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How to Find the Right Size Apartment for You

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, August 04, 2020
couple moving boxes into their apartment kitchen

Apartment hunting and moving can be an exciting but sometimes daunting task with many factors that should not be overlooked. We suggest that you pull together an apartment tour checklist that you can bring with you so you can make sure that you get all your questions answered. This will also help add or eliminate potential apartments right away, ultimately speeding up the process of finding your new place to call home.

Number of Bedrooms
When trying to decide how many bedrooms you should have in your new apartment; many complexes will tell you the rule of thumb is one bedroom per occupant. There are of course exceptions to this rule including couples and children, who are typically able to share a bedroom. Perhaps you’re a couple who is looking to turn a bedroom into an office space, in which case, you will need at least a two-bedroom apartment. Another thing you should consider when determining how many bedrooms your new apartment should have is do you need space for visiting family, future children, or friends? At Hawthorne Gardens, we offer a
one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, two-bedroom and a two-bedroom with den option.

Number of Bathrooms
The next piece you will need to consider when looking at new apartments are the number of bathrooms you need or want. A guest bathroom, or bathroom for the kids, is nice and certainly has its perks. However, you will need to consider if it is practical for your needs, or even your budget. At Hawthorne Gardens our apartments come equipped with two bathrooms including one off the master suite!

Living Space
Do you have larger sized items you’re bringing with you? Perhaps you live a minimalist lifestyle and don’t require a lot of extra space. While touring apartments, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape so you can take exact measurements. This will help you determine if your current furniture will fit in the new space or not. You don’t want to run into the issue of the furniture not fitting or being too bulky for the space. You can also use these
space saving tips when determining how much living space you actually need.

Amenities and Location
Lastly, consider the 
location and amenities that are important to you. Do you prefer a more active area as opposed to a quieter location? Do you want a shorter commute, or do you enjoy a drive time? There’s not a single correct answer for this as these are personal preferences, but something to keep in mind and add to your apartment tour checklist. While apartment hunting, you will need to keep these questions in mind in addition to the location of schools and healthcare facilities. 

Are you ready to make Hawthorne Gardens your new home? 
Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments. Make sure to bring that apartment tour checklist.

5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, August 04, 2020

When you rent your apartment, the first thing you want to do is make it your own. Adding window treatments can help give you privacy and add a focal point to the room. They can also be used to add a splash of color to your space. While renting an apartment, you may not want to use a drill to hang window treatments. This could damage the walls or window frames that may result in the loss of your security deposit. We’ve gathered a list of 5 tips for window treatments that don’t require any tools and will help keep your privacy without causing damage.

1.         Temporary Hooks: Temporary hooks can attach more than just pictures to your walls. They are also fantastic for hanging curtain rods. This method is ideal for those who want to add a touch of design or elegance with finials rather than a tension rod which is hidden by the curtain. What is great about these temporary hooks is you can easily remove the hook by pulling the tab’s strip and it will release the hold. This makes moving and redecorating a breeze!

2.         Tension Rods: For windows that are traditional paned windows with frames, tension rods can be held firmly between both sides and usually have a rubber stopper on each end to reduce the likelihood for damage. You are able to dress up your tension rods with sheer, or lightweight, curtains and a thin rod for a touch of delicate elegance. Tension rods can also be placed at the top of the window or even the middle. This all depends on the style you’re going for and how much privacy you desire. This look is for window coverings that fall between the window frame.

3.         Compression Shades: This option allows you to add shades to your windows that are the exact size you need. There are many hardware stores that you are able to order compression shades from and the shade will be custom fit to your window. From translucent to light-blocking shades, these pull-down shades will add an understated touch of class. The best part is these install in a matter of seconds with no tools needed.

4.         Faux Roman Shade: Do you have a sewing machine and are able to sew in a straight line? Do you love a DIY projects? Then this is the curtain for you! By sewing a pocket at the top and bottom of the curtain and adding a tension rod to both ends you’ve created something truly unique to fit your home. This option is a mix between a curtain and a blind. The best part is they are simple to make and use, so the design possibilities are endless!

