5 Fall Activities to Keep You Busy

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall is a wonderful time of year that has a lot to offer whether you’re a person who enjoys the indoors or you’d rather be outside taking in the crisp air and changing leaves. What’s better than fall and the activities? Fall in the capital district! There a lot of fun activities planned if you want to do more than the usual leaf peeping.


Outside Activities

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 21st through September 24th is the 45th annual festival held in Glens Falls and Queensbury. There are balloons of every shape and size taking over the sky. You can watch from the ground as they launch or take a drive and see a sky full of hot air balloons. 

Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show: The 28th annual festival will be held October 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will happen rain or shine, check the weather before heading up and see if you should come prepared with a rain coat or if a light jacket will suffice. There will be live music including Hair of the Dog, tents with crafts, and a tent for wine tasting! 

Turkey Trot: The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 and has been growing in popularity ever since!  Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and participate or cheer from the sidelines. When the race concludes, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving meal!


Indoor Activities 

Apple and Wine Festival: This festival is happening  September 16th and 17th at the Altamont Fair Grounds! Since it’s at the Altamont Fair Grounds, some events may occur outdoors. But there’s much to do inside as well! A haunted house for the kids, wine tasting, crafts, Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations and much more!


New York State Museum: There are many exhibitions coming up for the NYS museum including Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. These are in addition to their ongoing exhibitions such as Minerals of New York and Fire Engine Hall. Make learning fun! 


So get out there this fall with friends and family and enjoy some fun activities! If you’re searching for more activities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!

Moving? Donate Your Unwanted Items

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, August 25, 2017

Often times moving means new furniture or appliance; even cleaning out your closet of clothes that no longer fit or you simply won’t wear again. Chances are the furniture, clothing, and appliances still have plenty of life left in them. So, what do you do with all of your unwanted items? 


Donate Your Unwanted Items
Rather than tossing the items you plan to replace, consider donating them so that someone else can use and enjoy them. There are many ways you can donate locally and help the members of your community. A few places will even come to you and pick up your items!


Habitat for Humanity 
Habitat for Humanity will come to you and pick up your items for donation; they service Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. However, if you or someone you know live outside of those counties they will do their best so that you are able to donate your items. They accept furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and many other home goods! 


Grace’s Closet
A nonprofit organization that began out of a woman’s home and has since expanded, Grace’s Closet works with local churches, schools, and agencies to help families in need of clothing, children’s toys, household items and many other necessities. 


Donating items not only lightens your load when moving, but, it can make a big difference for someone else. If your items have been gently used and are still in good condition, consider donating them when you’re ready to make a change!   


Are you ready to make Stonegate Apartments your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

How to Become Organized Before Moving

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, August 10, 2017


While living in your home, you may not realize exactly how much stuff you accumulate until it is time to move. Becoming organized and packing it all can be overwhelming, exhausting, even frustrating at times. Before attempting to pack your belongings, get organized with our tips!


Sort Your Belongings into Categories

In order to make your move as easy as possible, you will need to get organized. If this isn’t your forte, recruit a friend or two who are masters of organization. Start with one area, or room, once you’ve gone through every item, move on to the next space.


- Essential:  These items are either practical, used daily, or they may hold sentimental value. Whatever the item may be, you won’t part with it no matter what. 
- Value: This doesn’t necessarily refer to monetary value, but, it may also refer to what value the item brings to your life. A book, for example, when was the last time you read it? Will you read it again? If you don’t see yourself reading it again, it’s time to donate the book so someone else can find enjoyment. 
- Useful vs. Useless: This category may be the most difficult, but, it needs to happen. Items that you haven’t used since the last time you moved, should get tossed or donated. Kids, for example, accumulate a lot of possessions – toys, clothing, etc. It may be difficult to part with some of their old things, but, you also need to ask yourself if the item is useful or if it holds a special place in your heart. Unless you’re having more kids, their highchair can be donated, whereas their first pair of baby shoes holds sentimental value. 


Now that you’ve made your piles and you know what’s coming with you, the entire process will run much smoother. It may seem difficult to part with certain items, but in the end lightening your load will be more than worth it. 


Contact Stonegate Apartments 
For more tips to make your next move a breeze, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!



