Predicting the Most Sought-After Apartment Amenities in 2018

As apartment communities cater more and more to a modern lifestyle that requires additional conveniences than in previous years, renters begin to put more features and amenities on their must-haves list. In 2017, National Apartment Association gathered data giving insights in to the modern apartment renter and what they will be looking for when choosing a community in 2018. If you’re looking for a new apartment in Manassas, VA, see how Arcadia Run stacks up to the current list of the most sought-after amenities as told by Real Estate Weekly.

 

Package system

With the popularity of online retailers at an all-time high, and many people using online delivery services for everyday needs, this should come at no surprise to all of you Amazon lovers out there. Arcadia Run makes it easy for our residents with a package concierge service.

 

Being online

In a day where internet is now a necessity for most jobs and many types of communication, it is no wonder that being connected is so sought after by apartment renters today. Not only is it easy to gain access to internet services in your new apartment home at Arcadia Run, but our clubhouse also has a cyber café where residents can use our desktop computers and printer for free!

 

Beauty and The Building

See what we did there? More and more, renters are not only looking for great amenities and a great location, but the importance of having a visually appealing apartment is becoming higher one everyone’s lists. With phenomenons like Pinterest and Instagram, #apartmentgoals are more relevant than ever.

 

Parking

Especially with apartment communities or buildings in large cities or crowded suburbs, parking can be a rare amenity for renters today. At Arcadia Run, our open parking policy ensures that all of our residents have room for their cars, and also have room for guests to visit without the hassle of guest passes.

 

Fitness center

According to the National Renters Association, more than 80% of renters across the United States want a fitness facility in their apartment community. Not only do we have two specialized fitness center rooms for all of your workout needs, but Arcadia Run also offers free weekly fitness classes to residents!

 

Pet-Friendly

For anyone who has a pet, any apartment community that is not pet-friendly would automatically be crossed off the list. Luckily, Arcadia Run is one of the most pet-friendly communities in the area, creating a hub of puppy friends to be made in 2018.

 

Did we mention that all of these apartment amenities, services, and features are exclusively for Arcadia Run residents? Stop by for a visit today to experience what could be your brand new lifestyle here at Arcadia Run!

 

Sources: rew-online.com

 

 

 

Kitchen Features to Love in an Arcadia Run Apartment

Gone are the days of closest-sized kitchens and laminate countertops. At Arcadia Run, our new apartment homes are suited for your lifestyle today with modern features and floorplans! Included in these modern features are kitchens that can truly be the hearth of your (apartment) home without you having to sacrifice space in other areas. Functional, fashionable, and fit for a top chef, our modern kitchens are our favorite parts of each floor plan design, so read on to discover why!

 

Island or Peninsula

The most sought after home floor plans today include those that are open and spacious. This also rings true for apartments! In each apartment home at Arcadia Run, you will find a kitchen island or peninsula that opens up the entire apartment for a cohesive space where you can be cooking in the kitchen, but still watching TV in the living room!

Plenty of Storage

Time and time again our residents boast that one of their favorite aspects of Arcadia Run’s apartments is how much storage space they provide! In each kitchen, the layout features ample cabinet and pantry space to store all of your trendy kitchen gadgets as well as the necessary cups, plates, etc. They include 42” designer cabinets, so that you can have a beautiful and sophisticated space to match your style.

Granite countertops

If your apartment home doesn’t have granite countertops, you are surely missing out! Our stunning granite kitchen counters are stain resistant, scratch resistant, and add a trendy design element to each apartment home.

Laminate hardwood

Although we would love to put hardwood in the kitchens here, it just doesn’t make sense since they are not very durable. Enter the next best thing: laminate hardwood. Laminate hardwood floors are perfect for the kitchen since they work well to resist liquids and spills, and don’t ding and dent easily. The hardwood look gives the space even more of a luxury feel. 

Updated appliances

Our modern apartments would not be anything without modern appliances to match! You will never have to fear that something will break or not function properly when our appliances are brand new! If by some crazy fluke something does go wrong with any appliances, our maintenance crew will be on it!

