Living in Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Complete Guide for Newcomers

living in fort wayne, indiana

living in fort wayne, indiana

If you’re living in Fort Wayne, Indiana or planning a move there, you probably want to know all there is to know about the area. While northern Indiana might not sound like the most exciting locale to move to, Fort Wayne is a small city that packs a big punch!

From affordable housing to minor league sports, to year-round markets, to restaurants that any foodie will love, Fort Wayne has much to offer newcomers. If you want to know more about the City of Churches, keep reading. We’re going to tell you all you need to know about Fort Wayne.

1. The Cost of Living Is Low

The median home price in Fort Wayne is a little over $142,000 and home values are increasing. While that might not be great for you if you’re planning to buy, it is reassuring to know that the housing market is growing and is healthy.

If you’re not in the market to buy quite yet, the average rent in Fort Wayne is under $800, which is well below the national average of nearly $1500.

2. It Has Tons of Minor League Sports Teams

While Fort Wayne may not have any major league teams, it has many minor league teams you can cheer on! From the Fort Wayne TinCaps to the Mad Ants to the Komets, there’s something for everyone.

If you really have the itch to take in a pro game, Indianapolis is a short two-hour ride away and you can check out a Colts or Pacers game or the Indianapolis 500.

3. It’s a Central Midwest Location

Not only is Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana, only two hours away, but you can also get to Chicago and Grand Rapids within a few hours as well. The central Midwest location makes it easy to check out surrounding cities and states!

4. It’s Foodie Heaven

When you think of foodie cities, Fort Wane probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind, but experiences with the foodie culture in Fort Wayne will change that. From local breweries to coffee shops to bakeries, Fort Wayne has it — including vegan options!

In 2017, Fort Wayne was even named a “Hipster Hotspot” by Food and Wine magazine!

5. The Arts Are Alive and Well

After an outstanding dinner, be sure to check out some of the cultural attractions in Fort Wayne. They have dinner theater, an art museum, a historic fort, a ballet, tons of educational (and fun!) attractions for kids, and a Geneology Center at the Allen County Public Library, which is the largest of its kind east of Utah.

Living in Fort Wayne, Indiana: The City That Has Everything

Living in Fort Wayne, Indiana is not only affordable but also enjoyable. From food to culture to sports and recreation, Fort Wayne has a lot to offer.

If you’re ready to make your move to Fort Wayne, we’re your best choice. We have a variety of different apartments and sizes available, amenities like dishwashers and washers and dryers, as well as community spaces, including two pools, a tennis court, and a fitness center.

Contact us today to learn more about our units and current availability.

Lakeridge Pool Opening Soon!

We are excited to announce that, barring a change in the governor’s Back on Track Indiana plan or some unforeseen predicament, we plan to open the Lakeridge pool this 4th of July Weekend! Pool hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Mill Run pool will be under construction this summer and, unfortunately, will not be open for the pool season. Because we will only have one pool available this summer, we regret that all guest privileges will be revoked so that Willow Creek Crossing Apartment residents are able to use and enjoy this amenity.

S.W.O.R.N. Protection Services will be monitoring the pool on weekends and holidays and for a few hours each weekday evening. Please cooperate with security officers and present your Willow Creek Crossing ID when asked. (Identification cards may be issued to residents who are at least 14 years of age).

In order to enhance safety and discourage trespassers, a combination lock is installed at the gate. You will need to stop by the office to receive the code and sign a pool addendum; do not forget to call ahead to schedule your appointment to sign the addendum. PLEASE, do not give out the combination to other residents and do not let anyone in the pool who does not have a Willow Creek ID. If we find the code has been compromised, the combination will be changed, and you will need to return to the office to get the new code.

Very Important Pool Rules to Remember:

  • You must have your Willow Creek Crossing I.D. card with you, in addition to the gate code, to gain entry into the pool.
  • All persons under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 18 years of age. In other words, kids who are age 14 to 17 may swim without an adult, but they may not be responsible for younger kids. If you have an adult summertime babysitter, please make arrangements for your babysitter to get an ID.
  • All swimmers must wear bathing suits. Street clothes are not permitted, per Board of Health rules. This includes t-shirts and shorts over top of bathing suits.

