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Ways to Tell It’s Time for a Two Bedroom Apartment

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We always say if “it feels like home from the first visit” it’s probably the one but we know sometimes it’s just not that easy. If you’re weighing the options for a two bedroom apartment upgrade, we know you are already considering expenses. But are you also factoring in happiness? Are you deciding for what better serves the simple pleasures in your life? Happiness is just as valuable as money. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, it’s likely time to move on to a two bedroom apartment home.

Your Family is Growing

When kids are in the picture, life happens quickly. Before you know it, you and your significant other are expecting and it’s time to start rethinking your living arrangements for the little one. Or perhaps life happens at the other end of the spectrum and you need to plan on moving in a relative. If your family grows, your footprint grows with it and a two bedroom could be a comfortable next step to accommodate everyone.

You’re Working from Home

Working from home is the new norm. If working from home will be a long-term or permanent situation for you, a two bedroom apartment offers some nice perks! A spare bedroom turned home office offers you a dedicated space for focus. It’s the ideal environment for improving your routines, organization, and therefore productivity. Plus, a separate work space establishes a firmer line (or wall) between your work and home life. Simply shut your door to shut it off for the day. 

You’re Low on Storage

If your closets are bursting at the seams, that’s a pretty good sign you need to upgrade for more space. A larger apartment home generally comes with more storage but a full second bedroom offers a myriad of ways to store things, even if it’s used as a traditional guest room. Some good furniture and storage containers in the extra closet or under then bed can go a long way for tidiness. And if you consider yourself to be “extra”, there’s nothing more fitting than turning your bedroom into an oversized, walk-in closet. Yep, move into a two bedroom and you could have THAT closet. 

Your “Me Time” is Missing

Everyone needs some alone time, right? It’s definitely time to move on if your current home is not conducive to some occasional personal time. If you don’t need the room for a growing family or regular guests, a second bedroom can double as anything you want. It’s a great host for hobbies and home workouts. Invest in some craft shelving for your indoor “she shed” or bring in a lazy boy and big screen for the ultimate “man cave”. 

You’re Needing to Cut Costs

If you’re treading through some hard times or just looking to save more money, a two bedroom roommate living situation provides some helpful solutions. Inviting a friend or family member to share a lease with you allows you both to cut costs, gives you some company, and likely affords you both a nicer apartment home. By splitting expenses, you and your roommate can enjoy more of the simple pleasures of apartment living, like extra money in your pockets and better amenities to enjoy.

 

Live the Simple Pleasures of Portofino…
It’s not just the extra space you gain when you move into a two bedroom apartment home at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. You gain a modern, cozy floor plan, a charming kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, rich custom finishes, resort-style amenities and of course, friendly neighbors. 

NOW LEASING TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS. Start living all life’s simple pleasures and join the neighborhood today!

Thankful for Our Neighborhood

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It’s a wonderful time of year. A time to give thanks, especially for the little things like a warm cup of coffee on your patio or the cup of sugar you borrowed from your neighbor. These moments contribute to the warmth and comfort of home at Portofino and the people that make them possible deserve much thanks. Thanksgiving has us reflecting on our neighborhood and its most valuable assets.

Our Friendly Residents

Residents, any note of gratitude starts with you! You are the heart of our little neighborhood and your presence is one of the finest simple pleasures of Portofino. You enhance our community with a charm and warmth that we so adore. We enjoy serving you and we hope our efforts will continue to enrich your life as you have enriched ours. Thank you for everything, for settling in with us, for trusting our team with your happiness and most importantly, for making this community feel like home!

Our Devoted Staff

Behind every beautiful home is a dedicated caretaker and at Portofino, we are fortunate to have an entire crew of devoted professionals. From leasing agents to maintenance personnel, we have many blessings to count. If you work at Portofino, you are part of the family. You are the comfort that welcomes people in and the kindness that keeps them. You are a pivotal part of home at Portofino. We take notice of your passion and expertise, and we are truly grateful. Thank you for being a valuable asset to our team!

