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!
Apartment Spotlight- Remington Lofts
Lofts in Buffalo NY
In this installment of our Buffalo Apartment Spotlight blog series, we’re checking out the Remington Lofts, a Kissling Interests property in North Tonawanda, New York. Widely known as one of WNY’s most modern and esteemed loft locations, the Remington Lofts are truly something special for all who live there. Let’s find out what all the hype is about.
The building itself was converted from what used to be the old Remington Rand factory, which made typewriters. Now, the grounds still represent the spirit and grit of the old factory, with exposed brick and sculpture tributes to typewriter arms, but there is a much more modern feel to the space.
The front of the building is lined with garage-style doors that open up the main lobby to the elements on warm summer days, and the rooms themselves boast new appliances and spacious floor plans. There are also options for gated off-street parking and heated garage space, which our tenants much appreciate during Buffalo winters.
The Remington Lofts also provide some of the coolest views and scenery of all our Kissling properties. Seated directly across from the historic Erie Canalway, these apartments offer the beauty and natural feel of the suburbs while still located only a short drive from the city of Buffalo. There is also a rooftop garden for residents to enjoy and get a chance to soak up some sun.
They may not be located in the heart of the city, but there’s still plenty to do living at the Remington Lofts. The living areas themselves are connected directly with The Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange, a great restaurant and bar that encapsulates the aesthetic of the lofts and gives you a great place to eat and relax. The lofts are also only 15 minutes from Buffalo, and 10 minutes from Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.
In the summer, the area is bustling with festivals, boating, and canal activities, and several great restaurants are within walking distance of the apartments.
Find Out More
The Remington is truly one of the most special properties in the Buffalo area, and we are proud to have it here at the Kissling Interests. If you’re interested in the Remington Lofts, check out our rental page or the website we set up for the property. Or just give us a call! We’d love to get you all the information you need to find the bests lofts in Buffalo NY.
Newly renovated lofts with a rooftop deck within walking distance of Allentown, Elmwood and Delaware. Where else would you rather live? The lofts at 430 Virginia Street in Buffalo, NY are among the most coveted living spaces available in the area, and they offer an exciting lifestyle and great location for an affordable price.
About the Allentown Lofts
These newly renovated apartments were converted from an old factory and completely revamped in 2010. They now feature luxury-style living with off-street parking and additional storage available. Modernized kitchens, heated tile bathroom floors and buzzer systems with cameras complete the contemporary look and feel of these living spaces.
The open floor plans with unique setups of these apartments truly set them apart from other living options in the area.
The apartments are also small pet-friendly and offer a rooftop deck with a great view of the city. This gives you the perfect space to hang out and relax during the summer (or even the colder months if you’re adventurous).
Life at the Allentown Lofts
This location offers plenty of attractions and nightlife all within walking distance or a short car ride. Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Towne Restaurant and Jim’s Steakout are all only a couple blocks away, and if you’re into the Allentown nightlife scene, the lofts are only a short walk from the Snooty Fox, Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, Cantina Loco, Colter Bay and a handful of other restaurants and bars. With so much to do in the area, you’re sure to be close to a favorite hangout spot. The Allentown Lofts are also within close proximity to downtown Buffalo, offering a short commute if you work in the city or the surrounding areas.
If this looks like a lifestyle and living space for you, check out our rental page for the Allentown Lofts for pricing and availability information.
Allentown Sign Photo Credit: Flikr
If you want to live somewhere close to pretty much everything in downtown Buffalo, then our loft apartments at 201 West Huron are the place for you. These new luxury lofts offer great proximity to exciting Buffalo hotspots as well as beautiful open living spaces and the quality of a newly renovated building.
About 201 West Huron
The building itself was once Buffalo’s Lake Hotel that has since been converted into apartments and was renovated to its current look in 2013. The living spaces are set up in traditional loft style with open floor-plans and plenty of natural lighting. Kitchens and bathrooms feature new furnishings and appliances for a modern look and feel that really helps to bring the style of these apartments to life.
The building also offers a common backyard space shared by residents to give you a refreshing break from city life and a quiet place to hang out and relax outside. You’ll also have access to the old fire escapes that are now used as balconies for apartments on the upper floors.
Life at 201
One of the best advantages of living at the West Huron Lofts is the proximity to downtown offices, restaurants and nightlife. Attractions on Delaware and Elmwood are within a 5 minute drive from the lofts, and if you work anywhere downtown, your commute is sure to be short and reasonable. The location is only a short walk away from the bars and nightlife on Chippewa street and is very close to Buffalo’s theater district. If you’re looking to get closer to the excitement of downtown or just trying to live closer to where you work, you need to check out the West Huron Lofts.
Like what you see? Check out the West Huron Lofts page for availability and pricing information, and contact us to schedule a visit to the apartments.
Even in some of our most luxuriously spacious Buffalo apartments, finding the right storage to keep all your things in neat order is an important task. You might have a lot of free space around your place now, but unless you find a good way to organize the little things, your space can get cluttered and out of control fast. So, to give you some inspiration to get creative with your storage, we’ve put together some cool ideas that will help you save space and also keep your apartment looking great.
