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Renting Sight Unseen

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAThere are times when you may find yourself in a situation where you are forced to rent an apartment sight unseen. Maybe you are moving across the country to a new city and can’t afford to go out and visit apartments first.

Or perhaps you are moving across the globe. Life throws us curve balls all the time and sometimes we just don’t have any other choice.

For those of you whose circumstances require you to rent an apartment sight unseen, there are a few ways of ensuring that your apartment search is as thorough a possible. Here we will break down what you should do if you need to sign a lease without first making a visit.

Research, Research, Research, and then Research Some More

If you can’t physically be in the apartment, then you need to find as much information as you can to make you feel as though you are there. This means beyond just requiring pictures—ask the landlord to give you a Skype walkthrough.

Explore Virtually

Next, get on Google maps and explore the area. Street View is going to be your new best friend. Drag that little yellow man all through those streets until you are confident you could find your way around your new neighborhood in the dark, with a blindfold on.

This is going to be important for those Saturday nights you stay out late, but also for figuring out where the nearest grocery store is, where the pharmacy is and where the nearest Chinese take-out is.

While you are on Google Street View, be sure to check out any nearby businesses that may give off a strong smell. You might think you like pizza now, but live above a pizzeria for 12 months and it is likely the mere mention of tomato sauce will make you break out in hives.

Phone a Friend

If you have any friends in the area, enlist them to be the eyes on the ground. Ask them to check out any potential apartments for you and take copious notes.

If you are moving in with roommates who you have never met to an apartment you have never been to, well, good luck. But more importantly, be sure to talk to these new living partners on the phone at least once.

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Reasons to Live in a Small City Like Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAHere's why choosing a small city is one you won't regret.

As bittersweet as it is to pack up and drive away one last time, remember that the world is your oyster. While some of your friends might be flocking to massive metropolises to start their post-college lives and careers, big cities aren’t the only option — and thank goodness for that!

Small cities have so much to offer every resident, but they’re especially well-suited to young people and new graduates. Here are 10 reasons moving to a small city after college is a choice you won't regret.

1. Less job competition.

Let’s start with one of the biggies: smaller cities make for less competition when it comes to lining up your dream job. This can also equate to better job security once you’ve landed the role you want. Plenty of major cities certainly have lots of career opportunities, but bustling urban centers aren't the only place to climb the ladder. In many cases, a smaller city is the ideal spot to start building your career — fewer people are vying for the same jobs, networking is easier, and there's often a general feeling of inclusivity and support in the professional community that you don't find in bigger cities.

2. More work-life balance.

When you land that dream job, you might find that a smaller city affords you more time, money and energy for a healthy work-life balance. Living in a big city with higher expenses and a culture that prizes overworking can mean tough compromises. In a smaller city, you’re a lot less likely to have to decide between making enough money for anything more than just squeaking by, and having enough downtime to pursue hobbies or spend time with friends.

3. A creative community.

Creative types thrive in small cities for a variety of reasons: cost of living is lower, it’s easier to find studio space, and the creative communities in small cities tend to be more collaborative than what you’d find in NYC, LA or Miami. Another bonus of all this creative energy? Even if you’re not drawn to creative pursuits yourself, you’ll benefit from all the coffee shops, boutiques, galleries and murals the artsy crowd brings along with them.

4. More affordable rent.

Compare your rent in a small (but still very cool!) city to the rent your friends in Manhattan are paying. Need we say more?

5. No sharing your favorite bar with a wall-to-wall crowd.

The same goes for your favorite cafe, yoga studio, or hole-in-the-wall dinner spot. Instead, you’ll be greeted by the same few regulars who know your name.

6. You can take a community leadership role.

You’re in a smaller pond in a small city. If you want to make a positive change in your community, your actions will have a bigger impact. The same goes for making a name for yourself in a local organization or city government, or even creating a whole new club or community group from scratch. Your actions have real power, and the possibilities are limitless.

7. Smaller clubs and groups.

If you want to explore a hobby (which is a great way to find new friends after college), you’ll benefit from more intimate gatherings with smaller groups. Whether your jam is a book club, a local sport or a church community, less crowded meetups will enable you to make connections faster and dive deeper into what you care about.

8. Hidden gems galore.

Quirky local joints, bizarre community traditions, and hidden gems are the hallmarks of small cities. Whether it’s a perfectly tucked-away dive bar or your neighborhood’s annual apple-bobbing contest, each discovery gives your city special character that you can’t find anywhere else.

9. New friends around every corner.

Large cities have high turnover. Transplants often stay for just a short amount of time before moving on to another metropolis, and the ones who stay are at risk of becoming jaded beyond their years. In a small city, your new friends are likely to stick around for more than a few months, which gives you a chance to build a tight-knit, enduring community for yourself. Making friends after college can be tough. Living in a small city makes it easier.

10. A more zen morning commute.

Cheers to less crowded public transit, shorter drives and more peaceful biking and walking paths.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Hethwood.

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Blacksburg, VA: #4 Best Affordable College Town for Recent Grads – And Everyone

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAThe Town of Blacksburg was ranked the #4 Best Affordable College Town for Recent Grads (And Everyone Else) by Realtor.com. Their data team looked at 700 markets with at least 1 four-year university and 10,000 undergraduates in the area. The rankings were done considering percentage of students, unemployment rates, home appreciation, and median income.

After receiving their diplomas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) graduates often head to cities such as Washington, DC, or Charlotte, NC.

But those who prefer the great outdoors over big-city life are choosing to stick around. For starters, the Appalachian Trail is just a short drive out of town.

For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Hethwood.

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Virginia: A Best State to Live in 2018

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VADo you live in one of the best states in America?

You might think people across the nation like to think they live in the best place in the country. After all, you wouldn’t spend your lives somewhere that you truly didn’t love. Right? Not always. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center study not too long ago determined that almost half of Americans would rather live somewhere else than they do now.

Well, if you’re in one of the states we’re about to highlight, odds are you don’t want to go anywhere.

The purpose of this study is to use science to determine which of our great American states are the absolute best. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are desirable. Therefore, while you may have strong opinions either way, you can’t argue against the methodology.

Turns out New Hampshire is the best state to live in the country. The worst? You might not be too surprised that New Mexico takes the cake.

Virginia is #5 on this List of the 10 Best States to Live in America for 2018.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA, contact Hethwood.

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Grilled Rosemary Steak for Your 4th of July BBQ

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Hethwood Apartments, Blacksburg, VAAre you having a BBQ at your apartments in Blacksburg, VA for the Fourth of July? If so, try out this great recipe from Southern Living.

Strip Steak with Rosemary Butter is a great option for smaller 4th of July celebrations. After all, you don’t want to be tied to the grill all night. Seasoned strip steaks hot off the grill pair perfectly with rosemary and lemon-infused butter. Our recipe makes four servings, but adjust to suit your guest list. Top each steak with Rosemary Butter and serve with a fresh cucumber salad and oven-roasted potatoes. Lemon rind gives the Rosemary Butter a fresh flavor that pairs wonderfully with the steaks. This recipe might look time consuming on first glance but, with just 15 minutes of prep time and 8 minutes at the grill, it will come together quicker than you think.

Strip Steak with Rosemary Butter

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (6-oz.) beef strip steaks (1/2 inch thick)

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together butter, rosemary, 1 tsp. grated lemon rind, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Step 2

Combine Italian seasoning and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Stir in remaining 1 tsp. lemon rind. Rub mixture over steaks. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 3

Grill steaks, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 3 to 4 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Serve with butter.

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