Stay Busy This Holiday Season with These 5 Activities

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Our area is no stranger to snowfall, but it can be difficult at times to beat the winter blues and defeat the case of cabin fever we all experience. To add to this, the holiday season keeps us busy running errands, picking up packages, and deciding which (if any) holiday parties to attend. We are lucky enough to live in an area with such a diverse culture and a long list of fun activities to try during the holiday season. Here’s our list of some fun activities to try this holiday season.

5 Fun Activities in the Capital Region During the Holidays

  1. Artful Playgroup for Toddlers: Bundle up the little ones on December 5th and head to the Art Omi: Benson Center for a morning filled with playing, exploring, and art as your little ones learn more about themselves and our world.
  2. Ice Skating: Whether you’ve been ice skating most of your life, or you want to try something new, heading to the Clifton Park Ice Arena can be a fun way to enjoy the day while staying active. 
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life: Experience the seasonal classic as it was meant to be, on the big screen, at The Palace Theatre. The movie starts at 7pm on December 21st making it a great way to start your weekend with friends and family! 
  4. Capital Holiday Lights: Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or you prefer to stay warm in the comfort of your own vehicle, viewing the holiday light displays is an event for all ages and a great tradition to incorporate in your holiday season! 
  5. Schedule a Tour: With the end of the year right around the corner, scheduling a tour of the Partridge Hill community and finding your new home is a great way to celebrate the season. Our community offers a private patio or balcony for each unit, security intercom entrance, and multiple layout options – you’ll want to call us your home sooner rather than later. Schedule your tour today!

5 Tips to Staying Productive This Season

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 19, 2018

When fall arrives, not only do the leaves begin to fall, but many of us are compelled to turn a new leaf and make some changes in our lives. It’s important to make changes that are feasible and ones that you can maintain throughout the year, unlike that pesky New Year’s resolution. When we intentionally make changes about how we’re spending our time and expending our energy can make a major difference in our day-to-day mood. That being said, wouldn’t you want to make positive changes in order to stay more productive? 

The 5 Best Ways to Stay Productive 

1. Refine Your To-Do List: For many of us, a to-do list that is too long can feel overwhelming and daunting. Refine your to-do list to your liking; perhaps it’s completing 6 tasks on Tuesday and 4 on Saturday so you can enjoy time with friends and family. Even writing out the list so you can physically check items off as you go can be a big mood booster! 
2. Find a Creative Outlet: It’s easy for us to get into a routine where we feel comfortable, we don’t typically deviate from that routine and only accomplish the tasks required of that day. Creativity helps us to live a better life where we are more present in each moment. When we’re actually living in the moment, we can see things from a different perspective. Make an effort to prioritize some time where you’re being creative; whether it’s cooking something new or a DIY project, try experimenting with different outlets.
3. Let Go: For many of us, a disorganized home can fuel our stress. It can consume your focus. You may grow tired or frustrated looking for something you swore you had, and then when your frustration reaches a boiling point you end up heading to the store to purchase another version of the very item you were searching for in your home. Rather than waiting for spring to roll around to get yourself into gear and your home better organized, begin today! 
4. Don’t Procrastinate: The enemy of productivity is procrastination and for many it is caused by a task or activity that we really dread. To help alleviate this issue, organize your daily task list in an order that not only works for you but also gets the dreaded task(s) out of the way first. Leaving them for the end will likely end in excuses as to why you simply can’t complete the task. You’re only hurting yourself in the end because that dreaded task won’t complete itself. 
5. Take Care of Your Work Space: This is especially important if you have an at-home office space dedicated to your daily work life or if it’s used for your side hustle. Whether the papers on your desk need to be organized, recycled, or filed away you should keep your space free of clutter so your mind can stay focused on your work. Eliminate the stacks of papers and incorporate plant life on your desk instead.

It’s important to take care of ourselves on a consistent basis in addition to the spaces we inhabit. By doing so creates a positive chain of reaction and helps us to stay productive throughout the month and hopefully throughout the year. 

If you find yourself in a situation where your apartment isn’t as conducive to the productive lifestyle you desire, you should consider taking a tour of our community. With a state-of-the-art fitness center, seasonal swimming pool, and apartment layouts ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, you will enjoy everything we have to offer! To learn more about Partridge Hill and to schedule a tour, contact us today!

