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Buffalo Bike Life

Buffalo Bike Life | Where To & When?

Chances are if you’ve lived downtown, you’ve seen your fair share of bike riders. Buffalo’s urban patterns and beautiful architecture make any ride interesting. Buffalonians with apartments and lofts downtown have started seeing why biking has it’s benefits. Having a solid 2 wheeler can be a great addition for scooting around Buffalo in the summertime, especially when the Elmwood Village is at an automotive standstill.

You can ride all the way down to Canalside for that show you wanted to catch, and not have to pay parking. If you have a bike, you might already know about these rides, but if you’re new to the area, or milling over buying yourself a new bike, these options might just motivate you to get moving.

The glow around Buffalo has brought out a new biking community, that is moving away from the motor.

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GObike Buffalo

Located on Colvin Ave. over in North Buffalo, the non profit is housed in a brick and mortar building that offers new and experienced bikers ride-routes and workshops. They also have special events throughout the summer. Join a group of other riders for a guided tour, highlighting landmarks and landscapes, or stop in the community workshop to learn how to repair and maintain your bike. Need a bike? they have refurbished bikes for sale!

98 Colvin Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

716-218-7161

info@gobikebuffalo.org

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SlowRoll Buffalo

Join a community of thousands of bicyclists around Buffalo who ride every Monday from 5:30pm-8pm, around the most classic neighborhoods. If your a rookie rider.. don’t worry, they ride at a nice slow pace. (Hence the name) The Slow Roll movement began in Detroit, and has since expanded all over the world into a network of community rides. Slow Roll is always free, just register online or onsite before the ride.

 

slowrollbuffalo.org

slowrollbuffalo@gmail.com

 

 

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Buffalo Bicycling Club

If your passion for biking goes beyond commuting from your apartment to work, or admiring Buffalo, and you’re more into active racing and fitness, check out Buffalo Bicycling Club. The BBC is dedicated to the development of bicycle racing in WNY. Throughout the season, there are road courses, time trials, criteriums, and challenging training rides. Membership is required, and you’ll need a bike rack on your car to get out to some of the more rural areas in WNY to ride.

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Buffalo has become quite the bike able city for those living in apartments and lofts downtown. Many of the streets in and around Buffalo NY have had bike lanes painted on them over the last few years, which make it much safer and easier to scoot about town. Riding a bike alone, or with a friend is a great way to see our city, get good exercise, and save gas. (and parking ticket funds!)

2015 Annual Toy Donation for Children’s Hospital

Kissling would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2015 Annual Children’s Hospital Toy Donation successful. Your donations will help to make a child’s day this holiday season.

How successful ? We’ll let you be the judge! Check out these photos!

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Kapts.com is your source for finding primer apartments and lofts in Buffalo NY. Thanks again to everyone who donated! You ensured many kids will have a very Merry Christmas!

8 Ways To Fall in Love With Your New Apartment

Creating Your Sanctuary in Your New Buffalo Apartment

It’s not easy finding the perfect apartment, but Kissling provides you with a wide selection of apartments in and around Buffalo, New York. We aim to make your new home feel just as comforting as your old. Add to the comfort of our Buffalo apartments by adding elements and a personal touch to make you fall even more in love with your new home.

Here are a few things to consider when moving into your new place..

Feng Shui

The factor that makes the biggest difference in your apartment is your layout of furniture. Where your furniture is placed creates a certain flow of your apartment, one that you and your guests will have to grow accustomed to, so make sure you love it! Make sure to not fill all of your space with furniture; you may feel cramped and uncomfortable. You can also pull a “Goldilocks” and test out a few different setups before committing to one that makes you feel the most comfortable.

Light it Up

Add some light! Whether natural lighting or by using lamps, a touch of light will perk up any apartment. If natural light isn’t really an option, use extra floor lamps or full-spectrum lights that imitate sunlight. Mirrors can also help by reflecting the lights already shining and help increase the brightness of the room. Have options, the more lighting, the more you’ll feel comfortable in your new Buffalo pad.

Splash Some Color

Check with us first, but there is a chance you could possibly paint the walls. Instead of plain white walls, try adding a few dashes and splashes of color onto them. If you’re looking for some joy and energy to bring, try using bright colors like yellow and pink. If you’re looking for some calming colors, blue, green and browns will help with that effect.

