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.

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.

 

 

 

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

8 Plants that will Thrive in Your Apartment

As convenient as apartment living can be, it’s all too easy to find yourself feeling like you might be missing out on some of the perks that homeowners enjoy. While it’s easy to give into these myths, at Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we beg to differ.

Contrary to public opinion, when armed with a creative mind and the Pinterest app on your smart phone, you open up a whole new world of possibilities! Even if a self-sustaining apartment garden isn’t necessarily your thing, there’s no time like the present to get your creative juices flowing and embrace all the potential your luxury apartment home has to offer.

Of course, if you’re in need of a little inspiration, it’s important to start small.

When it comes to apartment decor, one of the best ways to make your special space feel more like home is through the addition of plants. While you might be quick to assume that there’s no way a plant could survive on your watch, we’d like you dismiss that notion and try and dig a little deeper.

Between crazy schedules and the need for sleep, we understand why you might doubt your ability to keep a plant alive. Luckily for you, we did a little Pinterest-surfing of our own and discovered something that just might change your mind.

To add a little color to your life, check out our list of the top 8 plants that will thrive in your apartment (whether you have the time for them or not):

1. Cacti

It seems as though everyone is jumping on the succulent bandwagon lately, but if you really think about it, it’s quite understandable. From monthly watering to their love of sunny spots, caring for cacti is so low-maintenance you could have an army of them thriving on your windowsill no matter how busy you are.

2. Snake Plant

Perfect for those of you who are fans of architecture, the snake plant resembles tall, thin grass. What’s best about them is that they thrive with or without sunlight. And to make things even more low-key, they only need to be watered every few weeks.

3. Ponytail Palm

If you’re a fan of palm trees, this one is sure to make all your aesthetic dreams come true. Resembling mini-palm trees, the ponytail palm is the perfect plant to add a layer of interest to your shelves or kitchen area. On the plus side, they require only a little water as well.

4. Bromeliad

Despite their unorthodox name, the bromeliad plant has definitely got it going on in terms of interior design. Unlike the other apartment-friendly plants, this one adds a perfect pop of muted color. You’ll know exactly when they need water (hint: only when the soil looks extremely dry).

5. Fig Tree

In case you’re worried about something that’s pet-friendly, we’ve got something up our sleeve for that too! The fig tree makes a bold statement with it’s large and lush leaves, and luckily, they’re far out of your dog’s reach. They require bright light and need to be watered regularly.

6. Jade

If you’re a lover of modern apartment decor, the jade plant might just be the perfect finishing touch for your pad. To keep it beautiful, it does need a lot of TLC. Make sure to give it direct sunlight.

7. Aloe

For those of you who are all about that au naturale lifestyle, you’re definitely going to want to pay attention to this one. In addition to its striking appearance, the aloe plant can be used in home remedies ranging from treating household burns to banishing pesky pimples. It requires minimal sunlight and must be watered regularly.

8. Orchid

Now this is the perfect plant for just about anybody. Contrary to what most people think, the beautiful orchid can actually flourish in an apartment. It blooms a few times a year, but like all good things, it requires a substantial chunk of your attention. If you want to add an orchid to your apartment home, make sure to give it access to lots of sunlight and water it daily.

Instead of dwelling on the myths that surround apartment homes, it’s important to celebrate all the perks that coincide with apartment living instead! At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, it is our greatest hope for you and your family to feel comfortable in your space. If you’re feeling inspired, hightail it to the nearest Home Depot and transform your unit into a special place that’ll feel like home!

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.

5 Ways to Help the Environment While Living in an Apartment

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the metaphorical footprint you leave on Mother Earth and here in Weslaco, Texas. It’s no secret that we’re currently living in a society that’s cares deeply about the environment. From bans on plastic bag usage to handbags made out of recyclables, there’s so many ways to embrace a little eco-friendliness in your daily life.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, this Earth Day reminds us that the fate of our beautiful planet lies in our hands. If you think a couple of recycled coffee cups won’t make a difference, we urge you to change your perspective and see the waves small lifestyle changes can make.

There’s a common misconception out there that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is only possible in a home with a backyard. While it’s easy to believe this, we assure you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Within your comfy, luxury apartment home there is a world of change just waiting to happen!

This Earth Day, don’t listen to the hype! Instead, take a few pointers from us. We’ve scoured the web for 5 simple and sustainable ways you can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in your apartment home.

1. Upcycle!

If you’re a fan of fruits and veggies (let’s face it—everyone should be), then this one’s for you! If you’re tired of making your way through the supermarket multiple times a week, what if we told you that you could make fewer trips? Instead of tossing out your fruit and veggie scraps, upcycle them instead! From sweet potatoes to pineapple and ginger, the possibilities are endless when you regrow your food scraps! Now when you run out of onions, you can save on gas and head to your mini-garden instead. It doesn’t get more organic than that! Click here to learn more about upcycling your food scraps.

2. All year long

Although Earth Day is only 24 hours, the spirit of the cause should carry on all year round. From using non-toxic cleaning products to buying reusable water bottles and wrapping your water heater in an insulating jacket, there’s so many ways you can make apartment living a little easier on our Mother Earth. For a month-to-month game plan, click here.

3. In your control

Living in apartment, we know that not necessarily everything is in your hands and conserving energy can be a little trickier. Luckily, there’s still a lot you can do! Here in South Texas, we do have some cold fronts that come through during the winter. Here’s a tip for when that happens: cover your windows in plastic and use fans to distribute cold air. This can make a difference in your energy usage. Additionally, turn your thermostat down at night during the cooler months and open up your windows, when it’s not too hot, for some serious conservation. Take things to the next level and check out these tips as well.

4. So long, paper towels!

One of the easiest ways to live a more sustainable existence can be found in the simpler aspects of life. While some of us may swear by them and rely on them every single time we spill our coffee, there’s no denying the fact that paper towels are harmful to our environment. For that reason, it’s time to let them go and embrace something a little different.

Reusable cloths or old T-shirts are the solution to this growing problem. Instead of constantly emptying your wallet to purchase paper towels, investing in a set of 20 reusable cloths (or old clothes if you’re feeling extra thrifty) can make all the difference! Decrease your footprint on Mother Earth and save some extra cash with this game-changing tip.

5. DIY time

While some of us swear by Windex or live by Clorox, it’s important to understand the detrimental effects these harsh substances can have on the planet. Of course, there is something you can do about this. If you’re a lover of DIY projects, brace yourself!

The key to cleaning your apartment and preserving the integrity of the environment lies in common household products. Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom that needs a little scrub, there’s a DIY cleaner out there that’ll make it shine and sparkle like never before. With ingredients as simple as vinegar or Borax, cleaning might just be less of a drag. Click here for easy DIY cleaner recipes.

If you’re a diehard environmentalist or are simply looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, don’t let living in an apartment stop you! If these tips have inspired you, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how you can get the ball rolling on your conservation efforts.

On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we wish you a joyous Earth Day.