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Dec
01

Save Energy. Save Money.

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With winter just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get a jump start on prepping your apartment for the cold weather ahead. We all know cold weather means higher energy bills, but you can avoid outrageous expenses just by making minor changes to your living space. CTBest Apartments wants your apartment to feel cozy all year and aims to help you save energy and money during the frigid months.

Windows are the first change that needs to be made in the winter months. Drafty windows are a comfort in the summer, but they can often pose a problem in the winter. Using self-stick rubber weather sealing can close gaps and keep the cold air out. Once windows are properly sealed, invest in thick drapes that can be a benefit year round. During the cold weather, take advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping the drapes open during the day, but be sure to close them at night as temperatures drop. In the summer months, closing thick drapes can help keep the heat out of the apartments.

There are two habits that everyone forms throughout life and by changing those habits, energy and money could be saved. It rarely occurs to anyone to unplug unused electronics and to set thermostat at night and while you’re away. A lot of energy is wasted through electronics that are left plugged in. By using a smart energy strip, it will automatically turn off “vampire energy” when the electronics are not in use. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the heat settings one time and be set to go. If not, you can manually turn the heat down whenever you leave or go to bed – just a few degrees can make a huge difference. By setting a recurring reminder on your phone, both of these habitual customs will quickly become newly learned traits.

By using a humidifier during the winter, you will be able to keep your home at a comfortable climate and add some much needed moisture to the air while you save money. A humidifier reduces the risk of bacteria and infections, but it also makes the room feel warmer than it is. For extra warmth, check out our Montoya Condominiums in Branford, which feature fireplaces that are perfect for winter months. For Montoya leasing information, call or text leasing agent Jennifer at 203-537-3172.

At CTBest Apartments, we want to help the transition into winter be as easy as possible and make sure you are 100 percent prepared. If you are looking for a luxury apartment in Connecticut, or want more information about our communities that offer around–the-clock maintenance, visit us at www.ctbestapts.com.

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fall apartment decorAfter months of a humid summer, who doesn’t love the feeling of a crisp, cool fall breeze flowing through the air? Once we catch that first refreshing gust of wind, our instincts are to switch everything in our lives to fall. As cooler weather approaches, it’s only natural to long for cozy blankets, endless cuddling on the couch (whether it be with a significant other or your cat), and fall décor. Coming home to a relaxing fall scene is a perfect ending to a hectic day. Here are a few tips to help get your apartment in a new, festive mood: Read More→

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Seramonte Entrance At Seramonte in the Hamden/New Haven area, residents love all there is to offer. Whether location, amenities or the actual apartment is important, you can find all you need and want at CTBest’s Seramonte apartments. Why do we love it here?

The first reason is the location. The shops and restaurants along the “Magic Mile” are within walking distance of the community, and the public tennis courts and ice skating rinks are nearby as well. Seramonte is also only minutes away from Yale and Quinnipiac universities and world-renowned hospitals. Less than two miles away, residents can find themselves in the city of New Haven. Here, they can explore and see the enriched educational environment that is accompanied by theaters, museums, major medical facilities and a nightlife like no other. Seramonte is also close to some of the best parks and golf courses in the area, including Sleeping Giant State Park and Laurel View and Meadow Brook golf courses. Read More→

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Seramonte Townhomes in HamdenRenting for the first time is a major step, and there are certain things to do and keep in my mind when going through the process. From deciding to rent to moving in, the process can seem intimidating, so here are some tips to remember to help those renting for the first time.

First, those looking to rent need to have a budget and stick to it. Making a budget can help narrow down what apartments to look at and prevent wasting time looking at ones not within the budget. One general rule to keep in mind is the rent should not exceed 30 percent of the renter’s income. Staying within a budget will help prevent a lot of stress and worrying.

Second, when looking at apartments to rent, have a list of priorities. This step will also help narrow down what apartments to look at. Having this list also helps whenever deciding which apartment to choose. Some things on the list may be priorities like being pet friendly, but others might be more of a want than a need. Knowing which things are most important can help make a decision whenever choosing between the final few apartments. Read More→

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Aug
02

Affordability of Renting an Apartment

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469750496The affordability of utilities plays a large role when people are deciding if and where they should rent. Are the utility costs low enough? Who includes utilities in the cost of the monthly rent and still has a reasonable price? At CTBest Apartments, you can find both luxury apartments that include utilities and an affordable cost. How?

