Start 2018 with a New Home at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Partridge Hill has created a peaceful community, offering the beautiful landscape you desire while still near the busy Rensselaer lifestyle. We are proud to have created a rural-like community with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Partridge Hill

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have oversized closets installed, air conditioning, and we’re spread out over 9 acres of land!  

Some of our other amenities include:
Intercom Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Club House: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with friends and family. Not only that, we also have a fitness room!
Pool Area: Enjoy relaxing poolside during those warm summer months! 
Laundry Facilities: Each building has its own Laundry Center. You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes! 

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To hear more about what Partridge Hill has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

Keep Busy with Activities All Winter

Partridge Hill - Friday, January 05, 2018

Looking for something different to keep you busy during the winter month or perhaps outdoor activities aren’t for you, whichever is the case, you’re sure to find something fun happening in and around Albany, NY this winter season!

For the art lover: January 8th the Intro to Musical Improv is happening at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran you will find your voice and confidence to sing songs from the top of your head.

Story Time with Ethan Ullman is happening on January 12th at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Come out and enjoy an evening of stories as told by comedians, performers, and more.

For the foodie:  The Annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will be hosted at the Albany Hilton from January 11th through the 13th. Enjoy events and competitions such as Battle of the Bartender, Grand Tasting and Seminars, Rising Star Chef Pavilion, and so much more!

January 17th the American Italian Heritage Museum is hosting Soup and Conversation; a social opportunity to visit and converse with familiar faces as well as someone new. Enjoy an afternoon of soup, coffee, dessert and more! 

These are only a few of the events happening near us! For a complete list of what’s happening be sure to visit Perhaps you have plenty of activities lined up for the winter months and instead you’re searching for a new place to call home. Contact Partridge Hill and schedule a tour today! 

Create a Cozier Apartment this Winter Season in 5 Easy Steps

Partridge Hill - Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter is officially upon us, which for upstate New York means blistering winds and frigid temperatures. It gets darker faster and many of us want to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. This winter season; create a cozier apartment while also making it feel more inviting. 

1. Add Levels of Lighting: During the winter, we begin and end our days in the dark. Creating layers of light in your apartment with a mixture of table lamps and floor lamps will help brighten your home. For more of a mixture, use a variety of warm lights and cool lights. 

2. Add Texture: Create a cozier home by adding texture to your walls. If you have drapes for example, pulling them shut will create texture as well as keeping the cold air out. If you want to keep yours open and let the light in, find a unique tapestry or quilt to hang from a wall. It will bring life to an otherwise blank space and create a talking point for you and your guests.

3. Create a Nook: Winter is a perfect time to stay inside and catch up on your reading! Pick a space in your apartment that will be your designated reading nook and gather everything that you will need. Add pillows, a blanket, and something to set your tea or coffee on and you’re set for your reading nook!

4. Personal Comfort: For those who are away from loved ones and find themselves getting a little homesick at times, this is a perfect project. Take the time to add some of your favorite images to your wall space, desks, or other areas that look a little bare. Whether it’s a family photo, photos from your college days, or your favorite album in a frame, looking at familiar images is sure to make your apartment feel a little more like home.

5. Keep a Blanket Handy: A quick and easy way to make your home feel cozier is to drape blankets on your couch, recliner, or end chairs. Your home will become cozier, more inviting, and this will ensure that warmth is only an arm’s reach away. 

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Now that you’ve read our tips for a cozier apartment this winter, contact Partridge Hill Apartments to schedule a tour! 

5 Holiday Hosting Tips Everyone Needs

Partridge Hill - Friday, December 01, 2017

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and there are still plenty of opportunities to host holiday dinners, gatherings, and cocktail parties. Whether this is your first time or you’ve hosted for the holidays before, it’s always nice to be prepared.

1. Consider the Dinner Set: The holiday season is a special time of year which makes it the perfect time to use your good china. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought specifically for the season, take it out of the cupboard and make sure it’s in tip-top shape for your guests!

2. Beverages: Take your guests into consideration while creating your beverage menu. Some people prefer wine with dinner while others don’t consume alcohol. Having a variety of options will help your guests feel at home. As the host, you can even ask your guests to bring their favorite beverage to share with everyone. This will give your guests something to discuss other than the typical topics. 

3. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying either of these are a must-have for your holiday gathering, but, it certainly brings some festive cheer to the table! Whether it’s a modern piece, an old classic, or something DIY, a centerpiece or tablescape can take your table from “ho-hum” to “oh wow”! 

4. Linens and Place Settings: Gather your items together well before your planned gathering date. This will give you enough time to get everything washed and prepped. It will also give you time to prepare for the inevitable “surprise guest”; everybody knows someone who forgets to RSVP or brings someone with them! 