Thank you all for your patience during this time. We’re excited to be able to open the pool for you in time for the holiday weekend!

8 Father’s Day Gifts That Are Perfect for Apartment Living

perfect father's day gifts for apartment dads

 

perfect father's day gifts for apartment dads

Your dad has sacrificed a lot in his life to make sure you were comfortable and happy. Repay his hard work and dedication with a Father’s Day gifts that he’ll actually use.

If you’re struggling to come up with a fun or unique gift, then use these eight gifts your father will love.

1. Rayban Sunglasses

Who are you kidding? Every dad could use a little more style in their wardrobe. A fresh pair of Rayban sunglasses are the answer. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer, your dad will wear these any chance he gets.

2. Electric Grill

Every dad loves firing up the grill in the summer! While he may not be able to have a charcoal or gas grill at an apartment, electric grills are allowed on patios and balconies.

Give your father the gift of grilling by purchasing an electric grill to make his signature steaks and burgers.

3. Oblio Wireless Charger and Sanitizer

People don’t sanitize their phones nearly enough. With an Oblio wireless charging station, your dad will be able to charge his phone and sanitize it at the same time.

This is one easy way to keep your dad safe during the current pandemic and flu season.

4. Monthly Beer Subscription

Who doesn’t like a refrigerator full of their favorite beer? Keep your dad’s favorite obscure beer in full stock.

He’ll love this gift so much that you’ll probably get a few beers from him when you visit.

5. Watches Make Great Father’s Day Gifts

A watch is a timeless Father’s Day gift and one that your dad will love.

Does your dad run? Buy him a watch that will keep track of his heart rate, running time, and other data. If he’s an avid swimmer, check out some waterproof watches.

There are many styles available and one to suit almost any need.

6. Amazon Echo Show

Give your dad the world at his fingertips with an Echo Show. Now, dad can easily keep track of the latest news and weather, listen to music, watch his favorite shows, listen to podcasts, and keep track of his shopping list. It can even help him with recipes and stay in touch with family and friends.

This is one gift that can do so much.

7. A Digital Photo Frame

Does your dad love to take photos? A digital photo frame will allow him to display all of his favorite photos without having to have multiple frames.

You could even preload the digital frame with photos of the two of you together throughout the years. (You may want to include a box of tissues, too!)

8.  Astronomer’s Telescope

Does your dad always looking up at the stars? A small telescope will allow dad to watch the stars and his favorite constellations and they’re perfectly sized to fit his apartment balcony or patio.

A Father’s Day to Remember

Show your dad appreciation by making this Father’s Day one to remember. He will probably insist on skipping the gifts, but he won’t be disappointed after you pick one of our Father’s Day gift ideas perfect for apartment living.

Make the Most of Your Apartment and Live a Happier Life

a happier life

a happier life

The bigger the house, the bigger the problem. You don’t need a McMansion to be happy, but you already knew that didn’t you? You can lead a happier life by being grateful for the things you have, including your cozy apartment. 

Start making the most of what you have with these tips.

1. Change What You Can

While most apartment communities won’t allow you to change things the color of your walls, you can create an environment that shows off your personality and add color.

If your room seems a bit drab, add some throw rugs, pillows, and window coverings to brighten up a room and show off your personality. Plants can also add some personality to your environment and help promote a sense of calm. 

2. Get Rid of the Clutter

Clutter can make a small space seem even smaller. It can also make you feel overwhelmed, making it harder to feel at ease and comfortable in your own home. 

Get inspired by Marie Kondo and get rid of anything that does not bring you joy. If you’ve acquired so many items throughout the years that you’re hanging onto simply just because, it’s time to let go. 

What’s left will be items that mean something to you, and that you’ll want to be surrounded by.

3. Put Your Memories on Display

Some of the items you keep after you declutter will be sentimental items like photographs. Put them on display to showcase your life and the people in it. 

By creating an environment in which you’re surrounded by the things you love, you’ll promote happiness. Just make sure to put different items in different rooms, rather than having it all in one place, so you don’t end up feeling cluttered again. 

