Community Spotlight: Lakewood Villas


Searching for a luxurious apartment community with options in Gainesville doesn’t have to be complicated. Lakewood Villas apartments offers luxury living with those options right where you need them – conveniently close to school or the office. Just minutes from the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, you can find your next apartment at Lakewood Villas.

You won’t feel restrained when you see the number of layouts available in the Lakewood Villas community. Whether you need a one bedroom apartment, a two bedroom loft style space, or a three bedroom townhome, they have it covered. The large floorplans mean you never feel cramped at home, even when you’re living with roommates. Each apartment comes with a washer and a dryer in the unit as well as an attached patio for relaxing or entertaining outside. Apartments include highly efficient appliances, security systems, spacious closets, air conditioning, and plush carpeting.

Residents of Lakewood Villas enjoy a number of comforts and amenities. Outside of the apartments, but still within the privacy of the property you can go for a swim, play a game of tennis or basketball, or work out at the 24 hour fitness center. If you need to go out to the store or if you’re commuting to school, Lakewood Villas is conveniently located on a number of bus routes to take you around town.  Lakewood Villas is conveniently located between the mall and the very popular Archer Road area.

Lakewood Villas is a pet-friendly apartment community and allows both dogs and cats. Your rental rate includes internet, pest control, garbage collection, and recycling is available as well.

Take a tour of Lakewood Villas and envision your new place to call home!  Phone number: 844-360-6384

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall


Since apartments tend to be on the compact side and mirrors are well-known ways to make a space feel larger…it’s a decorating match made in heaven. Using mirrors in your apartment will make it feel more spacious and they’re also a great way to add visual interest to a room. But you don’t want to just go get a blah mirror from a big box store – there are more unique types to suit your individual style.

Rainbow Mirror – I like this arc-shaped rainbow mirror from Urban Outfitters because it’s a good sized mirror that is not a typical mirror shape. The arced shape helps you create a more dynamic space in your apartment. It’s also very affordable considering both its size and the uniqueness of it. $59

Stockholm Mirror – This is one of my all-time favorite mirrors and is high on my decor wish-list. This lovely mid-century mirror is a great size and has one feature that blows other mirrors away in my book. The frame gently extends out at the bottom to form a shelf for setting knick knacks or your keys, change, or accoutrements when you come in the door. $100

Hub Floor Mirror – The Umbra floor mirror is a little pricier, but does more than your average mirror. Not only does it have an attractive, sleek, minimalist design, but it does double duty (which is what I say all good apartment furniture does). The back of the mirror is a rack for clothing, towels, or jewelry so not only do you get a great floor length mirror to see your whole outfit, but you get some precious storage space out of it as well. $200

Hanging Rectangle Mirror Jewelry Storage – The second Urban Outfitters piece here, proving UO’s mirror game is strong. This particular one is a double duty option as well. It provides functional and attractive space for organizing your jewelry as well as a gilded mirror to adorn your wall. And it’s affordable to boot. $39


Helping a Roommate with Holiday Anxiety


The holiday season is a double sided coin for sure. The lights are beautiful and music is nostalgic, but there’s unfortunately another side too. Holidays are a tough time for many people in America and college aged individuals and young professionals are no exception. Those who already suffer from depression can have a harder time at holidays, but this time of year can be difficult for those who do not normally suffer from depression as well.

If you think your roommate is feeling more down than usual during the holiday season, there are some simple ways you can offer some help.

Do some talking. It doesn’t always seem like it helps much, but allowing someone to talk about what’s on his or her mind can really lessen the stress they’re feeling.

Do some laughing. Laughter can be a great way to alleviate stress and work towards a more positive mood. It can be as minor as putting on a funny movie you both like or texting a silly cat video or funny picture.

Show your appreciation. Remind your roomie that it’s good to live with him or her. Sometimes this simple reminder makes a big difference in a person’s day.

Get some Exercise. Exercise is a great stress reliever and it’s even better when you have a workout buddy. Hit the gym together or go for a run in the afternoon.

Extend an invitation. If you’re worried about your roommate being alone on a holiday without anyone to be with, invite him or her to your celebrations.

If you’re ever seriously concerned with the mental or emotional well-being of your roommate, don’t hesitate to call a help line. There are a number of local mental health and wellness resources at your disposal here.


