Top 10 Dog Breeds for Apartment Living (Some Will Surprise You!)

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dogs in apartmentsAn estimated 36.5% of Americans own dogs. If you’re an apartment dweller, though, you might think that dog ownership is something you have to back-burner for the next stage in life.

But fear not! Plenty of people live with dogs in apartments. Keep reading below and we’ll show you the Top 10 Breeds for apartment living.

It Comes with Responsibilities

Getting caught up in the excitement of a new pet can be intoxicating. But this decision does come with necessary “adulting” requirements.

First, you need to understand that owning a dog in an apartment presents financial liability, as you don’t own your home. Make sure you determine how conducive your apartment is for housing a dog. Here are some basics:

  • Are you willing to walk them one or two times a day?
  • How close is the specified dog area?
  • Consider being on the first floor to make walks easier on you and them.
  • Designate an area in your apartment for the dog to play and chew bones.
  • Cleaning up after your dog doodies is your duty!

Now for the Top 10 (in no specific order).

Small to Midsized

Bichon Frise

These affectionate fluff balls love everyone and love being around everyone. They clock in around 15 lbs and are playful and fun. Not to mention their low-shedding coat will keep the hair to a minimum.

French Bulldog

Welcome to the Millennial Instagram pooch of choice. These photogenic pals need to be walked at least once a day and are very trainable. They’re affectionate with kids and people and have Moderate shedding. Plus, they don’t bark much!


A retired racer might seem rather large but, in reality, they curl up just like a cat. These docile retirees enjoy lazy days lounging around, assuming they get their daily dose of unleashed activity to strut their stuff. You’ll love their gentle demeanor and your guests might not even notice their presence.

King Charles Cavalier

Small and gentle, with an upbeat personality, Cavs are the quintessential lap dog. They bond very closely with their owners and maintain a quiet disposition. Regular brushing will keep that beautiful silky coat on point too!


Shih-Tzu’s are possibly the best apartment dog. Their cheerful, goofy demeanor enjoys the company of others and loves to play. They don’t shed and are just as content to wait on you at home as they are joining you on an outing.


Perfect for having neighbors, the Basenji is a barkless dog that only grows to about 18″ tall. They have low to moderate activity levels but are very smart. So be prepared, they’ll require lots of your attention.

Large Dogs in Apartments

Don’t be afraid of their size. These homebodies will make a welcome addition to your square footage… just be sure to check with your apartment community first to make sure that big dogs are welcome.

Great Danes

The “gentle giants” of the dog world, Great Danes are highly trainable and love being in your company. They vibe well with other animals and require a surprisingly small space to curl up in.

St Bernards

These are the more active of the larger breeds. They desire more exercise and two walks a day should do it. They’re not fond of summer, though, so keep that in mind.


Calm and willing to please, Newfoundlands will stay indoors with you as long as you want. They don’t need much exercise but be mindful that they don’t mix well with stairs.

Great Pyrenees

Originally bred to protect flocks, Pyrenees might be wary of strangers so you’ll feel very safe. A bit of socialization early on will help weed out aggression but keep in mind that these guys can hear ANY unwanted guest, even above your stereo or tv.

Find the Right Fit

Do your research and make the determination for your lifestyle and apartment situation. Having dogs in apartments is a welcome enhancement for your life and you’ll love the year’s companionship they bring. And remember, before moving in with your furry friend or adopting a new one, always check your apartment community guidelines and breed restriction list.

Tour our community to see if you can picture you and your pup living here!

Sometimes It Just Happens: How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors in an Apartment

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how to deal with noisy neighborsHaving noisy neighbors is awful and at some point in your life, there’s a chance you’ll encounter it. We all get annoyed with our neighbor’s noise every now and then, but when it’s constant it can become a big problem.

Not only are noisy neighbors irritating, but it can also have a negative impact on your health. It can raise your stress levels and have an impact on your physical and mental health.

If you’re wondering how to deal with noisy neighbors, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our tips for dealing with noisy neighbors in an apartment.

