Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

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Richmond is a "Best Place to Live and Retire" in the US

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 26, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VATo identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the USA to assess how well they meet Americans' retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality.

U.S. News also 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

If you're looking for a place to spend your golden years or a place to move to now, why wouldn't you consider Richmond, VA. For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact Richmond, VA.


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Richmond VA is An Affordable City for Great Living

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAThe Commonwealth of Virginia is nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" as eight U.S. presidents have been born there, more than any other state. And though the state may be relatively small—it’s the thirty-fifth largest and twelfth most populous—it features five distinct geographic regions, giving the state broad appeal across a wide range of demographics. In other words, whether you want to live in a big city or rural area, or prefer the beach or the mountains, there’s something for everyone in Virginia.

The cities that made the list of most affordable cities in this state are not necessarily the cheapest cities in Virginia, but are carefully chosen based upon budget-friendly and quality-of-life data points, in order to offer residents the best possible combination of livability and affordability.

4. Richmond

Residents of the capital of Virginia enjoy reasonable housing costs, not to mention below average transportation costs. Richmond is home to eight Fortune 500 companies and countless other major employers.

A wide variety of housing types are available in city, suburban, and rural locations, and there are more than a few unique neighborhoods, including Church Hill and the Fan District, the latter one of the largest designated historic residential areas in the United States. Residents also enjoy easy access to the nation’s capital and several other major cities, as well as beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The climate offers four distinct seasons, though winters are notably mild, thanks to the waters of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Richmond also features more than its share of exceptionally walkable neighborhoods, in particular those in the vicinity of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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


To Rent Or To Buy?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAAs the spring real estate market of 2018 begins to spin into action, and a whole new set of home seekers contemplates entering, there is no single greater question asked than whether it's more cost effective to continue renting, or to buy, a home of their own.

When faced with the decision to rent or buy, many would-be-homeowners find that the answer will depend on three things: their market, where they choose to live, and whether they like to do home improvement and maintenance projects themselves.

Not all housing markets are the same.

How far the dollar goes in a market may make the decision for the buyer as to whether they buy. In a market where there are a lot of $100,000 homes for sale, there will be more qualified buyers, rather than in a market where the average price point is 10 times that amount.

Many new homeowners underestimate the amount of home improvement and maintenance projects (and their associated costs) that are part of homeownership, especially if they've historically been renters. Gone are the days of calling the landlord when the water heater decides to leak, or the driveway needs to be repaved.

When it's their house, they're responsible for the repairs and upkeep. If they like to complete home improvement and maintenance projects, or if they've already decided that they'll be hiring someone to assist with those things, being comfortable with the responsibility (or not) will have would-be buyers leaning one way or another as it relates to renting or buying.

Finally, many home seekers will find that the actual costs of monthly rents and monthly mortgage payments for a single-family home are at an equilibrium in any given area. The challenge for them lies in not having the funds available for a decent down payment, or a low credit score, that hinders their ability to qualify for a mortgage that tips the scales in favor of renting over buying.

Rent or buy, knowing their market, the type of inventory available for rent or purchase in their area, and recognizing that homeownership will translate into home improvement and maintenance projects, should be part of the thought process when home seekers contemplate their next move.

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


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Downsizing (or Rightsizing) May Be the Best Fit For Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018
The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAIf you are starting to feel like you have too much stuff and too much space, ask yourself what is holding you back from making a change. Is it some outdated notion that cutting back on the quantity of your possessions or the size of your home will change how others perceive you? Could you be living with an outdated notion of what success or happiness looks like? Maybe you are ready to enjoy time visiting family and friends, traveling to new places with different experiences or spending time on a freshly discovered hobby — anything other than spending your time and money on home upkeep and maintenance.

In today’s world, what used to be called “downsizing” is rapidly being replaced with the word “rightsizing,” and for good reason. Rightsizing implies that this is a healthy and highly personalized process — one that each couple or individual may decide to undertake and then accomplish at their own pace and in their own way. That being said, no one can tell you exactly how to decide you are ready to downsize or give you a concise plan on how to make this process fit you and your needs.

As you begin to consider this idea of rightsizing, pay attention to the daily things that are most meaningful and useful to you, and ask yourself, “Does my current lifestyle and home support the things that are most meaningful to me? What fits the current ‘me’ and what no longer works for me?” If more of your daily lifestyle and environment comes out not fitting, then maybe it is truly time to rightsize your life.

Here are some lifestyle and environment questions to ask yourself:

Are you living in a home with more rooms that aren’t being used than ones that are?

Do you find yourself avoiding the thought and expense of making your old home fit your new lifestyle?

Do you have a two-story home and find yourself spending most of your time on one of the two floors?

Are you wishing the kitchen you remodeled 20 years ago had all the newest conveniences and amenities?

How many times in the last year have you avoided completing routine house maintenance or chose to call an outside handyman, or maybe even just let it go, when you used to always be on top of it all?

Has your neighborhood grown so that you can no longer easily jump in the car to grab groceries or go out to dinner?

Are their new hobbies or activities you would like to try but can’t find someone to go with or a place to get started?

Do you have children and grandchildren growing up further away than is easy for you to reach by car or easy for them to visit you?

Do you think about wanting more control over how your next move unfolds?

As you share in the usual end-of- year holiday festivities, be mindful of how your current situation fits your evolving needs. Make your 2018 New Year’s resolution to find the right fit and size for you.

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


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.

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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.


Happy New Year from The Gardens

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAHappy New Year from The Gardens. We would like to thank our residents, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in communities, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at The Gardens we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Abberly Twin Hickory

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