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Biden Support Surged in Milwaukee County, Trump Continued to Dominate Rural Wisconsin

Biden Support Surged in Milwaukee County, Trump Continued to Dominate Rural Wisconsin

With less than 100 days until Election Day, multiple polls show that President Donald Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in key swing states, including Wisconsin. Another way to figure out if a candidate is performing, in addition to polling data, is by looking at his/her fundraising effort.

Each quarter we at RentHop review the fundraising data released by the FEC with the hope of providing insights to voters. Our study for Q4 2019 for key cities such as Des Moines and Las Vegas shows that a city’s contributions might align with the outcome of the caucuses and primaries, and we believe that it would also shed light on the general election.

Our key findings this quarter in Wisconsin include:
  • Trump leads in Wisconsin by unique donor count – the President has garnered support from 5,947 unique donors, whereas former Vice President Joe Biden has received donations from 2,393 unique donors as of June 30, 2020.
  • Of all 680 zip codes included in this study, 36.0% of them, or 245, are blue zip codes, including 53711 (Dane County), 53211 (Milwaukee County), 54601 (La Crosse County). [Unique Donor Map]
  • Meanwhile, 45.1%, or 307, are red zip codes, which consist of 54066 (Washington County), 53217 (Milwaukee County), and 53072 (Waukesha County). 18.8% of the zip codes, or 128, are purple, which means that neither parties have more than 55% of unique donors.
  • In Milwaukee County, Biden saw a big surge in the number of unique donors since February 2020. The number went from 99 to 473 by the end of June.
  • In Dane County, Biden surpassed Trump by end of March 2020, and has attracted 448 unique donors as of June 30, 2020, 106% more than what Trump has.

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Wisconsin and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is leading in each zip code. You can click on the zip code polygons or select from the drop-down menu to learn more. For a more detailed analysis of how candidates are doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 

Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Republican candidates (including Trump, Sanford, Walsh, and Weld), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Looking at the map and the chart above, we can tell that President Donald Trump has been the fundraising front runner in Wisconsin. As of June 30, 2020, Trump has accumulated 5,947 unique donors. On the Democratic side, while support was split among candidates, more donors have turned to Mr. Biden’s campaign as he seized primary victories in other states and positioned himself as the presumptive party nominee. As of Q2, 2020, the Biden campaign amassed 2,393 unique donors in Wisconsin.

In Milwaukee, the largest county in the state by population, Vice President Joe Biden saw a big surge in the number of unique donors since February 2020. The number went from 99 to 473 by the end of June. In Dane County, Biden surpassed Trump by end of March 2020, and has attracted 448 unique donors as of June 30, 2020, 106% more than what Trump has. Meanwhile, Trump comfortably leads the fundraising game in counties such as Waukesha, Brown, and Racine.

Top 5 Zip Codes in Milwaukee County by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 53211: Biden’s 81 unique donors vs. Trump’s 25 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53217: Biden’s 89 unique donors vs. Trump’s 72 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53202: Biden’s 58 unique donors vs. Trump’s 27 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53207: Biden’s 12 unique donors vs. Trump’s 22 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53092: Biden’s 31 unique donors vs. Trump’s 69 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in Dane County by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 53711: Biden’s 117 unique donors vs. Trump’s 37 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53705: Biden’s 136 unique donors vs. Trump’s 14 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53703: Biden’s 55 unique donors vs. Trump’s 8 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53704: Biden’s 54 unique donors vs. Trump’s 29 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53562: Biden’s 61 unique donors vs. Trump’s 46 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in Waukesha County by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 53045: Biden’s 14 unique donors vs. Trump’s 68 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53072: Biden’s 15 unique donors vs. Trump’s 70 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53188: Biden’s 17 unique donors vs. Trump’s 49 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53186: Biden’s 16 unique donors vs. Trump’s 41 unique donors
  • Zip Code 53189: Biden’s 8 unique donors vs. Trump’s 40 unique donors
Unique Donor Leaderboard – Biden

Below are the top 10 zip codes where Biden received the most support.

  • Zip Code 53705 (Dane County): 136 unique donors, 90.7 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53711 (Dane County): 117 unique donors, 76 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53217 (Milwaukee County): 89 unique donors, 55.3 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53211 (Milwaukee County): 81 unique donors, 76.4 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53562 (Dane County): 61 unique donors, 57 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53202 (Milwaukee County): 58 unique donors, 68.2 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53703 (Dane County): 55 unique donors, 87.3 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53704 (Dane County): 54 unique donors, 65.1 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53717 (Dane County): 45 unique donors, 73.8 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53726 (Dane County): 35 unique donors, 100 % donor share
Unique Donor Leaderboard – Trump

Below are the top 10 zip codes where Trump received the most support.

  • Zip Code 53066 (Washington County): 79 unique donors, 80.6 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53217 (Milwaukee County): 89 unique donors, 55.3 % donor share
  • Zip Code 54016 (St. Croix County): 70 unique donors, 75.3 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53072 (Waukesha County): 70 unique donors, 82.4 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53092 (Milwaukee County): 69 unique donors, 69 % donor share
  • Zip Code 54313 (Oconto County): 68 unique donors, 80 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53045 (Waukesha County): 68 unique donors, 82.9 % donor share
  • Zip Code 53029 (Washington County): 63 unique donors, 80.8 % donor share
  • Zip Code 54115 (Outagamie County): 62 unique donors, 81.6 % donor share
  • Zip Code 54956 (Outagamie County): 60 unique donors, 76.9 % donor share

Methodology

The campaign donations data was retrieved from the FEC covering all individual contributions dated between Jan 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For President Donald Trump, the following committees are included: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (C00580100), Trump Make America Great Again Committee (C00618371), and Trump Victory (C00618389). For former Vice President Joe Biden, the following committees are included: Biden for President (C00703975), Biden Victory Fund (C00744946), and Biden Action Fund (C00746651). The state, county, and zip code shapefiles were retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of unique donors, we deduped by names, zip codes, and candidates. We adopted 5-digit zip codes for this report as not all candidates collect 9-digit zip codes. People who have changed their names or moved in between donations could artificially inflate these numbers. Unique donor shares are calculated using the aggregated number of unique donors contributed to Trump’s campaign and the aggregated number of unique donors contributed to Biden’s campaign. Past Democratic/Republican candidates are excluded from the calculation.


Frequently Asked Questions about Our Election Studies

 
1. Why would Trump be leading in a Blue Zip Code?

This is related to the primaries. As we all know, there were as many as 31 Democratic candidates competing for the nomination, and so the support was divided among them. Meanwhile, while the Republican Party had 3 candidates running, all the support gravitated towards Trump, and therefore he alone could receive support from more unique donors than any single Democratic candidate. Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, we should start seeing some changes.

2. Why should we care about unique donors?

While the dollar amount raised is important for candidates, we believe that it is more crucial to understand how many unique donors each candidate has attracted, as each unique donor potentially means one vote, and by measuring donor counts, it gives us a better idea of how many people support each candidate.

3. How is the party majority calculated?

The party majority is calculated using the aggregated unique donor count of a party and the aggregated unique donor count from Jan 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. For instance, if Democratic candidates attracted a total of 200 unique donors, and the total number of unique donors within a city is 500, the Democratic share would be 40%. In terms of the color shades, purple areas are whether neither the Democratic candidates combined nor Trump has more than 55% of the donors. Light blue and light red represent zip codes where the party has 55% to 70% of the donors, and blue or red represents a majority of 70% and more.

Published at Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:45:23 +0000

Biden Doubled Unique Donor Count in NYC, Trump Took Over Zip Codes in Outer Boroughs

With less than 100 days until Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden and his campaign actively look for ways to mobilize voters and garner support across the nation. Meanwhile, President Trump, while grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the BLM movement, and the disappointing economic indicators, has been able to continue to receive campaign donations from individuals in different cities.

Each quarter we at RentHop review the fundraising data released by the FEC with the hope of providing insights to voters. Our study for Q4 2019 for key cities such as Des Moines and Las Vegas shows that a city’s contributions might align with the outcome of the caucuses and primaries, and we believe that it would also shed light on the general election.

Our key findings in NYC this quarter include:
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden leads New York City with a total of 12,945 unique donors as of June 30, 2020, more than doubled from Q1 2020.
  • Meanwhile, President Trump has amassed 5,788 unique donors at the end of Q2 2020, 55% fewer than Biden.
  • Trump, however, did manage to take over a few zip codes in outer boroughs, including 10309 and 10310 in Staten Island, 11001 and 11428 in Queens, as well as 11214 and 11235 in Brooklyn.
  • Of the 217 zip codes included in this study, 83.9%, or 182, are blue zip codes. 14 of them, or 6.5% are red, and 21, or 9.7%, are purple, which means neither parties have more than 55% of the donors.
  • 6 zip codes became “bluer”, including 10473 (Bronx), 10170 (Manhattan), and 11436 (Queens). This means that the Democratic support is growing in these zip codes.
  • Meanwhile, several zip codes are “redder”, including 11419 (Queens), 11214 (Brooklyn), and 10309 (Staten Island).
  • The flat trend in Brooklyn indicates that it might be challenging for Biden to attract voters in Brooklyn, who historically had responded well to Senator Bernie Sanders’ grassroots campaign.

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights New York City and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is leading in each zip code. You can click on the zip code polygons or select from the drop-down menu to learn more. For a more detailed analysis of how candidates are doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 

Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Republican candidates (including Trump, Sanford, Walsh, and Weld), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Looking at the map and the chart above, we can tell that the majority of NYC zip codes have contributed to Democratic candidates. Vice President Joe Biden started seeing a surge in the number of unique donors by the end of February, thanks to his Super Tuesday Success. As he became the presumptive Democratic candidate, the amount of support he received from New Yorkers continued to grow exponentially. As of June 30, 2020, Trump has accumulated 12,945 unique donors.