Finding the Right Size Apartment for You

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Moving and apartment hunting can be a daunting task with many factors that shouldn’t be overlooked. But, it doesn’t have to be if you predetermine the size apartment you’re looking for. This will help narrow down your list of potentials. 


Number of Bedrooms
Many complexes will tell you the rule of thumb is one bedroom per occupant. There are exceptions to this rule; however, couples and children are typically able to share a bedroom. Perhaps you’re a couple who is looking to turn a bedroom into an office space, in which case, you will need at least a two bedroom apartment. 


Number of Bathrooms
The next aspect you will need to consider are the number of bathrooms you need, or want. A guest bathroom, or bathroom for the kids, is nice and certainly has its perks. However, you will need to consider if it is practical for your needs, or even your budget. 


Living Space
Do you have larger sized items you’re bringing with you? Perhaps you live a minimalist lifestyle and don’t require a lot of extra space. While touring apartments, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape so you can take exact measurements. This will help you when measuring your items to decide whether it will fit nicely, or, if more space is a necessity.  


Amenities and Location
Lastly, consider the location and amenities that are important to you. Do you prefer a more active area as opposed to a quieter location? Do you want a shorter commute, or, do you enjoy your drive time? There’s not a single correct answer for this as these are personal preferences. While apartment hunting, you will need to keep these questions in mind in addition to the location of schools and healthcare facilities. 


Are you ready to make Stonegate your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

Apartment Amenities to Catch the Eye of any Millennial

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, July 07, 2017

Millennials have grown up during a time where location, convenience, and amenities have moved to the essentials, can’t live without, must-have, criteria list. Rest assured, Stonegate has the amenities that are most desirable.   


Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are an amenity that can’t get enough of. Not only is it a convenience factor (set it and forget it!) but, it also creates efficiency. Since the system will only run as needed, it saves energy and money. Both of which are very important to the millennial generation.   


Updated Kitchen

Millennials love food and cooking, they have helped to shape our “foodie” culture, making an up-to-date kitchen a must have for much of the generation. Our kitchens have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, ceramic tile flooring, and 36” wood cabinets with crown molding! They are truly a thing of beauty, waiting to come to life when you cook and host parties! 


Heated Garage
Winters in the great northeast can be brutal, making heated garages essential. Park your car in the garage so you won’t have to clean snow off the roof and so your car is already a comfortable temperature when you need to leave. The garages at Stonegate are also equipped with an elevator service so you won’t have to go out in the cold! 


Private Balcony
Having a place to call your own is important to everyone; more important is having a sense of privacy. While living at Stonegate, enjoy your own private balcony. Start your mornings sipping coffee in peace and quiet. 


Sound Proof Flooring
To go along with privacy, noise reduction is also key to apartment living. The apartments at Stonegate have soundproof flooring to help ensure you won’t hear your upstairs neighbors and give your place a sense of serenity and privacy. This is surely an amenity we can’t get enough of! 


Washer and Dryer in Each Unit
Another amenity we don’t see often enough is the ability to do your laundry in the privacy of your own space. Which is why a washer and dryer are equipped in each of our units! You won’t have to compromise space as they are located in a laundry room, with storage space, within the unit. 


Pool and Fitness Center
Stonegate includes an in ground pool as well as a fitness center giving the ultimate convenience. After a grueling workout session, head to the pool for some much needed rest and recuperation!   


Location Location Location
Last, but, certainly not least is the ultimate amenity - location! Restaurants, parks and recreation, healthcare and places to shop are, just to name a few, are all nearby our Stonegate community. For a complete list, please visit our community page.  


When you’re ready to take the next step, and check out our apartments, contact Stonegate to schedule an appointment!

How to be a Good Tenant That Every Apartment Complex Will Love

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, June 15, 2017

When it comes to being a tenant, you, of course, want to be the ideal renter, the one that doesn’t raise any eyebrows or cause any issues. In order to maintain the ‘ideal renter’ status, there are rules to follow and tips to keep in mind.

Rental History

While filling out a rental application, complexes may ask you for your rental history and references. While calling your previous complex managers, or references, they will try to gain as much information about you as possible. Did you maintain your property? Were you ever late in paying the rent? These questions and more are all taken into consideration while your application is looked over. 