1. Talk to Them

The first step to dealing with a noisy neighbor problem is to talk with them about the noise. Find a quiet time through the day and try to get them somewhere public. This can be by the mailbox, parking lot, or common areas.

Politely ask them if they can keep the noise down in a reasonable manner. Try not to accuse them or berate them and offer a solution to the problem. For most people, this is a very effective way to solve the issue. Most of the time, the neighbor isn’t aware of the issue and will make an effort to keep it down.

2. Try to Block it Out

Sometimes, noisy neighbors don’t listen or forget to keep the noise down. Also, some apartments have thin walls and don’t block out noise well.

You can try to block out the noise yourself. A fan or white noise machine can do a great job of masking the noise and help block it out. Ear plugs are also super effective and will help you get a peaceful night’s sleep.

This isn’t a good long term solution as you shouldn’t have to do that every night. But it works for those nights when it’s too late or the wrong moment to confront your neighbor.

3. Check Yourself

Before you get too mad at your neighbor, take a moment to check yourself as a neighbor. Do you make too much noise at weird times of day? Do you blast your music too loud or run the vacuum late at night?

If you don’t know how loud these things are, step outside and see how loud they are from there. If the noises you make are too much, your neighbors may not be the cause of the problem.

They could be noisy because you make too much noise too. If you confront them, they can turn the exact same argument on you and nothing will get solved.

4. Don’t Write a Note

None of us are a fan of confrontation but in these situations, a face to face conversation is the best way to do it. Avoid the note under the door at all costs. Notes, whether they’re written on paper or as an email or text, are easy to misinterpret. There’s no tone of voice, body language, or facial expressions to read.

It’s a hostile way to communicate and isn’t likely to lead to a productive resolution. It may make the tension between your neighbor worse and won’t solve the issue.

5. File a Noise Complaint

When you’ve tried it all and still have a noisy neighbor problem, you may have to file a complaint.

A third party could help you come to a resolution. Contact your leasing office and let them know about the issue so they can try to solve it. If this doesn’t work, contact your local non-emergency service and they can try to help. This is very much a last resort option and we hope that you never need to do it.

This is How to Deal With Noisy Neighbors

Noisy neighbors are an awful problem to have and when it’s constant, it can get you down. If you’re wondering how to deal with noisy neighbors, these are the best ways to do it.

Looking to move into a new apartment? Check out our apartments for rent to find your dream place.

Be a Good Neighbor: 5 Unspoken Apartment Rules for the New Tenant

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apartment rulesLiving in an apartment community has its advantages. Find one with all the amenities you want and you may never want to leave.

One downside to apartment living though is having a neighbor who doesn’t follow the spoken and unspoken apartment rules. Oftentimes people don’t know their behavior is a nuisance to their neighbors. Some get so comfortable they forget there are people on the other side of the wall.

Before signing a lease on an apartment visit the community on different days and at different times. It will tell you a lot about the people that live there.

Keep reading for five unspoken rules new tenants should follow if they want to be a good neighbor.

1. Not Blasting Your Music

Whether you’re in your apartment or driving through the parking lot, blasting music is a no-no. People have different tastes in music and what some may love others will hate. Plus, it’s just good manners to be considerate of the other people in your community.

Before moving in ask if “quiet time” applies and if it is specified in an apartment policy. If listening to music well into the night is your thing, consider investing in some good headphones.

2. Parking Wars are Real

Assigned parking is a popular amenity for apartment dwellers. Some apartment rules and regulations dictate where residents can park and specified guest parking. Don’t start a parking war by parking in someone’s designated space.

If someone parks in your space go to guest parking before trying to determine whose car is in your spot. Choosing to park in another reserved space will only set-off a domino effect.

Ensure your guests are parking in designated areas. Some communities have tow trucks on standby to deal with rule breakers.

3. People Downstairs Can Hear Your Every Move

Living on the top level is a choice some people choose. What they may not realize however is that their floor is someone else’s ceiling and that tenants below them can hear their footsteps and child running around. It is unavoidable, but don’t let it stop you from being mindful.

During the day people are less mindful of day-to-day noise. It is in the late hours when they are trying to rest that sounds are magnified. So walk softly.

