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The Ultimate Guide To Renting

By | Apartments, Renting, Ultimate Guide to Renting

When do I start my apartment search? What questions should I be asking? What exactly qualifies as a good deal? These are legit questions concerning apartment hunting. There’s so much that goes into finding a place to call home (at least for a year) and sometimes those little things can slip through the cracks and come back to bite you in the butt later. Whether you’re a first time renter or an all time pro, renting can be tedious, overwhelming and just plain annoying, but we’re here to help! Our Ultimate Guide to Renting is broken down into easy to read sections, especially for the skimmers (you know who you are), and covers everything from pre-search prep to move in day! So, sit back, grab a snack and let’s kick some rental ass! 01. Prep Work Before you deep dive into the abyss of internet apartment searches and start scheduling tours, you need to figure a few things out first: Your budget: What can you comfortably afford with your current income? Apartment complexes typically require that you (or the combined household) make an annual income of 3x the monthly rent. But we gotta go a little further and ask that even if you qualify, would spending $1600 on rent every month starve you to death? …we’re not into that. The size of the apartment: One, two, three bedrooms? Figuring out what size apartment to rent depends greatly on your needs, your lifestyle and how many people will be living there. Roommates:…

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Featured Neighborhood: Midtown

By | Houston, Midtown

Are you the life of the party? Do you like being the friend with the great food and drink recommendations? Are you a walking Yelp review for the best bars within a five-mile radius? Then you deserve to live in a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Well, look no further — Midtown was made for you! This featured neighborhood is the hub of trendy AF bars, Insta-worthy brunches, and latte art so pretty, you tag your snap #nofilter. Welcome to Midtown! Why Midtown? Photo Cred You may be looking to mix it up a bit and switch HTX neighborhoods, or perhaps you aren’t even from Houston at all, and you’re sitting here wondering, “What’s so great about Midtown? Why do I keep hearing about it? Why am I talking to myself and this random blog post is quoting it verbatim?”  Well, let us tell you a little something: Midtown whispers to those who belong, no matter how far they may be. Every time you sit with friends at an okay-joint, and speak up about a great new gastropub around the corner, that’s the chic foodie in you. Every cocktail you snap for the Gram with a glitter gif, that’s the social butterfly in you. Every time you and the bestie take turn snapping pics, that’s the good friend in you. This neighborhood is for those that never want to be too far away from a good afternoon that turns into a great night. But in all seriousness, this neighborhood isn’t…

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The Best Apartment Pools In Houston

By | apartment pools, Apartments, Houston, summer, texas heat

Welcome to Houston, Texas where it is HOT, sometimes too HOT you don’t ever want to leave your apartment. We get it, so we are bringing you some of our favorite complexes that literally have everything. Meaning you don’t have to leave your apartment unless its to the pool! The Sovereign At Regent Square Views and pool-side cabanas? Yes, please. Located in River Oaks, this property’s amenities spell out luxury. Rough day at work? Lay out by the pool or take advantage of their on sight massages. You’ll feel right home with your 24-hour concierge service, you’ll never have to leave or deal with the heat again. Photo Cred Eighteen 25 When you say you want it all, we deliver! In the middle of Downtown, this property is so extra they even have a concierge service and bark park! But it doesn’t stop there, grab your friends or even a good read and head on over to the rooftop pool over looking straight into Downtown! Not about that pool life and rather eat (#FoodIsLife) walk on over to their barbecue area and enjoy a nice snack while relaxing in their canopy swings! Photo Cred Jefferson Heights This property is located near Downtown Houston and has everything you could want out of a luxury, urban apartment! Your home comes equipped with stained concrete or hardwood style flooring, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and over-sized soaking tubs. But the rooftop pool and the views are ultimate vibe! The pool deck comes with a…

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Fresh Grads: Do You Really Need A Roommate?

By | Apartments, Houston, Roommates

If you’re a fresh grad looking for a new place in Houston (or anywhere, really), you’re probably chatting with friends, wondering if you should take that next step and become roomies! It’s a valid question and we’ve all been there before! On one hand, you could have an amazing relationship with your roomie. What’s better than having a built-in going out buddy? Well…there’s also the chance they down your kombucha when you’re at work or commandeer the freezer with frozen meals they never actually make. It could go either way, which makes you a bit nervous about signing a lease with someone. Before you go running into a lease with the girl who complimented your shoes in the coffee shop last week or running for the hills to live alone in the woods, Thoreau-style, take a step back and think to yourself: Do I need a roommate? Cred ROOMIES: Who Needs ‘Em? Well, a good amount of people actually. In Houston, the average starting salary for a Bachelor’s Degree holdin’ graduate is about $29-33k annually. If we were to go with the higher end of that range, that would come to around $2,750 a month before taxes. Now, virtually all properties want you to make at least 3 times your rent each month. Meaning, that brings your budget, using the average starting salary, to around $900 a month. But let’s say that you find a roomie…now your rent budget goes up to at least $1,800 for a two bedroom. The options that open up…

