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How to Find Temporary Corporate Housing – And Make it Feel Like Home

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

What to do when you’re temporarily relocated

Commutes are a notorious part of the American corporate world – and often more so in other countries- that when you’re temporarily relocated to a city far far away (or even just far enough away that a daily commute is highly impractical) it can feel as if you don’t have any options. There are plenty of reasons professionals are relocated, often temporarily, to a position outside of their home range. Climbing the corporate ladder and needing extensive training in a specific vertical, providing your expertise in the form of temporary training to a new location, or simply being the best person for a tricky job in a location no one else is qualified to fulfill. The position may be a great one, but the housing situation can cause you to want to pull your hair out. If your company has left you to find a temporary housing solution on your own, or you just want to know what your options are in terms of locations and amenities, we’ve come up with a list of helpful websites to pin down the perfect temporary corporate housing solution.

Temporary corporate housing solutions

  • Execustay-The folks here make it possible to search a wide variety of housing options that specialize in different lifestyles, including military, corporate, and fully furnished. Just type your desired city and state into the search box for listings in the related area. The search will result in a map of available housing along with their listings and links to each residence. Most locations require a minimum of 30 days stay and rental fees often include the rent, furnishings, housekeeping, Wi-Fi, and utilities. Talk about a package deal! Additionally, floor plans, video tours, photo galleries, and furnishing listings are available to view online. This company also offers international temporary housing. When staying with an Execustay residence, customers are able to earn Marriott Points, which are applicable towards free hotel stays and merchandise.
  • Nomad Temporary Housing– Appropriately named, Nomad has over 71,000 listings in over 700 cities! Their search is so refined, that the customer can enter the exact dates in which accommodations are needed, along with the city and country desired. Search among intern programs, insurance housing, vacation rentals, even group relocations. Check the website often for web specials and updates to their blog for the latest news and information.
  • Beds4Meds– Catered towards medical professionals and pin points five major medical metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Search results include a map, photo gallery, current temperature, and some offer a list of nearby medical locations and distance to the residence shown. The website offers a Rotation Finder which allows those in the medical field to search states throughout the U.S. to find away clinical rotations. MedBed, Inc is on Twitter and Facebook. If interested in housing, potential residence may register and fill out an application online.
  • PC Housing is a corporate housing provider in the United States and Canada, aimed at helping traveling professionals have one less thing to worry about. Located in major corporate centers, such as San Diego and Irvine, California, as well as in cities in all 50 states and some cities in Canada. PC Housing helps corporate travelers to find a temporary home close to their new position to reduce the commute time.

How to decorate temporary corporate housing

Make it feel like home

With the research we’ve provided, you have managed to find the perfect makeshift home and have concerns when it comes to making your new temporary pad your own. There is only so much one can do in a temporary rental, right? Don’t worry; we have some tips to help you feel right at home.

  • Photos! Take framed photos of your loved ones along with you, and strategically place them throughout your residence. This provides feeling of comfort and personalization. You can also bring with a digital photo frame and a memory card to cut down on luggage.
  • Live plants- flowers and plants brighten up any room and offer a sense of warmth. Look for plants that don’t require a lot of care if you’ll be very busy with your position.
  • Temporary Wallpaper-peel and stick wall paper is a great way to spruce up the place with an artistic touch of your own, especially if you’ll be in one location for several months. Choose from several designs and cover one wall, or a just part of it. Check out Swag Paper and Temper Paper Designs for inspiration.
  • Wall decal-forget about having to put holes in the wall and spackle them later. With thousands of removable stickers to choose from, decals provide temporary artwork in the time it takes to snap your fingers.
  • Simple purchases like pillows to decorate the furnished couches already provided, or new window treatments are additional ways to add flare to your new place.
  • Many temporary housing providers allow residents to customize their new residences at least a little bit – choose a furniture rental package that speaks to your design preferences.

With a little research and shopping, relocating temporarily can provide a new experience with opportunity to think outside of the box. Have fun with it and happy hunting!

Images courtesy of PC Housing and Trading Phrases

America’s Finest City: Vacationing in San Diego, CA

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

It’s really no wonder people from all over flock to America’s Finest City, San Diego, California. It’s a beautiful city in Southern California, that’s on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The city is well known for its mild year-round climate, gorgeous deep water harbor, and it has a surprising large population of 1.3 million people, spread over a 324 square miles. The vastness of the city gives it the appeal of living in a small city, but yet it remains California’s second largest city, second to Los Angeles. That’s why vacationing in San Diego is so popular!

When the real-estate bubble burst, some of the hardest-hit markets were sunny destinations like San Diego, which saw the median price of homes fall nearly 37% from their peak in 2006. So, what better time than now to purchase a vacation home in your favorite vacation spot, San Diego? And what’s better, is you can even rent furniture to fill that home. This way, your personal items won’t feel the wear and tear when you decide to also rent your vacation home. After-all there really isn’t an ‘off-season’ for America’s Finest City.