One reason the costs of utilities is low when renting an apartment is because of the floor plan of the apartment and building. Large homes use a lot of energy and power to heat and cool the whole house. There are a lot of rooms and space, and it simply just takes more energy to heat and cool it. Read More→

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map wall artWhen you move into a new place, it sometimes takes a while before it truly starts to feel like home. Your new apartment won’t have any of your personal touches that spark that warmth of home when you first arrive. Or, if you’ve lived in your apartment, it may begin to feel stale. Don’t worry though! Whether you need to add a little personality or are just looking for a change, we have a few quick and easy decorating hacks to make your apartment more inviting.

Map art is a fun and inspiring way to decorate your living space, especially if you love to travel! All you need is a large map of the United States. Then, hang it up on a large wall that needs decoration. The map is already a cool way to add some life to a boring room, but it gets better! Whenever you travel to different states, be sure to get a picture. When you come home, print it out, cut it out as the shape of the state and attach it to the same state on your map! This adds color, preserves memories and can even lead to great conversations. Read More→

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Dec
01

Walkable Lifestyle at Hoyt Bedford

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Hoyt Bedford apartments near Stamford DowntownYou already know how awesome Stamford Downtown is; there’s always something to do here. Whether you’re into food, music, art exhibits, parades, clubs or all of the above, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant area. But, did you also know that we have luxury apartments within walking distance to Stamford Downtown? That’s right, one minute you can be hanging out in your apartment and the next you can be out and about with friends and family at one of downtown’s many signature events.

With a Walk Score of 92, our Hoyt Bedford apartments are perfect if you want to live near downtown. Hoyt Bedford is also close to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway for when you have to commute to nearby destinations like the beach and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, or work at UBS, GE or RBS. For a quick weekend getaway, you can take a 40 minute train ride to New York City. Read More→

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Tips to prepare your apartment for winter When cold weather strikes, the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable in your own apartment. You want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the upcoming winter season, and CTBest wants to help you stay warm and be happy. The following tips and tricks will make the transition into winter easier.

Closets can get full fast as you start to break out your heavier clothing. Invest in space saving bags to pack away your summer dresses and shorts, or get some clear containers to store under your bed so you can easily find what you need when the seasons change again.

Although the view of the falling snow from your windows may be beautiful, it may also be chilly. Darker, heavier window dressings will help to keep some of the cold air out while still being stylish. Read More→

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Oct
01

Morningside Gardens Offers Luxury and Convenience in Norwalk

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Morningside Gardens offers luxury and convenience to SoNo Historic District in Norwalk If you’re looking for a luxury apartment in an eclectic community near a variety of entertainment and activities then look no further than Morningside Gardens, CTBest’s premier apartment community in Norwalk.

Morningside Gardens features spacious one and two bedroom options, and all interiors include hardwood floors, resident-controlled heat and hot water, ceramic tiled kitchen and baths and wall to wall carpeting. Residents of these well-appointed apartments also enjoy the community’s 24-hour maintenance, ample onsite parking and beautifully kept grounds.

When you’re not cooking in your spacious kitchen, you can find plenty of dining options in the vibrant SoNo Historic District. Read More→

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Apartment Necessities You Might Not Have on Your Shopping ListGoogle “apartment checklist” and you’ll get a million lists of the millions of things that you “need” for your apartment. You already know you’ll need the big things like living room furniture, towels, bedroom furniture and bedding, so here is our list of some of the items you are going to need, but you might not have thought about yet.

Waiter’s Corkscrew/Bottle Opener – This is one you probably wouldn’t think of until right when you needed it, like when you have company over on a Saturday at 7 p.m., and it’s not the most convenient time to run out to try to find one. And with its great location and even better amenities and features, your apartment at Morgan Manor in Stamford will be the spot for hang outs, so you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is stocked with all the necessary gadgets. Morgan Manor even has a party room with kitchenette and large screen T.V. available for private functions and those events where you need a little more space. Read More→

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