Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Haven Foodie Factor

When you think of New Haven, two things come to mind: Yale University and pizza. However, these Ivy Leaguers are not only feasting at the countless pizzerias in the area; New Haven offers a variety of delicious cuisines that would satisfy any taste bud. If you’re looking for great food in the New Haven area, the following restaurants are highly recommended:

  1. Louis’ Lunch
    What’s a visit to New Haven without stopping by the birthplace of the hamburger? After all, the Travel Channel did name it the “Tastiest Place to Chowdown in America.” 

    Louis' Lunch

  2. Pepe’s Pizza
    The New Haven-style thin crust pizza originated at Pepe’s. Coal-fired pizza never tasted so good. Locals boast about the white clam pizza, and according to The Daily Meal, it’s number one in America.   

    Pepe's Pizza

  3. Miya's Sushi
    This sustainable sushi restaurant was New Haven County’s first sushi bar. However, this is not your average sushi. Miya’s twenty eight page menu is filled with affordable, whole grain and organic recipes utilizing seafood that is often overlooked. It has been recognized by Gourmet Magazine as one of the top healthiest restaurants in the country. Aside from the healthy and unique cuisine, it is also delicious!

    Miya's Sushi

  4. Carmen Anthony Steakhouse
    Whether you prefer medium, well, or rare, you won’t be disappointed as you take a bite out of the best steak in the state. Add a side of lobster mac and cheese, and you’re in for an excellent meal.

    Carmen Anthony Steakhouse

  5. Bar Night Club
    Three words: mashed potato pizza. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, consider adding bacon for an unforgettable pizza experience. You can enjoy these toppings, and several others, 365 nights a year at Bar.

    Bar Night Club

  6. Claire's Corner Copia
    Don’t worry vegetarian/vegan friends, we did not forget about you! Claire’s Corner Copia has been serving organic, kosher, gluten-free, and vegan dishes to the New Haven area for almost 40 years. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also have an extensive drink and dessert menu.

    Claire's Corner Copia

  7. Rice Pot
    This place is a must try for all of our Thai lovers! Whether you are dining in or getting take out, The Rice Pot has great service, reasonable prices, and awesome lunch specials. The drunken noodles are often highly recommended the regulars.

    Rice Pot

  8. Mezcal
    One bite of the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce will have you saying “holy mole” and wanting to come back for more. Wash it down with one of their famous margaritas for the ultimate Mexican dining experience.


  9. Union League Café
    Bon Appétit! Get a taste of France without having to take a transatlantic flight. Voted “Best French” by Connecticut Magazine, the Union League menu offers authentic French cuisine with dessert favorites, such as crème brûlée.

    Union League Café

  10. Lucibello's Italian Pastry Shop
    Speaking of crème brûlée, you can’t forget dessert! From cakes, to pastries, to authentic Italian cookies, you’re sure to get your sugar fix at this popular pastry shop.

    Lucibello's Pastry

Looking to move closer to these delicious eateries? We offer luxury rentals at our Aspen Glen residency in New Haven County.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

15 Signs You're From Connecticut

­­Connecticut is infamously known as the traffic-filled piece of land that connects New York and Boston. However, once you veer off the congested highways, you will find that Connecticut is actually a pretty awesome place. From the state’s breathtaking fall foliage to summers on the Long Island Sound, there is always something new to discover. Aside from that, what other state can boast about being home to both the first hamburger (1895) and the first helicopter (1939)?

Whether you have lived in the state for a few years, or your whole life, true Nutmeggers can relate to these 15 signs you’re from Connecticut:

Xfinity Theater

1. You have been to at least one concert at "The Meadows" (now known as Comcast/Xfinity theatre).

Dave Matthews Band Live

2. That concert was either a Dave Matthews Band or country concert.

Do You Know How to Avoid I-95?

3. You know to avoid I-95 at all costs.

Mystic Seaport

4. You have taken several family "daycations" to Mystic.

Connecticut Has A Lot of Colonial History

5. Every school field trip was to a colonial historic site.

Are You From Connecticut?  Which Team do you Root for?

6. Your neighborhood becomes divided during baseball, hockey, and football season, with half rooting for the New York teams and the other half rooting for Boston.

UConn Athletics

7. Regardless of your thoughts on basketball, you become a crazy obsessed UConn fan when March rolls around.

What UConn Athletics Apparel Do You Own?

8. You also own at least one piece of UConn apparel, regardless of what college or university you actually attended.

Not Everyone Lives in a Mansion

9. You have been asked if you live in a mansion or if people from your town are rich snobs.

Connecticut Area Codes

10. You judge fellow Nutmeggers based on their area code (203 vs. 860).

Pepe's Pizza

11. You strongly disagree when someone tries to tell you that New York has the best pizza because you know that they clearly have never tried Pepe's.

Quassy Amusement Park

12. You spent your childhood summers at Lake Compounce or Quassy.

Which Connecticut Team Do You Follow?