Curious to see an Arcadia Run apartment kitchen for yourself? Stop by any day of the week for a tour of our model apartment home and community! Visit arcadiarun.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

 

Tour the Award-Winning Clubhouse at Arcadia Run!

From the moment you begin to approach the Clubhouse at Arcadia Run, there is no question that inside is something amazing! The Clubhouse is where our residents get to enjoy community amenities, attend events, and hang out with other Arcadia Run residents. Let us walk you through our award-winning clubhouse in this photo tour below!

When you walk into the lobby of the Clubhouse it is similar to entering a grandiose hotel, with high ceilings and columns lining the entranceway. Directly to your right are the leasing offices of our amazing staff that work day in and day out to ensure our residents have the best experience while living here at Arcadia Run.

If you look to the left, you will see Arcadia Run’s movie theater, complete with comfy lounge chairs, a bar for eating, and a huge movie screen for our Movie Matinee nights or football Sundays!

Straight ahead is just one of the resident lounge areas, featuring a beautiful double-sided stone fireplace and plenty of seating for you and your friends.

On the right side of the lounge is our multimedia center, with computers and desk space for you to utilize while you are studying or getting some work done.

On the left side of the lounge is our bar area and kitchen, where we have wine nights, holiday/resident parties, etc.

Down the right corridor you will find our state of the art Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is made up of two separate rooms: one room with cardio machines and one room with weight and toning machines. The Fitness Center is complete with flat screen TVs and wall-to-wall mirrors to make sure your form is on point. We also can’t forget about the fitness classes that are free for Arcadia Run residents!

As you approach the back of the Clubhouse, you won’t be able to miss our beautiful outdoor patio spaces and resort-style pool through the panoramic windows. The patio spaces are complete with fireplaces and lounge furniture, which makes for a great place to enjoy breezy summer nights.

Our resort-style pool is by far the centerpiece of the Clubhouse, with pool chairs, umbrellas, and even a fountain lining the perimeter.

To the right of the pool is a playground including slides, swings, and a jungle gym, with an adjacent fire-pit for those days when the s’mores are calling your name.

To the left of the pool is a ball court, perfect for an intense neighborhood basketball game, or a solo practice session to work on your free throws.

We know from these photos that the Clubhouse looks beautiful, but even photos can’t do it justice! Stop by Arcadia Run today to tour our Clubhouse and see some of the many reasons our residents love living here! Visit arcadiarun.com for more information or to schedule a tour of our new apartment home community here in Manassas, VA!  

Prepare Your Apartment Before Leaving for Vacation

Before you head out on the open road for a summer vacation, there are a few things you should take care of at your new apartment home at Arcadia Run! Completing a handful of simple tasks before you leave will ensure that returning home won’t be a chore, so take a look at our tips below!

The day before departure

Make pet arrangements: If you aren’t bringing your pet along for the vacation, be sure to make alternative arrangements so your pet is as comfortable as possible while you’re away.

Set an email autoreply: If you rely on constant email contact for work or school, make sure to install an autoreply message while you’re gone. This will ensure that anyone trying to contact you will know that they are not being ignored or forgotten.

Organize & clean apartment: The last thing you want to do when returning from a vacation is spend hours cleaning your apartment home, so get these things done before you leave:

·     Clean out leftovers/perishables from refrigerator

·     Vacuum and sweep the entire apartment

·     Do all laundry and put clothes away

·     Change sheets

Set out all packed bags & supplies: Put everything you are bringing on your trip by the front door so that you can wake up and go. If there are things that you cannot pack the night before you leave for vacation, like food or your phone charger, write yourself a sticky note as a reminder!

The day of departure

Save energy: Save some energy and keep your apartment maintained by turning the AC down while you are gone. Also remember to turn off and unplug your electronics!

Eliminate fire hazards: Before you leave, make sure your oven and stove are off and there are no candles lit in your apartment home. If you have a coffee maker with a timer, or made coffee in the morning, you should unplug it during your vacation just to be safe.

Make your bed: After getting home from a long trip, there is no better sight than a bed all made and clean waiting for your next slumber.

Take out the trash: Any food in the trashcan can really stink up the place if you let it sit there for a few days or more. Be sure to take out the trash before you leave!

