4 Tips for Settling Down in a New City

Have you just recently moved down to the beautiful Rio Grande Valley? Are you still searching for that perfect place to call home? Look no further than the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco. Our ideal site provides easy access to both the Upper and Lower Rio Grande Valley while providing you the amenities of city living wrapped in a charming small town environment.

Our immaculately designed apartments provide the perfect living space for those searching for a home. We know that after a long day of work, all you really want is just a moment of peace in your own personal slice of paradise, so grab your favorite book and relax at our gorgeous outdoor cabana and fireplace, or get your daily exercise in at your own private on-site gym.

If you’re new to town and want to make a couple of friends, then join us at our planned resident activities, which are always fun and full of great people to meet.

And we get it. Even though settling in a new town can be exciting, it can also be downright nerve-racking.That’s why we’d like to offer you 4 tips for settling down in a new city.

  1. Get a Lay of the Land   

To really find some sort of comfort zone in a new city, you’re going to have to find out where all essential stores are. We mean finding your way around town to the nearest grocery store, gas station, Target, school or whatever sort of amenity that you deem necessary.

Consider getting out a bit in the evening when traffic has died down or on a free weekend when you have the time to get lost and figure out where everything is. On the upside, this can also help you plan a different (and quicker) route to work.

Keep in mind that the idea is to start close to home and start expanding out little by little as time passes.

A great tool to use when venturing out into that great unknown is a little something known as the Internet. Google searching (and mapping) whatever establishment you’re looking for will make those outings run a lot smoother.

If you’re not in a rush and you’d like to try things out for yourself, that’s ok. In fact, you’ll probably learn the area a lot quicker when you DON’T rely on Google Maps, but if you want to head straight to your destination, the Internet is definitely the way to go.

  1. Talk to Real People

Yes, the Internet is an amazing tool that has made life a little easier, but it shouldn’t substitute for real human interaction. By chatting it up with your coworkers and other locals, you can get some honest feedback on where you should and should not be going. Locals tend to have awesome insight about little diners that you might’ve overlooked and they can also provide shortcuts to and from your destination.

If you’re fortunate enough to have an acquaintance, then call them up and try to schedule a lunch with them. By picking the brain of a local you can find out some of the nuances of the local culture and the environment – like which streets to avoid during rush hour.

If talking with an old buddy is out of the question, then don’t be afraid to ask the barista at the coffee shop, or the cashier at the grocery store. Just remember to be friendly and drop the “I just moved here” line to get some helpful information you might not find out otherwise.

  1. Get Up and Get Out

Learning the lay out of the city and getting some great info about local hotspots is awesome.  Except we all need some friends to enjoy those adventures with, which means you’re going to have to stop binging on Game of Thrones and get out into the real world.

A great way to meet people is through your hobbies. Whether it’s shooting some hoops at the local gym, or dropping by at your local comic shop during an event, take the opportunity to use your interests to meet other people.

Another recommendation is to get involved with community service organizations. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this gives you an opportunity to experience something new with people that are going to be super friendly and happy to have you helping.

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to meet with friends of friends. You might be pleasantly surprised with how much you have in common with them and hopefully it leads to more meaningful relationships.

  1. Live and Let Live

You won’t meet anybody new by staying home and lounging around your apartment, but that doesn’t mean you should stress out over a lack of “friends” either. Have some realistic expectations and if you have a free weekend where nobody has invited you to a party or some major event, then just relax and enjoy the moment.

But if a new acquaintance should invite you to the movies or out for a cup of coffee take advantage of it.  Turning down invitations will quickly put you on the “do not invite” list.

Also, remember that everything takes time, so allow routines and friendships to unfold naturally.

When you do get some new friends, make sure to invite them over to your luxurious Santa Anna Apartment, so they can relish in your amazing digs.

Have them take a quick swim in our resort style pool and then fire up our outdoor grills to show them that not only are you funny, witty, and intelligent – you also make a mean BBQ.

Contact us today to find out about our move-in specials or to schedule a visit at our modern apartments.

 

 

 

10 Tips for Decluttering Your Apartment

Do you have a habit of purchasing all the cute, little knick-knacks you run across? If you can’t help but take those small (and big) items every chance you get, the odds are that you’ve probably built up quite a bit of clutter at home.

Apartment living can be a beautiful experience. For instance, if you rent at Santa Anna Apartment Homes, you have access to a resort-style pool, an on-site gym, a clubhouse and entertainment zone, and much, much more. But a messy apartment can add to your stress and frustration.

After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is come home to a whirlwind of a living space. That’s why decluttering your apartment is important in keeping a relaxing and soothing environment. While decluttering your apartment may seem like an insurmountable task, the truth is that there are quite a few steps you can take slowly (but surely) to ensure you get the job done.