4 Essentials Tips for Every Thanksgiving Host

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 05, 2018

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a strenuous undertaking whether it’s your first time or it’s the day you’re “known for”. With the majority of the day focused on food, some details can become lost in the shuffle or forgotten completely. There’s the combination of overnight accommodations, especially if they’re coming the day before and staying with you, on top of the already jam-packed day of preparing food and being a good host. 

4 Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving

Prepare Your Kitchen: Before putting together your list of grocery items, make sure your kitchen is in order.  If you’re hosting, this is arguably one of the busiest days your kitchen will see throughout the year, so it’s imperative you give it special attention and care. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for all of the food and dishes!

If you’re taking a leap by making a dish you’ve never made before, this is the time to ensure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 

Make Your Lists: With your kitchen prepped, it’s time to create your menu, keeping in mind if any guests are bringing a dish, or if there are food allergies to be mindful of. Your list of items to buy is already as long as your arm, having a list will help keep you on track. A check list will ensure nothing is forgotten, duplicates aren’t purchased or worse yet – purchasing an item that will go unused. 

With your shopping list set, create the schedule for the big day – including cooking times! You will also want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this before they’re enroot will help to cover your bases and that nothing has been forgotten. 

Work on Your Dining Room: Coming in second place to the kitchen, this room is most likely to see a considerable amount of action during the holiday. Your dining room is more than a table, chairs, and curtains. Take into consideration table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’ll be using the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need their own special attention and prep work. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Will a kids table be in order or will they be sitting with the adults? Finally, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than pack away more items.

Prepare Your Guest Room: At this point in your preparations you should know if you’re expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. Change the bed linens, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think your guests may require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay as comfortable as possible. 

We hope you found these tips helpful and they make a positive impact on your Thanksgiving. We’d love to see pictures of your holiday, be sure to share them with us on Facebook (@partridgehillapts)! 

Perhaps you’ve successfully hosted Thanksgiving and you have a successful process in place already but you’re searching for a new place to call home that offers enough space for all of your hosting needs, contact Partridge Hill today to schedule a tour!

4 Plants That Can Survive With Minimal Light

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

If you’re looking to bring plants into your home but concerned they might not get enough light in certain areas, like the bedroom when your curtains are closed, this is the list for you. Below are some hardy plants that can survive without a lot of natural light. 

4 Plants That Require Minimal Natural Light

Begonias: With a wide range of colors and shapes for their leaves, this plant does quite well without direct sunlight. Begonia owners just need to be careful to not overwater the plant. 
Mint: You can successfully grow mint in your home as long as you keep the soil moist and give it a bit of natural light. As long as you do this, you’ll be sure to have mint for tea and your favorite recipes. 
Maidenhair Fern: Many ferns do well with low lighting areas and this one makes a great addition to any setting with its light and frilly leaves. 
Moss Terrariums: This option is perfect for the household that wants plant life without a lot of work. Position the terrarium near a window where it can get dashes of light. All you will need to do is ensure it retains a suitable level of moisture. 

If you prefer keeping plants outside, consider putting a planter on your private patio or balcony. It will surely get the natural sunlight it deserves and you can enjoy its beauty as you unwind from your busy day or as you drink your morning coffee. If owning a plant isn’t your ideal cup of tea, but you still enjoy taking in nature’s beauty, you’re in luck because our community is spread out over 9 amazing acres! Contact us today to schedule a tour and to find your new home.

Fall Activities in the Capital Region

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities

2018 Wing Walk: Saturday, October 6th is Schenectady’s 2018 Wing Walk. Venture through Downtown Schenectady and enjoy samples of unique chicken wing recipes from a variety of restaurants. Once you’re done, vote for your favorite! 

Running SCCCared 5K Family Run/Walk: Happening Saturday, October 13th is St. Catherine’s Center for Children for their 5th Annual Running SCCCared Family 5K at The Crossings of Colonie. Spend the day with friends and family being active for a good cause and enjoy light refreshments after!

Saratoga DBA Fall Festival: Celebrate the fall season in Downtown Saratoga with games, music, costume parade and so many more family-friendly activities. It all happens on Saturday, October 27th; you won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Indoor Fall Activities

Secret Stockade Tours: The tour begins outside but then takes you through a journey through two Stockade homes, each with their own history. Refreshments will be served inside the historic Brouwer House, the Stockade’s oldest home. You don’t want to miss this tour happening on October 10th. 