Our HealthCare Heroes

Portofino has many medical professionals in residency and we consider that an honor. Providing the comforts of home for our healthcare heroes is a pleasure. It’s the least we can do for the sacrifices they make every day, especially during these uncertain times. If you are a medical professional, your selfless dedication and commitment deserve our deepest gratitude. Thank you for your courage to face fear and your drive to work tirelessly for the health and safety of our communities. You are making a difference—you are saving lives, and we can not say thank you enough.

 

Thank You for Being Part of the Neighborhood

The biggest joys of living at Portofino come from these people. The companionship of friendly neighbors, caring gestures from kind staff, and the comfort of a beautiful home are what make Portofino a wonderful neighborhood. Thanks to all of you for making them possible! May you use this time of year to appreciate some of life’s simplest pleasures with us. Happy Thanksgiving from Portofino!

 

5 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Lubbock for Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, fall festivities are in full force on the South Plains including everything from corn mazes to music festivals. Fall is just fun around these parts. If you are looking to get out and get into the Halloween spirit, look no further! Our list of family-friendly Halloween-week events has something for everyone.

Lubbock Pumpkin Trail

If fall florals and pumpkins perk you up, this Lubbock tradition will give you all the feels! Bask in the light of nearly 2,000 carved and lit pumpkins at the beautiful Lubbock Pumpkin Trail. This event is sponsored by the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation, perfect for all ages, stroller/wheelchair accessible, and admission is free. The pumpkin trail is open in the evenings from October 22-25. Mark your calendars—you won’t want to miss it!

Mariachis y Menudo Festival

For the family of music lovers, the Mariachis y Menudo Festival is a must! Bring the whole familia to the first-ever Mariachis y Menudo Festival this Saturday, where the smell of good food fills the air while the music moves your bones. This event will feature a variety of food trucks, vendors, games, and even a trunk or treat for the niños! Musical performances will be held from 8 to 10 pm.

Trunk or Treat at Rawlings

For the kiddos, it’s all about the candy, right? If your family needs a safe place to trick-or-treat this Halloween, the Trunk or Treat at Rawlings Park is where it’s at on Sunday, October 25th! This is a free event hosted by the City of Lubbock, meant for you and your little monsters to get your fill of Halloween goodies. Come in your cutest Halloween costumes for a fun time! Candy donations will be accepted.

At’l Do Farms

If your crew is looking for something that screams autumn-adventure, head on over to At’l Do Farms! This local staple gives you the chance to experience West Texas farming while making memories with family and friends. Their famous Corn Maze is the thing to see every year but there is fall excitement for all ages. You can shoot the Corn Canon while the little ones ride the Cow Train, or you can all visit the Barnyard animals and take a hayride through the pumpkin patch. Check out At’l Do Farms from September 12th – November 7th to keep the adventure rolling!

Nightmare on 19th Street

This classic haunted house in is perfect for adults or older kids on the “haunt” for something a little more thrilling. With four haunted features and tons of creepy characters, Nightmare on 19th Street is the place to go for real frights! Purchase your tickets online to experience the most terrifying attraction in West Texas each weekend during the month of October.

 

Enjoy the simple pleasures of Portofino!

It’s safe to say Lubbock is no ghost town. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun like this, spend your next Halloween at Portofino Apartments. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. What are you waiting for? Join the neighborhood.

NOW PRE-LEASING for Fall! Two bedroom apartment homes are now available. Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the learn more.