Consider the following tips to find the space and tranquility you’ve been looking for:

  1. Small steps each day. Your first impulse may be to try and get everything done in one day. Don’t! Instead of trying to set aside an entire day to organize, try find 10–15 minutes at time to focus on small spaces or projects. If you really want to dig into decluttering, then aim for 2 or 3 hours, anything more will burn you out and make you less efficient. Doing a little bit at a time will help to keep you motivated!
  2. Get rid of it. Collecting things and not being willing to get rid of them is pretty much the reason we get to this point. It’s important to recognize what you really use and what things you are keeping just for the sake of keeping. Papers piling up? Shred them. Old items you don’t use but still have value? Give them away to a charity like Goodwill. Unused furniture just taking up space? Give them to a friend in need. Challenge yourself to give away the things you truly do not need or use and be surprised by how much space you’ll find.
  3. Get it done—completely. Often times, we’ll do a great job of sorting out items and bagging them to get rid of. Except when it comes to actually dropping off those bags, we might tend to keep them for longer than we’re supposed to. If you’ve spent a couple of hours putting together items to donate, don’t leave the task undone. Do the “delivery” at that moment. Actually finishing the process is going to make a real difference.
  4. Keep, donate, recycle, or throw away. Getting into the groove of decluttering means taking stock of what you have. Again, you don’t have to worry about getting everything done in one day, but take an hour or so on Saturday to look underneath kitchen sink and sort through all those cleaning supplies. Empty? Throw it away or recycle? Need a spray bottle for your cleaner? Reuse. The idea is to separate items into their various categories and then take the necessary steps to keep, donate, recycle, etc.
  5. You don’t make space by buying more things. You might be tempted to go out and buy some beautiful storage containers for all that junk you have. That’s not a good idea. Buying a bunch of containers without a clear understanding of what you need them for is just going to end up causing you to have a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home again. Clean out first, and then consider how many you actually need, and start from there.
  6. Time for round two. If you’ve already done a round of keeping, throwing away, donating, etc., then the next step is going to be a second round of eliminations. This one can be a bit more challenging for those of us unwilling to separate with sentimental items. But as much it pains us, we have to be honest with the “value” of these items. Consider their purpose, if you actually use them, and whether or not they truly hold any sentimental value anymore. Let go of those things that don’t bring you any joy—like a report card from second grade—and free up some storage space by getting rid of these items (but it’s okay to keep a prized item or two).
  7. Put it where it belongs. For items that you are going to keep, make sure to place them where they belong. For instance, have a spot for your bills or car keys and continually use that exact space. This is going to look different for everyone else, but it’s going to help you maintain a sense of organization. For instance, you don’t want all of your paperwork spread throughout your house, and having a specific place for all your items will keep things clean and make it easier for you to locate.
  8. Realistic goals. You’ve probably seen immaculately organized rooms in magazines or watched a few minutes of those tv shows where a professional organizer comes in a makes a house look absolutely perfect. If you haven’t guessed by now, those images are created by behind-the-scenes- crews to look breath taking…but they aren’t real. If that level of organization looks unbelievable, it’s because it isn’t a real world apartment. Your goal should be go get things clean, organized, and functional for your needs—don’t worry about making things perfect (it won’t happen).
  9. Keep the ball rolling. After you’ve completed the decluttering of your apartment, you’ll want to maintain that level of neatness. You can do so by always keeping an eye out for items that are out of place. When moving from room to room, try to spot items that need to be moved and take them with you. Eventually this will become second nature and you won’t have to worry about spending so much time cleaning up so much because you’ll be doing it little by little.
  10. Don’t turn back to your old ways. If you got this far in decluttering your apartment, the last thing you’ll want to do is to bring in a bunch of brand new stuff. To avoid “re-cluttering” live by the one in, one out rule. When you bring home something new, get rid of something you already have. This will make you more conscious of your purchases and whether or not you really need them.

Live a perfectly decluttered life at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco,Texas.

Our amazing community offers a friendly bilingual staff, 24-hour maintenance, controlled access entry, spacious 1- and 2-bedroom floorplans, a beautiful resort-style pool, and much more.

Contact us today at (956) 678- 4444 to find out more about availability and rates.

Turn Your Apartment Balcony into a Wonderland

While apartment living doesn’t always offer you the space of a large backyard, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the pleasures of a little sunshine and bright blue sky. When you’re looking for a little extra oomph to spice up your apartment, your balcony is an excellent place to find that change.

That’s right. Your balcony can do a lot of things – from acting as a cute garden to providing you the perfect atmosphere for those personal parties amongst a handful of friends – there’s definitely more than meets the eye.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we understand that our residents aren’t just looking for an apartment, they’re looking for a lifestyle that offers them the opportunity to express their uniqueness. That’s why our luxurious apartment homes – with their gorgeous sundecks – are the perfect canvas for your creativity.

