Things To Do in New Orleans This Summer

A city known for letting the good times roll, New Orleans also knows how to take it easy — especially during the summer. Time seems to slow down in the balmy, summer months. With a little more sunlight and a lot more free time, summer offers lots of ways for you to enjoy the Crescent City. We’ve got a few ideas below!

Lounge by one of our many 1st Lake Properties pools.

Find What Floats Your Boat

With proximity to Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, City Park’s Big Lake, and the Mississippi River, Greater New Orleans just beckons for you to don your best nautical gear and hit the water. Whether you learn to sail on Lake Pontchartrain, rent a kayak for a tranquil afternoon along Bayou St. John, canoe in City Park (or maybe take a gondola ride), or traverse the Mississippi on the New Orleans Ferry or Steamboat Natchez, you’ll enjoy picturesque views and sea breezes.

See What’s SUP

Standup paddle boarding is a great workout, and it also offers some fantastic views when you rent through NOLA Paddleboards right on Bayou St. John. Paddle sessions are $35 (reservations required) and includes a short, complimentary lesson to help get you started.

Pack a Picnic Lunch

Summertime and picnics just go hand in hand. And in Greater New Orleans, there are tons of awesome spots for a picnic. Try City Park, Lafreniere Park, or Kenner City Park, as well as quiet spots along Bayou St. John or Lakeshore Drive on Lake Pontchartrain. Need ideas on what foods to pack? Take a look at our recipe archives here. These easy, no-bake recipes are also great contenders since they can be served at room temperature.

Take a Staycation

Sometimes, a quick road trip is all you need to feel like you “got away.” We have a detailed list of nearby places that will have you back to sleep in your own bed! Take a look and get planning here.

Fest

It’s just not summertime without some hot New Orleans festivals. Check out ESSENCE Fest over 4th of July weekend; San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) happening July 7-9; Bastille Day Fete on July 14; Satchmo Summerfest Aug. 3-6; White Linen Night on Aug. 5; and Dirty Linen Night and Red Dress Run on August 13.

Rest

As the song goes, it’s “summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Take time out to relax and unwind.  Sit by the pool. Read a great book. Add those extra little touches to your apartment to make it feel like home.

Top Workplace, Again!

For the third year in a row, 1st Lake Properties received recognition as one of the top midsize places to work in New Orleans!

Since the inception of Nola.com’s “Top Workplaces,” 1st Lake consistently ranked in the top three workplaces. With a 1st place victory in 2015 and a 2nd place victory each year following, our  team members continually prove their momentum and passion.

In addition to this achievement, 1st Lake also received the 2017 award for “the employer who encourages their team members to innovate new ideas.” Each quarter, team members submit company suggestions. Then at our company-wide quarterly meetings, we announce the top submissions, which become part of our business practices.

They say it takes a village to raise a family, and at 1st Lake we believe it takes a family to raise a company. Our 1st Lake family continues to grow, and we want you to be a part of what we’re doing.

If you want to join our team, visit our careers page!

Our 1st Lake team at the 2017 TopWorkplace Awards.

 

Clearwater Creek is Getting New, Modern Apartments!

One of the most exciting things for us here at 1st Lake Properties is expanding our apartment communities to include new, state-of-the-art spaces. We’re currently in the process of adding new, modern apartments at our Clearwater Creek community in Elmwood. Keep reading to learn more about these sleek, spacious apartments, and contact us today if you’re interested in calling this new property your new home!

Clearwater Creek FAQs

How many units are in this new community?

The Clearwater Creek Premiere Apartments feature 108 units. Currently, Clearwater Creek has 192 units, meaning the combined total will be 300 distinct units.

What are the perks of living here?

This community boasts brand-new units and plenty of perks for residents, including a fitness center, a pet park, a resort-style swimming pool with three semi-private cabanas, and an outdoor kitchen. Units feature shaker panel cabinets, wood style flooring, granite counter tops, freestanding showers and garden tubs, and crown molding. The kitchens feature package microwaves, hidden control panel dishwashers, and double convection ovens. Most exciting, select Smart Apartments will offer  Smart Key access, USB charging ports, and other smart-home features.

Tell me more about that pool! 

Grills with granite countertops, Wi-Fi hot spots, cabanas with timed fans, and stylish lounge chairs: you’ll find them all at our resort-style pool. Come see for yourself — it’s already open!