 

Positive Perspectives on Living Alone, The One Bedroom Way

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No matter where you are in your pursuit of happiness, living arrangements can directly affect your success. If you are a student or young professional, there may be a time when living solo is beneficial for you and a one bedroom apartment simply fits the bill. While it is true living alone is not for everyone, there are many positive aspects to consider, which might explain why one-person households are on the rise. We’re calling it the “One Bedroom Way”, where easy living lets you focus on your goals and takes you to great places literally, financially and mentally. If you’re thinking about a move to “just you”, consider these points on the decision…

Privacy is Pivotal

Many rewarding social experiences can come from living with roommates but if it’s time to get serious about your life goals, it may be time to pivot for privacy. Living alone is sometimes thought to be for loners or anti-socials but it’s important to remember loneliness and solitude are two very different things. A little privacy can go a long way for focus. And many lone dwellers are still very active and social, it just takes self awareness and balance.

In your own apartment, it’s a lot easier to enforce personal limits and form better habits. According to the Psychology of Habits at theworldcounts.org, “40% percent of your actions are not conscious decisions but habits. So habits are a big part of your life.” You can socialize and host gatherings, but it all ends on your terms. The lights go out according to your schedule, not your guests’, and you can reset for your next day of grinding. After a hard days work, there’s nothing more refreshing than coming home to your own things, groceries and routines exactly where you left them.

Quiet Time is Crucial

Speaking of resetting, peace and quiet can go a long way. With more privacy at home, you can control your time and surroundings enough to designate more down time. Both privacy and quiet time can promote less stress, better work-life balance, and clearer decision making. If you are a student or young professional, you often need silence or a specific atmosphere to focus—doable when you live alone.

One of the most important benefits to living solo is it allows for more self-care. Relaxing and “turning off” for periods of time is necessary for good mental and physical health, and therefore productivity. According to a 2015 article, co-founder and CEO of Milanote Ollie Campbell was able to boost company productivity by 23% just by introducing periods of quietness into the work schedule. That “you” time is a powerful thing and sometimes it’s not easily accesible in multi-person living quarters.

Positivity is Paramount

The best part of any move is making it “home”. When you live solo, you can customize your apartment to reflect your personal style (release your inner designer) and create your own happy place. Curating your space to best fit your lifestyle allows for a better flow of activity and energy throughout your home which increases efficiency. Not to mention, when you get ready for a significant other, the stage is already set!

A one bedroom apartment is also often cheaper than roommate living. At places like Portofino, you don’t have extra expenses for fitness memberships or pool facilities either. Therefore, you’re afforded more funds for your favorite things and future aspirations. You are able to save for next steps in life or set back cushion for hard times. Living alone can be great for utility and very fulfilling. Your new apartment will bring excitement, a sense of renewal and fresh energy to your life. And when you feel good, you do good, right? This is definitely something thrive on.

 

Join the Neighborhood… Even if you live in a one bedroom apartment, you are never truly alone at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. The neighborhood feel and community amenities are always good company. NOW LEASING for the one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plan—ideal for a single or couples lifestyle.

To start living all the simple pleasures of Portofino, schedule a tour or contact us today!

 

Fun Ideas to Fill Your Home with Fall Feels

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It’s almost fall, y’all! Time to get excited for pumpkin spice and everything nice… in your mug AND in your home. If you’re looking for some refreshing new ways to fill your apartment with all the fall feels this season, check out some of our favorites idea below.

Dress Up Your Door

A beautiful display of rich color and texture in a wreath is one of the simplest ways to give your guests a warm welcome. Try to find florals that complement the color of your door to maximize its impact. If you live at Portofino, burnt orange, sienna and saffron hues will pop off our warm grey exteriors. And whether you decide to buy or diy your wreath, try weaving in some fabrics or elements from your home into the wreath, like one of your favorite scarves or some bold artificial stems. This is sure to make your wreath unique and more personal to your style, in turn making it feel more like home.

Go Natural 

One of the best ways to invoke the spirit of fall is to bring the outside in. Make your arrangements unique by pairing traditional fall florals like mums or marigolds with found elements like pine cones, dried vines or pompous grass stems (yes, they are making a comeback). Fresh golden eucalyptus, gourds or even synthetic branches are easy finds that don’t take much effort to look good. Even autumn foods and ingredients like apples, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary in a wooden vase would make for a beautiful, festive table display.

