Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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Apartment Hunting in a City You Don't Live in Yet

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 29, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAAre you facing the prospect of renting an apartment in a city you don’t live in yet? Renting a home without physically seeing it before you move in is not ideal, but it’s not impossible either. It just requires careful planning and a willingness to trust photos. Below are some ways to stay on top of the game and not lose out on your perfect rental—even from afar.

Research the local market

Familiarize yourself with the market you’ll be renting in. The first thing that’s really important is thinking about what area you want to move to and honing in on that. Talk to people who already live in the city of your choice and ask what neighborhoods they recommend. Then figure out what the rental process looks like there. Do listings become available months in advance, or do landlords wait to release them until the last minute? What standard amenities should you expect, and what might you expect to pay a premium for?

Seek out local blogs and real estate websites for up-to-date intel on the market. And, of course, scour online listings in the areas you are considering. By understanding the lay of the land as well as pricing in specific neighborhoods, you can rule out places with asking rents above your budget.

Consider your commute

If you’re moving to a new city with a job lined up, you should consider your commute from the get-go. Ask the following questions: What will the commute time be from any given neighborhood? Beyond miles and distances, what are the traffic dynamics during rush hour?

Understand your commute expectations because knowing what you’re comfortable with can almost create the search. Map the route from various neighborhoods to your future office space using a service like Google Maps, which will take into account walking, biking, driving, and public transit options.

Find a reliable agent

If you can’t be there in person for the apartment hunt, you’ll want to make sure you have a solid real estate agent to stand in your place. Referrals are always a safe bet, but also find brokers with consistent listings in neighborhoods you’re interested in—because those will be the neighborhood experts. A neighborhood-focused agent will be on top of their game when it comes to available inventory in that area. They can also provide accurate information regarding pricing, neighborhood amenities, and commute times.

Once you’ve found an agent you feel comfortable with, make sure that they’re willing to work for a client who can’t be physically available. Be sure they are able to send photos of prospective apartments and also take you on video chat tours inside the apartment, through the building, and around the block.

Get all your documents in order

Once you’ve secured an agent, you’ll want find out what information landlords expect from prospective tenants. In competitive rental markets, that list might be long, so get these documents ready in advance and had them over to your agent as soon as you kick off your hunt. A complete renter’s profile may include pay stubs, credit checks, bank statements, and the like.

Research the building and landlord

Let’s say your broker has found a promising rental. There’s still research you can follow-up with online to make sure you’re as informed as possible. Look up details about the building, including when it was built, how many units it holds, and what amenities are included. And if the building is owned by a large management company, you can usually find online reviews about the company.

Be realistic about your apartment hunt

At the end of the day, when you can’t be present for your apartment hunt, there’s no guarantee that the search will go off without a hitch, so prepare to be flexible and willing to put a lot of trust in your agent’s judgment. And if a long-term rental solution isn’t working out, consider a short-term lease. Then once you’re in the new city, the search can begin again—in person.

This arrangement can be the safest best when you arrive without a job—and don’t yet know what your commute will be like. An interim apartment probably gives you the most flexibility. But of course moving twice isn’t fun.

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


Apartment Homes Near Richmond Committed to Quality and Service

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 22, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAThe Gardens at Twin Hickory brings apartment living to the 21st century without losing the charm of days gone by. We complement spacious and inviting floorplans with a neighborhood where it is actually possible to walk your children to a great school, and first-rate shopping and dining are just as convenient. Our apartment homes are just that; homes with handsome appointments, dramatic designs, and rich craftsmanship. The Twin Hickory community is more like the setting for a storybook. And if you think The Gardens at Twin Hickory is too romantic for your own good, we remind you that our "small town neighborhood" is also surrounded by Richmond's thriving West End and exceptional schools and universities. Why sacrifice anything when you can make your home at The Gardens at Twin Hickory.

But don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our residents are saying:

“Great management and many apartment types to choose from. The amenities are as good as you will find in this area. I feel safe and secure here.”

