5 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Fort Wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

If you’re looking for a day of heart-warming fun with the little ones, look no further than Fort Wayne, Indiana. This medium-sized city is full of local charm, beautiful nature, and family fun. You don’t have to look far to stumble into some adventure in Indiana’s second largest city. No matter what your kiddo is into (history, action, animals) they’ll find it right here.

Whether you’ve got family coming in town or kids to entertain of your own, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Let’s start with a classic: the zoo. Your little one will love wandering through nearly 40 acres of Australian Adventure, African Lions, and the like. Boasting 100 different species within 5 exhibits, you can easily make a day here. There are two different adventure rides, as well as a scenic rail ride to take visitors through the park. You can even feed the giraffes and goats, or go on a pony trail!

2. Science Central

Fort Wayne’s interactive science center is an imagination lover’s paradise. With over 200 permanent exhibits and various national-touring exhibits, even residents visit again. See how the “Earth is brought to life” at the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Or, stroll through different demonstrations to learn about the solar system, weather, and more. If you live in Fort Wayne, you can even become a member!

3. Parkview Field

Take them out to the ball game, take them out to the crowd at Parkview Field. This stadium is the home playing field of the TinCaps, a well-known minor league in the Midwest region. The Parkview that stands today is from 2008, however, the field itself dates back to 1871. It was originally called “The Castle” and it hosted hundreds of future major league teams.

4. Visit the Parks

Fort Wayne boasts a fair amount of green space. Fox Island County Park is one of the prominent outdoor locations, with over 600 acres of parkland. You’ll find a plethora of fishing and hiking trails here, as well as a bird observatory. Salomon Farm Park is equally as interesting to adults as it is children. Learn about 1930’s farm life, a significant era of agriculture and domestic life.

5. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Outdoor lovers – rejoice! This list wouldn’t be complete without Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. TripAdvisor even rates this garden as one of the top places to visit in Fort Wayne. Even in the winter months, you can pack up and head here to enjoy several indoor gardens. We love the tropical garden, filled with breadfruit, coffee, banana, and orange trees!

Looking for things to do with kids in Fort Wayne?

Luckily, Fort Wayne is full of family fun. From parks to escape rooms to chocolate tours, there’s plenty of things to do with kids in Fort Wayne. And heck, the whole family may love it so much, they’ll want to call it home. That’s where we come in. Willow Creek Crossing offers a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for rent. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities!

Damage-Free Decor: Tips for Holiday Decor That Won’t Cost You Your Security Deposit

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holiday decor

The last month of the year is a whirl of color, family and friends, winter wonder, and cozy holiday decor. Time to hang up the mistletoe, deck the halls and spread good cheer. But, how do you get into the holiday spirit without damaging your apartment?

Santa leaves coal in the stockings of naughty boys and girls. If you are naughty, your apartment community won’t leave you anything when you move out. You will leave your deposit there!

Read on for our tips for fun, festive and damage-free holiday home decor.

Select a Holiday Decor Style

Are you in favor of a Victorian Christmas look? Or is a Mid-Century modern holiday more your style? All one color or many colors? Candlelight or Vegas-style? Choose a holiday style to personalize your apartment decor. You can add a designer touch with throw pillow covers, table runners, wreaths and candle rings. Lights and other accessories add to the look.

Watch out for visual overload though. Choose your accent colors and patterns with care. Even the largest space can’t accommodate three tapestries, five plaids, and multicolored glitter!

To Tree or Not to Tree

While many apartment communities don’t allow real trees due to fire code, there’s still hope. Artificial trees are a great option for those who want a tree. The bare aluminum Festivus pole need not come to mind (although it would be a fun holiday decoration!). Newer trees come in tall narrow “candle” shapes, half rounds and other shapes to fit any space. Or, a table top tree can be the perfect touch without taking up too much space.

Holiday decor doesn’t always mean a tree though. Garlands and holly are an excellent way to liven up any room. You could also decorate your houseplants by throwing on some garland and ornaments. Just be sure that your plants are pet-safe so your furry friends can enjoy the holiday too.