Meanwhile, while the growth has been relatively flat for President Trump, he did manage to take over a few zip codes, mostly in outer boroughs. Staten Island continued to be Trump’s strong base, and zip codes 11214 and 11229 in Brooklyn went from light blue to purple. This, along with the aggregated totals in Brooklyn, indicate that Biden might have trouble attracting voters in Brooklyn, especially those who have responded well to Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

While most of Manhattan is dominated by Democratic donors, Trump did manage to raise more than Biden in certain zip codes such as zip codes 10019, 10022, and 10065. For instance, President Trump received in total five contributions with receipt amount equal or over $100,000 in zip code 10019 through the Trump Victory committee, with the largest one being $360,600 from the CEO of a private commercial real estate finance and investment company. Note that, however, in our unique donor analysis, multiple contributions from the same donor to the same candidate (even though different committees) are counted as one.

Top 5 Zip Codes in Manhattan by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 10024: Biden’s 830 unique donors vs. Trump’s 71 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10025: Biden’s 678 unique donors vs. Trump’s 54 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10023: Biden’s 819 unique donors vs. Trump’s 93 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10011: Biden’s 512 unique donors vs. Trump’s 41 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10003: Biden’s 440 unique donors vs. Trump’s 38 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in Brooklyn by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 11201: Biden’s 470 unique donors vs. Trump’s 40 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11215: Biden’s 396 unique donors vs. Trump’s 30 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11238: Biden’s 161 unique donors vs. Trump’s 8 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11217: Biden’s 214 unique donors vs. Trump’s 13 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11231: Biden’s 145 unique donors vs. Trump’s 12 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in Queens by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 11375: Biden’s 99 unique donors vs. Trump’s 105 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11385: Biden’s 10 unique donors vs. Trump’s 68 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11101: Biden’s 55 unique donors vs. Trump’s 24 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11372: Biden’s 39 unique donors vs. Trump’s 39 unique donors
  • Zip Code 11106: Biden’s 23 unique donors vs. Trump’s 33 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in the Bronx by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 10471: Biden’s 73 unique donors vs. Trump’s 34 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10462: Biden’s 19 unique donors vs. Trump’s 25 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10465: Biden’s 9 unique donors vs. Trump’s 61 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10461: Biden’s 11 unique donors vs. Trump’s 34 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10467: Biden’s 13 unique donors vs. Trump’s 18 unique donors
Top 5 Zip Codes in Staten Island by Donor Count
  • Zip Code 10314: Biden’s 26 unique donors vs. Trump’s 145 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10312: Biden’s 25 unique donors vs. Trump’s 126 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10301: Biden’s 34 unique donors vs. Trump’s 48 unique donors
  • Zip Code 10306: Biden’s 15 unique donors vs. unique donors
  • Zip Code 10304: Biden’s 21 unique donors vs. Trump’s 65 unique donors
Unique Donor Leaderboard – Biden

Below are the top 10 zip codes where Biden received the most support.

  • Zip Code 10024 (Manhattan): 830 unique donors, 92.1% donor share
  • Zip Code 10023 (Manhattan): 819 unique donors, 89.8% donor share
  • Zip Code 10025 (Manhattan): 678 unique donors, 92.6% donor share
  • Zip Code 10128 (Manhattan): 596 unique donors, 84.9% donor share
  • Zip Code 10021 (Manhattan): 569 unique donors, 84.9% donor share
  • Zip Code 10028 (Manhattan): 527 unique donors, 82.7% donor share
  • Zip Code 10011 (Manhattan): 512 unique donors, 92.6% donor share
  • Zip Code 11201 (Brooklyn): 470 unique donors, 92.2% donor share
  • Zip Code 10003 (Manhattan): 440 unique donors, 92.1% donor share
  • Zip Code 10022 (Manhattan): 419 unique donors, 74.4% donor share
Unique Donor Leaderboard – Trump

Below are the top 10 zip codes where Trump received the most support.

  • Zip Code 10314 (Staten Island): 145 unique donors, 84.8% donor share
  • Zip Code 10022 (Manhattan): 144 unique donors, 25.6% donor share
  • Zip Code 11209 (Brooklyn): 140 unique donors, 71.1% donor share
  • Zip Code 11235 (Brooklyn): 132 unique donors, 86.3% donor share
  • Zip Code 10312 (Staten Island): 126 unique donors, 83.4% donor share
  • Zip Code 10028 (Manhattan): 110 unique donors, 17.3% donor share
  • Zip Code 10128 (Manhattan): 106 unique donors, 15.1% donor share
  • Zip Code 11375 (Queens): 105 unique donors, 51.5% donor share
  • Zip Code 10019 (Manhattan): 102 unique donors, 25.4% donor share
  • Zip Code 10021 (Manhattan): 101 unique donors, 15.1% donor share

Methodology

The campaign donations data was retrieved from the FEC covering all individual contributions dated between Jan 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For President Donald Trump, the following committees are included: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (C00580100), Trump Make America Great Again Committee (C00618371), and Trump Victory (C00618389). For former Vice President Joe Biden, the following committees are included: Biden for President (C00703975), Biden Victory Fund (C00744946), and Biden Action Fund (C00746651). The state, county, and zip code shapefiles were retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of unique donors, we deduped by names, zip codes, and candidates. We adopted 5-digit zip codes for this report as not all candidates collect 9-digit zip codes. People who have changed their names or moved in between donations could artificially inflate these numbers. Unique donor shares are calculated using the aggregated number of unique donors contributed to Trump’s campaign and the aggregated number of unique donors contributed to Biden’s campaign. Past Democratic/Republican candidates are excluded from the calculation.


Frequently Asked Questions about Our Election Studies

 
1. Why would Trump be leading in a Blue Zip Code?

This is related to the primaries. As we all know, there were as many as 31 Democratic candidates competing for the nomination, and so the support was divided among them. Meanwhile, while the Republican Party had 3 candidates running, all the support gravitated towards Trump, and therefore he alone could receive support from more unique donors than any single Democratic candidate. Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, we should start seeing some changes.

2. Why should we care about unique donors?

While the dollar amount raised is important for candidates, we believe that it is more crucial to understand how many unique donors each candidate has attracted, as each unique donor potentially means one vote, and by measuring donor counts, it gives us a better idea of how many people support each candidate.

3. How is the party majority calculated?

The party majority is calculated using the aggregated unique donor count of a party and the aggregated unique donor count from Jan 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. For instance, if Democratic candidates attracted a total of 200 unique donors, and the total number of unique donors within a city is 500, the Democratic share would be 40%. In terms of the color shades, purple areas are whether neither the Democratic candidates combined nor Trump has more than 55% of the donors. Light blue and light red represent zip codes where the party has 55% to 70% of the donors, and blue or red represents a majority of 70% and more.

Published at Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:45:02 +0000

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How Can You Get Rent or Mortgage Relief Despite the CARES Act Expiring?

How Can You Get Rent or Mortgage Relief Despite the CARES Act Expiring?

Starting Aug. 24, the CARES Act will stop shielding millions of renters from eviction. On July 31, jobless workers stopped receiving $600 weekly enhancement benefits. President Trump has issued a memorandum lowering the unemployment benefit to $400 a week, but some people may not receive the payments for weeks. Additionally, underfunded states may not have enough money to provide these payments in full.

COVID-19 Rent Relief, Coronavirus Mortgage Relief

Trump’s directive states that the federal government will provide $300 and the states will contribute another $100. Some governors have responded that the $100 per-person contribution is not enough. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called it “impossible” because the novel coronavirus has had severe negative impacts on states’ economies.

Meanwhile, renters and homeowners have found it more challenging to pay their monthly bills on time given their decreased unemployment payments. If you’re in the same boat, here are several resources you can potentially use to avoid eviction.

Find out your state’s eviction protections

If the CARES Act covers your property, your landlord can legally file an eviction notice as early as Aug. 24. Federally funded rental properties, which make up about one-fourth of rental properties in the US, are protected by the CARES Act. The soon-to-expire eviction moratorium does not protect tenants of single-family homes, apartments with four or fewer units, and landlord-owned buildings. 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has created a tool designed for people to see if the CARES Act covers their property. Enter your zip code and scroll through the addresses to see if your property is temporarily protected.

Ask your landlord for an extension or reduction

It may be worth asking your landlord if you can negotiate your rent. Your landlord or leasing agency may prefer to work out an arrangement instead of not receiving any rent at all. Some landlords can be receptive to this approach so they avoid problems and prevent their tenants from starting a rent strike.

Some landlords may offer a payment plan for missing payments. If you’re able to start a payment plan, make sure to reconnect with your landlord about their expectations when your payments return to normal. If your landlord or leasing agency is unable to give you a payment plan, consider asking if they can take you off your lease so you can relocate to a more affordable apartment.

Contact local community services and organizations

Many states have local organizations that help people who need assistance with paying rent, bills, and food. The National Low Income Housing Association provides an interactive map for people to see local programs available to them. Another organization named Just Shelter has created a database of local organizations that can help people stay in their homes and find emergency housing. The nonprofit 211.org offers a pandemic assistance portal for people struggling to afford food and other necessities.

Currently, the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development are claiming to help fund tenants who need financial assistance, but there isn’t an executive order that bans evictions. Various local organizations and services have instead taken the responsibility to provide resources to people who require financial help. If you need help beyond the options listed here, you may find what you need by looking within your community.

Published at Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:22:55 +0000

How to Safely Buy Furniture on Online Marketplaces

Online marketplaces are a convenient source for finding a bargain and buying affordable furniture and other home goods. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful during the purchase and exchange process, you might find yourself facing scams and dangerous situations. Here are a few ways to ensure your safety when buying furniture online.

Research the item

Online Shopping Safely Buy Furniture on Online Marketplaces

To prevent getting scammed, research the furniture you want before buying it. Search various e-commerce sites to see the price for a new product, then compare the seller’s price to store prices. If the product you’re eyeing is practically new, it should be discounted at least a few dollars from the regular retail price. Additionally, products depreciate in value depending on the condition.

Review how other sellers are pricing the same item on e-commerce sites. If you have a question about the product, message the seller to ask about its condition. Don’t hesitate to contact the merchant just because they’re likely a total stranger — a trustworthy online seller should be happy to answer your questions.