Create Your Sanctuary

Make your bedroom sanctuary, no matter whether you have a studio,  one-bedroom, two-bedroom apartment, or loft. The area where your bed is should be the most soothing place in your apartment. By ensuring your bed is perfect for you, you can make you feel better about your whole apartment or loft. You could try plush blankets, certain pillows or sheets to help with the refreshing feel of your bed.

Don’t Be a Slob

Keep yourself organized. Messy homes that are covered with clutter create stress, whereas tidy homes make owners more relaxed. If you are feeling a room is becoming too crowded, try throwing away five to ten items. Pick items you are not so crazy about; you will feel an immense sense of relief.

Decorate Like Crazy

Spend the first couple weeks while you’re still getting adjusted to your new place just making your place aesthetically pleasing. You can add wall hangings, framed pictures or anything else you enjoy! A simple addition could be fresh flowers in a vase for a touch of brightness and beauty. Keep old comforts near your new ones. Whether this means photographs, trophies, or favorite books, these all bring a dash of nostalgia to our personal lives

Find Your Furniture

Even if you already have your furniture, maybe buying a statement piece could bring your home together. If you are willing, buy a piece you extremely love, whether it’s an armoire or a couch. Just be careful to budget this into your spending before buying something you cannot pay for and/or move. Consider the entrances and size of your new Buffalo apartment when choosing new furniture.

Take Your Time.

Adjusting to a new apartment in Buffalo NY will not be simple and quick, so give yourself a break and allow yourself some time to settle in. Make any changes you need to and rearrange anything necessary until you find the best way to use our new space. Do this, and you may find yourself falling in love with your new home.

 

We here at Kissling Apartments hope you find yourself successful in your search for a perfect Buffalo apartment. If you’re looking to rent in Buffalo, New York be sure to check out some of our amazing places. Who knows? One of them may be your future home! 

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Buffalo Apartment Hunting Season | 4 Questions to Remember

Buffalo Apartment Hunting Season | 4 Questions to Remember

It’s time to move. You’ve begun hunting for the next best place to live. You don’t want to jump on the first Buffalo apartment you find on craigslist and call it home do you? This is going to be your new crib, so why not make sure that it’s perfect for you? Here are a few important things to ask when you go to look at a new apartment or loft in Buffalo.

Where Do I Park?

Buffalo NY. Home of the most hard working parking attendants in the country. If you’re looking at apartments or lofts in the city of Buffalo, be sure to scope out the parking situation. Do you have off street parking? Examine the signage, and available street spots. Does it seem tricky getting in and out? Think about the plow coming through town if you do have to park on the street. If you aren’t a morning person, you might not want to have to get up at 8am to move your car in the winter.

Will I Be Safe?

We’ve all seen a movie depicting our worst nightmare, a home invasion. Unless your dad is Liam Neison, you’re going to want proper protection. When you go look at your potential new place, check out the loft or apartment’s locking mechanisms and security systems. How about the windows, are they locked and protected properly? Also scope out the surrounding neighborhood, do you feel safe? Could you see yourself walking around this neighborhood?

Can My Cat Chill?

No one likes letting go of a loved one. Especially when they have fur and their really cuddly. If you’re on the prowl for your new perfect place, make sure your pet can come too. First off, ask about the specific apartment or loft about the pet policy. Consider if your pet would be comfortable here. Check how much the deposit is if there is one. Consider the cost of cleaning when you move out. Again, consider the safety of the neighborhood for walking your pooch at night.

Does Everything Work?

It’s easy to get excited on an apartment hunt. Before you sign your lease, take one more look at the functionality of everything. Consider any water systems, ie: shower, faucets, drains, laundry machines, etc. There’s nothing worse than moving into your brand new Buffalo apartment and realizing the toilet doesn’t flush AFTER you christened it for the first time. Also examine the electrical outlets. Do they look new and functional? Is the apartment cable-ready? IF there are appliances give those a good inspection as well.

Hopefully this helps you remember a few extra things when you look at your next Buffalo apartment or loft. These are all things that are easy to overlook outside of the traditional common questions and concerns. For more information on finding a new Buffalo Loft or apartment around WNY, Contact Kissling!