There are a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes when it comes to decking the halls. 

Lightweight LED String Lights

LED string lights can add just the right amount of sparkle to your holiday home. You can choose string, icicle, net, or curtain lights. They come in an array of colors and lengths. 

Don’t limit lights to just a tree though. Think about windows, doors, and art, too. Some lights also have an option for movement or music. You can go with a soft glow or a full Vegas light show.

Think about battery-operated tea lights to take the place of candle flames. There are even flame-flicker LEDs for safe looks without heat or worrying that you’ll forget to blow them out.

No Nail Removable Hooks and Shelves

These products are lifesavers. Avoid nail damage to your walls and subsequent patching plaster.  Removable damage-free adhesive allows you to hang stockings, lights, garlands, and even the mistletoe without a single hole in the plaster.

Invest in the outdoor hooks or an over the door hook to hang your wreath. You can even create a mock mantlepiece for your stockings with a simple accent shelf. Just take your time in removing the removable wall hooks to prevent paint damage. 

Cozy, Fun and Festive

We hope these holiday decor tips are helpful to you. The holidays are a very special time for friends, family, and community. We hope to see you at our holiday open house this year. 

Keep reading our blog for up-to-date community news and tips.

A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House

christmas open house

christmas open house

Residents, wouldn’t it be nice to get a new TV, Bluetooth speaker, wifi action camera, or other techy gift? Well now’s your chance! Stop by our leasing office December 19th from 4-6pm for A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House!

We have refreshments and you can enter to win some nice electronic prizes, just in time for Christmas! In exchange for a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank, we will give you tickets to enter to win a prize. You will receive one ticket for each nonperishable food item donated (two tickets each for peanut butter, canned fish or meat). You can enter to win:

  • 24” Television with DVD Player
  • Cinematic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Lava Lamp
  • HD Tablet
  • Wireless Gift Set: Headphones, Earbuds, Portable Speaker
  • Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and USB Charging
  • Wi-Fi Action Camera
  • Mood Light Alarm Clock
  • Battery Operated Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set (One ticket per family for this prize)

If you can’t make it to our open house, stop in anytime with your non-perishable donation and enter the drawing.

Let’s go all out to support the Community Harvest Food Bank this Season!

How to Choose Furniture for Small Spaces

furniture for small spaces

furniture for small spaces

Is it possible to buy furniture for small spaces without making your apartment feel cramped and cluttered? If you’re among the millions of Americans who prefer to downsize, you’ll want to learn quickly. You need to be able to strike the right balance between creating a space that has a natural flow, plenty of room to move without knocking things over, and a warm inviting space.

That can seem like a tall order if you’re operating in a limited space. Read on to learn your best options for furnishing small spaces.

How Will You Use the Space?

Before you start buying furniture, you’re going to want to map out your room. Each room will be used differently and you need to take normal traffic patterns into consideration.

If you have the bed and a couple of small nightstands in the bedroom, will you be able to get up and walk to the bathroom and closet easily?

In the living room, you’ll need to consider where the TV will go and how you plan to get up and moving around to and from the kitchen. Take into account how you’ll flow from the entryway to the living room, too.

That will make it easier to help you determine what size furniture you need to fit your small space and be able to move around with ease.

Get Multifunctional Furniture

The key to making furniture for small spaces work is by taking advantage of every bit of available space. That’s why you want to choose furniture that is multipurpose. For example, a coffee table with drawers can give you added storage space. An ottoman can be an extra seat or storage space. A futon can serve as a bed and a couch, which is great if you plan to have guests.

Use Walls and Corner Spaces

In a tight space, you can utilize the walls and corners of the space you help you get the most out of what you have.

You can hang a mirror opposite a window, which can help brighten a room and make it seem more spacious. In a corner space, a classic corner piece can give you more storage space without adding clutter to your space.