5.         Twist and Fit Rods: Twist and fit rods use the same thought as a tension rod, these rods fit securely across your window without having to drill any holes. They are designed to give the impression of a hook and separate rod, like a traditional curtain rod, when in fact it is all one piece! This option gives you some great detailing on your curtain rod to match your décor style.
For more tips to make customizations to your apartment, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, 
contact Hawthorne Gardens today! We can’t wait for you to make your apartment your own!

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Nancy Smith - Wednesday, July 01, 2020

If you are anything like us, you have been a cleaning machine lately! If you are tired of spending so much money on expensive cleaning supplies for your apartment, then we just might have an answer for you! You can make your own cleaning products at home, saving you money and having the bragging rights of a real DIYer. The best part is, these products work just as well, if not BETTER than the store-bought version.

Tub, Tile, and Grout Cleaner

This tub and grout recipe will get your bathroom looking sparkling clean! Simply mix the ingredients together in a small squeeze bottle. The baking soda will help remove the tough stains while the hydrogen peroxide makes it sparkle and shine. Although the mix contains less chemical than that of store-bought cleaners, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning.

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Stain Remover

This simple stain remover recipe will get your clothing looking like new! First thoroughly mix the dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste. If you find the solution to be watered down, you can add more baking soda to the mixture. Once the mixture is complete, rub the stain remover into the stain and let it sit for about an hour. More if it is a tricky stain. Your clothing is going to be so fresh and clean, people will ask if your outfit is new!

What you'll need:

  • 1 Part Dawn Dish Soap (We think the blue Dawn Ultra works best!)
  • 2 Parts Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

All-Purpose Cleaner

Everyone needs an all-purpose cleaner! This one will have a fresh scent with a cleaning boost from the lemon! It is as easy as combining all the ingredients in a spray bottle and giving it a good shake! This recipe has to sit for a week before using so make sure you leave yourself enough time before use.

What you'll need:

  • 1 Part White Vinegar
  • 1 Part Water
  • Lemon Rind
  • Rosemary Sprigs

Glass Cleaner

This glass cleaner will have your guests checking to see if you left your windows open! Combine all the following ingredients into a spay bottle and voila, DYI glass cleaner!

What you'll need:

  • 2 Cups Water
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Rubbing Alcohol (70% Concentration Works Best!)
  • 1-2 Drops of Essential Oil For Smell (Optional)

More DIY ideas for your apartment check out these other DYI classics:

The Benefits to Having a Clubhouse

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, June 02, 2020
The Clubhouse at Hawthorne Gardens Apartments

Living in an apartment complex comes with a lot of amenities like pools, sports courts, and picnic areas, but one perk you may not think of that gives you something that stand alone apartments do not offer, is the clubhouse. At each of our Rosetti Properties, residents have access to the common area clubhouse, an area that you can utilize for all kinds of entertainment. It’s that time of year where cabin fever tends to get us, and it’s only just begun! That’s why at , we’ve created a space where our residents can get out of their homes and into a new environment to enjoy without even starting their car. Many of our clubhouses feature:

  •  A Fireplace: A place for you to curl up and read a good book, or stay cozy by the fire in the winter.
  •  A Library: While you’re here, grab a book to read from our great selection of books.
  • Board Games: You can get together for an intense family game night and use any of our selection of board games.
  • Television:This is great when you want to host friends and family for “the big game” or have a viewing party for this seasons must watch show.
  • WiFi: Stay connected while you’re in the clubhouse. You can use the to get a change of scenery if you work from home and the WiFi never lets you skip a beat.
  • Kitchen Facilities: If you just don’t want to head back to your apartment, make yourself a little snack to enjoy while you’re in the clubhouse.
  • A Pool Table: Practice your pool skills solo, or start a tournament with some friends.
  • Entertainment for All: Our clubhouse is exclusively available to rent out for all of our residents! Host a birthday party, holiday party, or a simple get together to bring your closest friends together at a place that’s all for you.

Our clubhouse not only gives you wonderful ways to host your friends and family, but also provides a great way for our residents to meet one another. Keep an eye out for Rosetti Properties events at your apartments. Who knows, your new best friend might be just around the corner!