Wondering how you can turn your balcony into a awesome wonderland? Consider the following ideas:

Hanging Out

After a long day of work, you probably just want to get home, kick off your shoes, and hangout. Well, turn your outdoor balcony into your own personal sanctuary with a hammock. They work great for smaller balconies where a table and chairs just won’t fit.

Want to add a little more spice to the scene? Consider putting up some string lights and a small piece of wicker furniture to complete the ambiance. You’ll be the envy of the entire apartment complex.

Don’t Lose Your Greenthumb

Just because you don’t have a backyard doesn’t mean that you have to give up your passion for gardening. Instead of spending your weekends at the local grocery stores loading up on produce, why not create your own small garden with some of your favorite veggies.

Before you think it might be too hard to accomplish, be aware that there are a number of DIY wall planters that make it amazingly easy to garden on your balcony. Once you’ve gotten everything started, maintaining your beautiful balcony garden will be a cinch, and in no time you’ll be having delectable greens and chili peppers straight from your own personal treasure trove.

Saving the World One Balcony at a Time

If there’s one thing we have plenty of in Weslaco, it’s sunshine. Yes indeed, south Texas is known for its tropical weather and sunny days. Why not take advantage of all that sun your balcony will be bathing in and get yourself a portable solar panel.

There’s definitely plenty of reason to get excited about solar power, but if you’re looking for an immediate reward, consider all the free energy you can be getting from the sun. While you will have to shell out a couple of dollars to purchase a portable solar panel, it’ll pay for itself by charging your phone, computer, tablet, and small appliances with free, renewable energy. Most come with USB connections and outlets so you can plug your devices right in.

Your Own Personal Garden

Just like growing your own veggies, there’s nothing quite like setting up a small wall garden to enjoy the beauty of nature in the comfort of your own home. Plus, with plenty of sunshine in the RGV, your balcony is sure to grow a number of flowers that only depend on your preferences.

If you want to liven things up, consider using soft drink cans, old buckets, toy trays, and glass jars to plant those saplings. Add a couple of bird houses or earthen miniatures to spruce up the decor.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, the possibilities are endless.

If you’re tired of the same old apartments that claim to cater to your passion for life, but still always fall short, then Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect solution to get away from those drab places.

With our resort style pool, gorgeous walking paths, on-site gym, clubhouse and entertainment zone, you’ll never want to leave our grounds. But that’s only if you make it out of your apartment with its fully furnished kitchen, spa inspired baths, and private balcony patios.

Contact us today at (956) 678-4444 to find the luxury you’ve been searching for in Weslaco.

12 Tips for Being a Great Apartment Neighbor

Just like everything else in life, apartment living requires a little courtesy. A bit of civility will go a long way in making your apartment experience that much better and will help you develop pleasant relationships with all your neighbors. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you are on good terms with your neighbors is priceless.

Being a great neighbor at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco is a breeze. With our resort style pool, clubhouse and entertainment zone, on-site gym, and planned resident activities, you’re sure to fall in love with the apartment community. In fact, we think it’s a little tough to be rude when you’re living in such blissful luxury.

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But if you want to be the greatest neighbor that you can be, consider the following 12 tips for excellent apartment etiquette:

