Welcome to our new blog home! The MyNewPlace blog is launching under a new name (LocalTalk) and a new URL (localtalk.mynewplace.com). Why the change? We wanted to focus on what’s local, whether that means in your apartment, at your property, or in your city. We’ll continue to look at new ways to enjoy home life [...]
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I love Cinco de Mayo. Here in San Francisco, it is a big deal. There’s an entire Cinco de Mayo festival in our Mexican-influenced Mission District, and bars throughout the city offer deals on Tecate, Corona, and margaritas. I decided to have a low-key party to celebrate this holiday…until I realized what Coronas cost in [...]
Anyone who knows me knows I’m someone to ask about fashion. (I’ll leave that to you to decide whether I’m being sarcastic.) What’s not to love about spring? The sun is out—unless you live in Colorado, in which case it snowed for the past 24 hours. The living is good—unless your house has just been [...]
When choosing topics to cover in my new fair housing book, a common practice known as “steering” easily made it to the top of my list. Why? Most landlords and tenants know that turning away an apartment applicant based on a protected characteristic such as race, religion, or disability is illegal. But not everyone realizes that [...]
Despite Yahoo’s recent decision to rescind employee rights to telecommuting, more and more of us are working from home, at least part of the time. If you spend a significant amount of work time in your apartment, banging out assignments at the dining room table might not quite suffice. Keep your materials and tasks in [...]
Occupy yourself for the weekend and make your pet feel loved with one of these DIY pet-life-improvement projects. Who needs PetCo? (Please don’t sue us, PetCo.) Nightstand Pet Bed How do I love this flea market nightstand-turned pet bed? Let me count the ways. One, it’s made from old furniture that doesn’t cost [...]
On the one hand, you’re one of the few single people in the country who can afford to have their own place. Good for you! On the other hand….it can be lonely, boring, and creepy as all get-out. Listen to your most embarrassing music As much as I love my guy roommate, it will [...]
Spring cleaning? An excellent idea. Get the winter grime off your floors, and the buildup of stuff out of your closest. Just don’t forget your clothes in all this. After all, you spend as much time in them as you do on that mattress you should probably be flipping soon. Clean and store sweaters Sweaters [...]
By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert For many apartment hunters, the search for the perfect rental starts off fresh and exciting. But when an apartment search starts to take longer than you hoped, it can feel like a drag and you might get anxious that you won’t find a suitable [...]
Spring is supposedly upon us, whatever the weird weather may indicate. If you’re looking to brighten up the interior of your house—or if you’re scared that new bulbs might be inundated by a blizzard tomorrow—think about raising some indoor spring plants. Remember that although plants clean the air inside, they can also introduce toxins; some [...]
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