The Benefits of Having an On-Site Apartment Maintenance Team

Nancy Smith - Monday, June 01, 2020

maintenance man fixing sink

One advantage you may not think of when choosing to move into a Rosetti Property is having a full-time maintenance crew taking care of your property, and having access to 24/7 emergency maintenance services. You may not think of it as necessarily an advantage until you’re the one who needs it. We have all run into the occasional clogged toilet, leaky sink, or lawn that needs mowing. The most frustrating part of fixing the problem is finding someone you trust who can do the work efficiently and not cost an arm and a leg. There are many benefits to having this resource at your fingertips. They include:

  • Repairs are Done in a Timely Manner – Our maintenance staff is available to make sure your maintenance needs are met within a timely manner. We know how busy life can be. At Hawthorne Gardens, our responsive maintenance team is just a phone call away!
  • Financial Savings – Having the resource of a 24/7 maintenance team is a plus when it comes to financials. In general, most maintenance issues are the responsibility of the apartment complex, resulting in a cost savings for the resident.
  • Exterior Maintenance – The freedom of coming and going as you please without the worry of the exterior upkeep of your apartment is another perk to maintenance-free living. With the harsh winter weather in the Northeast, the benefit of having the snow and ice removed for you is especially priceless.
  • We Care – We take pride in our community and where you call home. Many of the staff at Rosetti Properties have been working here for years and their commitment is shown in the work that they do.

There are other amenities that we offer at many of our Rosetti Residential Properties, including private entrances, club houses with fireplaces and pool tables, on-site fitness centers, pools, tennis courts, and much more. Schedule your tour at one of our seven residential properties in the Capital District to learn about all the benefits of living in our communities.

How to Downsize Into an Apartment

Sacha R - Monday, May 04, 2020

downsize your apartment

Moving into your first apartment is an exciting time filled with new furniture, décor, and kitchen equipment. However, transitioning to an apartment from a home or larger space can be a stressful challenge. From sorting through furniture and belongings to adjusting to apartment life, the change can take some time to get used to.

Transitioning from a Home to an Apartment

Sort Through Your Belongings

The best place to begin is by taking inventory of what you own. Consider what you won’t be able to use at your new apartment, like outdoor furniture, large power tools, and grills, and donate or sell them. Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army are happy to accept donations and a garage sale is a great way to sell items you no longer want or need. If you choose to have a garage sale, the extra money may be enough to pay for a moving service or other costs related to moving.

Take Measurements

Before you get rid of larger pieces of furniture, take measurements in your new apartment. You may actually have room for that dining table and chairs you can’t bare to part with. On the other hand, you might have to downsize from a king size bed to a queen, otherwise you won’t have room for your end tables. Downsizing to an apartment naturally comes with some sacrifices.

Double Duty Décor

There is a lot of furniture that also doubles as storage or has multiple uses. Ottomans can open up to reveal storage, act as a seat or foot rest, or be your new coffee table. Beds with built in storage provide the perfect place to keep blankets, seasonal clothing, extra pillows, and sheets.

A sleeper sofa is great option if you don’t have a guest room or you’re just looking to have multiple guests stay over at a time. Thankfully, sleeper sofas have gone from less than appealing and uncomfortable to beautiful statement pieces that guests are happy to sleep on.

Start Early

If you know you’ll be downsizing to an apartment in the next 6-12 months, start slimming down your belongings now. By starting early, you’ll be less overwhelmed and stressed as the move gets closer. You’ll have more time to host several garage sales, sell some items online, and make donation runs to local charities.

If you’re looking to downsize but don’t have an apartment yet, schedule a tour of Hawthorne Gardens today! Our 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are large and spacious, allowing you more room for your favorite furniture and personal belongings. Amenities such as a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center are just some of the perks you’ll experience when you call Hawthorne Gardens home.

Schedule a tour today!

Apartment Amenities for an Enjoyable Summer

Sacha R - Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Hawthorne Gardens Apartments in Guilderland New York

Summer is one of the best times to be living at Hawthorne Gardens! The grounds are greener than ever, the deck at our club house is open, and we offer numerous amenities to fully enjoy the season. With private balconies and BBQ grills right on the property, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of every last bit of daylight.

Summer at Hawthorne Gardens

Warm weather, outdoor parties, BBQS, iced tea…there is so much to enjoy during the summer! At Hawthorne Gardens we have some great amenities for our residents to enjoy once the temperature heats up.

