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Community Highlight: Palmetto Creek and Citrus Creek West

1st Lake Properties’ residential communities can be found throughout Southeast Louisiana. We have designed and managed over 9,500 apartment units in greater New Orleans, primarily in Metairie, Kenner, and River Ridge. We also have properties in Baton Rouge, the Northshore, and Picayune, Mississippi. 

This week, 1st Lake highlights two of our River Ridge, LA properties: Palmetto Creek and Citrus Creek West. Read on to learn all about these fantastic residential communities.

Citrus Creek West

This peaceful River Ridge community provides residents with a great location and easy access to New Orleans, Metairie and West Jefferson. Citrus Creek is a gated community, ensuring safety and privacy for all residents. 

Apartment Features

Inside the one and two bedroom apartments of Citrus Creek, residents are provided with practical and premium amenities:

  • Full Size Washer and Dryer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Personal Intrusion Alarm
  • Built-In Microwave
  • Dining Room
  • Wood-Tone Flooring
  • Granite Countertops
  • Pet Friendly

Community Features

In addition to fantastic apartment features, Citrus Creek West also provides excellent community features. The property’s lavish landscaping includes cascading fountains and creeks, winding paths, and a jogging trail. Residents also have access to many more features intended to provide a stress-free living experience: 

  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Gazebos
  • Grilling Area
  • On-Site Fitness Center
  • Resident Entertainment Center
  • Theater Room
  • Tennis Court

Learn more about Citrus Creek West here.

Palmetto Creek

Palmetto Creek

Palmetto Creek is committed to high standards of excellence and superb management skills. Their attention to detail and a genuine concern for residents’ needs make them one of the best gated communities in the New Orleans area. Their River Ridge location is near dining and shopping districts, and is just minutes from downtown New Orleans.

Apartment Features

Palmetto Creek’s one and two bedroom apartments provide residents with a luxurious lifestyle and an impressive amenity package:

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Wood-Tone Flooring
  • Full Size Washer and Dryer
  • Spacious Bathrooms with Separate Vanities
  • Large Walk-In Closets
  • Detached Garages
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Granite Countertops
  • Pet Friendly

Community Features

In addition to fantastic apartment features, Palmetto Creek also offers high-quality community amenities: 

  • Swimming Pools
  • Gazebos
  • Grilling Area
  • On-Site Fitness Center
  • Resident Entertainment Center
  • Theater Room
  • Tennis Court
  • Pet Walk

Learn more about Palmetto Creek here.

Both Citrus Creek West and Palmetto Creek are beautifully designed residential communities that offer peace and privacy. They are perfect for students, young professionals, families, or commuters. Visit 1st Lake for more information! 


Spring Cleaning: How To Deep Clean Your Apartment

It’s springtime, and that means it’s time to give your apartment the deep clean it deserves. Soon, you’ll be having family gatherings and dinner parties with friends, and the relaxed housekeeping techniques you used during your winter hibernation will need to change.

Read on for the best ways to deep clean the rooms in your apartment.

The Living Room

Your living room is a notorious location for dust. That’s why dusting is priority number 1 here. 

Using a duster, dust the living room from top to bottom. We mean that literally: start by dusting the corners of the ceiling, move to picture frames, tabletops and furniture, and then thoroughly dust the baseboards. After you’ve systematically dusted the room, move on to the door frames. 

Next, use a rag, water, and furniture polish to scrub down any chair/couch legs and tabletops. Once you’ve cleaned all the hard surfaces, use your vacuum hose attachment to remove debris from all cushions and crevices. Next, vacuum the carpet and mop any wood flooring. 

The Kitchen

First, use the same dusting process you used in the living room.

Next, explore the refrigerator. Chances are you’ll need to throw out some expired food and clean some spills. Scrub the interior of the refrigerator thoroughly, and wipe it down with a dry towel.

Using disinfectant, scrub all appliances (stove, oven, microwave, etc.) with the same care that you cleaned the refrigerator. Afterwards, disinfect all kitchen surfaces so that you can cook in a sterile environment. Finish cleaning the kitchen by mopping the floor. 

