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Virginia is One of the Most Successful States In America – Lynchburg, VA

Virginia is One of the Most Successful States In America – Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 20, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAZippia did a breakdown of what the most successful states might be. Might they be states containing the most successful cities? Are these states doing something better than yours is? And is good ice cream a key to their success?

The answers? No, Probably, and most definitely. But we’ll get to methodology in a moment (ice cream was not one of our criteria…) First, here are the 10 most successful states:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maryland
  3. Minnesota
  4. North Dakota
  5. Hawaii
  6. Wyoming
  7. Alaska
  8. Virginia
  9. Utah
  10. Massachusetts


Of all the states we looked at (which would be… all of them…) Virginia had the eighth highest median income. Residents here were also the ninth least impoverished, overall, and the 14th least likely to be unemployed. Congrats, Old Dominion!

How We Determined the Most Successful States in America

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is—money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how wealthy a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. And finally, if more people are employed, the brighter (and more successful) that place’s future looks.

After we collected the data for all 50 states, we ranked each from 1 to 50 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the most successful.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Success Score” with the state having the lowest overall Success Score crowned the “Most Successful State in America.”

As you saw, Virginia came in number 8. For information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond Apartments.


Is Well-Being Important to You? Live in an Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Is Well-Being Important to You? Live in an Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 13, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAGallup and Healthways have released the State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report, which highlights important trends in health and well-being within communities across the nation.

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, tops the rankings for a second consecutive year. Barnstable Town, MA was number two, followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.

Many high well-being communities hail from California (seven in the top 25), Colorado (three), Texas (three), Florida (two) and Virginia (two).

Communities are uniquely positioned to promote well-being improvement by transforming policies and environment so that people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook—all of which can lead to living longer, better.

The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings was released on Tuesday. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose.

Residents report having good physical health, feeling proud about their community, enjoying good relationships and liking what they do each day.

You may think that has a lot to do with living in a scenic, affluent beach community, but those factors don't influence the score as much as you’d expect. Income matters, but it doesn’t ensure high well-being.

The top 10 U.S. communities with the highest well-being are:

  1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
  2. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
  3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
  7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California
  8. Lynchburg, Virginia
  9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
  10. Boulder, Colorado

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond.


Do's and Don’ts in Apartment Hunting – Lynchburg, VA

Do's and Don’ts in Apartment Hunting – Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 06, 2017
Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VANow that students are finally getting comfortable in their spring semester routines, many are starting to think about living situations for next year.

While some may be happy renewing their leases, others have been counting down the days to look for a new place.

Maybe students are annoyed with their roommates, want to live closer to campus or they are ready for apartment life after spending a year in the dorms.

No matter what the issue is, apartment hunting is confusing, stressful and overwhelming, especially for the first time.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of apartment hunting to make the whole process easier.

Do calculate a budget and learn about the leasing process.

Before asking to live with friends and heading out on apartment tours, calculate a personal price range, because it may differ from potential roommates.

Apartments are not cheap, so discuss a budget with parents and friends before wasting time touring a complex that ends up being too expensive.

Calculating a budget is what allows students to set up a blueprint of what they want and what they can realistically afford.

It forces them to prioritize and makes a sea of daunting apartment complexes a little more manageable, so it must be step one.

Talking to parents can also be educational on the leasing process as a whole, which can sound like a foreign language to first time apartment hunters.

Ask questions beforehand to avoid getting lost in the jargon and technicalities of a lease.

You’ll wish you knew more about the leasing process. When you have to rely on asking parents or roommates for a lot of it and it can make the whole apartment hunting process a lot more stressful.

Don’t assume everything is included in the rent.

It is an immediate red flag if an apartment’s rent seems outrageously cheap, so it is extremely important to ask what is included before receiving a bill twice the anticipated amount.

Make sure if you’re paying more you’re getting something out of it. If you’re paying less make …  sure you understand why and what you’re going to have to pay for instead.

A number of complexes do not include electricity, gas, water, parking, Wi-Fi or cable in the rent, so consider how much those necessities will be used and add that cost to the rent to create a more accurate monthly payment.

Factor in distance.

Living close to campus is convenient and close-by complexes that are not within immediate walking distance also offer shuttles to campus.

