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Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA

Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 18, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAThe list below includes free or cheap things to do in or near Lynchburg, Virginia, including different types of inexpensive activities like Mini Golf, History Museums, Bowling and more.

From Old City Cemetery to Riverwalk Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions for those who live in apartments in Lynchburg, VA.

Old City Cemetery

The oldest cemetery in the state of Virginia is the Old City Cemetery, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is still in use today and also serves as a very unique public garden.

Riverwalk Trail

The Riverwalk Trail offers a hiking and biking area for visitors to enjoy. The trail provides wildlife views as trail users travel from the Greek Orthodox Church to the end of the trail at the James River.

Jones Memorial Library

The Jones Memorial Library specializes in genealogy, research and manuscripts centered on the surrounding community stretching back before the Civil War. The library and its records are open daily except Sundays and holidays.

Riverside Park

Lynchburg's Riverside Park offers a variety of attractions, including a 1900 square foot Sprayground area with water play activities. The park also features a playground for kids as well as picnic areas.

Point of Honor

The Federal-style house that was built by Dr. George Cabell in 1815 is called Point of Honor. The historic site is furnished with authentic period antiques, and there is a small gallery that introduces visitors to the individuals who used to call Point of Honor their home.

Sandusky Historic Site

At the Sandusky Historic Site, visitors are able to learn bout Civil War history through interactive displays and a short film. This museum is located in a private home that is currently being restored.

Tiny Town Miniature Golf

Featuring an 18-hole course, Tiny Town Miniature Golf offers visitors cosmic golf with glow-in-the dark obstacles and golf balls. The final hole features a large face where visitors can aim for the nose, eyes, or mouth to complete the course.

Putt-Putt Golf-Games & Go Karts

The Putt-Putt Golf-Games & Go Karts is an entertainment complex featuring a number of fun attractions for its guests to enjoy. In addition to putt-putt and go-karts, the center also offers bumper cars, batting cages, and laser tag.

Lynchburg Museum

Located in an 1850s Greek revival style courthouse, Lynchburg Museum offers a glimpse into the history of Lynchburg, VA. Visitors can look through years of exhibits and a view of the James River.

Maier Museum of Art

With family programs and art contests, the Maier Museum of Art has a very strong presence in its community. It also houses an impressive collection of American art from across the last century.

Pest House Medical Museum

An ugly part of history, Pest House Medical Museum is the site of the smallpox quarantine hospital. When touring the building, visitors can learn about the facility and its practices via audio guides.

Fort Hill Bowling Center

A classic style bowling alley, the Fort Hill Bowling Center hosts open bowling hours as well as a variety of bowling leagues. The alley also hosts periodic bowling tournaments, and has a bar.

Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

As the home of a Civil Rights activist, Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum gives visitors an inside glimpse to the life of the woman. The garden is open year round and is maintained by volunteers.

Enjoy yourself in Lynchburg, we do!

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Things To Consider When Renting an Apartment

Things To Consider When Renting an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAThe internet has made it very easy to search for rental properties. 

There are steps every renter should take to make sure looking for — and finding a new place to live — is safe and successful.

Location, location, location

You've heard it before — it's considered the first rule of real estate. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this location make sense in terms of my day-to-day life?
  • How far away is it from work or school?
  • Is there a grocery store nearby?

Location makes a difference mostly in regards to safety. The apartment should be in a part of town where you feel safe. It should be clean and close to school or work.

Do your research

Visit potential apartments in person when possible and go online to access customer reviews on management companies. If you're deciding between two apartments, a bad review of one management company could sway your decision.

Also, keep your eyes open while you tour. Are the hallways clean? Is there trash piling up in the parking lot? You can learn a lot about a management company that way.

Ask what's included

You might be ready to jump into a lease when you hear about a low rent, but find out what's included in that cost. Does it include heat, electricity, cable, internet, sewer or trash collection? Do the math to figure out if a slightly higher rent makes sense if more of those things are included.

Read your lease carefully

Ask any questions you have about the lease prior to signing it. Know what you're getting into before you sign on the dotted line.

You hear it a lot, especially from college students — renters get into an apartment, then four months later they want to leave when a friend asks them to move into another place. But they don't realize what their lease says (preventing them from moving to the new apartment).

