Staying in one of our corporate rentals in Boston? Looking for things to do when you’re not working? Want to explore a little of this fascinating city and don’t know what to do? Help is at hand! Our expert travel team have explored this city many times and have come up with these five places you should see.

Fenway Park

If you’re at all interested in baseball, you must see Fenway Park. The home to the Boston Red Sox for over a hundred years, the stadium is as much a step back in time as it is a celebration of one of the most notable baseball teams around. Opened in 1912, Fenway Park has played host to baseball for the longest time. A real highlight is the guided tour where you will learn everything there is to know about the team and the stadium.

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Take a guided tour complete with costumed guide or walk it yourself by following the red bricks. The trail takes you around the city, past a lot of history and lots of places to stop to eat and drink. The entire trail takes a minimum of 3 hours but if you plan on looking at everything, can take a couple of days!

USS Constitution

USS Constitution is a big part of our history and is berthed in Boston. You can take a tour led by serving navy personnel and can access most areas of the ship. The tour includes a lot of information about the ship, the people, the battles and the part she played in our struggle for freedom. For the historical significance alone, USS Constitution is well worth visiting but the information imparted by the guide makes it ten times better.

Boston Tea Party Site

Even if you’re not into politics, the Boston Tea Party Site is worth a visit. Another site of cultural significance where our country took the first steps in its independence. The site is where local people dumped crates of tea into the harbor to protest at the taxes levied by the British in 1773. The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum marks the site where it happened and actors can be seen reenacting the event regularly.

Cambridge

Cambridge is not only home to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it is also full of lovely architecture, tree-lined streets, restaurants, cafes, bars, stores and lots more besides. Longfellow House in Cambridge was the headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston and is open to the public. Harvard Yard, Massachusetts Avenue, John F. Kennedy Street and Brattle Street are all worth strolling along and enjoying too.

It was actually incredibly difficult to choose only five places to visit while working in Boston. The city may be compact but it has played such a significant part in our history and has remained a strong city in its own right that it was honestly difficult to select only five attractions. If you are working here for a while, you’re certainly not going to be short of things to do!

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The Windy City is the the most populous city in the Midwestern United States, and arguably the most popular city in the state of Illinois. The city is dynamic, vibrant, and charming. But what is it that makes Chicago such an amazing city?

Chicago is a city of firsts. The United States’ first blood bank was opened in Chicago in 1937. The first televised U.S. Presidential debate was held there in 1960. The first Ferris Wheel was raised in Chicago for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The first drive-through bank opened in 1946, the first steel rail road in the nation. was made in 1865, and the first mail-order business (Montgomery Ward & Co.) was established in 1872. Not only that but both the Twinkie and the TV remote were invented in Chicago!

The Architecture. Chicago is a center of architecture, innovation, and imagination. Chicago is home to The Willis Tower (the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories) and the John Hancock Center (the sixth-tallest building in the untied states). The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture.

There’s always something great to do! The city is home to around forty museums, over 200 theatersmore then 300 independent art galleries, and over 7000 restaurants! In Chicago you will also find more then fifteen swimming beaches along 26 miles of shoreline within the city limits.

Chicago is unique! In this city you will find the only river in the world that flows backwards, sixteen historic lagoons, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, and what the locals consider to be “the best deep dish pizza in the world.” Not only that but Chicago has been named the World’s Best Sports City by multiple sports magazines.

Chicago is really big! How big? Chicago is home to the world’s largest library with a collection of more then two million books, the world’s largest ice cream and cookie factory, the famous McCormick Place at 2.2 million square feet, and the longest street in the world at 23.5 miles.

While often called the Second City, Chicago will always be number one in the eyes of both locals and visitors!

Blu Corporate Housing offers the perfect solution for travelers to Atlanta, Georgia seeking a home away from home with high quality amenities. Unlike a small extended stay hotel suite, the v2corporate apartments offered through Atlanta are in top-quality buildings near the business district and feature fully-stocked kitchens, comfortable and stylish furnishings, and plush bedding. You will find that many of the housing options we offer are not only less expensive than the standard hotel suites, but much more comfortable and spacious. Enjoy a productive and relaxing trip in Atlanta, Georgia while avoiding the hassle of hotels with Atlanta Corporate Housing.

Blu allows you to relax in knowing that everything is taken care of. Your Atlanta furnished rentals will include upgraded furniture, a comprehensive housewares collection, local and long distance telephone services, cable television, internet access and all utilities. We make sure that your stay is as comfortable and hassle free as possible.