4. Encourage Socializing 

Simply being more social can make you happier in your day-to-day. If you enjoy reading, create a book nook and host a book club. If you enjoy card games, have an area set up for a game night. Hosting events either in person or virtually will help you feel more at home and happy in your space. 

5. Focus on the Positives 

One sure-fire way to be happy is to simply choose happiness. Flip those negatives into positives. Consider the things you love about apartment living, like the flexibility to move when you need to, more money in your savings because you didn’t need tens of thousands of dollars for a down payment, and the benefit of not having to spend money on home repairs.  

The Key to a Happier Life Is…

Gratitude. Chances are if you’re not happy in your apartment you wouldn’t be much happier in a big house. The key to a happier life is learning to appreciate what you have and make the most of it. 

So take the time to create a home out of your apartment, think of the reasons why you love your lifestyle and surround yourself with things that make you happy. 

If you’re looking for an apartment to call home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, check out your options here

Grilling up Delicious Memorial Day Meals That Your Taste Buds Crave

memorial day meals

memorial day meals

Summer’s coming. It’s time to fire up the grill!

Due to the fire code, we can’t have gas or charcoal grills on our patios and decks, but you can have an electric grill. Or, head over to our park to grill up some of these wonderful recipes on our charcoal grills.

Worcestershire Glazed Burgers

Hamburgers are to summer like hot dogs are to baseball games. Of course, there are many fun and creative ways to spice up your burgers for a new experience.

Take these Worcestershire Glazed Burgers, for instance. Grill up your hamburger patties, basting them with Worcestershire sauce every so often. Assemble them with your favorite buns and toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cheese, and pickles.

Marinated Chicken and Onion Kebabs

How about trying something unique this summer? This Indian-inspired Chicken and Onion Kebab recipe will give you something fun to try.

It’s pretty simple. Just mix up the sauce made from yogurt and Indian spices and let your chicken marinate in it for 15 minutes. Skewer the chicken bits alternately with big slices of onion and pop it on the grill.

Eat it with naan (traditional Indian flatbread) for the most authentic flavor!

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Anything tastes better when it’s wrapped in bacon, right? We think you’ll agree once you try bacon-wrapped hot dogs. What’s more, you don’t have to be a grill master to whip these babies up. Simply wrap your hot dogs in bacon and toss them on the grill.

Add any number of creative toppings to create a variety of flavors. Try pineapple and scallions, avocado and hot sauce, Jalapeños and cream cheese, or simply smother it in cheddar cheese. Regardless of what you choose, your taste buds will thank you.

Grilled Tempeh Salad

Just because it’s a grill doesn’t mean you have to grill meat on it. There are plenty of scrumptious vegan dishes that can be made on a grill. Check out this Grilled Tempeh Salad with peaches and pistachios, for example.

Simply marinate and grill the tempeh and the peaches. Lay them on a bed of greens with the homemade dressing, tofu feta, and a sprinkle of pistachios and voila! A gourmet, grilled, vegan meal that anyone would love!

Grilling Up Your Summer Meals

Here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, residents are welcome to use the grills in our park for their summer meal creations. You can get outside and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine. If you prefer to stay closer to your kitchen, you are also welcome to set up an electric grill (please no gas or charcoal grills) on your patio.

For those of you looking for an apartment community that allows grilling, give us a call. We’ll be happy to show you around!

Things to Do While Stuck Inside During the Coronavirus Quarantine

stuck inside

stuck inside

Effective March 25, the state of Indiana is under a directive to stay indoors to help slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Most regions are under similar restrictions. And if you’ve been online at all, you might have noticed all your friends and relatives growing a little stir-crazy.

Most people aren’t used to being stuck inside for such a prolonged period of time. And by now, they’re quickly running out of things to keep themselves occupied. So to help stave-off cabin fever, here are our top suggestions to keep you occupied while social distancing.

Take Advantage of Remote Experiences

The sudden surge in coronavirus cases threw everyone for a loop. Not only are public places shuttered, but events planned months in advance needed to be canceled. However, some artists and performers are determined not to leave their fans hanging.

