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.

 

Look No Further Than Arcadia Run for Your First Apartment

Two fit women running on treadmills in modern gym

Moving into your first apartment is an exciting time, but sometimes there are unexpected adjustments that you will have to make. When transitioning from a dorm or your parents house into your own place, it is important to decide what conveniences you are willing to give up, and those you can’t live without. We kept our future residents, such as you, in mind when designing our modern apartment homes and amenities so that you would have a comfortable and convenient lifestyle. For an easy transition into your first apartment home, take a look at some reasons below as to why Arcadia Run is the perfect place for you!

Keep up your fitness game

With so many ways to stay in shape here at Arcadia Run, it will be even more convenient to work out than your previous residence! Residents have 24/7 access to the fitness center, summer-long access to our resort-style pool, access to the ball court, and quick access to local parks and trails to explore. However you choose to spend your time maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the resources you need are just steps from your new apartment home.

Don’t leave belongings behind

In many apartments, having enough space is an issue and storage is usually lacking. In every apartment home at Arcadia Run, there are multiple closets so that you don’t have to leave any of your belongings behind when you move in. Plenty of storage space also allows for clutter-free living areas where you can live simply and comfortably.

Furry friends welcome

You shouldn’t have to rule out a great apartment community because they aren’t pet friendly. And guess what? Arcadia Run loves pets! Many of our current residents have pets, and you will constantly see them walking their dogs on our beautifully landscaped grounds. This is just one of the many things that sets us apart from other apartment communities in the Manassas area!

Do laundry on your own time

Maybe your parents aren’t doing your laundry anymore, but at least you won’t have to leave your apartment to get it done! Each of our modern apartment homes has a full size washer and dryer included for the convenience to wash your clothes on your own schedule. You also won’t have to pay extra money to use machines at a Laundromat!

Create & maintain a social life

Even if you already have friends and family in the area, our apartment community is not like a typical one where you never meet your neighbors. Year-round community events, like our upcoming Pool Opening Party, are meant to bring our residents together. It’s easy to hole up in your apartment by yourself and have a movie marathon, but at Arcadia Run, it’s also easy to meet neighbors to invite to your movie night and make it a weekly event.

Maintain luxury

No matter your previous living situation, you won’t have to sacrifice the luxury of a beautiful home when moving to Arcadia Run! Our new apartments feature luxurious finishes and design elements, including granite countertops, and laminate hardwood flooring. No downgrades here!

Stop by Arcadia Run today to learn even more about why this is the perfect apartment community for your FIRST apartment home!

 

Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces in Your Apartment

Although every new Arcadia Run apartment comes with plenty of storage space, it can be a challenge to stay organized, or deciding how to divide space up between roommates. There are some simple solutions for keeping your apartment home in tiptop shape that can make living with your roommates even easier! Take a look at these tips for shared spaces to keep your apartment living easy:

Clear bins: If you use bins to store things in your closets, opt for clear bins so that you can always find what you are looking for. We are all guilty of having things in storage and completely forgetting what is in all of the different boxes and bins.

Shower territory: The bathroom is a very important place to keep clean and organized, especially if you share one with roommates! In the shower, assign locations for each person’s products and shower accessories. There is nothing worse than mixing up products or someone moving your stuff around! If there isn’t enough shelf room in the shower for everything, invest in a hanging shower caddie.

Parking: In many apartment communities, there is assigned and/or limited parking for each apartment home. Luckily, here at Arcadia Run, we have an open parking policy so there is no fighting over the best (or only) spot designated to your apartment!

Food storage: This kind of shared space varies among roommates, but it’s a good idea to discuss it with your roommate. If you want to share certain items, keep them in a designated area and then divvy up the rest of the space between roommates. This can go for the fridge, pantry and even cabinets!

Pets in the apartment: If you have pets in your apartment home, make sure you are courteous and aware of where you keep pet supplies in the apartment. Discuss with your roommate where they are comfortable keeping a pet bed, food and water bowls, toys, etc., and try to keep these items organized if they are in common areas.

Wall space & decor: Don’t decorate the common areas of your apartment without agreeing on something with everyone. It can be uncomfortable living in a space where you don’t feel like it is truly yours!

Among all of these other things, communication is key about sharing spaces in your new apartment home at Arcadia Run! Check out even more tips and tricks for apartment living on our blog, and visit www.arcadiarun.com for more information on renting at Arcadia Run!

Source: zillow.com

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/.

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.

Sourcesvirginia.orgmanassascity.orgvisitloudoun.org

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

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/