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Start 2018 with a New Home at Hawthorne Gardens

Nancy Smith - Friday, January 19, 2018

Hawthorne Gardens has created a peaceful community, offering the beautiful landscape you desire while still near the Town of Guilderland. We are proud to have created a rural-like community with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Hawthorne Gardens

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have spacious closets installed, a dressing area in the master bedroom, and we’re spread out over 6 acres of land!  


Some of our other amenities include:
Private Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Club House: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with friends and family. Enjoy our kitchen, library, and fireplace! 
Fitness Center: Skip driving to the gym and head to our state-of-the-art fitness center. 
Laundry Facilities: You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes since each apartment is equipped with a full size washer and dryer.


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To hear more about what Hawthorne Gardens has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

Keep Busy with Activities All Winter

Nancy Smith - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Looking for something different to keep you busy during the winter month or perhaps outdoor activities aren’t for you, whichever is the case, you’re sure to find something fun happening in and around Albany, NY this winter season!


For the art lover: January 8th the Intro to Musical Improv is happening at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran you will find your voice and confidence to sing songs from the top of your head.


Story Time with Ethan Ullman is happening on January 12th at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Come out and enjoy an evening of stories as told by comedians, performers, and more.


For the foodie: The Annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will be hosted at the Albany Hilton from January 11th through the 13th. Enjoy events and competitions such as Battle of the Bartender, Grand Tasting and Seminars, Rising Star Chef Pavilion, and so much more!


January 17th the American Italian Heritage Museum is hosting Soup and Conversation; a social opportunity to visit and converse with familiar faces as well as someone new. Enjoy an afternoon of soup, coffee, dessert and more! 


These are only a few of the events happening near us! For a complete list of what’s happening be sure to visit Albany.com. Perhaps you have plenty of activities lined up for the winter months and instead you’re searching for a new place to call home. Contact Hawthorne Gardens and schedule a tour today! 

4 Renter-Friendly Ways to Use Wallpaper

Nancy Smith - Thursday, December 21, 2017


Have you ever spotted a roll of wallpaper that you fell in love with but weren’t sure how to incorporate it in your home without putting it on your walls? We have the tips and ideas you’ve been searching for! 


Frame It: Wallpaper doesn’t have to mean floor to ceiling; you can use it as an accent piece hanging on your wall. Find a frame (or frames) you love, jot down the size(s) and head to the hardware store. Once you find the perfect pattern, purchase enough to fill your frame. Since it will hang on your wall, you can easily switch it out for another pattern or design to flow with the seasons. 

Add It To Furniture: Flea markets and thrift shops are a great place to find pieces that call for a little DIY makeover. Choose a piece that will fit in your living room, office, or bedroom and find some wallpaper that will work well on the piece while tying together the room. 

Customize A Clock: This will work especially well if you have wallpaper leftover from your furniture DIY project. Any home goods, or hardware, store you walk through will have a plain clock waiting for a new face! Hang the clock on a wall opposite from your covered furniture to create more texture in your space.

Line Shadowbox Shelves: If you have incorporated box shelves into your home either for function or decoration, this gives you an added opportunity for more texture and eye catching pieces.  


You’ve heard our ideas, now go out there and create new pieces for your home! 


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Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour!

How to Host a “Home Alone” Themed Party

Nancy Smith - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Each year it’s the same holiday party; a cookie exchange, an ugly sweater party, or a gingerbread house decorating competition. This holiday season try something different, perhaps a “Home Alone” themed party that will be especially fun for those who are nostalgic for the 1990s. 


The Décor:
The Tree: Your party wouldn’t be complete without a tree covered with lights, tinsel, and ornaments. If getting a real tree isn’t in your wheel house, an artificial tree will do just as well. 

Ditch the Fine China: Bring out your finest paper plates and plastic cups; no fine china allowed at this party!  

Lights: The family’s home was covered in twinkling white lights. Head to the store and grab as many boxes as you can and start hanging them around your home. 

Toys: Do you have any plastic army figurines leftover from your childhood? If so, unpack them and get them set up around the party. If you didn’t have the foresight to keep your army men, head to a toy store – you’re bound to find some!


The Menu:
Pizza: Only the cheesiest-cheese pizzas will work for this theme! Certainly you can make exceptions to the rule for dietary purposes or if you’d like to add a variety of pizzas.

Mac and Cheese: So there’s a bit of a theme happening here – every cheese covered food you loved from your childhood! You can stick to the classic menu from the film by making boxed macaroni and cheese, or you can create the dish using favorite recipe of your own!

Beverages: You’re setting a childhood memory filled scene, it must include soda! You can certainly add some fun cocktails to the menu if you feel they would go over better with your guests. 


Most importantly, have fun and create new memories with your friends and family! 