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6 Places To Celebrate Good Ol’ Dad

By | Drinks, Food, Happy Father's Day, Houston

With June upon us, we start seeing those Amazon advertisements and store emails reminding us that Father’s Day is coming up.  Once you find the perfect gift for dad, the next step to celebrate is figuring out what to do! As we all know, Houston is a bustlin’ city, and Father’s Day is no exception.  Check out these ideas on how and where to celebrate the holiday with the OG Pops himself, complete with dad-puns and a cold one! 1) Saint Arnolds Brewery Photo Cred Okay, you don’t really need a reason to go to a brewery, but Father’s Day makes a good beer in your hand an essential! This Texas staple is located just north of Downtown Houston and is closed on Sundays, but feel free to grab dad for a Friday or Saturday treat! Try their Amber Ale Bratwurst paired with their Amber Ale (obviously). Top off the meal with a Rootbeer float flight (uhm?! Three please!); you and dad are in for a great time! 2) Buffalo Bayou Brewery Photo Cred Another great brewery to try out is Buffalo Bayou Brewery over in Washington Corridor. Bonus fact about this one is it’s open on Sundays! Perfect if you want to go to a few different hot spots throughout the weekend. For only $15, you get three beer tokens and a souvenir! What’s better than beer, a gift, and a good deal? Not much! Finish it off with good eatin’ with an on-site food truck and you’re set for a…

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4 Luxury Apartments Opening Summer 2018

By | Apartments, Houston, New Apartments

Houston is blazing the market with new, luxurious apartments to home thousands of residents. The Texas heat is bringing in some hot deals along with these gorgeous new properties. They range from high rises to lofts to studios. No wonder Houston is creeping up on becoming the 3rd largest city in the U.S.! The city may be blazing during Summer, but so are these four new apartment complexes that are opening soon! LATITUDE MEDICAL CENTER One of the most anticipated properties to open this summer is none other than Latitude Med Center! A modern, premier property which offers immediate proximity to the world-class Houston Medical Center, Hermann Park, and Rice University. Latitude offers a wide range of floor-plans, from personal sized units up to spacious residences. If upscale living is your style, this is the place for you! Sophisticated in so many ways, the amenities might blow you away. Enjoy friendly 24-hour concierge service, a 10th floor workout in their fitness studio, relax on the terrace, or enjoy the surrounding outdoor views at the dog walking area! Last, but not lease, don’t forget to take a dip in the breathtaking infinity edge pool! This location is more than 50% full, so the question is what are you waiting for?! ALTA WEST GRAY Ideally placed in the heart of Montrose, this eclectic community offers a new level of luxury to apartment living! Furnished and designed with sophisticated interiors, one of a kind amenities, and easy access to all things in the…

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Tips And Tricks To Make Your Apartment Your Own: Houston Edition

By | Houston

You’ve finally moved into your new apartment, and you think the hard part is over, right?! Well think again, now it is time to decorate and make this space your own. But, you have no idea where to start. Look, we can’t all be Joanna Gaines, but there are ways to spark creativity and get that Pinterest worthy apartment look! With that being said here are a few tips and tricks for inspiration and simple ideas that will help your apartment feel like home: Get Inspired When searching for inspiration, there are plenty of places to look! Pick up some magazines, stalk your favorite lifestyle bloggers, and get on Pinterest! Pinterest isn’t just for recipes and planning your dream wedding; there is a plethora of ideas, pictures for inspiration, and DIY’s to do if you’re trying to save a few bucks! If you download their app, they have a feature that lets you zoom in on a picture, and it helps you search for the items that are in the photograph. Pinterest is your friend! Photo Cred Shop It Out When you’re done shopping for new threads, hop on over to their home section and let the decorating begin. Retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Etsy, and last but not least, Target! This is a small list of what is out there, but they are absolute musts! Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are both unique and stylish af, and if you have some money to blow they are perfect for you! Etsy is…

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Spring Into A New Apartment: Houston Edition

