Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Call: 888-621-8872 (804) 364-3649 Email View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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Virginia is One of the Safest States to Live - Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 26, 2016

With every new headline, we can’t help but worry about our safety and of those we love. Safety, after all, is a fundamental human need. And we all require it to some degree in every setting of daily life: at home, in our classrooms, on our roads, in our places of work.

Every state provides a different level of safety in each of these areas. Thus, when choosing a new place to lay down roots, we must carefully consider the types of security we most highly prioritize — and insulate our finances against life’s hazards in order to minimize their potential damage.

To help ease the relocation process, especially during this season of peak moving, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 25 key “safety” metrics. Data set ranges from “number of assaults per capita” to “unemployment rate” to “estimated losses from climate disasters.”

In order to identify the safest states in which to live, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key dimensions:1) Home & Community Safety, 2) Financial Safety, 3) Road Safety, 4) Workplace Safety, and 5) Safety from Natural Disasters.

#8 Virginia

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Richmond, Glen Allen, VA is One of the Best Places for Retired Military to Live

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 19, 2016

Veteran’s Day is fast approaching. There was an interesting study about the best places in the U.S. for military retirees to start a second career. Since most veterans retire from service in their 30′s or 40′s, they have plenty of time to start a new professional chapter in their lives.

So what are the best places to enter the civilian job sector? Best Places partnered with USAA and (the largest military and veteran membership organization). The study looked at factors such as affordability, unemployment rate, prevalence of military skill related jobs, and number of veteran-owned businesses. But it doesn’t stop there.

Also considered was the number of federal government jobs, the volume of DoD contracts, the number of small businesses, the proximity of military installations and amenities, presence of VA hospitals, military pension taxation, presence of colleges and universities, sales tax, climate, and crime rate.

Here’s the overall top 10:

  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  2. Norfolk, VA
  3. Richmond, VA
  4. Austin, TX
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Madison, WI
  7. Philadelphia, PA
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. Omaha, NE
  10. Manchester, NH

For more information on apartments near Richmond, VA in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.

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Consider All the Expenses Involved in Buying a Home – Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 12, 2016

The rent or buy debate. It’s a battle many people have with themselves, with the pride of home ownership in one corner of the ring and the ease of renting in the other.

Pros of buying include "owning" a property. And then there’s the equity, or value of ownership once the property is paid off, and the market value of the home appreciates.

Big advantages of renting include avoiding costs that come with home ownership and maintenance.

The rent versus buy conversation takes place often, with many people.

What you are paying now and what you can afford? Right now, homes are priced aggressively and rates are low. However, cash available for a down payment is always a question.

It’s important to compare the cost of monthly rent to the cost of a monthly mortgage payment. But make sure you have all of the numbers.

There’s a cost to ownership. Not just closing costs, but upkeep, major repairs like water heater, air conditioner, and appliances. Home buyers should seek a one-year home warranty to protect their pocketbooks from those unexpected expenses during the first year.

Also, keep in mind the length of time you plan to be in the area. Generally, if you are going to live in a community for 5 years or less, renting is the better option.

Another important question to ask yourself: Can you handle the stress? Many people weigh financial aspects of buying or renting, but don’t consider the financial stress of such a large expenditure.

For more information on renting apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.


How to Find an Apartment in Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Finding a rental apartment can feel daunting, to say the least. Where do you look? How can you gain an edge on the crowds of other apartment hunters competing for the best digs?

As with a job search or dating, it’s best to explore numerous avenues rather than just one or two, because you never know where you’ll turn up a promising lead. But how?

Check out the following tips on how to find an apartment in Glen Allen, VA fast.

Spread the word

The first thing you should do when looking for a new apartment is put the word out to everyone you know.

Networking with friends, family, and colleagues is a great way to seek out vacancies. You never know; perhaps a friend or family member happens to know somebody who is moving out of an apartment or who rents in a great apartment community that you could get the jump on.

Also, don’t be afraid to use social media; it’s perfect for apartment hunting. Blast it out to your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram family, and see what comes to you.

The more people you tell that you’re looking for a new apartment, the better. You’ll have that many more people looking for you, and it will increase your chances of finding an apartment quickly.

Log on to the right apartment listing sites

There are a variety of apartment websites out there, but your mileage may vary.

The internet is vast and is going to give you a wide selection of apartments, but it’s not always up to date and many of the apartment listings that you see online are already rented by the time that you’re seeing them. Plus, the quality of selections may vary by market. So check out your options and find one that’s right for you. Always check reviews and testimonials.

Find apartments using your phone

Download mobile apps. Browse rentals and apartments by location; set up filters for apartments that allow pets, have parking, include laundry facilities, and so on. Plug in your must-haves in the app, and see what’s within blocks of your geolocation. This is a great tactic if you’re checking out a neighborhood and decide you like the vibe. Again, always check reviews and testimonials.

Talk to locals where you want to live

Try to introduce yourself to people in the area or building where you’d like to live. Since tenants typically hear about neighbors who might be vacating long before a listing goes live, if you can get the inside scoop, you can be first in line. Talking with tenants in the complex you’re eyeing has other benefits as well.

First, if you play your cards right, you may get a recommendation, which will help your chances during the application stage. Second, you will gain another perspective on the building/neighborhood atmosphere from someone who is not trying to ‘sell’ the unit. Sometimes you might find out something the landlord left out that can save you a lot of future headaches.

Contact property management companies

Reaching out directly to property management companies can also give you an edge.

They typically have large portfolios with thousands of different units, and oftentimes they know about units that aren’t listed yet, but that will be coming up in the near future. Also check to see if the property management companies you are casing have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages. If they do, you’ll probably be able to find direct listings on social media right on your smartphone.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.


Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Call: 888-621-8872
View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P