Although San Diego felt its share of the economic housing adjustment, it continues to sparkle as it always has. The downtown has been revitalized, and there many bargains, especially vacation homes. After all, people still love the consistently warm climate of San Diego.

It’s never been easier to buy your vacation home, and it’s even easier to rent furniture. From small furniture for condos, to kitchen tales, renting furniture is much better  than Ikea. More and more vacationers are choosing to purchase cozy condos and beach front homes instead of cramped, impersonal hotel rooms when they travel. And as market demand has surged, companies like Signature Furniture Rental can help you furnish your vacation home.

Thankfully San Diego doesn’t have the ‘glamour of Hollywood,’ so it continues to rank on the top ten list for nearly everything else: It may not have the glamour of Hollywood, but San Diego, further down the California coast, ranks on top 10 lists for everything else; wealthiest and safest cities to live, great beaches, parks and rivers, weather (more than 200 days above 70 degrees, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

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Valentia Homes: Discover the Luxury of Life in the “Jewel” of San Diego

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Around San Diego it is well known that La Jolla and “luxury” go hand in hand.  For those interested in fine living and upscale surroundings, the Valentia Homes in La Jolla offer expansive apartment homes that fit right in  with “the jewel” of San Diego.

Nearby you will find isolated coves, world-class golfing, chic boutique shopping and unbelievable fine dining.  However, if you choose to stay in, the luxury of La Jolla surrounds you indoors as well.  Each of the one, two, and three bedroom condominiums features raised panel cabinetry, granite counter tops, wood flooring, designer paint, and custom lighting as well as in-home laundry.  The complex itself is across the street from the 30-acre Nobel Athletic Area including Softball and Basketball as well as the North University Community Library.  On-site amenities include a gaming Lounge with a Pool Table, Wii and PlayStation as well as resort-style pools and spas and private courtyards with BBQ areas.

Residents can take comfort knowing there are 24-hour on-site management and maintenance services, including quick starts for dead car batteries!  Your furry companions will be able to accompany you to your new luxury home since Valentia allows cats and dogs (there are some breed restrictions on dogs, however).

Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in the active, luxurious La Jolla community or simply lounge and take in the dazzling sunset and skyline views, Valentia is a sure bet for high-class living at an affordable price.

Tierrasanta Ridge Apartment Homes: A Natural Canyon and Hillside Retreat

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Are you in the market for comfortable, relaxing living without having to sacrifice location or luxury? The Tierrasanta Ridge Apartment Homes manages to effortlessly accommodate their residents with everything they need to achieve both. From their extensive resort-like amenities to the multiple, spacious floor plan options for 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, there is something for everyone at Tierrasanta Ridge; a natural canyon and hillside retreat in San Diego.

Each of the 5 unique floor plans features a fireplace, spacious pantries, walk-in closets, and ceiling fans. Select layouts even feature in-house laundry as well!  On the property, residents have access to two sparkling swimming pools, two sensational soothing spas, a lighted tennis court and sand volleyball court, a state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as a clubhouse with big-screen TV. Every Sunday a complimentary continental breakfast is served to give residents a chance to meet their neighbors and fellowship with the community and a Pet of the Month contest adds some lighthearted fun around the property.

In addition to the many amenities on-site, the Tierrasanta Ridge homes are conveniently located near multiple freeways, offering residents access to nearly anywhere in San Diego within minutes. Highway 52 will take you towards East County, or head West on a straight shot to the world-famous beaches of La Jolla. Both Mission and Fashion Valley Malls are located a few minutes south off the I-15 and offer the latest in fashion and dining.  For the more adventurous, the nearby Mission Trails Park offers over 40 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes, and a state-of-the-art Visitor & Interpretive Center.

The Tierrasanta Ridge Apartment Homes take pride in their personal, responsive service and their continuous investment in the community makes the residents of this natural canyon and hillside retreat proud to call them home!

Portofino Luxury Aparments: Transcend the Ordinary, Opt for More

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

One of the finer qualities of the city of San Diego is the ease of access to each of the unique neighborhoods around town. Whether riding the trolley to spend an evening taking in the red hot nightlife in the Gaslamp District, enjoying a Padres game at Petco Park, or simply cruising up the I-5 along the world famous California coast, you will never be too far from home at the Portofino Luxury Apartments. Located in the heart of Mission Valley, these luxurious homes could not be more ideal for those looking to live the endless summer lifestyle while surrounded by the class and elegance the Portofino has built its reputation on.

