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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here’s a fun fact about this special day today! In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.” How fun!
We LOVE that many of you connected to our blog have chosen to call a StuartCo Community your home. Did you know that over 70% of our residents love their home in such a great way that they refer their friends and family to their community?
We also LOVE our employees and know that each and every one of you plays a role in helping our team succeed! A couple of fun facts about the StuartCo team: we have 99 individuals who have been with us for five or more years and 41 individuals who have been with us for ten or more years. We LOVE our team!
We hope you all enjoy your day!
Super Bowl Sunday is quickly approaching! Many of our communities have exceptional community rooms that are the perfect location for a Super Bowl Party: big screens, comfortable seating, and many have full kitchens too! What more could you ask for?
See below for a few of our community rooms, and this past post for a additional photos.
Highland Ridge Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota
Genesee Apartments and Townhomes, Bloomington, Minnesota
Riverview at Upper Landing Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota
Heritage Landing Apartments, Flat, and Townhomes, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Plaza Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota
Stonehill Apartments, Plymouth, Minnesota
We have also been on Pinterest collecting our favorite recipes. We hope you’ll visit our Board of Super Bowl Recipes! What’s your staple appetizer?
We hope you enjoy watching the game, wherever you may be!
Why is renting better than home ownership? Here are ten reasons why it is the better option, provided by Occupancy Heroes Incorporated.
We agree! This is a great list to read over when contemplating what is the best option for your individual situation.
1. Apartments are Easy!
Compared to owning a home, renting is easy! Apartments dwellers escape the chores of yard work, the responsibility and expense of owning and maintaining equipment (those snow-blowers aren’t cheap!), and freedom from the property maintenance.
2. Rent is still cheaper than home ownership.
Urban city dwellers have already learned this. They can have a beautiful place, a terrific view and the convenience of walking to work for less than the cost of a condo!
3. There are costs hiding in homeownership!
Depending on the mortgage payment and other deductions, homeowners may not get a tax benefit for owning a house. And, with the cost of borrowing money, most homeowners spend the first five years of owning their home simply making payments on the interest! Renters don’t need huge down payments, mortgage costs, and they don’t have the hassles of buying and selling.
4. Apartments are better places to meet people.
It’s a lot easier to get to know your neighbors and make friends when you see them in the halls everyday, or bump into them at the
mailboxes. Some homeowners never even see their neighbors!
5. With referrals, renters can even choose their neighbors!
Companies offer payment for referrals or some other incentive. It’s a win-win for the renter. Homeowners don’t get that benefit!
6. More perks!
Many apartment communities offer pools, spas, fitness rooms and clubhouses for gatherings. It’s rare that a home can hold as many people as a clubhouse, many areas around the community can be big enough for those extra-large groups .
7. Renters can share expenses.
Splitting the rent with a roommate or two is a great way to save money – not to mention you have someone to come home to!
8. Apartments provide flexibility.
Our society is a transient one. People seem to be constantly on the move — often due to changes in jobs or family situations. Renters can easily leave at the end of their lease contract without worrying about when or if their house will sell and for how much.
9. There’s safety in numbers.
Apartment dwellers always have neighbors close by. Knowing someone is right across the hall when you need them can be very comforting.
Many of the amenities offered to today’s renters’ aim at making life renting more convenient than owning a home. The availability of laundry rooms and no-hassle utilities like cable and Internet access make for a stress free lifestyle.
Are there any reasons that you’d like to add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment on this post or email us at email@example.com!
Two of our newest communities, 430 Oak Grove and Genesee, include an incredible new program: Fitness on Request! StuartCo is the first residential property management company in Minnesota to include this great service at our communities.
What is Fitness on Request?
Fitness on Request is a group fitness platform with pre-recorded classes that allow access to top-notch instructors available to teach in group fitness rooms at any time of day. Classes include yoga, Pilates, step, cycling, circuit training, TKO, and many more!
