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Summer Sizzles for Atlanta Apartments

The summer season is sizzling with excitement for residents in Atlanta apartments. As the temperatures heat up many Atlanta apartment dwellers look inside their communities for affordable entertainment options.

In addition to the weekly summer events held every Friday at The Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town Center, on Thursday July 10th the city of Riverdale will host “The After-Work Blues & Barbeque Jam” featuring free multi-cultural music from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with guest performers like The Breeze Kings and JB the Soul Man. The residents from Riverdale apartments start the weekend early with this free concert series. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Now through July 13th the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA hosts a butterfly encounter for visitors and residents in Roswell apartments. Plan a day long trip to enjoy the gardens, hiking trails and to experience this special butterfly exhibit before its gone.

The lake and patio at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, more than a great place to live

More music will be playing live for visitors and Atlanta apartment dwellers at Atlanta’s  Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Briarcliff Rd on Friday, July 11th. Starting at 7 p.m. Jazz on the Lawn presents acclaimed musician Diane Durrett. If it rains the event will be moved to Callanwolde’s beautiful indoor courtyard.

Apartment dwellers at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain experience serene lakeside lifestyle while living in the heart of DeKalb County with easy access to MARTA and all that Atlanta offers this summer.

More Storage Suggestions for Atlanta Apartments

We all have to deal with clutter, whether it’s in our Atlanta apartments, offices or cars. The more you de-clutter the lighter you will feel inside and outside your Atlanta apartment. We offer these storage suggestions to help residents rid their apartment homes of unwanted clutter.

The fastest method to de-clutter your Atlanta rental is to recycle, donate or sell household items that you no longer want. Organize your apartment by room. Start with the kitchen, a walk-in closet, the master bedroom, bathrooms or living areas.

Now try to create more space in your Atlanta apartment by rearranging furniture. Because your needs change your living areas should evolve too. Again, try removing items that are underutilized. If the layout of your apartment is limited on space, do not buy large storage items that don’t serve multiple functions. Many coffee tables and ottomans serve as both storage and furniture.

Mountain Lake Apartments model bedroom

The spacious bedroom at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain.

Next use bins to store like items and objects with irregular shapes. These can be used in many places throughout Atlanta apartments: the living room to store remote controls, the kitchen for spices or snacks, a child’s bedroom for different toys, the closet to store accessories and the bathroom to keep under the sink organized. Be sure to label your bins so you know where everything in your home is located.

Then make use of open and flat surfaces as much as possible. If you don’t have bathroom counter space in your Atlanta apartment, utilize trays to store toiletries at the top of the toilet tank. To further maximize space, opt to use storage items that take up vertical spaces if you are lacking floor space. For example, purchase a tall dresser instead of a short one to have more storage or an over-the-toilet organization center for more room in the bathroom.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, Georgia is now leasing spacious floor plans that fit any budget.

Summer Arrives for Atlanta Apartments

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Summer temperatures are revving up in Hotlanta and residents of Atlanta apartments are gearing up for outdoor food, fun and festivals. The 31st annual Summerfest returns to historic Virginia Highlands on Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th. The metro Atlanta community is invited to move outside for FREE live music, handcrafted art and tasty eats. On June 21st adults can sample local Atlanta brews in the Masquerade Music Park during Atlanta Summer Beer Fest. This is a ticketed event for ages 21+ and prices increase after June 12th.

Things just begin to heat up in June; Atlanta really starts to cook for July and August. Apartment dwellers chill at Piedmont Park Saturday, July 26th for the 4th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ice cream is America’s favorite dessert. This year’s proceeds benefit For a Day Foundation,” committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for children battling cancer.” And on August 16, 2014 residents from Mountain Lake Apartments and other Atlanta apartment communities should not miss the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Soulful music and delicious noms come together in Oakhurst, Georgia just south of downtown Decatur.

If you are looking to beat the summer heat in a new Atlanta apartment, JAMCO Properties, Inc. has 21 metro Atlanta apartment communities with a floor plan for every budget.

The lake at Mountain Lake Apartments

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Atlanta Apartments: Cross-country Moves

Relocating cross-country offers its own set of challenges. Once you’ve searched the listings for Atlanta apartments and selected the right apartment community and floor plan it is time to start planning your move. Beginning well in advance of the big day is the #1 moving tip offered by professional leasing specialists.

First, renters need to choose how they want to move. Can you transport all your belongings to Atlanta in your own vehicle? Probably not but you have a couple options: rent a moving truck for DIY moving or hire a professional moving company. Either way, making this decision early can save you money by earning discounts.

Willow Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain Village, minutes to downtown Atlanta

Willow Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain Village, minutes to downtown Atlanta

Next, make an inventory list of everything you are moving to your new Atlanta apartment. Whether you hire professionals or do it yourself, knowing what you have and in which box it is stored will help you find everything when you unpack in Atlanta. This is a good time to sell or donate items you don’t want to move!

Another good idea is to insure the stuff you are moving especially if you have hired professional movers. This is a recommendation for all movers regardless of distance, but cross-country moves mean more time and longer distances over which your possessions can be lost or damaged.

Once you arrive at your final destination, your Atlanta apartment, plan on taking your time to unpack. If possible, take a few days off work to settle into the new layout. When unpacking becomes tedious, step outside to explore your new surroundings. Metro Atlanta has lots to offer its residents!

Holiday Diet Do’s for Atlanta Renters

This time of year, the temptation to splurge from your healthy eating habits will come from joyous roommates, friends and especially mom’s kitchen! Avoid putting on winter weight and still celebrate the holiday season in your Atlanta apartments. Don’t ignore party invitations; keep these 3 tips in mind instead.