Offering eight unique floor plans guarantees that there will be something for everyone in each of the eye catching layouts.  Each of the one, two, and three bedroom options feature nine-foot ceilings, modern amenities, and the staff’s continuous investment into the community make residents proud to call the Portofino home.  One short trip around the property makes it clear why luxury is included in the name; Resort-like amenities such as the dramatic view of the surrounding areas from the sundeck and pool as well as the infinity edge fountain and spa contribute to the feeling of grandeur that envelopes you when residing in the Portofino.  Other fabulous benefits included with your future luxury apartment include: Beautiful landscaping, a computerized business center, controlled gated access, a 24 hour sports club with state-of-the-art equipment, club room with full kitchen, media center, and pool table as well as a library/media center.  Can’t live without your four-legged friend? Portifino accommodates both cats and dogs up to 75 lbs and features a gracious offering of designated areas for your furry companions to romp and play.

The surrounding neighborhood of Mission Valley provides access to the best San Diego has to offer.  Both the Mission Valley and Fashion Valley Mall feature the latest in fashion, dining, and entertainment, while Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, is just minutes from your front door.  The nearby Fenton Parkway trolley stop allows easy access to many of the famous San Diego neighborhoods, from historic Old Town to the bustling Gaslamp District.

You will find that the central location of the Portofino will put you right at the heart of one of the most exciting and scenic cities in California without sacrificing any of the quality you would expect from a world-class luxury community.

Avalon Fashion Valley – Living In The Lap Of Luxury

Friday, July 15th, 2011

avalon fashion valley frontFashion Valley is one of the most hip San Diego neighborhoods to reside in. It is centrally located, surrounded with fabulous shopping and dining opportunities, and only a short drive from the beautiful beaches. If you are considering making Fashion Valley home, you need to check out Avalon Fashion Valley. This community offers luxurious, resort-style living in upscale Fashion Valley, which is a part of the Mission Valley neighborhood in San Diego. It is located directly across the street from the world-renowned Fashion Valley Mall, which offers the finest shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

avalon fashion valley interiorThese luxurious and spacious one, two, and three bedroom floor plans give you plenty of room to entertain guests, or just relax with your family. Some of the apartment features include: a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bars, sleek black appliances, and pecan finish cabinetry; you will also enjoy the extra large closets and plenty of storage space, which is perfect considering you will be living right across the way from a shopper’s heaven! There are also washers and dryers right inside every apartment, and a deck attached to both the bedroom and the living area, so you can enjoy the beautiful San Diego views from either room.

The attention to detail is what makes this community different from all the rest. You will enjoy plush wall-to-wall carpeting, beautiful crown molding and an innovative two-tone paint scheme in every apartment. Even though San Diego is one of the most perfect climates to live in, your apartment will be equipped with both gas heating and central air conditioning to ensure you are always comfortable in your home.

avalon fashion valley poolAvalon at Fashion Valley also offers a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and lounge with a fireplace, a barbecue area, lush courtyards with fountains, a private state-of-the-art fitness center and a resident clubhouse, lounge and game room. You are also conveniently located near a San Diego trolley stop, which is located in the Fashion valley mall.

avalon fashion valley outdoor common areaWhether your preference is luxury amenities or proximity to great shopping, dining, or beaches, Avalon Fashion Valley has got you covered. Stop in for a tour today!

Experience Fresh Coastal Living at Seagate Condominium Rentals in Carlsbad

Friday, July 8th, 2011

seagate condominium rentals ocean viewIf living near the beach has always been your dream, why not make it a reality? Seagate Condominium Rentals offers fresh coastal living in beautiful Carlsbad, California.

Seagate Condominium Rentals InteriorSeagate offers several luxurious two-bedroom floor plans with gourmet kitchens, generous closet space, and private patios or balconies, where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean or the beautiful Carlsbad flower fields. Some condos have been upgraded with color-coordinated finishes like granite counter-tops, wood flooring and hardwood cabinets in the kitchens and bathrooms.

Living at Seagate means you are just down the street from fine dining, great shopping, entertainment, recreation, and beaches and you will also have easy access to the I-5. Seagate is less than two miles from South Carlsbad State Beach and also close to Poinsettia Park, The Crossings Golf Course at Aviara, Legoland, several museums like the Museum of Making Music, Cal State San Marcos, and National University.

Seagate Condominium Rentals PoolOther features you will enjoy here include a beautiful swimming pool & hot tub, a state-of-the-art fitness center and tanning bed, tennis courts, a playground, putting green, and a business center. Seagate is a pet-friendly community that also offers fireplaces, in-unit washers & dryers, and free private garages with remotes.

So if North County San Diego is where you want to be, definitely give Seagate a call. They’re among the best condominium rentals in Carlsbad, and their luxurious amenities and proximity to the beach are the perfect combo for sunny So Cal living!

Luxury High-Rise Living in La Jolla

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Exterior of Costa Verde Towers in San Diego

If you have been considering moving to the La Jolla/UTC area, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the Towers at Costa Verde, San Diego’s Premier High-Rise Living in UTC.

