Get Out and Enjoy the Water This Spring!

The state of Hawaii is well known for its natural beauty and luxurious beaches. This spring, take a dip in the Pacific as you try one of the many popular water sports Oahu has to offer. Whether you prefer to spend time on the water or under it, you’re sure to find the perfect aquatic activity to enjoy with family and friends.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the ocean landscape so unique to Hawaii. Kailua Beach Park is one of the most popular kayaking sites on Oahu, featuring waters that are calm and easy to navigate for beginners. Just a quarter mile from the shore, you’ll find Popoi’a Island, also called Flat Island. This island used to be the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishing shrine. Since the shrine’s destruction by a tsunami in 1946, the island’s flat, sandy beaches have continued to attract kayakers looking for a rewarding destination to enjoy the sun and a snack before making the return trip to the main shore. Flat Island is home to a variety of native seabirds; kayakers and snorkelers often see green turtles in the waters just offshore.

Scuba Diving

Hawaiian waters are prized for their clarity and variety of ocean life, making them an ideal place to enjoy scuba diving activities. There are also many places to explore just offshore, including coral reefs, underwater caves and tunnels formed by volcanic activity, and shipwrecks. Oahu is home to a number of popular scuba diving spots, including Makaha Beach and Caverns, Hanauma Bay, and Shark’s Cove. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there are numerous companies throughout the island that can supply you with the training, equipment, and supervision you need to enjoy this amazing underwater experience. Many people choose to seek scuba certification as part of their training so they can enjoy even more challenging scuba experiences.

Surfing and Paddle Boarding

Surfing is one of the most iconic Hawaiian sports; it can be enjoyed from anywhere on Oahu. Some of the most popular surfing locations on Oahu include Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, Haleiwa, and the Banzai Pipeline. The beaches on the south shore of the island are often advised for beginners, while the surfing spots on the north shore are well known for their large, long-lived waves. If you are a beginner, there are numerous surf shops and companies across the island that offer multiple-student and even one-on-one classes. You can rent or purchase a surfboard nearly anywhere on the island, making surfing a versatile sport you can enjoy any day of the year. If the idea of riding on a board appeals to you but you aren’t sure you want to try surfing, paddle boarding is a variation of surfing in which you stand on a board and propel yourself via paddle through the water. Paddle boarding is a great activity for any age and fitness level, allowing you to enjoy the sun and scenery from atop the water as you glide along at your own pace.

Your Waena Apartments home is a great launching point for a spring and summer full of healthy and fun water sports. After a long, hard day of play, you’ll love coming home to your spacious Pearl Harbor apartment’s newly-renovated interior. Visit us on the web to check out the full list of amenities you can enjoy at Waena Apartments, or stop by our gallery to visualize your new Hawaiian home. When you’re ready to discuss your lease, you can reach us online, by phone, or in person in Honolulu, HI.  

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Swing into Spring and Summer with These Local Events

Spring and summer are the perfect times of year to enjoy some of the exciting local events taking place in nearby Denver and Boulder. This year, you can enjoy a wide variety of great local food, drinks, and music—often benefiting a good cause—just minutes away from your Broomfield apartment at RockVue.

Upslope Get Down

Presented by the local Upslope Brewing Company, the Upslope Get Down on May 17th at the Flatiron Park Upslope location is your chance to experience good food, good beer, and good music. This local free spring festival features eight bands on two stages for an entire day of celebration. You can enjoy your favorite Upslope brew while you check out the local fare offered by the city’s best food trucks and vendors. Although the Upslope Get Down features local plenty of local craft beer, it is also a family-friendly event. If you’re looking for an even better experience, exclusive VIP tickets provide access to the VIP tent (complete with private restrooms), premium viewing of the main stage, access to rare beer brews, catered refreshments, and 2014 souvenirs.

Enchanted Gardens Tour of Northwest Denver

The Enchanted Gardens of Northwest Denver event is the anticipated annual fundraiser for The Conflict Center in nearby Denver. This event features a self-guided tour of about 20 local gardens, followed by an after party and silent auction. 2014’s garden tour and silent auction will begin at 9am on June 7, 2014, with the after party taking place at the 23rd Ave Sculpture Studio, where you can enjoy refreshments and live music. During the Enchanted Gardens tour, you’ll be given a map of the participating gardens, which are clustered in groups to make viewing easier. You can choose to walk, bike, drive, or take local transportation throughout Northwest Denver to view these amazing works of garden-based art while supporting a local cause.