4. It’s Not Your Private Pool

Swimming pools are another great amenity. It is also fun to hang out with your guests at the pool. Remember, the pool is a public space and other residents want to enjoy it as well. Rules for apartments typically include codes of conduct for the pool and restrictions on the number of non-residents.

5. Give Your Guest a Curfew

Unlike a private residence, guests of apartment dwellers need a curfew. You do not want your gatherings to disrupt your neighbors. If entertaining is your thing, find a community with a clubhouse.

It’s Time to Move

Now that you know the unspoken apartment rules it’s time to find a place that fits your need. Make a list of your must-haves and schedule some tours.

If you want to live the good life in Fort Wayne, IN, consider making Willow Creek Crossing your home.

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Fort Wayne

St. Patrick’s Day—a chance for fun, frolics, and a pint of Guinness. Over 70% of people aged 18 to 34 are ready to celebrate St Patrick’s day in the U.S. this year. It’s popular with older generations too, with nearly 60% of 35 to 54 year-olds joining in the fun.

There’s no better place in Indiana to celebrate this fine Irish holiday than Ft. Wayne. You just need to know where to go, and what to do!

Here are some of the best things to do on St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re young or old.

Start Your Pub Crawl at JK O’Donnell’s

Start your celebrations in style by visiting JK O’Donnell’s Ale House for a two-day celebration of this Irish holiday. It’s family-friendly up until the early evening, with bagpipe performances, traditional food for sale, along with a selection of Irish-themed drinks.

The entertainment starts early and carries on until the early hours, so you’re welcome to pop in at any time. It’s a great starting point for a good, old-fashioned Irish pub crawl.

Visit the Get Green Fest as a Family

Not looking to sit in a pub or a restaurant? Why not go for an outdoor celebration instead by visiting the Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Get Green Fest, off Main Street? This is an event aimed for families. It’s an all-day event, with live entertainment, food, and fun activities for the entire family to get involved on. Money spent at the event goes to local charities in the area, so it’s for a good cause.

Take Part in the St. Patty’s Day Parade

Want to get in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day? Take part in the celebrations at the Deer Park Irish Pub and join one of the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. The parade is now over 20 years old and takes part around this fine Irish pub, close to the local college campus. Thousands of people take part in costumes (green, of course), with plenty of beer on tap.

There’s alcohol, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to let your hair down.

Go Full Irish at O’Sullivan’s

If you’re looking for a real party, head to West Main Street and get in line for O’Sullivan’s for the full Fort Wayne St. Patrick’s day experience. The Irish take over this Italian bar for the weekend. There’s plenty of beer on tap for you to choose from, as well as great food and live music through the weekend.

It’s definitely an experience you won’t forget, especially for the younger crowd. Don’t turn up too late, though—this place gets very busy, so you may have to wait in line to get in.

Celebrate in Style with These Fun Things to Do on St. Patrick’s Day

Fort Wayne has all the things to do on St. Patrick’s day that you’d ever need. Family activities, pub crawls, and one short (but very fun) parade makes up the St. Patrick’s Day events on offer in our local community.

No matter your age, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Fort Wayne throughout the year.

You Have a Baby in an Apartment? The Complete Guide to Apartment Living with Kids

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apartment living with kids

Millions of American families happily live in apartments. The smaller spaces and shorter-term commitments are popular with many. However, if you have children, or are planning to start a family, you may be wondering if living in an apartment with kids is doable. Yes, it is doable, as long as you think about the strategic aspects before you move in. 

Learn about apartment living with kids below.

Look for Family-Friendly Communities

Successful apartment living with kids isn’t all about strategy and well-behaved children. You need to do the research and find an apartment community that is family-friendly. Ask questions before you move in to be sure that the community not only has the amenities you need, but the amenities your kids need.

On-site Playground

When you’re looking for apartments, try to find one that has a kid-approved playground on the property or nearby. So many childhood memories are made sliding down a slide or playing hide and seek in a play structure. 

The outside time is essential for their development as well. Playing outside teaches children teamwork, social skills, and even time management (be back before it gets dark). 