You will be astonished by these condominium rentals located in the heart of UTC where you are surrounded by the very best in dining, shopping and entertainment – not to mention being in close proximity to the beautiful beaches! Unfortunately this community doesn’t allow pets, so you will have to look elsewhere if you want to bring Fido along. But honestly, if you’re just looking for luxury high-rise living in La Jolla, this is the place to be.

Interior of Costa Verde Towers in San Diego

You can choose from several spacious floor plans ranging from studios to three bedrooms – all with the most luxurious upgrades. You can enjoy travertine marble flooring, granite counter tops, and floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of the city. Other features include private patios and balconies, central heating and air conditioning, full-size washers and dryers, and fireplaces (in select homes only).

This community also offers a health spa where you can enjoy tanning beds and massages, a state of the art fitness center complete with personal training from Iron Orr Fitness, and complimentary daily fitness classes, as well as a resort-style swimming pool with poolside cabanas, tv’s and a fire-pit for your enjoyment. You can also enjoy the tennis and basketball courts, putting green, and driving range located at Costa Verde.

Resort-like pool at the Costa Verde Towers in San Diego

One of the most fun aspects of moving to a new home is choosing how to decorate it – and the possibilities are endless! Don’t commit to the first couch you see! You wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it first, right? Instead, why not try out several colors and styles to see what fits your new home best? Our furniture rental options in San Diego give you the option to do just that!

Luxury Apartment Living in Downtown San Diego: The Avalon at Cortez Hill

Friday, June 24th, 2011
If you’ve been trying to decide where in the San Diego area you would like to reside, make sure you check out the Avalon at Cortez Hill apartment homes in Downtown San Diego. Residents of this community enjoy living within walking distance to the Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego, which is full of great restaurants and bars. It is also just a short walk to Petco Park and Balboa Park as well.Avalon at Cortez Hill is located on Ninth Avenue between Ash and A streets downtown. This means you will have easy access to the 5, 94, and 163 freeways. You can choose from a variety of floor plans including studio apartments, one-bedroom and two-bedroom models.
These luxury San Diego apartments come equipped with all the features you could want – or need! – like dishwashers, air conditioners, microwaves, large closets, underground parking and so much more. The amenities of the property include a beautiful pool and hot tub, landscaped BBQ and picnic area, a fitness center, and laundry facilities on every floor – so you never have to walk far to get your laundry done.Avalon at Cortez Hill is a pet friendly community that also boasts some unusual perks: a full service salon, deli, convenience mart and tennis courts – all are located on the premises! There is also a courtesy patrol for your safety and the apartments have a gated entrance with controlled access for added security.

Some of the apartments for rent come already furnished for your convenience. But if you would like to be more involved in how you decorate your new home, why not try our San Diego furniture rental and “test drive” several looks and styles before committing to just one. There is no need to rush out and buy the first thing you see when you can try them all!

Discovering the Best in Mission Valley San Diego Apartment Living

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you’re looking around San Diego for a cool place to live and don’t know where to start, check out Archstone Presidio View. They offer some of the nicest luxury apartment rentals in the heart of San Diego – Mission Valley, where you’re just minutes from downtown San Diego, several beaches, and Fashion Valley shopping and restaurants as well.

These Mission Valley apartments have been upgraded with some pretty elegant features like granite counter tops, 9-foot ceilings, and built-in computer niches. You can also choose from spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans to best suit your lifestyle. The amenities available in the community are outstanding: enjoy lounging by the resort-style pool with newly added cabanas and free Wi-Fi access; break a sweat in the large, state-of-the art fitness center that is open 24 hours and comes equipped with a weight area, treadmills, ellipticals, and more; or get some work done in the business center, which offers computers and printers for your convenience.

Archstone is also located next to the Handlery Hotel, which means as a resident of Archstone, you have full access to the hotel’s room service menu. Enjoy free room service delivery with a menu that features items such as appetizers, pizzas, gourmet entrees and even alcoholic beverages. Should you choose to leave the comforts of home, you are surrounded with great shopping, dining and entertainment options – many within walking distance.

Your commute to work or school will be a breeze with easy access to the 8 and 15 freeways right outside the Archstone community. Living in such a desirable area, parking isn’t always the easiest, so be sure to always have your resident parking permit displayed visibly in your car to avoid any hassles like tickets or towing.

Sometimes, for new apartment-dwellers, decorating such a nice unit can be a bit of a challenge. When trying to decide on how to furnish your beautiful new home in the Archstone Presidio View community, don’t commit to any sizes or design styles before you’re absolutely certain. Renting your furniture might be the best solution, depending on your lifestyle. Our San Diego furniture rental makes decorating your new place easy and convenient, and can be a big help in limiting the stress of your move. Try out several furniture possibilities to see what you like, then go from there!