Check the seller’s profile

If you’re using an online marketplace on which sellers maintain profiles, ask yourself: Does the seller’s profile look legitimate? Are they providing very little information about themselves? Take a note of the seller’s reviews and, if applicable, friends. It is suspicious if they have a small number of friends, and it can also be suspicious if they have very few reviews (or lots of negative reviews).

Beware of any red flags regarding what the seller uploads to their profile. You may be dealing with a scammer if the merchant posts many spam links in public posts. If applicable, do a reverse image search of the seller’s profile picture to see if the person is using a picture of someone else. 

Inspect the product before purchasing

How does the furniture look in pictures? Before authorizing a payment, ask to see the product. The item may have signs of damage that the seller doesn’t show in photos. If the furniture is expensive, bring an expert — or maybe just a friend who buys a lot of secondhand furniture — for a second opinion. If the product is electronic, test whether it operates correctly.

Safely meet the seller in public

The safest way to meet the seller is far from your home and in a populated public space. Some people believe it’s safe to meet at a police station in front of security cameras. Other options include a shopping mall, restaurant, or coffee shops. Bringing a friend while meeting a seller in public adds another layer of security.

Use a secure payment method directly from the seller

Make sure to use a secure payment method. Sellers may ask for an indirect way of paying through a third-party site. The Better Business Bureau suggests purchasing your item using a person-to-person payment method.

Shopping online can help you find a vast selection of stylish furniture at reasonable prices. You can find many different styles of furniture from various eras, and if you’re vigilant with your safety and against fraud, online buying can be an unbeatable way to get a bargain. 

Published at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:30:49 +0000

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What Portland Neighborhood is Best for Me? (Quiz)

What Portland Neighborhood is Best for Me? (Quiz)

With its walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, renowned multicultural dining scene, clusters of hops-heavy breweries, hip bars, urban green areas and endless options for shopping and entertainment, Portland packs big-city amenities and comforts into a quirky, small-town package.

Sitting on the banks of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, hemmed in by forested hills and rolling valleys, Portland‘s diverse neighborhoods offer something for every type of personality, from chic, trend-driven careerists to chill artists and creatives who love the laid-back lifestyle and everyone in between.

The most popular Portland neighborhoods for renters

So, hop on your bike (or rent one from the fast-and-easy bicycle rental places around town) and hit the streets to learn about the best areas of the city, and then take our Portland neighborhoods quiz to find which one is right for you!

Downtown Portland

downtown portland

Full of history and culture, Downtown Portland offers the perfect blend of work and fun, contemporary and historic. Walk from your office in the business district to home, passing local landmarks like Pioneer Place along the way.

For a taste of the outdoors, go for a stroll in the riverfront park or head to the verdant hills of Washington Park. With ample shopping and dining options to boot, downtown is the best of all worlds.

A one-bedroom apartment will cost you about $1,700 on average in this neighborhood.

South Waterfront

south waterfront

This revitalized district on the southwestern bank of the Willamette River is easily Portland’s most up-and-coming neighborhood, with sleek condos and apartment buildings, trendy eateries and manicured riverfront parks and outdoor areas populated by joggers and cyclists.

Affluent and innovative, South Waterfront is perfect for the career-oriented, with its fast-and-easy access to the nearby Oregon Health & Sciences University, the downtown area and public transit.

Be prepared to spend about $1,750 on average for a one-bedroom apartment in South Waterfront.

Pearl

pearl portland

Once the site of train yards and warehouses, the Pearl is now one of Portland’s most happening districts, perfect for those who like to live at the heart of things.

With endless restaurants, bars and breweries, cobblestone streets and red-brick buildings that have been renovated into upscale dining, retail, living and gallery spaces (the Pearl is one of the best places for art in Portland), you’re never more than a few feet from the action.

Pearl is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, and rent prices reflect that. A one-bedroom apartment here averages about $2,320 a month.

Goose Hollow

goose hollow

Goose Hollow’s hidden charm offers fantastic value and location. For sports fans, there’s nowhere better, thanks to being the home of the Providence Park stadium, and nature lovers will enjoy being close to Washington Park, the Rose Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.

With all the attractions of downtown and Nob Hill at your fingertips, Goose Hollow offers a leisurely respite from the hustle and bustle at the heart of the city.

You’ll spend an average of $1,830 for a one-bedroom apartment in Goose Hollow.

Nob Hill

nob hill portland

For a taste of classic Portland, Nob Hill is among the best. Located on the northwestern banks of the Willamette, not far from the Pearl and downtown, this sunny neighborhood is full of beautiful Craftsman and Victorian homes, as well as some of the best dining in the city.

Stroll from your house or apartment up to 23rd Street (or “Trendy Third”) to shop at cool boutiques or relax with a local craft brew.

An average one-bedroom apartment here will set you back about $2,030 a month.

Buckman

buckman

Bring on the brews and good eats: Buckman serves up some of the best in town! This east-bank neighborhood is hopping with cool breweries, as well as many of Portland’s top restaurants like Tusk and Canard.

Coffee lovers will also enjoy the wide variety of roasters and coffee houses. Easily walkable, vibrant and funky, this blended-area of old-school Portland houses and contemporary outfits is always exciting.

You’ll spend about $1,900 for an average one-bedroom apartment in Buckman.

St. Johns

st johns

For a taste of small-town life, St. Johns in North Portland enclave of tree-lined streets, local stores and unique restaurants and bars hits the spot.

Discover vintage Portland homes, while away afternoons in Cathedral Park, have a pint with friends at favorite haunts like Occidental Brewing and enjoy the great outdoors at the nearby Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. Best of all, one of Portland’s most famous icons, the St. Johns Bridge, is your next-door neighbor here.

East Portland

east portland

If you want to live close to the action but with a bit of breathing room, this quiet, established district is just what the doctor ordered. East Portland is chock-full of charming homes, affordable apartments and neighborhood parks.

Each area, like Hazelwood or Powellhurst-Gilbert, also has plenty in the way of local and national retail and dining. And all the thrills of downtown are just a short drive away.

You’re a little further away from downtown, so it’s most affordable in East Portland. An average one-bedroom apartment is only $1,100 a month.

Find the best Portland neighborhood for you

Still not sure which Portland neighborhood is perfect to call your home? Simply answer a few questions and we’ll tell you!

Who’s coming with you?

Which one neighborhood characteristic can you not live without?

What’s your idea of quality downtime?

Which of these best describes your current life stage?

Your personal style could be best described as:

Which of the following is most important to you in choosing a home?

Which Portland Neighborhood Should You Call Home?

Downtown Portland

Full of history and culture, downtown Portland offers the perfect blend of work and fun, contemporary and historic. Walk from your office in the business district to home, passing local landmarks like Pioneer Place along the way.For a taste of the outdoors, go for a stroll in the riverfront park or head to the verdant hills of Washington Park. With ample shopping and dining options to boot, downtown is the best of all worlds.
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South Waterfront

This revitalized district on the southwestern bank of the Willamette River is easily Portland’s most up-and-coming neighborhood, with sleek condos and apartment buildings, trendy eateries and manicured riverfront parks and outdoor areas populated by joggers and cyclists.Affluent and innovative, this area is perfect for the career-oriented, with its fast-and-easy access to the nearby Oregon Health & Sciences University, the downtown area and public transit.
Find Apartments in South Waterfront

St. Johns

For a taste of small-town life, this North Portland enclave of tree-lined streets, local stores and unique restaurants and bars hits the spot. Discover vintage Portland homes, while away afternoons in Cathedral Park, have a pint with friends at favorite haunts like Occidental Brewing and enjoy the great outdoors at the nearby Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. Best of all, one of Portland’s most famous icons, the St. John’s Bridge, is your next-door neighbor here.
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Pearl

Once the site of train yards and warehouses, the Pearl is now one of Portland’s most happening districts, perfect for those who like to live at the heart of things. With endless restaurants, bars and breweries, cobblestone streets and red-brick buildings that have been renovated into upscale dining, retail, living and gallery spaces (the Pearl is one of the best places for art in Portland), you’re never more than a few feet from the action.
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Nob Hill

For a taste of classic Portland, Nob Hill is among the best. Located on the northwestern banks of the Willamette, not far from the Pearl and downtown, this sunny neighborhood is full of beautiful Craftsman and Victorian homes, as well as some of the best dining in the city.Stroll from your house or apartment up to 23rd Street (or “Trendy Third”) to shop at cool boutiques or relax with a local craft brew.
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Goose Hollow

Goose Hollow’s hidden charm offers fantastic value and location. For sports fans, there’s nowhere better, thanks to being the home of the Providence Park stadium, and nature lovers will enjoy being close to Washington Park, the Rose Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.With all the attractions of downtown and Nob Hill at your fingertips, Goose Hollow offers a leisurely respite from the hustle and bustle at the heart of the city.
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East Portland

If you want to live close to the action but with a bit of breathing room, this quiet, established district is just what the doctor ordered. East Portland is chock-full of charming homes, affordable apartments and neighborhood parks.Each area, like Hazelwood or Powellhurst-Gilbert, also has plenty in the way of local and national retail and dining. And all the thrills of downtown are just a short drive away.
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Buckman

Bring on the brews and good eats: Buckman serves up some of the best in town! This east-bank neighborhood is hopping with cool breweries, as well as many of Portland’s top restaurants like Tusk and Canard. Coffee lovers will also enjoy the wide variety of roasters and coffee houses. Easily walkable, vibrant and funky, this blended-area of old-school Portland houses and contemporary outfits is always exciting.
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Published at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:59:00 +0000

Decorating Ideas in an 800-Square-Foot Apartment

In some places, 800-square feet is still considered small — but it’s one of the biggest you’ll find among the small apartments.

Modest square footage and decorating restrictions don’t help when trying to decorate your 800-square-foot apartment.

If you’re having a tough time creating an orderly and usable apartment that still has style, here are a few ideas for you.

How big is an 800-square-foot apartment?

Eight hundred square feet is about as big as five parking spaces or a room that’s just bigger than 28 by 28 feet. And it’s a little smaller than three school buses put together.

What does an 800-square-foot apartment look like?

An 800-square-foot apartment will get you a simple one- maybe two-bedroom layout. While the rooms may not be huge, they’re usable and will give you plenty of room to move around and live your life comfortably.