Don’t Go Overboard with Accents

In a small space, you can easily go overboard with accents. You want to strike a nice balance that will add personality to your space without overdoing it. Adding a couple of plants will add color and bring a little nature indoors. You can also add things like accent pillows that can add color to a room and brighten it up. You can use color psychology to strike the right emotional balance in the room.

The Perfect Furniture for Small Spaces

The perfect furniture for small spaces is stylish and functional. You’re able to have a comfortable home that’s warm, inviting, and gives you plenty of room to move.

If you’re downsizing to a smaller place, you’ll quickly learn that it can be fun to furnish a small space and make it your own.

Ready to take the leap? Check out our latest apartment listings now.

The 7 Best Indoor Plants for Apartment-Dwellers

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indoor plants

Did you know that being close to nature has a proven and direct link to positive mental wellbeing? While the cooler weather and your busy schedule may keep you inside more often–away from all the beautiful trails and bike paths Fort Wayne has to offer–that doesn’t mean you can’t still surround yourself with gorgeous pops of nature.

Incorporating plants into your apartment’s design is an awesome way to breathe a little life into the space and to bring a bit of the great outdoors inside!

Check out these 7 indoor plants that’ll make the perfect addition to your Willow Creek Crossing apartment!

1. Chinese Evergreen

This neat little plant is the perfect option for the plant lover who hasn’t got a balcony or a garden of their own. Capable of surviving in super low light or even on artificial light, this little plant thrives in indirect sunlight. Just choose whichever space in your apartment could use a little bit of brightening-up and clear a little space for your Chinese Evergreen!

2. Pothos

This special little plant is super versatile; it can thrive in a traditional pot or from a hanging basket where it can dangle it’s pretty little vines. Beyond the way the Pothos plant looks, it can serve your space by purifying the air of toxins that are commonly found in rugs and carpets!

3. Iron Plant

The iron plant, also known as the cast-iron plant, is one of the most durable plants you can find–which makes it perfect for the busy apartment-owner. It will survive in low light, poor soil, and minimal water. Plus, its rich green leaves will add a lovely bit of color to an otherwise dim area.

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is perfect for the apartment with plenty of vertical space. This neat little plant grows waxy leaves that shoot skyward and seldom branch out horizontally. This plant needs medium light but only needs to be watered when you notice the soil has gone dry.

5. Peace Lily

If you’re in it for the blooms, the Peace Lily may be just the plant you’re looking for! This hardy lily sprouts delicate-looking white flowers that are actually some of the hardiest blooms you can find! The Peace Lily does well in super low light and can even survive perfectly well off of fluorescents in place of the sun. Water once a week and forget about it!

6. Lavender

And no–we’re not talking about a trimmed and dried bunch of the stuff! Smaller varieties of potted lavender actually grow quite well indoors, as long as it’s grown near a window where it can get as much light as possible. Plus: lavender plants make for a lovely, natural air freshener! The presence of this plant can really lighten up the air in your apartment.

7. Philodendron

This plant is a staple bloom for apartment-dwellers. It does best in bright spaces, but not in direct sunlight. One of the most unique and appealing things about the Philodendron is that it’s an honest plant. If there’s a problem, it’ll always be obvious! If your plant needs less sun, he’ll turn yellow; if he needs more fertilizer, he’ll sprout uncharacteristically small leaves.

Apartment Plants

You can never have too many indoor plants! Those gorgeous leaves and blooms are enough to make any space 10 times more comfortable and relaxing. Head to Lowe’s, Menard’s, or a local nursery to find the best plants for your apartment!

Apartment Etiquette: 5 Tips for Being a Good Neighbor

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being a good neighbor

Are you constantly playing loud music in your apartment and forcing your neighbors to bang on your door before you turn it down? You’re not being a good neighbor! Loud neighbors are some of the worst neighbors in the world and make life uncomfortable for everyone.

If you live in an apartment complex, you should always be mindful of how much noise you’re making and how noise could potentially affect those around you. You should also take other steps to ensure you’re being a good neighbor.