Performers such as Ben Folds and Pink have already organized remote performances for everyone to view. Many more are going online to try to brighten their fans’ stints in quarantine.

Many public institutions have likewise found ways to engage the public from afar. The Chicago Aquarium, for example, took the circumstances as an opportunity to let some of its inhabitants have some extra enrichment. Taking their resident penguins on a field trip around the aquarium, staff members recorded the whole thing for the public to enjoy.

Arrange a Digital Hangout

For many of us, the most difficult part of staying at home is not being separated from friends and loved ones. While there’s no real substitute for person-to-person contact, people all over the world are making do with the circumstances presented to them.

Many are turning to services like Skype or Zoom to arrange virtual hang-outs, happy hours, watch parties, or game nights.

And speaking of games, those too are helping friends overcome the distance separating them. The latest installment in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series has already proved immensely popular, thanks in large part because it allows players to meet up in a laid-back environment.

Work Through Your Media Bucket List

Everyone has a stack of books or an untouched streaming queue that they’ve just been putting off because life gets in the way. Well, they say every cloud has a silver lining.

Whether you’ve been waiting to give a trending show a binge-watch or finally read some mammoth book series end-to-end, there is no time like the present.

The Most Important Thing While Stuck Inside is to Keep Occupied

These are strange, uncertain times for everyone. But we can at least take comfort in the knowledge that we’re stuck inside together. And together, we will see the other side of this.

In the meantime, keeping your mind active and occupied will help to keep your spirits high. In addition to these suggestions, it might help to think about things you’d like to do after this quarantine has come to an end.

For example, since you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, you might find yourself thinking about making a few design changes. If you start getting tired of your decor, check out our guide on furnishing a modern apartment for ideas on how you can revitalize your living space.

Important COVID-19 Policies & Procedures Update

COVID-19 update May 2020

COVID-19 update May 2020

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Indiana Governor Holcomb announced a 5-stage plan with the aim of slowly decreasing restrictions and beginning to open businesses that have been closed since the shelter in place order was issued on March 23, 2020. The goal of the plan is to not jump right back in and open everything how it was but to slowly get back to how things were before. For full details of the governor’s plan, you can visit www.backontrack.in.gov.

At this time, Willow Creek Crossing office and maintenance will begin to decrease some of the restrictions that were implemented when the shelter in place order was issued. Please read below for how we plan to begin to re-open while still making every effort to minimize everyone’s exposure to potential germs:

  • Beginning May 4, 2020, maintenance will resume completing all types of work orders that are called into the office, whether it is an emergency or not. As a precaution, they will still be wearing their respirators and gloves while in your apartment. We will also still be asking if you have been sick or had a fever in the last two weeks, been exposed to anyone who has been sick or had a fever in the last two weeks, or if you have traveled anywhere in the last two weeks as a precaution.
  • Beginning May 4, 2020, the office will begin seeing residents by appointment only so that we are able to sanitize in between appointments for your safety and ours. The outside door to the building will be locked; please ring the doorbell to the left of the door when you arrive. We will have hand sanitizer available for you to use and we will seat you at one of the tables in the clubhouse; we ask that you do not come into the leasing office as we are keeping that for employees only for the time being. You must either call or e-mail prior to coming to the office and schedule your appointment.

Office and maintenance hours will be as follows:

Office hours: May 4th to May 17th Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Beginning May 18th Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maintenance hours: May 4th to May 17th Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning May 18th Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • There will be no semi-annual apartment inspections for May.
  • The fitness center will continue to be closed for May.
  • The swimming pools will be closed for the month of May. We hope to open in June depending on what the Board of Health recommends. The Mill Run pool will be closed for the season as it is going to be replaced this summer; however, we still hope to open the Lakeridge pool.

If you have been unable to work because of the COVID-19 virus, please contact the office so that we can make a payment arrangement with you. You will need to provide us with either a letter from your employer that you have been laid off or proof that you have filed for unemployment. We understand that this has been a difficult situation that has affected many of our residents and we want to do what we can to help.

