Pebble Creek Apartments

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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA Part II

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA Part II

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAAre you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some other things to consider.

11. Call your apartment complex prior to move-in and ask if there’s anything that doesn’t come with the apartment that you might need to purchase individually, such as a shower rod, router, nightstand, etc.

12. Buy a mattress pad.

13. Utilize your kitchen.

14. If you throw a house-warming party or kickback at your place, be prepared to clean up the leftover mess.

15. Decorate!

16. Off-campus living means no RA’s checking in on you every few days. Be sure to use your freedom wisely.

17. Always make sure you have food at your place.

18. Lock your bedroom door before leaving your apartment.

19. Don’t share your WiFi password with too many people.

20. Doing laundry becomes a blessing when you don’t have to worry about collecting quarters to use a machine.

21. Don’t forget to change your local address to your new residency.

22. Utilize whatever facilities your complex has to offer — pool, gym, tanning beds.

23. Make sure your apartment comes furnished.

24. Keeping a mini-fridge in your room isn’t such a bad investment.

25. If you plan on inviting more than three guests over, tell your roommates.

Neither dorm living nor apartment living has to be something viewed negatively. Doing your research prior to making any move-in promises will not only save you time and money, but also save you from further complications and allow for a smoother transition into your new residence.

That being said, do your homework prior to apartment shopping and you should be on the right path to finally finding your dream dwelling.

Don’t forget, last week we gave you the first 10 things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.


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Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA

Looking for an Off-Campus Apartment in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAAre you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider.

  1. Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
  2. Make sure you know at least one of your roommates.
  3. Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
  4. Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
  5. Get to know your neighbors.
  6. Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
  7. Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
  8. Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
  9. Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect.
  10. Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.

Don’t forget, next week we’ll give you a few more things to consider when searching for an off-campus apartment. For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.


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Mistakes College Grads Make When Finding Their First Apartment

Mistakes College Grads Make When Finding Their First Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAFinding your first apartment after college is a big undertaking — it can be hard to know where to start when you’re staring at a stack of listings and the money from your new job is burning a hole in your pocket. And you’re new to all this, so you’re bound to make some mistakes along the way.

Take a look at some of these common slip-ups so you can do your best to avoid them as you search for a new place to live.

1. Starting Your Search Too Early

Generally, the best time to start looking for an apartment is no more than three weeks before your move-in date. But once it’s time to start your search, you want to make you aren’t …

2. … Underestimating How Much Everything Costs

Getting your first apartment can be a big financial adjustment.

You can use the time before graduation to research how much apartments are in the areas you’re considering and what costs you might pay for additional amenities.

3. Not Planning for Expenses Beyond Rent

Most people think about the monthly rent check (or charge, if your landlord lets you pay rent by credit card), but that’s not the only expense you’ll face living on your own. Think about other necessities like laundry detergent, toilet paper and groceries. And remember, there are ways to save on your daily expenses — like making this delicious 16-cent breakfast.

4. Leaving Student Loan Payments Out of Your Budget

Monthly payments for student loans are often overlooked … because student loans come with a six-month grace period before you have to start making payments.

5. Forgetting About Credit

Most landlords look at a version of your credit report as part of the application process. Things like credit cards or loans are impacting your credit.

Depending on how far into the world of credit you’ve ventured, your credit file may be pretty thin. Not sure?

6. Not Gathering What You’ll Need

Graduates usually rush to find an apartment without contemplating on the requirements for renting an apartment. They don’t have any offer letters ready, pay stubs or bank statements.

7. Not Talking With Your Guarantors About Their Essential Paperwork

Once you’ve gathered all your paperwork, it’s important to also remind any guarantors of what they’ll need, as springing it all on them at the last minute is guaranteed to cause delays and frustrations.

8. Not Brushing Up on Terminology

Recent graduates don’t typically know the difference in rental versus condo versus co-op building. They tend to just shop for what looks awesome and do not take into consideration the process involved with putting together a board package and the cost.

9. Choosing the Wrong Roommates

Compare schedules and lifestyles to see if living with a particular person is really a good idea.

You should already be thinking about things like each person’s tolerance for mess and budget, but now that you have your first full-time jobs, you’ll have to make sure the lifestyles can coexist peacefully.

10. Not Getting Roommate Agreements in Writing

Even if you’re living with your best friend, it’s important to write out responsibilities and agreements you’ve made about the living situation. You’ll also want to outline how bills will be paid and who is responsible for what. Hopefully you’ll never need to reference this for any reason, but you’ll be glad to have it all in writing if things go bad.

11. Not Considering Apartments With Fees

We know, all those fees are the worst. But some of these upfront costs, while painful at the time you see the money coming out of your account, may mean paying less over time.