  • Acknowledge neighbors that say hi to you. You don’t have to be creepy or annoying, but a quick smile and a wave of the hand can do wonders. And don’t forget to be courteous to property management and employees as well. It can seem quite rude to ignore someone who offers a brief hello, so don’t leave anybody thinking that about you.
  • Watch the volume. Nobody’s perfect and sometimes music, family, or daily activities can get to be quite loud. But it is important to be mindful about the amount of noise that you are making, especially in an apartment building where your neighbors literally live right across the wall. Be particularly considerate in the early mornings and late at night.
  • Don’t forget about the kids. Parents know that children can be a handful, running and jumping through the house all day long, but in an apartment, all that banging can be bothersome to a neighbor. Consider practicing “quiet time” rules with your little ones, especially once the sun goes down. If they’re aching to burn some energy take them to the community playground or a local park close by.
  • Oh…and remember Max too. You may love dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your neighbor does. Make sure your dog isn’t barking all day and night. Also, don’t forget to clean up after Fido when you take him outside for his daily walk. Our Bark Park at Santa Anna Apartment Homes is a favorite for pooches.
  • Head’s up! If you’re going have a get-together, be a thoughtful neighbor and let those around you know. If you have a great relationship with any of them, you might as well invite them over. Just be sure to keep down the noise once it gets dark.
  • And don’t forget to clean up. If you’re planning on using the community grill for your get-together, then don’t forget to clean up your trash and make sure the charcoal is completely out.
  • Speaking of trash. While it may seem a little odd, don’t forget about dumpster etiquette. Make sure your trash bags are secured and aren’t leaking as you walk them to the community dumpster. A leaking bag can leave odors and stains that no one will find pleasant.
  • Be a good neighbor in the parking lot too. Don’t forget to show courtesy in the parking lot; that means respecting reserved parking spaces, driving slowly and carefully, avoiding excessive honking, or “peeling out”. This rule is especially vital as small children may be playing in the parking lot, and you don’t want to be the cause of an unfortunate accident because you were speeding behind the wheel.
  • Don’t be washer/dryer hog. If you are using the community laundromat, then keep an eye on the washer or dryer you are using. You don’t want to leave your clothes in them all day, especially because others might need to take care of their laundry as well. Also, avoid drying clothes (and under garments) outside on your balcony. There are inexpensive drying racks that you can use indoors in the privacy of your own home.
  • Don’t forget about the pool rules. While the pool can be a ton of fun, it’s also important to abide by a few rules to avoid annoying (or hurting) any one. Make sure to rinse off before diving in the pool so you don’t jump in sweaty and dirty, keep music low, avoid being excessively loud if you’re having conversations, and don’t run around the pool, as you can accidentally injure someone. Also, because most pools aren’t very deep, avoid “diving”. You’ll probably splash others that aren’t interested in that, and you can hurt yourself as well. Don’t forget kids will usually be around so behave yourself.
  • Know your friends. We all have that one friend that is a little “louder”, to say the least. If they have a habit of honking everywhere they go, being excessively brassy, or you know them to be a bit of a daredevil, maybe having them over isn’t such a great idea. You don’t want management to talk to you about the rules and policies.
  • Enjoy your sports. Just not in the apartment complex. A game of football is an awesome way to spend the weekend with some friends, just not in the minimal space provided by your apartment complex, or in the parking lot. That also goes for skateboarding, or any other sorts of activities that require quite a bit of space.
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Come be a great neighbor at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes of Weslaco.

Or even better…come have great neighbors at Santa Anna Apartment Homes. With our outdoor cabana with fireplace, community grills, resort style pool, and pet friendly environment, you’re sure to have a blast meeting new people with similar (and different) interests.

If you’re interested in living at one of the premier apartments in Weslaco (or the RGV for that matter), then contact Santa Anna Apartment Homes management today.

New Year: New Luxury Apartment

10 Tips to Make Moving to Santa Anna Apartment Homes Easier

The holiday season is completely underway and the New Year is just around the corner. If you’ve been looking to move at the start of the New Year, but just can’t seem to find that luxury apartment you’ve been searching for, then look no further than Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, Texas.

Our amazing community offers residents a resort style pool, clubhouse, on-site gym, a bark park, 24-hour maintenance, outdoor cabana and grills, garages, and plus our prime location means we’re near dining and entertainment areas, schools, and Expressway 83.

So whether you’re moving in from just across the street, or the other side of the country, consider the following 10 tips to minimize the stress of leaving one home for another.

  • Make plans in advance.
    Plan in advance whether you’ll be having friends or hired professional help you with the move. Even if you plan on doing it all by yourself, you’ll likely need a moving truck, which means you still have to make some arrangements. Whatever you decide to do, give yourself plenty of planning time in case any inconveniences pop up.
  • Start packing early.
    Don’t wait until the last moment to pack. Start as early as possible with small, unused items and save “must-have” items until the end.
  • Have a garage sale.
    Moving provides a great opportunity to get rid of all that “junk” and unused items you’ve been collecting. Have a garage sale, put items up on EBay or Craig’s List, and donate to charities such as Goodwill. You’ll end up with less to move and some extra cash.
  • Mark your boxes.
    This is a huge time saving tip. Mark every box with their destination and put all items related in the box together. For example, put all your kitchen items together, your living room items, and bedroom items together, then mark them accordingly.
  • Use old clothes to wrap fragile items.
    Bubble wrap can get to be very expensive. Instead, consider using some old clothes to wrap around dishes and other breakable items.
  • Boxes shouldn’t shift.
    Make sure that each box is packed solid and that no items are rattling around inside. If items are shifting inside, this could lead to something fragile breaking. You’ll also want to ensure that boxes are properly sealed and nothing is left open. A sudden stop can send valuables hurling around in your moving van.
  • Don’t throw out the hardware.
    When you start taking down items like curtains, shelves, and TV wall mounts, you’ll want to keep all those brackets, clamps, screws, and other hardware safe for when you put them back up in your new place. Keep all of these small items safe in plastic ziploc bags and identify their use with a permanent marker.
  • Vacuum seal clothing.
    Consider buying vacuum seal packs for your clothes. This will help to clear out all of that extra space in between clothes, which means fewer boxes to transport.
  • Keep important papers on you.
    This tip is especially important if you’re moving across country. Place all of your legal documents, contracts, passports, etc., in a single envelope and carry those on you.
  • Take pictures of your apartments.
    Take good pictures of your old apartment before you leave in case of security deposit disputes. You’ll also want to take pictures of your new apartment before you move in for the same purpose.