“I Have Lived At The Gardens At Twin Hickory For Over 7 Years. The Office Staff, And Maintenance Staff Are On Top Of All Aspects Conerning Making The Gardens The Best Place To Live In Glen Allen, Va. Area. If There Are Issues Of Concern They Are Delt With Asap.”

“Extremely courteous staff, exceptionally well-managed grounds, and quick service fixes whenever needed. Personally I'd love to see more free weights in the gym such as barbells and heavier dumbbells but otherwise a great place to live!”

“The staff is responsive, the apartments are attractive and the grounds are well maintained.”

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


1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Apartments In Richmond's West End

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAThe Gardens at Twin Hickory offers 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartment homes with lake views. The perfect nature setting 15-minutes from Downtown Richmond. Washer and dryer connections and separate utility room. Large kitchens with built-in microwave and bar counter, separate dining with computer center, corner fireplaces, 9-foot ceilings, private patio or balcony, and pet friendly (big and small). Gorgeous sun rooms are available. Twin Hickory, in Richmond's Far West End, has easy access to freeways.

  • Utility Room with Washer and Dryer
  • In Twin Hickory Area of Richmond's Far West End
  • Large Kitchens with Built In Microwaves
  • Detached Garages and Extra Storage Available
  • Sunroom, Dens and Fireplaces Available
  • Swimming Pool and Playground
  • Large Pet Friendly with Doggie Playground
  • Clubhouse with 24 Hour Fitness
  • Brand New 24 Hour Cafe with Billiard Table
  • Computer Nooks with Built In Cabinets
  • Wired for High Speed Internet and Multiple Phones
  • Fitness Center

We offer many different one, two and three bedroom apartments to fit your wants and needs. Our homes feature 9’ ceilings, gorgeous crown molding, chef-style kitchens with designer finishes, hardwood floors, and more. Our community features beautiful lake views, a resort-style pool, entertainment patio with outdoor fireplace, grilling stations, and internet cafe/lounge area. We are a pet-friendly residence. Contact us today for more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA.


Richmond, VA: A Great City for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 08, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAMore than 7 million tourists visit the Greater Richmond region each year to explore its rich American history. There is a lot of entertainment and history here, the metro area was at the epicenter of the Civil War. You can find all types of thing to do in the region as well, including world-class museums, a vibrant food scene and a wide array of entertainment options from concerts and theater performances to family-friendly festivals.

The only region in America with whitewater rapids running through its downtown district, Richmond is a major financial center as well. Richmond is also the seat of Virginia's state government. And, with a wide range of housing options and a below-average cost of living, the Richmond metro area – which includes suburban areas too - appeals to a varied demographic, from young families to retirees.

Downtown Richmond is anchored by Universities, which draws a large crowd of younger residents. But this college town has plenty to offer families and older residents, as well. Each of Richmond's neighborhoods exudes a unique personality.


U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Richmond, Virginia is ranked:

#24 in Best Places to Live
#32 in Best Places to Retire

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

US News - Real Estate

Apartment Hunting: What Millennials Want

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAA recent study is shedding light on the housing trends of millennials.

The company said it conducted a 32 question survey with over 200 millennials from Kansas City, many of whom are highly educated with higher incomes.

While the survey was not scientific, it brought surprising results.

With apartments competing against one another, amenities like tanning beds, bocce ball courts, cooking classes, and pet spas have been offered to try and attract millennials.

However, according to the study, the generation may instead prefer apartment amenities like secure covered parking, open floor plans, and fitness centers.

The real amenities are the things that common sense says you would want in an apartment.

The study also shed light on what the future could hold for millennials.

Of the group that was surveyed, the majority said they wanted to live somewhere other than downtown in five years.

The northland, Brookside/Waldo, and Prairie Village/Fairway were the most popular areas where the millennials said they would like to live in the next few years.

They want walkable neighborhoods, urban neighborhoods that are not in the urban core. There's a point in which millennials exit their later years because they're starting families and they're looking at schools.

One study organizer said the results went against a “myth” that millennials are most interested in urban neighborhoods.

There's a trend we're seeing in millennials following in the footsteps of their parents.

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