Our playground is kid approved with its choo-choo-train play structures, swings, and high metal slide. On a nice day you’ll find kids swinging around the playground—so encourage your little one to go out and make some friends! 

Swimming Pools

On a hot day in Indiana, nothing makes kids happier than playing outside. It may be too hot to play on the metal play structures, but it’s not too hot to play around in the pool! And we have two pools on site. Neither have lifeguards, so please plan to supervise your children. 

Look for Sidewalks and Open Spaces

Sidewalks around an apartment community are the perfect place to take run, ride a bike, or to take the dog they begged for on a walk. 

Open spaces such as parks are great for tag, throwing a frisbee with their friends, or even flying a kite. 

These spaces are essential in order to give your children a place to be a kid and to give you some quality time with them. 

Find Outside-of-the-Apartment Activities

Kids need to learn skills and be exposed to different social settings to succeed as an adult. If your child needs some play that’s more structured than the playground, look for community activities. 

There are tons of options to entertain little ones nearby. Public recreation centers and even libraries have free or cost-effective programs for kids.

Our community is located near local parks, which are the perfect place to take your kids on a nice day. Bring a picnic or even a book and have the kids entertain themselves. 

Apartment Living with Kids: Make it Yours

By finding a family-friendly apartment community, you can make apartment living with kids work for you.

While you’re doing that, remember to have fun with it. There are a lot of apartment friendly decorations that will make your rented space feel like home.

Let us know if you have further questions or want to schedule a tour.

Resident Appreciation Month

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resident appreciation month

The staff at Willow Creek Crossing would like to take a moment to thank our residents for rising to the occasion of our HUD inspection that took place last month. Our property passed the inspection with flying colors and 85% of the apartments inspected had zero deficiencies!

Congratulations to the residents who won $20 gas cards! Also, a big thank you to everyone for reading the many notices that detailed what was expected of our complex and for taking ownership in your community. In addition to the gift card giveaway, the office would like to show our appreciation by declaring February Resident Appreciation Month to celebrate our wonderful residents!

Please join us at the following events scheduled throughout the month of February:

  • Donut Forget Your Rent! – February 1st – All Day: Grab a donut when you bring in your rent on the 1st of the month and don’t forget to use the coupons attached to your newsletter to sign up for the Early Bird drawing! Also, sign up Feb 1st-5th to win a special Valentine Package valued at $100!
  • Movers & Shakers – February 13 – 5:00-7:00 pm: Join us for a Pre-Valentine’s Day cocktail party to show our love for our residents. (21 and over)
  • Take a Pizza our Heart – February 21 – 4:00-6:00 pm: Stop by the office to grab a slice of pizza and a cookie for a quick dinner on us!

Again, thank you all for helping us make Willow Creek Crossing Apartments a great community. We hope to see you at our Resident Appreciation events!

Keep the Winter Blues at Bay: Top 5 Winter Activities in Fort Wayne

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winter activities in Fort Wayne

Did you know that Fort Wayne is nationally known as an up and coming hipster hot spot? People of all ages are moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take advantage of the low cost of living and revitalized downtown district. Fort Wayne offers plenty to do all year round for every age group. From toddlers to senior citizens, every age group will find something fun to do in Fort Wayne, even in the cold winter months. 

You might be tempted to spend this cold Indiana winter hibernating in your apartment, but then you would miss out on some of the best Fort Wayne has to offer. 

Keep reading for a list of the top 5 winter activities in Fort Wayne and kick start your winter fun.

1. Headwaters Park Ice Skating

Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne offers activities for all ages throughout the year. In the winter, Headwaters Park opens an ice skating rink that is a local favorite for a reason. The rink is open from November to March and offers free parking. According to the park’s website, kids ages 13 and under skate for free every Wednesday. Lace up your skates or rent a pair for just $2 and hit the ice!

2. Franke Park Sledding

What better way to enjoy the winter weather than by going sledding? Franke Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana offers free sledding. Locals love the location because of the variety of hills. Adults and children alike can enjoy a simple snow day at no cost. The park also features a playground, hiking trails, and biking trails. There really is something for everyone.

