Corporate Apartments Are Your Home Away from Home

Looking for a short-term living option that’s as comfortable as it is convenient? Enter our corporate extended stay apartments. Contact us today for more information, or visit this page to get the full scoop! Check out a few reasons why we love our 1st Lake corporate apartment options below.

Corporate extended stay apartments.

Corporate extended stay apartments.

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Get to know our corporate extended stay apartments

Our corporate extended stay apartments are a fantastic option for professionals working in Greater New Orleans. In addition to quick, easy proximity to downtown, our corporate extended stay apartments are the key to convenient temporary living.

Your Home Away from Home

In every apartment:

  • Fully furnished including linens, kitchen wares, accessories, and small appliances
  • Includes paid utilities, television, basic cable, local phone, and internet access
  • Tasteful, comfortable aesthetic
  • Move-in ready

Special Amenities

  • Gated access
  • Picturesque landscaping
  • Fitness centers
  • Garage availability
  • Washers and dryers
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Maid service available

Contact us today for more information on these turn-key extended stay apartments!

It’s Time to Dinner Party with These Top Tips

Hosting a dinner party is a great way to enjoy an intimate evening with friends and family. But it can feel like the pressure is on: the menu, the music, and the atmosphere all come into play. We’ve collected a few top tips to hosting a successful dinner party. Get cooking!

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A coordinating, at-home tablescape. (Photo via 100layercake.com)

Dinner Party Tips

Plan ahead. You’ll want to give your guests plenty of notice about when you’re hosting your party, and you’ll also want to ask about any food allergies in advance. Remember to choose friends who get along together (or whom you think will get along), and aim to keep the group at about six people.

Failsafe food. Your dinner party should include menu items that can largely be prepped in advance and simply need to cook through in the oven. No made-to-order entrees or desserts here (souffles? Just say no). Instead, opt for family-style preparations when possible. Take a look at our sample dinner party menu below, featuring a Mexican flair:

Set the table the night before. Trust us: even with the most careful planning in place, chances are you’ll have your hands full the night of the dinner party. Do what you can in advance, including setting the table the night before. Make sure you have enough chairs plus proper utensils, extra napkins, and a bit of design elements — candles or flowers (or both!) are usually a nice touch.

Buy ice. Whether your dinner party includes a signature drink or not, no beverage is quite as palatable when it’s warm. Even if you have an ice maker in your apartment, have at least one bag of ice on hand if the drinks really start to flow!

Make a playlist. Or rely on someone else’s! Music is an integral part of a dinner party, and streaming services like Spotify and Pandora offer pre-made lists based on artists you enjoy or a particular mood you’re after.

Lighting, lighting, lighting! Both you and your guests will likely appreciate soft lighting. Dim the lights a bit and use lamps where possible to strike a mood that feels fancy and fun, but not too formal.

Gym 101: Fitness Center Etiquette

A heart-pumping workout is a great way to reduce stress — unless the gym creates a stressful environment in and of itself. While you can’t always control the actions of others, you can help create a focused workout zone by following basic gym etiquette. Take a look below, and follow these simple rules while you get your burn on at one of our many 1st Lake Fitness centers!

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The fitness center at Bella Ridge.

Fitness Center Etiquette

Pack your gym bag like a pro. Stash your gym bag with essentials like a towel, wet wipes, and a water bottle. This means you won’t have to hog the water fountain, and if for some reason the gym is out of towels or wet wipes, you’ll be prepared.

Wipe down equipment. Most gyms provide antibacterial wipes specifically for gym equipment. After your workout, wipe down any surfaces you’ve touched, whether a bench, weights, treadmill, bicycle, etc. Remember, even if you can’t see any evidence of sweat, germs are still present. Clean up after yourself to ensure the next person using the machine gets a truly fresh start.

Follow time limits on machines. Gyms can be busy places, especially at peak hours like after work or early in the morning. Because of this, many fitness centers implement a time limit rule on machines like treadmills or ellipticals. Be courteous of others and only exercise for the allotted period of time. If you’re not quite finished working out, use the opportunity to try out a new machine instead.