Welcoming Our [Cleaning] Robot Overlords


Cleaning robots, like Roomba, have been around for over a decade now. I’ve always been a pretty traditional do-it-yourself type of vacuumer and so I didn’t have a particularly keen interest in the little robotic helpers. However, my roommate recently got one of the ILIFE brand ones on an Amazon Black Friday mega-special and I’ve been learning what it’s like to let something inanimate clean for you.

The first go-around was mostly to see how the cats reacted to it, which I won’t lie, was pretty entertaining. Then, the actual observation began. This particular little robot works pretty well on hardwood floors to pick up loose debris, dust, and pet hair. With three cats here, it’s hard to keep up with that amount of shedding. Even if it didn’t pick up anything else, that’s enough of a reason the little bot is a lifesaver. It’s quiet and will maneuver itself around obstacles gently, without hurting the furniture or decorative objects.

The battery life is pretty good at 160 minutes on this model, which provides enough time to clean an average sized apartment at least once over. When the vacuum loses power, it can be charged on a charging port before getting it going again. It works on hardwood floors, carpet, and tile, and it will find its way from room to room. All you have to do is click the on button and off it goes.

One of the drawbacks is since it’s round it does not get into corners. It’s really best for getting the “worst of it” out of the middle of the floors and up under the furniture (it’s thin enough to fit under most types of furniture). You’ll still need some old fashioned deep cleaning to really be thorough, but as for keeping down pet hair and dust among other allergens, it’s a huge help! I definitely recommend one to help yourself out with the day to day upkeep – who couldn’t use a little help with that?

Working Successfully From Your Apartment


I do a substantial amount of work remotely, from my trusty MacBook in the comfort of my apartment. I’m sure many of you have schoolwork or even a remote job that requires you to spend some time working away from school or the office. The freedom of working from home seem liberating at first, however you may begin to notice other things that require your immediate attention. “Did I take the laundry out of the wash? Maybe I should make a quick snack…I really need to clean that.” And before you know it, you’ve spent 3 hours doing everything except work.

Over the years I’ve learned a few helpful habits that can get you to focus on the task at hand and not everything else.

  1. Never work in your pajamas. Being comfortable is great, but being too comfortable makes you sleepy and not feel like being productive. If you have to work immediately after getting up, shower and get dressed first. It will help you feel ready.
  2. Never work on your bed. I’ve been guilty of this many a time because I haven’t always had a great workspace, but this also makes you sleepy and not particularly productive.
  3. Which brings us to the next tidbit – carve out a niche of a space to work at that’s clean and in a quiet space. Any kind of table or desk and chair set aside for the task should work. If you can’t find a quiet space due to roommates, make sure you have headphones on hand and some music to help you focus.
  4. Have good lighting to help you see what you’re doing and focus. Either good natural light or a lamp will help you feel alert and focused.
  5. Put distractions aside. If you constantly think of other things you need to do or see unfinished business in your apartment, keep a notepad on your work desk and make a to-do list for when you’re finished. When you think of things you can add them, but you won’t have to leave your task.
  6. If you really do need a break, try a 10 minute walk outside. It will help you feel refreshed and reset, ready to get back to work.


Community Spotlight: The Enclave Apartments


The all-inclusive Enclave Apartments is located right in the heart of if all. They are near the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and just 10 minutes from the downtown scene. The Enclave is right off of Archer Road near the bustling Butler Plaza giving you convenient access to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in Gainesville.

This beautiful modern community offers numerous amenities.  You will love their huge resort-style swimming pool with lakeside views, outdoor swings, clubhouse with billiards, shuffleboard, and gaming center to hang out with your buddies, and a 24-hour fitness center with brand new cardio and weight equipment.

The floor plans offered are 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, which you can get fully furnished or unfurnished depending upon your needs.  You will have an individual bedroom with a private bathroom inside each apartment.  High speed internet is included as is extended cable with HBO.  You can also catch a bus inside the community to go to class, or most any other location in Gainesville meaning you can leave your car parked and not spend money on gas.

You will love living here.  You should check them out soon. Give them a call and schedule a personal tour of this great community.  352.316.7968

The Only Cleaners You Need In Your Apartment


Apartments don’t always come with your ideal amount of storage space. When you look under your kitchen or bathroom sink and it’s cluttered up with bottle after bottle of various cleaning products you might wonder how you could get better use out of your precious storage areas. The simplest answer is to minimize the number of cleaning products you use – it will save you space and money in time.