Children’s Star Sighting: Saturday, October 20th at the Henry Hudson Planetarium is an interactive program for kids to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations. Bring the night sky to life for your kids!

Check out for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

5 Tips Every First Time Renter Should Know

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
When it comes to renting your first apartment, there’s a lot that you will need to keep in mind from layout options, budgets, to amenities that might be included with your apartment. We’ve compiled a list of necessary items for every first time renter to keep in mind as they decide on their new home and how to avoid unnecessary headaches. 

5 Tips for First Time Renters

1. Logistics: Throughout your adult life you are likely to accumulate pieces of furniture, each of which will need to be taken into consideration when you move. Not only thinking about their size and situating them in the apartment, but, can you get them into the apartment? Will your antique dining room table make it around a corner, or will it simply not fit? Take measurements of your furniture, especially if you don’t intend to part with any. Then when you visit different spaces be sure to bring your measurements and measure the entryways of the building and apartment.
2. Expenses: This is particularly important to keep in mind, but many think it’s a no-brainer. Throughout your search you will hear the cost of the monthly rent, but you will need to know if anything additional such as cable or internet is included. If it isn’t, make a mental note to check your other monthly expenses such as student loans or car payments to ensure you are still within your limit. 
3. Visit During Different Times of the Day: You may feel like this step is excessive, but the area’s sounds, traffic, and activity could change throughout the day. Taking a tour during the day while most people are at work may not give you an accurate sense of the area or the traffic noise. Partridge Hill is situated on nine gorgeous acres in the Town of North Greenbush which makes our residents close enough to places of work and daily necessities, but without the noise of traffic and commuters.  
4. Signing a Lease Sight Unseen: There are unique circumstances when this is ok, like moving to a new area for example.  If you live relatively in the area of the apartment you are interested in, you are strongly encouraged to visit and take a tour prior to signing a lease. Pictures can speak a thousand words, but, nothing replaces the actual experience of the visit and making sure you truly love the size, layout, and amenities of the apartment. 
5. Review the Lease: While some landlords will be quick to put a lease in front of you and expect a signature during that moment. Don’t feel pressured to sign it right then, the management team at Partridge Hill encourages you to read through the lease thoroughly and ask any questions to ensure a complete understanding of the entire lease. 

The most important tip to keep in mind; don’t feel pressured to make an immediate decision. It’s ok to take time to think things through before signing a lease, even if that means taking a night or two and sleeping on it. Our team of professionals will take the time with you that is needed to answer your questions and help you come to the decision that is best for you and your lifestyle needs. 

When you’re ready to tour our apartments, let us know!    

5 Ways to Become More Energy Efficient

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
When trying to cut out unnecessary expenses many of us don’t take into consideration the items around our homes that may actually cause an increase in our energy bill each month. Take these 5 tips into consideration and then put them to work so you can begin reducing some of your electric bill. 

5 Energy Saving Tips

1. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products. Lighting, for example, is a great place to start. Replacing your current lightbulbs with an energy efficient option is a great way to save!
2. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it! It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.
3. Clear Your Vents – Ensuring that furniture is not blocking a vent or register allows the air in your apartment to flow freely. 
4. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.
5. Window Curtains and Blinds – Not only do they add eye appeal to your home, but, they can also help with your energy needs. During the winter months, take advantage of the warmth from the sun and open the drapes for a few hours. As the temperatures begin to rise during the summer season, they can help keep out the heat so your apartment stays cool.

Start incorporating these energy savings tips in your home today! If you’re looking for a new place to call home, take a tour of Partridge Hills. With multiple floor plans to choose from and amenities renters love, you’ll be ready to move in today! 

Why Moving in the Summer is the Best

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer can be an ideal season for most anyone in the Capital Region. The weather is in our favor, school is out, and we can finally take our well-deserved vacations! It’s even an ideal time move into a new apartment.


In the Northeast we value our seasonal changes, when winter comes to an end we are more than ready for green grass, clear skies, and sunshine. These elements also make it easier to move.

