassas offers.

33rd Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

October 24, 2015 – Downtown Manassas

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Downtown Manassas for the 33rd Annual Fall Jubilee! There will be lots of fun and activities for the entire family!

Bike Tour

October 24, 2015 – Manassas Museum

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Haunted Happenings

October 24, 2015 – Old Town Manassas

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Go trick-or-treating throughout the Fall Jubilee and attend other fun events in the Center for the Arts parking lot.

Spirits of Manassas

October 24, 2015 – Manassas Museum

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

“Follow costumed guides by lantern light through the streets of Historic Downtown Manassas, hear about weird, sublime and strange happenings from the past and present, and meet some spirited characters along the way.”

Pied Piper Theatre’s SLEEPY HOLLOW

October 24th at 2pm & 7pm – Metz Middle School

October 25th at 3pm

Jazz in Motion

October 24, 2015—Hylton Performance Center

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Cemetery Tours

October 30, 2015 

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In Manassas, VA there are events for everyone! For more details on any of the events above, or for more information about Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Source: visitmanassas.org

Redecorate Your Apartment: Fall 2015

We love the fall season at Arcadia Run and it is quickly approaching here in Manassas, VA! When the seasons change, so do your home needs. If you want your new apartment home to reflect the season, with just the right amount of your personal style, here are some easy tips to make your apartment cozy and warm this fall!

Add layers – Just like you will be adding layers of clothing to your wardrobe for chillier months, you can layer your apartment too! Add comfy area rugs, blankets, and pillows to keep your apartment warm and inviting.

Rethink your colors – If you want some trendy ideas for fall, take a look at Pantone’s Fall 2015 colors to use for room accents, like a blanket or a vase. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, repaint a piece of old furniture to add more color to the apartment.

Seasonal décor – You can never go wrong with the classic autumn décor, like pumpkins, fall foliage, and a wreath for the front door. You can go as big or as subtle as you want with these fall inspired details.

Cover it up – If you have any wooden seating in your home, consider a slipcover or seat cushion to add a little more comfort. Slipcovers can also add an instant color makeover to any couch or chair!

Replace scents – Gone are the days when your air fresheners, hand soaps, and candles smell like a fruity cocktail or the ocean breeze. Replace the scents in your home with pumpkin, spice, and everything nice!

Flowers – Bringing in seasonal fresh flowers can brighten up any room. To add a little twist, put dried flowers in a vase for a rustic feel.

Frame your summer memories – With the warm weather on the outs, you will most likely be spending more time inside. Print out your favorite summer photos and place them in frames around your apartment.

Source: housebeautiful.com