As we celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, here are 5 tips that will help you be the best neighbor possible.

1. Say Hello to Your Neighbors When You See Them

In many cases, being a good neighbor is as simple as saying hi to someone when you see them outside your apartment or around the community. Giving them a wave or a handshake will help you form a bond with them and could lead to further conversations.

But saying hello is the least you can do to be neighborly.

2. Keep the Inside and Outside of Your Apartment Clean

No one wants to live next to someone who is a slob. So you should make every effort to clean the area around your apartment’s front door. Clear away any clutter like shoes, leaves, and garbage. You should also keep the inside of your apartment clean and tidy. If you end up with a rodent or pest problem, it could affect your neighbors down the line.

3. Return Things You Borrow From Your Neighbors

If you have good relationships with your neighbors, they might offer to lend you things from time to time. Get those things back to them in a timely fashion. If you fail to return something like an iron or a vacuum cleaner, it could cause a rift between you and your neighbors.

4. Address Any Issues You Might Have With a Neighbor Directly

Do you have a problem with something a neighbor has said or done? Try to take care of it yourself right away before it escalates into a bigger problem. Approach the neighbor and kindly address them. You should only get the police involved if you feel threatened at any time.

Many neighbors will appreciate you coming to them with a problem instead of going around them to try and solve it. It will allow you to communicate better in the future.

5. Follow Your Apartment Community’s Rules

Your apartment community likely has a set of rules that all tenants are expected to follow. Those rules cover everything from where you can park to how you should dispose of your trash. Follow those rules! They’re in place to make the community a friendly, cleaner, hand happier place to live for everyone. If you don’t, you’re not going to have many friends in your apartment community.

Being a Good Neighbor Will Be Great for Your Entire Apartment Community

The key to being a good neighbor is showing respect to those around you and being as friendly as you can be to them. By doing these things, you can make life a lot more pleasant for everyone in your apartment community. You and all your neighbors will get along a lot better and have great relationships.

Now get out there and celebrate National Good Neighbor Day!

How to Set up a Small Space Nursery in Your Apartment

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small space nursery

Whether you’re about to welcome a new baby into your family or you’re becoming a grandparent and your grandchild will be spending a few nights a week with you, we know that you want to figure out how you can create a small space nursery in your apartment that won’t make everyone feel cramped.

We know you also want to be able to design a beautiful nursery that helps you to celebrate and get excited about a new arrival.

The good news? You don’t have to feel like you’re living in a tiny house just because you’re ready to create an apartment nursery.

This post will show you how you can pull off the perfect space.

1. Buy Less

We know that, when there’s a baby on the way, you’re tempted to set up an enormous registry and buy anything and everything possible to give your baby a great life. The truth is, they don’t need all that and if you’re living in an apartment, you may not have space.

Get real with yourself about the essentials you’ll actually need in your small space nursery. Look for all-in-one pieces, like a crib that comes with an attachable changing table. Look for a bassinet or “nest” that you can use to hang the baby above your bed instead of buying another crib for your bedroom.

Invest in a collapsible stroller that you can slide under the crib and that’s public-transit friendly. Finally, tell friends you’re going for a minimalist look so that they’re not tempted to shower you in gifts that you don’t have room for.

2. Wall Space is Storage Space

Next, when creating small space nurseries, remember that wall space is your best friend. Grab as many floor-to-ceiling shelving units that you can handle, and use them to store books, diapers, and even folded baby clothing.

Look for under-the-bed storage containers that you can store out of season or next month’s baby clothing inside. Same goes for towels and baby lotions. Plus, you’ll be able to display tons of stuffed animals and family photos on the shelf space you have left over.

3. Use a Rug to Divide Space

Finally, one of the best baby nursery ideas for small rooms is to use a rug as your space guideline. In short, use a rug as a type of floor plan. When the rug ends, so does the space dedicated as the nursery. This will force you to get creative with how you use your space, but it will also create the illusion of having a “separate” area that’s just for baby.

