Why Live in Rensselaer | What to do in Rensselaer, NY - Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Located in Rensselaer, Partridge Hill is conveniently located near fun activities to partake in all year round!

Some of our favorite attractions include:

  • Regal Cinema – This theater, located in nearby East Greenbush, has all of the latest movies for your viewing pleasure!
  • Funplex Fun Park – The whole family can enjoy an outing here! Come for go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, rock wall climbing, and more!
  • Ice Skating – Hudson Valley Community College opens their rink to the public starting in October!
  • Crailo State Historic Site – History buffs will love this – this site focuses on providing guests with exhibits and collections relating to the Hudson Valley’s Colonial Dutch History.

Visit Partridge Hill today to learn more about the wonderful reasons we’re proud to call this area home!

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We all recognize the cycle – we stay up far too late, decide we want some down time to watch TV, continue to stay up too late, wake up exhausted, and repeat. It feels as if we’ve fallen into a trap that is impossible to get out of because we’ve become so accustomed to it. Take back your bedtime routine by enforcing these habits:

Set a Strict Bedtime

There’s no more “I should get to bed by 11”, only to wind up staying up past midnight. In fact, many sleep experts agree that the best sleep happens if it begins before midnight, and preferably before 11pm. Of course, this is not possible for everyone, but the idea is to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night.

Make Sure Your Bedroom Promotes Good Sleep

There are several small changes that could drastically improve your quality of sleep:

  • Keep it dark – TV/computer/phone screens, lamps, lights, and so forth can disturb sleep patterns.
  • Keep it cool – Feeling warm and cozy is nice, but a higher body temperature may actually prevent sleep, so it’s best to keep the room cool.
  • Keep it focused – Your bed is for sleeping, not working or browsing. By getting into the habit of bringing your laptop to bed, you may be inadvertently training your brain to remain stimulated while you’re in bed.
  • Keep it organized – If you’re one of many who has a hard time “turning off” their brain when it’s time for bed, making a list is crucial. Jot down everything that is bothering you, tasks you need to do in the morning, etc. and leave the thoughts on paper so they won’t keep you awake.

Incorporate these habits today, and sleep better at Partridge Hill !

The Importance of Sunscreen

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The season of fun in the sun is still here! The long days of sunshine always seem to make life seem better, and in a way they do, because the vitamin D you soak up from sunshine is essential to your health.

However, exposure to the sun also comes with the possibility of problematic skin conditions. The good news is that by applying sunscreen often, you can enjoy the sun without much of a worry! Need some convincing? Here are some reasons why sunscreen is so important:

  • The sun can damage the texture of your skin, as well as weaken its elastic attributes.
  • Sun-induced skin damage may cause wrinkles, furrows, easy bruising, and/or brown spots.
  • Most importantly, too much sun exposure may greatly increase your risk of skin cancer.

It’s never too late to make adjustments to protect yourself from the sun! Don’t forget the sunscreen next time you stop by the pool at Partridge Hill!

4 Pool Safety Tips for Summer Poolside at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

At Partridge Hill, we encourage all of our residents to use our outdoor pool. It’s a refreshing perk! But, we also strongly encourage and recommend learning basic pool safety! The greatest reason why you should take pool safety steps seriously is to keep you and others safe.

Supervision Required

Never let small children or inexperienced swimmers, even adults, swim in the pool alone. Always closely monitor those inside the pool. Children who do not know how to swim should be no more than an arm’s length away from an adult.

Do Not Rely on Flotation Devices

Again, children who do not know how to swim should be within arm’s length of an adult. This is important to remember, as many adults have gained a false sense of confidence and security with floatation devices, such as arm floaties or swimsuits with built in floaters. Even children outfitted with lifejackets approved by the United States Coast Guard should never be left unattended.

Keep a Telephone by the Pool

A telephone should always be kept near the pool when it is in use. Cell phones are recommended, as it enables adults to answer the phone without leaving the pool area. Remember, all it takes is a few seconds for a child or inexperienced adult to slip underwater. A close by telephone can result in a quicker call for emergency services.

Learn CPR

Summer pool safety tips can help to reduce the chance of a pool accident, but you always need to be prepared for one. That is why it’s good to know or learn CPR. For a small and reasonable fee, you may be able to save the life of a loved one.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer poolside this season at Partridge Hill!

Two Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes to Impress Your Guests

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Refreshing beverages are a great way to cool down during the hot summer months. Get a little fancy the next time you entertain and whip up these fruity and fun non-alcoholic beverages!

WATERMELON COOLER


Put that extra watermelon to good use!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of seedless watermelon (1 medium-sized watermelon), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5 -10 mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt

How to Make Watermelon Coolers:

  1. Place all of the above ingredients into a blender, and process until smooth. Depending on the size of your blender, this may have to be done in multiple batches.

  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl, getting all of the liquid out by pressing the solids with a wooden spoon.

  3. Place the watermelon mixture into the blender again with ice cubes added. The amount of ice cubes added depends on how slushy you want the drink to turn out.