3. SkyZone

Are indoor activities more your cup of tea? Then you and your family should check out SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park and so much more. A huge hit since its opening, SkyZone offers activities for children of different ages including dodge-ball, free-jump, the sky-ladder, and more. Plan ahead and save time by purchasing tickets and signing waivers in advance on their website.

4. Mad Ants Basketball

Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy watching their hometown NBA G League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants play at the Memorial Coliseum and are owned and operated by NBA team the Indiana Pacers. The Mad Ants are in their 10th season and have won their league championship right here in Fort Wayne. Mad Ants tickets begin at just $10.

5. Fort Wayne Komets

One of the most anticipated events in Fort Wayne is the start of the Komets hockey season. The Komets have been part of the community for over 60 years since their first season in 1952. They play in the ECHL as an affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Kids under 12 seat free with the purchase of an adult ticket on special nights throughout the season. 

There Are Many Winter Activities in Fort Wayne

This list will get you started with 5 awesome winter activities in Fort Wayne, but check out the city calendar for a full list of activities. Don’t waste your winter sitting inside when there are so many things to do in Fort Wayne.

For 5 things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, check out this post on our blog.

If you’re new to Fort Wayne, these ideas are just for you.

5 Spare Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

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spare room ideas

Did your roommate or kids move out? You’ve always wished your apartment had more space in your apartment. Instead of downgrading to a 1 bedroom apartment, now’s your chance to transform that unused room into a useful and exciting space. Revitalizing an unused space is a great way to breathe new life into your apartment, especially when space is a bit tight. This article contains spare room ideas that can help you make the most of an extra bedroom.

Let’s take a look at a few ideas you should consider for turning your spare room into the kind of space you can enjoy rather than just an empty room!

5 Spare Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

Use every square inch of your apartment by incorporating these spare room ideas into your decorating.

1. Transform It Into a Library

Do you have loads of books that end of getting wedged into every nook and cranny of your apartment? Books are lovely items that look great when properly displayed. Plus everyone loves reading. Adding library shelving is the perfect way to turn your extra space into a reader’s paradise. Add a small sofa or lounge chair and you’re all set!

2. Transform It Into a Meditation Room

More and more people are discovering the transformative power of meditation. If this is something you’re interested in and have been seeking a place that is quiet and free of distractions, turning an unused space into a meditation room is the perfect plan. Decorate with scented candles, a rug, and a meditation pillow, and you’ll discover your own personal nirvana right there at home! 

3. Transform It Into a Relaxing Family Room

Sometimes all you want is a space where you can relax with your family and let the stress of the world melt away. So consider transforming that spare room into an oasis where you can prop your feet up and enjoy each other. Furnish the space with a comfy couch and chairs, rugs and candles, and perhaps some paintings that remind you of your favorite travel destinations.

4. Transform It Into an Entertainment Room

You don’t need to invest a lot of money to create your own home entertainment room. It’s all about having a space dedicated to enjoying your favorite movies, music, or video games, where you can stretch out and have fun! 

5. Transform It Into a Craft Room

Do you have baskets upon baskets of yarn laying around your living room? Or maybe a sewing machine cabinet taking up valuable space in your bedroom? What about all the paints and canvases taking over your kitchen table? Turning your spare room into a craft room not only gives your yarn, paints, or sewing machine their own space, it also clears up the rest of your apartment space.

Taking Advantage of All Your Space

These spare room ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. There are a million possibilities, and you’re limited only by your imagination. When you’re looking for guest bed ideas or wanting a multifunction bedroom, that’s a great time to let your creativity run wild!

Click here to learn how to set up a small space nursery in your apartment.

A New Apartment for the New Year: 5 Winter Apartment Hunting Tips

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apartment hunting

Is finding an apartment one of your New Year’s resolutions? June, July, and August are the busiest moving months which means there are more options at that time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great place in the middle of Winter. You just have to be a little bit savvier when it comes to apartment hunting. 

To help you learn how to rent an apartment in Winter, keep reading. We’re sharing with you five winter apartment hunting tips. 