We appreciate the patience and understanding that our residents have shown during this uncertain time and we can not thank you enough. We also appreciate how so many have come together and reached out to their fellow neighbors to check in with each other to make sure everyone is staying healthy and safe! If you have any questions, please call us at 260-747-7000 or e-mail us at apartments@willowcreekcrossing.net. We will keep you posted if there are any changes that need to be made to the new operating procedures listed above.

Love Your Apartment: What to Look for in a New Apartment

love your apartment

love your apartment

Did you know that owning your own home can cost way more than renting? That fact is what’s driving more Millennials to rent rather than buy in today’s market.

Renting is a great option for anyone who wants to save money, save time, and save themselves from a long-term commitment.

Are you interested in learning what to look for before getting your first apartment? Read on to learn about the top five crucial aspects to look for in an apartment before you say yes.

1. Location

You know you’ve heard it before — location, location, location! Location is often seen as one of the most important factors surrounding real estate.

Keep this in mind as you’re looking for your new apartment. What factors make up a good location? Consider these factors during your search:

  • How developed is the area around the apartment?
  • What is the neighborhood like?
  • Is delivery an option at the apartment?
  • Does the public bus stop near the community?

Getting a pizza delivered may not seem that important to you now. Despite that, you’ll want to consider it to ensure that you love your future apartment.

2. Resident Activities

Resident activities are a great way to strengthen a community and help residents create bonds. From resident appreciation parties to holiday parties, they are a great way to meet other neighbors as well as the apartment staff.

Getting to know your neighbors means you’ll have someone to turn to nearby if you need to borrow a cup of flour or need someone to bring in your paper if you’re going to be away.

3. Amenities

The next thing you need to consider is the amenities offered at the apartment community. The types of amenities a community offers can enrich your life and well-being. Research whether the apartment offers things like:

  • Laundry rooms
  • A swimming pool
  • Exercise equipment
  • A business center with internet
  • Playgrounds
  • Childcare areas
  • Jogging paths

Start your first apartment checklist and consider the amenities. You’ll want to verify you’ll be able to take care of your needs.

4. Policies and Procedures

Do you have pets? Do you have friends who stay over for weeks at a time?

If so, then you need to review the apartment’s policies and procedures. Make sure you and the leasing office will be comfortable with your lifestyle.

5. Resident Reviews

Finally, it’s a good idea to look at previous resident reviews of the apartment. You can usually find these types of reviews online.

Look for specific red flags like uncooperative management. Repairs that go unfixed are also a major concern. If the reviews make you feel uneasy, then it may be best to choose a different apartment.

Love Your Apartment and Love Your Life

Your apartment is your space. You want it to be as comfortable as possible. If you love your apartment, then you’ll love being at home. If you don’t, then coming home will be something you dread every day.

Are you looking for your first apartment in the Fort Wayne area? Take a tour of the apartments we have for rent at Willow Creek now to see if we’re a good match for you.

How to Move Heavy Objects up Stairs and Into Your 2nd Floor Apartment

move heavy objects up stairs

move heavy objects up stairs

In the United States, at least 36 million people live in apartments.

If you’re looking for a place to rent and call home, you should consider an apartment. If you already have lived in an apartment or helped someone move into an upstairs apartment, you know how difficult it can be.

One of the most difficult parts of living in an apartment can be to move heavy objects up stairs. Depending on the age and size of your appliances and furniture, they can be very heavy. The older something is, the more common it is for it to be heavy and made of sturdy wood or metal.

Living in an upstairs apartment has many benefits. You have a better view of your surroundings, you don’t have anyone stomping around on your ceiling, and you have more window privacy.

However, one of the most difficult parts of living in an apartment can be to move heavy objects up stairs like beds, sofas, and other furniture.

Save yourself some trouble and read our tips for moving heavy objects up stairs.

Move Heavy Objects up Stairs

If you’re moving into an upstairs apartment, you should know how to move heavy objects up stairs. If you don’t move them in the right way, you risk injury. Around 75% of back injuries occur from lifting. The heavier and more awkward a load is the more risk of injury there is.