Some leases auto-renew every year, others require a 30- or 60-day notice in writing to vacate.

Just make sure all your 'i's' are dotted and your 't's' are crossed.

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

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Virginia is a "Best State to Retire"

Virginia is a "Best State to Retire"

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 28, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAYou’re really going to do it. You worked your last day, you ate the cake and you decided to move to the best retirement spot in America. Next question: Where is that?

Bankrate looked at costs, weather, health care, crime, taxes, cultural amenities and a few other things important to seniors and have determined the best 10 places to retire.

Before you start packing, find out if you’ll need snowsuits or swimming suits.

Virginia is for lovers of affordable prices, communities where you can feel safe and relatively pleasant weather year-round. The fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley is an annual treat, spring brings cherry blossoms, and in summer you can hit the state’s Atlantic beaches.

#6 Virginia Scores highest for:

  • Cost of living
  • Relatively low crime rates
  • Weather

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

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Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 21, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAYour kid doesn’t want to stay in the dorms, so now what? In today’s real estate market, finding a place to live can cost a fortune. Real estate experts share some ways to save on your kids’ off-campus apartment.

How to Get Started

Where is the best place to look for off-campus housing? Check with your campus housing office first. They will have information for nearby landlords that are looking for college students to rent out their units. Most schools will display postings for apartments for rent and recommendations from past students on the best places to live in the campus housing office.

Use websites to conduct additional research. It is critical to use the ‘alerts’ function for these online resources because most often they provide a text or email whenever there is a new post meeting your criteria.

Location, Location, Location

When determining where to look, familiarize yourself with the market rental rates in specific pockets close the campus, as even a three to four block difference can save you a few hundred dollars per month. Look at proximity to campus. Is there a campus shuttle, local bus or is it an easy bike ride or walk? Does the campus security patrol the area? Are there free rides from campus to your apartment late at night? Or, if you have a car, ask if a parking space is included.

Consider a new development. These buildings might offer more incentives – free rent, gift card upon lease execution, etc. than other buildings, as they are looking to pull tenants in.

Do some local reconnaissance, if logistically possible. Even though most rentals will be listed on the major services, it’s not true of every rental. Stop by grocery stores, community centers, and other places where small landlords post openings. This can be time-intensive, but also can be where most of the ‘deals’ are found. Tell everyone you know that you are looking. Maybe there is an available apartment next door to a friend and it has not been listed yet.

Don’t Go at it Alone

Not only will they be able to show you a plethora of places, but they can also help you negotiate rent with the landlord – they want to lease the apartment just as bad as you do!

You will pay a fee when using a broker, but sometimes that fee can be negotiated. When negotiating with a listing broker charging a 15% fee, show them how qualified you are by discussing the financials of your guarantor and then request a reduction in the broker’s fee. If you can assure them a quick, easy deal they may go for it.

Compare Short Term vs. Long Term Rates

Stay away from short-term rentals, as they tend to be more expensive. Even if you are in school only for the fall and spring semester, it may be cheaper to rent an apartment for a full twelve months. If your landlord lets you sublease the months you are not there, all the better.

Another money-saving trick is to pay upfront — if you can afford it. Try to pay for the entire year of rent upfront…this is a very good tactic to give you leverage when negotiating the rent!

Ask the Right Questions

When you meet with the broker or landlord, arm yourself with a list of questions that will help you find the place that is right for you. Ask whether it’s furnished, if Wi-Fi, trash collection and utilities are included, etc. Finding a furnished apartment and having utilities included may be a little more on a monthly basis, but comparing this to buying furniture and putting deposits with utility companies to establish service needs to be considered when comparing total move-in and monthly costs.

Make a Good Impression

Because competition can be stiff and apartments can go quickly, make sure you stand out as a solid candidate. Also, be prepared to commit on the spot if you find the place that’s right for you. You should have a way to put the deposit down immediately-whether by check. Additionally, you should pull your own credit report and have a copy available. Great credit will open doors. If your credit is not perfect, be prepared to offer more in terms of a security deposit. Write a short statement about why you would make a great tenant, highlighting your strengths and even including references from former landlords, coaches or professors.

