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July 28, 2016

Ten apartment amenities that are worth it

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The clubhouse at Garden State Park.

When you’re on the search for an apartment, the chances of coming across a long list of amenities that are simply unnecessary, or not worth the money, are extremely high. However, there are some amenities worth the extra cost. Here’s 10 of them:

1. Proximity to Shops, Restaurants & Transit

One of the first things you should consider is the apartment’s location. What’s nearby will make all the difference in your daily life. Garden State Park tenants, for instance, are only a few feet from upscale shopping options like Jos. A. Bank and Ulta, or mouth-watering restaurants like Brio Tuscan Grill and Zinburger. It’s also only a few minutes away from rail transit that connects to major cities including Philadelphia, Princeton, and the Jersey Shore from the Cherry Hill NJ rail station.

2. On-site Fitness Center

For fitness enthusiasts – and for those who need motivation to get started -- having a fitness center on location is a saving grace. With this amenity, you’ll have fewer excuses not to stay in shape. Think about how nice it’ll be to have the gym that you used to drive 3+ miles to only a few feet away.

3. Washer and Dryer

You may love your apartment, but lugging your laundry to and from the Laundromat will grow stale quickly. An in-unit washer and dryer will save you both time -- and most importantly -- money. Plus, not having to drive through the snow for clean clothes is always a plus!

4. Outdoor Swimming Pool

Who wouldn’t want to spend a day by the pool, especially when it’s only a few feet away from your doorstep? Having an on-location outdoor swimming pool is priceless, especially with the rising prices of joining a swim club. It will also make the hot summer months more bearable, and enjoyable.

5. Energy Conservation

A hidden gem when apartment searching is the use of energy efficient appliances and energy saving cooling and heating systems. Park Lane at Garden State Park offers energy conservation through gas forced air heating and a gas-fired 50-gallon water heater. These amenities alone will cut costs. But it gets better – the building also includes green building practices such as energy- efficient glass windows and programmable thermostats!

6. Parking

If you have a car, a parking space is a ‘must-have.’ There’s nothing worse than driving around endlessly looking for a place to park. With on-site parking available, you’ll never need to worry about looking for street parking when you arrive home with a car full of groceries or in the pouring rain.

7. Community Space

A great addition to your apartment is a space or lounge area for you and the community to come out and get to know each other. You never know who lives in the same building, and what relationships can come of it!

8. Green Spaces

Whether you have kids or you just want to lounge out, green spaces are a valuable amenity to add to your apartment wish list. Most often maintained by property owners, apartment living gives you all the perks of being outdoors, without any of the work. Whether you wish to grill and chill or practice your serve on the tennis court, find out what options are available to you before signing a lease. You’ll be happy to have options right outside your front door.

9. Greater Amounts of Storage

Many millennials grew up in a time when a walk in closet was a sense of social status, and although they are willing to sacrifice living space, one thing they are not willing to sacrifice is storage. Having space to accommodate all your things should be non-negotiable on your list. The last thing you want to do is move into a space that will be busting at the seams the minute you unpack!

10. On-site Maintenance

An overflowing toilet or a leaking pipe can result in major headaches and money wasted. But with a 24-hour crew like the one at Park Lane, you never need to worry. They can respond quickly to your emergency and get your life back on schedule in no time and at no cost to you.

Searching for a new apartment can be a stressful task, but it doesn’t have to be. Know what matters most to you in a rental property, whether it be luxurious upscale amenities or a quality lifestyle. This is the first step to finding a place that you’ll be proud to call your home. You want a place that balances both your professional and personal life seamlessly. Luckily, Park Lane at Garden State Park offers just that – a place to live, work and play.

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