Many of the no-fee apartments just add fees to your monthly rent. And, if that’s the case, although you will pay less upfront, over time it will even out, as you will be paying more per month.

12. Forgetting to Meet Potential Neighbors

In college, your neighbors were probably other college students, but that probably won’t be the case now. Don’t let that stop you from getting to know your neighbors and finding ones you can trust.

13. Not Factoring in the Landlord

It’s sometimes better to pay a premium to be with a better landlord than to pay less and be with a bad landlord that doesn’t fix anything and is hard to reach.

14. Skimming Over the Lease

In a time when we all just click “next” anytime we install an update on one of our devices, it’s easy to flip to the end of the agreement and sign on the dotted line. But it’s essential you know what you’re agreeing to and negotiate things that you’re not quite on board with.

15. Not Knowing Your Tenant Rights

Tenants (and even applicants) have federal laws protecting them. And, in many cases, there are state laws that help protect you too, so you’ll want to do your research and find out what legal rights you have ahead of time.

16. Passing on Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may seem like one more expense, but just like car insurance, having it may ultimately save you money in the event of a problem. You can read about the little-known ways renters insurance could save you money here.

17. Only Looking at the Bottom Line

Graduates are very price-sensitive, so they will usually go with the cheaper apartment as their rule of thumb. However … they don’t realize that sometimes a cheap deal is not the best deal for them.

18. Holding Out for Perfection

Apartment hunting can be a lot like a relationship — you start out with a list of ideal qualities, but the odds of finding someone (or some place) that meets all these may not be realistic.

Regardless of your budget, there is no perfect apartment. Renting is all about tradeoffs.

19. Forgetting About What Comes Next

When looking for an apartment, people have a tendency to not think about a rental as more than a one-year commitment. But, unless you have reason to move, you probably won’t want to go through the hassle. So, that’s why it’s a good idea to think about how that unit will fit your life in the next few years.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.


Difference Between Dorm and Apartment Living - Roanoke, VA

Difference Between Dorm and Apartment Living - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAYou have decided that you do not want to live in the dorms anymore. You are sick of dealing with RA’s, stale, repetitive dining hall food, and the general inconvenience and hassle of not being able to be truly independent.

Have you thought of the ways life will be different when living in an apartment compared to living in the dorms? Between location, the amenities, rent and deciding who to room with, the differences abound. Here are four big differences in living in a dorm compared to living in an apartment.

1. Location

Here are a couple questions you will want to ask yourself when determining the ideal location for your dream apartment.

Do you want to be around the hustle and bustle of campus town, i.e. bars, restaurants, and shops; or do you prefer the quiet and quaint setting of an apartment a mile or two away from it all? If you want some peace and quiet to yourself during the week and on weekends, the second option would be better.

Would you prefer to be as close as possible to class and minimize travel time, or away from the cluster of people and students resulting in a lengthier travel time to class? This is why it is a major difference. Dorms are usually positioned closer to the heart of campus.

2. Rent

Money, especially for college students, is a resource that needs to be maximized to its fullest extent especially for living expenses.

A $650 a month apartment with all utilities included might not necessarily be the same as a $550 a month apartment with no utilities. In addition, tuition per year needs to be well-defined to see what average living costs would come out to. This is where some reflection and projection is needed in terms of utility usage.

Would you be able to plan out your monthly allotment for non-included utilities to make sure it does not exceed a similar apartment with all utilities included? If you are a cautious person and would rather play it safe and not be on a stringent usage, search for apartments with all or most utilities included to maximize enjoyment of your apartment and to minimize stress.

3. Amenities

This is a factor when apartment hunting compared to living in the dorms that is sometimes overlooked. If you are looking for a more modernized apartment, you might be looking for an attached pool, in-unit washer and dryer, in-complex gym or rec center, modernized appliances, reserved parking, an enclosed outdoor or indoor social area, etc.

4. Roommates

The age-old question of who you want to live with can play a big role in determining whether or not to hunt for an apartment and is a big influence on all of the other factors mentioned previously. Do you enjoy the camaraderie and company of a friend or two to live with to help make a new apartment experience more enjoyable? Do you consider yourself your own best friend and prefer to keep it simple and worry about yourself?

An important note to remember is that if you decide to live in an apartment, you have more freedom in deciding where to live and who to live with. With the dorms, that freedom may not be available.

One major task nearly every college student faces is whether to live in a dorm or apartment. An apartment offers more freedoms in terms of college experience but dorms offer a more reliable, easier route. Whichever the choice, be sure to take the time to research the most well thought out decision.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA, contact Pebble Creek Apartments.