13. You somehow received free tickets to one (or all) of the following sporting events: Rockcats baseball, Hartford Wolf Pack, Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Hartford Whalers

14. Regardless of your feelings about hockey, you are still bitter about the Hartford Whalers’ relocation to North Carolina.

Connecticut Has Everything You Need Within A Reasoble Distance

15. Everything in the state is conveniently 30 to 45 minutes away.

If you’re reading this and wish you could relate, chances are you’re not from Connecticut and need to move here now! Our Aspen Communities apartment rentals are naturally, 30 to 45 minutes away from everything you could possibly need in the state.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Off-Campus Housing: 3 Things that Matter Most

Living in off-campus housing is a rite of passage for any college student. You now have the chance to decorate your space, have some great amenities and be responsible for an apartment rental of your own. Before you sign a lease, make sure you’ve evaluated your options and consider what matters in any house or apartment rental. Here are three things that you will want to consider before choosing off-campus housing.

    Aspen Communities Living Off Campus
  1. Choose a Location. How much do you want to spend on gas and how much time do you want to spend in your car? You now have a commute to campus so choosing the right location for you is imperative. Consider how far you’re willing to travel. When you have those late night study sessions at the library, having a shorter commute is often convenient and preferred. 

  2.  Decide on Roommates. Having a roommate is a wonderful way to save money. Not only can you split the rent, but the utilities too. Having a roommate can be a comforting feeling, especially if this is the first time you’ll be away from home. Consider if you want to live with a friend or stranger. Both have their pros and cons such as when living with someone you know already, you can set guidelines and may be able to share food. However, if your living situation does not work out with a friend after your rental, you may no longer be friends. If you choose a stranger as a roommate and you do not get along, then after your apartment rental is over, you can both go your separate ways. Nothing gained and nothing lost.
    • To keep the peace with any potential roommate(s), we recommend sitting down with them and discussing food, clothes, and anything else that you deem necessary. 

  3. Pick Amenities. Finding the right apartment to rent near your college can take some time. When searching for an off-campus apartment, make two lists. Your first list should consist of all the amenities you cannot live without. The second list should include amenities you do necessarily have to have. If you cannot live without a pool, do not even visit apartments without a pool. It's as easy as that. 

Ready to start looking? We off many different size off-campus apartment rentals near Quinnipiac University, Yale University, Southern CT State University and many more. Contact us to schedule a visit and find your new home.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Get to Know the Neighbors

Meet Two Aspen Glen Apartment Renters

When prospective new renters come to Aspen Communities for a tour of one of our beautiful Connecticut apartment rentals, I’m often asked about each development’s neighbors. Get to know two of our renters who reside in Aspen Glen located in Hamden, CT.

Meet Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn has been an Aspen Glen renter for more than four years. She’s in her late 20s and lives with her boyfriend who is in his early 30s. And then there’s her pet cat Jackson that also lives with them. (Yes, our apartments are pet friendly!) Kaitlyn works in sales, traveling throughout the state of Connecticut. She has a Bachelor Degree in Communication from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Business from Southern Connecticut State University.

As so many of our residents do, Kaitlyn enjoys tennis, golf, working out, and swimming. When she works from home when not traveling around the state for work, she can more easily squeeze in time at our tennis court, pool, and gym. She also enjoys biking and walking on the nearby bike trail that travels throughout Connecticut. When she heads off-site, she can often be found dining at Eli’s on Whitney Ave. or shopping at a nearby store. When I asked Kaitlyn why she chose our apartment rentals, she said:

“Convenience and the amenities, mainly. I take advantage of the pool and the gym. The development is in a secluded area but is just a few minutes away from Rt. 91 and Rt. 15. Aspen Glen is in the perfect location for what I need. Also, the apartments have great layouts. I’m in a model that has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s a good size.”

Meet Patti

“I work a lot,” said Patti. “So, my apartment is pretty quiet. This community is overall very peaceful, despite a lot of students living in it.” Patti works in jewelry sales. She joined our community in November with her Yorkie Riley and black and white Tabby cat Payton. “I love taking walks around the property, which the property lends itself to doing,” she added. Prior to renting at Aspen, Patti lived in Fairfield, Connecticut for about 17 years, but she’s originally from New York. She loves Italian food and going out with friends. Learn more about Aspen Glen and contact us to schedule a visit.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greening Your Apartment - Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Space

Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks and there’s probably no better time to do Mother Earth a favor and take steps as apartment dwellers to make your apartment “greener” and more eco-friendly.

1. Conserve Electricity and Heat
One of the most eco-friendly things that you can do as an apartment dweller is to make sure that you are not wasting any electricity, heat and/or air conditioning. Thankfully, there’s many different and simple task that you can do to ensure that you are wasting money. Doing these things as well as opening blinds on the windows will help you retain more heat during the winter months or closing them when you have the AC in your apartment so you don’t have to have them on constantly. Opening the windows on a nice day will also regulate the temperature of a room much cheaper and greener than an air conditioner ever would.

