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10 Benefits of Living in a Downtown Columbus Apartment

Making the life decision as to where you rest your head every night and live your life during the day can be a daunting task to say the least.  A final conclusion of this magnitude requires clear thought and concise evaluation.  To help with this decision here are 10 benefits of downtown Columbus apartment living.

Financial

The number one benefit of living in an apartment is the financial aspect of renting.  Rent is generally cheaper than a mortgage.  In addition to an overall lower monthly payment, other financial components such as upkeep and utilities are generally lower because of the smaller space and the overall responsibility of a landlord/owner versus a tenant. Plus the property managers at Flats on Vine, Arena Crossing, Flats II and Apartments at the Yard are incredible.

Maintenance

As discussed in the financial benefits, maintenance expenses are generally lower due to responsibility generally falling on landlord/owner.  Not only is the lack of maintenance worries a financial blessing, but it’s also a check off the “Things to Do” list.  When it snows, no need to shovel, when the lawn looks a little rugged, it’s not your concern – we will take care of that.  The peace of mind associated with the mental freedom of renting is priceless.

 

Unlike houses, apartment complexes are generally built with specific amenities such as pools, gyms and laundry facilities directly on the premises or at the least in very close proximity.  Although you could always have these elements built into your home, the financial obligation is not as rewarding.  Apartment living can prove to be a very convenient living arrangement, especially if you work downtown!

Safety

Although homeowners often invest in some form of home security system or another, apartment complexes also invest in the overall safety of its residents.  The close proximity of neighbors (in contrast to being the only one in a house at any given moment) and typical apartment complex safety measures prove that multi-unit dwellings are the safest locations for single women, children, families and the elderly.

Size

Apartment proportions are, simply put, convenient.  A newly graduated Ohio State student is generally looking for a place to call home; a living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe a kitchen for show.  This space does not have to be large and lavish, it just needs to feel safe and quaint (even for the guys).  This same basic need is apparent in most people, college kids, single women, bachelors and even friends who chose to live as roommates.

Community

Other great benefits of apartment living are the social implications of the close proximity and connections one develops during their residency.  Although a sense of community exists in both rural and suburban areas, the close proximity of apartment life enhances the probability of creating life long connections.

Short-term

Parallel to buying a home, apartment rentals make great short-term options.  Deciding to buy a home is a life long dream but you have to live somewhere while you prepare to make that dream come true.  Whether you are working on credit, saving money or mentally preparing for the responsibility of owning a home, an apartment is the best interim option.

Savings

The financial benefits discussed here are gateways to our future.  While we endure less burden and responsibility while renting, this is the opportune time to invest into your future.  By placing the money saved into a “rainy day” account, this can be the beginning of a brighter financial outlook.

Lower Responsibility

So far we have discussed money savings from rent, lack of need to maintain the property and, well, that’s it.  The lack of need to maintain property is not only a financial windfall but also a stress reliever.  Homeownership comes with a lot of headaches and issues and deciding to rent will help you avoid these types of setbacks.  Instead of using the “rainy day” fund to fix the boiler, it can be used for a much-needed vacation to a tropical island.

Accessibility

One of the best things about an apartment complex is the close proximity of anything you need. Living in the Arena District or Grandview Yard puts you within walking distance of Nationwide Arena home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Huntington Park home of the Columbus Clippers, a variety of restaurants and bars as well as a few great concert venues!

Overall, apartments are perfect for anyone who wants a place to call home.  Considering the financial advantage of renting and the many underlying benefits that result, apartment rentals are a great choice for a great home.


Using Succulents to Decorate your Apartment

If you are looking for cheap ways to decorate your Downtown Columbus Apartment, there is no better way than to use succulents to brighten up a room.

Succulents are low maintenance plant companions that are resilient against the most cursed of thumbs (I’m looking at you 20-something-men). And there are so many quirky varieties to suit your style! Once you try planting these guys, you’ll wonder why you ever fussed with any high maintenance froufrou plants. Ever! Whether you buy or DIY, the planting possibilities for succulents are endless — but let’s start with 19 fun-easy options.