Refer a Friend

If you are looking at an apartment in a large housing complex, inquire about referral bonuses for bringing in tenants for the following school year. Big student apartment complexes usually have some sort of promotion to bring in new tenants. For example, the apartment buildings will sometimes offer the first month’s rent free as a signing bonus, or might have a referral program you could join where you and a friend can get discounts off of rent for signing a lease.

Timing Is Everything

Most college students are looking for apartments towards the end of summer for the fall semester. If you happen to be looking mid-year or well in advance of the school year, this could be to your advantage. For those looking to increase negotiating power, try to get off the summer search cycle. Look for an apartment in late September or October, after living somewhere temporarily for the first couple of months.

Time to Move

When you’re working out your budget, don’t forget to factor in moving costs. Many people underestimate the cost to move and the sticker shock can be overwhelming. It could be thousands of dollars with the moving truck handling and travel fees, packing services, and mover’s insurance.

Plan Ahead for Next Year

As soon as you get the sense that your student may want to live elsewhere next year, look now. Many locations are pre-leasing up to one year in advance. This will save time and money and it will give you the best chance at your desired locations.

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

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Lynchburg, VA is A Great Small City for Retirment

Lynchburg, VA is A Great Small City for Retirment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 14, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchurg, VAFor retirees looking to stay active, this city has lots of scenic trails ideal for hiking or biking.

Healthy highlight: More than 18 miles of trails on a 300-acre greenway running through the city

Lynchburg's natural beauty makes it easy for retirees to stay active. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooking the James River, the City of Seven Hills has more than 18 miles of urban trails for hiking, running and biking. Blackwater Creek Trail, for instance, hugs a creek and passes a waterfall and a historic train tunnel on its way through the city. Lynchburg was named the outstanding runner-friendly community by the Road Runners Club of America.

Just steps away from the Blackwater trail is Lynchburg's historic downtown, where 120-year-old warehouses are being renovated into everything from artist studios and lofts (two-bedroom units rent for about $1,000 a month) to galleries and restaurants. The Lynchburg Community Market is open five days a week and features a bustling farmers market and live music every Saturday morning. The Lynchburg Is for Locavores program spotlights fresh food from local farms. Lynchburg is also home to several theater groups, a symphony and an opera company, and it hosts a series of riverfront concerts and arts festivals. The community has raised more than $16.6 million to restore the historic Academy Theatre on Main Street, which will be the marquee building for a busy arts center.

With five colleges in town and several more nearby, opportunities for cultural, educational and athletic events abound.

Kids and grand kids can have hours of fun at the Amazement Square children’s museum, a block from the river in a renovated Civil War–era building. And the whole family can enjoy the Lynchburg Hillcats, a minor-league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Smith Mountain Lake, Wintergreen ski resort and the Appalachian Trail are all within an hour's drive, and Amtrak gets you to Washington, D.C., in 3 1/2 hours.

Health care centers around Centra Health, a nationally recognized health care system. Its flagship hospital specializes in cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Virginia doesn't tax Social Security benefits, but it does tax residents on their incomes, including federal and military pensions, at rates up to 5.75%. Residents 65 and older can deduct up to $12,000 per person, depending on their income.

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

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Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Walden Pond, Lychburg, VALooking for student apartments? Here are some tips to finding the best place:

1) Start searching early. The earlier you start, the wider a choice you’ll have. If you leave it too late, the best value accommodation options could be booked up.

2) Never put money down, either for a deposit or rent, without meeting the landlord or agency first. There are online scams and frauds you need to be vigilant of. Meeting people in person and seeing the inside of the property before you hand over any money reduces the risk of fraud. Also try to pay electronically by bank transfers as cash isn’t traceable. If you have to pay in cash, make sure you get a receipt.

3) Make sure you fill out an inventory list and take pictures of any damages before you move in, so that anything that was already broken, chipped, peeled or damaged doesn’t get taken out of your deposit as a penalty.

4) Make sure the contract you sign is for the period you intend to stay in the accommodation. Bear in mind if you are planning on going away or moving back home for the summer you should only sign a contract, or agree with your landlord (in writing) that your stay is as long as the college term, or you could be charged for the whole year’s rent or risk losing your deposit.

5) Draw up a cleaning rotation where every housemate has a different job every week, so that it keeps the place tidy and everyone does an equal share of the housework.

