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Why We Love Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 27, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAWe occasionally take a look at and celebrate the communities in which we live and work. It’s an opportunity for us to highlight Blacksburg, an area that we find so special and a place we choose to be a part of.

HHHunt first began in Blacksburg and Roanoke, two beautiful cities in Southwest Virginia. Our original corporate headquarters, located in Blacksburg, is where everything started in 1966 when Harry H. Hunt III, the founder of HHHunt, saw the need for faculty and student housing at Virginia Tech. FoxRidge, apartments in Blacksburg, VA, was the very first apartment community for HHHunt.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is a special place for a number of reasons. The community boast stunning scenery and natural beauty, tons of outdoor activities, great wineries, markets and boutique shops, and more. The city has eclectic and delicious food scenes and the Hotel Roanoke is a beautiful and historic hotel definitely worth a visit. And, of course, we can’t forget about Virginia Tech. The world-class university serves as the heart of Blacksburg. There’s lots of Hokie pride at Foxridge.

We are thankful to have so many awesome team members in Blacksburg and Roanoke and are excited to continue serving as an engaged community partner in this bustling and vibrant city!

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Best Affordable College Towns for Recent Grads—and Everyone

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 20, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAIt's the classic collegiate circle of life. You prep, you study, and then you just flat-out pray you'll get into the school of your choice. Then once you're there, you reach an inflection point, somewhere between your first game of beer pong and your final midterms, when you start counting the days until you can escape—to the place where you'll start that whole adulting thing for real.

But these days more and more grads are skipping that final step and opting to stay put. And it turns out they've got plenty of company. Because you don't need to be a student or recent graduate to appreciate all that the best college towns typically offer: walkable enclaves of innovative restaurants, lively music scenes, and tons of fun, unique businesses. And most importantly, many of 'em are becoming employment hubs as companies searching for top talent open offices nearby. Home prices are usually still reasonable. And homeownership is often a smart investment as there's strong demand from both young and old buyers.

So where are the best college towns that offer the best of everything? The data team set out to find them.

4. Blacksburg, VA

  • Number of college students: 46,722
  • Median home list price: $231,400
  • Median household income: $52,900

After receiving their diplomas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) graduates often head to cities such as Washington, DC, or Charlotte, NC. But those who prefer the great outdoors over big-city life are choosing to stick around.

For starters, the Appalachian Trail is just a short drive out of town. Claytor Lake State Park is the go-to for fishing and boating, and New River Trail State Park is a fantastic place for horseback riding.

Blacksburg has a great quality of life. The mountains are beautiful, and the area has all the benefits of being a large university town.

Like many college centers, the biggest employers in the region are the universities themselves. But there are lots of other options, too. Dish Network employs around 1,000 here, and Moog, an aerospace and defense company, also has a large presence.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.


Common Mistakes to Avoid When Moving into a New Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VARenting an apartment might seem fairly straightforward: Find a place you like, meet the landlord and move in. But things can go wrong along the way. Check out these common mistakes that renters often make when apartment-hunting.

1. Not reading the lease

Leases can be intimidating. But failing to read the lease is one of the worst mistakes that renters can make.

First, double-check that the figure for the rent is what you have agreed on. If you sign the lease with an incorrect rent amount, you could get stuck with the higher rate.

In addition, also scan the document to check names, deposits, late fees, dates for notice, renewal terms, property rules, and utility agreements (as in: who pays them).

2. Relying on an oral contract

If your landlord says they are going to do repairs after you move in, get it in writing, rather than just taking their word for it.

The same is true for anything else your landlord mentions, such as terms for renewing the lease at the end of the year or a promise not to raise the rent. You’ll have a hard time proving an oral contract in court if a resulting problem ever gets that far.

3. Assuming the landlord will fix everything

There's an issue? No problem—just call the landlord, right? Not so fast.

Unless the maintenance issue is affecting habitability or is mentioned specifically in your lease, then the landlord doesn't really have to fix it.

So while that would include addressing issues like plumbing or the HVAC system, it definitely doesn’t include changing a lightbulb.

A renter is responsible for things like basic cleaning, smoke detector batteries, lawn mowing and other minor, ongoing upkeep.

As for bigger issues, like those appliances, check the lease agreement to make sure there isn’t a clause stating that the landlord doesn’t have to fix “nonessential appliances,” like the microwave or washing machine, if they break. If that’s the case, be wary of renting a place with old appliances.

4. Renting the property sight unseen

You can find out a lot online and on Google Maps, but nothing substitutes for seeing the place with your own eyes. If you’re moving somewhere new, it can be tempting to just rent sight unseen, since it's probably temporary. However, it can lead to some unpleasant surprises.