Think about how much time is needed to get ready in the morning, and if it is feasible to wake up about an hour earlier to catch the shuttle or walk to class.

However, some students value other amenities over distance.

Everyone is different, so consider distance when apartment hunting and how important it is in comparison to other attributes being looked for.

Don’t agree with roommates just to make the process easier.

Sometimes it is okay to be selfish, especially in regards to living situations.

This does not necessarily mean be difficult for the sake of being difficult, but if there is something absolutely and uncompromisingly essential, do not be afraid to stand firm on it, even if roommates disagree.

It may be tempting to be agreeable just to move the process along faster, but it will be a regretted decision a few months down the road.

Worst case scenario, it is possible to meet and live with brand new roommates.

While that seems frightening, it is often a better option than living with friends who constantly disagree, or paying to live somewhere unhappily.

Meeting new roommates can often lead to lifelong friendships that would not have happened otherwise, and may save old friendships that could have been ruined by living together.

There will always be great people to live with. If you don’t want to live in a place but your friends do, don’t feel like you have to give up the things you want. You are, after all, going to be paying and living there.

Do talk to people who live in the complexes.

Apartment tour guides are obviously going to try to make a complex seem like the best one out there.

However, the immaculate show rooms are not always reflective of what life in the apartment is really like.

Avoid making snap judgments based on a small sample of experiences.

It’s good to get a wide range of opinions. Read online reviews and try to get a full idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Don’t just go off of the first positive or negative review you hear.

Leasing office employees can discuss all the specifics and perks of the apartment complex, but the tenants are the only ones who really know what it is like to live there.

They will most likely be students who have similar views when it comes to apartment hunting, so their opinions will certainly be valuable.

Do get excited about the chosen apartment.

Above all, live somewhere that makes moving day something to look forward to. Do not put happiness on the back burner, make the money being put into the apartment well worth it.

It’s basically your home away from home. It has to be a comforting environment that you actually enjoy living in.

With so many options, there is definitely an apartment out there for everyone.

It may take time and compromise to find it, but living happily in a great place will make the hassle of apartment hunting pay off in the end.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond Apartments.


Benefits of Living in Off Campus Apartments in Lynchburg, VA

Benefits of Living in Off Campus Apartments in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 27, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAIt Can Be Cheaper

There's a good chance you'll save money by renting a house or apartment and splitting it with friends. These days, you can expect to spend close to $10,000 per year on room and board, but some schools charge $15,000 a year or more. Find a place that accommodates multiple housemates, and you can cut your costs by splitting the rent and utilities.

You Can Make Your Own Rules

Living in a dorm is fun and all, but it does come with certain restrictions. When you rent your own place off campus, you don't have to worry about quiet hours, nor do you have to feel guilty when you'd rather curl up in bed rather than participate in your living hall's weekly social event. You can go crazy turning on halogen lamps and plugging in hot plates, and there won’t be a soul around to write you up for it.

You Get More Living Space

Dorm rooms don't give you much space. Rent off campus and you may wind up with more square footage at your disposal. Another benefit of off campus living is the possibility of having your own bedroom, or even your own bathroom.

You Have More Food Choices

It may be nice not having to cook, but dining hall food isn't exactly known to be high in quality. And chances are your meal plan isn't all that economical, as you're paying for the convenience of having someone else prepare your food. When you live off campus, you can cook for yourself.

You'll Be More Prepared for the Real World

Living off campus means doing adult-style things like paying individual utility bills and going grocery shopping. Sure, that stuff can be time-consuming, but it's a good way to get ready for life outside your college campus.

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Looking for Your First Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Looking for Your First Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 20, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAMaybe you are graduating from college and have your first real job, or perhaps you want to move off-campus next year for the first time. After living with your parents a few months and saving a little money, you’re ready to strike out on your own and find your first apartment.

But with student loan debt, staying within your budget can be a challenge and navigating the rental market can be daunting.