Not only does Blu understand the needs of today’s business traveler, we specialize in it. Each one of our fully furnished corporate rentals are meticulously maintained and provide all the conveniences, comforts, and amenities of home. Our staff at Blu is very knowledgeable and strives to ensure that both the business and vacation traveler receive the best possible accommodation available.

You need only bring your toothbrush, and relax in knowing that you will be very well taken care of in your new home away from home.

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Knowing where to take the kids to keep them occupied during vacation is a challenge in itself, which is why we put together this guide on great family days out for all the family. While many of these venues are definitely oriented towards children, adults can have a great time too.

So without much further ado, we present the best family days out in Denver.

Lakeside Amusement Park

Lakeside Amusement Park is an old fashioned theme park that still provides a great day out for the family. It is privately owned and is a glimpse back to the glory days of traditional parks. Enjoy an old roller coaster, Ferris wheel and a number of other attractions for a relatively low cost.

Downtown Aquarium

Being miles from the nearest ocean doesn’t stop you being able to experience sea life at its best. The Downtown Aquarium provides an opportunity to view sea life in its almost natural environment and get closer than ever to sea creatures of all kinds. There are themed exhibits, regular shows and a coffee shop to recharge the batteries.

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Dinosaur Ridge is part of a chain of fossil trails that stretches from New Mexico all the way up to Canada. This part of the ridge is 1¼ miles of trail that shows fossils and bones still buried in the rocks, with helpful explanatory signs along the way. There is also a visitor center that provides more information as well as mementoes of the trip.

Water World

Denver’s Water World is one of the largest parks of its kind anywhere in the country. It is 64 acres of watery fun with 20 large rides and plenty of smaller ones. There are also areas to relax, cabanas to rent and plenty of refreshment opportunities. A great day out for all the family.

Denver Zoo

No family vacation would be complete without a visit to Denver Zoo. The zoo began in 1896 and has grown from there. It now houses over 4000 species of animal and is the best of its kind in the region. There are regular attractions, traveling shows and more to see than you could possibly need.

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Elitch Gardens is one of the oldest theme parks around, having opened its doors in 1890. The modern park has roller coasters and other rides as well as a water park. The park gets busy, but is well worth a day out.

The Children’s Museum of Denver

Not every city has a museum dedicated to its little ones. The Children’s Museum of Denver will appeal to the under 13’s but is open to all. Everything is designed with children in mind and most things can be touched, watched or handled. It’s a great way to combine entertainment with education, making this an ideal day out for the kids.

Those are just a few highlights from the hundreds of venues and activities for families in and around Denver. There is something here for everyone, regardless of budget or interest. We hope you try at least some of them for yourself!

If you’re a new landlord, or are considering renting out your home, it may seem like a nightmare of details and decisions before you can begin making money from your property. While that may be the case, there are fundamentals that you need to decide before going into any detail. Like whether to rent an unfurnished or furnished apartment.Corporate Apartments (27)

The majority of metropolitan apartments are rentals and good money can be made from them. A young, itinerant workforce may not want to buy in a city, or want to settle down just yet. That makes renting a must-have for a number of years. Those wanting to tap into that market need to decide early on whether to rent unfurnished or furnished. Both have pros and cons, which we are going to cover here.

Benefits of Renting an Unfurnished Apartment

An is almost a blank canvas. For longer term lets, unfurnished is a perfectly viable alternative. It’s cheaper for you as a landlord, as you don’t have to buy and maintain furniture, bed linen and kitchenware. This makes running an unfurnished apartment much simpler.

The other advantage of letting an unfurnished apartment is that the rental terms are often longer. If a tenant moves all their own furniture into your building, they are more likely to stay for a longer period of time. The investment of time and effort moving an apartment full of furniture around can be off-putting to some.

Benefits of Renting a Furnished Apartment

Furnished apartments are much easier to rent out and cover a wider market. Not only can you cater for individuals or vacation rentals, you can also appeal to the corporate renter. Having a wider market reach makes letting the furnished apartment easier than the unfurnished one.

The convenience of a furnished apartment in the eyes of renter should not be underestimated either. Having somewhere in a convenient location that they can move straight into is a significant benefit. Being able to move a couple of suitcases and have a ready-made home is more attractive than having to move furniture too.

You can also charge more for a furnished apartment. While the setup and maintenance cost is slightly higher, the long-term returns are also more. Just make sure you include everything in the security deposit and you should be fine.