Stay home if you’re sick. While some doctors recommend a light workout to help your body recover more quickly from ailments like a cold or virus, plan to do an at-home workout video rather than put others at risk at the gym. If you do go, take extra care wiping down all the equipment, and wash your hands before and after you’re finished exercising.

Mind headphones. You might be tempted to chat to your neighbor to help you get through a tough workout, but if they have headphones on, be respectful: they’re in the zone!

Dress appropriately. Gyms are for focusing on your workout — not on someone else’s distracting clothing. If you’re worried about your outfit, test it out first at home to make sure everything stays put as you exercise.

Put weights away. Dumbells can be hazardous when left on the mat for people to trip over. Always put free weights back after you use them. Please unload the weight bar as well to keep the weights area accessible for everyone and free of any obstacles.

Watch your rest time between sets. If you’re resting for more than 10-20 seconds between sets, plan to excuse yourself from a machine to give someone else a chance to use it. However, keep in mind that ideally you’ll want to rest for no more than 10 seconds: studies show that short rest periods lead to increased caloric burn and a higher metabolic rate.

Be courteous. Allow other gym-goers their space and respect during a workout session. If the gym is busy and you have the flexibility to come back later, consider adjusting your time.

Get Your Bake On: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ice Cream, cake, pie — delicious desserts come in many forms, but we have yet to find a dessert that rivals fresh-out-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. There’s simply nothing like gooey, warm chocolate morsels melting in your mouth and soaking up some ice cold milk!  So, we took our taste buds to the kitchen and crafted  chocolate chip cookie perfection! On one of our apartment’s new granite counter tops, we might add!

Take a look at a few of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes and get your bake on! Click on the cookie of your choice to be whisked away to its recipe! (Or just scroll down.)

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Recipe found at PinchofYum.com

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Recipe found at BettyCrocker.com

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Recipe found at CookiesandCups.com

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Recipe from CookiesandCups.com

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Recipe from PinchofYum.com

 

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Recipe from BettyCrocker.com

Enjoy!

Top Three Reasons It’s Great to Work in New Orleans!

There are way more than three reasons it’s great to live in New Orleans (example: Mardi Gras, Saints season, the history, the architecture, the food!) – but we’re particularly excited about the recent news from Business Facilities’ latest “Annual Rankings Report.” In the report, NOLA scored near the very top of national rankings like the lowest cost of business and places for leaders in entrepreneurship. Check out these three incredible rankings and what they mean for Greater New Orleans below.

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Business Facilities named New Orleans among the very top in mid-size cities offering economic, entrepreneurial, and logistical benefits.

Reasons Why It’s Great to Live in GNO: Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings

Lowest Cost of Business

New Orleans ranked second for having the lowest cost of business for mid-size regions in the entire country. This means that for cities with populations between 750,000 and 2 million people, New Orleans proved a competitive and affordable place to do business, beating out spots like Albuquerque, Nashville, and Memphis. What’s more, our overall region showed serious business prowess, with Baton Rouge taking the top spot.

Entrepreneurship Leaders

Salt Lake City just barely edged out New Orleans, who came in second for mid-size regions absolutely thriving in entrepreneurship. With annual programming like the city’s annual Entrepreneur Week in mind, in addition to startups in biotech, mobile devices, software, education, and more, it’s easy to see why New Orleans clocked in toward the very top.

Logistics Leaders

Business Facilities determined its logistics leaders by considering a number of factors related to transportation. Cities able to support a wide variety of transportation — including air travel, land, water, and rail — ended up in the top spots. Where did the Crescent City fall? Second place again! With massive airport expansions plus continued excellence in shipping and rail, New Orleans was a natural fit for a top logistics leader.

Making a Home in New Orleans

1st Lake Properties offers distinct, award-winning communities perfect for you to make your home in the Crescent City. Check out a few reasons why it’s great to be a 1st Lake resident, and contact us today for  more information!

 

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