Denver Beer Olympics

On Saturday, July 26th, the 2014 Denver Beer Olympics will commence. This annual event is held to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which funds research and support for those affected by leukemia and other blood cancers. The Denver Beer Olympics offers the opportunity bring together a four-person co-ed team (all members must be over 21) to compete in fun, beer-based events for a good cause. You can choose from events that include beer pong, beersbee, flip cup, and cornhole; registration is now open online at the event’s website. On the day of the tournament, the team that racks up the most points overall will be declared the Beer Olympics Champions. Alternatively, you can choose to be a volunteer or simply come as a spectator to cheer on your local team during this unique and entertaining competition.

These are just a few of the amazing events you can enjoy when you make RockVue Apartments your Broomfield home. We are within easy driving distance to Boulder and Denver, with access to the Flatiron Mountains and all the outdoor adventures they hold. If you’re ready to discover the RockVue lifestyle for yourself, click through our website to learn more about our community features and local neighborhood hotspots. Right now, when you sign a lease with us, you’ll enjoy one month’s rent free upfront—contact us online for more information or to set up your lease today.

Living Greener in an Apartment

Green living is quickly becoming a popular lifestyle choice in Broomfield and across the country. Reducing your apartment’s carbon footprint is an easy way to make a positive change in the environment. Keep reading to find out how you can continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while making green choices at home in RockVue Apartments.

Use Green Cleaners

Keeping your apartment clean will improve the look and feel of your living space—plus, it’s a great way to show off its luxury finishes, like your quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Cleaning can be an Earth-friendly chore when you use natural cleaning solutions, rather than harsh or dangerous chemical cleaners. To clean stainless steel, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the surface of your appliances with a soft sponge, then rinse it away with clean water. A mixture of vinegar and water can also be used to remove spots from stainless steel. Your quartz countertops are designed to resist stains, so just wipe up any spills immediately with water and a lint-free paper towel. You can keep your shower and tub tiles clean with baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide.

Switch to CFLs

You have more than one choice when it comes to lighting your apartment’s interior. CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are a great alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. These newer options use up to 66% less energy, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint. CFLs also generate no heat, which means your apartment will stay more comfortable during warm seasons and you’ll use your air conditioner less. Because CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, you won’t need to replace them as often so you’ll also generate less waste while enjoying ample lighting in your home.

Turn Off the Lights

Another way to enjoy energy savings and a greener apartment lifestyle is to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room for more than 15 minutes. This will reduce wasted energy and improve the overall lifetime of your bulbs. Your lights aren’t the only energy-using aspect of any room—you should also turn off fans, televisions, and other electronics when they’re not in use. Unplug your phone, camera, and computer chargers when they’re not attached to their respective devices. Even when you’re not using them to charge anything, these well-known “energy vampires” can still draw watts that simply go to waste.

Maximize Appliances

Washers, dryers, and dishwashers are wonderful modern conveniences that make everyday chores much easier. You can enjoy a modern lifestyle while still living green by using these appliances efficiently. Wait to wash a load of dishes or laundry until the appliance is full. If your washer allows you to choose the water level, use only as much water as is needed and wash your clothes on the cold setting whenever possible. Purchase eco-friendly soaps and detergents, which allow you to enjoy clean dishes and laundry without contaminating local water supplies. Use the “air dry” mode rather than the heated dry mode on your dishwasher to save even more energy when doing the dishes.

RockVue Apartments of Broomfield, CO, is the perfect place to enjoy an active outdoor—and green—lifestyle. Our community near Boulder, Denver, and the Flatirons Mountains features ample community greenspace, nearby jogging and biking trails, and luxury finishes you’ll love. Visit our website to find out more about our amenities, floor plans, pricing, and availability. 

The Differences Between Electronic and Mechanical Key Control

Key management is one of the biggest challenges faced by many industries. Handling keys manually can be inconvenient, frustrating, time consuming, and prone to error. KEYper Systems is here to offer you a variety of convenient key management solutions tailored to your exact needs. We offer both electronic and manual key control systems so you can choose the option that best fits your needs. Keep reading to learn about these two systems to discover the best key management solution for your business, organization, or school.