The Bathroom

Dust all necessary items, just like the living room and the kitchen.

Use a glass cleaner to make your mirror shine! Disinfect the counters and sink.  Scrub the shower/tub area with a mild cleaner like distilled vinegar, and use mildew spray if necessary afterward. Wash or replace your shower curtain if necessary.

Tackle the toilet bowl with toilet bowl disinfectant. Make sure to clean the handle and seat. 

Last, mop the floor, and enjoy your fresh bathroom!

Other Resources

There are plenty of other sites that have great tips on giving your apartment a deep clean. Try Apartments.com, BuzzFeed, and U-Pack for more great cleaning advice.

Once your apartment is clean as a whistle, start inviting your friends to your apartment with pride!


Tips for Making Your Move Easier

So you’ve found the perfect apartment. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to start moving… not as exciting, eh?

If you’ve ever had to move into a new place you know that it takes a lot of time. If you’re interested in saving time, energy, and a little bit of your hard-earned money, read on for our tips to make moving into your new apartment a little easier. 

Get Rid of Everything You Don’t Need

This first step is difficult, but challenge yourself to be ruthless about your things. The clothes you haven’t worn in years, the semi-broken appliances, and all the clutter you’ve collected in the back of your closet – toss it out!

Paring your life down to the bare essentials will immediately make organizing easier, and will save your back from soreness in the long run.

Organize Your Things in a Way You’ll Understand Later

Take a few minutes to create some general categories for your items. There are plenty of ways you can do this. Just make sure that the categories you create while you’re packing will make sense to you when you’re unpacking. 

Do Your Research

If you’re planning on using a moving service, spend a day finding the best one for your buck. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming, but the company that moves your personal items is integral to having a good moving experience. Allied Van Lines and Consumer Affairs are good places to start if you’re looking for a great resource for finding high-quality movers in your area. 

Make a Highly Detailed To-Do List

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it – your moving schedule will be extremely busy with tasks both large and small. Make it easier on yourself by creating a meticulous to-do list. Prioritize your tasks and rank their difficulty level. Include the dreaded task of cleaning your current apartment in your list, because you don’t want to lose your deposit!

As your plans take shape and the day of your move draws closer, keeping track of your to-do list will ensure that your move goes smoothly. And we guarantee you’ll feel incredible once you scratch off that last item. 

Take Pictures of Your New Apartment Before You Move

If you’re renting a new apartment, it’s important to document the way everything looks before you start moving in. That way, in a worst-case scenario, you can repair any damage caused by the move. Having pictures of the apartment also allows you to prove you didn’t cause damage if any questions are raised later.

If You Ask Your Friends for Favors, Plan Ahead

If your wonderful friends offer to help you move, be sure to confirm (and reconfirm) in advance. Nobody likes to get a call at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning if they’re not expecting it. And everyone likes to feel appreciated, so consider going the extra mile by giving your buddy a simple gift for their time. 

These tips are by no means comprehensive, but they’re sure to save you plenty of time and energy on your way. For more great moving tips, sites MakeSpace, Good Housekeeping, and BuzzFeed have many more to offer.

Once you’re all settled, kick back and savor the work you’ve done. You made it! 

 


5 Ways to Decorate Your Apartment on a Budget

Moving into a new apartment can be stressful. Arranging furniture, organizing your closet, and simply settling in can take some time. Also, decorating your new apartment can be costly. 

However, it’s not necessary to break the bank to impress your friends and family with a fresh and trendy interior. Read on to view our list of 5 ways to decorate your apartment on a budget!

1. Strategically place a large mirror in your bedroom or living room

Adding a large mirror to your apartment adds depth to a room and makes it seem larger. Also, place the mirror so that it reflects light into the room, which adds dimension (Business Insider).

2. Get a plant

Plants immediately add color and life to any room. If you’re the absent-minded or forgetful type, be sure to get a self-sufficient plant like a cactus or succulent. Check out this list of indoor plants by Good Housekeeping for more options.

