Community Spotlight: Stoneridge Apartments

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If you’re currently a student at the University of Florida or if you’ve already joined the workforce but want to be close to what’s going on in Gainesville, Stoneridge Apartments are located perfectly to suit your needs. This fun and colorful apartment community is located five minutes from the UF campus, which puts residents a quick trip away from classes as well as all the great restaurants and shops nearby.

Stoneridge Apartments are spacious and are available with one to four bedrooms, with up to four bathrooms per apartment unit (which is perfect if you’re not keen to share a bathroom!). Each apartment has wall to wall carpeting, a walk-in closet in every bedroom, and a fully equipped kitchen. Patios and balconies are also available, which is a great addition to any living space, especially if you enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning on a patio or eating your dinner outside in the evening. All apartments include a security system so you can feel safe and know your belongings are safe as well while you’re away.

Outside in the shared community space is a sparkling pool, a pond and picnic area, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. If you like to get your exercise inside in the air conditioning, there’s also a fitness center at your disposal. When you’re looking for something to do with friends, try a game of pool on the billiards tables available for residents to use!

Don’t worry about rehoming your pets because they are welcome at Stoneridge, too! With a pet fee, cats and dogs are both allowed, even with no weight limit for dogs. Transportation is also important to Stoneridge – covered bike racks are available to residents and Stoneridge is convenient to local bus routes. Stop by Stoneridge and see how this apartment community can be the next place you call home!

3 Halloween Themes for a Spooky Apartment Party

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Halloween decor is the only type I’m tolerant of coming out months early. The excitement of fall and all the crazy, fun decorations makes my heart all aflutter for October festivities. The decorations, costumes, and boatloads of creepy movies to watch keeps me happy all month long and helps segue into the cooler months and more laid back holidays.

So now that we’re halfway through October, you’re thinking of throwing a monster mash for the 31st at your place and wondering how to decorate for the occasion…

These are some of my favorite styles for the bash-

Beetlejuice-Inspired – If you grew up in the 90’s or not long after, it’s likely you’ve seen this movie once or twice. Easily one of my favorite creepy, yet amazingly goofy Tim Burton films, Beetlejuice is all about bright wacky colors, black and white stripes, everything absurd, odd green lighting, abstract furniture, and polaroids. Indulge in lots of purple, green, and over the top, bright decor. Get green light bulbs or black light bulbs to replace some of your regular ones with to get that Beetlejuice ambience. Anthropomorphizing your furniture will help too, so think about sticking on some googly eyes or felt faces with painter’s tape (which shouldn’t hurt your upholstery). Don’t forget the fog machine! Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Victorian Gothic – If you are a fan of the elegantly macabre, try this sophisticated style. Decorating primarily with a combination of black and violet is a good place to start. Next, use candelabras and ornate photo frames with old photographs to set the stage. You can often find old frames and photos both at thrift stores and the frames can be painted black with craft paint. Spider web, snake, and raven decor (consider crafting with black feathers!) help create a classy but dark themed space. Use lots of candles or LED candles, to play it safe, to set the mood.

Retro Halloween – Stick to a classic orange and black color scheme and decorate with twisted crepe paper streamers, paper bats, and fake cobwebs. Any good old-school Halloween party comes with the tried and true green punch in an old punch bowl for guests. The theme is not just decorations-centric, but also involves fun class activities. You can put together a tub for apple bobbing and a station for making candy apples. If you want to get a little creepier, bust out the ouija board, a classic favorite. Make sure you have all the Halloween themed oldies on your playlist…including the Monster Mash of course.

Spotlight Community: Legacy at Fort Clarke

 

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Today’s featured apartment community is the beautiful Legacy at Fort Clarke Apartments.  One of Gainesville’s finest luxury apartment communities offering elegance and sophistication.  Discover the same refined quality craftsmanship found in custom homes blended with resort style amenities and complemented by stately oaks and exquisite landscaping.  Legacy at Fort Clarke offers classically designed  apartment homes located in a truly unique country club setting.

Community Features include 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartment homes with garages and storage facilities available, privacy fencing, gated entry, tropical swimming pool, state of the art fitness center with TV and playroom, tot lot, 24 hour resident business center, car wash, picnic, barbeque areas, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, covered parking available, laundry facilities and doggie playground.  Luxurious accommodations include screened patios/balconies, sculptured ceramic tile foyers, kitchens and baths, 9′ ceilings, vaulted ceilings on 3rd floor, full size washer and dryer connections, built-in bookshelves, hi-speed internet connections, individual intrusion alarms, and ceiling fans. Let your individual lifestyle emerge within the confines of your own piece of utopia.