Electronic Key Control

KEYper Systems’ electronic key control solutions offer secure, state-of-the-art key tracking and inventory management. An electronic key control system is ideal for both large and small operations. To access keys from the secure, tamper-proof steel cabinet, employers or customers can use a PIN, fingerprint scanner, or proximity card. Only the keys to which you have granted access are available to corresponding users, allowing you ultimate control over your inventory or facility. The available keys are highlighted clearly with LEDs. Upon their return, keys do not need to be placed in the same location—the electronic system will simply learn the new location of the key. Multiple incorrect attempts to access keys will lock the system and notify you immediately via electronic communication. All key access is logged electronically, allowing you to find out instantly which keys have been checked out, by whom, when, and for how long. You can also request notification when keys are returned. Your electronic key access system includes specialized computer software that allows you to track your inventory usage and many other statistics over time. This information can be extremely useful for businesses and organizations that need up-to-date knowledge of key usage within any specified range of dates. The software can also be used to create other customizable reports by user to view illegal key removals or key access periods that were outside a specified range of time.

Mechanical Key Control

While electronic key management systems offer a wide range of key tracking options, some industries don’t need such extensive control. Whether you need to manage one key or more than one hundred, KEYper Systems’ mechanical key management systems can offer you a secure, cost-effective, and easy-to-use solution. Mechanical key management systems utilize physical unique key Access Pegs. Each Access Peg allows the user to remove one key at a time. A Key Board provides secure storage for keys, which can be accessed by placing the Access Peg into the open port beside the desired key. Thus, a quick look at your Key Board will tell you which keys are checked out and by whom. Each key is securely attached to a key plug via wire to prevent tampering. Key ports are clearly numbered and each peg can hold one or more keys, allowing you to customize your system to best suit your needs. Mechanical key control systems are best for industries in which instantaneous key use information and long-term inventory tracking is not necessary. This form of key control offers a lower-tech yet secure and convenient way to manage your keys and inventory.

Now you can enjoy the benefits of the latest key management solutions. KEYper Systems has the perfect electronic or mechanical key management system for your needs, whether you are a dealership, university, hotel, government installation, or private business. Would you like to find out more about how our key management systems can improve your organization starting from the very first day? Visit our website to explore our benefits by industry.

 

Tips for Planning Your Space

You’ve signed the lease and the place is yours—your Carmel Rincon apartment is a blank canvas, just waiting to be filled with furniture, accessories, and other décor. However, before you begin bringing furniture into your new San Francisco apartment, taking some time to plan out your space can help you create a home that is more functional, easier to clean, and holds superior aesthetic appeal. Thanks to its unique design, each Carmel Rincon apartment has a floor plan and a view unlike any other. Keep reading for some helpful tips on planning your new apartment space to make the most of your luxury apartment’s one-of-a-kind floor plan.

Buy Furniture to Fit the Space

Furnishings make a room comfortable and convenient. However, the key to furnishing your new apartment with pieces that will enhance the space is to purchase furniture that is the right size for the apartment. Choosing furniture that is either too large or too small will look awkward and may make moving through a room inconvenient. One of the most basic issues to address is whether any piece you like will fit through your doorway—and any subsequent halls it must travel down to get to its final destination. Even if it can be disassembled, it’s still important to make sure the biggest piece of your new furniture will fit through doors and hallways. Next, make sure the assembled piece will fit in the space you’ve designated by taking measurements of your space and the furniture. Ideally, you should try to leave at least two inches between the end of your furniture and the wall. This will avoid making your furniture look wedged into a space that is too small. Leave a two- to three-foot walkway through the room to keep your living space open and accessible. Avoid partially blocking doorways with furniture, as this can be a fire hazard as well as an interior design faux pas.

Create Zones

Open floor plans are a popular and desirable design. When planning your apartment’s layout, sketch out your open living space and designate certain areas for different purposes. Create separate zones for dining, lounging, work, hobbies, and so forth. You can choose to separate these zones in two ways: furniture dividers or style dividers. Furniture dividers are physical pieces of furniture that you can use to block off sections of an open space. For example, you may float your sofa in the middle of the room to designate where the lounging area begins and ends. Filing cabinets or bookshelves can be used to block off a home office or hobby space. Alternatively, you can use style dividers to separate your zones without creating physical barriers in your open living space. This option is preferable for some because it maintains the wide open feel of the original apartment floor plan. Style dividers aren’t a physical object—instead, this concept uses differing décor styles to differentiate between living spaces. You can use area rugs, differing color palettes, and various styles of furniture or artwork to visually designate each space within your apartment’s open floor plan without placing a single physical divider.

