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UNIQUE SANTA MONICA LOFT WITH CONVENIENT FEATURES
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November 14, 2017
UNIQUE SANTA MONICA LOFT WITH CONVENIENT FEATURES

Why settle for a Santa Monica apartment that looks exactly the same as all the rest; white walls, a boxy shape and no personality?

Check out this super sweet loft apartment for rent in Santa Monica located at 1539 4th Street, just steps away from the downtown Santa Monica EXPO station and across from the shopping and dining in Santa Monica Place!

You’ll love enjoying the salty ocean breezes without being right in the epicenter of downtown Santa Monica.  All other major shopping, dining and entertainment options are a very short walk or bike ride away.

Your new pet-friendly Santa Monica apartment is not only stylish with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous hardwood-style floors and sleek stainless-steel kitchen appliances, but it also has many convenient features!

Besides featuring an onsite concierge and controlled access entry, residents enjoy private bike racks, in-unit washer and dryer sets and reserved parking in the subterranean garage.  In addition, there are electric car charging stations located in the garage and a bicycle sharing program that is free for resident use.

For more information on this one-of-a-kind Santa Monica apartment loft, contact the Leasing Gallery at (310) 656-2700 and ask about NMS 1539.

FURNISHED SANTA MONICA APARTMENTS FOR 31+ DAY STAYS
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November 14, 2017
FURNISHED SANTA MONICA APARTMENTS FOR 31+ DAY STAYS

If you need a short-term rental in Santa Monica, why not stay somewhere comfortable? Even the most spacious hotel in Santa Monica will feel cramped after a week, so check out these full apartment homes for rent!

These furnished apartments in Santa Monica are available for rent for 31+day stays. Most building locations are in the very cool downtown Santa Monica neighborhood, just blocks away from golden beaches, fine dining and cool shops.

Staying in one of these furnished rentals in Santa Monica means that you will have the city at your fingertips. Most locations are literal steps away from EXPO train stations that will whisk you off to the ever-happening hub of Culver City or exciting downtown Los Angeles.

Guests love not only the location and size of their furnished studios, one-bedroom or two-bedrooms but also convenience of only needing to bring their clothing and essentials with them; everything else is provided! Because you live on the go, these Santa Monica furnished apartments were designed with your comfort in mind.

Like a hotel stay, all utilities and furniture is included.  Unlike a hotel stay, guests have the convenience of an in-unit washer and dryer set, Apple TV, inclusive high-speed wi-fi and onsite garage parking.

Accessory-wise all sheets, towels and bedding are provided as well as cooking and dining items.  There's even a Nespresso machine in the kitchen for those who love a great cup of coffee!

Contact the Santa Monica leasing gallery for more information on the best short term rentals in Santa Monica at (310) 656-2700.

KEEP COZY IN 2 CANOGA PARK APARTMENTS WITH FIREPLACES
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November 14, 2017
KEEP COZY IN 2 CANOGA PARK APARTMENTS WITH FIREPLACES

While it's true that Los Angeles is perpetually sunny and warm, we do go through our somewhat-wintery spells of sub-70's weather, and, do occasionally get rain.  When you have lived in Los Angeles for a long time, temperatures under 70 can feel pretty chilly and put you in the mood to keep cozy inside of your Los Angeles apartment.

One way to keep cozy? Snuggling up close to a crackling fireplace! 

The only problem is that because Los Angeles is usually so sunny and warm, you won't find a lot of Los Angeles apartments, especially those located in the San Fernando Valley, that feature them.

If you're looking to live in the San Fernando Valley, and enjoy keeping cozy on those "chilly" days, here are two Canoga Park apartments with fireplaces that you will love.

NMS Warner Center 21021 Vanowen St. Canoga Park, CA 91303 (818) 884-1000

This sprawling gated community offers loft, two-bedroom and three-bedroom Canoga Park apartments, select units with gas fireplaces in the living room. In addition, the property features a huge swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and dry heat sauna.

NMS West Hills 7810 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Canoga Park, CA 91304 (818) 347-6955

Located in a lovely community, both two-bedroom one bathroom and two-bedroom two bathroom Canoga Park apartments feature a gas fireplace in the living room.

Residents also enjoy complimentary use of the onsite swimming pool.

5 TIPS FOR WRITING AN EFFECTIVE ROOMMATE AD
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November 14, 2017
5 TIPS FOR WRITING AN EFFECTIVE ROOMMATE AD

Have you ever looked around online for a roommate situation? Not surprisingly, the internet is full of roommate ads that are so terrible they may cause you to second-guess your decision to live with a roommate in the first place.

Still, one day you may be the person placing the ad to find a roommate to move into your existing home. When that day comes, be prepared to post an ad that is well received and well responded to!

Here are 5 basic tips for writing posting an amazing ad for a roommate.

  1. First Thing First

While it may be tempting to simply start typing away, take a moment to be sure that your ad is in some sort of order. The most pertinent information about who you are and what kind of roommate you are searching for should be reflected at the top of the ad.

For example: I am a 27-year-old male who works 9-5 Monday through Friday who is seeking someone with an opposite work schedule who is also in their 20s. Ideally, seeking someone who is also a vegetarian although it is not a deal breaker and who does not mind my partner staying over on weekends only.