Are you ready to start your New Year off with a bang? Well then, start your packing, because Santa Anna Apartment Homes currently has only 8 units left.

If you’re ready to settle into the premier luxury apartments of Weslaco, then contact us today at (956) 678-4444.

Live here. Play here. Relax here.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment

The start of the new year is the perfect opportunity to make some positive changes in your life.

If you’ve been yearning to make a move, but just haven’t found that apartment that has what you need, then consider the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco to start the year off with a bang. With a great centralized location near Expressway 83 close to shopping and entertainment, 2017 is going to be one for the books.

Alongside a move, consider the following 7 resolutions to make your apartment your sanctuary.

  • Take advantage of your kitchen. While eating out is often the easier option, it isn’t necessarily the healthiest. This new year, consider cooking more and taking out less. Not only does this have the potential to save you money, improve your healthy eating options, but it can also help you to unwind after a long day at work. So turn on some tunes and sautee some mushrooms for a deliciously relaxing meal.
  • Decor – expect the unexpected. We all have our own taste. Some of us may like the minimalist approach while others may prefer all things vintage. And while it’s natural to want to keep things “as is”, a little change now and then is always good to liven up the spirit. If you’re on a budget, try rearranging furniture to give yourself extra space, or visit a second-hand store to find items you might be able to repurpose. Whether you decide to go with a big overhaul or a little change, a variation in decor will help to keep your apartment (and your mind) fresh for the New Year.
  • Live healthy. Undoubtedly, many of us have made this same resolution year after year. We’re going to eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise more frequently. Let Santa Anna Apartment Homes help you reach your goal this year. With our on-site resort style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and numerous walking paths, you’ll be shedding those pounds in no time. Plus, the convenience of having all these amenities at your fingertips means you’re saving money on gym memberships. You can also cut out expenses like take out (our first resolution) and use all that extra cash to enjoy a night out on the town.
  • Organize your apartment. The truth is that a messy apartment can leave us feeling frustrated, trapped, and just down right cluttered. A very simple resolution to positively affect your energy is to organize your apartment. Start by getting rid of all those items you haven’t used in a year (consider donating them or putting them up on a website like Ebay). Next, do a thorough cleaning of your apartment and get rid of any clutter you have on top of countertops. Last, but not least, organize your belongings in categories that work well for you.
  • Repurpose old items. A part of organizing is being truthful with yourself and recognizing items you’re never going to use again. Still have your favorite t-shirt from high school? If it’s too old to donate, consider cutting it up and using it as a cleaning rag. Look through your items that are just gathering dust and see if you can recycle them for a better purpose other than just being in your closet. This simple resolution can help to build a healthy habit of knowing what to get rid of and when.
  • Be a good neighbor. In today’s world, it can be quite easy to go sometime without getting to know those who live closest to us, but the reality is that getting to know them can have some actual benefits. Besides just being a common courtesy, it can also help to build a trust that can come in handy when we head out on vacation or leave the apartment alone for weeks at a time. While opening yourself up to new people can be a bit daunting, a little effort can really go a long way to building a community.

Live life to the fullest in 2017 at Santa Anna Apartment Homes!

Our last resolution can easily be fulfilled when living at upscale Santa Anna Apartment Homes. When living at an apartment, you don’t have to worry about spending your weekends maintaining your house and yard. Instead, you can use all those hours you would normally spend slaving away at boring household chores by getting out and seeing what the Rio Grande Valley has to offer.

From South Padre Island, to the Gladys Porter Zoo, all the way back to McAllen’s new Performing Arts Center, you never know what sort of exciting adventure you’ll get into. And with easy access to Expressway 83, Santa Anna Apartment Homes is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from all the action.

So if you’re ready to have a change and experiences like no other, contact Santa Anna Apartment Homes today at (956) 678-4444.

3 Reasons Santa Anna is Perfect for Your Furry Friend

At the end of a long workday, there’s no better feeling on earth than opening up your apartment door to a tail-wagging, furry bundle of joy. The second you walk in, your pet’s eyes light up and all the stress from your seemingly endless day quickly melts away, and almost instantly, you feel right at home.

