It’s kind of a big deal.

It’s the 36th Annual National Night Out and multi-housing communities throughout Minnesota are celebrating their residents and helping them get to know their neighbors.

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The  36th Annual National Night Out was held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. In St. Paul alone over 37 thousand people attend events in their neighborhoods. It’s a chance for people to meet their neighbor and, in some cases, chat with local law enforcement personnel. Communities provide food and promote the special event to bring people out of their homes and apartments to socialize. A similar program in Minnesota is promoted in each county and is known as Night to Unite. There is great comfort in knowing who lives next door and our society feels more secure when folks band together with a cause – like safe neighborhoods. The addition of food ties it all together as a social gathering.

Many of our At Home Apartments communities took advantage of this national event to celebrate their residents and mingle with staff. Waterford Townhomes in Eagan invited local police to stop by for a visit. The Jade Lane Estates leasing and maintenance team served burgers on the grill. And BBQs were a big hit with lawn games at Oxford Apartments in St. Paul.

Jade Lane Estates' maintenance team

We’re happy to have a variety of rental communities in the Twin Cities metro and proud to see our leasing and management offices invest the time and energy it takes to sponsor National Night Out events in their neighborhoods. (Pictured above: the Jade Lane Estates maintenance team.)

Food Driving

Kids that aren’t in school during the summer need lunch! The Mobile Lunch Box brings the food to them in Dakota County -driven by The Open Door Pantry and the donations they receive. We wanted to help and our summer Food Drive has now expanded to 13 leasing offices.

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DO Good. BE Kind. GO Share…
DO Good. BE Kind. GO Share…

It started as a desire to help The Mobile Lunch Box program in Dakota County. With six of the At Home Apartments’ properties located there, it seemed like a great fit for our residents and staff to help make a difference. Once we learned how great the need was to bring lunches to the kids that were not in school, we created a task force and set a date for a food drive. We wanted to allow our residents and staff the opportunity to donate kid-friendly foods that The Open Door Pantry would distribute through their Mobile Lunch Box bus.

Theresa Stokes, Community Relations Coordinator for The Open Door Pantry, stated, “The Mobile Lunch Box program is one of our innovative programs. We have partnered with ISD 191 and 196 in certain locations and other sites are ours alone. We have used feedback from local police departments and school officials to help us target the “at need” neighborhoods that would benefit from a Mobile Lunch Box visit. Additionally, we are the largest food shelf in Dakota County and our specialty is food. We are open 5 days a week and 2 evenings to get food to those who need it most. The partnership of At Home Apartments in Dakota County with any food drive or fund drive support, would see that resourcing go right back to our communities.”

What started with a few Dakota County properties has now expanded to 13 of our leasing offices in the Twin Cities metro area. While we gather food for The Mobile Lunchbox in Dakota County, in the month of July we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for other area food shelves in the Second Harvest Heartland network. This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact in each of our communities.

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Summer donations fuel The Mobile Lunch Box as it delivers over 2,000 fresh and healthy meals to children in low-income neighborhoods who struggle to find enough food when school is out of session. – The Open Door Pantry

"Thank you, residents and staff, for your generous participation in our summer Food Drive." - At Home Apartments

Just Like Being There

Imagine viewing a 30 minute fireworks display at eye-level. The residents at CityVue Apartments don’t have to imagine it because their rooftop views are amazing every day. We watched 20+ cities launch their fireworks in a glorious display of color and light

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Rooftop Vue is A M A Z I N G

Take the elevator to the 11th floor at CityVue Apartments and you will witness views of the metro from the tallest building south of the river. The top floor is not just a great overlook – it is also a cozy gathering place. The view from the fitness equipment in the workout room is the east metro and lots of sky! The rooftop patio lounge chairs and table nooks allow a welcome respite from the busy life below. Watch one of the TVs in the Skylounge, read by the fire, or entertain friends. It’s all right here… where you live!

On July 4th residents enjoyed a friendly gathering on the west side of the rooftop patio. The view of the Eagan fireworks display felt so close you could almost touch it. One of the many reasons to live at CityVue Apartments. Join us, won’t you?

Fireworks rooftop CityVue

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Living in History

Historic Brownstone apartments require TLC and a level of understanding for the person lucky enough to dwell in one. We own and manage over 20 turn-of-the-century buildings in Saint Paul which sort of makes us brownstone experts.