If you’re moving into an upstairs apartment, you should know how to move heavy objects up stairs. If moved incorrectly, you risk injury. Around 75% of back injuries occur from lifting. The heavier and more awkward a load is the more risk of injury there is.

Here are techniques and some advice that will prevent you from becoming hurt.

1. Lift With Your Knees

Renting an apartment can be a lot of fun. When you go to move heavy objects up stairs, remember to bend with knee. To get the load up, don’t bend or twist your back. Lower your body and rise up using your legs to push. This will reduce the stress on your back.

2. Keep Loads Centered

If a load is heavy to one end, make sure someone is on that end. Don’t try to control too big a load with only two people. Shifting weight can harm you just as fast as heavyweight will. If the object you are lifting has moving parts, this can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared.

3. Team Lift Everything

Don’t try to tough out your move, and it isn’t necessary to do all the heavy lifting yourself. Make sure that you have a friend or roommate that can help you get the heavier objects up the stairs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from neighbors either. Some things require more than even two people to get up.

4. Keep the Weight Forward

You want the weight forward, but not pulling on you. This means your back should never bend backward while you are carrying something heavy. If it does, you are putting incredible stress on the vertebrae and discs in your back. This can lead to crippling injury if you aren’t careful.

Once You’ve Moved In, Everything Is Okay

If you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and are looking for a place to stay, consider us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. We have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and townhouse apartments ready to go. We offer amenities that you simply won’t get anywhere else.

If you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and are looking for a place to stay, consider us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. We have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and townhouse apartments and offer amenities that you’ll love.

When you’re moving in, remember to move heavy objects up stairs safely. We don’t want you getting hurt when you should be having the time of your life. You can contact us or apply online. We look forward to seeing you.

Apartment Living Advice: 3 Tips on How to Work From Home Successfully

how to work from home successfully

how to work from home successfully

Working from home has already been becoming a trend in recent years. Remote work has grown by 44% in the last 5 years alone.

The current coronavirus crisis has accelerated this trend and will likely have a huge effect on what doing business looks like even after the lockdowns are lifted.

But working from home, especially if you don’t have space for a dedicated home office, is another type of work experience altogether. Read on for our top tips on how to work from your apartment successfully.

Set a Schedule

You don’t have to keep a rigid schedule, flexibility is one of the benefits of working from home. However, if most people don’t have some kind of guidelines, procrastination will become king and productivity will go out the window.

So, pick your best schedule. Maybe you like sticking with the 9-5 or 7-3 or 10-6. Maybe a few hours in the morning, with a long lunch and a few hours in the evening will work better for you. Some night owls might even find they prefer working after dinner. Regardless, find what works and stick to it and enjoy the ability to take an afternoon off here and there.

Create a Work Space

If you have an extra room to use as a home office, this is ideal. However, many people, particularly apartment dwellers, don’t have an entire room they can dedicate to work. If that’s the case, find a quiet corner in your space where you can set up a desk.

The kitchen table might be okay if you live alone. But if you live with your family or roommates, there will probably be too many distractions as people are in and out all day. Not to mention the snacks in the cupboard will be constantly calling to you.

The bedroom might be a better spot, in that case, but be sure to set up a separate space and don’t work from your bed. Your body and mind need to associate your bed with sleep, not work, or you might find that you won’t be able to turn off at night.

Once you have a good spot, invest in a quality, ergonomic chair, and set up your space as ergonomically as possible to ease the stress on your body.

Set Boundaries

If you live with other people, you need to set boundaries. Without boundaries, you will find yourself being distracted all day and your productivity will tank. Set up work hours during which everyone knows they need to pretend you’re not home.

If you have kids, this might not be fully possible. However, you can still layout rules about what they can and can’t ask you for during your work hours.

Mastering How to Work from Home Successfully

We hope these tips for working remotely help you to learn how to work from home successfully. Whether by choice or due to the coronavirus, working from home is a viable option for many people that saves time and helps them lead happy productive lives.

It’s also a fantastic option for people with a bit of a nomadic spirit. They can easily move to a new apartment when their lease is up without having to think about their commute!

Are you looking for a new apartment in Fort Wayne? Check out our apartments for rent here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments today!