Spotlight Community: The Polos of Gainesville


This week’s spotlight community is The Polos of Gainesville. This beautiful community offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom spacious apartment homes situated in a lush, resort-style setting.  It is conveniently located between Shands Hospital at UF Health, The University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and downtown Gainesville. It is less than a 10 minute drive to Butler Plaza, Celebration Pointe, The Oaks Mall as well as downtown Gainesville, which offers an abundance of dining, shopping, and entertainment.

The Polos is also currently offering newly renovated units.  Select units have been upgraded with Quartz countertops, undated lighting fixtures, sinks, and wood flooring.  These are beautifully appointed apartments with everything you could ask for.

The amenities list is extensive. There are 3 swimming pools, poolside wi-fi, poolside grill, 24-hour fitness center, hot tub, 2 lighted tennis courts, pet friendly with a fenced in dog park, clubhouse with billiards, and a computer lab with free printing just to name a few.

You will love the convenience and everything The Polos has to offer.  Stop by to see for yourself.  They are located at 2330 SW Williston Road. Or, give them a call at 352.335.7656.

New Bus


Did you hear about the new bus coming to town?  RTS is teaming up with the Florida Department of Transportaion and the University of Florida to test out a “Driverless” bus.  It will hold 12 passengers and will go from downtown Gainesville to Innovation Square.  There are future plans to add an additional route from Depot Park to UF.   The city has teamed with the Florida Department of Transportation who is funding the project for well over $2 million.  The cost will cover the shuttle and operation for three years.



Spotlight Community: The Laurels Apartments

The Laurels

This week’s spotlight community is The Laurels Apartments. This beautiful community is a sanctuary located in desirable SW Gainesville just minutes from the University of Florida, Shands, VA Hospital, and the bustling Butler Plaza.  This property is 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds offering tranquility while only being minutes from everything you desire.

The Laurels offers one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. These luxurious apartments are well-appointed with granite countertops, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, private patios, wood inspired flooring, washer and dryers, and cable with HBO just to name a few.

Speaking of amenities, you will love all that The Laurels has to offer.  Gated entry, beautiful swimming pool, recently renovated 24- hour fitness center, sauna, clubhouse with billiards and Wi-Fi, Business center with free printing, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball court, tanning bed, valet trash pick up and free parking.  What more could anyone ask for.  You will definitely want to stop by The Laurels Apartments and see for yourself how you can call this Home.  352-335-4455. 4455 SW 34thStreet, Gainesville, FL 32608.

Ready to Move Out of your Apartment?

When you are planning on moving out of your apartment there are a few things you can do to make this process go smoothly.  Some of the stress from moving out can comes from not being sure if you will have your security deposit refunded to you.  Here are some things you can do to help ensure you will.

Notify you Landlord of your intentions to move out or renew your lease.  Your lease will specify the time frame in which you must give notice.  Landlords need time to make your apartment ready and find a new tenant.  Be sure you are aware of this time frame and give notice before the deadline.

Clean your apartment back to the state it was when you moved in.  This will prevent anything from being deducted from your deposit to pay for a cleaning crew.   Take time to repair anything you may have damaged such as marks on the floors, walls or baseboards.  Another thing that helps is to have photos available from when you moved in.  This documents you are leaving the apartment in the same condition in which you leased it, as well as shows any damage that may have already been there.

If you have cleaned your apartment, made necessary repairs, and removed all of your belongings and trash you should have no worries in recouping your deposit.  It may take a few weeks to receive a check, but you will be happy you made the extra effort.

Spotlight Community – The Continuum


Are you looking for a Convenient Location with Exceptional Amenities? The Continuum is situated between the University of Florida and the hip Downtown Gainesville area. The Continuum offers all-inclusive pricing with exceptional amenities so that you can focus on your graduate studies or career. The Continuum is the official graduate and professional housing partner of the University of Florida.
The amenities you can expect to enjoy are:
  • Pet Friendly with a gated Dog Park
  • Resort-style swimming pool with a picnic and grilling area
  • 24/7 Fitness Center, rec room and business lounge with FREE printing
  • Free Wi-Fi access community wide
  • High-Speed Internet
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • FREE parking in their 5 floor covered parking garage
Fully furnished apartment homes range from one bedrooms to four bedrooms with roommate matching services available. The apartments include common areas with modern, colorful furnishings, as well as stainless steel kitchen appliances, remote controlled air conditioning, faux wood flooring and cabinetry, large walk-in closets, private bathrooms and locking bedroom doors. All utilities are included in your rent with no caps.
Another feature you may find advantageous are the lease options offered. Semester length leases are available and are offered by an end date rather than lease length.  Individual Leases are offered meaning you are only responsible for your portion of the rent and not for the entire apartment.
If you are a graduate student or professor you will definitely want to check out The Continuum. Such a great location to call home and very convenient as well. 888.817.1592

Individual Leases vs Traditional Leases

As you may have already discovered there are two variations of leases offered when looking for an apartment. There is an Individual Lease and a Traditional Lease.

Individual Leases, sometimes referred to as “By the Bed” leases offer students the flexibility of sharing a 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartment with roommates, while only being responsible to pay your share of the rent for your bedroom. The advantages of this type of lease is that if a roommate cannot pay their portion of the rent, you are not responsible for it. If they move out, you are also not responsible to cover their portion. Many of these type of leases are for a private bedroom as well as a private bathroom. You share the common areas of that apartment with roommates such as the kitchen and living areas. The management staff may offer to find the roommates for you, or they may offer the renter to bring in their desired roommates.
Traditional Leases, or “By the Apartment” leases, are for the entire apartment, not just the bedroom. If you choose to live with roommates, it is up to you to split the costs associated with rent. If a roommate cannot pay their portion one month you are responsible to cover their share as well.
There are many communities around Gainesville offering both of these leases. Do your homework and decide what is best for you before you sign a lease.