By | Apartments, Houston, New Apartments, Spring Time

Spring is finally upon us! Say goodbye to icy temps and hello to warmer weather, blooming flowers, and of course NEW APARTMENTS! By now, we hope that you can count on us for the scoop on the best places to live in Houston, and what better way to leap into Spring than to spring into a new apartment?! We’ve compiled a list of four new apartment complexes opening throughout the metroplex just in time for spring movers! AZURE A personal resort comfortably stationed in the Washington Corridor with breathtaking skyline views of Downtown, Medical Center and the Galleria. Fall head-over-heels for the modern finishes, state-of-the-art fitness center and refreshing pool/sundeck. Did we mention the on-site dog spa with grooming area and the 24-hour package pick-up? Neighborhood: Memorial First Move-Ins: Now Leasing Square Footage: 515 – 1,159 Price: $1,079 – $2,940 ENCORE MONTROSE Whether you’re in the mood for urban adventure or luxury comforts, Encore Montrose provides one-of-a-kind living and state-of-the-art amenities to welcome you home like a private yoga and spin room, infinity-edge pool with city views, outdoor kitchen and two separate entertainment terraces! Walkability is abundant and just minutes from entertainment, eateries, Hermann Park and much, much more. Embrace the sophisticated, urban culture of Museum District.   Neighborhood: Downtown First Move-Ins: NOW LEASING Square Footage: 551 – 1,277 Price: $1,445 – $2,800 LATITUDE MED CENTER With 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and a sky club with lounge, bar and luxe dining area, the Latitude Med Center defines luxury. Apartments feature hardwood floors, beverage refrigerators, floor to ceiling windows…

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New Year’s Eve Houston: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

By | Food, Houston, New Year's Eve 2018, NYE, Party

  Image Source The end of 2017 is finally upon us! Meaning time for reflection and resolutions. Oh, who are we kidding–it’s a time to find an awesome party and champagne it up until all the Ls taken this year are forgotten. Or at least until the next morning! Planning your NYE night can be a tedious task even with Houston throwing multiple events and parties to bring in the year 2018. SO, to make it easier on you this year, we compiled 6 NYE plans you’ll sure to enjoy! #Cheers NYElectric 2018 Hotel Derek is hosting one of the most upscale New Year’s Eve party in Houston. It’ll be an electrifying event with 4-hour complimentary food and drinks, 3 areas to mingle, 2 top Houston DJs, and 1 electric countdown! Did we mention there’ll be FREE giveaways?! FREE! Tickets start at $119 and can be purchased online. Tickets include your choice of beverages and party favors! If you want to upgrade your experience and go all out for the New Year check out their VIP section. New Year’s Eve All Access Pass Chances are that the past few years have been pretty similar when it came to your New Year’s plans. We’ve all be there! SO, instead of sticking to the same crowded club or lounge, lets spice things up a bit with the biggest All Access Party Pass 2018 package in Midtown Houston! Gain free admission into some of the hottest NYE venues in Houston including Belle Station,…

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Christmas In Houston: Things To Do For The Holiday Season

By | Christmas, Happy Holidays, Houston, Things to do for Christmas

We know the holiday season can be stressful, but still magical af. The spicy smells of cinnamon and pine, trimming and decorating the tree, and stuffing the stockings or should we say our faces…oops! SO, instead of looking for those last minute additions for your stockings step into town and experience all of Houston’s holiday cheer! Where to Experience Timeless Christmas Tales A Christmas Carol-A Ghost Story of Christmas Photo Source NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 30 An oldie, but goodies! And definitely one of ours and Houston’s seasonal favorite, A Christmas Carol-A Ghost Story of Christmas, follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghostly spirits as he finds the true meaning of Christmas! Bah! Humbug! Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Photo Source DECEMBER 10-23 and DECEMBER 30- JANUARY 6 Sword fights. Dancing dolls. And Sugar plum fairies. Be transported into the Land of Sweets through this classic tale of The Nutcracker! Houston is never short of theatrical and musical performances especially during the jolliest time of the year! Get into the holiday spirit with Soulful Sound of Christmas, The House Without a Christmas Tree, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.  Where to Check Out Christmas Lights Zoo Lights Photo Source NOVEMBER 18-JANUARY 14 For the sixth year in a row, the Houston Zoo is transformed into a glistening winter wonderland! Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you stroll through Houston’ Zoo grounds taking in the dazzling earth-friendly 2 million LED lighting. Magical Winter Lights Photo Source NOVEMBER 10-JANUARY 2 The 2017 Magical Winter Lights graces…

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