 

Fallout From Moving In The Fall | Finding Buffalo Apartments

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Summer is practically an afterthought, leaving Buffalonians forced to prepare for another delightful Buffalo winter. You’ve decided to move into a new apartment, but you failed to get out before the Fall.  If you failed to force yourself to get out before the leaves began to change, here are a few reminders about finding a new home in the fall.

1. Location.

First of all, where in Buffalo are you looking to live? You may have a particular area in mind, based on the personality of the neighborhood, or the convenience of the location. Evaluate your commute to your most visited locations, ie: work, friends, bars, the gym. How long will it take for you to get to these locations from your new apartment? Considering you’re moving after summer ends you’ve got to add on about 5-10 minutes in “snowtravel.” How close are your vital stops? Gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, laundry.

2. Comfort.

Buffalo has a lot of different living situations, and some may be better suited for in-and-out summer living. Forget it. When you look at Buffalo apartments for rent, remember you’re going to need to hunker down. You’re going to need a cozy cabin to survive your Buffalo cabin fever. When checking out new apartments in Buffalo NY, examine the space. Can you see yourself comfortable within the confines of this new abode? Another thing to remember when looking at Buffalo apartments, heat. Is the heating up to date? Is heat adjustable? Included in rent? Is there enough storage? Ask prior resident or property manager about pricing and temperature. Prepare for hibernatable climate conditions.

3. Parking.

If you have lived in Buffalo, odds are you’ve gotten a parking ticket. There’s nothing worse than having to get up at the crack of dawn in sub zero temperature to move your car to the other side of the street for fear of paying $30 for being parked 6 feet from legality for 9 minutes. Examine your potential new Buffalo apartment’s parking situation. Off street parking is a get out of jail free card, but if that isn’t an option,  examine walking distance/availability of parking. Consider plows. If you have off street parking, you’ll need a shovel, to get you  in and out. If you don’t, consider how far you’ll have to move your car before you consider where you’re going to buy a new driver’s side mirror.

4. Roommate(s).

As mentioned, Buffalo weather requires hunker down hibernation. Consider your choices carefully. Whether you’re moving in with your soulmate, your best friends, or that person who responded to your craigslist ad, this person-or people-will be key in maintaining stable mental activity. Whether you like it or not, you’ll be trapped inside your apartment with this person. Choose someone who will help rather than hinder your Buffalo winter.

5. Style.

Comfort is key, but is this new crib somewhere you could create a cool cabin? Find a Buffalo apartment that you can see yourself being able to transform into a place you WANT to be trapped in. Take into account the layout, space, and capacity to customize. Can you paint? Can you mount that 42” TV to the wall? If you’re high tech, is there ample electrical outlets? Comfort is nice and necessary, but a cool space in the winter is clutch.

To find your next Buffalo Apartment, Contact Kissling.

3 Tips for Moving into Your Apartment

Moving can be quite an endeavor, especially if you have a lot of heavy furniture to move out of your current apartment and into your new space, but if you know a couple moving secrets, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and probably some money too. Here a few tips good tips that will help you out along the way:

Find a Friend with a Truck

You probably know someone with a pickup truck or a similarly large vehicle, and trust us, paying for your friend’s gas or buying him dinner is probably going to be a lot cheaper than renting a moving truck. If you can get a couple friends or family members to help you carry the heavy stuff and load up a couple cars, you’ll cut down the number of trips it’ll take to move, and things will probably be a lot smoother.

Don’t Bring Everything

Moving is the best time to go through all your old stuff and start throwing out things you don’t want or need anymore. Old clothes, that couch that’s been around for 50 years, all those free cups you’ve picked up from one place or another. If you don’t need it anymore, it’s not worth bringing with you, and now is the perfect time to say your goodbyes.

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Get Some Good Boxes

Dragging your stuff around in garbage bags or tiny boxes will be a lot more hassle than it’s worth. You can usually get some strong boxes in good condition from a whole slew of local stores and restaurants, and all you have to do is stop in and ask. They’ll probably give them to you for free, which will save you money and a lot of sadness when your garbage bag rips and your kitchen utensils dump out all over the street.

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The best tip of all is probably to be prepared and plan ahead. If you know exactly what the game plan is going into moving day, you’ll be a lot less likely to lose stuff and get frustrated. Happy moving!