1. DIY Succulents and Terrariums: The unfinished ceramic base plus a simple glass top create a beautiful little world for your succulents and opens up a whole other world. (Of DIY potential!) (via A Daily Something)

2. Murus Terrarium ($95): For minimal design with elegance, geometric is the way to go. Wiry succulents balance the clean lines of the terrarium perfectly.

3. Succulent Terrarium and Planter: For a more well-rounded approach, go globular. Dangle it in front of a window for a little inside green. (via Adventures in Cooking)

4. Hanging Succulent Planter: It’s cute-meets-rustic. DIY this little ball of lovely. (via Brit + Co.)

5. Mini Zen Garden ($50): Fit in your moment of zen with your own private meditation garden. You can’t sit in it, but making swirls in the sand seems calming.

6. DIY Succulent Table: This is a centerpiece that’s here to stay. Let the backyard festivities begin! (via Far Out Flora)

7. Oblong Chiseled Tray ($68): Don’t overlook the powder room. These little blooms bring hard surfaces to life.

8. The Trapeze Planter: Finally, a planter that gives succulents the stage they deserve. Balancing with grace, they’re sure to liven up any extra ceiling space. (via Poppy Haus)

9. Gilded Terracotta Pots: A little gold leaf will always class things up. It’s the perfect touch of elegance. (via Design Sponge)

10. Plant Pods: These shelves are ideal to liven up a blank wall and spare yourself the precious counter space. Better still, this project was just funded on Kickstarter!

11. Cork Planter Bookend Set ($50): We love housewares that do double duty. But triple duty? Your bookends never got so much action.

12. Head Planter: Ditch the Chia pet and upscale your cranium crafting.

13. Vertical Succulent Planter Garden: Aren’t they as pretty as a picture? Frame up your floral succulents.

14. Succulent Monogrammed Planter Box: You can see your name in lights. Or um, plants.

 15. DIY Succulent Lantern Planter: In lieu of candles, lanterns make great houses for plants. Some may even call it a plantern. (via Butter Paper Studios)

16. Dinosaur Planter ($25): Herbivore or carnivore, these dino planters are crowd-pleasers.

17. Air Plant Mobile ($45): These little air plants dangling from the sky are like a minimal jungle. Go mobile!

18. Jellyfish Air Plant ($25): Land, sea and sky come together in a dream-like take on hanging plants.

19. Vertical Wall Planter: With your wall in full bloom, the only place to go is up! (via Luna See)


Arena District Pokemon Go Pub Crawl

Just steps from our Downtown Columbus Apartments, the Arena District has always been a hive of activity with tons of great events. While it is typically a stomping ground for die hard sports fans (we see you Blue Jackets fans), concert goers, and young professionals looking to make their big break, it has recently become overrun with a new kind of swarm – Pokemon. The Arena District is swarming with characters of all shapes and sizes, and it is up to YOU to catch them all.

Come catch them with us on Thursday, August 11th and grab a drink or a bit to eat while you are at it! There will be lots of lures and incense out to help bring all the Pokemon to the District. They will be ripe for catching. You’ll also be able to battle for Nationwide Arena’s and R Bar’s Pokemon Training Gyms.
To help keep trainers fueled and ready our local bars and restaurants will have lots of food and drinks specials. Catch a Pokemon in the Arena District and take a screen shot, show the screen shot to your bartender or waiter to get access to these specials! Check back to find out what specials you’ll want to collect at all of our participating locations!
R Bar
Gordon Biersch
COSI
Three-Legged Mare
Buca di Beppo
Dick’s Last Resort
Ted’s Montana Grill
Boston’s Pizza
Nada
Pokemon Go Map of Columbus Ohio

Need to cool off with a drink or some food to refuel while hunting Pokemon in a big city? Stop in at any of the Arena District Bars and Restaurants!

If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was… catch them is your real test. To train them is your cause. Gotta catch’em all!