Country Living’s tips for downsizing

We came across this Country Living article earlier this week and decided it’s a must-share. We’ve given lots of advice in the past about moving and how to make a smooth transition to a new home, but we’ve never shared anything about what to keep when you’re downsizing.

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Residents of Alvern Gardens have access to green space around the property for grilling, setting out patio furniture, and even planting their own small gardens, so moving here hardly feels like downsizing at all.

A fair number of our new residents are moving to apartments after living in houses for several years, and although they’re relieved that Alvern Gardens Apartments feature spacious layouts and included extra storage, there’s usually some stuff that has to go. Country Living advises putting special mementos, family heirlooms, and collections amassed over the years in storage rather than throwing them away. These are things that are important to you and your family, so they’re worth keeping in a safe space. For our part, we recommend buying plastic bins with tightly sealing lids to store those things securely. The article also notes the importance of wiping all personal information from electronics before getting rid of them, a key step that many people forget.

We also agree one hundred percent that important documents must be kept safe through a move. A small filing cabinet or even a filing box doesn’t take up much space and will help you keep your life organized.

Are you downsizing? Consider making Alvern Gardens your new home! We have a couple of three bedroom apartments available right now, and at 822 square feet with additional storage included in rent, we’re confident that you won’t have to compromise much on space. Call us at 412-561-4663 or email us at alverngardens@yahoo.com and be sure to ask about our move-in special.

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Oops: Alvern Gardens March newsletter error

Alvern Gardens’ monthly newsletter came out on Friday, but a key piece of information somehow absconded from the second page: the answers to the March trivia. So for anyone who received the newsletter and wants some answers, here they are (no cheating!):

  1. Pisces
  2. March 15th, the middle of the month, Julius Caesar
  3. Mars, the Roman god of war
  4. Basketball

 

If you didn’t get a newsletter and are curious what the questions for these answers are, stop by the Alvern Gardens Apartments leasing office, located at 1000 Vermont Avenue Apt. 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15234, and pick up a free copy. Our newsletter features announcements about the community, such as garages available for rent; a calendar of important dates; information about our referral bonus; and a form for providing a tenant testimony for this blog.

How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget: master bedroom

You might think there isn’t a whole lot you can do by way of decorating a master bedroom, but there’s more to it than throwing a mattress on the floor.

The 2 bedrooms at Alvern Gardens Apartments, with their 728 square feet of space, leave plenty of room for a queen size bed, 2 night stands, and a sizable dresser or two. Our old furnishings for this room were classic cherry, with a rather ornate headboard and 2 dressers, one long and low with a mirror hung above it and another tall and slender. Out of all the rooms in the apartment, this one’s decor held up the best over time (the tray of beauty products in front of the mirror was the most dated part).

For our remodel, we decided against cramming in too much furniture and went with just one dresser. The dark wood of the set we chose echoes the living and dining rooms, and the silver details add visual interest. The lines are much cleaner, making this set more modern than the old one. But like the old one, it will look classy for years to come. Our dresser came with a mirror mounted on it, making it sort of a two-in-one dresser-vanity, a nice way to consolidate space while still filling the room, which brings me to headboard and bed-frame options.

master bedroom decor
The grey bedding and black and white picture are a chic contrast to our antique lamp.

Our simple, straightforward headboard is nevertheless nice and big. You might hesitate to move large furniture into an apartment, if only out of dread for the move-out, but big furniture has its advantages. Roomy apartments like the ones you’ll find at Alvern Gardens demand to be filled, and that can be achieved (unless of course you enjoy a nice echo) with lots of little things or a few large pieces. Alternatively, if you want your big furniture to serve a purpose, you could get a bed with storage cubbies and drawers built in, like one of the storage-savvy options at IKEA (luckily for Alvern Gardens residents, the Robinson store is close by).

We still had lots of wall space left over in the room, so we matched the wall decor to our bedding, tying everything together with a large piece of art. Don’t be afraid to hang things on the walls in your rental—just ask your landlord what materials are OK to use, and read your lease carefully. Command™ products are probably fine, and they can hold up most anything.

Contact Alvern Gardens Apartments at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com to find out if they have a 2 bedroom available for you to decorate (and move into).

Alvern Gardens, A Prudential Realty Community

Alvern Gardens, A Prudential Realty Community

Welcome to Alvern Gardens, a garden style community in Castle Shannon, just south of Pittsburgh. We offer apartments from efficiencies to 3 bedrooms, from $555 to $780 plus electric.

Our location

Alvern Gardens is nestled in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh. The borough of Castle Shannon has that small-town feel just south of the bustling city.

Vermont Avenue and Greenridge Road are quiet residential streets just minutes from shopping and restaurants.

Our amenities

Laundry facilities and storage lockers are in the basements of each of our buildings, and in the summers our pool offers tenants a refreshing weekend getaway.

Our 24 hour emergency maintenance is always available, and our grounds are kept clean and well groomed through all seasons. The parking is free, but we also rent garages at $50 per month.

Our surroundings

Hop on the T (Pittsburgh’s light rail system) at St. Anne’s just a block off the property and be downtown in 20 minutes, or ride in the opposite direction for shopping and movies at South Hills Village Mall. A quick drive will also take you to any number of stores and shopping centers, as well as South Park, where you can soak in the greenery, play a round of golf, or go ice skating in the winter.

Contact us to schedule a tour

alverngardens@yahoo.com

412-561-4663