Archive for May, 2011

The thought of furnishing Hamden rental apartments might have you worried. But, there are ways and means of finding inexpensive furnishings that can save you time, energy and money. Of course, if you are starting out fresh you have a lot of more options, but if you already have furniture you can make a few small changes or tweaks in design that will go a long way.

If the main piece of furniture in your living room is a couch or futon, a simple slipcover can change not only the color but the style and look as well. There’s a wealth of options and ideas for all furniture types at Sure Fit.

Usually, good use of small space is small furniture. The use of acrylic or glass is often great for creating an illusion of space, and mirrors are a wonderful accessory as they reflect light and create an open feeling. In the alternative, sometimes large pieces in small spaces are effective.  It’s a good idea to use the measurements on the floorplan of the apartment you plan to furnish which can usually be obtained at the leasing office of the rental community or on their website.  You can either measure the furniture you are planning to place or visit the Better Homes and Gardens website where you can arrange a room online. Read More→

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May
20

Spring Moving Tips

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If you are one of the multitude planning to move this spring or summer, you certainly aren’t alone. Lots of local families and professionals transferring into the area choose the end of the school year to make their move. But not to worry – We’re here to help. Our leasing office staff is all native to Stamford so they are a great source of local “inside” information like finding a new family doctor or where to get the freshest seafood in town. With our three downtown Stamford rentals of Morgan Manor, Hoyt-Bedford and the Townhouse apartment communities, we can help you find just what you’re looking for. Do you prefer hardwood floors or carpets? Would you prefer a high-rise with a great city-view or a smaller community with quiet bricked walkways and shady lawns? No matter what your preferences, we’ve got you covered!

The rule of thumb for rentals is to start looking online approximately three months before you need to move. Narrow down the neighborhoods of interest to you as well as the available amenities each apartment community offers and start making a short list of your must-haves. Once you’ve got a list of the desired apartments you’d like to explore, start making appointments to see them about 5 weeks before you plan to move. See as many locations on your list as you can, and don’t forget to ask for floor plans, take notes and be prepared to take measurements.  Ask about move-in requirements: do you need to reserve the elevator? Are there restricted times/days to move in? Are the locations close to shopping, beaches or downtown? Read More→

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May
13

Exploring Hamden

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Sleeping Giant State Park, located near the Hamden rental apartments at Seramonte, is very much alive and doing well. As you approach the area of the park on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Hamden, CT, you see what resembles a large man in repose; hence, the name, sleeping giant. The Park is set on 32 miles of wilderness not only accessible via the Parkway, but by way of Interstate 91. It’s complete with fishing facilities (trout), nature and hiking trails and a picnic area nestled under tall pine trees. If you’re traveling in either direction between New York and Boston, then the Park is the ideal place for a stop gap. It’s the perfect daytrip getaway. To visit the website go to www.sgpa.org .

There are two miles of mountain top and a lookout observation tower where you can experience fabulous views of Park landscape, Long Island Sound and the New Haven area. The Park Association has reached out to experts and volunteers to help identify the almost 300 species of mammals, fish, insects, plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles and fungi that dwell in its midst. As a result, you can visit www.sgpa.org/bio.html and click on the categories that have been catalogued to find a detailed list of the various plants and creatures that call Sleeping Giant Park their home. Read More→

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The image of the tugboat as a happy little sea-faring ship with coal-smoke bellowing out of its chimney most likely originates with some of the children’s books that have been published. Tugboat Annie was the subject of a series of Saturday Evening Post magazine stories featuring the character of a female captain of the tugboat Narcissus. Little Toot (1939) is a children’s story that tells the tale of an anthropomorphic tugboat child, who wants to help tow ships in a harbor near Hoboken. He’s rejected by the tugboat community and dejectedly drifts out to sea, where he accidentally discovers a shipwrecked liner and a chance to prove his worth. The children’s book Scuffy the Tugboat, first published in 1946 as part of the Little Golden Books series, follows the adventures of a young toy tugboat who seeks a life beyond the confines of a tub inside his owner’s toy store.

In spite of these images, the tugboat is actually a key component of every cargo port in the country. Historically, they were the first seagoing vessels to operate by steam propulsion, representing freedom from the restraint of the wind, and the capability of going in any direction.  Today’s tugboat operates with a diesel engine, and is strongly built and powerful for its size. Since a tugboat is able to navigate with ease and can maneuver other vessels by pushing or towing them, they are used to assist large ships docking or leaving a harbor. Many are used as icebreakers or salvage boats, and many carry firefighting equipment allowing them to assist in firefighting instances in harbors. Read More→

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