Here are a few things you need to know before renting your first apartment:

  • You will need to know what your budget will be. Make sure you know whether the bottom-line rent payment includes — or does not include — utilities. If it does not, you will need to find out approximately how much utilities are so you’ll know whether you can afford the unit.
  • If you find you can’t afford the rent, consider finding a roommate or roommates. Make sure that the person or people you are considering as roommates will be reliable. If you are signing a lease with other people, you want to make sure you can count on them to pay their portion of the rent and utilities. Another way to find a more reasonably priced rental home is to be willing to go a bit farther from the center of the city. If you rely on public transportation, sometimes considering taking the bus to Metro or commuting fully by bus can give you more choices, including less-expensive rents and ways to get you more items on your wish list, such as a nicer kitchen.
  • Make a list of your needs in order of priority. You should have a list of mandatory items, among them, perhaps, walking distance to the Metro; a parking spot; laundry on the premises; the number of bedrooms you need; and a dishwasher. Make a list of items you don’t need but would consider a bonus to have — a pet-friendly building, a balcony, an on-site fitness center and wood floors, perhaps. Determine what you can and cannot be flexible on.
  • Be prepared for when you find the apartment you like best. You should have all the information you will need to put on an application at your fingertips. If you have never had a credit card or paid any bills in your name, you might not have a credit history. A landlord will want to have some history of bill payment, so you may need to ask a parent or a relative to act as a guarantor on the lease. Know who that person is and have them ready to submit an application with you as a co-applicant.
  • You should also be prepared to have up to two months’ rent for a security deposit and the first month’s rent. A security deposit may be less than one month’s rent, but it is better to be prepared just in case. You should also be prepared with application fees.
  • Have a copy of current pay stubs or an offer letter from your employer stating your salary and a contact who can confirm your salary.
  • Have one or two personal references available for a landlord to contact.
  • Be cautious. Rental scams abound. If you cannot personally view the home you are considering renting, make sure a friend or a family member can see it on your behalf.
  • Once you are approved to move forward on the lease, take time to review it carefully. Know what you are responsible for and what the landlord is responsible for concerning maintenance and utilities. Make sure there is an emergency number in case something breaks and needs to be fixed, such as plumbing issues.
  • Know how much notice will be given to you as a tenant for an increase in rent; the landlord to enter the property; and other like scenarios.
  • Know any fees in addition to your rent. Make sure all people who are to be on the lease are on the lease. Find out what is included in the rent and what is not. If you’re moving into a condo or a co-op, learn about any rules and regulations you need to abide by, and make sure you have a copy of them.

Once the lease is signed by all parties, make sure you know if you need to transfer utilities into your name and which utility companies to contact. If you are moving into an apartment, condo or co-op building, check to see if you need to schedule your move-in date with the building.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.


Living in Off Campus Apartments - Lynchburg, VA

Living in Off Campus Apartments - Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 06, 2017

Waldon Pond apartments, Lynchburg, VACollege is often the first time a student gets to live outside the comforts of home. While living in a dorm on campus is a most comfortable and ideal choice for many, it does have some disadvantages that living in an off-campus apartment in Lynchburg, VA does not. As such, living off campus can be a good choice.

However, choosing to live off campus will greatly affect your overall college experience.

To help you decide if living off-campus is for you, here are a few considerations you should make.

The Commute

One of the biggest, if not most time-consuming, factor you should consider is the commute you'll have if you live outside your campus. While living in a dorm on campus means spending a lot less time going to and from the classroom, living off campus means traveling to and from school to your apartment or housing.

The Financial Situation

On-campus housing options are usually far more expensive than off-campus choices. On-campus dorms often come with a meal plan, which is usually expensive: Students can expect to pay between $8,887 to $10,089 for dorms. Off-campus options can be way cheaper.

The Responsibility

On campus residents are monitored by housing staff, and are given housing guidelines they need to adhere to. Off campus residents, on the other hand, have it easier than on campus residents, although the risk of danger and of poor discipline due to a lighter enforcement of guidelines (if any).

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Stages of Apartment Hunting – Lynchburg, VA

Stages of Apartment Hunting – Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAGetting a new apartment in Lynchburg, VA can be invigorating—everything is so shiny and full of possibilities! Finding a new apartment? Not so much. If you’re renting in a hot market, near a college, and finding a place that’s both affordable and available isn’t usually easy.

The proof is in the numbers: In the third quarter of 2016, the average nationwide vacancy rate was 6.8%—down from the same time the year before. To make matters worse, rent prices are still high. A recent report by GoBankingRates found the national average for rent is hovering around $1,234 a month for a 678-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. And experts say rent prices aren’t going down any time soon.