The relative costs and benefits between renting out an unfurnished and a furnished apartment are straightforward. The decision as to which is more suitable in your particular situation can only be answered by you.

If you have the money, and have an apartment in a good area, going makes financial sense. It takes a little more management, but the returns are there if you want them. If you would prefer slightly lower gains but much less administration, the unfurnished may be the way to go.

Whatever you choose, go into renting with your eyes open and expectations in neutral and you’ll do okay. Expect too much too soon and you’re destined for a fall. Being a landlord is a lucrative business in the longer term that offers not a lot in the short.

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San Jose, California is the tenth largest city in the country and is a major city in the state of California. It’s also a bay city, offering many of the benefits of a near-coastal location with few of the downsides. Immortalized by Dionne Warwick, we now live in the capital of silicon valley and are the envy of many.

History of San Jose

Like most Californian cities, San Jose began as a Spanish settlement in 1769. They pushed the Native Americans out and settled the region with a series of Franciscan Missions. Our first full name was “Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe” which was shortened later to the much more manageable San Jose.

The early settlement did well under Spanish rule, moving once to what is now downtown from where Guadeloupe Parkway. In 1797, the region came under Mexican control and was the second city to be officially recognized after Sacramento. It wasn’t until 1846 that California became American and the region was accepted into the union.

San Jose has long been an agricultural city, with the Del Monte plant providing much of the early employment in the 20th century. The coming of war saw more prosperity and troubles as the Food Machinery Corporation was involved in producing landing craft for the Second World War.

Some of these defense contractors remained after the ending of hostilities, bringing more defense contractors with them. Through the late 20th century, the area known as Silicon Valley grew thanks to schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University churning out thousands of highly qualified students.

While we did suffer during the dot com collapse, the city retained many tech employers and is still regarded as the front line of technology in the United States.

The Climate

We have a lovely Subtropical Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures of around 73F. We do get some rain, from November through April, but it turns the gardens green and ensures our beautiful city remains that way so we don’t mind a bit.

Getting Around San Jose

Getting to San Jose by plane is easy if you use the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The airport is relatively close to Downtown and several shuttles run to and from the center. You can also get here by using  San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport as it doesn’t take long to transfer.

Caltrain runs train services from San Jose to San Francisco while Amtrak runs to Sacramento, Auburn, Seattle and Los Angeles. There is also the Altamont Commuter Express, a local commuter train that runs for the benefit of the suburbanites to get to work in the morning.

We are quite well served by buses too, with CA Shuttle Bus, Greyhound, Hoang Express, InterCalifornias, TUFESA and Megabus running services in and out of the city. We also have local buses, the VTA.

The car is our main mode of transport. Use the US-101 and Interstate 280 to get to and from San Francisco. Use the I-5 North to CA-152 West to US-101 North for LA and from the East Bay, use either I-880 or I-680 South. Inner city routes get busy at rush hour but no more so than other metro areas.

Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city, one of the most famous in the world. It’s also in California and that makes it a very cool place to be. Anyone living, working or vacationing here will have more entertainment options than you know what to do with. With that in mind, we have put together a brief guide on what we think are the entertainment highlights of our city. As always, if you’re looking for corporate housing while in Los Angeles, check out our inventory.

J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum is huge and impressive and the exhibits are only part of the allure. Sure there is plenty to see, as you would expect from one of the most wealthy dynasties in the country. There is also space, gardens and the Getty Center to enjoy. It makes for a lovely, peaceful day out.16valley_600

Sushi in San Fernando Valley

Unless you’re from Japan, this is the best place in the world to get sushi outside of that country. The Valley has a range of sushi joints that deliver exceptional quality fish that are as attractive to look at as they are to eat. If you’re into trying something different, this is the place for you.

Robertson Boulevard

Forget Rodeo Drive, forget Melrose Avenue, try something a little bit cooler and visit this less beautiful, but no less interesting shopping destination. Robertson BLVD great for celebrity spotting and for lunch if you can get a table at the Ivy.

Olvera Street

Visiting Olvera Street is something every visitor should do while you’re here. It’s the old center of Los Angeles and a tourist district of town. Despite that, it’s a nice place to visit, with lots of tourist stuff, but also lots of genuine things to see and so. It’s also the place to go for great Mexican food. There is also the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, to see too.

Malibu Beach

If you like the sun and why would you visit LA if you didn’t, a day or two at Malibu Beach is a no-brainer. Zuma is typical LA, with all the beautiful people hanging out being seen, playing volleyball and even getting into the water, but apart from that, it really is a beautiful part of the city.