Apartment Hunting in Roanoke, VA: When College Students Should Start

Apartment Hunting in Roanoke, VA: When College Students Should Start

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAWhether it’s your first year in college and you’re already thinking about off-campus housing, or you didn’t have luck getting the apartment you wanted last year, it helps to know when you should start looking for one to make sure you get your dream apartment in college.

First off, get to know your campus and the surrounding city in order to get an idea of when leasing season begins. For some cities, it’s the same as non-school apartments; meaning, leasing seasons are May/June and August/September, as well as December. For other cities, it’s a much lengthier process. In some university towns, if you want an apartment in August, then you need to apply for it in September of the previous year. It can take up to a year to “wait in line” for an apartment. So, if you’re a freshman in college, you should prepare to plan for an apartment hunt in September to be ready for your sophomore year. Once you know when leasing season is, start looking for apartments a month or two in advance to get an idea of where you want to live. Make a “top three” list of apartments. Contact those apartments and ask when they start leasing; is it a year in advance or is it move-in ready? If it’s move-in ready, then you can wait until the following year.

*TIP: For move-in ready leases, start your search process in May/June versus August. You want to make sure you get an apartment and have move-in time before school starts back up.

If you get an apartment in June, you’ll have a year long lease and can choose to stay in the same apartment or move in June. It gives you plenty of time to move out once summer break starts. If you plan to change apartments, then make sure to start looking for your next one in advance depending on whether or not it’s a year-in-advance lease or move-in ready.

The apartment hunting process can take time, so it’s always good to start ahead of time and stay on top of apartment availabilities. With so many students on the same time schedule as you, you’ll be competing with others for the same college apartments. Consider making a renter’s resume to help you stand out from the rest!

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Making Living Off-Campus Less Expensive – Roanoke, VA

Making Living Off-Campus Less Expensive – Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAWhen we move into off-campus housing, we expect a lot of changes to take place. We are officially done with dorm life, can rely on roommates for the good and for the bad, and have the luxury of decorating our very own house/apartment.

Living off campus can get to be expensive if you are careless, so you should make it cheaper by sticking to certain rules. This way, you can enjoy all of the benefits while also saving money. It is basically a win-win.

1. Rent furniture.

When you move off-campus, that means that you at one point lived in a dorm. So you were used to its small living quarters, little to no furniture provided given the lack of space, and a forced roommate. Oh the joys and fond memories that exist.

In your own apartment you can save money on furniture by thrifting, splitting it, or renting it. Thrifting is great because you are purchasing mainly used, usually decent looking pieces. You can then split it up financially between all of your roommates. If you call the coffee table, then they get the love seat. It is only fair. It also is not a huge loss on your part if you decide you do not want certain items when you end up moving out.

However, when you rent furniture, you can simply pay a monthly fee, or purchase a package for the amount of time that you will need it. Just make sure that you try not to destroy or stain the items because that charge is not a good time. Most packages come with the necessities, like the bedroom space, living room and dining room. Plus, with renting you do not have to worry about moving it out at the end of your lease and finding a means to transport it to your new house.

2. Find roommates.

Living with roommates is not always perfect, as we all know, but it can definitely be helpful. Especially when it comes to saving money, which is always our motive. Living alone in a studio is pretty expensive, so throw in that it is in a college town and you are practically asking for high prices.

By having roommates, you can split a lot of the living costs. Obviously this entails rent and electric, but also groceries, furniture, and the miscellaneous items. Another pro is that if a few of you have cars, then you can share rides to campus, the grocery store, or anywhere really. It saves you both gas money and mileage on your car.

When living with roomies, it can be less expensive than living on-campus because you are also not paying for the benefits of your university’s amenities. This means the gym, food services, and obviously the dorm. Good news is that your tuition is still somewhat going toward these things so you can still use them without paying for all of it. In other words, you are saving money by not living on the school’s premises and using their address.

3. Cook at home.

Living on-campus usually translates into not having a kitchen of your own. You most likely had a floor kitchen if one at all, and then used the campus dining halls as your main source for food. When you leave your parents’ cooking, you tend to rely on someone else to feed you. We have all been there, guys.

However, now that you have your own kitchen, you can literally cook every meal at home. Okay, maybe not every single meal, but definitely more of them. Plus, it is nice to actually be able to cook again and not have to eat pizza every single day because that is all cafeterias know how to make. Sorry college food courts everywhere.

This saves everyone money because you can split your food with the roommates, plan and prep ahead of time (in theory of course), and not only eat out 24/7. You can also store your leftovers somewhere when you do happen to go out to eat, which is completely necessary. And cooking at home can create roomie bonding experiences, as well as helping you actually know how to survive on your own cooking. It can also cause a pretty big mess so make certain that you clean up after yourself. No one likes a dirty kitchen.