5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store! This will help cut down on forgotten items or buying something you already have. Much like the beverages, having a variety that will satisfy all of your guests would be ideal. You can also ask them to bring a favorite dish to share with everyone!

We hope you found these 5 holiday hosting tips helpful and you can incorporate them into your party this season! 

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If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact Partridge Hill Apartments and schedule a tour!

Make Your Home Look Better in 10 Minutes or Less with These 3 Tips

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 20, 2017
While living in an apartment, it needs to feel as though it is truly your own space. One aspect many renters face is how to bring “life” into your apartment and turn it into a space that is all their own. We're here to help you make your home look better in 10 minutes or less!

Reduce The Clutter
Many of us are embarrassed to admit this, but, we have clutter. One way to breathe life into your apartment and help bring it towards feeling like your own is to cut down on the clutter, or remove it entirely. It may not be a lot – a magazine or two, fliers, takeout menus, school calendars, but, clearing it out can do a world of wonders! Everything should have a home; even if it's the recycling bin.

Less Can Be More
The space needs to become your own, but, you and your guests shouldn't feel overwhelmed by your design touches. Is your couch covered in pillows and blankets? Try taking a couple pieces away; put them in a linen closet and then switch them out with the seasons! Art and photographs are another wonderful way to bring life into your home, but, every square inch of your walls does not need something hanging from it.

Give Your Furniture Some Space
While arranging the furniture in our homes we're all tempted to put a coffee table directly in front of the couch and a recliner with an end table right next to one of the chair's arms. Give your furniture some space, move your coffee table a few more inches away from the couch and put the end table in a corner with a table top lamp for a little added décor. This will help your space feel less clustered and crowded.

We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they can do for you. Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Partridge Hill Apartments today to schedule a tour!

9 Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family to Start This Year

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 06, 2017

Each year it’s the same: wake up early, cook, travel, eat, nap, and then eat some more. This year try something different with your friends, family, and loved ones. Start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or tedious like some people may think; these ideas are fun and easy!

Hold a Raffle
Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  

Guess the Thanks
Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 

Recipe Swap
This will be easy and fun, especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V. 

Those Who Cook Don’t Clean
If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 

Pre-Dessert Walk
Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch and recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 

Bring a Game
Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.

Ditch the Football
Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic T.V. sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 

Hand-Me-Down Exchange 
Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 

Book Swap
Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.

We hope you enjoyed these tradition tips and they bring you years of enjoyment. For more tips including tips for successful apartment hunting contact Partridge Hill!

Go Green with These 5 Tips from Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
hands holding a planted tree and the world in a waterdrop

Making a few changes in your life and daily routine can help reduce the amount of energy used on a regular basis as well as chemicals which can prove to be harmful to the environment. These 5 quick tips will help you get started down the right path!

Lighting: Incandescent light bulbs may seem like a better purchase since their sticker price is often cheaper compared to other options. However, they can actually cost you more in the long run. Whereas using light bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LED), Halogen Incandescent, or a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) will last longer and save you money on your electricity bill. Many manufacturers will include the average lifespan as well as the average cost for your electric bill. 

Turning lights off in a room while not in use is a simple concept, but, is lost on many. Quite a few of us have a bad habit of leaving lights on when we leave a room. Turning lights off can save you money every month and your light bulbs will last longer. 

Temperature Control: There are a few ways to control and maintain a comfortable temperature in your apartment that won’t make your electricity bill skyrocket and will help you go green! Many home goods stores have a wide selection of insulated curtains which help to keep the temperature in your apartment regulated. So if there are extreme temperatures outside, keeping the curtains closed will help keep you cozy and will help ensure your heat (or air conditioning) isn’t running when it shouldn’t. 

Limiting the use of your oven, especially during summer months, will also help keep the temperature regulated and help in your green efforts. Using an oven for long periods of time builds up heat in the apartment, which makes your air conditioning run longer and work harder. 

Power Down: Using a surge protector for appliances or electronics which use a lot of energy allows you to turn them on and off quickly and efficiently. Appliances and electronics that are left plugged in, even if they aren’t on, actually draw energy. Having items plugged into a surge protector will also help protect them in the event of severe weather and power outages. One such item you should consider using this for is your laptop or desktop computer. 

Green Cleaning Products: Take time to consider the chemical cocktail in your cleaning products. These chemicals can potentially be dangerous to those within your home and the environment. While cleaning, the chemicals are released into the environment and they can be absorbed into your skin. Changing your products will lessen pollution in waterways, air, and minimizes our impact to the ozone layer. 