From all those videos in defense of the ‘Dog Parent’ lifestyle to those memes of overly expressive dogs we can’t just seem to get enough of, it’s no secret that we’re currently living in a world that puts great importance on the pampering of our furry friends. Whether you believe in dog hotels or organic grass-fed treats, when wandering down the aisles at H-E-B, it’s clear that more than ever, we’re extremely mindful when it comes to taking care of our pets, and that is truly a beautiful thing.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we are aware of this trend, and we’d like you to know that we’re just as obsessed with those Doug the Pug videos as you are (who isn’t!?). When it comes to caring for your pet, we understand that you view them as a special member of your family. For that reason, we’ve made some much-needed accommodations to our facility to ensure that you and your beloved pets are as happy and comfortable as can be.

In case you were wondering, here’s 3 reasons Santa Anna Apartments Homes is purrfect (see what we did there?) for you and your pets:

1. Our doors are open

In our day and age, there’s no better companion that a sweet and furry little pal. For that reason, we have a 100% pet-friendly policy at Santa Anna Apartment Homes. Rather than hounding you with strict rules and regulations, we understand that all you really want is to kick back and relax with your four-legged friend. For that reason, we welcome your pets with open arms.

On the plus side, we offer several options when it comes to floor plans to ensure that your furry friend has plenty of room to explore. And to assure that you’re as comfortable as possible, we offer both carpet or faux wood flooring in our units because we know accidents can happen no matter how sure you are your little friend has been potty-trained. If you’re pup goes crazy for the outdoors, we also offer enclosed backyards for cookouts and entertainment in select units. What could be better than grilling with your favorite pet by your side?

2. Bark park!

While regular parks designed for families are wonderful, we can’t forget the needs of our furry family members. At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we know how important your pet’s happiness is to you. For that reason, we’ve made pets a priority and designed a special place they’ll go crazy over: the Bark Park!

No matter what stage of life your pet is in, there’s no denying the fact that there’s nothing better for them than some time spent in the great outdoors. What better way to do this than with their neighbors?

At the Santa Anna Bark Park, your dog can explore sans leash, mingle with the other resident pups and get some healthy exercise in.

When it comes to raising a healthy dog, the benefits a Bark Park offers can make all the difference in the life and happiness of your best friend (and if you take your dog, we guarantee they’ll love you 10x more).

3. Squeaky Clean

Although taking care of a pet is a life-changing experience, it’s also one that’s filled with mud stains and half-eaten trash. To ease these little messes, Santa Anna Apartment Homes has an extremely convenient pet washing station!

Whether your pet is in desperate need of a bath or is simply looking to cool off from the summer heat, we’ve made it our mission to make caring for your four-legged friend one less thing you need to stress about. Even if your pet hates bath time, our washing station will make the process quick and easy (sorry, Fido).

Throughout the centuries, animals have always held a special place in the heart of humans. As time has gone on, our relationships with the special pets in our lives have only deepened making us more compassionate people. At Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we understand your love for your pet like no other! If you’re looking for a welcoming environment for you and your furry companions, contact us today at (956) 678-4444

5 Ways to Transform Mom’s Apartment Bathroom into a Spa Oasis this Mother’s Day

It’s time to mark your calendars and get that creativity flowing because we are officially entering “Parent Appreciation Season.” So, what exactly is this and what does it mean for you?

Essentially, both Mother’s and Father’s Day are creeping up on us faster than ever. First up this week is Mother’s Day. So, jump on it, there’s no time like the present to make Mom feel special!

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we know that shopping for mom can be quite the challenge. So many gifts feel like a cliche…. flowers, jewelry, perfume, gift certificates…. it’s all been done!  Plus, it’s hard to pick out just the right thing without multiple trips to the mall. If you find yourself feeling frustrated and hopeless, we’d like you to know that you are not alone. While materialistic gifts may put a smile on your mom’s face, there’s no denying the impact a more personal present has. If you’re not a DIY person, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This Mother’s Day get a little inspiration from one of mom’s favorite pastimes (hint: it’s going to the spa) and transform her apartment restroom into a spa oasis!

If such a task seems impossible, we beg to differ. When it comes to the potential of apartments, the possibilities are endless if you allow them to take flight.

Here are 5 ways you can transform your mom’s apartment restroom into a relaxing spa-like destination:

Enclose it!

The main purpose of a spa-like experience is to break away from reality and have a few moments to yourself to take a breather. Honestly, this might be the best gift you can give mom this Mother’s Day.

To make her feel like she’s in a five-star spa, it’s important to create somewhat of a ‘barrier’ to make her feel like she’s in a faraway place. Shut the door, literally. Then, craft a second barrier by placing a decorative curtain over the door or putting some tropical plants in the bathroom doorway. Really the idea is to simply separate her from the outside world. Get creative so mom can finally relax!