Are you ready to make the most of your new apartment space in San Francisco? Carmel Rincon features luxury apartments complete with stunning views, walk-in closets, private balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows. You can check out our available floor plans on the web, where you’ll also find our gallery and full list of amenities. Stop by in person to take a tour or contact us online to start the leasing process!

Try Out These Top San Francisco Restaurants This Spring

The San Francisco dining scene is as diverse as the city’s thriving culture. As you explore all that San Francisco’s restaurants have to offer, you’ll find unique fusions of taste and new dining concepts unlike those in any other city in the nation. Below you’ll find just a few of the current top restaurants in San Francisco, all within easy travel distance from your Carmel Rincon apartment.

Bar Tartine

The menu at Bar Tartine (located at 561 Valencia Street) is as unique as they come. Each dish created by co-chefs Nick and Courtney draws its taste from a variety of cultures, including Hungarian, Japanese, and Danish cuisine. Many of Bar Tartine’s dishes feature items that are made from scratch or even fermented in-house for the ultimate in local, fresh flavor. The menu is constantly evolving, meaning you’ll find exciting new items alongside old favorites every time you visit. On the drink menu, you’ll discover a variety of local and small-producer beers and wines. Bar Tartine is open for dinner every night of the week and serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Frances

Created by chef Melissa Perello, Frances features authentic Californian cuisine like you’ve never had before. The menu changes daily to reflect ingredients purchased from local Northern California farmers. No matter the day, you’ll find only the freshest offerings waiting to delight your taste buds in this upscale yet down-to-Earth eatery. Frances is known not only for its delicious food, but its stellar service and appealing atmosphere as well. Each meal will wrap you in an honest, simple, but delectable experience that can only be found in San Francisco. Don’t forget to try the house wine—it’s been called “as distinctive as the address” by some of the most renowned food critics in the U.S.

Yank Sing

Located inside the historic Rincon Center just seconds from your apartment, Yank Sing specializes in both traditional and contemporary Deem Sum dishes designed to delight. On weekends, you can find a table at the restaurant’s expanded seating area in the Rincon Atrium. Every dish is prepared fresh each day for a Deem Sum experience whenever you’re craving it. A few popular favorites include the signature Shanghai dumpling, Peking duck-by-the-slice, and the vegetarian-friendly snap peas dish. Yank Sing has a long, prestigious history of culinary awards; most recently, the restaurant has been named one of ZAGAT’s 2014 Most Popular Bay Area Restaurants and is listed in The 2014 MICHELIN Guide to San Francisco.

State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions, created and owned by chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, is not so much a restaurant as it is a culinary workshop. This unique venue has recreated California cuisine, offering a freeform, continually-changing menu of dishes served dim sum-style. Some of the restaurant’s most well-known dishes include pancakes with smoked sturgeon, guinea hen dumplings with broth, and, of course, fried quail (the California state bird). State Bird Provisions has enjoyed national acclaim for its innovation, atmosphere, and the top-tier quality of every dish that rolls out of the kitchen. Keep in mind that reservations are preferred, though walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When you live at Carmel Rincon, you can take your taste buds on an adventure every day as you enjoy the diverse restaurant scene unique to San Francisco. When it’s time to retire home, you’ll love your city views, stainless steel appliances, and wall-to-wall luxury carpet. Check us out on the web to find out the many benefits of coming home to Carmel Rincon

Choosing Art for Your Apartment

Adding art to your Broomfield apartment creates a more inviting and comfortable living space that reflects your personality and style. Artwork lends both color and texture to your apartment, expanding upon the statement made by your other décor. There are many different types of artwork to consider, so keep reading for tips on how to choose pieces that not only reflect your personal tastes, but enhance your decorating style as well.

Personal Photos

Photos are a unique and personalized option to consider if you’re looking to add art to your apartment walls. Choosing photos from among your personal collection puts your experiences on display to reflect the people and events that have shaped your life. If your apartment features an eclectic decorating style, consider creating a collage of photos featuring varying colors, shapes, sizes, and subjects. Select a variety of frames in many styles and colors for an appealingly mismatched display. More modern- or contemporary-styled apartments can benefit from photos that have been modified to match each other in size, color, and style. Using identical frames for these photos allows you to create unity and flow in your apartment space. Additionally, many companies offer services that blow up photos and place them on canvases, wood, or metal. These options allow you to create a high-quality centerpiece suited to your apartment’s style out of a treasured memory.