Mountain Lake in Stone Mountain Georgia

Be home for the holidays at Mountain Lake Apartments

First maintain your regular routine by eating regular meals. Office potlucks and family feasts might tempt you to skip breakfast, lunch or dinner but that spells a recipe for diet disaster. Skipping meals is a leading cause for unhealthy snacking for many Atlanta renters. Enjoy your favorite holiday meals in moderation instead of skipping a meal to make up the calories.

Next keep a written record of all the food you prepare in your apartment or eat at parties. Remember to include any beverages you drink! Writing a food journal and tracking your food intake can prevent diet slips and help residents know how much time they should spend in their apartment community’s fitness center.

Finally Atlanta apartment renters can delete restaurants and take-out from their lunch menus. By packing a healthy lunch each day, residents save on the waist and the wallet too!

JAMCO Properties, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia wishes you a healthy holiday season and a happy new year!

When to Pass on an Atlanta Apartment

Sometimes the search for a new home or an Atlanta apartment can become desperate, but there are still times when you should pass on a unit or apartment community. If you visit an apartment complex and see any of the conditions below, move on, regardless of the features you love.

Apparent maintenance neglect like un-kept landscaping, mildew or mold, mouse droppings, insect damage or rusty fixtures are key indicators of poor management. Check the hot water and HVAC system in the apartment to make sure they work. If items are in disrepair when the landlord wants to attract tenants, it is unlikely those items will be fixed after the lease is signed.

Sprucing up a unit with fresh paint is an easy and affordable thing for the landlord to complete. Damaged walls, peeling paint and water damage mean keep looking for the right Atlanta apartment. At JAMCO Properties, attentive property managers and on-site maintenance staff address these issues on a regular basis to keep their communities at their best!

Research the neighborhood where the apartment community is located. Check the local paper or do a web based search for crime statistics. Sometimes you might consider an area because of the affordable rent. In that case move into the community with your eyes open. Be aware of the situation. Ultimately, only you are responsible for your safety. Visit the property during different times of the day and night.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain GA
Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain is JAMCO Properties newest community currently involved renovation.

Whether it is traffic or neighbors, sounds might be completely out of your control. Nearby airports and trains provide convenient access to transportation for commuting or travel, but they may be noisy during certain times of the day or night.. Ask other residents how they feel about these things. Bins overflowing with pizza boxes and liquor bottles might be an indication of noisy neighbors that party all night. Again, the importance of visiting the property during different times of the day and night cannot be stressed enough.

Finally, make a close inspection of the doors and windows, ensure they open and close properly. And be certain your Atlanta apartment has window treatments for privacy and to help with utility costs. Follow your instincts and you will find the most comfortable Atlanta apartment for you.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. is a widely respected multi-family housing investment firm recognized as one of Atlanta’s best apartment management companies.

Express Style in Your Atlanta Apartment

The first step to decorating your Atlanta apartment is to figure out your decorating preferences. Enter the room you want to redecorate to get a grasp on your style. Begin with these steps to move your apartment rental in the direction you want.

Test yourself and be honest. Imagine someone you like and whose opinion you value walks into your home. When your guest walks into the space what do they say? What do you want them to say? The answers may be different and tell you what isn’t working in your Atlanta townhome or apartment.

Analyze what made you choose this space. Was it the location: peaceful park like setting or carefree lifestyle in walking distance to transit? Was it the building’s architecture: the floor plan or the unique outside? Make what brought you to your apartment work for you. Turn architectural details of the apartment building like bright windows or fireplaces into a focal point. Or bring some of the surrounding Atlanta, GA inside: color palette, fabric for textures and plants.

Mountain Lake Apartments for rent in Stone Mountain

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, GA

Stay practical with the lifestyle you live in your Atlanta apartment. If you have children or pets, having all white décor or fragile works of art is a recipe for disaster. Which room do you use the most in your apartment rental? If it is the kitchen focus your efforts there, if not move into the bedroom, living area or home office space.

Be resourceful. Hiring a decorator can be costly. If you’re on a limited budget you can decorate your affordable Atlanta apartment on your own. Scour the internet. Buy some decorating books from the bargain section at the bookstore.  You will be on your way to living well in your well decorated Atlanta apartment before you know it.

Atlanta, a different kinda winter

It’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the humidity we say in Atlanta. All summer long the a/c works overtime keeping the metro area cool and dry. BUT winter in Georgia affords its residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without freezing. It’s a different kinda winter wonderland.

SOUTHEASTERN ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW: Where else but the south can you hold an annual flower show in February? The Southeastern Annual Flower Show celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary in 2013 at Cobb Galleria this time. While the location isn’t downtown the trip from Riverside Townhomes in Austell or anywhere in the metro Atlanta area is well worth it if you love plants in their full bloom beauty and need your winter fix. Contact the Southeastern Horticulture Society for details.

SNOW MOUNTAIN at STONE MOUNTAIN: The weather man says it will be sunny with a high of 55, what do you do? Head over to Stone Mountain Park where they have created a true winter wonderland without the frosty temperature. The entire family can take part in a multitude of snow based activities with areas dedicated for smaller children and kids at a heart. Maybe warm up at SnoFire Point with hot cocoa and s’mores.

ICE SKATING at CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK: What guests don’t find at Sno Mountain is ice skating, but the ATL has you covered. Just $10 gets you time on the ice and skate rentals at Centennial Olympic Park.  Open until January 27th the rink offers student and group discount specials.

Experience warm tropical environments or bust out the winter gear from storage. A different kinda winter awaits you here.

Something to Write Home About

Seasonal advice, recipes, crafting projects, entertaining, weather preperations… practice makes perfect. You’ll want to share these helpful tips and hints. JAMCO Properties are more than great places to live, they’re where you make a home.

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