2. Don’t Waste Water  
Water conservation is another easy way to make your apartment more eco-friendly in multiple ways. From making sure that all of your faucets and fixtures in your apartment are working property to only using cold water when doing laundry along with only using your washer when you have a full load, cutting down on your water consumption is an easily achievable goal.

3. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
A fantastic way to keep your apartment eco-friendly is by recycling. Whether it’s simply separating your garbage or repurposing different items or even starting your own compost, the act of recycling does the planet a world of good.

4. Switch To More Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
In addition to recycling, switching out regular household cleaners and detergents for cleaners that are non-toxic. You can make a simple and “green” household cleaner by mixing vinegar and water. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you can simply switch it out for baking soda.

5. Add Some Plants To Add Some Real Green

Perhaps the best way though to “green” your apartment is by having more “green” in it. Placing some flowers in the window box or a couple of ficus around with not only help the air quality of your apartment, it will also add some color and ambiance to your place, boosting your spirits, right in times for spring. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crisis Managed: Safeguard Procedures Followed

On Monday, February 24, a fire broke out sometime around 11:30 P.M. at the Aspen Glen apartments. Minutes after the fire was reported, firefighters responded to a fire coming from the second and third floors of the building. The residents heard the fire alarms and vacated immediately; the fire suppression system was in perfect working order, ensuring all of the tenants occupying the building were able to quickly get to safety.

Though the cold conditions posed some additional challenges to the emergency crews, they were able to safely and fully extinguish the fire in little over an hour.

Hamden Fire Marshal Dennis Harrison said the fire was caused by a discarded cigarette and started on the first-floor patio.

Aspen Glen manager, Patti Floum, remarked how other residents rallied together as a community to be helpful to those who had to leave their apartments. It was inspiring to see how everyone band together with the sense of community as residents from neighboring buildings offered to provide housing, brought out coffee, and offered extra coats to those affected by the fire.

Though this was an unfortunate accident, we’re pleased to say that our management staff, fire crews, and residents took the necessary steps to minimize its impact in the Aspen Glen community. And, due to the requirement that every apartment has renter’s insurance, adjusters were onsite right away and assess damage and provide relief for residents.

Things can be repaired and replaced. The most important thing is that everyone is safe and no one was seriously hurt.

Thank you to all the first responders and firefighters that worked so diligently to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. And thank you to all the residents for opening your hearts and helping your neighbors in this time of need. We are proud to have you.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Should I Buy or Rent an Apartment? The Pros and Cons of Each

Should I Buy or Rent an Apartment? The Pros and Cons of Each
Renting vs Buying an Apartment in Hamden, CT
Deciding between whether to rent an apartment or buy a condo, apartment or house can be a tough decision. There are many factors to consider in the process, and at the end of the day, no definitive answer. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some pros and cons of renting and buying to help you weigh the options and assess what best suits your specific needs and desires.



Less Responsibility -When you are renting an apartment, you are not responsible for the maintenance and repairs. Instead, the responsibility falls on the owner or landlord. This means that if the air conditioner breaks, or if appliances aren’t working properly, you’re not likely to have to pay to replace it.

No Debt – Sure there is monthly rent and utilities, but at least you won't have to take out a loan to finance your home as you probably would if you were buying it!

Freedom to Roam – A lease on a rented apartment can last for as little as six months or a year. Once a lease is up, you are no longer legally or financially bound to that apartment and have the freedom to move to another location if you choose.

Relocation Factor - Employment is still uncertain and renting allows one the freedom to move quickly without additional baggage. If employers are interested in relocating an individual they usually pay the early termination fees for the employee.  Another advantage to renting!

Good Investment - Simply put, if the home you own increases in value over time, so has your net worth! However, the past eight years, many homeowners have been disappointed by declining value.

Tax & Credit Benefits - Home owners tend to have better credit ratings than renters and can obtain tax deductions based on the interest paid on their loans and taxes.

Creative Freedom - Want to tear up the carpets and paint your walls neon yellow? Probably not, but if you own, the options for redecorating and remodeling are much more vast than if you rent.
Restrictions -Renters can face certain restrictions imposed by owners in regards to things like redecorating, noise, visitors etc.

Investment - Rent does not go towards equity and there's no chance of a financial return at the end of your lease (aside from possibly the security deposit).
Debt - Though one's hope is that owning will eventually pay off, a home purchase can initially leave you in debt. It also usually costs a significant amount more upfront to buy an apartment than to rent.

Long-term Commitment - Owning an apartment can be binding. Unless you have enough money to purchase the property outright, chances are you'll be tied to the apartment for a couple of decades while you pay off the loans. And although selling is always an option, it is no easy process. Just because something is for sale, doesn't mean it will sell, and if the timing isn't right, you'll lose money on the property.

Major Responsibility – Faulty appliances? Broken air conditioner? Your problem. When you own, there is no landlord to play Mr. Fix-it for you. The responsibility of house-hold repairs falls entirely on your shoulders...and wallet.

If you think renting is the right option for you, learn more about Aspen Communities Rentals in CT.