Through a web and kiosk-based scheduling platforms, residents can view and reserve spots in fitness classes from anywhere, anytime. Residents have the ability to schedule a pre-recorded class of their choice during low usage times of the day too.
We encourage you to visit these communities to see the program in action!
Genesee I 430 Oak Grove I StuartCo Communities
Fall is usually a spectacular time to enjoy the changing of the seasons, and this year it even came a bit early. This blog post is all about how you can enjoy this super fall weather. From our Minnesota to Wisconsin and Nebraska communities, we hope all those near and far will find a weekend activity that is enjoyable and of course fun!
Find local foods & more at Minnesota Grown’s website. Or search the seasonal activities including apple picking, pumpkin patch(ing!), wineries, corn mazes and more!
For our friends in Nebraska, this website has a directory that you can search through for the apple orchard or activity that best fits your weekend activity desires too!
From LaCrosse to Milwaukee and all the cities in between, find a ‘pick your own’ orchard or a another orchard that includes various activities. The listings are endless and very detailed.
From our fall colored StuartCo properties to yours, we hope you enjoy this wonderful time of the year!
It’s Back to School Week at many of our communities. And we’re celebrating with a giveaway. Upload a photo to our StuartCo Facebook page and tag our page so we’re able to see it too(make sure you’ve already ‘liked’ our StuartCo page)! Those that upload a photo to our page between today, Tuesday, September 4th and Friday, September 7th at 1pm will be entered into the drawing to win a $25 Target gift card. Non-residents, of course as well as residents of StuartCo communities can participate. We can’t wait to see the fun photos!
Many thanks to Cathy, Brett, and Lauren for already participating!
Back to School photo courtesy of this adorable shop via Etsy.http://etsy.me/PYYDgZ
Photo of first Labor Day Parade in Union Square, New York in 1882. Photo credit to Wikipedia.
Below are great facts from the Library of Congress about the history of Labor Day.
On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past reviewing stands in Union Square, and then uptown to 42nd Street, the workers and their families gathered in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was eagerly organized and executed by New York’s Central Labor Union, an umbrella group made up of representatives from many local unions. Debate continues to this day as to who originated the idea of a workers’ holiday, but it definitely emerged from the ranks of organized labor at a time when they wanted to demonstrate the strength of their burgeoning movement and inspire improvements in their working conditions.
What do you do to honor Labor Day?
This week many of our communities celebrated National Night Out! The primary mission of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. We are thrilled that these gatherings at our StuartCo communities provide an opportunity to strengthen each community by getting to know your neighbors while also having fun too with bounce houses for the kids or even a petting zoo!
Many thanks to our residents that attended each get together as well as those that planned this wonderful event!
We’ve been keeping up with the busy Summer pace and added new features at a handful of our communities, we’ll give you a bit of a tour below.
Woodridge Apartment Homes, located in Eagan, welcomed a Children’s Playroom. The Playroom features two large chalkboard walls and a few of everyone’s favorite characters: Dr. Seuss, SpongeBob and Patrick too!
Lamplighter Village’s, located in St. Paul, pool received a few structural updates this Summer. The project was completed just in time for July4th, over 100 people stopped by throughout the day for their pool opening party to enjoy manager Stacey’s pulled pork meal at the gathering. We heard residents are requesting another get together, just for the food!
Southwest Gables, located in Omaha, Nebraska, received a brand new stunning sign!
Coachman Trails, located in Plymouth, added a beautiful gazebo to create an exceptionally relaxing environment right on the shore of a nearby lake. A grill is provided too, what a great possible dinner location right in your backyard!
We hope you enjoyed a mini tour of updates at a few of our communities, they are stunning and practical updates too that we hope our residents will enjoy! We are truly committed to investing in our communities for the long-term. Have a great Thursday!
A great article was published in The Villager last week titled, Shepard Park caters to all ages and stages of its residents’ lives.
We are so proud of the neighborhood feel that has been created in Shepard Park. To read the entire article visit our website, here.