Read Your Lease

During the signing process, you will be given your lease to look over and sign. Once it is signed you are stating that you have read, and understand the lease. Prior to signing your acknowledgment, read the lease line by line. If you have any questions, or something is unclear, you are encouraged to ask questions.

Be Respectful

In addition to maintaining your apartment, alerting the management team if there is an issue that needs addressing in a timely fashion makes for a respectful tenant. This is something that can potentially come up with your rental history. Late rental payments, noise complaints, and property damages also have the potential of raising a red flag.

 

Honesty

We’ve heard for most of our lives that ‘honesty is the best policy’ which is true for renters as well. Being upfront and forthcoming during the application process will put everyone in the ideal situation. Falsifying documentation will only hurt you in the long-run.

Cleanliness

While renting, it is your responsibility to maintain the living space. Leaving behind food remnants and splatters can create an issue for the building, apartment, and neighbors. Ensuring your hall is clear of debris and using the proper trash receptacles also helps to make you a clean and respectful tenant.

Following these tips will help to make you the ideal tenant. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule your tour!


Tips for Successful Apartment Hunting

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, June 05, 2017

Searching for the right apartment can be both exciting and exhausting. As with any search, you will have questions and concerns that need to be addressed. You want to find the best place for you to call home, but, without breaking your budget and in a neighborhood that has what you’re looking for.  


Check the Neighborhood

A top priority when looking for a new place to call home is where to relocate. To determine the best location, examine your priorities. Do you prefer to be close to your workplace? Perhaps a little bit of a commute doesn’t bother you and is preferred. Do you prefer parking your car in a parking lot as opposed to street parking? Perhaps you’d like to be within a short distance to grocery stores or shopping centers. 


Inspect the Apartment 
When viewing potential apartments, you are encouraged to remove your rose-colored glasses and take out your magnifying glass. Walkthroughs can be exciting and overwhelming with much to take in. This is the time to take everything in and make note of anything that stands out. Is everything in good condition? Signs of proper upkeep can be found by looking at the floors, ceilings, closets, even cupboards.  


Does it Meet Your Budget

Now that you’ve found the apartment you want to call home, before you sign your lease and start planning your big move, make sure it doesn’t exceed your budget. Ask about any possible expenses outside of the rent cost. Are utilities, hot water, or gas included in the rent or are they up to the renter? Expenses can quickly add up each month, knowing you’re in an apartment that won’t break the bank is sure to help relieve stress. 


Understand the Lease

We live in a fast-paced world, but, when given paperwork or contracts, it is imperative to slow down and read each line carefully. Leases contain important rules that tenants are expected to abide by. When the rent is due and if there is a grace period, also when you are to give renewal notice are both items that are included in many leases. If something is unclear, make sure to ask prior to signing. 


Be Prepared 
There are sure to be expenses to come up prior to moving in to your new home. Many apartments require a deposit in addition to first and last month’s rent when signing a lease. Even the process of moving could potentially end up costing you. While budgeting your expenses, take into consideration the potential cost of renting a moving truck or hiring movers. 


With these tips in mind, we hope to make your next move a bit smoother. At Stonegate Luxury Apartments, we want our residents to feel comfort in their choice of living in our apartments. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact us today! 


Windowsill Herb Plants to Have at Stonegate

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, May 08, 2017

Gardening is a summer hobby that many enjoy, but most apartment-dwellers don’t realize that they can get in on the fun with! All you need is one or two sunny windows at Stonegate to get started.

What Herbs Should I Grow?

For a windowsill garden, it’s best to stick to herbs that won’t quickly outgrow and get out of control, especially when you’re first starting out! Kitchen staples such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley will get you started. Remember – starting with seeds is less expensive, however, they require more attention and may take months before you are able to reap the benefits.

How to Manage Your Plants:

1)      Start with your containers. You have a couple of options here. You can opt to plant multiple plants in a large container that is at least 6-12 inches deep. Or, you can use individual pots that are at least 6 inches for each plant. If you’re starting with seeds, you can use any small container, and transport the plants into larger containers once they are between 2 – 4 inches tall. Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your containers have drainage holes and are sitting on a saucer or similar dish that will hold the drainage water.