You’ll likely get a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe extra closet space for storage or a dining room if you’re lucky.

Layout of an 800-square-foot apartment

Source: The Grove at One92

5 ways to decorate your 800-square-foot apartment

It can be intimidating to decorate small spaces because we hear about so many things we shouldn’t do and we wonder what we should do to make the most of our living space.

Whatever you do, invite a little bit of luxury and a lot of your personality into your apartment décor and you can’t go wrong.

1. Choose statement pieces

statement pieces

Instead of cramming your apartment full of big pieces of furniture and décor, stick to a limited number of pieces that make a big statement. Choose one or two elements to define each room that really grabs your attention.

Use a bold coffee table or a large piece of wall art and center everything else in the room around it. Or, if your kitchen cabinets are bland and you’re not allowed to paint them, find eccentric peel-and-stick tiles to put on the floor to add interest to the room.

2. Embrace the dark

dark colors

In a space that’s extremely small, too many dark colors are a mistake. But with 800 square feet, you can make good use of the dark. Play with darker tones to add depth to the room — like adding dark navy curtains to contrast a white wall or using a deep gray rug for the floor.

If you’re a little skeptical of using dark colors in your apartment, you can always start small by testing out little elements — try a bold, black frame around artwork and add a few pillows with darker fabrics to your couch. Have fun with it and you’ll be surprised by the results!

3. Add molding

crown moulding

You usually won’t find molding in cheap apartments — it’s often used in luxury settings. To make your apartment look and feel more luxurious, you can add molding. You can buy removable molding that’s actually reusable, so you can take it with you if you move or even change where it is in your current apartment if you decide to mix things up. You’ll be amazed by what a few simple pieces of wooden molding can do for a wall.

4. Mix in metallics

metallic decor

If you’re unsure of what colors to add to an apartment, you can, instead, opt for metallics. Metallics pair well with most colors and the different metals and finishes can easily be mixed and matched.

There are metallic elements that can play into your theme, whatever it may be. If you want a high-end feel, try polished gold or silver. And if you want a rustic or vintage setting, use copper and metals that are tarnished and worn.

5. Go monochromatic

monochromatic decor

When you’ve got a few rooms to decorate, you want them to be different but still flow together. Cue the monochromatic theme. Stick to one color and use various shades and hues of it in each room. Especially if you’re worried the colors you choose might clash, using one color will make it easier on you and it will still have a positive effect on your apartment.

Living in an 800-square-foot apartment

You have a little more room than most other small apartments, so use your freedom and have fun with it! There’s no harm in experimenting with colors, metals and different styles of décor. Use what makes you feel good!

Published at Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:04 +0000

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A Five-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

A Five-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

Do you have a hard time picking what to wear and often find yourself impatiently rummaging through your clothes to choose the right outfit? A messy wardrobe can add unnecessary stress to your day, especially if your apartment is small without many options for storage. Decluttering and organizing your closet will help speed up the process of picking your next outfit. Save time choosing an outfit and enjoy the clothes you own by following these five helpful closet-organizing tips.

1. Declutter by category

Get rid of unnecessary clothes by following the advice of famed organization expert Marie Kondo. Kondo believes the best way to declutter is to focus on items that “spark joy.” From Kondo’s perspective, joy links to personal and intimate reasons – the “small details” of an item should make you smile. 

Organizing Closet

Kondo’s tidying technique, called the KonMari Closet Method, emphasizes sorting through your clothes by categories such as pants, tops, or dresses. First, empty your closet. Gather all of your clothes from one group in front of you so it’s easier to keep your loved clothes and eliminate other items. After organizing one category, go through the rest of the groups until you sorted through each one. Discard unwanted clothes in a bag for donation or sell them to a consignment store. 

2. Clean and wash your empty closet

After your closet is empty from sorting everything, make sure to clean it. Sweep, scrub or vacuum your closet, and air it out for deep cleaning. If you have storage bins, clean them too. If you want, you can listen to some calming or uplifting music while you clean to make the process go by faster.

3. Organize your storage space with organizers or bins

Use your vertical storage space to your advantage. Use a hanging shoe organizer to store more clothes. Storage bins on built-in shelves will maximize storage for – and organize – one of your item categories. 

Hanging hooks on your wall to organize your jewelry, belts, and scarves can also be useful when you have limited space. If you have extra space for a shoe organizer, rolling dresser, or a small armoire, add it to your closet to store small accessories.

4. Store your clothes and accessories by category

As previously mentioned, you should organize similar items together. Clothes and accessories in each category – pants, shirts, socks – should be with each other. 

Hang formal and structured clothes to prevent wrinkles. Save hanging space by folding thick garments such as jeans and sweaters. To get ready quickly, organize each category in the order you get dressed. If you’re a visual person, go the extra mile to color-code your closet.

Marie Kondo suggests two tips to make your wardrobe look aesthetically pleasing. Hang your clothes to face the same direction, and keep longer items on the left and shorter pieces on the right to create an upward sloping line.

5. Follow the “one in, one out” rule

These organization tips helped you clean your closet, but now what? Keep your closet clean and tidy by not hoarding new clothes (doing so also decreases the need for another massive wardrobe clean-out). Maintain your organized, spacious closet by always removing an item after purchasing a new one. 

With an organized closet, you can spend less time getting ready. Plus, a clean closet helps you maximize your wardrobe through different aesthetic and storage techniques, so you’ll feel happier with your apartment too.

Published at Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:10:26 +0000

Five Houseplants Perfect for Your Apartment

Do you want beautiful plants in your apartment but have difficulty keeping them alive? Underwatering, overwatering, and sunlight can greatly affect the appearance and lifespan of a houseplant. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can get low-maintenance plants that require minimal water or sun. Decorate your apartment with a bit of nature and purify your air by getting one of these five houseplants.

Houseplants Perfect for Your Apartment

1. Snake plant

Snake plants are known for their ability to thrive in low sunlight. Coming in many varieties, snake plants often grow slender green leaves with yellow or gray highlights. They are common decorations in apartments and offices, but be careful – direct sunlight burns the leaves. Another quick way to kill this plant is to overwater it, though snake plants are easy to propagate (creating a new plant from cuttings, layering, or dividing the plant) in water.

Snake plants are more than just pretty decorations. They are often considered one of the best air-purifying plants. They can remove household toxins, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen oxide from the air in your apartment.

2. Golden pothos 

Another plant that requires a low amount of watering is the golden pothos plant (or devil’s ivy). These plants thrive in bright environments with indirect sunlight or low sunlight. The pothos plant can grow to be around 10 feet long or sometimes even longer. 

Similarly to the snake plant, the pothos plant can easily propagate in water. According to NASA’s clean air study, pothos plants absorb pollutants such as carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde.

3. Dracaena

Dracaena, also known as the dragon tree, can grow up to 15 feet tall in indirect sunlight. Dracaena’s foliage can be completely green or include stripes of green, red, or yellow. Brighter color varieties do better in bright light

During warmer weather, dracaenas can be watered once a week. Their temperature tolerance is high as well. They filter benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. 

4. Lucky bamboo

Bring good luck to your apartment with a lucky bamboo plant. Lucky bamboo, a species of dracaena commonly mistaken for a bamboo plant, often grows into spirals and curls in front of a light source. Lucky bamboo requires indirect sunlight. 

What’s unique about this plant is that it can grow in potting soil or with its stems submerged in one inch of water. Despite the low-maintenance of lucky bamboo plants, they require distilled or bottled water. Although this plant does not have toxin-removing qualities, it is believed that lucky bamboo cleanses an environment’s energy.

5. ZZ plant

ZZ, short for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is a type of succulent known for living in low sunlight and water. Native to East Africa, the ZZ plant became a popular houseplant in the 1990s due to its high tolerance to heat and low water needs. ZZ plants can even live off of fluorescent bulbs as its only light source. ZZ plants absorb pollutants such as carbon dioxide, xylene, and toluene.

An easy houseplant can be great for sprucing up your apartment and decorating your space. Great in any corner or centerpiece, a low-maintenance houseplant won’t just beautify your apartment – it will purify it too.

Published at Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:04:01 +0000

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7 Ways to Spruce up a Small Outdoor Space for $75 or Less

7 Ways to Spruce up a Small Outdoor Space for $75 or Less

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Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor space, no matter how small. And whether you have a tiny deck, patio, or backyard, after a few months of use, your space could probably use some love right about now. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton, though! Here, eight ways to give your outdoor space more color, function, and flair, each ringing up at $75 or (much, much) less.

Create railing planter boxes to grow your garden with limited space

On my own small deck, I drilled planters boxes into the existing railings to give me more space to plant. Each planter box was under $30 a piece (similar ones can be picked up at Home Depot). Filled with tomato plants, a bell pepper plant and a jalapeno plant, my railing planters gave me additional space and plenty of veggies to eat throughout the summer. You could fill your own with flowering annuals, like the example above.

Also, be budget-conscious when selecting plants to fill your boxes and choose ones that propagate easily. “They multiply,” says Kori Gervasio, owner of Colly Flowers in Morristown, N.J. “You can replant these in different pots and start growing a whole new plant.” Some of her favorites are Chinese money plants, spider plants and aloe vera. 

Add a DIY bar to make more hangout room 

In addition to plants and relaxation, your tiny space can be a lot of fun. Nicole Peesker, who lives in Alberta, Canada, wanted a bar for her small patio. But the cost of a set and the amount of space it would take up deterred her. 

Winning the brother of the year award, Nicole’s brother surprised her and built her a bar of her own. He used cedar boards, brackets, screws and some good old fashioned elbow grease to create this great addition to her outside living area. Once she added two stools she already had, Nicole was in business. 

Install a trellis for privacy 

A trellis is a great way to grow plants vertically—and it can be a perfect way to add some privacy, too. Hit up a home center to find wood trellis pieces, which you can anchor in soil or by placing each of the feet in a small bucket that you then fill with concrete to keep it stable. Once your trellis is in place, you can use it to train climbing plants like ivy—or you can use twist ties to anchor faux plants to it for instant green.

