Remaking Your Apartment For Summer

Summer can go a long way toward getting us out of our routines. Maybe it’s a vacation or road trip you’re finally getting the chance to take. Or maybe this is the summer where you follow through on a New Year’s resolution and start a new hobby.

Sometimes, though, we find ourselves staying indoors for the summer. Whether it’s simply enjoying the down time the season gives us or deciding to enjoy a staycation in the area, at Santa Anna luxury apartments in Weslaco, we know that summer doesn’t have to stay outside just because we stay in.

For those of you remaining close to home, you can bring that warm, bright summer feeling in with you. Redecorating your apartment this summer can be just what you need to stay busy, get creative, and to give yourself (and your place) a shot of energy.

Three General Guidelines

Remaking your apartment during the summer time can be exciting but also challenging as you figure out where to start. While there always seems to be hundreds of home decor options and styles to choose from, there are a few general guidelines that you should follow in order to make your apartment truly pop!

Bring On the Color!

The first thing we notice when heading outside on a summer day is all the color. Plants are in bloom, the sky is (usually) a deep, clear blue, and sunshine highlights all of nature.

You can bring that picturesque feeling into your apartment by switching to brighter color schemes with a few pieces of furniture and home decor items.

It doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking either, a few changes on the walls or tables can get you going. A new painting, picture frame, or a vase can add small splashes of color throughout your place.

Another route to update your home for summer is by switching out the textiles in your apartment. Your pillows, tablecloths, curtains, and bedspreads can all be subbed out with brighter choices.

The great thing about these changes is that they are easy to switch, regardless of the season. Going back to warmer and darker tones when the weather cools down will be just as simple.

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Be One With Nature

The easiest way to bring the great outdoors inside, is to bring the great outdoors inside. Even things you might commonly overlook outside can bring a fresh new feel to your apartment.

Small items like seashells and rocks can be displayed and arranged in many ways, bringing a beautiful and earthy aura to your pad. You can even plant succulents in a larger shell.

These little green additions to your home have the double bonus of being easy to care for and long-lasting, adding a great touch of nature and summer wherever you showcase them.

The smell of your apartment can also be changed to reflect the season as well. A focus on citrusy scents, like melon, and elemental ones, like ocean breeze, match more closely with expectations and thoughts of summer.

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You can also try adding a natural-fiber rug somewhere new or temporarily replacing one you already have. Chindi rugs usually come in brightly-colored options and add an eclectic vibe to your apartment.

Don’t Be Afraid of Flowers (But It’s Okay if you Are)

Fresh flowers are one of the most literal ways of combining the outdoors with your indoor space – and they smell so much better than dirt.

The fresher you can find them, the more color, life, and energy they will bring to your apartment. Flowers are also a great way to constantly change the look you want without much hassle.

If taking care of real plants is not your style, there are a number of artificial options to choose from. A fake bamboo plant or rubber tree can work well for you.

Not only are these choices low-maintenance but they are sure to shake things up in a big way for you and visitors. The beauty of green indoors is just too much to deny.

Santa Anna wants you to make your new home as special as possible. Our luxury apartments in Weslaco are sure to bring new life to you every time you step inside.

There are endless options for you to consider when looking for a summer theme for your apartment.

If you get stuck while brainstorming, just imagine places you’d head to for a summer trip and try to find elements of those destinations in the decorations you choose.

Contact us today (956) 678-4444 and find out how you can call the luxurious Santa Anna Apartments your new home.

Keep It Cool This Summer With These 9 Pool Etiquette Tips

Summer is here in Weslaco and the Greater Rio Grande Valley. That means you can expect a lot of hot weather and humid days ahead.

Luckily, the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco have a gorgeous resort-style pool, outdoor cabanas, and a bevy of other amenities to help you beat that summer heat.

Of course, being a great tenant and awesome neighbor means following a number of rules so that everyone can safely and happily enjoy the pool. You can make a relaxing day at the pool even better by following these 9 pool etiquette tips.

Remember: the summer’s hot enough, so keep things cool.

  1. Following the rules is cool.

Your apartment complex likely has a set of rules for pool use. While you might not always agree with them, the rules are there to protect you and your loved ones should you decide to spend a wonderful day splashing around.

It’s important that you don’t ignore the rules or simply read them as ‘recommendations’. Every year 1000s of families suffer loss because of drowning incidents and hundreds of individuals suffer serious brain injury caused by diving in shallow pools. Take the time to read the rules and actually follow them.

  1. Keep an eye on your kids.

Yes, the pool is the perfect place to relax, but that doesn’t give you free reign to stop paying attention to your children. It’s important that as a parent you remain vigilant around the pool to keep your children safe and to ensure that they are also following the rules.