Presentation is everything

You’ve probably heard this before, but if you really want to transform mom’s apartment bathroom into a lust-worthy spa, you’ve got to think hard here. Rather than just purchasing relaxing spa treatments like bath salts and face masks, go big and strategically place them so she’ll feel as though she has an entire spa staff waiting to take care of her. Think chic containers and bath bombs galore!

Add that little something something

In order to really pull off the task of transforming mom’s apartment restroom, you’ve got to dig deeper. Think about her likes and add a little something extra that will surprise her! Surround her with some of there favorite things, a few ideas include freshly curated flowers, a fabulous mirror or maybe some intriguing art work. Really, the goal with this one is to add accents that will make her feel relaxed. Transport Mom to her happy place.

Clear it out

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but in order for mom to feel like she’s on a sweet escape, it’s important for you to set the mood. Clean and organize the bathroom so she’s not stressed by clutter. Clear the area of any distractions such as loud noises (this includes children/grandchildren—call a babysitter!). Make sure and put on some soothing spa tunes and ditch the fluorescent lighting for some sweet smelling candles. It’s the little things that count.

Softness is key

When you think about spas, you’re likely to think of fuzzy bathrobes, soft towels and comfy slippers fondly. Just because your mother’s spa experience is taking place in her apartment doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice these perks! Make sure that a soft robe, slippers and dreamy towels are in full abundance! These items are the perfect finishing touch for a luxe spa getaway.

This Mother’s Day, Santa Anna Apartment Homes encourages you to ditch the cliches and give Mom what she really wants… a little peaceful retreat! Moms have so much responsibility and their lives are a crazy, spontaneous whirlwind. There’s no better way to show your appreciation for everything that special woman in your life has done than by allowing her to unplug for a few precious moments.

Santa Anna Apartment Homes wishes all the Mom’s in Weslaco and all over the Rio Grande Valley a happy and joyous Mother’s Day.

Good Mother, Good Teacher

Last month we couldn’t help but notice a blog written by Marissa Cooper and shared by TES. It struck a cord on social media and we saw many people reacting to the post, sharing the blog and tagging friends and colleagues. Marissa shares in heartbreaking detail the struggle of being a Mom AND a teacher.

The struggle is real

Being a Mother is a thankless job. Being a Teacher is a thankless job. Doing both, well, that takes a special breed. Marissa shares that she never feels like she is doing enough. She feels like a bad Mother and a bad Teacher. We wish we could put our arms around Marissa and tell her that she gets an A+ for giving everything she has and more to all those around her. There’s more we want to tell her and all those like her who are struggling through frustrated tears. Please share this with all the Mothers and Teachers you know:

1. You Are Enough

It doesn’t feel like it, and maybe it never will, but you are enough. Give yourself a break and look at all you have accomplished each day. Don’t focus on what you didn’t get to. You accomplished a tremendous amount. Students learned and children felt loved. You have given all you can give and it IS enough.

2. You Are Wonderful

It takes a very special person to continually give to those around her. Great Teachers are exhausted and stressed because they CARE. They meet the increasing demands of administration and standardized testing without sacrificing their students. They listen, they adapt, they lead, they communicate, they juggle, they teach and they mold. For all this and more, you ARE wonderful.

3. You Are Making A Difference

When you see a student who sat quietly for months raise his hand to ask a question, you know. When a parent embraces you and shows appreciation, you know. When you see the spark of understanding as a student connects real world relevance to what you are teaching in the classroom, you know. When your student asks you for a reference letter, you know. When your student returns years later and says “Thank you for believing in me.”, you know. Savor these moments and the hundreds more because you ARE making a difference and you ARE making our community and the world a better place.

Teacher Appreciation

Marissa said in her blog, “Teachers too are, by nature, givers. The desire to help others – to give something of ourselves up for their inspiration, their betterment – is at the heart of belonging in the classroom. So we find ourselves giving. And giving. And giving.”. We agree and we admire those of you who dedicate your time, energy and tears to educating the children in our community.

Please allow us to now give back to you, educators of the Rio Grande Valley, with an exclusive Teacher Appreciation offer. We want to be the place you call home, the place where you can relax and focus on yourself and your family.

We are sensitive to the fact that the future of our children is in your hands. To thank you for your service to our community, our doors are open to you and your family. We truly value your hard work and dedication to improve the quality of education in the RGV. Enjoy your downtime at Santa Anna Apartment Homes with the following amenities:

  • Close proximity to Weslaco schools
  • Pet-friendly amenities: Bark Park and Pet Washing Station
  • Residence features: outdoor cabana and fireplace
  • Spacious luxury floor-plans
  • Lifestyle and fitness facilities
  • 24-hour on-site customer service and maintenance

Luxury Apartment Living Made Easy

Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco offers a prime list of amenities for our residents to enjoy. We strive to go above and beyond exceptional apartment living with exclusive discounts for our tenants working in the educational and medical fields, as well as border patrol agents. Check out all of our amenities and samples of our floor-plans to see why Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect community for you and your family. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about one of our units.