2)      When transporting your plants to a new container, be sure to use potting mix instead of garden soil, which makes it more difficult for the water to pass through after time. You’ll want to create a 2-3 inch layer of potting mix at the bottom of your container, before gently loosening the roots to flare out your plant, and gently place it into the new container. Finish filling in the container with potting mix, leaving just an inch or so free at the top for water. Water your plant immediately after transporting it to its new container.

3)      Take care not to overwater your plants. The best way to test whether or not your plant needs to be watered is to gently poke your finger into the soil. If the soil is dry an inch or two into the container, give it some water. Watering slowly is best; you’ll want to watch the bottom of the container, and stop watering once water starts to leave the container and drain into the saucer below.

4)      To encourage growth, you’ll want to snip on occasion. Snipping the tips off of basil, rosemary, and similar plants will encourage the plant to branch more. With your cilantro and parsley – which are bushier – you can remove entire stems from the outer edge of the plant to encourage new growth.

Once you’ve started your herb garden, you’ll be able to use the herbs as soon as you see new growth! Don’t let apartment living stop you this summer; impress your friends with your green thumb and some great meals made with fresh herbs!


Four Ways to Get Involved With Our Local Community

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, March 21, 2017


There’s nothing like getting involved with your local community, and one of the best ways to do so is by giving back! If you’re new to the area, or just looking to make new friends, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities near Stonegate for you!

  1. St. Peter’s Hospital: Volunteering at your local hospital can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only that, but with 65 different volunteer positions available, you can also work on building up your job skills by volunteering at St. Peter’s! Volunteer hours are flexible to fit every schedule, and there are even positions specifically for high school students!

  2. New York State Museum: If you’re interested in history of any sort, this is the opportunity for you! Volunteer opportunities with the Museum allow you to work with scientists and collection managers as you support areas such as archaeology, history, paleontology, biology, and more!

  3. Habitat for Humanity: Habitat’s Capital District branch has several opportunities for every skill set and availability! You can get involved at construction sites, manage inventory and donations at the ReStore, or even get the kids involved with youth & student groups!

  4. AnimaLovers: For the animal lovers, this non-profit, no-kill shelter is the perfect way to get involved! Volunteers who opt for this option have the opportunity to socialize the cats at the clinic, and screen potential adopters. Volunteering at an animal shelter is incredibly awarding, as you get to watch animals go to loving new homes and begin their new journey!

Five Steps to Spring Cleaning

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Spring is finally right around the corner, and cleaning supplies are popping up left and right, just like the flowers are about to. Spring cleaning – especially if you’re on your own for the first time – can be a daunting task. Don’t let that stop you – we’ve got the ultimate cheat sheet to getting your home spring-ready in no time at all!

  1. Gather the Troops: Determine what products you’ll need for your spring cleaning. A solid vacuum for rugs, a duster that can reach high for any ceiling fans or other fixtures that are up high, and gloves are always a good place to start. Also, don’t forget your glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and disinfecting wipes – these will keep you going long after this cleaning sprint!

  2. Declutter: Before you start cleaning, it’s important to rid yourself of the items that are taking up space unnecessarily. Go through your closet and find items to donate or swap, toss out any expired cosmetics, and file away any errant papers taking up room on your nightstand. Not only will decluttering make your cleaning process easier, but it can also be a great start to get you in the mood to create a fresh start for the new season.

  3. One at a Time: Instead of trying to be everywhere at once, dedicate chunks of time to each room in your home. This doesn’t even have to be done all in one day or weekend – space it out as much as you need to so you can really make a difference in your home.

  4. Get It All: Spring cleaning is well-known for a reason. Take this opportunity to really get EVERYTHING in your home taken care of. Clean out the couch cushions, disinfect items like your remotes and phones, and get every nook and cranny of your home.

  5. Add Some Springtime Freshness: Once your house is sparkling clean, it’s time for a little reward! Update your home with a bright pop of color in the form of a new throw blanket, painting, or even a funky clock to put on the wall. You could even go out and buy some fresh flowers, or seeds to create your own mini-garden to start spring off right!

With these tips in mind, we hope you’ll enjoy the spring cleaning process in your home at Stonegate!

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