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

Hello Smart Home! If you lease by 7/23/17, you can receive our Smart Home Package with a Virtual Assistant, Temperature Control, On Demand Lighting and Video Monitoring!

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 

 

Parks & Rec: Kenner’s Newest Parks! 

Kenner is upping its game with a new dog park and skate park, plus plenty of playgrounds for the kids. Get the scoop below!

Parks in Kenner

City Park Dog Park

Dogs in Kenner had it “ruff” without any designated city dog park. But it’s official — Kenner City Park has started phase one of construction on a brand-new, dedicated dog park. The dog park will be one of only three others in Jefferson Parish (besides ones at our properties like Bella Ridge, of course). Dogs and their pet parents will love this fully fenced park, featuring watering stations, benches, lush landscaping, and fun, decorated fire hydrants scattered throughout its expansive grounds.

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City officials broke ground on a new dog park in Kenner City Park on May 5. (Photo via Facebook)

“This dog park is a tremendous addition for Kenner’s City Park, and it’s the kind of quality of life feature that families look for when choosing a place to live,” says Kenner District 5 Councilman Dominick Impastato, who added that the dog park is “part of a master plan to transform City Park into a premier destination for Kenner residents and others in the region.”

Once the park is complete, it will feature three areas for different types of dogs, including an area for small dogs, one for large, passive dogs, and another for large, active dogs. Planners say they also hope to include agility equipment, a splash pad, and a memorial brick paw walkway.

The dog park isn’t all that’s coming to Kenner City Park, either. Just-announced plans for a 2,400-square-foot synthetic ice skating rink for the expanded Christmas Village mean that plenty of fun is available for humans, too!

Wentwood Skate Plaza

Skateboarders will (kick) flip over Kenner’s new Wentwood Skate Plaza at 200 W. Loyola Drive. Clocking in at 2,400 square feet, the state-of-the-art skate park is the first of its kind in Jefferson Parish.

The park is open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk with the potential for expanded hours after new lighting is added.

Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn notes that the skate plaza spotlights Kenner’s commitment to outdoor spaces.

“The timely opening for our youth to have another recreational attraction with summer right around the corner is perfect for all Kenner residents to enjoy,” Zahn told NOLA.com.

Kids’ Playgrounds

Families can enjoy Kenner’s wide variety of parks and playgrounds, including Woodlake Playground on Esplanade Avenue. This spacious spot features recreation leagues for soccer, football, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading, track, and more. Plus, clean, well-maintained play equipment like slides and swings are great for the little ones. Other great Kenner playgrounds include those at Kenner City Park and the Lions Playground on Williams Boulevard.

Take a look at all our convenient Kenner properties — plus, they’re dog friendly!

Beat the Heat with These Cool Recipes

We love having warm weather year round… except maybe during summer, when it gets really warm. Whether you choose to chill in one of our pools or maybe just crank up your air conditioner, you might want to add these easy, no-bake summer recipes to your arsenal of cool-down tricks.

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Panzanella. (Photo via The New York Times)

No-Bake Summer Recipes to Beat the Heat

 

Savory

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail — A spin on the traditional shrimp cocktail, this version calls for creamy, cool avocado and Cholula hot sauce (though we bet you could substitute with Crystal). It also happens to pair perfectly with frozen margaritas!

Ingredients:

  • 10 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, and steamed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Cholula hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 2 cilantro sprigs
  • tortilla chips to serve

Recipe: 

  • Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ketchup, and hot sauce.
  • Add salt, pepper, pico de gallo, avocado, and shrimp. Stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

Italian Panzanella — This no-cook salad is full of texture and pairs well with a variety of main dishes. You can serve it at room temperature or chilled.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups cubed country bread
  • 1 pound plum tomatoes cut into small pieces
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Recipe: 

  • Whisk together oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper.
  • Add all ingredients except basil and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (but no more than 8 hours).
  • Stir in fresh basil just before serving.

Cantaloupe, Lime & Chili Soup — Complex flavors and a gorgeous color make this the most elegant dish on your summer menu. Plus, it only takes four ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 3-pound cantaloupe
  • 3/4 teaspoon sambal oelek (Asian chili paste)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Recipe: 

  • Cut cantaloupe flesh into large chunks and puree with sambal oelek, lime juice, and salt until smooth.
  • Refrigerate at least one hour until thoroughly chilled. Serve in a chilled bowl with more sambal oelek, to taste.

Sweet

No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies — The recipe pretty much says it all. Yum!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3 cups quick oats

Recipe: 

  • Over medium heat, cook sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Boil one minute. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter, Nutella and oats. Stir until combined. Drop by teaspoon on wax paper and cool. Refrigerate until chilled, and enjoy.

Ice Cream with Honey-Poached Apricots — Fruity and refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 strips peeled lemon zest
  • 4 apricots, pitted and quartered
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut

Recipe: 

  • Bring water, honey, and lemon zest to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, add apricots and poach until fork tender, about 2-5 minutes.
  • Drain apricots, reserving the syrup (remove lemon peels)
  • Serve apricots with vanilla ice cream and top with syrup.

No-Bake Strawberry Tart — This elegant dessert is deceptively easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 32 Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 7 ounces milk chocolate
  • 3.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 7 ounces heavy cream
  • 10 ounces fresh strawberries
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, etc), optional, for serving

Recipe: 

  • Place Oreo cookies into the bowl of a food processor and blend until crumbs form. Add melted butter and pour over the crushed cookies. Process until evenly moistened. Press cookie mixture with the back of the spoon or fingers into the bottom and edges of a rectangular 5×14 inch tart pan. Freeze until you prepare the filling, just for few minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, place cream over medium-low heat for a few minutes to get hot. No boiling or simmering needed. Remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate and let rest for 1-2 minutes. Stir until dissolved.
  • Pour chocolate filling over Oreo crust, and top with fresh strawberries.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

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