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Taking a Warner Brothers Studio Tour is to LA what seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, it is a must-do. This tour is the best in our opinion and offers the most for your money. It’s also a working studio where there is always something going on.

Third Street Promenade

The Third Street Promenade is shopping heaven. It’s an outdoor mall that is typical LA and only a few blocks from the beach. There are the usual suspects as well as individual shops, boutiques, an excellent farmers market and some great places to eat. Well worth a visit!

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The History of Seattle

The areas that is now Seattle has been inhabited for over 4000 years according to archaeological evidence. Before the Europeans arrived, it was the home of the Duwamish tribe of Native Americans who had a number of villages around the area.

George Vancouver arrived in 1792 during his expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest which was followed some 60 years later by settler parties led by Collins and Denny. Each settled different areas and made their settlements. For one reason or another, the Denny party ended up mobbing over to where Pioneer Square is today and called it Duwamps.

The name Seattle came a couple of years later once the settlement had been established. The name was taken from the leader of the Duwamish at the time, Chief Sealth. The name first appears on the official paperwork for the village in 1853.

The early success of Seattle was due to the prevalence of good quality timber. Cutting and sawing was the main employer for the early town and saw much wealth come with it. Later, the gold rush would arrive and provide the boom and bust as it did elsewhere in the country. With it came more settlers and supporting industries. Some survived the rush, others did not.

What made Seattle different is that when times were good, it used money wisely. When times were bad it used that money to diversify the economy and improve the city. It was this approach that allowed Seattle to survive and thrive.

The Climate

The climate in Seattle is classed as oceanic, meaning it’s wet some of the time but winters are mild. Summers are generally warm and sunny, but it can rain at any time at any place. Despite being so far north, it doesn’t get all that cold here. We have our four seasons and summers are a great time to visit.

Getting Around Seattle

If you arrive by plane, it will most likely be at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It is our air hub and handled most of our national and international air traffic. It’s only around 25 minutes from the city and is easy to get to and from.

Amtrak run services into King Street Station to and from Canada and the southern US cities. There are also local rail operators and commuter lines serving the city, making getting around by rail a viable method. Buses are run by Greyhound, Bolt Bus, Northwestern Trailways, Olympic, and Wheatland Express and run local and long distance routes.

Cars are of course our primary method of transport and we are fortunate enough to be quite car friendly. With the exception of rush hour, it’s very easy to get around the city by car. The public transportation is Seattle is also a vary viable option.

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History of Austin

Austin, Texas is a lovely city in the heart of the state. It’s large, vibrant and always has something going on. It’s a great place to live and work and just about everything for just about every one.

History of Austin

The true history of Austin stretches back over 9000 years. Archeological digs around the county have found artifacts dating back all that time. When the Europeans landed, the Tonkawa tribe of native Americans called it home.
Explorers had traveled through here plenty before stopping for any length of time. It wasn’t until 1730 that people actually began to put down roots. A mission from East Texas stayed here for a few months before moving on, then in 1839, the site was chosen to be the capital for the independent state of Texas to be named after Stephen F. Austin.

Once the Comanche people had been pushed out of the area and relations between the settlers and the natives settled down, people began coming to Austin to live. As the state capital, many of the earliest settlers were government employees.
A battle between Sam Houston and Lamar, the second President of Texas saw the town temporarily lose its place as the capital and almost half of its population, but it soon recovered both its position and it’s populace. From that time one, Austin grew steadily and its economy stronger.

In 1880, when the state capitol building was complete, it was the 7th largest building in the world. This brought a lot of attention to the area. It, along with the railroad, cattle and cotton trading saw the city grow slowly but steadily through to the 20th century. From then, our economy has moved into technology, defense and pharmaceuticals.

The Climate

Austin has a semi-arid climate, meaning long hot summer and cool winters. We don’t get much rain here, maybe 2 to 4 inches a month during winter at most. You have to be able to cope with heat to survive here, but most places, including malls and public areas have A/C.

Getting Around Austin

Our main airport is Austin Bergstrom International Airport about 6 miles outside the center of the city. It’s a busy airport with services running all over the country. Most major carriers have at least one or two services in and out of AUS, so we are well served for air travel.
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Austin Amtrak Station. The Texas Eagle runs through here from Chicago to San Antonio and connects us to the rest of the country from there. Buses are provided by Greyhound, Megabus, Autobus Americanos, Turimex Internacional and Omnibus Mexicanos.