This combo creates a sort of special supply-and-demand challenge that only renters understand. If you’re apartment hunting soon, you might as well prepare yourself now for that unique cycle of heartache and despair that’s about to play out. This post will help guide you through the five stages of grief—err, apartment hunting.

Stage 1: Denial

We’ve all done it. As soon as we pop open the laptop to start our apartment search, we expect to find a ton of awesome listings just ready and waiting. And then we don’t.

We keep the listings tab open all day on our browsers, refreshing every 20 minutes, and wait for Mr. Dream Rental to pop up, all the while growing more and more desperate.

How to cope: The solution might be simple, if startling: Get offline.

Take a drive and talk to friends. We know it’s shocking in this digital age, but not everything is posted on rental listing sites. Sometimes you’ll have to dig a little deeper. As you scour the neighborhood, write down names of apartment complexes you want to look into, and then look them up online—they should have floor plans, pricing, and even availability on their respective websites.

Still nothing? Try a Realtor or a rental broker.

As a renter, a broker can be extremely useful, especially if you’re not that familiar with the neighborhood. Their knowledge of the renting market and the neighborhoods can be very helpful in uncovering a hidden gem.

Stage 2: Anger

Once you’re knee-deep in your apartment search, you suddenly remember why you hate renting. Every single place seems to have at least one enormous downside. You get only one parking spot. Or your washer and dryer are outside on the patio (true story). Or maybe the landlord won’t take your dog.

How to cope: Don’t lose hope just yet. Take a deep breath, and try to change your approach: Remind yourself of the upsides to renting—such as free maintenance and cheaper insurance. Stop focusing on the smaller issues and instead focus on the bigger ones: Find a couple of places that meet your immediate needs and then narrow them down by the biggest factor of all: location.

If everything else is equal, then you should go with the preferred locale. You can change almost everything else. But the location is staying the same.

Stage 3: Bargaining

You’ve done all your homework, viewed a few apartments, and narrowed it down to three or four places that will meet your needs—at least for now.

And then the reality starts to sink in: This is going to be expensive. Maybe there’s a special promotion you don’t know about?

How to cope: Don’t count on any discounts. Yep, it’s time for the tough talk. You might get lucky and score a deal, but here’s what you need to remember: The national rental market is tight right now, and there are plenty of other renters out there happy to fork over the cash. If affording a particular place is going to be a squeeze, you might have to readjust your plan.

Apartment hunting is all about expectations and being realistic. If a renter is having trouble finding something that they can afford, then they may need to sacrifice in some manner.

It won’t be fun, but start trimming that wish list again. As you cut out “must-haves,” you’ll find cheaper apartments that fit the bill.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.


Scoring the Perfect Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Scoring the Perfect Apartment in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 23, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VANothing is sweeter than finally leaving home to live on your own, but when you’re apartment hunting, you’ll have some important decisions to make before you can get to scoring your perfect pad.

Would you prefer to live on campus or off campus? Would you like to live with friends or with randomly assigned students? Do you need your apartment to be furnished, or would unfurnished be best for you? There are tons of choices to make once you’re on your own, but here’s some tools and tricks to help you get on your way.

Decide whether to live on campus or off campus.

Living on campus comes with some obvious benefits. You’ll be able to live in close proximity to your classrooms, dining halls, libraries and campus events. Also, living on campus allows you the opportunity to get to know your fellow college students.

Unfortunately, living on campus tends to be pretty expensive on top of all the other costs of college, so it may not be realistic to consider with your budget.

Living off campus allows you to have more freedom. If you don’t have a car, you would be able to walk, bike, or take a bus to campus. Apartment complexes typically come with fitness centers and pools that you can enjoy on your free time. You’ll be able to decorate your space however you’d like. Some apartments are even pet friendly, so you can bring Fido or Fluffy along with you!

Find the best space that suits your needs.

If you should decide to live off campus, the next step is to figure out what would be the best spot to suit your needs. Both of these websites will allow you to track down apartments based on your individual needs. Ask yourself:

  • Will you need to be close to campus, or will you be able to live further away?
  • What rental prices will fit within your budget?
  • Will you need an apartment that comes with Internet, cable, water, etc.?
  • Do you need an apartment that’s furnished, or will an unfurnished apartment suffice?

Figure out who you’d like to live with.