One of the best parts about summer is being outside, especially in the evening when it’s not wildly hot. String lights add dreamy sparkly to nighttime hangouts, but if you don’t have somewhere to attach the lights, don’t worry: You can easily make renter-friendly poles to hang lights from. You’ll need wood 2x2s—either two or four, depending on the size of your space—as well as one bucket per wood piece. You’ll also need concrete mix, paint of your choice, and screw hooks.

First, mix the concrete in the bucket per the instructions, then stick a wood piece in the center. Repeat for each pole. Then, paint or stain the pole your desired color—black and green paints are both attractive, seamless options—and place in the far corners of your space. Twist the screw hooks into the poles; you’ll likely need to drill a pilot hole first for easy install. Then, string your lights up, hanging them from the hooks on each pole.

To create the look of string lights on a budget, buy a strand of Christmas lights and use ping pong balls to give them a globe effect. For about $10 for the strand plus a few extra dollars for the balls, you’ve got yourself something special and much more inexpensive than a strand of Edison bulb lights. 

Create an awning for shade

To update your outside space and provide a respite from the sun, add some shade with a DIY awning made from outdoor fabric that you can score for as low as $10 per yard. Use removable outdoor Command hooks to attach one side to your home; for the other side, you can use the same rental-friendly concrete poles that work for your string lights.

Depending on what size you decide to add, these tarps can start as low as $10 per yard; I really love this bright yellow one to add some cheer to an outdoor space. In addition to the tarp, all you need is 1x2s, duct tape, and some nails to hold up the wood and attach the tarp to the pieces. For tools, a staple gun and a drill will do the trick. 

Make a concrete garden stool 

To make it, she used a bag of concrete, a concrete form tube, water, and a 5-gallon plastic bucket. If you’re looking to add some extra color to it, you could hit it with a bit of spray paint—but left plain, it’s equally chic, with a cool Scandi-meets-industrial vibe.

Build a hanging chair (or two!)

One of the best parts of being outdoors is kicking back in a lounge chair—and a swinging lounge chair feels doubly relaxing. The Merrythought created this infinitely cozy hanging chair with just a drop cloth, dowels, and rope.

The most important part of this is safely hanging it. Make sure you hang it on a hook that supports at least 300 pounds and hang it from a strong point in the ceiling. If you’re under an overhang, find a ceiling joist and hang from there, as it’ll be the strongest place to do so.

Published at Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:02:05 +0000

Early Access to Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is Live for All Cardmembers! Here’s What to Shop for the Home

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.

Good news: Nordstrom’s iconic Anniversary Sale is officially here, with major deals on top-selling products and plenty of new merchandise for fall. The sale opened up to select cardmembers on Aug. 4, but as of today all cardmembers now have access to shop the sale—and it includes tons of great products for home. If you’re not a cardmember, you’ll be able to shop the sale on Aug. 19, but until then you can preview the entire sale and add your favorite products to a wish list. Below are a few finds for the home from top brands that we’re adding to our own wish lists, but remember that new items are added daily, so keep checking back and get ready to shop!

Nicole Lund

Commerce Editor

Nicole writes about shopping and products for Apartment Therapy, but her specialities are candles, bedding, bath, and pretty much anything homebody-friendly. She has been writing for AT for two years.

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Published at Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:45:07 +0000

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7 Ways to Spruce up a Small Outdoor Space for $75 or Less

7 Ways to Spruce up a Small Outdoor Space for $75 or Less

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor space, no matter how small. And whether you have a tiny deck, patio, or backyard, after a few months of use, your space could probably use some love right about now. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton, though! Here, eight ways to give your outdoor space more color, function, and flair, each ringing up at $75 or (much, much) less.

Create railing planter boxes to grow your garden with limited space

On my own small deck, I drilled planters boxes into the existing railings to give me more space to plant. Each planter box was under $30 a piece (similar ones can be picked up at Home Depot). Filled with tomato plants, a bell pepper plant and a jalapeno plant, my railing planters gave me additional space and plenty of veggies to eat throughout the summer. You could fill your own with flowering annuals, like the example above.

Also, be budget-conscious when selecting plants to fill your boxes and choose ones that propagate easily. “They multiply,” says Kori Gervasio, owner of Colly Flowers in Morristown, N.J. “You can replant these in different pots and start growing a whole new plant.” Some of her favorites are Chinese money plants, spider plants and aloe vera. 

Add a DIY bar to make more hangout room 

In addition to plants and relaxation, your tiny space can be a lot of fun. Nicole Peesker, who lives in Alberta, Canada, wanted a bar for her small patio. But the cost of a set and the amount of space it would take up deterred her. 

Winning the brother of the year award, Nicole’s brother surprised her and built her a bar of her own. He used cedar boards, brackets, screws and some good old fashioned elbow grease to create this great addition to her outside living area. Once she added two stools she already had, Nicole was in business. 

Install a trellis for privacy 

A trellis is a great way to grow plants vertically—and it can be a perfect way to add some privacy, too. Hit up a home center to find wood trellis pieces, which you can anchor in soil or by placing each of the feet in a small bucket that you then fill with concrete to keep it stable. Once your trellis is in place, you can use it to train climbing plants like ivy—or you can use twist ties to anchor faux plants to it for instant green.

One of the best parts about summer is being outside, especially in the evening when it’s not wildly hot. String lights add dreamy sparkly to nighttime hangouts, but if you don’t have somewhere to attach the lights, don’t worry: You can easily make renter-friendly poles to hang lights from. You’ll need wood 2x2s—either two or four, depending on the size of your space—as well as one bucket per wood piece. You’ll also need concrete mix, paint of your choice, and screw hooks.

First, mix the concrete in the bucket per the instructions, then stick a wood piece in the center. Repeat for each pole. Then, paint or stain the pole your desired color—black and green paints are both attractive, seamless options—and place in the far corners of your space. Twist the screw hooks into the poles; you’ll likely need to drill a pilot hole first for easy install. Then, string your lights up, hanging them from the hooks on each pole.

To create the look of string lights on a budget, buy a strand of Christmas lights and use ping pong balls to give them a globe effect. For about $10 for the strand plus a few extra dollars for the balls, you’ve got yourself something special and much more inexpensive than a strand of Edison bulb lights. 

Create an awning for shade

To update your outside space and provide a respite from the sun, add some shade with a DIY awning made from outdoor fabric that you can score for as low as $10 per yard. Use removable outdoor Command hooks to attach one side to your home; for the other side, you can use the same rental-friendly concrete poles that work for your string lights.

Depending on what size you decide to add, these tarps can start as low as $10 per yard; I really love this bright yellow one to add some cheer to an outdoor space. In addition to the tarp, all you need is 1x2s, duct tape, and some nails to hold up the wood and attach the tarp to the pieces. For tools, a staple gun and a drill will do the trick. 

Make a concrete garden stool 

To make it, she used a bag of concrete, a concrete form tube, water, and a 5-gallon plastic bucket. If you’re looking to add some extra color to it, you could hit it with a bit of spray paint—but left plain, it’s equally chic, with a cool Scandi-meets-industrial vibe.

Build a hanging chair (or two!)

One of the best parts of being outdoors is kicking back in a lounge chair—and a swinging lounge chair feels doubly relaxing. The Merrythought created this infinitely cozy hanging chair with just a drop cloth, dowels, and rope.

The most important part of this is safely hanging it. Make sure you hang it on a hook that supports at least 300 pounds and hang it from a strong point in the ceiling. If you’re under an overhang, find a ceiling joist and hang from there, as it’ll be the strongest place to do so.

Published at Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:02:05 +0000

Early Access to Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is Live for All Cardmembers! Here’s What to Shop for the Home

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.

Good news: Nordstrom’s iconic Anniversary Sale is officially here, with major deals on top-selling products and plenty of new merchandise for fall. The sale opened up to select cardmembers on Aug. 4, but as of today all cardmembers now have access to shop the sale—and it includes tons of great products for home. If you’re not a cardmember, you’ll be able to shop the sale on Aug. 19, but until then you can preview the entire sale and add your favorite products to a wish list. Below are a few finds for the home from top brands that we’re adding to our own wish lists, but remember that new items are added daily, so keep checking back and get ready to shop!

Nicole Lund

Commerce Editor

Nicole writes about shopping and products for Apartment Therapy, but her specialities are candles, bedding, bath, and pretty much anything homebody-friendly. She has been writing for AT for two years.

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Published at Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:45:07 +0000

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Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

I’ve long had a love affair with wide plank hardwood flooring. I can’t actually pinpoint when the look seeped into my consciousness. I suspect it started when I began voraciously collecting European design magazines, as wide plank hardwood flooring is a mainstay of European and specifically Scandinavian design. Yet for so long wide plank floors were only used in “rustic” design in the United States. But I am the first to say that wide plank hardwood flooring is not only modern but timeless. I so firmly believe this, I made the decision from day one that I would put a wider plank hardwood throughout my own house!

Five years later, I only wish I’d know about Carlisle Wide Plank Floors when we were in the middle of our renovations. Going with a company like Carlisle Wide Plank Floors would have made my life so much simpler. They literally are your one-stop-shop for wide plank hardwood flooring – offering different wood species, various stains, and the ability to customize just about everything – you can find virtually any look you’re going for.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

I’m particularly smitten with white oak. White oak wears incredibly well, can take a variety of stains and will blend seamlessly with the look of any home. The typically lighter hue helps make spaces feel open, brighter and bigger. And while you think light floors would show dirt, dust, dander, pet hair and scratches, that all shows much more on dark floors. Trust me, I’ve had dark floors and it was not so fun.

A wonderful example of white oak wide plank flooring is in the stunning modern kitchen and dining space pictured above. I am obsessed with the idea of a floating kitchen – one that simply exists in the space – rather than being a room unto itself. The wide plank floors from Carlisle offer beautiful sweeping movement across the room without feeling busy or distracting.