While heat may be slightly uncomfortable, it’s certainly more desirable than the alternative-a blizzard. There’s nothing worse than having a snowstorm hit our area and interrupt your moving time. Not only does it cause headaches, but it can also be dangerous attempting to carry furniture and boxes on wet or snowy walkways. Snow storms may also delay your move completely, and if you’re facing time constraints, this can cause a larger issue. 

More Availability

Many of us move between May and September, which means during these months there are numerous apartments available for rent. While this will give you plenty of options while browsing, you shouldn’t wait too long to make a decision on an apartment you love because someone else could be vying for the same space.

School is Out

Not only is the availability of rental units more substantial, but, many families choose to move during the summer months so they do not disrupt school time. There can also be a period of adjustment time for kids, this will give them time to adjust and acclimate to their new surroundings.

We are certain you will love living at Partridge Hill, our nine meticulously landscaped acres create a community setting that is highly desirable. To schedule a tour, contact us today. You’ll be calling us your home in no time!  

8 Must-Haves for Every Bachelor Pad

Partridge Hill - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Whether this is your first apartment, or you’ve rented before, it could be hard to determine which furnishings are essential and what the focal points should be. We’ve put together a list of the top 8 things every bachelor/bachelorette pad should have!

1. Bedroom Furniture: This sounds like a no-brainer but for many of us, especially right after college, we don’t have quality pieces we’d like to take with us as we move further into adulthood. What does this entail? A proper bedframe, maybe one with a headboard and footboard, a nightstand or two, and of course a quality dresser.
2. Matching Bedding: Matching sheets, pillowcases, and coordinating blanket, quilt, or comforter will help give your bedroom the finished look it deserves. 
3. An Entry with Purpose: The entry for your apartment serves more of a purpose than we realize. Many of us only see it as an entry way or an exit, but it’s a place where we tend to drop our keys for the night or kick off our shoes. Adding a coat rack, bench to store our shoes under, and something to hold our keys gives the entryway the purpose it deserves.
4. Kitchenware: Mixing and matching isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s best to put thought into your place settings. Your kitchenware doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is something you will have for a long time, so purchasing quality pieces is always a bonus!
5. A Bathroom Oasis: Much like your bedroom, your bathroom is deserving of attention. Matching, quality, towels – hand towels, washcloths, and bath towels are a great start! Then incorporate colors or patterns with a shower curtain and floor mat. It’s also a great idea to include a nice dish for your hand soap, and an attractive tray or caddy for to keep your grooming products tidy.
6. Window Treatments: The residents of Partridge Hill Apartments have the luxury of enjoying our oversized windows with lots of natural light, and what really helps bring the room together are window treatments. This works especially well if you coordinate the treatments with an accent rug, arm chair, or couch. 
7. Plants: Incorporating plants into your space adds, well, life to your home. Flowers, succulents, herbs, all create their own level of eye appeal that so many of us desire for our homes. 
8. Artwork: Empty walls can be kind of boring; hanging a piece of art gives personality to your space and can say a lot of your personal style. So give it some thought and make your space feel like a home for yourself as well as your guests!

Now that you have a list of the essentials, fill your home at Partridge Hill with other accessories and furnishings that fit your personality! 

The Benefits of Renting from Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Monday, July 16, 2018

There are many apartment communities that don’t give the residents the feeling of “home”; this is not the case for Partridge Hill. While living in our rural-like community our residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which make life much easier and more comfortable. 

Life at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill offers floor plans which include one, two, and three bedroom layouts which include security intercom entrances. Many of our floor plans include a private patio or balcony; we also have remote garages available for our residents! The private patios create the perfect atmosphere for beginning or ending your day in peace and the comfort of your own home. Residents that are hosting events such as family get-togethers or gatherings for work have the luxury of using the Clubhouse at Partridge Hill. This creates an atmosphere and setting that many people desire. 

Residents have exclusive use of state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Center which saves them time, as well as money, since they will no longer need a monthly gym membership. With convenient hours, there’s no need to feel rushed to come home right away and get a good workout in. 

We also pride ourselves with the ability to provide our residents with a friendly management team as well as an experienced maintenance crew. Partridge Hill’s maintenance staff is available 24/7 and strives to make your experience with our community as enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about Partridge Hill, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. When you’re part of our community, you’ll love where you live!
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