6) If possible, try to live with people who have similar lifestyles to you, or who will be respectful of quieter lifestyles. If you’re living with someone loud, messy or who has bad housemate etiquette, it can cause tension.

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

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Roommate

Tips for Finding the Perfect Roommate

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 31, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAFound your dream apartment? Congratulations! Now it’s time to find your dream roommate. Roommates can make or break your living situation so here is some very good advice to help with your search.

1) Make sure you have a similar budget

Having a roommate is a great way to save some big bucks, but before you sign a lease make sure you and your roommate having similar price expectations. If you’re looking to rent a cheaper apartment to save money for a downpayment (or your next trip to Mexico), you shouldn’t move in with your BFF who wants to live in a penthouse and spend her days eating caviar while overlooking the skyline. Before signing a lease make sure your roommate has the savings and income to pay for your rent and deposit. You don’t want to be stuck paying the full rent if your roommate bails!

And remember, rent is just part of your apartment budget. Don’t forget to discuss other costs such as utilities and furniture with your roommate. If you and your future roomie are going to split the costs of furnishing your apartment, you’ll need to agree on a realistic budget and determine where you’ll be shopping – whether that’s Pottery Barn, Ikea or Goodwill.

2) Find a roommate that meets your cleanliness standards

Cleanliness is one scenario where opposites definitely don’t attract! We’ve all had that messy roommate, and it sucks. They leave the sink full of dishes, spilled makeup on the bathroom counters, and clothes all over the living room. If you are someone who prefers a clean, neat apartment avoid a messy roommate (unless you’re willing to devote yourself to cleaning for two).

If you are planning on living with multiple roommates discussing cleanliness is even more important. More roommates equal more potential for mess and more opportunities to avoid chores.

If you’re the messy roommate, find another messy roommate so you don’t have a neat roommate constantly nagging you – and maybe consider adding a cleaning service to your budget.

3) Discuss schedules and lifestyle before signing the lease

If you love to spend weeknights listening to acoustic music and reading a good book, don’t move in with a roommate who likes to throw parties on Tuesdays. On the other hand, if you like to host parties and have friends over make sure that’s something your future roommate is comfortable with.

Don’t forget to ask your roommate if they are a morning or night person. If you’re a morning person and a light sleeper, you probably don’t want a roommate who has band practice every night. Make sure you have an agreement on appropriate noise levels before moving in together, especially if you plan to be asleep while they are awake (or vice versa).

It’s also important to discuss how often you plan to have out of town visitors and overnight guests. If you have friends visiting constantly to party all week, you need to have a roommate that’s comfortable with that. And for those of you in relationships, make an agreement with your roommate about how often your significant other can stay over before signing the lease. If your boyfriend or girlfriend is going to be like a third roommate, you better make sure they get along with your real roomie.

4) Living with your BFF

Let’s just start by saying it’s not always the best idea to move in with your best friend. Yes, it can be super fun, but it also has the potential to destroy your friendship. Just because you love spending every weekend playing basketball or drinking Moscow Mules with your BFF does not mean you are compatible to live together.

It might get awkward if your friend asks you to move in, but if you don’t think you’ll be happy living together just say no. Don’t risk losing your friendship over fights about chores or noise. If you have a friend you are compatible with, go ahead and move in together and enjoy getting to spend every day with your BFF.

Living with strangers might sound scary, but as long as you have a good understanding of each other’s lifestyle it can be a great experience. It’s even possible you’ll gain a new friend, and once you’ve successfully lived together you’ve probably gained a lifelong friendship. As for how to find out if a stranger (or your friend) would make a good roommate, your best source of information is their previous roommate – don’t be afraid to ask.

5) Split household responsibilities and costs

So you’ve found a roommate and decided to sign the lease, congrats! Before moving don’t forget to discuss logistics of living together. How are you going to set up and pay for utilities? Are you going to buy your own cleaning supplies and food or will you share? How will chores be divided? Are you each bringing half the furniture or will you shop together? Answering these questions beforehand will prevent fights down the line, and ensure you have electricity and water when you move in (always a plus).