Recycle: The Partridge Hill community offers recycling with our amenities and we encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this! Adding a recycling bin in your home allows for you to separate the recycling from the garbage and dispose of each in their proper containers once you take them outside. Recycling isn’t as tedious as it sounds and we encourage all of our residents to partake so that we can help protect our environment. 

What steps are you taking to go green? Share your tips and tricks with us! Or, if you’re ready to make the Partridge Hill community your new home, contact us to schedule a tour!

Throw Your Best Halloween Party Ever

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 03, 2017
men and women at a Halloween party

Fall is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner. If you haven’t confirmed any plans, and you’re thinking of hosting a party, use our ideas to inspire your event!

Décor: Each year, it’s the same. Skeletons, black cats, orange and black – well, everything, from plates to balloons, the color combination is everywhere.  Try something different this year, rich shades of purple that are deep in color pair well with black and takes your color-scheme from ordinary to extraordinary! 

Take your decorations up a level or two with a makeshift chandelier. What you will need: laytex balloons filled with helium, twine and spiders (Check your local craft store, or online supplier for these. Ones made from stiff paper will work the best.) Once your balloons are filled, tie a long strand of twine to the end, then create a small hole in your spider. From there, you will feed the other end of the twine through the hole and tie a knot, securing your spider at the end of the twine. Your spiders will look like they’re climbing down from your balloons! 

Beverages: Remember going to dances in middle school and people congregated awkwardly around the punch bowl? Your guests will hang around these too, but, because they’re positively spooktacular. In a clear punchbowl mix together lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet, then drop a few scoops of the sherbet on top and drizzle a little bit more lemon-lime soda over the scoops. This will create a foggy-frosty concoction your guests will love. 

For a punch that is extra creepy fill a latex glove with water, tie it shut, lay the glove flat in your freezer and leave it there until it is frozen solid. Once you put together your favorite type of punch, remove the ice hand from the glove (you may need to cut the glove) and put it in your punch! So easy, but adds a much-desired level of creepy.  

Food: Surely you’ve been to Halloween parties and seen the typical “mummy dogs,” but what about desserts? Create mini monster eyes by using mini powdered sugar donuts, gummy rings and a brown M&M. The gummy ring acts as the iris while the M&M acts like the pupil of your monster eyeball. You can simply stack the ingredients on top of one another, or, you can use royal icing to “glue” them together. 

If you’re going with the purple and black color scheme, you can make a coordinating purple and black trifle for dessert. Trifles sound harder than they really are. Alternate layers of brownie bits (or chocolate cake) and no-bake blackberry cheesecake in individual cups. It will work well with your theme and your guests will love this delicious treat! 

Now that you’ve heard our ideas, start planning and have fun! 

Looking for a new place to call your home? Schedule a tour of Partridge Hill, you’ll love our apartments so much, you won’t want to leave! 

Top 5 Tips to Find the Perfect Roommate

Partridge Hill - Friday, September 22, 2017
Roommate Contract
You may find yourself in a situation where you need a roommate, or perhaps you don’t want to live alone. Either case is fine, however what isn’t fine is making a rush decision on the matter. This decision is almost as important as finding the right apartment for you and your life style. Continue reading for our 5 tips to help you find the perfect roommate. 

1. Become Habituated: Before making the big decision, find out how your prospective roommate lives. Do they like staying in and watching TV? Perhaps they like spending most of their time out of the apartment. Getting as much information about the person beforehand helps to prevent issues down the road.

2. Notice the Details: Whether this is a friend you’ve known for a long time or someone you’re interviewing as a potential roommate, pay close attention to the details. These details can lead to potential red flags, which of course, you want to avoid. If you’re interviewing a potential roommate at their current residence, take a closer look. Does it look like the clean regularly or does it look like they tried stuffing clutter under the couch? 

3. Talk Finances: It can be an awkward discussion, but, it needs to happen. Come forward with your prospective roommate about each bill and each anticipated monthly expense. You need to get assurance from them that they will be able to contribute their portion of the bills each month. 

4. Friends: You like your friends, and you get along pretty well. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should be roommates. If you are considering living with a friend, evaluate them like you would any other potential roommate. Evaluate their current living situation, cleaning habits, as well as their finances. 

5. Put it in Writing: Protect yourself as well as your roommate by putting everything in writing, including both names on the lease. Putting terms and conditions in writing will help ease any potential tension or issues from arising in the future. When it is made clear what is expected of each roommate, it is easier to hold each other accountable.

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It is our hope that this helps in your roommate selecting process! Once you’ve found the perfect candidate contact Partridge Hill to schedule your tour of our apartments!

5 Fall Activities to Check Out

Partridge Hill - Thursday, September 07, 2017
children pumpkin picking in the fall

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 hot air balloons of every shape, color, 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 so 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 Partridge Hill today!
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