1. List Your Top Three Priorities

Since inventory tends to be lower, you may not find an apartment that has everything on your wish list. An easier way to find a new apartment is to list your top three priorities. 

Maybe you want an apartment close to public transportation or comes with its own washer and dryer in the unit. Perhaps you can’t live without having a balcony. Listing your top three options can help you narrow your search. 

Also, knowing when to start looking for apartments is a good idea. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to find exactly what you want.  

2. See if You Can Take Over a Lease

It’s not uncommon for people to need to break their lease. They may have taken a new job, bought a new home, or their family size is increasing. Whatever the reason, breaking a lease happens and it isn’t cheap. Taking over a lease means that you get an apartment and the current tenants get out of their lease without having to pay a hefty fine.

3. Set a Budget, Then Look at Neighborhoods

Before starting your apartment search, the first step should be to create a budget. Then based on that information, you can determine which apartment communities to look at and which ones are above your budget range. Visit apartment websites to view floor plans and prices to see which communities you can afford.

4. Be Flexible

You may get lucky and find a great deal in the apartment of your dreams. But you should also prepare to be a little flexible. The options aren’t as varied as during the Summer months. If you don’t find the exact apartment you’re looking for now, you may be able to move into another apartment in the same community when one becomes available. 

5. Come Prepared

Since there are fewer apartments available in the Winter, there may be greater demand. Coming prepared with all your documents ensures that you end up with the apartment you like the most. Have a list of your past and present landlords, financial information, and your checkbook ready. You can also apply online in many places to be ahead of the game. 

Check Online Testimonials 

If you’re apartment hunting in a new area, you may not have anyone to recommend good apartment buildings to live in. But online reviews are now becoming just as trusted as a referral source as personal referrals are. 

We’re proud of the testimonials we’ve received from our tenants. To view them and see for yourself, click here

Ready to look at apartments in Fort Wayne at Willow Creek Crossing? Contact us today to schedule a personal tour.


4 Trendy Apartment Amenities that Will Change Renting Forever

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apartment amenities

When it comes to finding the right apartment in your city, you should consider what apartment amenities will come with your new place. Every apartment community is different, based on their location and the different things the property can offer to residents.

What are some of the biggest trends that are changing the way we view apartment communities? Take a look at four of the amenities you should look for on your next apartment hunt.

A Fitness Center

Fitness centers are becoming the new big thing in many apartment communities, taking the quality of it to new heights. This is something you will see a lot of rental properties do next year.

Onsite fitness centers typically include treadmills, free weights, and elliptical or cycling equipment that is free for all residents.

Billiard Room

A billiard room is also a new trend in apartment amenities.

You can spend an afternoon indoors playing a few games of pool regardless of how the weather is outside! This can be a great way to spend time with your family and friends without having to spend a penny.

Our billiard rooms includes a pool table if you feel like racking them up and a ping pong table as well if you want to become the next Forrest Gump of ping pong.

Park with BBQ Grill

A fun and inviting community should be important whether you have a huge family or it’s just you on your own. Our park is a great place to spend the day. Spend time playing on the swingset or reading a book under the tree. Your kids will be able to run around and play without the worry of traffic as you fire up the grill to cook a delicious meal on one of the bbq grills.

If you want a safe area to relax and enjoy the day our parks will have what you need.

Pet-Friendly Apartments

Your furry friends are a part of your family and you shouldn’t have to give them up because an apartment doesn’t allow them on their property. Instead of sending them to the pound or passing them on to a loved one, stay in one of our pet-friendly apartments and keep your pet as a part of the family!

 We do have a few restrictions on which types of dogs are allowed on the property, along with some recommendations of which dogs wouldn’t do well cooped up in apartments. Reach out to us directly if you don’t see your dog on the list and have additional questions.

Which Apartment Amenities Will You Look for When Choosing Your New Place?

Now that you have looked at four of the growing trends in regards to the apartment amenities, which ones stand out to you the most? Comment below and don’t forget to follow our blog here if you want to learn more about renting an apartment.