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Atlanta Apartment Trends for 2016

If convenience tops your list of needs during your Atlanta home hunt, you’re not alone. In 2016, the majority of apartment seekers are looking for a living experience that puts the city at their fingertips and leaves no convenience unmet, according to many local leasing professionals.

From cyber cafes to electric vehicle (EV) chargers and 24-hour fitness centers, a wide range of luxury amenities help residents — especially those new to the city — feel at home no matter their needs.

On the following pages, discover the latest offerings from metro Atlanta apartment communities and how these hot amenities and features can make city living convenient, comfortable and help you feel like part of a community.

Aspire Perimeter

5385 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta
aspireperimeter.com
(866) 380-2235

Jennifer Arrington, Aspire Perimeter business manager, says the top request she has been receiving this year is for conveniences. “Renters want to live in a place they can find comfort coupled with the meeting of daily needs,” Arrington says, adding plenty of prospects inquire about public transportation, community activities, valet services and fitness. “We are learning that a lot of people are wanting to remain as close to home as possible, secure a better commute and maintain a comfortable financial balance.”

Aspire Perimeter certainly fits the bill, perfectly located in an area where convenience meets needs. Within 3 miles of Interstate 285 and Georgia 400, less than half a mile from a MARTA station and quietly positioned inside the I-285 Perimeter, the apartment community’s pricing is competitive, especially considering its recent upgrades and renovations.

Residents can take advantage of a number of perks, including five-night-a-week valet trash pickup services, a newly renovated 24-hour fitness center, a cyber cafe and frequent resident events. You’ll never miss out on the latest news, as management continually keeps residents in the loop through social media and subscription outreach, community fliers and email blasts.

Aspire Lenox Park

1050 Lenox Park Blvd. NE, Atlanta
aspirelenoxpark.com
(404) 869-1000

Want to walk to bars, local stores or even a MARTA station? Just northeast of Lenox Mall and within walking distance to the dog park at Lenox Park, Aspire Lenox Park offers the in-town lifestyle along with endless amenities, including a brand new billiards room and social gathering space.

“We’re a short distance from the city and offer easy MARTA access, and we also offer frequent promotions for Uber rides,” says Business Manager Stephanie McGlothin.

Other list-topping requests that Aspire Lenox Park happily meets include: pet-friendly living, energy-saving appliances, EV car charging stations, recycling, package delivery notifications, 24-hour maintenance service and convenient billing — meaning all residents pay one bottom-line price and receive fewer separate bills. Residents can also complete their lease online and conveniently pay their rent with a mobile app.

Aspire Dunwoody

7150 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta
aspiredunwoody.com
(770) 671-1590

Much like its sister properties, Aspire Dunwoody stays abreast of trends and provides easy access to in-demand destinations like Perimeter Mall, North Springs MARTA Station, GA-400 and I-285, but offers the unique natural setting among Marsh Nature Preserve.

Looking for a rejuvenating escape? Relax by one of two resort-style pools with large sundecks, gather for a picnic near the gas grills, test your green thumb in the urban vegetable gardens or stroll the boardwalk looking out over the marsh.

For the city dweller who still relies on a car for transportation, Aspire Dunwoody has attached garages.

The High Rise at Post Alexander

600 Phipps Blvd. NE, Atlanta
postproperties.com
(404) 841-0872

Find your home in one of the major commercial and financial centers of the southeast with an apartment in Buckhead. Known as the Mecca of Atlanta restaurants, hot spots and clubs, there’s no lack of nightlife to be discovered. Finding great live music, exquisite fine dining and a reason to get out of the house is easy. Post Properties has a wide selection of luxury apartments in Buckhead ready for you to call home.

The High Rise at Post Alexander blends Post’s legacy of exceptional customer service with the latest design elements and upscale amenities. Featuring stunning views of the Atlanta skyline, this new phase of Post Alexander is redefining the standard for luxury living in Buckhead.

As for checking the box for top leasing trends, all homes feature contemporary design elements, including Elfa closet systems, quartz countertops and a glass tile backsplash in the kitchen. From the rooftop terrace, residents can enjoy spectacular views of Buckhead and Midtown. The High Rise at Post Alexander is pet-friendly (rules apply) and is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and MARTA stations.

Other coveted amenities include covered parking in the parking garage, a business center and Internet cafe, grilling and picnic areas, courtyard gardens, a fully equipped fitness center, climate controlled hallways, EV charging stations, a swimming pool and on-site storage.

Tips for Efficient Apartment Searches

  • Set a Budget Range: Sit down and figure out what you can afford per month, taking into consideration other expenses like groceries, utilities, gym membership, social activities, etc.
  • Consider Time of Year: There may be several rentals available during the summer months, but the prices will be much higher because that’s the demand. Ideal times to find an affordable apartment are October through December or February through March.
  • Narrow Down Your Search: The great thing about the Internet is that you can do the majority of your apartment search without even leaving your home. Pick out three or four apartments that are worth the trip; then schedule an in-person visit.
  • Stay Organized: Create a quick spreadsheet. When you need to get in touch with the landlord to ask a question about something, you’ll have the information right where you need it, rather than having to waste time to track it down.
  • Bring Your Roommate(s): It’s best to bring family or friends along when you go to check out a place. Looking at a rental together will save you a lot of time in your search. After the showing, you can talk about it together and discuss what you like and don’t like.
  • Ask About Special Discounts: Depending on the apartments you’re considering, there may be certain special offers or move-in discounts you can take advantage of.
  • Discover Average Energy Costs: Before you sign any lease, ask the landlord what the average utility costs are for the apartment.
  • Be Prepared to Negotiate: After you’ve visited your top three or four apartments, you may want to try negotiating with the landlord of the place you’re most heavily considering. When the landlord knows that you have other options available, they may be more willing to work with you on the monthly rent.
Source: Rent.com

Temporary Housing

For relocators seeking residence for 14 days or more while they’re in town finalizing a move or starting a new job, temporary housing can be an excellent option while you search for the perfect Atlanta home for you and yours. Corporate projects and relocations, internships, insurance claims or holiday visits make temporary housing a viable option. “We offer a wide range of options, from the sleek new high rises in Midtown and Buckhead to the garden-style communities found in the suburbs ideal for families,” says Tim Miller, CCHP, president and owner of TP Corporate.

Whether it be for a company project bringing in two or 20 people for two or six months, the user gets a full-size apartment home with full-size appliances. “For families, we offer two and three bedroom furnished apartment homes,” says Miller. “We have the flexibility to switch out the bed types to accommodate the resident’s need—two twin beds in one or both second/third bedrooms or all queens. Plus, we are pet-friendly, whereas many hotels don’t allow pets.”

From posh, high-rise apartments in Midtown and Buckhead to garden-style communities in the metro Atlanta suburbs with more greenspace, explore the possibilities temporary housing offers for you and yours.

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