I’m also often asked if you can/should mix wood tones in your home. The answer is a resounding yes and that kitchen is another excellent example of why multiple wood tones work so well together. The darker woods used for the cabinetry and storage area add more warmth that plays off the white oak floor while the black accents throughout – chair backs, counters, light fixture, and the stove hood – serve to anchor everything.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

In contrast, the wide plank floor used in this kitchen offers a more casual feel to what would otherwise be a very classic all-white kitchen. The floors selected here are quartersawn, meaning they’re cut to enhance the natural grain and showcase the knots and texture found in the wood. A minimal, matte stain was used, giving the wood a natural look. The wide plank floor is the perfect complement to the modern stools, stretches of classic marble and brass hardware used in the space.

Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34 Why I Love Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring and Why You Should Too on Apt34

If you’re looking to make an update to your home and want an elegant, timeless yet decidedly modern style, I strongly suggest considering wide plank hardwood flooring. I know I’ll put wide plank flooring in any home I do in the future (can you tell I’m itching for a new project!).

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photography courtesy of Carlisle Wide Plank Floors and by Seth Smoot for Apartment 34

Published at Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:58:28 +0000

A Simply Delicious Summer Drink

Even though summer months are beginning to wane, most of the tale-tell signs of a shift in seasons – namely schoolgoing back in session – doesn’t look to be happening any time soon. I don’t know about you, but I’ve decided to keep my summer cocktail game strong.

A Simply Delicious Summer Drink on Apartment 34

Thankfully I snagged a Skagerak Trolley to serve as our outdoor bar cart during our yard makeover and I’m definitely putting this pretty little baby to good use. I love the bar cart’s classic modern design, the use of warm (and durable!) teak mixed with powder-coated steel. This version is in this dark forest green but it also comes in white.

But my current go-to summer drink is crazy easy, refreshing, not overly strong. Most importantly it comes together in the few seconds you have before you have to chase a child around your house. If, like me, you need some fresh shelter in place inspiration I hope this helps. I’ll be diving into recipes in the next couple of weeks as well because no matter how much I love crispy rice and carmelized shallot pasta, it’s time to have some new tricks in the bag.

A Simply Delicious Summer Drink on Apartment 34A Simply Delicious Summer Drink on Apartment 34

RECIPE: Simple Summer G&T

Ingredients:
85ml tonic
35 ml gin
raspberries
lemon slices
ice

Directions: Fill a double old fashioned or coupe glass with ice. Pour in the tonic. Top with gin, stir in 3-5 raspberries, and squeeze in a lemon slice to two. Enjoy!

Here are a few of my other go-to summer cocktails. Do you have a summer drink you’d add to the list? Share recipes in comments, please!

The Aperol Spritz

Cucumber Gin Fizz

Apartment 34 Fizz

Grapefruit Margarita 

Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca (virgin)

photography by seth smoot / styling kendra smoot

Published at Mon, 03 Aug 2020 21:42:39 +0000

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How to Clean Grout: 5 Steps to Sparkling Tile

How to Clean Grout: 5 Steps to Sparkling Tile

Grout is a construction material that is used to fill the space between tiles, and with normal wear and tear it tends to get pretty dirty. Since it’s typically a lighter color and has a porous competition, grout is particularly prone to showing dirt, mold and stains. The good news is that it’s not difficult to clean grout, and in several steps, you can have sparkling tiles once again. Below you’ll find step by step instructions for how to clean grout and learn how to keep it clean long-term.

How to clean grout

Cleaning grout just requires a good grout cleaner, a scrub brush and a little elbow grease. So throw on a pair of rubber gloves — especially if you’re handling chemicals — and let’s get started.

Step 1: Remove surface dirt

scrubbing grout with brush

Scrub the grout using warm water and stiff-bristled brush to remove as much surface dirt as possible. If you don’t want to invest in a special grout brush, you can always use a scrub brush or even an old toothbrush.

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Step 2: Mix a cleaning solution

spoon full of baking soda

Purchase a commercial grout cleaner or make a homemade cleaner.

One proven DIY cleaner is made from two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide. Try adding a teaspoon of dish soap to this mixture to help cut through extra greasy grime.

You’ll want to avoid acidic cleaners as they can dissolve or pit the grout as well as oil-based cleaners, which can leave a film that will attract dirt.

Step 3: Apply the cleaner and let it sit

brushing cleaner on floor with broom

Pour the commercial or your DIY solution over the grout, and depending on what cleaner you use, let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Scrub the tile

gloved hand scrubbing grout

Use your brush to scrub the tile again. Since the grout is porous, make sure to scrub hard so that you reach the tiny spaces dirt and grime may have seeped into.

Step 5: Rinse away the cleaning solution

woman mopping floor

Wash away the cleaner with a mop or wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Best DIY grout cleaners

There are a handful of DIY grout cleaners that you can make from just a few ingredients you likely have on hand. If you don’t feel like venturing out to the store, try making these grout cleaners at home.

  • Baking Soda and Water:
    • Mix equal parts to create a paste
    • Scrub directly on grout
  • Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide:
    • Mix two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide
    • Let it sit on grout for 5-10 minutes, then scrub and rinse
  • Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap:
    • Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of dish soap
    • Let it sit on grout for 5-10 minutes, then scrub and rinse
  • Heavy Duty Cleaner:
    • Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 7 cups warm water
    • Apply to grout and let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse

Additional grout cleaning tips

Everyone has their own method for cleaning, but these additional tips will help ensure that your tile stays in optimal condition.

  • Clean grout regularly — weekly or biweekly — to prevent the buildup of mildew, dirt and mold
  • For frequent cleaning, you can create a natural solution using two parts baking soda and one part water instead of hydrogen peroxide
  • You might also consider applying a grout sealer. It’s easy to apply and is water-resistant, so it will repel moisture and prevent mold and water damage.

Although cleaning can be tedious, sticking to a regular cleaning schedule will help keep your apartment beautiful and functional. Visit our blog for more cleaning and maintenance tips.

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Published at Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:07:27 +0000

Where to Find the Best Steak in Omaha

Between starting a new job and finding a place to call home, it’s a challenge to choose the right place to eat. When looking for the best steak in Omaha, NE, explore the local restaurants. From The Drover to Johnny’s Café, Omaha is home to some of the best steakhouses in the country.

Cities like Kansas City, Austin and Fort Worth will challenge Omaha, but the Big O is the place for some of the best, most succulent steak you’ll enjoy.

Finding the best steakhouses in Omaha

Nebraska is the nation’s second-leading cattle producer, so it makes sense that it ranks as one of the best places for steak. Why send the best cattle out of state when you can share it here? Even the top mail-order steak company calls Omaha home. With a call center in southwest Omaha and online deals, Omaha Steaks International earns more than $450 million in sales annually.

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As a new resident to the city, after finding your home, you’ll want to seek out the best steak in Omaha. It’s not where you can find a great steak, it’s more like at which top steakhouse do you dine tonight?

Johnny’s Café

Johnny

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Omaha’s oldest steakhouse — and one of the oldest restaurants in the city — Johnny’s Café is approaching 100 years in business. The third-generation, family-owned restaurant features some of the best steaks in Omaha.

Once a saloon, Johnny’s Café was located next to the world’s largest stockyards. Today, the stockyards may be gone, but Johnny’s reputation as one of the top steakhouses in Omaha lives on. Johnny’s Café maintains its vintage appeal, with a steer head emblazoned in the lobby carpet, as well as saddle stools in the bar.

Classics, such as the 22-oz. porterhouse, T-Bone and the Omaha strip, remain popular with diners of all ages.

Cascio’s Steakhouse

Casico

Source: Cascio’s Steakhouse

Located in Omaha’s Little Italy, Cascio’s Steakhouse is one of the few remaining Italian steakhouses in the city. Open since 1946, Cascio’s is a third-generation family restaurant. Popular with visitors during the College World Series and celebrities in town for concerts, Cascio’s has a mini museum with autographed jerseys, shirts, programs and other memorabilia.

Try the fresh ravioli as an appetizer. Then, enjoy entrees such as the New York strip, tenderloin brochettes or the classic prime rib. Dinners come with a side of pasta, but you may be tempted by Cascio’s other Italian dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs or chicken Parmigiana. Cascio’s makes its own red sauce, simmering it all day in a 60-gallon barrel.

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery

Brother Sebastians, Omaha, NE

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Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery makes you think what a steakhouse would look like if monks ran it. Designed to resemble the Spanish missions in California, the restaurant even outfits its wait staff in uniforms resembling monks’ robes.

At this romantic spot, you can enjoy an intimate dinner in any of the mission-like rooms, such as the library or barrel room. Home to delicious steaks and fresh seafood, the restaurant is also known for its prime rib.

With an impressive wine collection, Brother Sebastian’s wine room is located near the lobby, so you can get a closer look at your choice.

The Drover Restaurant & Lounge

The Drover Restaurant, Omaha, NE

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Home to one of Omaha’s original salad bars, The Drover remains popular with celebrities and locals after 40 years. Known for its whiskey-marinated steaks, The Drover gives the appearance of dining on the range with its western décor.

Among the items making The Drover one of the top steakhouses in Omaha are the whiskey filet, whiskey sirloin and prime rib.

Gorat’s Steakhouse

Gorat

Source: Facebook.com/GoratsOmaha

Omaha’s second-oldest steakhouse, Gorat’s has been a top steakhouse for 75 years. Starting out as an old farmhouse before the city expanded, Gorat’s was a destination restaurant right away. As it grew, Gorat’s added additional rooms to become the classic it is today.

Serving Omaha Steaks products, Gorat’s menu features a peppercorn-crusted New York strip, as well as its popular 22-oz. T-Bone. Billionaire Warren Buffett, an Omaha native, often dines at Gorat’s and has his own reserved space. If one of the richest people in America dines here, you know that Gorat’s has some of the best steaks in Omaha.

Anthony’s Restaurant

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Source: Facebook.com/AnthonysSteakhouseOmaha

You know you’re at Anthony’s Restaurant when you see the giant cow above the entrance. The youngest of the classic steakhouses at 53, Anthony’s is known for dry aging its premium Angus beef for three weeks before it finds its way to your plate.

With steakhouse classics like filets, sirloins, ribeye and prime rib, Anthony’s steaks are mouth-watering good. The twice-baked potato makes for a perfect side for your steak. Enjoy the house band at the Ozone Lounge before or after dinner.