Our pool opens around Memorial Day weekend and is the perfect spot to get some sun, relax, and read a book. A lifeguard is always on duty to keep residents safe and allow everyone to enjoy themselves.

If swimming isn’t for you, you can still sit back and relax on our large deck. Attached to the clubhouse, the deck has lounge chairs, seating, and tables for residents to use. Catch up with friends over (iced) coffee, enjoy your lunch outdoors, or get some work done at one of the tables.

The majority of our apartments also include a private balcony. A lot of our residents furnish the space with seating and a table before decorating with plants, an outdoor rug, lights, or pillows. Sip on your morning coffee, read your favorite magazine, or hang out with a friend or two!

While we don’t allow residents to have personal gas grills, we do provide a BBQ grill for residents to use. Host a birthday party outside and fire up the grill or get some friends together for a delicious meal and some games. We love seeing our residents make use of the fantastic apartment amenities at Hawthorne Gardens!

Lastly, the location of Hawthorne Gardens is an amenity in and of itself. Located near several parks, golf courses, and walking trails, it’s easy to get outside for a long walk, jog, or hike. Just five minutes away is the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, which includes a fun discovery center for children and over 20 miles of hiking trails for visitors to enjoy.

For more parks in Guilderland, visit our parks and recreation guide.

Make Hawthorne Gardens Home

Make Hawthorne Gardens your home in time to enjoy summer and all of our apartment amenities! We have one and two-bedroom apartments available that are ideal for individuals, couples, and families alike. Look through our floor plans or schedule a tour to view the community for yourself. We can’t wait to show you around!

20 Things You Don’t Need to Own as a Renter

Sacha R - Monday, March 02, 2020


It’s true that living in an apartment may not afford you as much storage space as a house would. However, when you live in an apartment you don’t need to own nearly as many things. Tools to complete home repairs or do yard work aren’t necessary when you have a maintenance staff available to address any issues. If you do need a tool from time to time you can likely rent it from your local hardware store.

If you’re moving from a house to an apartment you may be able to downsize by donating items you’ll no longer need. Here are 20 things you should consider getting rid of before moving to Hawthorn Gardens.

For Your Yard

Our 6-acre community is beautifully maintained by our wonderful maintenance team! Go for a walk, enjoy the pool, or relax on your balcony and enjoy the landscape without ever having to maintain it. During the winter, our team also works diligently to plow the snow, clear walkways, and treat for ice.

Thanks to our maintenance staff you’ll no longer need the following:

  • Lawnmower
  • Leaf blower
  • Edge trimmer
  • Gardening tools
  • Ladder
  • Chainsaw
  • Rake
  • Snowblower
  • Pressure washer

Heavy Maintenance and Painting Supplies

As a member of our community you’re not responsible for any major repairs. If a problem arises, simply contact the leasing office, or submit a work order via the online portal. A member or our maintenance staff will bring along the following so you don’t need to own them:

  • Wrenches
  • Drain snakes
  • Paintbrushes
  • Caulking guns
  • Hand saw


Our apartments come equipped with all of the large appliances you need. If you’re moving from a house to our community, you won’t be needing to bring along items such as your fridge or oven. This makes moving that much easier!

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioning units

When you live at Hawthorne Gardens you have more time to enjoy the things you love! Enjoy a maintenance free home in a beautiful, 6-acre community. Explore our apartments or give us a call today to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to show you around!

How to Evict A Roommate from Your Lease

Sacha R - Monday, February 03, 2020

Roommates can be great! They pay a portion of the rent, help with apartment maintenance, and can be fun to live with. However, this isn’t always the case. Occasionally a roommate doesn’t work out for one reason or another. Whether they’re not paying rent or regularly disrespect your property, chances are you no longer want to live with them.

While you’ve both signed a lease agreement, there are several options if you want to remove a roommate from your lease.

How to Evict a Roommate

What Does Your Lease Say?

The first place you should always look is your lease. Read it over and learn what your options are if you want to break your lease. Your agreement may also detail the process of proposing your roommate should be evicted.

