Ridgemar Commons Apartments


This week’s featured community is Ridgemar Commons located at 3611 SW 34th Street in Gainesville.  Designed with your comfort and style in mind, Ridgemar Commons offers 1 & 2 bedrooms in a cozy atmosphere fused with stellar customer service. Their unique floor plans are designed to fit your needs and lifestyle. Some homes include extra “bonus rooms” that can be tailored to your specific desires and interests while others include full size Washer & Dryer connections with tons of storage space. Having the privacy and lifestyle you deserve in a community that is conducive to achieving academic and professional success makes Ridgemar Commons a superior choice.  They offer flexibility with their traditional lease types as well as an individual lease offering.

Relaxing atmospheres are created at their beautiful, resort-style pool,  basketball court and internet cafe.   They are pet friendly and offer your furry friends their very own Dog Park!   Enjoy convenient living less than 2 miles from the University of Florida and less that 6 miles from Santa Fe College. Ridgemar Commons is located on the RTS Bus route and is also in walking distance to Butler Plaza. Shands Hospital, I-75 and Archer Road are close by too.

See more at: http://www.gainesville-rent.com/Ridgemar-Commons-Apartments

Give them a call today to learn how you can reserve your new apartment. 352.448.4954

Cake pop substitute

Cake pops are the joy of a piece of cake, with the mobility of a lollipop. They are yummy, delicious, and… full of sugar. Therefore, if you have a few, you may start to feel a bit guilty. However, here is a substitute that is still sweet with a healthy twist. Slice up apples, pop a lollipop stick through them and coat them with your own delicious frosting. Dip them in a bit of chocolate (dark chocolate would be good, small amounts can actually help lower cholesterol), or maybe a bit of caramel, or even maybe chocolate with graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows! The options are endless! Satisfy that sweet tooth without all the guilt!


4 Great Reasons to Live Off Campus in Gainesville

Living on campus is great when you first go to college. It is a great way to meet a lot of new people, get really familiar with your surroundings, and getting to and from class is a breeze. However, as you enter into your sophomore and junior years, you may start to want to get away from the cramped-up dorm life and experience what really living like an adult is like. Moving from a campus dorm into your own apartment is a big change in many great ways! Here are just a few of those reasons:

Cool Amenities

Many apartments offer a variety of cool amenities that you would have to travel to or pay for otherwise if you were living in a dorm. Many apartments have a pool, tanning beds, basketball and tennis courts, recreation rooms and so much more that are all just a few feet away from your apartment and available to you at almost all times.

Come and Go as You Please on Holidays

For many residence halls, it is mandatory for you to leave your dorm room during the holidays to go home (with only some dorms having exceptions if you are a foreign exchange student). This can be a hassle for out-of-state students who are getting kicked out of their dorms for shorter holidays or breaks and don’t want to spend the money on expensive plane tickets for a short 4 or 5 day weekend. In your own apartment, you can choose when you want to go home, no RA to tell you when you have to leave.

Freedom from RA’s

Speaking of RA’s (resident assistants for those of you who may have never lived on campus) living in your own place allows you freedom from their rules. Many RA’s can be strict and can write you up for being just a bit too loud. They often go door to door to invite you to social events that would be great if you were a freshman who was seeking to meet new people in a new environment, but not for you, a junior who just wants to get their 15 page paper done.

More Space, More Privacy

Now for the obvious. The biggest benefit of living off campus is the fact that you have a lot of space and your privacy. No roommates going through your stuff, no awkward shuffles with your floor mates coming to and from the kitchen, and the very best… your own bathroom.

Go ahead and start looking for your apartment now and remember,  The Gainesville Apartment and Condominium Guide is just the tool you will need to find the apartment that will be just right for you in Gainesville, Florida.  They have a printed edition as well as an online version to help you research all of the options and make the perfection fit just for you.  They have the largest database of Gainesville Apartments and have listed all of the available amenities, polices, lease terms, and rental rates to make your search as easy as possible.


Quick ways to make your apartment seem bigger

Sometimes having a huge apartment is just not in the budget, but that does not mean you have to feel stuffed in your smaller place. There are several easy tricks to make your place seem bigger and more spacious.

 Paint your walls a light color :   Using colors like white, sky blue, or light green can make a space seem more open and spacious. Darker colors do just the opposite and will have you feeling like a sardine in a can.

 Open the windows  :  The bright lights from the natural sunlight you let in will have a similar effect as using lighter color paints on the wall. Letting in sunlight will illuminate the rooms in your place and make it seem bigger and brighter.

Use vertical storage units instead of vertical ones :  Drawers, dressers, and shelves that go up and are taller, give the illusion of having more space than dressers that go sideways and are longer. They leave you with more floor space, which will come in handy.

 Rearrange furniture :   Apartments that are furnished come with the furniture arranged in a specific way, but don’t be afraid to move beds, tables, dressers, and sofas around so that the apartment flows better and gives you the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.

Lemon’s natural ability to make your apartment/home a better place

As you may know, there are a variety of ways to naturally clean your house and keep it in tip-top shape. Store bought fresheners and cleaners can be full of strong, harmful materials and chemicals that are not healthy for you to breathe in, let alone if you have pets or kids. Luckily, lemons can help.  The natural acid in lemons can help kill molds and bacterias that may be growing in those certain dirty areas of your home like bathrooms and sinks. The acid in lemons is not the only benefit that lemons have. Lemons also naturally have a strong citrus, refreshing smell so lemon rinds can be used as a natural deodorizer. Check out the link below to find out all the ways that you can add lemons in your everyday cleaning.