As with most American cities, the car is our main form of transport. The IH-35 runs north-south and we have a range of regional highways and tollways around the city. Suburban roads are okay, but it gets busy during rush hour.

Given the fantastic surroundings, lovely weather and desire to live life, there is always something going on in Colorado Springs. If you’re about to move into corporate housing in Colorado Springs, these events are a great way to integrate into local life and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Bikes & Brews – September

Bikes & Brews has to be one of the coolest events in the country. Cycle for 50k while stopping regularly to try artisan beers. Colorado has more breweries than anywhere else, so it’s a perfect excuse to indulge. Run by Fremont Adventure Recreation and Red Canyon Cycles.

Elk Fest – October

Elk Fest is held annually to celebrate the Elk rut (yes really) in Estes Park. It’s a celebration of everything outdoors and Colorado as well as elk and is well worth a visit if only to see what “elk bugling” is all about!

Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo – July

The Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is held every year at the Norris-Penrose Event Center and is one of the country’s best rodeos. It’s fast, furious and an exhibition of amazing animal handling, both horse and bull.

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The Colorado Balloon Classic is a real spectacle that is help each Labor Day. Hundreds of hot air balloons take off and fly in the air while on the ground there are activities, exhibits and traders to view.

Colorado Springs Science Festival – October

Given the high tech nature of industry around Colorado Springs, it’s no wonder there’s a science festival or two around. Held each year, the Colorado Springs Science Festival is one of the best. With shows, exhibits and displays, it’s definitely one to see.

Festival of Lights Celebration – December

The Festival of Lights held every December in downtown Colorado Springs. It’s a holiday event with a carnival theme as floats parade through town, bands play and Santa Claus spends valuable time in his hectic schedule to greet the kids.

Greek Festival – August

Greek Festival is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a piece of Greece for a weekend. There’s lots of Greek food, music and dancing as well as a celebration of everything Hellenic. It makes a nice change from the usual and gives a real insight into another way of life.

Hummingbird Festival – May

The charmingly named Hummingbird Festival is help in North Cheyenne and is a general festival celebrating life, love, children and art. There are magicians, arts, crafts, stores, displays, exhibitions and much more.

Those are just some of the many festivals and events held in and around Colorado Springs each year. If you do find yourself moving here, you’re never going to be short of things to do!

One of the first things that pops in your head during relocation for work is where you will live. Entrepreneurs, who need to relocate for their job for a week or so only, have a tough decision to make namely whether they should go for a serviced apartment or private rental accommodation for the duration of their stay.

Difference between Service Apartments and Private Rental Accommodations

Both of these accommodation choices have pros and cons that you need to be aware of before picking one that suits your requirements. One of the key benefits of serviced apartments is that it has a support network that private rental accommodations do not have. These include Minot Temporary Housing - Blu (5)welcome hampers for the guests as they arrive. The items gifted are basic amenities that a new resident might need like eggs, milk, butter, bread, tea, coffee etc. These play a great role in ensuring you settle in as soon as you arrive thus saving time.

Apartment staff in serviced apartments can offer tips on where you can get the best shopping done and which diners have the best food. This will make you feel right at home immediately. Relocation for work can be disorienting if it’s the first time you were required to do it after all. Private rental accommodations on the other hand, do not possess staff at all. You will be completely on your own there.

If you do not know your way round town then the support service apartment staff can give you will prove to be invaluable. This will help you find your way in a new environment that much quicker. You will be even more grateful for their support if you aren’t familiar with the local language. You may know a few words or phrases, but it won’t beat their flawless tongue. The daily maid service is also something to look forward to. Private accommodations will require you to look for a local maid yourself. This will be dangerous, especially if your apartment is in a seedy part of town.

Even if you do manage to find a trustworthy maid, what will you do for general maintenance? Service apartments offer in-house maintenance though. If your television breaks down or your electricity gets cut off due to a faulty fire, the in-house handy man will come knocking at your door as soon as you call him. Besides this, a private rental apartment will also prove to be more expensive than its service counterpart. Not only will you be required to pay a utility tax, but a council tax will also liable to payment. That’s besides your rent money!

Relocation for work can be tricky and expensive especially when it comes to finding the best place to live. Stick to service apartments for a hassle free and comfortable stay and your work will not suffer. Private rental apartments may look sophisticated, but you will be the one suffering when those bills come in at the end of the month.

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As you can imagine, there are too many San Francisco neighborhoods to list on one web page, so we’ll concentrate on the main ones. They are as diverse and as interesting as you imagine and probably more besides, making any visit here an eventful experience!