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

J. Gilberts, Omaha, NE

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One of Omaha’s newest steakhouses, Kansas City-based J. Gilbert’s in the Capitol District quickly caught on with diners. Perfect for a romantic evening or special occasion, J. Gilbert’s wood-fired steaks are moist and delicious.

Diners have the option of ordering steaks a la carte with sides, or as a pre-fixed menu with three courses. J. Gilbert’s also offers unique sides, including lobster mac and cheese, salt-crusted baked potato and creamed corn with bacon. Have the valet park your vehicle, saving time searching for downtown parking.

Bon appetit as you seek the best steak in Omaha

You’re sure to work up an appetite as you explore Omaha. Between the national chains and local restaurants, it’s easy to find a good steak. However, to enjoy the best steak in Omaha, you have to make a trip to one of the best local or regional steakhouses. Don’t forget the sides and maybe an appetizer and dessert.

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Home Spa Basics: How to Pamper Yourself Without Leaving the House

Home Spa Basics: How to Pamper Yourself Without Leaving the House

If there’s one thing we could all use right about now, it’s a good rest — and nothing says relaxation more than a spa session. However, with your next trip to the spa postponed until further notice, why not take matters into your own hands?

A little pampering session can do wonders — not only for your body, but also for your mind’s wellbeing, with stress relief being the ultimate goal. The good news is that you don’t need to book a session at an expensive resort. Instead, you can transform your comfy apartment into a personal self-care sanctuary. Whether you’re thinking of a long, warm bath or a quick face mask to take the edge off, we have just the tips to create the perfect spa ambiance — within the comfort and safety of your own home.

So, get your cucumber slices ready and let’s start with the basics:

1. Make Room

Set aside a specific area in your home for your pampering ritual. The easiest space to convert into a relaxation pod is the bathroom because it already has many of your spa essentials, such as warm water and fluffy towels. Or, maybe you’re a stay-in-bed type of person who likes to slap on a 30-minute face mask and a cooling eye pack while taking a power nap. If so, then the bedroom is the perfect space to take your mind off things and focus on yourself.

2. Set the Mood

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you know that certain stimuli are a must. In particular, scent and sound play a crucial role in setting the relaxed vibe you desire.

To begin, stock up on your favorite fragrances in the form of oils, candles, reed diffusers, sprays and anything in between. Then, pay attention to how you react to certain smells. As a general rule, choose lavender or ylang-ylang for their calming properties, or eucalyptus, mint or citrus for a boost of energy.

Then, select the right background noise. You don’t have to have meditation music and Tibetan singing bowls if that’s not your thing. Whatever sounds are calming to you are the right ones to use. That could mean a soothing acoustic mix, your favorite Top 40 playlist or even white noise.

3. Pick Pampering Products

Oils, cremes, masks, serums, bath salts, lotions, essences, bath bombs, body scrubs and calming pillow sprays — just to name a few — are part of any spa’s arsenal. However, you don’t have to go overboard with products — you won’t be able to use them all before their expiration dates, anyway. Rather, just make sure you have the basics, and keep in mind that hydration is the foundation of a good spa session. If you’re not sure where to begin, simply focus on a nice aromatherapy bath and lotion quickly afterward. Take a peek at Aura Cacia for some inspiration for your next bath.

Now, get your fluffy robe and let’s find out more about what makes an at-home spa session:

1. A Nice Bath

A good soak is essential to wash away the day and clear your mind. But, there are different types of baths you can take for the true spa experience at home:

Entire-body baths ease muscle tightness. Go beyond bubble baths and use bath salts, flower petals, essential oils or Rocky Mountain Soap bath bombs for a more colorful and relaxing session.

Lower-body baths stimulate circulation due to the temperature difference in your dry, upper body and your lower body that’s soaked in hot water.

Soaking your feet fights accumulated tiredness. Pair it with a nice foot massager from Homedics and you’ve got yourself the perfect remedy for swollen feet and painful soles at the end of a long day.

Steam baths offer a sauna experience you can easily recreate. Use either the steam setting on your shower or turn the water on the highest temperature to fill your bathroom with steam. Then, breathe in, close your eyes and empty your mind.

2. A Good Scrub

Scrubbing removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin fresh and ready to absorb the nutrients that follow in the next products in your routine. This means that, after a good prep with a scrub, skincare products like toners, serums and face oils will be more likely to work properly and benefit your skin.

Similarly, if you’re planning a full-body scrub, check your pantry because ground coffee and brown sugar are your best allies. Follow with a hydrating body lotion and feel the weariness leave your body.

3. A Soothing Mask

Masks are a staple of any spa trip. Whether you’re a fan of full-body packs or a trusty mud mask, chances are that you already know about the benefits of masks — as opposed to just lathering a product and going about your day. Certain ingredients take longer to activate, which is why you need to give them a few minutes.

In particular, face masks complement a good skin routine and help prevent breaking, blemishes and dullness. Plus, it’s easy to make your own with all-natural ingredients or choose your favorite from the endless supply currently on the market.

But, your skin isn’t the only thing that can benefit from masks. Your hair often reacts to how stressed and tired you are, too. As a result, you might find yourself needing to fight breakage and dehydration. Depending on your hair’s needs, give yourself a good scalp massage, put on a DIY or store-bought hair mask and let it work its magic while you relax.

4. Some Well-Deserved Sleep

It’s not news that sleep comes easier after a warm bath. But, what you may not know is that a self-care routine can continue even while you’re asleep. Creating a soothing ambiance is as crucial to a successful spa session as it is for a good night’s sleep.

So, turn to fragrances that are known to help people drift off and incorporate them into your sleep routine by spraying them onto your pillow. Alternatively, you could also invest in an oil diffuser like the ones from Vitruvi and use essential oils designed to comfort you and put you into sleep mode, such as lavender or chamomile.

Having a beauty routine is great for your skin. Plus, with everything going right now, having a routine of any kind is something you can control. However, a spa session is more than just sticking to your regular beauty routine as the focus is more on your mental wellbeing. So, keep in mind that the products you use are less important than remembering to breathe, clearing your mind and patting yourself on the back because you conquered yet another day.

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Published at Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:00:28 +0000

Enjoy Some Victorian Charm in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Garden District of Philadelphia”, Chestnut Hill is the old, beautiful neighborhood that somehow feels both comfortable and luxurious. Victorian houses with shaded, wrap-around porches radiate out from a charming “Main St” style strip of shops and restaurants.

Mature oaks and pines are gracefully perched on sloping lawns and along residential streets. With Wissahickon Valley Park next door, Chestnut Hill feels miles away from the busy, concrete streets of downtown Philadelphia, but it’s really just a quick train ride from the conveniences of city life.

Where is Chestnut Hill?

The entire Southern and Western corner of Chestnut Hill is bordered by the lush green space of Wissahickon Valley Park. Mt. Airy, another desirable residential neighborhood and Olney – Oak Lane in Philly flank the other sides of Chestnut Hill. This is the last area of Philadelphia County before entering into Montgomery County.

History

Originally added to the city in the 1850s, Chestnut Hill started out as a retreat for wealthy Philadelphians to get out of the city during the peak of the summer’s heat. Much of the area is layered in history and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It features sprawling, green lawns and magnificent mansions, some of which date back hundreds of years.

In the time since, developers have taken an interest in revitalizing the neighborhood while retaining its old-world charm. Like Ken Weinstein, who has invested money and resources into bringing old buildings to life. One of his most popular projects among locals, The Trolley Car Cafe, served up milkshakes and delicious diner food before recently closing in the adjacent neighborhood. He’s also invested in former factories and historically designated properties and tastefully rebuilt them as apartments.

Lifestyle

What to do

Germantown Ave is the main thread of Chestnut Hill, resembling a Main Street in a small, country town. It’s lined with restaurants, galleries and boutiques, and hosts festivals and pop-ups throughout the year. Small stone buildings house local ice cream shops and bakeries, with locals often spending sunny afternoons strolling down these quaint blocks.

Running along the border of Chestnut Hill, Wissahickon Valley Park offers plenty of trails and outdoor recreation for all levels. It connects all the way back to Fairmount Park closer to downtown, making it the largest urban park space in the country. On weekends the park’s green spaces and trails are packed with picnicking families, cyclists, joggers and hikers.

Several festivals visit the neighborhood throughout the year, including a Home & Garden Festival, Fall Arts and even a Harry Potter event where the area turns into Hogwarts.

Where to eat & drink

A modern take on the local farmer’s market, Market at the Fareway is a hidden gem for foodies. Tucked behind Germantown Ave., it has local food and drinks stands, like Chestnut Hill Brewing Company which serves wood-fired pizzas in addition to locally made beers, and its own produce markets. A Tibetan dumpling stand and cinnamon bun bakery are also local favorites in the market. Originally established in the 1980s, the market has grown and changed throughout the years, but still remains one of the best spots to grab a quick bite in the neighborhood.

Moving to Chestnut Hill

Real Estate Snapshot

At $1,524, the cost of renting in Chestnut Hill falls pretty close to the city’s average. It’s about double the lowest rents in the city, in Whitaker and Northwood, and is a bit lower than Philly’s average of $1,652.

The neighborhood tends to be home to more affluent Philadelphians, making the price of owning a home a bit higher than in some other neighborhoods, but rentals remain reasonable. It’s a bit less connected to the rest of the city than other neighborhoods, with properties and homes spreading further apart, making it the perfect place for those who love the comforts of city life but don’t want to sacrifice their privacy.

Transportation

Chestnut Hill is the furthest neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the city, yet it’s still conveniently located just outside the urban center of Philly. It’s a quick 30-minute drive, train or bus ride away from Center City. SEPTA bus routes and two separate regional rail lines end in Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill East and Chesnut Hill West at stations of the same name. Driving is an easy trip along Lincoln Drive and I-76. A bike path also runs through nearby Wissahickon Valley Park, going all the way down the Western bank of Schuykill and connecting Chestnut Hill to each neighborhood it passes.