Plus, we know that toddlers have a tendency to sneak out of their crib at night and they’ll have a soft place to land.

So, a rug in the nursery isn’t just a great design tip. It also helps everyone to stay safe.

Ready to Create Your Own Small-Space Nursery?

We hope that this post has you feeling excited about the process of creating own small space nursery in your apartment.

Looking for additional advice on how to get the most out of every inch in your apartment? We’ve got you covered. Check out our blog to learn more tips on how to live your best life with the square footage that you have and consider renting one of our affordable apartments.

5 Tips for People Renting with Pets

renting with pets

renting with pets

Our pets are our family, and it’s always tough when you have to move. Pet-friendly apartment complexes are rare to find, and those puppy dog eyes do not so easily persuade some landlords.

Leaving them behind is not an option, and we understand why. That’s why we have 5 tips for those renting with pets and how to make the renting hunt easy and stress-free for you and your four-legged friend.

Keep on reading to learn more!

1. Search for the Right Apartment

Most apartment searches are down online, and we can usually find out a lot about our potential new home from the description, including if it’s pet-friendly or not.

If it doesn’t specify online, ask. Even if you don’t currently have a pet but might want one someday, it’s always good to know the pet policy.

While some larger apartment complexes are animal lovers, not all are as lenient. If you don’t see any apartment communities that are pet-friendly, consider searching for a single home or condo. You have a better chance of persuading the landlord/owner if they don’t have to worry about more than one tenant.

2. Make Sure the Size is Right

So, you think you may have found an apartment that’s both pet-friendly and affordable – great! It’s important to keep in mind how big the living quarters for you and your pet are. If you have a larger dog, they’ll need a larger space to run around and relax in.

If it’s just you and a single cat, smaller apartments will work fine as long as they have a space to call their own.

3. Be Honest

Once you start the application process for your new home, be upfront and honest about your pet. No matter how careful and sneaky you are, they’ll eventually find out. It’s better to open the lines of communication and tell them you have a pet.

This will also show you have respect for their property and could help you in the future for references.

4. Have References

Besides asking for a proof of vaccinations, they may also want references from a past or recent landlord. It’s helpful if the reference states there was no damage done to the property while you lived there and that you were didn’t cause a disturbance/lived quietly. Make sure you have these ahead of time.

With these references, you could also have a letter from your vet stating they are up to date on their vaccinations. Include a certificate of your dog’s training classes if they have one.

5. Know the Lease Agreement

Once you’re approved for your new home and your landlord agrees to allow pets, make sure there’s an agreement or addendum in your lease. Never sign a lease that says “no pets allowed.” Prepare to pay a non-refundable pet fee and expect to pay a little extra each month – this should also be in your lease.

Keep a signed copy of the lease for your records and make sure to follow all the terms in the agreement to avoid violating any property rules. If your pet does cause damage to the property, make sure to pay to fix the damages and make your landlord aware them before you leave.

Tips for Renting with Pets – The Takeaway

Renting with pets doesn’t have to be challenging as long as it sounds if you follow these tips. Depending on the area you are looking to rent, pet-friendly complexes or lenient landlords will work with you as long as you respect their property.

For more tips on renting an apartment or home, check out our website. Have specific questions? Contact us – we’d love to talk!

5 Things to Consider Before Moving Into a New Apartment

moving into a new apartment

moving into a new apartment

The first 24 hours that you spend in a new apartment, as well as the planning that goes into moving, are crucial to your remaining time there.

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new apartment and to make the move too quickly. However, before moving into your apartment, there are several important steps that you should take.

Tips for Moving into a New Apartment

The process of moving will depend greatly on your location, as well as your life situation. In the event that this is your first apartment, it is important to proceed with caution as you sign the lease and choose the right one for you.

It is generally a good idea to have an experienced friend or family member help you navigate leasing and touring the apartment and the community. If this is not your first apartment, there still may also be things that you miss.

Here are five easy tips for new or experienced renters to consider when moving into a new apartment.