Sharing food can be a great way to save money and prevent food from going bad, but make sure the costs are split in a way you are both happy with. If you decide not to share, ask permission before taking your roommate’s food. No one likes the roomie who’s constantly mooching condiments or stealing all their cookies. If any problems arise as you live together, make sure to bring them up because a passive aggressive roommate is literally the worst.

Conclusion

It’s safe to say we’ve all had some great roommates and some not so great ones, but you live and you learn. If you put some time into finding a great roommate, you will be rewarded with a fantastic living situation. And don’t forget to be a good roommate – it takes two to tango (and live together successfully).

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

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Should Millennials Rent or Own?

Should Millennials Rent or Own?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchurg, VAThere are many great debates in American pop culture.

Tupac or Biggie? Boyz II Men or Dru Hill? LeBron or Jordan? Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?

One of the most intriguing debates finding traction in the world of Millennials and finance is the debate of whether to buy a home or to continue renting.

The Great Recession

Upon my graduating from Syracuse University in 2010, I was welcomed into the working world during the heart of The Great Recession. Caused in large part due to a bubble in home values and irresponsible subprime loans, The Great Recession left a scar on the hearts and minds of Millennials over what it means to own a home.

Seeing the incredible loss of value in homes during that period and shouldering a collective $1.4 trillion dollars in student loan debt, many millennials are asking whether it’s responsible to sign-up for an immovable asset and 30-year mortgage tied to owning a home.

A Case for Renting

The Millennial generation is the “own nothing” generation. You can rent a car from the curb nearest you. You can hail a taxi using an app and get a ride to brunch in a car you do not own. I’ve heard there’s a website that allows you to rent tools from nearby neighbors. Even companies founded in more recent years are making strides to own less to reduce or eliminate overhead.

A shift has happened wherein Millennials are considerate of the fact that ownership implies liability, and liability often means added costs.

Renting an apartment or home offers you the benefit of not being responsible for breakdowns or repairs. Renting provides a fixed monthly cost to factor into your monthly budget that does not change based on repairs or failure of appliances. For many, this lack of long-term responsibility presents peace-of-mind in not having to be concerned about the long-term welfare of your living space. It also absolves you from the imperative of maintaining your living space for the sake of keeping and increasing its value.

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

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Virginia Ranks High in List of "Best States"

Virginia Ranks High in List of "Best States"

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VA#11 Virginia

Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.

More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration.

OVERALL RANK OUT OF 50: Virginia is #11
HEALTH CARE #25
EDUCATION #10
CRIME & CORRECTIONS #6
INFRASTRUCTURE #24
OPPORTUNITY #11
ECONOMY #27
GOVERNMENT #2

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Tips for Renting with Roommates in Lynchburg, VA

Tips for Renting with Roommates in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 10, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAAs the first college semester starts to wind down, many residents are looking for roommates to being next semester. Here are some tips when considering renting an apartment with friends or for when you are renting with a roommate you are just meeting.

1. A pre-lease group meeting.

Get together for the sole purpose of sorting out each of your expectations. Do not sugarcoat your feelings. We often think “we are all good friends and we have gotten along well for years. We are all very compatible.” Yes, but you have not lived together. One neat freak and two slobs is a dangerous combination.

2. Agree on house rules before going ahead.

Here are some sample questions to get started. Who does the dishes? How late can friends stay in the evening? How are food costs shared? Will food be stored daily so as not to attract critters? There are plenty of other questions to come up with together. An agreement between all roommates with some written rules will help in the future.

3. Are you moving? Finding the right place.

Maybe you are moving out of another apartment community and moving into a new apartment. Look around if you are moving. Is the apartment sparkling clean and ready to move-in? This is a good sign about the landlord or manager. If it is clean at the start, you will be expected to leave it in the same condition.

Look carefully at what is going on outside the apartment. Try to get a glimpse of other tenants or neighbors. Are the hallways well lite and clean? Is the building itself in good condition? If dirt, spider webs, dirty light fixtures with burnt out bulbs, broken windows, loose banisters, sticky doors and more, all represent a red flag. What is the condition of cars in the parking lot? Is the parking lot well-lit?

Schedule the appointment in the early evening, when people are returning from work. This can provide a good sense of place. Ask people, "I am thinking of renting here, what can you tell me about living here?" and listen closely to what they say.

For more information on renting an apartment in Lynchgburg, VA contact Walden Pond

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