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ApartmentGuide Apartment Guide BRAZOS VALLEY

Winter 2012

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What is renters insurance? For those who rent, renters insurance covers damage There are two kinds of payouts: to or loss of your personal property. Whether you rent actual cash value and replacement cost coverage. from a house owner, a property manager, or a university (as a student living in a dorm), consider purchasing Actual Cash Value This type of coverage pays an amount equal to the currenters insurance. rent cost to replace your items minus the depreciated value.

Why do I need renters insurance?

Landlords insure the physical apartment building against damage from occurrences such as fire, hail, and vandalism. But their insurance policy does not cover your belongings, so don’t expect the landlord to owe you payment should anything happen. Another reason to get renters insurance is to protect yourself against any accidents caused by other tenants. Renters insurance can also protect against liability lawsuits or medical bills of guests injured in your apartment. Some landlords require you to purchase renters insurance. If so, this would be stipulated in your lease or lease riders.

Replacement Cost Coverage This type of coverage pays you the amount it would cost to replace your lost or damaged property. You only get the money if you replace the items. There is also usually a limit on how much money you receive, and the premiums tend to be higher.

I have a roommate? Do we each get our own policy? It depends on the policy. Some insurance companies offer one policy that covers multiple people. Others require each person to get a separate policy. The Eagle www.theeagle.com 3


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great location to campus • 2-story townhomes with outdoor living areas • leather-style sectional sofas huge walk-in closets • full kitchens with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops • pet friendly

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Howdy! Welcome to Bryan/College Station. Here are some important phone numbers and Web sites to help your transition to life in Aggieland. UTILITIES

AUTOMOBILE INFO

GOVERNMENT

ELECTRICITY

DRIVER’S LICENSE Newcomers have 30 days after establishing residency to apply for a Texas driver’s license. Applicants (18 and older) will be required to provide proof of identity, social security number, Texas vehicle registration and proof of liability insurance on all vehicles owned. Applicants must complete required forms and pay required fee.

BRYAN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

With a valid, out-of-state driver’s license, only an eye exam or statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist is required.

300 E. William J. Bryan Pkwy. Bryan, TX 77803 979-361-4470

Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) 979-821-5700 or 877-363-7448 www.btutilities.com College Station Utilities 979-764-3535 or 800-849-6623 www.cstx.gov/ indexaspx?page=2004

NATURAL GAS

Atmos Energy 1-888-322-8667 www.atmosenergy.com

TELEPHONE

Verizon Residential 979-846-1271 Business 1-800-483-5400 Embarq (Navasota) 800-788-3500

Driver’s License Office 1003 N. Earl Rudder Fwy. 979-776-3110 www.texasonline.com

300 S. Texas Ave. 979-209-5000 www.bryantx.gov

COLLEGE STATION CITY HALL 1101 Texas Ave. 979-764-3509 www.cstx.gov

VOTER REGISTRATION

TAXES Brazos County Tax Office 979-361-4470

INFO SOURCES

TAGS/REGISTRATION Newcomers have 30 days after establishing residency to purchase Texas license tags. To purchase license tags you will need to have you vehicle inspected. You will need to have you car registered before applying for a Texas driver’s license.

BRYAN - COLLEGE STATION CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Wellborn Special Utility District 979-690-9799 www.wellbornsud.com

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles handles vehicle tags. Offices are open Mon.-Fri. from 8am-5pm.