1. Check the Lease

The very first thing you should do once you sign the lease and confirm a move-in date is to read the rules for your new apartment. These will tell you what you are and are not allowed to do to the apartment. For example, some places may not allow you to paint the walls.

Other rules relate to wall mounts, pets, and when you are able to use the community’s amenities.

2. Make a Shopping List

Once you have an idea of what you can determine what you can and can’t do to the apartment, you can begin to make a list of items you need.

Take an inventory of your current items, and try to remain organized as you pack it for your new place. You can also consider the new layout of the apartment when you decide what you need.

3. Coordinate Deliveries and Movers

As the shopping list grows, it is important to coordinate deliveries of new items and furniture as well as the movers. Spacing them out logically is essential, as otherwise, it can feel chaotic.

4. Check the Property

Inspect the apartment carefully as you begin to move in and take pictures of any damages that you see that have not already been recorded. Be sure to give a copy of the photos to the leasing office and schedule a time for repairs.

5. Downsize as Much as Possible

The last essential tip is to use moving into a new apartment as an excuse to downsize. Over the course of years, we tend to collect items that we no longer need or use and moving allows you to donate or dispose of these instead of having them clutter up your new apartment.

Move into Your Dream Apartment

If you are looking for an amazing apartment in the Fort Wayne area, Willow Creek Crossing offers affordable, pet-friendly apartments in Southwest Fort Wayne.

Contact us today to inquire about current availability and begin moving into your new apartment today.

Is Renting Better Than Buying if You’re Newlyweds?

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is renting better than buyingThere are nearly 61 million married couples living in the United States. And, for many of those couples, buying a house is part of the American Dream. But is renting better than buying, especially for newlyweds? The answer may surprise you.

The housing market alone is confusing these days. It’s a good news / bad news story with affordability slipping, inventory declining while interest rates and housing prices rise. Don’t let the stress of trying to navigate the real estate market ruin your first days of marriage. Fear of missing out can rush couples into a bad investment decision.

You’ll never get these newlywed years back. It’s important to enjoy them!

Here are just a few reasons why starting your marriage out in a new apartment is best.

1. Less Stress

If you’re a newlywed or planning a wedding you already know that getting married can be stressful. For many of us, the day of the event is the one moment of calm in a long period of scheduling and planning.

Adding in the stress of mortgage brokers, real estate agents, lawyers, and bidding wars isn’t necessary. Renting is a much less stressful choice. Take a deep breath and enjoy being married before tackling your next project!

2. Financial Stability

Buying versus renting isn’t just a hard choice for newlyweds these days. With interest rates on the rise and an uncertain economy, many aren’t sure what the future holds. Renting is often the less expensive choice. Those first few years of marriage can be tough when it comes to finances.

Renting is far more predictable. You don’t have to worry about repairs or fluctuations to the interest rates.

3. Flexibility

You just made it official. You married the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Are you ready to decide on the house you want to spend the rest of your life in at the same time?

Renting is flexible. As your space needs change you can upgrade.

4. A Place To Love

Money is often tight for newlyweds. This can lead to rushed real estate decisions when it comes to buying. You might buy a house you can’t truly afford. You also might buy a house that doesn’t have everything you want.

But renting alleviates that risk. The right apartment community can feature:

  • swimming pools
  • a fitness center
  • a playground
  • picnic areas
  • a clubhouse with a pool table
  • a sand volleyball court
  • a tennis court
  • and more

Rather than settling for less, or adding financial stress, renting allows more amenities for newlyweds.

Is Renting Better Than Buying? It Is At Willow Creek Crossing!

Fort Wayne residents know how easy renting can be if they’ve been to Willow Creek Crossing. Our tenants love Willow Creek Crossing because of our beautiful apartments and great amenities.

We make it easy for newlyweds and everyone to live in style. You’ll know right away why our tenants say “yes” to “is renting better than buying?”

Located in Southwest Fort Wayne, Willow Creek Crossing Apartments is minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment, and work.

Contact us today and find out more.