This community is conveniently located in the much desired northwest side of town.  Close to Santa Fe College, University of Florida, great public schools, dining, shopping and I-75 all while being in a quiet, country club setting.

1505 Fort Clarke Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606    Phone: 352-448-4955

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What Exactly is Scandi Style?

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Scandinavian interiors have worked their way up to the top of the charts for the interior-obsessed population (not just because of IKEA). If you’re feeling curious about how to decorate your apartment like a Nord, but not sure where to start, first take note of these key descriptors:

  • Minimalist
  • Neutral
  • Clean
  • Airy

These characteristics are part of what makes a space look “Scandinavian”. You might be wondering what the great appeal is. As an example, for me it’s the connection to nature juxtaposed with sleek, modern design – organic materials plus geometric patterns. You may like the light, airy nature of Scandi style spaces – an abundance of windows are a common factor (which you may or may not have the luxury to), but sticking to neutral monochromatic color schemes can help achieve the same uplifting feeling. Perhaps you’re drawn to the minimalist style. It can be very calming to have very few objects in a room or pictures on the walls.

That covers the more abstract side of the style, but if you’re searching for something more concrete, some things that make a space look distinctly Scandinavian could be:

  •  Natural materials such as unfinished wood, metal, and leather.
  • Strategically placed decor with minimal clutter
  • Muted, neutralized colors
  • As much natural light as possible
  • Texture – textiles or small shag / [faux] sheepskin rugs
  • Simple, cleverly designed art

A few websites which beautifully exemplify the Scandi style are Scandinavia Standard, Danish website Bungalow5, and My Scandinavian Home.

What Size Bed Should You Buy?

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If you’re moving or just ready for a new mattress, bed frame, or both, you might be wondering which size bed is right for you. The most common options, king, queen, full/double, and twin all have their advantages or disadvantages depending on your particular circumstances. While it sounds a lot like part of the Goldilocks fairy tale story, it’s a legitimate point to address for several reasons.

For one, it affects how big your bedroom feels – do you want a massive bed taking up lots of space in your bedroom? Depends on how you want the space to feel. If you want a cozy, lush feeling space then maybe you want a larger bed. If you want to maximize floor space, then compromising and getting a smaller bed will allow you to take advantage of the space for other things.

Do you share your bed with a partner? This will dramatically affect your purchasing decision. It will be especially influential if you move a lot in your sleep and need extra space between you and your partner. So think about how you sleep too and remember to factor that in.

You should not only measure the room your bed will go in, but take the dimensions of the spaces you will have to move the bed through to get it to your room. I’ve run into my fair share of problems pushing box springs and mattresses up stairwells in older apartment buildings which tend to be narrower and harder to get through.

One last thing to keep in mind is the availability of linens for your new bed. Twin and Queen sized sheets are readily available in most stores that sell homegoods. Full size sheets and King sheets are less common and can be harder to find. It’s something to consider when you’re choosing a new bed so you can get the linens you want!

For a chart of bed size names and measurements click here

Community Spotlight: Campus Lodge

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Just south of the University of Florida, Campus Lodge apartments offer students and young professionals furnished apartments with loads of amenities and a cool, stylish vibe. It’s a fun community to settle in with friends and find your place in Gainesville. Apartments at Campus Lodge range from two to four bedrooms per unit and are priced per bedroom.

Each apartment at Campus Lodge is fully furnished and sports a fun and rustic, outdoorsy style. Balconies or patios are available to open up your apartment and let fresh air in on sunny days or sit outside while you relax. Apartment units include a washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave so you don’t have to worry about the appliances.

Campus Lodge’s community spaces offer a number of options for recreation and relaxation. With a pool, volleyball court, basketball court, and 24 hour fitness center there are great options for getting your exercise in. Campus Lodge also has a tanning bed, outdoor grills and eating areas, and a study center on site.

One of the most convenient parts of living at Campus Lodge is knowing how many of your utilities are included in rent. Rent includes high speed internet, cable and HBO, water, sewer, electricity (up to $40 a month), garbage collection, and pest control! Having all these bills included into one makes life so much easier each month and lowers the number of things you have to keep track of as a renter. Schedule a tour of Campus Lodge and see this great Gainesville community for yourself!