4001 E. 29th St., Ste. 175 – Bryan 979-260-5200 www.bcschamber.org

CABLE SERVICE

For Information: 979-361-4473 300 E William J. Bryan Pkwy. www.txdps.state.tx.us

WATER

City of College Station 979-764-3535 or 800-849-6623 www.cstx.gov/ indexaspx?page=2004 Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) 979-821-5700 or 877-363-7448 www.btutilities.com

Suddenlink 4114 E. 29th St. – Bryan 877-694-9474 www.suddenlink.com

715 University Dr. E – C.S. 800-777-8292 or 979-260-9898 www.visitaggieland.com

BRYAN - COLLEGE STATION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BRYAN - COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS 1905 Greenfield Plaza – Bryan 979-846-3751 www.bcsrealtor.com


Tips for furnishing your college habitat (ARA) - Heading to college this fall? Whether it’s your first year or fourth, you’re sure to learn some things about college life that you wish you’d known before walking on campus. Here’s one of those secrets: College habitats are almost universally small, and how you furnish yours will have a big impact on how well you enjoy and perform in college. Dorm rooms are notoriously snug spaces. Even if you live off-campus in an apartment, you’ll likely be sharing it with multiple roommates, which can make the space feel small. You’ll want furnishings that fit your space, maximize efficiency and that can hold up to the rigors of college living. As you’re getting ready to furnish your college habitat, keep these pointers in mind:

Size counts Because your personal space is likely to be very limited, it’s important to keep furnishings to scale. Dorm rooms usually already have a bed that fits appropriately into the space. In an apartment, a smaller bed will almost certainly fit better in any bedroom, especially if you’re sharing your bedroom with a roommate. Twin is in when it comes to right-sizing your bed for college living. Your college habitat will also likely include a desk. In reality, you probably won’t do much studying there, so your desk can be a great place for your flat screen TV. Be sure to secure it with a mount. Products like Sanus’ Full-Motion Desk Mount make it easy

to desk-mount flat screens or computer monitors up to 30 inches, without the need for any installation tools. Or you can opt for a mount kit. Sanus offers one that attaches to furniture such as a desk or dresser, to provide a more finished look. Both options are ideal when mounting your TV on the wall isn’t possible. If you live in a dorm, you’ll probably sit on the bed most often. But for those times when you’re having guests, a folding chair or two comes in handy. You can store them under your bed and then bring them out only when needed.

Storage strategies When was the last time you saw a dorm room with a walk-in closet? If you’re living on campus, you’ll be lucky if your digs have any closet at all. Lack of closet space is also a perennial problem for apartment dwellers. If you are fortunate enough to have a closet, be sure to use it; clothes stored on hangers take up far less room than those wadded up on the floor or crammed into a drawer. Most likely, however, your college living space will require smart storage strategies. Under-bed storage can be a lifesaver in college habitats. You can squeak out some extra space by using risers that lift your bed a few more inches off the floor, inches that can be turned into more storage space. Just be sure to use devices designed to safely raise the bed, rather than doing it yourself with a few phone books.

Increasing efficiency Limited space also means that whatever you put in it needs to function efficiently. Items that have multiple uses, such as an alarm clock that doubles as an iPod charger, save space by doing jobs that would otherwise require several things to accomplish. You can find floor lamps that feature attached shelving, laundry bags that double as a backpack, and electric brooms that sweep your dorm room and your car efficiently. Efficiency and safety go hand in hand. Often, the devices you’ll need to make college life easier and more enjoyable, like a PC, alarm clock, TV and stereo, come with a lot of cords that can be a trip hazard. Cable Tunnels are a great way to keep cords out of the way and keep rooms looking tidy. Easy to install, you can use the tunnels to conceal cords. And they can be painted to match your wall color. Furnishing your college habitat will require planning and possibly some downsizing, but ensuring that everything in your environment fits properly and works efficiently will help make college life a little bit easier. The eagle www.theeAGle.com 7


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How to ‘green up’ your apartment, office or dorm with houseplants (ARA) - Looking for a fresh new look for your home or office or want to add some color and cool for your college digs? Houseplants are always in style.

Green-up your space with living walls. If you have limited space or want a visually dramatic, high impact design for a room, living walls are the ticket.

For an easy transformation for any space, houseplants add high impact and eco flair that rival expensive makeovers. Whether you choose orchids or Bonsai, houseplants fit any lifestyle, mood and taste.

Not only can they improve air quality, but they are quite a conversation piece, adding instant “wow factor” to any room.

