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Five Tips on How to Be a Good Neighbor

Whether you live in a suburban neighborhood or a residential apartment community, it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your neighbors. A community that displays an understanding of neighborly etiquette is sure to be a happier one.

Read on for some tips about how to be a great neighbor!

Creating a Relationship

The first step in ensuring a good relationship with your neighbor is to create one. Introduce yourself to your neighbor, and if it feels appropriate, offer them a welcoming gift. On a day-to-day basis, say a simple hello if you see them outside or around the community. This will create a feeling of mutual warmth and respect, which will come in handy if a problem or conflict arises in the future.


This one is pretty simple. Being conscious of your noise level at all times is an important part of being a good neighbor. Put yourself in your neighbor’s shoes: how would you feel about your schedule being disrupted by noise at an inconvenient or inappropriate hour? 


Maintaining a general standard of cleanliness inside and outside of your apartment maintains a uniformity of hygiene and visual appeal within the community. Don’t be the neighbor to create a problem with pests, or become an eyesore with a dirty balcony or exterior!


Make sure you always follow any community regulations regarding pets. Get them vaccinated, and keep them leashed so they don’t disrupt your neighbors’ personal space. It’s also a good idea to let your neighbors know that they are free to come over and speak to you if your pet is bothering them, or if they have any other concerns.


Be sure that when you park, you’re not causing future difficulty for other vehicles around you. Loud music late at night and revving the engine are not conscientious. Also, keeping your voice at a reasonable level after you exit your vehicle is a good idea. 

Take these tips into consideration in order to become a better neighbor! We promise that developing a good relationship with the people in your residential community will make life a lot easier. And if you would like more tips, check out The Spruce, wikiHow, and HuffPost for more great information!

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 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! 

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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.