Last but not least, on the way out of your apartment, lock all windows and doors and you’re good to go. If you follow all of these steps before leaving for vacation, you will come home to a clean space that will relax you and ease you back into your everyday routine! Not renting an apartment home at Arcadia Run yet? No worries! Visit us any day of the week, or contact us here: http://staging.arcadiarun.com/contact-us/.

5 Reasons Millennials Are a Generation of Renters

According to a recent Rent.com survey, approximately 8 out of 10 millennials plan on renting for the foreseeable future, which should come as no surprise! After all, the renting lifestyle seems to be a perfect fit for the Millennial generation. Read on to learn a few of the many reasons Millennials seem to be in a renter state of mind:

Minimal Commitment: Millennials simply love the flexibility and freedom of renting! They don’t like to be tied down to one spot, and without the responsibility of a home mortgage, apartment renters are able to move around as they please (after their lease is up that is).

It’s Affordable: With little or no credit history, many millennials are unable to take on a mortgage, or unwilling to take on the responsibility in addition to their student loans and other monthly bills. Alternatively, apartment living offers an incredibly affordable option for millennials, especially if you’re splitting the bill with a roommate!

A Multitude of Modern Features: Many modern apartment buildings offer fresh, fun designs with a wide array of features millennials crave. Arcadia Run’s stunning new apartments, for example, include a number of fabulous modern features such as: oversized kitchens with granite countertops, 9 foot ceilings, full-sized in-unit washers and dryers, extended windows, walk-in closets and more!

No Unexpected Expenses: With everything included in your monthly rent check, there are no unexpected costs associated with apartment living. Unlike home ownership, which can easily accrue additional costs for any number of issues throughout the year: heating and cooling costs to plumbing repair expenses and beyond.

No Maintenance Required: Yet another substantial perk of apartment living is that no maintenance is required! That means no lawn maintenance in the spring, no leaf raking in the fall, and no pathway or driveway shoveling in the winter! Millennials are a generation that seems to be always on the go, so being able to sit back and relax for a few moments instead of having to mow the lawn on a beautiful afternoon is yet another major perk of apartment living!

These are just a few of the many reasons why the Millennial generation loves the apartment lifestyle! If you’re looking for a stunning new apartment in Manassas, VA,  be sure to check out the beautiful 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom floor plans of our modern apartments at Arcadia Run today!

Sourcesrescour.comrent.comnmhc.orgnielsen.comappfolio.comrealtrends.commoney.usnews.com

7 Sought-After Apartment Features

Many of today’s renters seek apartments with a number of features and amenities. The unique combination of unit features and community amenities available in an apartment community are what truly differentiates one apartment community from another! Comparing and contrasting apartment features can be stressful, especially if you are unsure about what you want. One key step in the apartment hunting process should be to make a list of apartment features and amenities that are a top-priority for you.

Here are a few of the apartment features and community amenities today’s apartment renters like, love and simply cannot live without, according to a few industry leaders.  While on the hunt for your next apartment, be sure to add these sought-after apartment features and amenities to your list:

Walk-In Closet: According to National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and Kingsley’s 2015 Apartment Resident Preference Survey, 89% of those surveyed indicated that walk-in closets were one of the most enticing amenities or features they considered when evaluating rental properties.

In-Unit Washer & Dryer: 87% of those surveyed in NMHC / Kingsley’s 2015 study also indicated that in-unit laundry facilities were a must-have apartment feature. Renters are attracted to the convenience of having their own washer and dryer in their apartment.

Patio or Balcony: Additionally, 87% of the responded to NMHC / Kingsley’s 2015 study indicated that balconies or patios were a must when evaluating and comparing rental properties. Even a small outdoor space can have a positive affect on a renter’s decision.

Package Receiving Services: Apartment communities have seen a dramatic increase in the number of packages delivered for their residents over the past few years, as online shopping has blossomed into a $300 billion industry (according to NMHC.org). In fact, the typical apartment community receives over 100 packages a day! For this reason, it comes as no surprise that many of today’s renters, (72% according to NMHC / Kingsley’s study), are looking for apartments with package receiving services.