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Historic Brownstone apartments require TLC and a level of understanding for the person lucky enough to dwell in one. We own and manage over 20 turn-of-the-century buildings in Saint Paul which sort of makes us brownstone experts. The advantages of living in these buildings include unique built-ins, original hardwood floors, large windows, high ceilings, claw foot bathtubs, and beautiful woodwork throughout.

Along with beauty comes a few challenges. The original plumbing doesn’t allow for heavy water pressure appliances like dishwashers. And the radiator providing heat does not allow for central air conditioning which requires an air duct system. So, you give up a few conveniences for the sake of historic charm.

Let us guide you through some helpful hints for living in a historic building with claw foot bathtubs, gas ranges, and radiant heating.

Claw Foot Bathtub

Our charming claw foot bathtubs are fun to soak in, but a challenge to shower in. We’ve installed a circular curtain rod to remedy that. If you have an older tub positioned away from the wall, you’ll need three shower curtains hanging on the rod to cover the entire circumference of the tub.

We’ve seen extensive water damage on the walls, window frames, and floor in apartments with improper shower curtains. Remember to keep your curtains inside the tub during use to avoid flooding the apartment below you. Taking care with your claw foot bathtub will save needless and costly repair (for which you may be liable).

Gas Range

The stove and oven range for you apartment is fueled by natural gas. On occasion the pilot light for your range may go out and emit a faint smell of natural gas into the apartment. Do not be alarmed as it is only a very trace amount of gas. Depending on the model of stove in your apartment, the pilot lights can be re-lit by following these steps:

  • If you have small vent slots between the front and back burner, take a lit match or lighter and place it into the opening until a small blue flame appears.
  • If there are no vents as described above, remove the grates from the burners and lift the top of the stove by pulling up on the front lip (above the oven door). You will find two small pilot light burners between the from and back stove burners. Hold a flame up to these small burners and the pilot lights should re-light.

Radiant Heating

Your building is equipped with a radiant heating system that used hot water heated by a central boiler. We have added modern upgrades, such as exterior temperature overrides, in order to conserve energy and maximize your comfort level. Yes – unlike forced-air heating systems used in newer apartment buildings, the pipe based system in your building takes some time to heat up and cool down. Follow these steps to ensure that your apartment is heated properly.

  • Keep furniture at least six inches away from baseboards.
  • Make sure your heating vents are all the way open.
  • Adjust your thermostat to increase the frequency with which heated water is allowed to circulate through your apartment.
  • Keep all interior windows closed at all times during the winter season. Opening windows to cool your apartment will only generate greater heating output.
  • If you do not have an internal wall mounted thermostat, please contact the rental office.

We strive to maintain your apartment temperature between 68 and 72 degrees in the winter months. If your apartment temperature is above or below that range, simply complete an online maintenance request and we will service your request as soon as possible.

Do Good

It’s a quality. We all have the capacity to be good. And, we At Home also want to DO good. One way is to give to those in need. Now through December 15th we are challenging our residents and staff to donate to Second Harvest Heartland…

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Goodness. It’s a quality…
Goodness. It’s a quality…

We all have the capacity to be good. And, we At Home also want to DO good. One way is to give to those in need. Now through December 15th we are challenging our residents and staff to donate to Second Harvest Heartland.

Today, one in 10 of our neighbors lives with daily hunger. One in six children in Minnesota is at risk of hunger. Seniors and post-secondary students are among the rising numbers of those in need of help.

As a company, we are excited to participate in a Food & Fund Drive supporting Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization.

There are two ways to participate and donate.

#1

Staff and residents can bring physical donations in to At Home management/leasing offices. Our physical goal is to collect 400 lbs of donations across the entire company.

#2

Go online and make a donation. Our online goal is to raise $2000. Together let's make a difference and DO good.

We’ve got a secret

At Home residents have another reason to love where they live. R e n t   B o n u s e s ! ! There are many benefits to living in an At Home property: quiet, well-maintained, clean, great location, friendly leasing teams, etc. And every

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At Home residents have another reason to love where they live – R e n t   B o n u s e s !! There are many benefits to living in an At Home property: quiet, well-maintained, clean, great location, friendly leasing teams, etc. And every resident also has the benefit of picking their neighbors – refer a friend. Tell your friends and family about At Home Apartments and if they move into one of our properties you are eligible to receive a $200 rent bonus. Get details from your management office. Some exclusions apply. Share and get $$$.