Make sure your kids understand pool etiquette, which should include – no running, diving, splashing other guests, throwing objects, or constantly screaming. Keep in mind that you probably won’t be the only one trying to relax at the pool and you should want for everyone to have a great experience.

  1. Keep it down.

Most people love a good summer song, with the keyword here being – most. While radios or iPhones/iPods can be a nice little addition to your day by the pool, that doesn’t mean everyone in the complex – or by the pool for that matter – wants to hear your favorite tunes.

Remember to keep the volume down at a reasonable level so as not to be a bother.

  1. No glass.

An afternoon by the pool might include a couple of adult beverages or soda pops, but remember that glass around the pool area can be really dangerous. Consider that you’ll have other apartment residents walking around the pool area and that glass and bare feet make a horrible combination. Keep your drinks in a can or simply pour them into a styrofoam or plastic cup.

  1. Keep guest to a minimum.

Splashing around with a couple of friends sounds like the perfect summer afternoon but you’ll want to be respectful of others and limit the number of guests you choose to invite over.

Keep in mind that the pool was made for the hundreds of other residents in the complex so inviting your entire flag football team to hog it up isn’t going to win you ‘Neighbor of the Year’ award.

Don’t forget to let your friends in on the pool rules as well. You’ll want to keep them safe while still enjoying the water.

  1. On the topic of friends…you need to be there too.

Having your friends over for some summertime pool fun? Awesome! Your friends coming over with a group of their friends when you aren’t even home. Trouble!

Avoid giving out the access code or your key to the community pool. This can quickly escalate to absolute strangers ‘visiting’ you to use your pool and placing you at odds with the management.

  1. Be courteous and get rid of your trash.

An afternoon by the pool might include some drinks, food, and even a bit of barbecue, which are all absolutely fine. Except that doesn’t mean you should feel free to leave all your garbage laying about when you decide to go back home.

Be responsible and clean up your trash, replace any pool furniture that you might have moved from its original location, and wipe down any chairs you might have used that are still wet.

  1. Make sure children are adequately “prepared” or dressed for the pool.

Children (and yes even adults) have the occasional accident, which is why you need to be diligent as a parent and ensure that your child isn’t relieving themselves in the pool.

You can help in this area by placing your child in the proper swimwear and bathroom protection if they haven’t quite mastered the potty yet. Additionally, avoid changing your child out in the open. Take them back to your apartment and change their diaper/clothes as need be.

  1. Be appropriate.

This rule includes a number of items such as:

  • Dress appropriately – Remember that children and other adults will be in the pool area so swimwear should be adequate for the occasion.
  • Behave appropriately – Bad language (cursing), inappropriate and dangerous behavior, and even obscene public displays of affections should be avoided.
  • Appropriate hygiene – Be a courteous neighbor and pool user by taking care of your personal hygiene before stepping in the pool. Rinse yourself off before entering the pool and refrain from using hair products, beauty products, or any other items that might leave residue.

Make a splash with friends and family by renting at Santa Anna Apartment Homes.

If you’re ready to live in an apartment community that is cool even during the hottest summer days, then the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco are your next destination.

With our resort style pool, gorgeous walking paths, on-site gym, clubhouse, and entertainment zone, you’ll never want to leave our grounds.

Contact us today at (956) 678-4444 to find out about our move-in specials, availability, or to schedule a visit at our luxurious apartment homes in Weslaco.

5 Killer Tips for Moving During the Summer

School is out. The sun is shining bright. And apartment leases are expiring.

Summer is the most popular season for moving for a number of reasons including parents not wanting to move their children in the middle of the school year, better (albeit hotter) weather, apartment availability increasing, and much more.

However, you also have to deal with other people moving, more difficulty securing moving trucks and packers, and generally more people on the road because of summer vacation. Oh…and there’s also those sweltering hot days, especially here in the Rio Grande Valley and Weslaco area.

But don’t let the idea of moving put a damper on the sunny days you have ahead. We here at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco know there are plenty of things you can do to prepare for a summer move.

Consider the following 5 killer tips for moving this summer season.  

  1. Start your planning way in advance.

If moving during the summer is your only option, don’t wait until the last minute to start getting everything in place. While there are always things related to family, work, and friends that demand our time, a move can’t be thrown together overnight.

A good rule to follow is to start planning at least six weeks before your move. This will give the time to sort out all the details and increases your chances of being able to hire moving professionals.

Summer is the busy season for moving and fills up their schedules as well. You need to reserve their help early or risk getting stuck doing all the heavy lifting yourself.

  1. Aim for the days that will not be as busy.

Not only might it ruin the fun of a weekend summer getaway, but moving at the end of the week is sure to make the transition a busy affair. Your best bet is to pick a weekday in the middle of the month.