How many spray bottles and cleaners do you have piled up under the sink? First, clean out what you don’t want for sure – products that are old or ones you don’t use anymore. Do this responsibly by following the instructions on the bottle for safe disposal. Water soluble cleaners can be poured down the drain, but not all products can be disposed of this way. Make sure you follow directions or look up an alternative method to safely empty the container.

Identify what you need then ask yourself – What kinds of surfaces do you have in your apartment? If you have marble countertops or other special surfaces, you might want a specific cleaner for those because they can be damaged with standard solutions.

Otherwise, most hard surfaces can be cleaned with simple, natural cleaners. If you want something that will cut grease on counters and surfaces but does not have harsh chemicals in it, try a product like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day multi-surface cleaner. This is just one example of a number of products made from non-chemical ingredients that’s safe on a number of surfaces. You can also make your own vinegar based cleaning solution by mixing equal parts vinegar and water. Most surfaces are safe to use vinegar on except porous ones like marble and hardwood floors because the vinegar can harm the finish. Another benefit to using a vinegar cleaner is it disinfects.

Once you’ve identified what you need, you should be able to minimize your under-the-kitchen sink to about 3 bottles – a basic hard surface cleaner, a disinfectant or window cleaner, and a carpet or upholstery cleaner.

When you get simple, multi-purpose cleaners that work harder for you, you’ll benefit from the extra space.


Community Spotlight: Gainesville Place Apartments


As a student in Gainesville, it’s understood that you want to be close to campus and everything happening in the surrounding area. At Gainesville Place Apartments, you would only be one mile from the University of Florida Campus, near Santa Fe College, and have a bus stop at your disposal for easy commuting to campus. Gainesville Place caters to the student lifestyle and has the amenities you’re looking for a in a new living space.

Green lawns, two pools, and recreational areas surround the apartments at Gainesville Place, create a scenic atmosphere to call home. There’s no shortage of resources for a fun, active lifestyle at Gainesville Place: you can host a BBQ with friends using one of the grills outside and eat at the picnic tables, or play volleyball, play soccer on their astroturf field, play tennis, or shuffleboard outside.

Inside the apartments, the layouts come in two and four bedroom apartment units. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, which makes life a little more harmonious with roommates. All units include a washer and dryer in the unit as well as a dishwasher. Furnished apartments are also available if you need one.

One of the great advantages to living at Gainesville Place is the lease flexibility. If you only have one semester left and need a short lease, the lease terms start at 5 months. You don’t have to worry about subletting your apartment after graduation this way!

Schedule an appointment today and envision yourself at Gainesville Place!  352.316.7970

Give Your Apartment a Makeover with Spray Paint


Now I don’t mean literally spray painting your walls or anything – let’s stay away from that one. But there are a number of items in or around your apartment that you can give a makeover with a simple can of spray paint. It can make such a difference that you may not have to replace some things you were considering junking. Or you can make what you have fit your color scheme better.

First things first – you’ll want to make sure you’re buying the correct type of spray paint. If you’re painting metal furniture, there is a special type for that vs. the regular kind for plastic and wood. You may also want to invest in a spray paint that has a primer mixed in. You can also choose from gloss, satin, matte, and metallic finishes like you can when you’re purchasing house paint There are a surprising number of options available!

Next you want to prepare your surfaces. Make sure all items you want to paint are clean and have any debris or dirt removed from them first. Otherwise, this will prevent the paint from sticking. It may also help to wear gloves to prevent the oil from your hands from getting on your project. When you’re preparing your project, you will need a workspace that is most likely outside (unless you have a work studio of some kind) and spray painting requires pretty good weather – no wind or rain is optimal.

Spray your project pieces and give the recommended drying time between coats. You’ll most likely need to do more than one coat of paint to ensure the entire object is evenly covered. You might also want to practice on something before you tackle the main project.

Here are some ideas for things you can improve with a simple can of spray paint:

  • Picture frames
  • Hardware (not if it’s the landlord’s!)
  • Metal furniture
  • Decorative objects like vases, planters, etc.
  • String lights – change the traditional green string part, just remove bulbs first
  • Wire storage baskets or metal storage bins
  • Light fixtures