  4. If desired, garnish with a slice of watermelon and/or a sprig of mint.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

KIWI LEMONADE SPRITZER


Ingredients:

  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 6 kiwis
  • 2 c. lemon juice
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 L bottle seltzer water
  • lemon and/or kiwi wedges

How to Make Kiwi Lemonade Spritzers:

  1. Place the sugar and kiwi in a blender and purée until smooth.

  2. Stir together the lemon juice and water in a 1-quart container.

  3. Stir in the kiwi purée

  4. Chill until the mixture is very cold

  5. To serve, add ½ cup of kiwi mixture with ½ seltzer water over ice.

  6. If desired, lemon and/or kiwi wedges can be added as a garnish

We hope you have a happy and healthy summer while living here at Partridge Hill! Let’s see what kind of drink recipes we come up with in the fall (not that we’re rushing summer)!

How Much Apartment Can You Afford?

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

When you’re looking for an apartment, you want to find a rental price that won’t leave you living paycheck to paycheck. Calculating how much rent you can afford based on your salary is actually quite simple!

Usually, Property Managers require their tenants make at least 3x the amount of their yearly rent. The easiest way to find your max rent budget is to take your salary and divide it by 40. For a more accurate number, use your net salary as opposed to gross. The taxes that get taken out of your paycheck will not be around to help you pay your rent throughout the year!

Once you have this number, you should sit down and consider other expenses you will have every month, such as insurance, groceries, and utility bills. You don’t want to spend all of your money on rent, only to have nothing left over for your necessities!

Looking for an apartment? Contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful complex!

Color Schemes for 2016

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

When it comes to decorating, the best part about Partridge Hill apartments is that the neutral-colored walls give you the perfect backdrop to use any color scheme you prefer! 2016 is bursting at the seams with trendy colors. Use the ideas below for décor inspiration!

  • Blues: From pale to navy, blue is the perfect color for a bedding set. Or try using blue throw pillows on a neutral sofa!
  • Grey: Although grey is a neutral, it works very well with other neutrals. Use a combo of grey and yellow for the perfect living room color scheme!
  • Green: Both minty and dark forest hues are at the top of the charts when it comes to the green family right now.
  • Coral: Coral is IN, especially for summer! It goes perfectly with shades of yellow and orange, too.

Try sprucing up your décor for summer with a few of these color ideas!

What to Look for in an Apartment: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When you’re looking for an apartment, it’s important to be sure you are completely happy with the one you choose before you move in. You know to ask questions, but what about physically checking for certain things yourself? People sometimes fail to do this, and it can end up leaving them stuck.

During your apartment hunting adventure, you should avoid these 3 major mistakes at all costs:

  • Failing to thoroughly read your lease. You should know every detail of your lease so that there are no surprises later. We are happy to go over your lease with you and discuss any questions you may have.
  • Neglecting to take photos of existing flaws. If you notice any issues that are there before you move in, take photos to document them for future reference. This way, you can’t be blamed for someone else’s doing. We have an on-site maintenance team, so if there was any damage from a past tenant, it would have most likely already been taken care of!
  • Not checking if everything works properly. It might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people skip this. Test out the light switches, open the refrigerator, plug your phone charger into the outlets – make sure everything is in working order so that it can be addressed if it is not! Again, our maintenance team makes sure everything is running smoothly in all of our apartments.

Want to Rent at Partridge Hill? Applying is Easy!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Looking for a new apartment? Partridge Hill makes it simple to apply to live in the apartment of your dreams!

Before you do anything, check to be sure you have a clean rental history, and that your credit is in good standing. We will conduct a credit check before making a decision on your application.

First and foremost, you’ll need to head to our website and fill out a Rental Application. You can do this either by filling it out right online, or by printing the PDF version and returning it to our office. Be sure to include your $50 application fee – you can do this by mailing it to us or over the phone with your credit or debit card. Next, your security deposit is due in order to secure your apartment. Once we process and approve your application, we will tell you how to get your renters insurance, as well as come to an agreement on when you will move in!

Contact Partridge Hill today to schedule a tour of our gorgeous complex!

How to Throw a Dinner Party without Breaking the Bank

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You’ve finally moved into your own apartment! You want to entertain, but we know hectic life can be. Between work, bills, and other obligations, it doesn’t always seem like there’s the time or the money to plan special get-togethers at your place. But what if it wasn’t as hard as you think?

The truth is, planning and executing a dinner party at your apartment can be surprisingly simple. Moreover, you can easily throw a dinner party that won’t leave your wallet barren, either. The trick is to make sure you have these three things:

  1. Ample Planning Time: First thing’s first. Start planning far in advance, at least a month before your intended event date. Doing so will give you enough time to figure out all of the details, and make necessary changes if any issues should arise.
  2. A Simple Menu: Keep the appetizers to a minimum – they can get expensive and might also leave your guests too full to eat dinner! Additionally, when it comes to the main meal, it doesn’t need to be elaborate. A simple, one-pan meal will do the trick, and you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest!
  3. A Strict Budget: Keeping the entire event on a budget will help you avoid overspending, especially in the beverage area. To help out with this and save even more, you can choose to make the dinner party BYOB!

A dinner party at your apartment doesn’t have to be one of those fancy, elaborate ordeals we see on TV shows and in movies. In real life, we don’t all have the time or money to spend. However, with these three simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a budget-friendly dinner party in no time!

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