Enjoy the holidays and the ends of the month with your family and friends because it’s doubtful you’ll be able to accomplish a successful move on these days. At all costs, avoid Memorial Day weekend. This is the busiest time of the year and will definitely slow you down.

  1. Know how long it will take you to pack if you do it yourself.

If you are going to be boxing up your belongings on your own, the plan should be to do it a little bit at a time so that you aren’t in a rush the day before you need to be out of your current house/apartment/etc.

Unfortunately, things don’t always go smoothly, especially with jobs, children, and life’s surprises thrown in the mix. That’s why you need to be honest with yourself about whether you can handle packing on your own. The longer you wait to decide the harder it gets to hire help from a moving company.

  1. Keep things in the right place, the right way.

That summer sun is definitely something for everyone to enjoy but it can be a hazard to some of the things we own.

Certain items, like candles, can melt if packed in the back of a moving van. It is important to keep them with you while you move so they don’t damage your other possessions.

Leather is another thing that needs to be properly cared for when transporting. To protect it from scratches and tears, some people will wrap leather pieces in plastic, but this can cause them to “sweat”. It would be better to use some padded cushions while it moves from your old home to your new one.

  1. Staying cool is within your power.

Visiting a waterpark or a nice trip to the beach are great ways to beat the summer heat.

Moving, however, can quickly become sweaty business.

The best weapon you have against a scorching day is air conditioning. It is important that you have the A/C still connected both where you are moving from and to. This change in temperature while you work can go a long way for safety, energy, and morale.

Also, whoever your moving team is, professional or personal, keep them well hydrated. Having water and sports drinks on hand is a good idea for taking care of and thanking those helping you move.

Make this summer one to remember with a move to Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco.

We here at Santa Anna Apartment Homes know that summer is the time that many people look forward to so they can relax and enjoy some downtime.

While moving may not necessarily be at the top of that list, the good news is that there is a lot that everyone can do to make moving into a new home go smoothly and quickly.

And once you finally do make it to your luxurious new home at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, treat yourself (and your helpers) to a nice cool dip in our resort-style pool and some good ol’ summer bbq at your very own outdoor cabana and grill.  
If you have any more questions about simplifying your move, then contact us at today (956) 678-4444 and let us help you find the answers you need.

8 Cool Tips to Keep Your Apartment Fresh During Spring

Spring has definitely arrived in the Rio Grande Valley (which means summer isn’t too far away—yikes!).

Of course, springtime elsewhere usually means gentle breezes and cooling rains. Except this is South Texas and our spring is a bit warmer to say the least.

No need to worry though. The luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco have just what you need to stay fresh. With our refreshing resort-style pool, 24-hour on-site gym, and charming outdoor cabana and outdoor grills, you’ll stay cool as a cucumber.

We also have 8 chilling tips to keep your apartment nice and chilly this spring.

  1. Fans are your friends.

Portable fans are great at giving your room an extra boost of breeziness. The same goes for ceiling fans; while they are only intended to provide cool air directly below them, ceiling fans work great at keeping a room cool—especially at night.

Rather than turning down your A/C to 70 degree and sending your electricity costs soaring, purchase a few portable fans and place them around your apartment as necessary. (They even help to circulate the already-cooled air in your pad.)

  1. It’s okay to be a bit of a vampire.

Yes, it’s nice to have a little sun shining into your room on a gorgeous spring day. Except you’re letting in the sun’s heat.

Consider closing blinds and curtains during the day—especially during peak hours (noon till late evening). This is especially true if you’re at work all day, as you can’t even enjoy the light coming in and you’re just making your apartment hotter. Once you get home in the late afternoon, open up those blinds and bit or crack a window to let some breeze in.

  1. A little furniture feng shui.

The layout of your furniture should not block the flow of cool air coming out of your A/C vents. Consider what is directly underneath the vent and how you can arrange your apartment to get the best cooling effect possible.

  1. No need to dress to impress.

It’s your apartment right? Why are you in long sleeve with khakis on then? One of the benefits of having your own apartment is that you can wear what you want to wear when you want to. That means enjoying the day in your favorite dress down outfit that will not only keep you comfy but nice and cool too.

Plus, you don’t have to keep bumping down the A/C in hopes of making the apartment cooler.

  1. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are your friend.

Incandescent lights are known to generate a sizable amount of heat (and require more electricity to run). A quick and effective way to fix this issue is to replace all those old standard bulbs in your apartment with compact fluorescent lights or LED bulbs to use less energy and cause less heat while still producing the same amount of light.

And don’t forget to turn off the lights when not in use.

  1. Turn off electronics that give off heat.

You might not realize it but computers, televisions, appliances like microwaves, and other electronics all give off heat. (Ever felt the warmth coming off a phone charger?)