From finding the perfect plant to decorating ideas at your fingertips, check out the new digital magazine GrowingStyle. This free download and app is your go-to resource for the hottest plants, green living tips, expert advice and lots of eco eye candy. Whether you’re a long time plant collector or novice, these tips from top garden experts show just how easily houseplants will “green up” your life. The air in there. Did you know that houseplants do double duty? They not only add beauty to indoor spaces but also clean our indoor air and remove nasty toxins from carpets, paint, household cleaners, printers and even furniture. “Besides what they give back in aesthetics, one of the greatest things houseplants do is provide much needed humidity in the winter months and freshen the air year round,” says Justin Hancock, editor of Better Homes and Gardens online (BHG.com). Plant hunter and expert, Mike Rimland, says that houseplants help clean indoor toxins commonly found in homes, apartments and offices. “What houseplants you choose and where they’re placed are important considerations to maximize air filtering benefits.” Rimland suggests houseplants like peace lilies for bathrooms and Sanseveria and Golden Pothos for your entryway and living spaces. “They’re easy to grow and can help remove volatile organic compounds found in cleaners, carpets and furniture like benzene, formaldehyde, acetone and xylene.” Set the mood. From added drama to a touch of whimsy, houseplants instantly liven up any room or office with natural beauty and add a funky touch of greenery to boxy dorm rooms. For happy plants, Rimland recommends you assess your rooms for optimal lighting conditions and care requirements, follow the plant care guidelines on the tags and choose plants that fit your lifestyle. Want to create a quick and easy upscale look or a serene retreat? Nothing beats orchids, arranged in simple or elaborate containers, for high impact drama and Zen-like simplicity. “As a great ‘everyman’ plant, orchids can’t be beat,” says Hancock. “Mini orchids are easy to grow and perfect for a centerpiece or a thing of beauty and tranquility alone on a windowsill.” 10 Apartment Guide | Fall 2012

Rimland says that living green walls are a great way to maximize the benefits of houseplants to purify and beautify spaces. “Whether you buy one of the new kits available or have a professional install your living wall, your rooms will spring to life with living art you create.” Go green and groovy. Looking for fun and easy houseplants that are practically a no-brainer? Water-retaining, light-loving, easy-care succulents and cacti are virtually indestructible and come in many colors, shapes and varieties. So mix them up in containers for a visual feast that draws the eye and soothes the soul. “Succulents are great-looking, low maintenance plants that make it easy for everyone to bring the outdoors inside,” adds Hancock. For more ways to spruce up your home with the hottest houseplants and tips on decorating with a splash of sophisticated and refreshing greenery, visit www.growingstylemag.com.


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SPRING LOOP TOWNHOMES “Unique floorplan and premium location”

1 bedroom lofts and 2 bedrooms. Ceiling fans, W/D conn. Internet and basic cable included. Excellent location for restaurants, shopping and TAMU.

$675/$750

1200 BLOCK SPRING LOOP, COLLEGE STATION

NORTHGATE LOFTS “A touch of class”

Efficiency and 1 bedroom lofts. Premium appliances including wine chiller and microwave. Washer/dryer incl. Ceiling fans, blinds. Walk or bike to TAMU.

$560/$725 702 GAYTHA, BRYAN

WILDE OAK APARTMENTS AND TOWNHOMES “A variety of floorplans to fit all needs”

1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and townhomes. Ceiling fans. Some with fenced yards. W/D connections available. Water paid. Convenient location near TAMU and Blinn.

$425/$495/$650/$750

1800 BLOCK WILDE OAK AND BRIAR OAKS • BRYAN

GALLERIA TOWNHOMES

“Luxury living at an affordable price” 2 and 3 bedroom studio townhomes. Ceiling fans. Privacy patios. W/D conn. Some covered parking. Great central location convenient to Blinn and TAMU.

Prices range from $650 to $950 1600 BLOCK OF BARAK LANE • BRYAN

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