Seek Seasonal Scents

Smell is one of the most delightful aspects of fall. Simply put, if your home doesn’t smell like a Thanksgiving pie is cooking, you’re doing fall decorating all wrong. Wink, wink. Smell is 9/10ths of the experience so it’s best to punch it up this time of year. Plug in a flameless candle or diffuser with your favorite scent to sink deeper into the season. Or good ole’ fashioned fall potpourri will do the trick, just pour it into your favorite West Elm inspired concrete vase or rattan basket for a modern vibe.

Pump Up Your Pumpkin Game

Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes are an autumn must-have. Velvet, fabric or wooden selections are always adorable and give you the most bang for the buck. But if you’re a more traditional fall fanatic, you likely want fresh pumpkins. We’re loving the blue and green shades this year! Stacking pumpkins is a simple yet trendy way to display them. Or for some family fun and a graphic twist, carve your pumpkins with homely sayings, geometric patterns or other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Life Hack: To lengthen the lives of your fresh fall pumpkins, soak them in a bucket of water and ⅔ cups of bleach. Your front porch will thank us later!

 

Fall for Portofino Apartments… We admire the warmth of the autumn season, but the family friendly lifestyle of Portofino in Lubbock, Texas keeps things this warm and comfy all year long. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of Portofino. 

NOW LEASING cozy one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plans! Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the community to learn more. 

 

How to Know It’s the Perfect Apartment

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When it comes to apartment hunting, finding ‘the one’ is sometimes easier said than done. With so many design choices and boxes to check, your search can become overwhelming and distract you from what’s most important. Fortunately, there are a few reassuring signs that can help! Let these tips guide you in finding the perfect apartment home, and you’ll know exactly when to take action.

Know Your Numbers

When considering finances for a new apartment, you definitely need to know your numbers. Take a thorough, critical look at your budget before you start looking and be modest in matching that amount. A good rule of thumb is to ensure the total cost of your rent is 30% or less than your gross annual income. This can help you maintain room in your budget for necessities plus savings, allowing for a better way of life in the long run. It’s truly disappointing to have a spare bedroom but not the ability to furnish it. Be sure to double-check your finances before you sign, and respect your limits once you’ve made the move. When you live within your means, it’s so much easier to budget for your best life!

Look for Room To Grow 

More space is one of the most common reasons why people search for a new home, but more efficient space is the real key. So, try to think ahead. Consider different living scenarios and how this space will allow growth or accommodate you during life changes. When in doubt, we reference the rule of ‘number of tenants + one’. By designating extra space for your family, you have room to live comfortably with visitors or additions to your family, even if they are unexpected. Look for features that are easily adaptable, like an oversized pantry that can house storage overflow or a spare bedroom that could convert to a home office. 

Note All The Feelings

Home is not a thing, it’s a feeling, right? If you get good feelings at first sight, that’s a good cue to reach for the keys. However, don’t let the ‘feels’ blind you. No matter how strong your admiration for the apartment, be sure to consider how the full expenses of rent and utilities blend into your budget before you follow through. Also consider the lifestyle this new home may afford you, with amenities or location benefits. At Portofino, a resort-style pool, fitness center, and dog park are sure to bring you priceless conveniences and joys in life. Ultimately, your long-term happiness rests in how well you can live in this new space, so make sure you’re feeling it!

 

If You’re Looking for a Sign, Here It Is…   Portofino is NOW LEASING one and two bedroom floor plans! Friendly neighbors and staff, functional floor plans, inviting interiors and entertaining community amenities make this place feel like home from your very first visit. Portofino is more than an apartment complex, it’s a cozy neighborhood in Lubbock, Texas with all the comforts of home and more. Browse the website for more info or schedule a tour today! 

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