Fitness Center: In a recent survey conducted by Landlordology.com on what amenities Gen Y tenants want—83% of those surveyed indicated that community fitness centers or gyms were the amenity or feature they valued the most when comparing and deciding between apartments.

Pool: It should come as no surprise that a community pool made the list of the most sought-after apartment features in 2015! After all, who wouldn’t want to unwind poolside at the end of a long work day? Community pools topped ForRent.com’s recent list of the Top 15 Searched Amenities, and 83% of respondents to NMHC / Kingsley’s 2015 survey indicated that community pools were considered a high-value amenity to them.

Pet Friendly: Last but certainly not least—according to AppFolio, 76% of modern renters own either a cat or a dog. That’s why many of today’s apartments (including Arcadia Run) are pet-friendly!

From the spacious floor plans of our one and two bedroom apartments, and the marvelous modern features that come standard in each and every one of our apartments, to our community’s amazing amenities—there’s no question that you’ll get used to getting more at Arcadia Run!

Schedule an appointment, or stop by to check out our brand new apartments, conveniently located in beautiful, historic Manassas Virginia!

Sources2015 NHMC/Kingsley Apartment Resident Preferences SurveyLandlordology.comNHMC.orgrealtor.comforrent.comappfolio.com

What Do Apartment Tenants Really Want?

Finding the perfect apartment can certainly be an overwhelming task – there are many factors to consider, and the idea of the “perfect unit” varies from tenant to tenant. However, there are several factors that many apartment hunters look for in their future residence. The following are some of the most popular factors that future tenants strive to find in their new apartments:

· Location, location, location. You’ve likely heard all about the importance of location when looking for a real estate property. When searching for any type of property, location is often the biggest factor, and apartment hunting is no exception. At Arcadia Run, it’s no wonder tenants love where they live – located in Manassas, our location offers the perfect mix of urban convenience and historic charm. Proximity to Washington, D.C. allows for convenience to the best our nation’s capital has to offer, and being removed from the hustle and bustle of the city means that our residents can take full advantage of beautiful and historic Manassas.

· Ample closet space. Closet space is particularly important for apartment tenants since apartments usually don’t offer as much square footage as single-family detached homes. This means that a little extra closet space can go a long way. Thankfully for Arcadia Run residents, our units offer great closets, some of which are walk-in units.

·  Plenty of natural light. There’s no doubt that natural light can do wonders to brighten up a room, allowing it to feel warmer, inviting and spacious. The extended windows in our Arcadia Run apartments offer a great source of natural light, and this spacious feeling is further amplified by our high nine-foot ceilings and open floor plans.

·  Great kitchen. The kitchen is often the focal point of any residence – it’s where friends and family can meet to spend quality time together and where memories are often made. For many apartment tenants, the size and layout of the kitchen is vital to their decision of where to live, since they’ll want to make the most of this important space. In our Arcadia Run floor plans, we’ve carefully planned for the kitchen to open up to the living and dining space – ideal for entertaining and allowing friends and family to gather and spend time together. In our kitchens, you’ll find granite counters and 42” designer cabinets, which allows our tenants to spend time in this space with style.

·  On-site washer and dryer. The last thing that apartment tenants want to deal with is the inconvenience of dragging their laundry to an off-site laundromat. Even if there is a central laundry location on the site of an apartment complex, tenants who don’t live on the first floor are still inconvenienced. That’s why Arcadia Run offers full-size washers and dryers in all of our units – so that all of our residents can experience the convenience of doing their laundry in the privacy of their own units.

· Outdoor space. For those who aren’t interested in landscaping or lawn maintenance but still want to have some sort of outdoor space, an apartment with a balcony can be a perfect fit. Balconies allow tenants to enjoy nice weather and have an additional space for entertaining, but don’t require the upkeep that lawns do. At Arcadia Run, our units include balconies or patios so that our residents can enjoy the beautiful Manassas area within the convenience of their own units.