Under the Bed
No, we’re not talking about just shoving all the clutter on the floor of your room right under your bed. We’re talking about real, under-the-bed storage space. Getting a bed that comes with drawer storage underneath is a great way to maximize space in your room. These beds can be expensive, but if you can’t afford it, don’t let that hold you back. It can be easy and fun to take on a new DIY project, and building a platform for your bed that includes lots of space for storage will pay for itself when you aren’t tripping over things on your floor. If you need some guidance, the internet is an endless expanse of helpful tips, so get out there and explore.
There’s nothing worse than having to store your bike right in the middle of your living room or bedroom and having to step around it as you walk through your apartment. Since a lot of our apartments for rent are nestled deep in Buffalo biking territory, plenty of our tenants are probably faced with this problem. The answer might be simpler than you think. Go to your local hardware store and check out the shelving and hooks they have available. Building a wall-mount for your bike is probably easier than you think, and you’ll love the extra space you’ll have after you get your bike off the floor. Your solution doesn’t have to be destructive to the wall either. Try getting some Command strips and hanging your hooks with a solution that won’t leave damage to the wall when you’re done.
Shelving and Boxes
Storage shelves and dressers don’t have to be big and expensive to get the job done. There are plenty of cool ways to arrange pre-built or custom-made shelving around your place to maximize space and give you plenty of room to store things. Check out this great asymmetrical shelving unit that was built using wooden boxes and a ratchet strap – all easily attainable items.
So if you’re struggling to find enough storage for everything in your apartment, give these ideas a try and get creative. And if you really can’t fit all your stuff into your living space, maybe it’s time for an upgrade! Check out our apartments for rent in Buffalo and find the perfect floor plan for you.
Dining rooms can be a bit tricky, especially in apartments. In lofts, you might have some more space to be creative, but sometimes in apartments you are just working with what you have.
However, if you take some simple considerations into account, your apartment dining area can be stylish and useful.
Before doing anything, assess the space in your dining area. Do you have an entire room or do you need to fit your dining table into a kitchen or other room? How large of a table can your space afford? How many chairs do you need and how many chairs can you actually have. Noting all of this will make it easier as you get to work.
Will your dining area end up making for a good home office? If so, you may want to choose a table and chairs with ergonomics to accommodate longer durations of sitting, typing, writing and so on.
You’ll want to have good ambient lighting in your dining area, but you’ll also want to make sure that you have brighter lights available, in case ambient lighting isn’t enough.
Based on the space, your family and frequency of having guests, you will end up choosing more or less chairs. Keep in mind that you can always store extra chairs elsewhere in the case of additional diners.
When you have the logistics figured out, then you can decide on a style. If you have a small space, a utilitarian style, such as industrial or modern might suit you well, as it will make it easier to save space and suit several purposes.
The “Zen” interior look stresses minimalism, openness and blurring the line between interior and exterior. A more open layout, such as a loft, could easily fit within the Zen appeal, though with some work any apartment could also work.
How can you develop a Zen look in your apartment?
Natural, Soft Colors
Stick to colors that regular occur in nature for the most part. Really, you can incorporate any colors you like, but certain neutral/natural colors should be the foundation – especially on the walls.
Limit/Eliminate the Clutter
Remember, openness is the key, so lots of clutter will really ruin the aesthetic. Keep things minimal and optimize your space as much as possible.
Bring in Something Natural
Any room with a Zen appeal should have something growing in it. It cleans the air and complements the open feel, allowing for a relaxing energy in the space.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Wanna see some of Buffalo’s most unique living spaces? Want the chance to win some cool prizes, including dinners for two? Then get your punch card and check out this Saturday’s Buffalo Living Tour.
You can check out their website for more information. One of the featured properties is Kissling’s own West Huron Lofts, so we are excited to show off what we’ve been able to do in Buffalo’s downtown area for renovation and excellence in living spaces.
One piece of furniture that really brings an apartment or loft together – even defining the room – is the coffee table. While the couch or the entertainment center take up more real estate in a room, the coffee table gets seen more than the couch (since when you sit on a couch, you don’t see it) and you typically have more physical interaction with a coffee table than your entertainment center (setting cups down, flipping through magazines or coffee table books, etc.).
So, this week we feature a Pinterest Board full of coffee tables. Maybe you haven’t found the perfect coffee table as of yet. If that’s the case, check out “Modern Coffee Tables” from Michael Habachy, which includes the following pieces:
Depending on your style of needs, you might want a coffee table the stresses functionality over cool appearance for your Buffalo apartment. Of, maybe functionality isn’t your main concern. Either way, this board will give you some good ideas, some of which even link to site where you can make a purchase. Pretty sweet!
Since the industrial look fits so well with our Buffalo lofts, we decided to highlight Matt McDermott’s “Industrial Architecture” Pinterest board. It features a ton of really cool interiors:
This highlights a few interior design styles in addition to the industrial feel. But the rustic leather, with the exposed concrete floor, as well as the cast iron table structure beneath the large metal lights really work for a nice industrial feel, overall.
Exposed weathered hardwood flooring with a neutral area rug, exposed brick walls, wooden ceiling with antique metal lighting fixtures, weathered leather seating and an antique refrigerator. This could be the perfect living space.
And lastly, this serves as an example of minimalism in the industrial look. The ceiling to floor sliding metal door really highlights the look, alongside the concrete flooring and generally open space.