Some reasons for eviction include:

  • Damaging the property
  • Neglecting to pay rent
  • Being charged with a serious crime
  • Showing signs of danger to others
  • Bringing an animal into the apartment that isn’t allowed

Your lease may detail more reasons for eviction as well.

Legally Evicting a Roommate

You cannot legally evict your roommate yourself. Instead, you should speak with your property manager and discuss the situation. If your roommate is violating the lease agreement, they may be subject to eviction by the property manager. You may also provide the details of the situation in writing and send them to the property manager. This way they will be able to review the written request without the pressure of an immediate response.

If eviction is not possible, you still have options. The first option is to try and work things out with your roommate. If the issue centers around noise levels, someone’s personal property, or having guests over at inopportune times, you may be able smooth things over. This option is especially advisable if there are only a few months left in your lease.

The second option is to break your lease and move to another apartment. This option can be expensive and complicated and should be your last resort. A documented eviction or a broken lease agreement on your rental record could possibly affect your chances of being approved at another apartment.

If you don’t want to break the lease you can try suggesting your roommate moves out. They may be more than willing to move out, freeing you from the situation for good.

Lastly, if your roommate breaks their lease and moves out you can sublet their room. Not every apartment allows subletting so to make sure you review your lease and talking with the property manager. If subletting isn’t allowed you can still discuss your options for getting a new roommate with the property manager.

If you’re experiencing a roommate issue, the property manager at Hawthorne Gardens is available to talk! We’ll discuss your options for removing a roommate from the lease and help smooth things over. Our rental office is open throughout the week or by appointment.

How Much Should I Spend on Rent?

Sacha R - Monday, January 06, 2020

Woman counting money

If you’re searching for your first apartment or considering moving to a new place, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is “how much can I afford to pay in rent?”. Living beyond your means will quickly become stressful and put you, and your bank account, through a lot of trouble. Thankfully, there are several methods to determine how much you should spend on rent.

Determining a Budget

For many, the cost is the number one factor in deciding whether to rent an apartment or not. This is especially true if you’re on a strict budget. $20 more a month than what you can afford doesn’t seem like a lot, but that’s $240 a year that could be spent elsewhere.

A good place to start when trying to create a budget is your lifestyle and how much you’re willing to sacrifice. If you have to have an apartment that is $50 a month more than you can afford, are you ready to spend less in another area of your life? If you’re a homebody and really enjoy nights in with some snacks and a book, it may be worth spending a bit more on your rent. If you often go out with friends, stay the night at a significant other’s, or travel for work, you may want to consider not renting the most expensive place you can afford.

The 30% Threshold

The 30% threshold details that you should spend around 30% of your gross income in rent. To determine what that amount is, multiply your gross salary by 0.3. Divide that number by 12 to know approximately how much you should spend on rent each month.

While this is a good starting place, if you want a lot of amenities and a convenient location, you may want to spend 30-35% of your income on an apartment. If you’re always on the go and those things don’t matter as much to you, you may want to spend as little as 20-25% of your income on an apartment.

The 50/30/20 Budget

Another way to budget your income and determine how much rent you can afford is with the 50/30/20 budget.

The budget gets broken down as follows:

  • 50% of your income goes towards the essentials (rent, utilities, phone bill, any type of insurance, transportation, groceries, etc.)
  • 30% of your income goes towards your lifestyle and non-essentials (movies, concerts, shopping, dining out, etc.)
  • The remaining 20% should be invested or put in a savings account

The 50/30/20 budget is a simple way to categorize your income and see where your money is being spent every month.

How to Calculate Your Overall Rent

When calculating how much you can spend on rent, there are several things you should ask yourself and the landlord.

  • Are utilities included in the rent?
  • Does the budget you’re calculating include money to put towards utilities or is that a separate expense?

If utilities are included in your rent then that’s great! The 30% will cover the entire expense of living in your apartment. If utilities aren’t included, you’ll have to move some money around. If 30% of your income affords you $1000 a month on rent, approximately $150 of that should go towards your base utilities (gas, water, electric). So really you have $850 to spend on rent a month. 

Once you determine your budget, it’s time to start apartment hunting! At Hawthorne Gardens we offer affordable 1, and 2 bedroom apartments for those looking to move to Guilderland, NY. Schedule a tour today to view your new home!

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