3. Choose neutral colors for large furniture

If the large decorative pieces in your apartment have a neutral color palette, your options for smaller pieces and accents become more diverse. Don’t rely on couches, tables, and beds to give your apartment a personal touch. Choose neutral colors and patterns so that you can add texture and life with art and accessories (via POPSUGAR).

4. Choose the perfect throw pillows

By maintaining a neutral color palette with your larger furniture pieces, you have room to flex your creative muscles. Throw pillows with pops of color and intriguing textures will become a perfect point of interest in your space! It’s the little details that tie together the big picture. 

5. Make use of throw rugs 

Throw rugs protect your carpet, and are a wonderful and subtle way to add color and texture to a room. Rugs can also protect your carpet (and your deposit!). 

There are so many other ways to decorate your living space on a budget. Sites like The Spruce, HGTV, and the others we’ve listed above are wonderful resources for making your apartment beautiful and unique while keeping your hard-earned money. Now, go forth, and start saving!


Easy Recipes and Tips for Large Gatherings

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, you may want to celebrate the end of your winter hibernation by inviting family and loved ones over for a weekend gathering. Or maybe you’ve been asked to help out a friend hosting a backyard cookout. While events like these are joyful, important elements of our social lives, they also take some planning, which can be stressful. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way!

We’ve put together some basic tips for hosting a great get-together, as well as a few easy recipes for keeping large groups of people well-fed and satisfied.

Basic Tips for Stress-Free Hosting

1. Simple is Better

There’s no need to weigh down the atmosphere with painstaking details that – let’s be honest – only you will notice. Keeping food, decor, and expectations casual will let all your guests know that everyone is just there to have a good time.

2. Make Food in Advance

It’s a good idea to prepare as much food as you can before your guests arrive. You don’t want anyone waiting around with an empty stomach for too long. This will also give you time to adjust if an unforeseen problem arises. 

3. Only Clean What’s Necessary

Cleanliness is a good thing, obviously. However, there’s no need to deep clean your home in places where your guests will not be spending any time. Give your attention to bathrooms, the kitchen, and your living room. But don’t sweat the small stuff: nobody will judge you if a throw pillow isn’t fluffed.

Simple Recipes for a Stress-Free Gathering

Here are two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes from CDKitchen, a great online resource for simple dishes.

1. 25 Minute Meat Loaf

Ingredients

Meat:

3 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons dry onion flakes
2 large egg, beaten
2 cups breadcrumbs
2 cans (8 ounce size) tomato sauce

Sauce:

2 cans (8 ounce size) tomato sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 

For the meatloaf, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, and onion flakes until just mixed. Add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs and mix well. Gently mix in the tomato sauce. Shape the meat into small oval loaves and place in a single layer in a baking dish (not touching each other if possible). Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F. Drain off excess grease. 

For the sauce, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Pour the sauce over the meatloaves in the baking dish and bake for 5 more minutes or until meatloaves are cooked through. Serve hot or cold.

2. Roaster Oven Corn on the Cob

Ingredients

3 cups hot water
12 ears corn on the cob, shucked

Directions

Place a rack in the bottom of an 18-quart roaster oven. Add the water. Cover and heat to 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Place the shucked corn on the rack. Cover, and let the corn cook for 25-30 minutes or until tender. To keep the corn warm during serving, reduce the roaster oven temp to 300 degrees F.

3. Potato Onion Tomato Curry

Ingredients

4 potato, cut into cubes
2 onion, cut into cubes
1 bay leaf
1 piece (1 inch size) finely chopped ginger
4 green chiles, sliced lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon panch phoron
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
2 chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 whole red chiles
salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 bunches chopped cilantro
2 cups water

Directions

For seasoning: Heat oil. Add panch phoron, bay leaf and whole red chili. Fry for 30 seconds. Add potato and onion. Fry for a few minutes. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Fry for a few minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and sugar. Fry for few minutes. Add water and cook till potatoes are cooked properly and gravy just thickens. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve with roti, puri or paratha.