The Top Seven Things Covered in Nov. 7th Q and A

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Houston

On November the 7th, Smart City Apartment Locating’s Houston Office held a live Q&A via Instagram, answering the questions of its followers. Incase you missed it, here’s a quick recap! 1.What is apartment locating, why do I need a locator and how much does this service cost? Apartment locating is when a person searches for apartments for you. Instead of spending hours online or on the phone with countless properties, you can have a locator do all the dirty work for you. A locator conducts searches 40+ hours a week to find the best prices the market has to offer. It’s their job and it’s FREE. Like a fiduciary, locators are supposed to search for apartments that fit your needs and wants. The only thing you have to do is write the locating company and name of the locator that helped you find the apartment when you lease! 2.Why did Cassie start Smart City Apartment Locating and how is it different from other apartment locating services? Cassie started Smart City Apartment Locating when she posted a deal on Instagram that was so outrageous, it seemed to be a mistake. From that moment, Smart City was born. She and her team of locators dedicate their time to finding you the best prices in desirable areas through hyper-personalized searches. Along with that, one of Smart City’s core values is integrity. They believe that if they wouldn’t recommend an apartment to their  family or friends, they shouldn’t recommend it to you. 3.What is the…

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Upgrade Your Studio: The Kitchen Of Endless Possibilities

By | Apartments, studios

Studios are great! You can find great options in prime locations, but the open layout can leave one confused as far as decor and product placement goes. On this edition of upgrade your studio, here are 5 great ways to maximize your studio kitchen! 1.Vertical or hanging garden Photo Cred Greenery is in, free food is never out. Hanging herb gardens and vertical vine fruits can be a great touch to your kitchen and can save you big bucks. 2. Multi-functional kitchen furniture Photo Cred It’s a total mouthful, but getting furniture that has more than one use is essential for studios. Dress up sturdy wooden boxes into bar stools. That’s storage and seating all in one. 3. Turn corner of your kitchen into a work station Photo Cred If you’re like the vast growing part of America, you work from home time to time. If your studio comes with an island, a bar, or a nice enclave, you can make that section work as an extended office. Through a Keurig in the corner and call it coffee shop. 4. Shelves or mirrors Photo Cred Adding shelves maximizes storage options and adding mirrors makes your space look bigger. You can check yourself out while grabbing something from your shelf. 5. Containers Photo Cred Mason jars, glass jars, box containers, cups, bottles, the list goes on. Containers add uniqueness and can house ingredients and utensils. Get containers with cool patterns or colors the fit your style! Every studio has the potential to feel…

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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No one likes moving, but sometimes an opportunity that you just can’t pass up presents itself, and the only way you can take advantage of it is to move. The Houston area is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Texas, which means more people are moving there every day. In case Houston is on your list of cities to consider, we’ve put together the ultimate “Moving to Houston” checklist to help make your move a little less stressful. Step One: Find an Apartment You want to have somewhere to live when you get to Houston so that you don’t have to spend days or weeks in a hotel while you search for a new house or apartment. Start by figuring out your living expenses — establish a baseline using your city’s median rental rates. In Houston, the median rental rate as of October of 2018 is $1,082 per month, but that cost can vary dramatically depending on your needs. For instance, a studio apartment will cost you around $784 a month while a three-bedroom home will cost an average of $1,434 a month. Make sure you aren’t budgeting more than 30 percent of your income for housing costs. If you’re moving to the city for a new job, try to negotiate a relocation package with your new boss. Once you’ve found a potential rental, take some time to research the neighborhood — things like walkability, public transportation, shopping, restaurants and nightlife can all help you determine…

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7 Signs You’re Ready To Live On Your Own

By | Houston, Roommates

There comes a time in one’s life when the urge to have your own place fills your every waking thought–like, after your roommate leaves their dishes in the sink AGAIN! The luxuries of going solo are pretty sweet. No more mysteriously vanishing food or the unsolicited “borrowing” of your favorite jacket, and definitely no need to wear pants (praise be). While living on your own has major perks, it also comes with some serious responsibilities. Wanting your own place and being ready for your own place aren’t exactly the same phase of life. So, before you lock in that lease, consider these seven things a diploma on the readiness to live by yourself. 1. You can afford it. Photo Cred This sounds harsh, but evictions aren’t sexy and definitely don’t boost your dating profile. Calculate your expenses. Figure out how much you spend monthly vs. how much you make monthly. This is a good way to gauge how much spending power you have when looking for your own place. 2. You aren’t scared to sacrifice. Photo Cred You may have an idea of the ideal unit for you, but you aren’t afraid to sacrifice granite counter tops for an easier commute to work at a reasonable price. For you, it’s all about the bigger picture and getting the best bang for your buck. 3. You have a furniture/home goods plan. Photo Cred We all have that friend that moved out and slept on an air mattress for six months, and…

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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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