Community Spotlight: Boardwalk Apartments


Just southeast of the University of Florida and right next to Bivens Arm Nature Park is the stylish Boardwalk Apartments community. Boardwalk Apartments’ residents enjoy convenience to all downtown Gainesville has to offer while also being near the beauty and serenity of nature, where it’s easy to relax.

Living at Boardwalk means you get to choose from one, two, or three bedroom floorplans – all of which are luxurious yet affordable. The apartment interiors are open, filled with light from large windows, and spacious. The kitchens and the bathrooms have ceramic tile floors and kitchens are already equipped with a refrigerator and dishwasher. Bedrooms are cozy and have large walk-in closets for extra storage space.

When residents venture out into the community spaces at Boardwalk, they have so many options for a way to enjoy time close to home. On sunny days, the pool is the perfect place to play or relax. Right next to the pool is the perfect spot for a nap – oversized hammocks are available to chill out in. Boardwalk residents also get to take advantage of a fitness center, tanning bed room, tennis court, basketball court, and barbecue area.

Boardwalk cares about its residents and provides 24-hour emergency maintenance. Convenience is important, too: a laundry facility for residents is located on-site, pest control and trash pickup is provided, and the apartments are pet friendly as well! Leases start at 5 months, which is an advantage if you’re a student looking for a semester-long home.

Add Boardwalk Apartments to your list and schedule a tour today!

Community Spotlight: Spanish Trace Apartments


If you’re looking to live somewhere that’s conveniently located to the best shopping and entertainment in Gainesville, Spanish Trace Apartments is a perfect choice. Spanish Trace combines peaceful living with convenience for its residents. Not only is it located right by Butler Plaza shopping, but it is also on public transit routes that can take residents who are students to the University of Florida on a direct bus line.

The community at Spanish Trace is fresh and attractive looking, with well-kept grounds and beautiful greenery. Outside the apartments is a glittering pool for residents to swim and play in on a sunny afternoon. There is also a basketball court on the property for outdoor recreation. Inside the clubhouse there is a gym, a pool table, and free wi-fi. There’s also a laundry facility for residents, which is open 24 hours a day.

Inside the apartments, units are laid out in one, two, and three bedroom configurations, ranging from 600 to 1250 square feet. Layouts are spacious, with large walk-in closets, and fully-equipped kitchens. Each apartment has wall-to-wall carpeting as well.

Some of the perks for Spanish Trace residents are: 24 hour emergency maintenance, pet-friendly apartments with no weight limit for dogs, and easy access to public transportation. Rent also includes cable tv, pest control, and garbage collection.

Check out Spanish Trace today and see what specials are available!


DIY Door Mats to Make Your Apartment Warm & Welcoming


Apartments don’t really get to play up the whole curb appeal thing like houses do, but as apartment renters we can certainly spruce up the front door! A really fun and flexible DIY weekend project is to personalize or create your own special front door mat. Creating your own welcome mat is a quick way to add some unique charm to your front door.

Some of these projects require more work than others, but many are truly easy ways to personalize a store bought doormat.

Updated “HOME” Textured Outdoor Rug

This DIY uses a small outdoor rug purchased at Target and some colorful exterior paint to make a bold and welcoming door mat. It is perfect if you have house paint leftover from other projects!

“Come Back With Tacos” Mat

A simple DIY of cutting a stencil and spray painting onto a plain mat – very simple to do and hilariously cheeky once it’s done!

Fun Fruity Semi-Circle Doormats

The House That Lars Built always has such whimsical DIY’s and these fruit slice welcome mats are no exception. Use a plain semi-circle doormat and some paint to transform it into a summery tropical way to welcome guests in.

Minimalist Wooden Doormat

If you like neutral colors and clean lines, this welcome mat may be up your alley. Made from wood and rope, it’s very Scandi. This project is a little more labor intensive than the previous two, so be prepared (with a drill)!

Braided Rope Doormat

This one is definitely the most labor intensive, but looks so amazing! If you love nautical themed decor or you’re into macrame, this is the perfect project. The directions suggest practicing the weaving by making a scaled down version first.


Community Spotlight: The Gardens Apartments


When you want to be a short commute from the bustle of downtown Gainesville but not necessarily in the thick of it, the southwestern part of the city is a great refuge to call home. Located in this southwestern region are plenty of shops, entertainment, and nearby parks and conservation areas. The Gardens Apartments is located in southwest Gainesville and is a serene community with a lot to offer.

The Gardens is only four miles from the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, which makes for an easy commute for students. Those who are raising families are at an advantage as well because The Gardens is located in a school district that boasts well-rated schools which excel in not only academics, but art and athletics as well.

Apartments at The Gardens are available in one, two, and four bedroom floor plans, with up to two and a half baths. Inside the apartments, residents have plenty of storage space with large walk-in closets and spacious floor plans. Private balconies or patios are also included and select units have washers and dryers as well.

The Gardens’ community amenities include plenty of ways to spend free time – whether it’s swimming in the pool, playing basketball or tennis on the courts, or relaxing on the sun deck on a pleasant afternoon. Residents can also take advantage of the additional perks of living at The Gardens, like spending time with pets since the community is pet friendly. Other perks include pest control, alarm systems, trash pickup, and much more.

Schedule a tour here to get current specials and envision your future at The Gardens!