7 Low Impact, Quiet Exercises for Apartment Living

If you’re a heavy exerciser, chances are your workouts incorporate dynamic movements that, when done in a gym or studio, are considered the norm. But, when you’re short on time and a drive to the gym doesn’t fit your schedule, it’s great to whip out your workout mat and get your 30 minutes in at home. Living in an apartment space can make those home exercises difficult. You don’t want to be that noisy neighbor who pounds on the floors and walls unaware of all the ruckus they’re making.

Check out the Santa Anna Apartment Homes lifestyle and fitness amenities exclusively for residents. Just give us a call to schedule a tour of our living spaces and amenities at 956-678-4444.

Developing a low impact and quiet exercise routine can still help you slough off those calories while keeping your neighbors happy. These workouts offer a combination of cardio and strengthening motions that will burn calories, raise your heart rate, and leave you in a healthy sweat. Each exercise targets individual muscle groups and for a total body routine.

Set your own pace but watch out for form and flexibility. Focus on controlling your movements to maximize energy expenditure and minimize the risk of injury. So, lay out your mat, play your favorite energy-boosting music, and try these low impact exercises in your home:

Planks – One minute planks are great for toning your abdominal area by fully engaging your core. Opt for an up-down plank or a plank tuck with extension to increase your range of motion and caloric expenditure. For up-down planks, you’ll start in the traditional plank with elbows to the ground and your body fully extended. Use your arms to push yourself up, one arm at a time. Then bring yourself down to the regular plank position. Repeat this motion, and avoid swaying your torso too much. For plank tucks, start in a plank position with your hands to the floor. Tuck one leg in toward your arms then move into a reverse leg lift. Repeat one leg at a time. Try two sets of 10 reps each to get the most of these challenging planks.

Toe-Touch Crunch – Lie on your back with your legs pointing toward the ceiling and your arms extended above your head. Make sure not to overexert your back. Carefully swing your arms up to meet your toes. You should slightly lift your head, shoulders, and pelvis throughout this movement. You can place one hand behind your head for comfort. Try completing 15 to 20 toe-touch crunches.

Lunges – Lunges are a great strengthening exercise that focus on your hips and glutes. Try an elevated lunge and you’ll surely feel the burn. You won’t need expensive, bulky equipment for these. Simply grab a chair and place one foot on the seat behind you. Keeping your forward leg straight, bend it at the knee until you reach a lowered position that is comfortable for you. Low-lateral steps are also an effective way to boost toning potential. Rather than lunging forward or backward, you’ll move side to side. Do two sets of 10 reps each.

Modified Burpees – Burpees done in a closed living space with thin walls should be taken one step at a time. In these modified burpees, just tone down the energy. Focus on feeling the individual muscle groups through each movement. When you raise, do so slowly and one leg at a time. Try one set of 15 reps for this full-body exercise.

Squats – Squats are an effective lower-body workout but can get boring overtime. Add an arm hook to your squat routine for some excitement. Get into position and throw four hooks while twisting your torso slightly. Do four hooks in the squat position and four hooks in the extended position. Try for three sets of 10 reps each.

Triceps Extension – Your legs will welcome a break with this next exercise. Lay on your back with your knees folded. Using a dumbbell with a weight that is to your liking, raise one arm above your chest – that’s your starting position. Extend your arms without locking them in place. For one rep, your elbows should bend to about a 90 degree angle. Do this by lowering the dumbbells so that they are on either side of your head. Then lift them again. Do this for 15 to 20 reps.

Overhead Press – Show your biceps some love with this exercise. You’ll be in the standing position throughout, your legs should be shoulder-width apart. Using two dumbbells that are at a safe enough weight to lift over your head, lift your arms at the shoulders laterally. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle with the dumbbells in your palms facing forward. Raise your arms, extending your elbows until the weights are almost touching. Bring them back down. Keep your form in check and try to complete two sets of 12 each.

Feel free to wrap up this workout routine with five minutes of gentle stretching to relax your body and mind.

Apartment Amenities for Lifestyle and Fitness

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we value health and fitness. Our community offers a variety of amenities to suit all your lifestyle needs. An on-site gym means you can be as loud as you want while using top-notch exercise equipment. As a member of our apartment community, you will also have access to a resort style pool and beautiful walking paths that showcase the Rio Grande Valley’s greenery. Give us a call at 956-678-4444 to schedule a tour or for more information about the benefits of living in our Weslaco apartments.