Make Hawthorne Gardens Your Home 

If you don’t currently reside at Hawthorne Gardens and would like to make one of our apartments your home, contact us today to schedule a tour!

The Benefits of a Maintenance Staff at Hawthorne Gardens

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

An added benefit to renting an apartment from Hawthorne Gardens is our superior maintenance staff. While many apartment complexes have a maintenance staff, ours has the added benefit of being onsite when you need them. From drain issues to snow removal; our team has you covered.

Our maintenance staff is able to assist with the items listed below and many more!

Clogged drains
Leaks
Repair/replacement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Snow removal (Out of town and there’s a snow storm? Let us know!)
Broken/inoperative heating or air conditioning systems
Emergency maintenance – any circumstance that is harmful to human life or the property will be taken care of immediately, even after hours!

Additionally, our maintenance staff performs yearly preventative inspections to ensure issues are taken care of in a timely and professional manner. 

Our maintenance staff can be reached by phone (518-869-3009) or by filling out our Maintenance Request Form. In the event where emergency after hours maintenance is necessary, please call 518-640-2616. 

In the event that you need assistance with a task such as changing a light bulb, or the batteries in your smoke detector, our staff will be happy to come assist you!

For more information, or to schedule a tour of our beautiful apartments contact Hawthorne Gardens today!

4 Essential Tips for Any Thanksgiving Host

Nancy Smith - Monday, November 06, 2017


Thanksgiving is almost upon us, with the day being all about food, it’s easy for someone hosting to forget some key items. To start, there’s the combination of overnight guests and meal prepping (especially if they’re coming before the big day) on top of the already stressful day of preparing food and being a good host.  


Make Your Lists: First step with this is to create your menu; keeping in mind if any of your guests are bringing a dish. With an already long list of items to buy, your list will help keep you on track. Making sure nothing is forgotten and ensures that you’re not purchasing duplicate items, or something that won’t get used. 

Once your shopping list is set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! Additionally, you’ll want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this prior to the big day will help make sure all the bases are covered and nothing is forgotten.


Prepare Your Kitchen: Now that your lists are prepared, it’s time to move on to preparing your kitchen! This is arguably the busiest day your kitchen will see for the year so it’s imperative you give it special attention ahead of time. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for Thanksgiving food and dishes! 

If you’re making a dish you’ve never made before, now is the time to make sure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 


Prepare Your Guest Room: Hopefully at this point you know if you are expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. If your apartment has a guest room (or if your kids are bunking together for the night) now is the time to get everything in order. Change the bed linens if they’ve been used recently, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think any of your guests require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay more comfortable. 

Work on Your Dining Room: Right after the kitchen, this room will see the most action throughout the course of the holiday. The dining room is much more than the table and chairs. Take into consideration table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’re going to use the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Is a kids table in order, or will they be sitting with the adults? Next, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Do you need to purchase any decorations? Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than pack away more things. 
 


We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they help you in preparation of the big day. 


Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour!

Give Your Bathroom a Personal Touch with These 4 Quick Tips

Nancy Smith - Friday, October 20, 2017
decorated bathroom counter



While living in your apartment, you want to make it a space that is all your own. One room that people find difficult to transform is the bathroom. It isn’t as hard as you may think; follow these 4 quick tips to transform your bathroom! 


1. Update your shower head: Apartment bathrooms are equipped with standard shower heads, which work well and serve their purpose. But, changing the shower head allows you to achieve the morning wake-up you desire. If you happen to change apartments, don’t forget to take your shower head with you!
2. Update your shower curtain: Shower curtains that are past their prime can give a dreary look and overall feel to your bathroom. Spice it up with a new curtain! Adding a shower curtain with a pattern adds texture and creates a visual interest in your space. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can coordinate your curtains with each season. Or, if you’re likely to keep the same curtain throughout the year, coordinate a new bathmat and towels to continue bringing life to your bathroom. 
3. Add storage: You have likely been in someone’s home that had an étagère (a stand that is typically seen over the toilet or standing next to it). While those are useful, they don’t add a lot in the way of a “personal touch.” If you want to feel like you’re in the country or at the beach, wooden crates from craft stores will do the trick! You can leave them natural or stain them so they work with your overall idea. If that isn’t your style, adding small shelves to the walls creates visual appeal while being functional. Additionally, shower caddies work wonders and keep your shower free of clutter from shampoo and body wash bottles. 
4. Make sure your idea is cohesive: Small spaces, like bathrooms, allow for you to get away with a bold idea. The caveat of this though, it only works with one bold idea. Too many bold colors, patterns, or textures can make your bathroom feel cluttered and disjointed. Come up with one idea and stick to it! 


