Neighborhood

It’s important to consider your safety, especially when you are looking for a home. The safety of your neighborhood can help you feel comfortable for years to come.

There are a couple of online tools that will help you determine if the neighborhood that you want to move into is safe.  You can find out crime stats before you move or even find out how safe your current location is.

We recommend that you bookmark these sites and share it others.

1. AreaVibes

Low Down: AreaVibes helps you pick the most important factors to you.

Enter the location of a place and the website will give you a livability score.  The site also maps and ranks nearby areas according to their scores and compares your area’s livability score to state and national averages. For ease, AreaVibes also gives locations a letter grade for quick at a glance results.

Cost: Free

2. NeighborhoodScout

Low Down: NeighborhoodScout gives you crime stats.

Using NeighborhoodScout, you can find the overall Crome rate of a neighborhood – including, violent crimes, and property crimes.   NeighborhoodScout also gives you the chances of becoming a crime victim in your neighborhood, and compare that with the city and the state odds.

Cost: Much of the information on the website is free but charges a fee for reports

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Amenities

Apartment amenities include the extras that will help a complex gain the edge in attracting the right type of tenant.

Common amenities  include:

fitness center
business center
laundry facilities
business center
balconies
swimming pools
child care and playground
community event
pet friendly

Apartment Amenities Renters Want

Look for amenities that fit your lifestyle and is most important to you.  

Considering an apartment will be your home for the next year or more to come, you want something that will make you happy.

For apartment  developers and owners, they’ll choose the amenities that gives the best return on investment. For this reason, it pays to stay up on the trends. Different amenities are important to different groups and lifestyles.  Family friendly amenities are good for a family, college geared amenities are great for a younger crowd and amenities that are geared for older people will attract retirees.

Pet Amenities

  • Pet Friendly
  • Large dogs or aggressive breeds
  • Multiple pets
  • Dog park

Parking Amenities

  • Garages
  • Covered parking
  • Assigned parking spaces
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Close to public transportation

Laundry Amenities

  • Community laundry room
  • Washers and dryers in the units
  • Washer and dry hookups in unites
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning service onsite

Apartment Amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Patio or balcony
  • Wood flooring
  • Storage in unit
  • Den
  • Gated access
  • Valet trash

Tech Amenities

  • Online Options to pay rent or put in maintenance tickets
  • Charging outlets with USB ports
  • Smart Home functions
  • Wifi
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Cable or Satellite TV

Recreation Amenities

  • Fitness center
  • Spa
  • Yoga/dance studio
  • Pool
  • Playground
  • Community Center
  • Media room
  • Party room
  • Community events and classes
  • Outdoor areas
  • Jogging/walking/bike path or access to one nearby

Family Amenities

  • Playground
  • Close to schools
  • Babysitting/Afterschool services
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