Living with friends basically allows you to have a sleepover that never ends. The ice will already be broken between you, so there’s no need for that awkward small talk. You’ll always have your support system there with you so that you’ll never feel alone in your college experience. You’ll have the ability to divvy up responsibilities, like chores and grocery trips.

Decorate your space

The most fun choice you’ll have to make is how you would like to decorate your space. Now that you’re on your own, you’ll have a ton of options of how you’d like to make your space yours. Once you have a plan, you’ll have everything you need to turn your apartment into your perfect pad.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond Apartments.


4 Tips for 2017 Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

4 Tips for 2017 Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Walden Pond in Lynchburg, VAA new year means new adventures and opportunities. For some, this means graduating college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, and a multitude of other possibilities. For many, especially young adults, this involves finding a new place to live to help them navigate the next chapter in their young lives.

Between knowing where to search, what comparable prices are, cost of utilities, cost of furniture, and more, it can get overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for a new apartment in the new year.

1. Searching

As the new year comes, there are millions of people searching for new apartments and seemingly a million places to start looking. Where is a good place to start? Word of mouth is not bad. Ask friends and family in the area which you are thinking of living to see if they have any tips or insight into getting a friendly deal. Connections are never a bad thing to have.

Another option is to consult apartments.com and searching online. This allows the potential lessor to enter in specific parameters of their ideal apartment. In addition to that, pictures and much more detailed information are available for viewing to help make the best detailed decision possible. Good research pays off.

2. Renting Furniture

Another tip to keep in mind is renting furniture. Sometimes, the apartment you move into will have old, outdated furniture used by countless numbers of people before you. Or, you may not have any furniture to bring along. Does not sound too appealing, does it? Consider renting some new couches, end tables, chairs, stools or stands. Not only will it help the look you are trying to create, it will also replace overused, old furniture.

Furthermore, if dealing with the ordeal of moving, you are in luck. By renting furniture, the rental company more often than not will help pitch in a hand to move all of your current belongings up to your new pad.

3. Negotiating

This is a tactic that should always be utilized. If potentially subletting, negotiate a better price. If trying to speak with the leasing company directly, have a conversation about what is included in rent. You owe it to yourself to get the best price available. Just as connections matter, so does knowing how to best leverage your resources. Obviously, this may not always work but it does not hurt to try.

4. Roommates

This factor is a huge determinant in how your whole search will go. Depending on if a potential roommate or two is involved, that can potentially halve or third costs to all involved. The question is how to best manage who to consider as a potential roommate and if it will hold up.

The best advice would be to do two things: search with the thought in mind that you will not live by yourself and do some searches by yourself. No plan ever goes to a tee when it is created. Circumstances arise and you do not want to get put in a situation where you are unprepared. However, for those who have a concrete roommate situation, be sure to follow some basic tips. Visit potential places together; make sure it is within the other’s budget; find a location that works for all; allocate utility bills and so forth.

Searching for an apartment is a tough job. There are numerous avenues of searching out there and each person has their own way of going about it. However, do not let the daunting task of searching deter you from the excitement that comes along with it.

Moving somewhere new is very exciting. New experiences, memories, challenges, and friendships are without a doubt going to come along with living in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA. Be sure to make the best of it. Happy apartment hunting!

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Tips for Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

Tips for Apartment Hunting in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 09, 2017

Walden Pond, Apartments in Blacksburg, VAEven though it feels like everyone just moved in, some apartments have already started leasing for next school year. Here are four tips about things to look for in your first or next apartment.


There is a wide range of apartment prices throughout Lynchburg. It is not like a campus owned apartment where it takes it out of the bill, you need to make sure you will be able to afford the apartment month after month.


Free resident parking and visitor parking is a very big deal to some college students. Some apartments make you pay an extra fee to have your own space and it can be hard for your guests to find a space without getting a ticket or towed.

Proximity to Campus

Although being close to campus is nice, it can come with a big price tag. The farther away from campus usually makes for a cheaper place and there is always public transportation to get you where you need to go.


Pool, gym and pet friendly; All very important things when you are looking. It's nice to not have to go all the way to campus to work out at a gym or pool. Pet friendly is also a must for some students and they can be tricky to find.

There are many apartment options with a wide variety of different aspects and hopefully this advice can help you pick out what you really want in an apartment. For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.



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