Moving off-campus is exciting for various reasons, but an imperative factor is because of the money that you individually save. You should rent your furniture, have roomies for cheaper rent (and all around bills), and — because you can and should — cook at home.

The goal is to save money and to better your finances, so with these hints, you should be well on your way to a large savings account.

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek.


What it's Like to Retire in Roanoke, VA

What it's Like to Retire in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VARoanoke is a city of just under 100,000 in southwestern Virginia. It is the hub of that part of the state, as well as for southern West Virginia. Although the city itself is not growing, the metro area is, thanks to many retirees moving to the area. Roanoke has long had a very aggressive urban renewal focus that has brought renewed life to the traditional downtown. There are many cultural events, museums and festivals that bring people to the center of town. In 2013 The Huffington Post listed Roanoke as the #2 Most Affordable City to retire, citing its low sales and income taxes, plus lower than average cost of living.

What is special about Roanoke

Roanoke's successful commitment to urban renewal makes it a special place for retirement. Its Center in the Square offers important cultural attractions. Residents will find a downtown that is interesting to go to with many festivals and museums. Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College offer college town life attractions to some degree.

Who will like retirement in Roanoke

Retirees who want a college town with a low cost of living, and want to experience all four seasons would like it here.

Climate and Physical Environment

Roanoke has four distinct but mild seasons. The average January temperature is 37 degrees, and the average July temperature is 77 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Roanoke's cultural attractions include the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, Taubman Museum of Art, Mill Mountain Theatre, Virginia Railroad Museum, and Shaftman Performing Arts Hall.


Crime rate in Roanoke is well above average.

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Roanoke, VA is One of the Most Affordable Cities in Virginia

Roanoke, VA is One of the Most Affordable Cities in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAModest housing costs in Virginia’s biggest and best cities make the Commonwealth especially attractive to prospective residents

The Commonwealth of Virginia is nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" as eight U.S. presidents have been born there, more than any other state. And though the state may be relatively small—it’s the thirty-fifth largest and twelfth most populous—it features five distinct geographic regions, giving the state broad appeal across a wide range of demographics. In other words, whether you want to live in a big city or rural area, or prefer the beach or the mountains, there’s something for everyone in Virginia.

The most affordable cities are not necessarily the cheapest cities in Virginia, but are carefully chosen based upon budget-friendly and quality-of-life data points, in order to offer residents the best possible combination of livability and affordability.

5. Roanoke

Nicknamed “The Star City of the South,” Roanoke has developed a reputation as a great place to live among both young and old alike. There are more than 20 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius of the city, and countless graduates choose to settle here, which explains why the largest segment of the population is between 25 and 29 years old. The well-educated workforce makes the city an attractive place to do business, and unemployment has remained well below the national average for at least five years running.

But affordable housing is arguably the biggest drawing card. Combine that with a temperate climate (the average annual temperature is 57 degrees) and a plethora of things to do (especially if you’re a lover of the great outdoors), and it’s no wonder that Livability recently named Roanoke one of the 10 best places to retire.

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Virginia is One of the Cheapest States to Live! - Roanoke, VA

Virginia is One of the Cheapest States to Live! - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VACNBC scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

Cost of living is one of the key categories of competitiveness, worth a possible 75 points toward a state's overall Top States score.

This year some states were tied. But Virginia ranked high on the list .

#13 Virginia

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Roanoke is the Best City in Virginia for Retirement

Roanoke is the Best City in Virginia for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAPicking the best place to retire isn't easy. Retirement desires run the gamut, from beach villas to big-city condos, from lakeside cabins to wine-country retreats. In a bid to offer something for everyone, we picked 50 great places to retire—one per state—to ensure a diverse mix of choices.

In selecting a great place to retire in each state, we weighed several factors. Some were financial, such as typical living costs for retirees—health care costs in particular—and taxes. Others involved lifestyle, from the availability of things to do to the number of retirement-age people close by to do things with. We also considered safety and access to quality health care.

Roanoke, VA:

Cost of living for retirees: 8.7% below U.S. average
Share of population 65+: 14.3%
Virginia 's tax rating for retirees: Mixed
Lifetime health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $388,548

Take a hike. Really. Retiring in Roanoke, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, provides outdoorsy types with more than 600 miles of nearby trails. For the less actively inclined, you can still enjoy the views with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or sample tastes from the wide selection of local breweries and wineries.

Retiree living costs look just as good, falling below average in every category. Housing-related expenses for retired residents typically run 11.7% below the national average. Across all ages, the median home value in the city is $134,700, far less than the $244,600 median for the state.

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Pebble Creek Apartments

3345-C Circle Brook Drive SW Roanoke, VA 24018

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