Why should I choose Elmwood as my home?

Elmwood is a vibrant, growing community conveniently located within the larger New Orleans metro area. Proximity to downtown New Orleans and Metairie make Elmwood a perfect location to live, work, and play—not to mention the top-notch shopping and dining spots continually moving into the neighborhood!

 

How to Prepare Your Apartment for Summer

Our very best tips to stay cool in summer involve one of our sparkling pools and a snowball from your favorite local stand, but sometimes it’s tempting to simply run the A/C at full capacity, open the freezer, and stand in front of it to cool down.

thermostat

Keep your thermostat at about 78 degrees for energy efficiency. (Photo courtesy Flickr user Philip Shoffner)

While we certainly don’t blame you (the Gulf South gets hot!), we do think it’s important to conserve energy. Using the following energy-saving tips for apartment dwellers is important not only for your monthly utility bill, but also the environment in general.

Air Conditioning

Don’t turn your A/C off during the day.

Your A/C unit will actually have to work harder to cool down your apartment if you only turn it on when you’re at home. Instead, keep the A/C running while you’re gone at a higher temperature… read more below!

Keep your thermostat at 79 for optimal energy use.

Did you know that for every degree below 79 degrees you set your thermostat, your bill will increase by as much as 3 percent? When you’re not at home, keep your thermostat at 79 for optimal energy use.

Replace your air filters monthly.

Keeping air filters clean is one of the easiest ways to not only save energy but also improve air quality at home. For best results, replace fiberglass filters monthly. The air filter keeps debris and pollutants out of your home’s air system, which improves overall HVAC performance and can even help mitigate allergy symptoms.

Invest in a fan.

You probably spend long periods of time in a certain part of your apartment, whether it’s at your desk on the computer or on the sofa watching television. For these stretches, it’s great to have a small, portable fan you can take with you to keep you cool. Rather than waste energy (and money) cooling down the entire apartment, point a fan your way to stay cool and comfortable economically.

Check your ceiling fans.

Like a portable fan, ceiling fans are a great way to stay cool. However, you’ll want to check to make sure that your bedroom fans are rotating counter-clockwise for maximum cool-down potential.

Lighting

Use CFL lightbulbs.

Most modern CFL lightbulbs no longer have that annoying buzz or hum, and they use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs, so there’s no excuse not to use them! Make sure that the CFLs you use are compatible with your lighting controls though, as most motion sensors and electric timers are not designed to work with CFL bulbs. Be sure to also only use bulbs labeled as dimmable on dimmer switches.

Opt for 1 large lightbulb instead of many smaller ones.

Use your lights in a smarter way. For more light, it’s better to use one large bulb rather than several smaller ones. For example, according to Entergy, one 100-watt bulb uses the same amount of energy as four 25-watt bulbs, yet it produces 50 percent more light.

Dust and clean bulbs and lampshades regularly.

In addition to our collection of cleaning tips, this one is simple: dust and clean bulbs and lampshades every so often – you’ll be surprised at the difference! You can get up to one-third more light from the same amount of money simply by keeping bulbs and shades clean.

Try blackout curtains.

If you like to sleep in, blackout curtains are a must. But they’re also great for keeping out the heat during the summer months. Pick up a cheap pair at Target, or line your existing curtains with blackout fabric available at retailers like JoAnn’s.

Kitchen

Optimize your refrigerator and freezer for efficiency.

Ideally, your refrigerator temperature should be between 37 and 42 degrees; the freezer should hover between zero and five degrees. Leaving town for a summer vacation? Use up the foods that will spoil, then turn your refrigerator up two or three settings (but keep the freezer’s temperature steady at all times).

Don’t overcrowd your fridge, as it can interfere with air flow and efficiency. The opposite is true for your freezer, however; freezers are typically most efficient when fully stocked.

Opt for the oven whenever possible.

Use the oven rather than the stovetop whenever you can, especially during the heat of summer. Insulated ovens retain heat much better and use less energy than stovetop counterparts, but be sure to use a timer, as opening the oven door lets up to 20% of the heat escape.

If you need a little culinary inspiration, BuzzFeed has you covered with one-tray oven dishes.

Did You Know?

Entergy offers a service called Level Billing to help you take control of your monthly utility bill. You can sign up for Level Billing on their website so your bill will be about the same price month after month.

