How Off-Season Apartment Hunting Can Benefit Renters

It’s true – many renters believe there is an ‘off’ and ‘on’ season when it comes to finding a new apartment to call home. And while that’s true to some extent, it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘off’ season isn’t the time to land that dream apartment.

The winter months are typically considered the ‘off-season’, and believe it or not, there are several benefits to apartment shopping this time of year!

Less Competition:

When searching for a new apartment home during the winter, when most of your fellow renters aren’t, much of the competition that’s present during the spring and summer is eliminated. Less competition in general gives you a better chance of finding that perfect apartment!

Less Pressure:

And, with fewer renters hitting the market, there will be less pressure to move quickly. While an opportunity might not last forever, you could have a little more breathing room and the luxury to take your time. But believe us, once you see our new apartments at Arcadia Run, you won’t want to waste another minute searching anywhere else!

Better Selection:

Also because of reduced competition, renters may find they have more selection when it comes to choosing their next space. Here at Arcadia Run, we take great pride in offering several apartment home floor plans, giving our tenants the best variety any season of the year!

Get In Early:

Come spring, when other tenants are just starting their search, you’ll already be comfortably living in the apartment community of your choice! Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Truly, any time of the year has its own benefits when apartment hunting, but not all as unique as the winter. So take advantage of the season and choose a new apartment home at Arcadia Run. Phase 2 of our community is now leasing, offering tenants with an incredible selection of newly built, luxury apartments.

Get used to getting more with Arcadia Run – granite countertops, luxury ‘hardwood’ vinyl flooring, upgraded kitchen appliances, extended windows, plans for outstanding community amenities and so much more!

Getting the Most From Your Apartment Community

With all there is to enjoy at Arcadia Run, we want to make certain that our residents take full advantage of the many perks that come with living in a new apartment community like ours.  It’s not just above-average apartment designs that bring new residents to Arcadia Run – it’s the whole package!

So, here are a few ways to get the absolute most from living in our active, on-the-go apartment community:

Join in Seasonal Events

Arcadia Run offers many seasonal events for residents to partake in.  These include the Fall Festival (check out the photos from our recent event!), the Taste of Prince William Block Party, and more.  Having fun alongside great neighbors is a wonderful way for growing families and young professionals to reap all the benefits of a buzzing apartment community!

Meet Your Newest Neighbors

What fun would living in an apartment community like Arcadia Run be if you didn’t befriend the latest neighbors on your floor?  Immersing yourself in any new setting helps to make transitions easier – and more fun.  Go ahead and introduce yourself, you might find that many of your neighbors at Arcadia Run are just like you!

Decorate Your Way

Moving into a luxury apartment at Arcadia Run gives tenants a blank canvas.  Our newly built apartments with expansive windows, open floor plans and upscale features and finishes set the perfect scene to create an apartment home that is uniquely yours.  Bring in your favorite furniture, along with your best throw pillows and place settings to feel right at home.

Enjoy the Amenities

In no time at all, Arcadia Run will also feature even more amenities for residents to enjoy.  The clubhouse development, which is currently in progress, will include a resort-style pool, fitness club and more.  Ball courts, a jogging trail and a playground will also add to the exclusive amenities available to residents.  We can’t wait for these extraordinary new features to make their debut!

Our studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes are ideal for all types of renters, and with Phase 2 now available for leasing, we can offer even more options for future tenants.  With all there is to enjoy and experience right here at Arcadia Run, as well as the entire Manassas area, our residents get exactly what they’re looking for with our apartment community!

Decorating Tips for Your Apartment Living Room

Every room in an Arcadia Run apartment offers the modern features that you’d expect from a newly built apartment – and so much more! The spacious living room spaces in Arcadia Run apartments are particularly impressive – opening up to the beautiful kitchen, the living room is also accessible to the patio or balcony and offers plenty of natural light, making it an excellent spot to entertainment or relax. Switching up the décor of your apartment living area in a fun way to make the most out of this beautiful space and add a unique touch all your own. Read on for some tips to decorate your apartment living room:

·  Painted furniture: If you’re looking for a fun do-it-yourself project, consider painting end tables and other pieces of furniture for your apartment living room. Painted furniture can add a pop of color to a room without having to paint the walls. And it’s easier than you’d think! Check out these tips from HGTV on how to paint furniture.

· Area rugs: Placing a light-colored rug in your apartment living room is a great tactic to brighten up the space, create more depth in the room and add visual interest. And with so many different patterns and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find an area rug that fits your personal style.

· Mirror, mirror: The use of mirrors is a popular tactic to make the most out of a room’s natural light. Arcadia Run apartment living rooms have plenty of natural light coming in from the balcony or patio door, and placing decorative mirrors can not only amplify this natural light, but also provide another avenue for the expression of your personal style!

· Pillows galore: Throw pillows for your couch and chairs are a great way to dress up your living room area. There are plenty of color, texture and pattern options out there for fun throw pillows, so you’re bound to find some that you love. Pillows are a great way to show off your personal style while also livening up a space and tying together the color scheme.