If you are really looking for a way to cool down your apartment, then consider turning off and unplugging all electronics that aren’t being used. You’ll actually save on your electricity bill and cool down your place. It’s a win-win.

  1. A little barbecue sounds good.

On especially hot days, you might consider doing a little grilling outside. It’ll help to reduce the heat you are creating indoors from cooking, which can be quite a bit with multiple burners running.

If you’re not much of a griller then consider the following tips when cooking indoors:

  • Use the range vent to reduce hot air.
  • Cover pots to stop humidity from spreading all over.
  • Instead of opening the oven door to check food, turn on the oven light and look through the glass.
  1. Don’t forget to change your air conditioner filter.

During spring and summer time, when your A/C is running at full throttle, it’s a good a idea to purchase an air filter every month. Because of the amount you’re using it, the filter will get dirtier faster and let less air come through.

A brand new air filter runs better, saving energy and letting air flow throughout the apartment much more effectively.

Be the coolest person your friends know by staying with us at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco.

With our awesome pool and 8 chilly tips to keep your apartment cooler, your friends might not want to leave. Why not have them sign a lease with us as well, so they can enjoy all of our amenities just as much as you!

Contact us today at (956) 678-4444 to find out about our move-in specials, availability, or to schedule a visit at our luxurious apartment homes.

7 Perfect Spring Flowers and Plants for Your Apartment

Spring is a beautiful season. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the Great Outdoors in the Rio Grande Valley and to immerse yourself in the serenity that is nature.

While living in an apartment can be an amazing adventure, it doesn’t always offer you the benefits of a backyard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Great Outdoors in.

Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast, or simply want to enliven your decor, placing flowers and plants throughout your apartment can help to make it feel more alive and purify the air. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Dr. Greenthumb to enjoy these perfect spring flowers that can spruce up your apartment.

With only a little space, a bit of access to natural light, and the occasional watering, these 7 flowers and plants will make make you feel like you’re in the Amazon Rainforest (or not).

  1. Peace Lily
  2. A traditional favorite, the peace lily is recognized for its air cleaning qualities, resiliency, and easy handling. A native of tropic regions, peace lilies can thrive in the humidity offered by deep South Texas and produce a beautiful white flower during blooming season. Only requiring a small amount of light and the occasional watering, the peace lily makes for the ideal indoor (and outdoor) house plant.

    1. Bamboo

    Technically a grass, bamboo is an aesthetically pleasing plant that requires very little attention. In fact, the bamboo actually does best in the shade or when receiving indirect sunlight. It’s also recommended that you use purified water rather than tap water, as water from the faucet contains chlorine that can cause the leaves to turn brown.

    1. Violas

    While their optimal blooming period is in spring, violas can be gardened to delay until summer, depending on your preference. Violas are a large family of close to 600 different species that range in color and size, and are well known as relatively easy plants to take care of. They are known to have a good tolerance to sunlight, though not necessarily heat, so it’s best to keep these pansies on a windowsill in your apartment.

    1. Orchid

    A colorful and fragrant flower, orchids make ideal plants for apartment dwellers in the Rio Grande Valley. Benefiting from high humidity, strong light, and a low need for watering, orchids make the perfect indoors plant. Just remember that after a decent watering, they require an excellent drainage. Too much water can actually cause the plant to rot, so make sure to give them the opportunity to let that excess water evaporate.

    1. Spider Plant

    The spider plant makes the perfect indoors companion. Like the other plants on our list, the spider plant requires minimal maintenance while still offering a tantalizing option that not only looks great, but helps to increase air quality in your apartment. The spider plant benefits from its roots being confined to tight spaces and can be placed in plant hangers to give them the appearance from which their name derives.

    1. Lantanas

    Gorgeously colored and absolutely attractive to butterflies, lantanas make the perfect patio or balcony flower. Lantanas love the warm sun and grow abundantly in tropical weather. Even better, the plants require little watering and are tolerant to relatively dry conditions (watering once a week should be good). Just remember that they need good drainage to really be happy. These fragrant and brightly colored flowers will definitely attract butterflies and cute little insects. Plus, it makes your balcony pop!

    1. Zinnias

    The perfect flower for beginners, zinnias are charming and very easy to grow. Coming in a wide variety of colors—everything from white to purple—zinnias grow wonderfully in Texas as they love lots of sun. While they’ll require a little more watering than the previously mentioned plants, they grow perfectly fine in containers and hanging flower baskets. Zinnias are another wonderful flower that can be placed on your balcony or patio to enhance its appeal and will even bring in birds and butterflies to enjoy its sweet allure.

    Come blossom at the luxurious Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco.

    If you’re ready to live in an apartment community where you can “wake up and smell the roses,” then Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco is your next destination.
    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 amazing garden 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.

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.

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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.