· Modern feel. When future tenants are searching for the perfect apartment, the overall look and feel of the unit and building is important. A modern feel to an apartment is understandably important for many tenants – who wants to live in a unit that feels old and outdated? All of the previously mentioned high-quality features of our Arcadia Run apartments give an overall impression of modernity and high style, a great feature to our beautiful units.

Arcadia Run apartments truly offer everything that apartment hunters in the Washington, D.C. metro area could hope to have in their new living arrangements – just ask our tenants! Everything we’ve done in our Arcadia Run apartments has been designed to maximize convenience with beautiful design, and we’re proud to offer brand new apartments that go above and beyond in satisfying our residents.

SOURCE: apartmenttherapy.com

Best Restaurants in Manassas

For those who love to cook, living at Arcadia Run offers the ideal situation, with our beautiful, expansive kitchens that include granite counters and designer cabinets. As it turns out, if you’re not a natural-born chef, Arcadia Run apartments are perfect for you, too, because of our great location. Our apartments are conveniently located in Manassas, VA and there are endless high-quality and delicious dining options nearby to satisfy every taste bud.

So whether you just want to take a break from cooking every night, or you find your bliss in exploring new restaurants, the following list of Manassas restaurants can be helpful to you. Your new favorite restaurant in Manassas might be included on the list below, which is organized by cuisine type and include some of the highest-rated restaurants on Google and Yelp (all ratings are out of a possible 5). They’re all within a quick drive of our community, making them convenient destinations, even on last-minute notice. So find your new favorite Manassas restaurant, and bon apetit!

Greek & Middle Eastern

– Katerina’s Greek Cuisine

·      Google Review: 4.7; Yelp Review 4.5

·      Address: 9212 Center Street, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 4.8 miles, 11 minutes

·      Overview: A popular destination in Old Town Manassas, Katerina’s serves authentic Greek cuisine that receives rave reviews online. According to online reviews, it can get crowded from all of the loyal patrons, so be sure to make a reservation.

– Famous Kabob

·      Yelp Review: 4.5; Google Review 4.0

·      Address:  9685 Liberia Avenue, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 9 miles, 13 minutes

·      Overview: Don’t let the modest interior fool you! According to online reviews, Famous Kabob offers – not surprisingly – delicious kabobs, as well as other options such as gyros, wraps, and other dishes with an Afghan influence. For added convenience, you can place your order online and carry out.

Deli & Italian

-The Deli Depot

·      Yelp Review: 4.5; Google Review: 4.4

·      Address: 8961 Center Street, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 5.1 miles, 12 minutes

·      Overview: Available for dine-in, carry out and delivery, The Deli Depot offers classic New York style sandwiches, specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, and various side orders, as well as a full breakfast menu. According to online reviews, this Old Town staple not only has great food, but wonderful service as well.

– “A Deli” Italian Food

·      Google Review: 4.6; Yelp Review: 4.5

·      Address: 10384 Portsmouth Road, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 3.1 miles, 7 minutes

·      Overview: This deli’s website states that it’s “simply the best,” and from the looks of online reviews, customers agree. Online reviews rave about the oversized and delicious Italian subs.

– Tony’s New York Pizza

·      Google Review: 4.5; Yelp Review: 4.0

·      Address: 9108 Mathis Avenue, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 5.6 miles, 12 minutes

·      Overview: A family-owned and operated restaurant, Tony’s features New York style thin crust pizza and other Italian favorites. Online reviewers love the fresh, quality ingredients used, the Italian subs, and of course, the pizza.

Vietnamese & Thai

– Pho 234

·      Google Review: 4.4; Yelp Review: 4.0

·      Address: 10376 Festival Lane, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 3.2 miles, 7 minutes

·      Overview: For those who aren’t familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, pho is a popular type of Vietnamese soup made from beef or chicken stock with rice noodles and thinly sliced meat. Judging from online reviews, Pho 234 offers outstanding pho, as well as other classic Vietnamese dishes.

– Zabb Thai Restaurant

·      Google Review: 4.4; Yelp Review: 4.0

·      Address: 11010 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 2.2 miles, 5 minutes

·      Overview: Zabb Thai offers thai food for dining in, take out and delivery, with an extensive menu and well-decorated interior, according to online reviewers. Popular dishes, according to online reviewers, are the salt chili pork and green curry.