Next, list specific details about the situation. Reflect the rent amount, average utility cost per person, move in date, length of lease term, if parking is included, cross streets or neighborhood name and if pets are allowed or if there are any existing pets in the home.

Thirdly, add details about the home and the room. Include information such as if the room is already furnished or if there is additional space in the communal areas for the new roommate to bring more furniture or home accessories.

Last, but not least, include any other relevant details such as if there is a free washer and dryer for use onsite or if the building location is only a block away from restaurants and shopping.

  1. Choose Your Photos Wisely

Your roommate ad will receive more than 25% more responses when posted with photos of the home and room but it will receive more than 50% more responses when the photos are good quality and the rooms are neat and tidy.

While it may be tempting to hurriedly snap a few quick pics with your cell phone, it is well worth taking a few extra minutes to be sure that the rooms are clean and well lit.

More specifically, always close the toilet lid when taking a photo in the bathroom. Unless the shower is amazing and a “selling feature” be sure that the shower curtain is closed.

Messy current roommate? Be sure to close their closet doors when taking photos of their bedroom and straighten up the bedding. While you may not feel this is important because it is not a representation of you, the potential new roommate may want to envision themselves or their furnishings in the room and it is very hard to do so when it is a mess.

A word to the wise: You should never post a picture of yourself!

As mentioned in step 1, including a brief description of who you are is sufficient. Adding a photo of yourself may give people the wrong impression and attract people that are not actually interested in a roommate situation at all.

  1. Be Brief

All-in-all, your ad should be short enough to fit on the screen without the reader having to scroll down. Ads that are too long will never get read to completion, resulting in misunderstandings and wasted time.

  1. Keep it Positive

Negative past roommate experience? As tempting as it may be to write a paragraph detailing every little thing “bad” roommates have ever done to you, don’t do it! This will only make you look nitpicky and angry.

Instead, in the first part of the ad when describing who you are and what kind of roommate you are looking for, include a few traits that you are not interested in your new roommate having.

For example: I am a 27-year-old male who works 9-5 Monday through Friday who is seeking someone with an opposite work schedule who is also in their 20s. Ideally, seeking someone who is also a vegetarian although it is not a deal breaker and who does not mind my partner staying over on weekends only. I am not looking for a roommate who plays musical instruments in the home after 9pm or who is not able to help take the trash out every other week.

  1. Be Safe

Most importantly when posting a roommate ad, take precautions for your own safety.

For instance, as mentioned in section 2, never post a photo of yourself. Also, you may not want to post the exact address of your home, opting instead to post cross streets and only giving out the exact address after speaking with the potential roommate over the phone first.

LOS ANGELES APARTMENT HUNTING: 3 TIPS TO MAKE IT EASIER
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September 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES APARTMENT HUNTING: 3 TIPS TO MAKE IT EASIER

Los Angeles apartment hunting can be very different from other metropolitan cities. Yes, like other cities, there is some pretty fierce competition, but if you are new to the area, you may not really know where to begin. Here are the top 3 tips tips for making Los Angeles apartment hunting a little less painful:

Know what you want. Yes, this will involve making a list and checking it twice! Before you can begin your search, you’re going to need to figure out what you need out of an apartment and want you just want. Figure out your budget and then what your very top needs and wants are and what you can live without. It’s kind of like playing a game of “would you rather”, only the less fun/juicy Los Angeles apartment hunting version.

Surf the net. Yes, Craigslist is a great site for apartment hunting on, but in LA, we have a bunch of other websites that are Los Angeles specific. These include Westside Rentals and The Rental Girl. And, don’t forget to take advantage of the free “rental” listing guest search that you can do on TheMLS.

Explore your neighborhood options. Don’t just take a friend of a friends word for what neighborhood you think you may want to live in, get out there and actually explore! Los Angeles neighborhoods are vast and there are plenty of them. Exploring various neighborhoods now will save you the possible heartache later after you are locked into a long term lease.

Los Angeles apartment hunting can be very different from other metropolitan cities. Yes, like other cities, there is some pretty fierce competition, but if you are new to the area, you may not really know where to begin. Here are the top 3 tips tips for making Los Angeles apartment hunting a little less painful:

Know what you want. Yes, this will involve making a list and checking it twice! Before you can begin your search, you’re going to need to figure out what you need out of an apartment and want you just want. Figure out your budget and then what your very top needs and wants are and what you can live without. It’s kind of like playing a game of “would you rather”, only the less fun/juicy Los Angeles apartment hunting version.

Surf the net. Yes, Craigslist is a great site for apartment hunting on, but in LA, we have a bunch of other websites that are Los Angeles specific. These include Westside Rentals and The Rental Girl. And, don’t forget to take advantage of the free “rental” listing guest search that you can do on TheMLS.

Explore your neighborhood options. Don’t just take a friend of a friends word for what neighborhood you think you may want to live in, get out there and actually explore! Los Angeles neighborhoods are vast and there are plenty of them. Exploring various neighborhoods now will save you the possible heartache later after you are locked into a long term lease.