Prints

If you don’t want to put your own life on display, choosing prints of artistic pieces can still imbue your apartment with personality, color, and style. The prints you choose for your walls are a reflection of your own unique artistic tastes. When selecting the perfect print, consider how it makes you feel and whether it suits your personality and the living environment you want to create. If you’re looking for art for a specific area of your apartment, use guidelines such as color and style to narrow down your selection. You can also enhance any print with the right frame—choose a frame that is appropriate to the art as well as the décor and style of your apartment. Remember that traditional art prints are not the only option—check out local or online artists as well to find pieces that appeal to you. Mixing traditional and contemporary art is another popular way to personalize any room.

Three-Dimensional and Textile Art

Are you looking for something a little different for your apartment walls? Not all art must be printed on paper and placed in a frame. Three-dimensional art and textiles add variety and appeal to any space. Consider using shadow boxes, bas-reliefs, sculptures, carpets, and tapestries to spice up your apartment’s artistic décor. Three-dimensional art often works best in large spaces where there is ample lighting to view the texture of the piece. Avoid using large pieces in small rooms, where they can make the space feel tighter. Tapestries and other textiles soften the look of a room and make excellent additions to modern, minimalist, and contemporary settings. Hanging carpets lengthwise is a great trick that makes hallways and smaller rooms appear longer and more open.

These are just a few of the ways you can choose to add artistic style to your Alta Harvest Station apartment. Our one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments feature designer-inspired floor plans, ample storage, and upscale finishes that include tile flooring and granite countertops. You can find out more about our luxury apartment community when you visit our website.  

Moving into Alta Harvest Station This Summer? Here Are Some Tips!

Summer is the busiest moving season of the year, but it doesn’t need to be stressful if you’re prepared. If you’re planning to move into a luxury apartment at Alta Harvest Station this summer, a few simple tips will ensure your moving experience is both easy and enjoyable:

Consider Movers

Hiring movers is often the first and most difficult choice involved in any move. It’s important to decide whether you want to hire movers as early as possible because companies can become booked quickly during the summer. Hiring movers can offer you many benefits as you transition to your new apartment home. Movers have the right equipment and transportation to move all your belongings—including large pieces of furniture—easily and quickly. There are also many different types of movers, ranging from full-service companies that will pack for you to partial-service movers who will simply transport your belongings from your old home to your new apartment. Prices vary depending upon the amount of service and the distance of your move. If you don’t own a large amount of belongings or furniture, you may prefer to move your things without the help of professionals. If you plan to rent a truck or enlist family and friends, it’s still necessary to plan ahead. Truck rentals can also be difficult to obtain during the busiest times of the summer, so call as early as possible to make sure you get the vehicle and the deal you want.

Pack Strategically

If you’ll be packing your belongings yourself, there are many tips that can make your summer move much easier. As soon as you’ve chosen your new apartment, take a walk through the space or look up the floor plan online. Visualize where you want your belongings to go and pack based on their final locations. Label each box with the room it should be placed in and keep an inventory of the items in each box in a notebook or on your computer. Keep electronics and their cords together to avoid searching for the pieces you need to hook up your computer or sound system in your new apartment. As you pack, it’s also a great time to cut back on clutter and get rid of items you no longer use. Keep bags or boxes handy for items to be recycled, donated, or thrown away. While it can be tempting to keep items solely out of sentimental value, if you haven’t used something in over a year, it’s time to evaluate whether you really need it or not.

Plan for Moving Day

If you have children or pets, planning ahead will make moving day easier. Consider having a friend or family member take care of your kids for the day to keep them out from underfoot. Alternatively, short-term daycare offers a safe, enjoyable place for children during the busiest hours of your move. Moving can also be stressful for pets; summer moves present additional concerns because pets cannot be left in a vehicle unattended. Arrange for accommodations for your pet on moving day, such as a visit with friends or a boarding facility to keep your furry friend happy and safe.

Your move to Alta Harvest Station is just the beginning of an active, enjoyable lifestyle in Broomfield, CO. Our apartment community features upscale amenities, a sparkling swimming pool, and a pet recreation area for you and your furry friends. Click over to our website or stop by in person to discover the benefits of luxury apartment living in Broomfield today!