We hope that you found this helpful! Hawthorne Gardens values all of our residents and want you to feel comfortable and at home while living in our apartments. If you aren’t a current resident, schedule a tour! We’re sure you’ll feel right at home with our community.

Throw Your Best Halloween Party Ever

Nancy Smith - Wednesday, October 04, 2017
men and women dressed up at a Halloween party

Fall is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner. If you haven’t confirmed any plans, and you’re thinking of hosting a party, use our ideas to inspire your event!


Décor: Each year, it’s the same. Skeletons, black cats, orange and black – well, everything, from plates to balloons the color combination is everywhere.  Try something different this year, rich shades of purple that are deep in color pair well with black and takes your color-scheme from ordinary to extraordinary! 

Take your decorations up a level or two with a makeshift chandelier. What you will need: laytex balloons filled with helium, twine and spiders (Check your local craft store, or online supplier for these. Ones made from stiff paper will work the best.) Once your balloons are filled, tie a long strand of twine to the end, then punch a small hole in your spider. From there, you will feed the other end of the twine through the hole and tie a knot, securing your spider at the end of the twine. Your spiders will look like they’re climbing down from your balloons! 


Beverages: Remember going to dances in middle school and people congregated awkwardly around the punch bowl? Your guests will hang around these too, but, because they’re positively spooktacular. In a clear punchbowl mix together lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet, then drop a few scoops of the sherbet on top and drizzle a little bit more lemon-lime soda over the scoops. This will create a foggy-frosty concoction your guests will love. 

For a punch that is extra creepy fill a latex glove with water, tie it shut, lay the glove flat in your freezer and leave it there until it is frozen solid. Once you put together your favorite type of punch, remove the ice hand from the glove (you may need to cut the glove) and put it in your punch! So easy, but adds a much-desired level of creepy.  


Food: Surely you’ve been to Halloween parties and seen the typical “mummy dogs,” but what about desserts? Create mini monster eyes by using mini powdered sugar donuts, gummy rings and a brown M&M. The gummy ring acts as the iris while the M&M acts like the pupil of your monster eyeball. You can simply stack the ingredients on top of one another, or, you can use royal icing to “glue” them together. 

If you’re going with the purple and black color scheme, you can make a coordinating purple and black trifle for dessert. Trifles sound much harder than they actually are. Alternate layers of brownie bits (or chocolate cake) and no-bake blackberry cheesecake in individual cups. It will work well with your theme and your guests will love this delicious treat! 

Now that you’ve heard our ideas, start planning and have fun! 


Looking for a new place to call your home? Schedule a tour, you’ll love our apartments so much, you won’t want to leave! 

5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Nancy Smith - Friday, September 29, 2017
large apartment window with decorative drapes

While renting your apartment, you want to make it feel like your home, but, you may not feel comfortable with a drill. We’ve gathered a list of 5 tips for window treatments that don’t require any tools and will help keep your privacy.


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’s 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. 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.

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.

4. Faux Roman Shade:
Do you have a sewing machine and are able to sew in a straight line? Do you love a DIY project? 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. 

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!
 

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For more tips to make customizations to your apartment, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Hawthorne Gardens today!

5 Fun Fall Activities

Nancy Smith - Thursday, September 14, 2017
kids pumpkin picking with cart full of pumpkins

Fall is a wonderful time of year that has a lot to offer whether you’re a person who enjoys the indoors or you’d rather be outside taking in the crisp air and changing leaves. What’s better than fall and the activities? Fall in the capital district! There are a lot of fun activities planned if you want to do more than the usual leaf peeping.

Outside Activities

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 21st through September 24th is the 45th annual festival held in Glens Falls and Queensbury. There are hot air balloons of every shape, size, and color taking over the sky. You can watch from the ground as they launch or take a drive and see a sky full of hot air balloons. 


Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show: The 28th annual festival will be held October 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will happen rain or shine, check the weather before heading up and see if you should come prepared with a rain coat or if a light jacket will suffice. There will be live music including Hair of the Dog, tents with crafts, and a tent for wine tasting! 


Turkey Trot: The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 and has been gaining popularity ever since!  Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and participate or cheer from the sidelines. When the race concludes, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving meal!


Indoor Activities 

Apple and Wine Festival: This festival is happening  September 16th and 17th at the Altamont Fair Grounds! Since it’s at the Altamont Fair Grounds, some events may occur outdoors. There is so much to do inside as well! A haunted house for the kids, wine tasting, crafts, Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations and much more!


New York State Museum: There are many exhibitions coming up for the NYS museum including Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. These are in addition to their ongoing exhibitions such as Minerals of New York and Fire Engine Hall. Make learning fun! 



So get out there this fall with friends and family and enjoy some fun activities! If you’re searching for more activities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Hawthorne Gardens today!

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