In addition to touring the property, spend some time actually walking around the neighborhood. And unless you know your city or town as well as a local police officer, you should tour the neighborhood during the day and at night to see if things get loud or sketchy. Don’t hesitate to talk to some locals you meet on the street and see what they have to say.

5. Not documenting damage when you move in

Was that stain on the carpet or hole in the wall already there, before you moved in? You’re likely to have to prove it, but many renters don’t take the extra step of documenting the existing state of the property.

Before you move in, look for cosmetic damage, and also test all the appliances, lights and HVAC system.

You want to verify anything that might have been broken by the previous tenant for which you could be held responsible. Document any existing property damage with time-stamped photos and have your landlord sign off on all of it.

6. Skipping renters insurance

Renters insurance can be a total bargain, at a cost of less than $200 per year. Nevertheless, almost 60 percent of renters don’t have it.

Some landlords require it because of the liability coverage—check your lease—but if not, consider adding a renters insurance policy, as it will cover all your personal belongings, including electronics and clothing, should they be stolen or damaged.

For more information on new apartments in Blacksburg, VA, contact Foxridge.


Looking for Your First Apartment: Some Things to Consider

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAYou're at a point where you're starting to look for your first apartment. After all those years of living in a dorm room and sleeping in a twin-size bed, you're more than ready to move out. You've been dreaming about decorating, or being right near fun things to do at all times. There are some things to consider when you're looking for your first apartment. This is where the #adulting comes in.

Wouldn't it be cool if apartment hunting was like an episode of House Hunters? A realtor would bring you to three cute and trendy places around town, and you'd have to tell her your likes and dislikes.

In reality, it's not always like what you see on television. You'll likely tour a lot of apartments and lofts before you sign any contract and call that place home. Throughout the process, you'll discover what you need out of your living situation, and figure out your priorities. Taking these things into consideration will be key, when you're looking for an apartment the first time around.

1. Location

Location is the primary thing you need to consider, when you're looking for your first apartment. First thing's first: Where do you want to live?

Once you figure that part out, then you can start looking at the some other details: the neighborhood, the nearest grocery store, and recreational things you can do in the area. It may seem tedious, but location is key to making sure you're comfortable in your new home.

2. Layout

The layout of your apartment is actually more important than you may believe. You want to make sure your space makes sense, and will fit all of your belongings, too. Some complexes have a communal space for laundry, but others will have room for a washer and dryer right in your unit. Maybe your place will be two floors, with a fun spiral staircase, or have a pretty open floor plan. You need to know (and see) these things for yourself!

Before you commit to anything, be sure to take a tour. Check out the closets and room for storage, and the counter space in the kitchen. When in doubt, go with your gut and know where you're willing to compromise.

3. Cost of Rent

Rent is just part of the real world, and you have to consider your bank account before dropping any deposits. You'll want to find some easy ways to save money where you can, and don't forget the water bill.

4. Roommates

Paying rent and having your own apartment sometimes requires some roommates. You may find a studio and decide to live alone, or have the funds for your own place. Whatever your situation may be, it's important to take other people into consideration. Sometimes just having this company makes a place feel more like home.

5. Pets

Unfortunately, not every apartment allows pets. So, take that into consideration when you're apartment hunting, especially if you may want to recruit some furry roommates.

Talk to the landlord about your options. Sometimes you can have small animals. Maybe you have a furry friend who's going to make the move with you. In that case, you really need to find a place that will be comfortable for two. You may need an apartment that is dog-friendly, or spacious enough for your cat to roam freely during the day.

6. Work/school

You'll be spending most of your time away. But, after a particularly busy day, it would be nice to have an easy commute to your couch. When you're looking for your first apartment, you'll want to take transportation into consideration, and look into parking rates for your car. Is there public tansportation nearby? Could you walk or bike on a sunny Monday morning?

7. Landlord

Before snagging your first apartment, make sure that you meet your future landlord or managment team. You'll work with them when your kitchen sink has a leak, or when the air conditioning quits. Like any relationship or friendship, getting along and being able to solve problems is essential.

You want to make sure that this person has your best interests in mind, and cares about your space, too. Ask them questions about their experience, and maybe talk to other tenants who have been in the building for a bit.

8. Other Amenities

Having your own apartment is a dream come true. But, be sure to consider the amenities that come with it before signing any contract. Sometimes, you can find an apartment that's has everything you're looking for, and a pool.

At the end of the day, these sort of things make your living situation even better and could save you some money. After all, if you're using the gym in your building, you don't need a membership at that place downtown.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.


Foxridge Collegiate Apartment Homes

750 Hethwood Blvd. 100G, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Call: (888) 532-1809 (540) 951-9302
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-1P & 2P-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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