 

 

Artesia: Luxury Covington Apartment Homes

Artesia is a new luxury apartment community in Covington, Louisiana, offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a convenient location.

Artesia offers upscale amenities and first-class resident services.

Enjoy the perfect balance of convenience and serenity.  Nestled behind the Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and bordering the Estates at Watercross neighborhood, Artesia is a one of a kind find. Savor a peaceful lifestyle with plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, and dining spots while also just a short drive to St. Tammany Trace and the charming, downtown Covington historic and arts district. You’ll fall in love with your new apartment home and “Live the Good Life!”

Call us today: 1(844) 959-2759. Take a tour; your new apartment is waiting for you!

Click here to view available floor plans and rent today!

Finishes and Amenities

Artesia offers features and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. Our designers created residences that are both modern and sophisticated; our floor plans are open and inviting.

Here are just a few of the amenities Artesia residents enjoy (amenities and finishes may vary):

Inside Your Apartment

  • Stainless & Black Energy Saving Appliances* | USB Charging Plugs | Built-In Microwave* | High Efficiency Refrigerator with Ice-Maker | Self-Cleaning Oven | Black Pearl & Granite Countertop in Kitchen | Bianco Marble Countertops in Kitchen | Gourmet Island* | Dishwasher | Carpet & Wood Tone Floors | 9 Foot Ceilings | Acadian Crown Molding with Custom Woodwork | Central Air and Heat | Lexington Slate Cabinetry with Naples Pulls | Double Stainless Steel Sinks | Extra Large Closets with custom ClosetMaid organizers | Full Size Washer and Dryer | Laundry Room | Double sinks in bathrooms* | Soaking Tub accented with subway tile enclosure | Recessed  Lighting | Clear Ice Pendant Lighting | Plantation Style Blinds | Raised Paneled Doors with Satin Nickle Accents | Ceiling Fans | Intrusion Alert System | Balcony with pool & courtyard views* | Linen & Coat Closest* | ADA Apartments available*

Inside the Community

  • We Accept Visa & Mastercard | Package Acceptance Mail Center | On-Site Fitness Center | Flexible Lease Terms | FREE WiFi Access in Common Areas | Convenient Location | Automatic Rent Payments From Your Checking Account Available | 24/7 Emergency Maintenance | Resort Style Swimming Pool | 24 Hour Precor Fitness Center | Detached Garages for Parking and Additional Storage | On-Site Movie Rental (Complimentary) | Lifestyle Services; Onsite Car Detail, Housekeeping Services & much more | Poolside Cabana Reservations & Food Delivery | Bike Rentals (Complimentary) | Pet Friendly | Tanning Ledge | Gated Pet Park | Lifestyle Services through our Resident Portal | Smoke-Free Apartments Available Late Fall

The Good Life Bark Park

Training and grooming and trips to the vet, we’ve got the Good Life for you and your pet!

An exclusive dog park just for Artesia pups. Your dog can leap through hoops, jump rover overs and more.

The Good Life Concierge Services

Enjoy first-class services like pet care, package & parcel delivery, onsite car detailing, housekeeping services, food delivery, and much more!

Want updates about Artesia? Sign up for email notifications HERE.

The Neighborhood

The Artesia Apartment Homes are just a short drive to Historic Downtown Covington, Pinnacle Nord Du Lac Shopping Center, St. Tammany Trace, and more! Our community offers the perfect balance of outdoor activities and city-life accessibility. To learn about all of the exciting things to do in Covington, click here.

Shopping

  • Marshall’s | Kohl’s | Kirkland’s | Target | Petco | Hobby Lobby | Michael’s | Eyewear Society | Academy | All About Baby

Dining

  • Lola Restaurant | Buster’s Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar | Del Porto Ristorante | Southern Hotel | Oxlot 9 | Gallagher’s Grill | The Salad Station | Panera Bread | Popcorn Bistro

Coffee Houses

  • St. John’s Coffeehouse | Coffee Raini | Cafe Du Monde | Starbucks

Art Galleries

  • St. Tammany Art Association | Tripolo Gallery | Saladino Gallery

So what are you waiting for? Live the Good Life today!

Apply now!


Artesia

8382 Westshore Drive
Covington, LA 70433

Call or Text: 1(844) 959-2759

Office Hours:
Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 5pm 

 

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