Schools & Employment

The gorgeous campus of Chestnut Hill College, a private 4-year university, is set on 75 acres along Wissahickon Valley Park. It opened almost one hundred years ago and, as a predominantly Catholic school, only became co-ed in 2001.

Several private schools provide educational options for younger children in the area as well, including The Crefeld School and Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. Chestnut Hill also has well-regarded public options, such as Central High School and Science Leadership Academy.

As in many neighborhoods of Philly, residents often head into Center City for corporate jobs, though Chestnut Hill College is a large employer as well.

Check out all the available apartments for rent in Chestnut Hill and get ready to pack your bags for this lovely neighborhood.

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Published at Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:38:30 +0000

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Survey: Pandemic Hinders Plans for 43% of Renters Ready to Buy a Home

Survey: Pandemic Hinders Plans for 43% of Renters Ready to Buy a Home

COVID-19 continues to impact the U.S., affecting not only our health, but also our financial and life decisions. For those who wanted to take the leap from renting to buying this year, their hopeful plans are quickly changing. At the start of 2020, 11% of renters said they were ready and planning to buy a home this year, according to a recent survey conducted on RENTCafe.com. Conditions were looking up for Gen X renters, 15% of whom were making plans to buy a home this year, as well as for 14% of Older Millennials.

However, the pandemic has obstructed the path to homeownership for 43% of renters ready to buy, our survey results revealed. On top of high home prices, this is yet another deterrent forcing many renters to further delay or give up on the most important archetype of the American Dream. The survey, which ran at the end of May 2020, asked 7,000 renters about their housing plans before and after the coronavirus hit.

Of those who decided to continue renting, the largest share had plans to downgrade to a smaller apartment, driven by Gen Z-ers and Baby Boomers. However, Millennials and Gen Xers had bolder plans, a high percentage of whom expressed a wish to upgrade to a larger apartment in 2020.

Economic uncertainty causes 43% of would-be home buyers to change plans

Meanwhile, 43% of prospective home buyers who said they changed their plans quoted economic uncertainty as the top reason for doing so, followed by loss of income as the second most cited reason. Given the unprecedented times we’re living in, even the few renters who were determined to make the commitment to buy a home this year are now getting cold feet. Moreover, as many as 50% of Older Millennials, the most likely demographic to become homeowners, were forced by the pandemic to let go of their dream.

The least concerned were Baby Boomers, of whom only 37% reconsidered buying a home. As a generation that has already weathered financial uncertainty with previous economic crises, a considerable percentage of them are decided to find their footing amid financial uncertainty and not let current events stop them from owning a home.

Nearly one-quarter of renters now believe they will never buy a home

As part of the survey, we also asked renters about when they planned to buy a home. While most respondents, 56%, were optimistic about buying in the next 5 years, as many as 23% said that they’re never buying. Considering the current market conditions, renting appears to remain the lifestyle of choice for many. Half of Baby Boomer renters expressed no intention of ever buying again. The less costly, more convenient renting lifestyle may play a role. With renter households over 60 increasing considerably in the past decade, Boomers seem to be getting more and more comfortable with renting.

On the flip side, Millennials are most eager to buy a home in the near future, particularly the older cohort, with as many as 68%, or two-thirds of Older Millennials planning to become homeowners in the next 5 years. Long-considered renters-at-heart, Millennials have reached a point when they are set on making the transition.

Considering the survey results, it’s safe to say that the pandemic has had a real effect on the housing plans of most people. The general tendency is to avoid taking many risks during this period of uncertainty and to choose a more economically safer approach. This is clear across all generations, despite some of them showing more stoicism than others.

To get an expert’s opinion on important issues related to renters’ housing choices, we spoke with Doug Ressler, manager of business intelligence at Yardi Matrix:

Q: What one piece of advice would you give to Gen Zers and Younger Millennials who want to become homeowners sooner?

A: The buy vs. rent analysis is partially financial and partially emotional. The financial part of the analysis is difficult to work out because of future assumptions. However, one also needs to understand the level of risk and flexibility that come with each option as well as individual desires before making a purchase versus rental decision.

Q: There’s a large share of renters who think they’ll never become homeowners. Why is that?

A: When it comes to the complexities of real estate investment, personal finances, and future economic time horizons, the conventional wisdom of buying being better than renting does not always hold true.

Many renters don’t think that they’ll ever own a home because they might not afford additional expenses that come with this decision, such as interest, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance for the entire ownership period. On the other hand, renting consists only of monthly rent and a possible one-time deposit, therefore economically, renting might make more sense than buying a home.

Q: In your opinion, what is the number one reason Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers do not purchase a home and rent instead?

A: As more Millennials are moving up the earnings ladder, get married, and start families, housing is increasingly taking center stage. Although they have a higher number of graduates than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, they are less likely to own a home. Some of the barriers to homeownership could be delayed marriage, student debt, and choosing to live in high-cost cities.

Q: Is it a good idea to buy a home now? In which cities?

A: This would depend on financial considerations and the targeted area of purchase. In more than half (59%) of housing markets nationwide — 442 of 755 U.S. counties — renting a three-bedroom property is now more affordable than buying a median-priced home.

The lowest median home prices would be in the Houston metro area, Orlando metro area, or Chicago metro area, all three boasting a high percentage of Millennials.

Doug Ressler is the director of business intelligence at Yardi Matrix, where he is responsible for the creation of business and statistical research models for the commercial real estate industry. Previously, he was an analyst at the multifamily market research company Pierce-Eislen. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Methodology:

RENTCafé is a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.

The survey data was collected through an online questionnaire posted on our website between May 20 and May 27, among a total number of 6,963 U.S. respondents. 

The respondents were asked individual questions about their housing choices and some demographic data such as age.

We used the following age ranges for each generation: Gen Zers: 18-25, Younger Millennials: 26-30, Older Millennials: 31-40, Gen Xers: 41-55, Baby Boomers: 56-75.

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Published at Thu, 23 Jul 2020 07:00:17 +0000

15 Awesome Kitchen Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

Whether you’re a home chef or just getting started in the kitchen, you surely know the excitement of cooking with a new utensil. And while the basics are fun — testing that chef’s knife you always wanted, or seasoning a new cast iron skillet — sometimes you just want to buy something that will bring a little novelty to your food prep. If you’re looking for nifty tools to make your life easier and keep your kitchen cleaner, here’s the ultimate list of quirky kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed.

We all know the pain of throwing out half-eaten produce, but we can leave it in the past. Food huggers come in all shapes and sizes and will keep your cut produce fresh for much longer. Plus, they’re reusable, so you can ditch the aluminum and the plastic wrap and use them as lids for other kitchen items as well. 

Souper Cubes are the sturdiest freezing containers around. They were created especially for freezing stock, sauces and stews in perfect portions and with no spillage, but you can pretty much use them for everything — including as baking trays! Whether you want to save an opened bag of berries from freezer burn or make some delicious egg muffins, Souper Cubes are to help. 

If you have an eye for design and hate how messy it is to grate garlic, nutmeg, hard cheeses and other flavor powerhouses, the grate plate should be at the top of your shopping list. This handy utensil is beautifully designed, easy to use and clean, and will ensure you never mistakenly grate your fingers again. 

If you haven’t gotten on the vegetable noodle bandwagon, do your health a favor and get started as soon as you can. This handheld spiralizer will turn most vegetables into noodles in no time, so you can use them as you would use any type of pasta. It’s also made from stainless steel for durability and is dishwasher safe.

The era in which we had to use a colander or get dirty with a pot lid to strain pasta and veggies is over. The Snap’N Strain is a flexible, clip-on strainer that fits a wide range of pot sizes and allows you to strain anything directly. It’s compact, it keeps the mess to a minimum and will make your weeknight pasta dishes even easier. 

You don’t need a space-hogging juicer to make your own orange juice anymore. The FreshForce Orange Juicer has a two-gear mechanism that makes the process fast, easy, and yields 20% more juice than other devices. On top of that, it’s easy to store and comes with a modern design you’ll be delighted to use. 

If you regularly get annoyed at the number of lids you have to organize, you’re not alone. The universal lid will save you time and storage space and is extremely durable — it might be covered with silicone, but the core is made of stainless steel, so you can also use it as a trivet. 

With SpreadTHAT!, toasted bread got infinitely easier and a lot more delicious. This warming knife will help you cut and evenly spread hardened butter on your toast in no time. The best part about it is you don’t need to charge it since it conducts the heat in your hand. 

If you want to keep your hands smell-free while cooking or just want to chop garlic a lot faster, the GarlicZoom is for you. All you need to do is load it up with a couple of cloves, roll it on the counter a for a few seconds, and you’ll get perfectly chopped garlic every time. 

The awesome design alone would make any home chef want to get a Swanky. But this quirky kitchen tool also comes with great functionality: it floats! So next time you want to serve some soup or portion some pasta sauce, you can just let it swim around your pot and declutter both your prep and serving area. 

Yeah, we all know how to slice up an avocado. But with the OXO avocado slicer, you’ll be done faster than you can say “guacamole.” With this nifty tool, you can halve your avocados, remove their pits and get the perfect slice for your favorite avo toast recipe. 

Whether you’re a budding home baker or already a pro, the Whisk Wiper is a must. It’ll easily scrape all food off your whisk so you can reuse it immediately. The Whisk Wiper also protects your counter from spillage and has an ergonomic shape that can clean the corners of any bowl. 

The fry wall does exactly what its name says. This amazing splatter screen will ensure you can cook sauces, meats and anything else without getting your stove or counter dirty. Get ready to spend a lot more time cooking, and a lot less time cleaning. 

Cherries and olives might seem like a strange combo, but this ergonomic tool will make a huge difference in your kitchen if you’re a fan of either. The OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter will quickly remove the seeds in both, while its built-in splatter guard will direct any splash downwards.

Are you the type of person who needs to cut everything perfectly for any recipe? Or are you just getting started in the kitchen and need a bit of help when it comes to a julienne slice or a brunoise dice? The Obsessive Chef cutting board will help you prep your veggies like a pro, with exact measurements for any slice and dice operation.

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Published at Wed, 22 Jul 2020 10:32:41 +0000