– Siam Classic

·      Google Review: 4.5; Yelp Review: 4.5

·      Address: 9403 East Street, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 5.0 miles, 12 minutes

·      Overview: Another popular Thai restaurant in the area, Siam Classic is located in Old Town Manassas and, according to online reviewers, offers authentic Thai food for a great price. For those who enjoy a little kick, you can order your dish on a scale of 1 – 10 for spiciness.

Latin American

– Cuna del Sol

·      Google Review: 4.5; Yelp Review: 4.0

·      Address: 7779 Sudley Road, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 2.5 miles, 6 minutes

·      Overview: If you go to Cuna del Sol, prepare to try authentic Guatemalan food, which can offer an exciting culinary experience for those who have never had it. There are also some Mexican and American offerings on the menu, however, for those who don’t quite know what to order. Online reviewers rave about the full-flavored meals and the additional bonus of a bakery.

– El Mirador Restaurant

·      Yelp Review: 4.5

·      Address: 7839 Sudley Road, Manassas

·      Distance from Arcadia Run: 2.7 miles, 6 minutes

Overview: Although el Mirador didn’t have a Google review, the reviews on Yelp had very high praise for this Salvadoran restaurant. Online reviewers describe the food as authentic, fresh and flavorful. From online reviews, a customer favorite seems to be the pupusas – corn tortillas filled with a combination of cheese, meats and refried beans.

Arcadia Run residents know that the Manassas area has a lot to offer, and the restaurant selection is certainly no exception. Whatever type of food you’re in the mood for, there’s sure to be a great restaurant in Manassas to satisfy your craving. The variety of destinations in Manassas – whether it’s to eat, shop or be entertained – is just one of the reasons that it’s such an interesting and exciting D.C. suburb. Just ask our Arcadia Run residents, and they’ll tell you – Manassas is a great place to live in the Northern Virginia area!

 

SOURCE: Google Reviews, Yelp.com

Manassas Named One Of Best Cities in VA for Job Seekers

Our residents at Arcadia Run already know that Manassas is a great place to live and work, and thanks to a recent ranking by popular consumer advocacy website NerdWallet, the nation knows it now, too.

Nerdwallet recently analyzed 109 major cities in Virginia to find the best for job seekers, and Manassas ranked at an impressive number five. For this analysis, Nerdwallet looked at several key factors: population growth of those 16 years old and older, median household income, and the unemployment rate in the city. Here’s how Manassas stacked up:

• From 2009 to 2011, the population change in Manassas of those 16 years and older was 10.1%. This was the fourth highest population change of the top 10 Virginia cites.
• The median household income for Manassas residents, as of 2011, was $73,091 – substantially higher than the national median household income at that time of $50,502 and the Virginia median of $61,882.
• The 2013 unemployment rate is a relatively low 6.0%

The analysis also pointed out Manassas City Council’s efforts to boost the local economy through Technology Zone, a citywide program that offers incentives to new or expanding businesses. NerdWallet also called attention to the principal employers in the city, including Lockheed Martin, Prince William Health System and Micron Technology.

Economists and consumers alike cheered the recent news that the national unemployment rate in November fell to a five-year low of 7 percent. This is great news for the national economy, which continues to slowly but fairly steadily recover from the recession. Virginia’s statewide unemployment rate in October, the most recent month that data was available, was 5.6% – substantially lower than the national unemployment rate in October of 7.3%.

Manassas isn’t just a great place for those looking for work – it’s a great place for those who want to make the most of where they live, too. With its proximity to Washington, D.C., idyllic downtown and excellent variety of shopping, dining and recreation options, Manassas truly offers the whole package.

For the job seeker in Manassas who also seeks the perfect place to live, Arcadia Run apartments are at the crossroads of luxury and convenience. In addition to its ideal location in Manassas, Arcadia Run offers its residents top-notch features and various amenities. Whether you’re interested in Manassas for its job desirability, for its location, or for its charm, Arcadia Run provides a dream apartment for any renter.

SOUCES: Nerdwallet.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, census.gov