Hunters Run Apartments

Hunters Run Apartments

This week’s featured apartment community is Hunters Run Apartments.  Located at 2600 SW Williston Road you will find yourself close to just about everything, while still having the feeling of seclusion and quiet.  Hunters Run is only minutes from the University of Florida, Shands, The VA, Archer Road, as well as I-75 and the Oaks Mall.

Hunters Run is unique in that they are a very warm, welcoming, and pet friendly community.  There are a large variety of amenities and residents.  Many activities are hosted each month to get residents together.  The maintenance team is hardworking and super-efficient, and the office staff always offers a helping hand displaying their top notch customer service skills.

Hunters Run is a community of professionals, grad students, and families young and old, but they do lease to anyone that qualifies.  Their maintenance crew and office staff are a group of hardworking individuals who work well as a team.  They are committed to making Hunters Run a great place to call home.

They love to get to know their residents and are always up for a friendly chat if anyone wants to just drop by.  The amenities and the apartment interiors and exteriors are well kept by a large team of people including the former residents who have alway taken great care to leave everything in great condition.

Some of the most popular amenities are the sparkling blue, expansive swimming pool with a lap lane and the 24/7 work-out facility.  Residents love the gorgeous pool as it is well kept and very tranquil.  It is the perfect size for the community.  There is a lap lane for those who want to swim laps, and a hot tub close by for relaxation and therapy to aide sore muscles or stress after a long day at work.

Stop by and take a look for yourself.  Or call and schedule a tour.  352-745-3903.    2600 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32608




Homemade Calzones

If you’ve ever been to an Italian restaurant and ordered a Calzone, you would have probably soon been filled with regret (as well as cheesy deliciousness) from over-eating, or maybe feeling as if it was too greasy, or maybe it was overpriced. Now, you can make your very own Calzone, right from your apartment/home at a fraction of the price. For the basic ingredients, you will need:

Pillsbury refrigerated classic crust

1 jar of pizza sauce (any brand you prefer)

1 bag of mozzarella cheese

What’s great about making your Calzone at your apartment/ home is that after making sure you have your basic ingredients, you can add any other cheese, spices, meats, and veggies to really make it exactly what you want. Just lay out and flatten the crust, add your layer of pizza sauce, as much or as little as you want, add your cheese and go crazy with any other toppings, fold and tuck the crust and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees until the crust is golden brown. Last but not least, ENJOY!


Saving Money While Apartment Hunting

Searching for and finding just the right apartment can be a hassle. Comparing prices, making sure you’ll be close to your job and/or school, and worrying about who you will be living with is enough on your plate, but making sure you are being responsible with your money is important too. Here are some ways to watch your wallet while you are on the look out for a new apartment.

Don’t use a broker.  Unless you are moving to a completely different new city and you don’t know anything about the area, you can save a ton of money by searching on your own by using a free apartment guide of the area. Research the area you are considering moving to yourself and visit the area to get a feel for it. The money you will save by not having to pay some middleman their commission will astonish you.

Ask about move-in discounts.  Apartments are almost always offering move-in deals and discounts to compete with other apartments in the area, and you can save a bundle by using that to your advantage. Some apartments offer a percentage off your first month when you sign a year lease, while some will even offer the first month or two free. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Move yourself.  Instead of paying big bucks to hire moving men, consolidate and pack efficiently and move yourself. If you have to, rent your own small moving trailer or have a few friends help you, but at the end of the day, this route will be a lot cheaper than paying strangers to do it for you.

All the money you save can be used to buy new things for your awesome new apartment. Happy apartment hunting!


Sandwich Lovers

A burger may be too heavy for lunch, but you want more than a salad. Lunchtime is soon approaching and you just have no idea where to go. One restaurant you may want to check out is Which Wich at 3524 SW Archer Rd. A unique spot, in the aspect that it specializes in sandwiches, offering a variety based on what kind of meat you want. You choose your protein such as turkey, pork and ham, chicken, seafood, etc. or even go vegetarian, and from there you get to choose exactly what goes on your sandwich masterpiece. To wash it all down, choose one of their real ice cream milkshakes in one of their six delicious flavors: banana, strawberry, Oreo, pineapple, chocolate, or vanilla.  Open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, stop by anytime, not just for lunch. These sandwiches will be sure to satisfy your hunger for breakfast, dinner, or even a late night snack!


Keeping your home clean with vinegar

You’d be surprised at the amount of cooking materials that can also double as cleaning and refreshing tools in your home. Vinegar is no expectation. Though it has a high acidity lever, perfect for killing mold and bacteria, it also happens to be environmentally friendly and great for your budget.  Keeping your home clean is really quite easy with just a touch of vinegar, such as:

-Using it to shine chrome fixtures by making a paste of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon distilled vinegar

-Cleaning and deodorizing drains by pouring 1 cup of baking soda and ½ cup distilled vinegar down the drain, letting it sit for 5 minutes and running it out with water

-Cleaning your microwave by mixing ½ cup vinegar ad ½ cup water in a microwave-safe bowl and bring it to a boil. This allows you to easily remove food buildup and get rid of odors

-Removing soap build up from the dishwasher, pour a cup of white distilled vinegar inside an empty machine and let it run through a whole cycle once a month to keep your machine clean

-Removing stains from plastic food containers by wiping them with a cloth that has been dampened with white distilled vinegar

-Get rid of those annoying fruit flies by leaving out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar in the worst areas of your home

Vinegar is the all around cleaner that is capable of getting rid of your pesky stains and messes, while also deodorizing and making your home smell fresh and crisp. Check out the link below to review a list of all the ways that vinegar can benefit you.