· Lots of lights: Creative lighting is one of the most dramatic ways to transform the appearance of a room. Using both table lamps and floor lamps ensures you have plenty of light, and is yet another opportunity to infuse your personal style in your apartment living room. Consider lamps with more than one setting, so they can be dimmed and create a cozy feel when needed. If you’re feeling adventurous, try using mismatched table lamps that are of varying heights for more of a funky feel.

· Curtains: Hanging curtains in your living area is another way to create a sense of depth and dimension and create visual interest. The door to the balcony or patio in Arcadia Run apartments offer a great space to hang the curtains of your choice!

· Think round shapes: Since apartment living rooms are usually rectangular or box-like in shape, consider using pillows and furniture with rounded and curved shapes and patterns. This adds a fun and exciting dynamic to the room and keeps it from being too monotone.

· Television focal point: For a focus on entertainment, make the TV the focal point of your living space. Hang paneled artwork behind the television to bring attention to the area, and consider skirting the entertainment unit to hid cables.

Whichever new luxury apartment floor plan Arcadia Residents choose, they have a spacious living room area as a blank canvas for their decorating. And with all the other incredible features and amenities available for Arcadia Run residents – not to mention our ideal location in Manassas – a newly decorated living space certainly isn’t the only thing that residents love about Arcadia Run!

SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV

Rental Vacancy Rate Encourages Renters

Rental vacancies across the apartment industry hit a new high in the fourth quarter of last year. Then again, it’s more of a low!  Nationally, the average vacancy rate fell to just 4.1% during the last quarter 2013.  This is the lowest vacancy rate in over a decade and a new achievement for the multi-family housing market.

The impressive vacancy rate suggests that more people are finding apartments they love and are choosing to rent – certainly not a bad idea in today’s market.  As the overall economy continues to improve, more people will feel financially secure and rent that apartment they’ve been eyeing.  And, as more and more people move into an apartment they love, it’s possible rents will increase and supplies will decrease.  Simply put, this low rate means that those considering a new apartment in Arcadia Run should act fast.  Our newly built apartment community is growing in popularity and new tenants are quickly falling in love with their new space.  Who knows how long your dream apartment will be available?

The luxury apartments at Arcadia Run are unlike any in the Manassas area.  Built to the Arcadia Communities standard, these units are truly designed with residents’ lifestyles in mind.  Finally, an apartment that can keep up with you!

In all Arcadia Run apartments, residents will find 9-foot ceilings, extended windows, full-size washer and dryer, balconies or patios, granite countertops, designer cabinets and an intuitive layout.  With both one and two bedroom floor plans, any family will find a space that fits.

What could make these luxury apartments even better?  A community, of course!  In the future, Arcadia Run residents will have access to exclusive amenities.  This year, a new resort-style swimming pool, clubhouse, and fitness center will be added to our development.  Ball courts, a playground and a jogging trail will also be coming in 2014, offering even more for residents to enjoy.

Get used to getting even more with Arcadia Communities! As our Arcadia Run community grows, so will the amount of interested tenants, so don’t waste any time!  Contact us to speak with a leasing agent or schedule a tour.  You’ll be glad you did!

Source: Reuters

Multifamily Sentiment Remains Positive

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released their Multifamily Production Index (MPI) results for the third quarter of 2013.  Using three key elements, the MPI measures builder and developer confidence levels and outlook on current market conditions for apartments and condominiums.

Like other NAHB indices, any reading above 50 suggests a positive sentiment.  In the case of MPI in the third quarter, the level was reported at 54.  This is the seventh consecutive quarter to produce a positive reading.  The three elements contributing to this new level are: the building of low-rent units, the building of market-rate rental units, and the building of for-sale units.  Despite variations within these sections from quarter to quarter, the overall outlook remains positive.

W. Dean Henry, CEO of Legacy Partners Residential, a leading real estate investment management firm, agrees that the apartment industry is on the upswing. Henry says, “there are challenges still facing the industry … but the demand for apartments and condos is strong enough for developers to proceed in most markets.”

On top of the positive MPI sentiment, the apartment industry also boasts an improving Multifamily Vacancy Index result.  For this index, a lower reading indicates lower vacancies, ultimately a good sign for the multifamily sector.  In the third quarter, the level fell two points to 40.  And, since 2010, the MVI has been steadily improving and stabilizing at healthy numbers.

Here at Arcadia Run, we’re always excited to see growth in the apartment and multifamily sector! Our newly built apartments are some of the best in the Manassas area and are an excellent example of positive production in the industry.  Even better, our apartments define luxury: With features like tall ceilings, vinyl flooring, granite countertops, new carpet and extended windows, these new units could fill up quickly!

And, best of all, Arcadia Run goes above and beyond to provide more than what other apartment communities offer. Here, renters have access to amenities not typically available when renting an apartment.  In the next year alone, we’ll be adding a clubhouse, a swimming pool, ball courts, and a jogging trail to our complex! Finally, an apartment community that can keep up with your active lifestyle!


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