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The Financial District is where money is made and deals are done. As San Francisco is a financial hub, this is one busy place. Most of the big financial institutions have a headquarters or at least a significant presence here. There is also plenty of shopping too, with the Embarcadero Center, the Ferry Building and Crocker Galleria all within the neighborhood.

Castro District

Castro District is the center of gay life here in San Francisco. It’s an affluent, interesting, colorful and characterful neighborhood full of cute bakeries, coffee shops, boutiques, bars and the Castro Theater. It’s a great place to visit, whatever your persuasion.

Chinatown

Chinatown is a real highlight of San Francisco. Go through the Dragon’s Gate at Grant and Bush and enter a different world. Chinatown has been immortalized in movies, TV series and video games but really has to be seen to be believed. Try Chinese cuisine from street vendors, visit authentic Chinese stores and absorb as much Asian culture as you can.

Cole Valley

Cole Valley is completely different to Chinatown. It’s cool, quaint and relaxed. The neighborhood is full of nice houses, small stores, mom and pop restaurants and offers a real feeling of city cool. If you want to step away from the city for a while, Cole Valley is a great place to do it.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is probably one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco. The area is full of stores, restaurants, bars, entertainment and the best seafood in the world. Fish Alley still has genuine, working fisherman who bring in the catch of the day for the many restaurants in the area. There really is a lot here and should be on every visitor’s to-do list.

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The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood was the hippest, coolest place in the world during the 60s and 70s and still reflects those characteristics today. It has been gentrified a bit, but still has that revolutionary flavor that was so apparent during those times. It’s different, irreverent and well worth a visit.

Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley is where the cool go to play. It’s full of bars, clubs, museums, galleries and all that fun stuff. It’s the neighborhood to be seen in, with some of the coolest shoe stores, boutiques and bars around. It also has some of the best restaurants in the city too. Definitely somewhere you want to visit if you want to experience San Francisco to its fullest.

 

If you and your family are taking a vacation, you might also wish to look into vacation cabins or beach houses available for rent. These are also viable options if you want to reside in a relaxed environment while working.

The apartment rental or furnished housing you obtain will include furniture, dishes and linens. These apartment rentals will also help you in the event of relocation for work. While uprooting yourself and your whole family, you will not have to worry about setting up a new house while settling in.Corporate Housing Bryan Texas - Blu (18)

This will help you and your family adjust to the move much more easily, and will ensure that you are able to concentrate on work. If you are having a new house built in a new location after the move, furnished apartments will also be a useful choice in the interim period. You can also consider home rental while you are looking for a property to buy.

When your move is relocation for work that is short-term, the period may be too to make buying a house a viable option, and too long a period to make hotel stay an economical and comfortable option. In the case of the former, furnished housing will save you from having to purchase things such as furniture, which would be impractical considering how you can hold on to it for only a amount of time and will have to go through the cost and trouble of transporting, disposing of or selling it eventually.

In the case of hotels, having a furnished place will provide you with the conveniences of living at home and will cost much less per day than a good hotel does overnight. This is especially true for frequent business trips to places such as LA or New York, where hotel rates are extremely high.

A is a good idea if your stay is to exceed one month but will be shorter than a year. You will have to spend none of that time on decorating or making your residence livable. You will also not need to create a budget to purchase furnishings and furniture, as they will already be made available to you.

When choosing furnished housing, ask yourself what you need. If your duration is for a few months and you have moved for work purposes, is it necessary to have a TV? Are you willing to supply yourself with dishes, linen, cooking equipment or internet access? These decisions should hopefully take you much less time than having to start with furnishing from scratch, leaving you free to concentrate on your job and your new social environment. You get the opportunity to enjoy the comforts of home away from home.

We think moving to Colorado Springs is one of the best things we ever did. The air is clean, traffic light, crime low and the weather fine. Once you get used to the altitude it’s all good.

The city isn’t without it’s curiosities though. If you’re staying in one of our corporate rentals or are planning to move to Colorado Springs, there are a few things you might like to know.

Military

Colorado Springs is predominantly made up of military personnel either active or retired. That’s why our military housing specialists are always so busy. There are five major bases here, NORAD, the Air Force AcademyFort CarsonPeterson AFB and Schriever AFB.

While the tech and supporting industries are plentiful, the majority of people here are military. Expect to see lots of uniforms and be asked for your military I.D. to get discounts in stores.images

Bugs

There are very few bugs in Colorado Springs. It’s probably the elevation, but the only bugs we really see are moths and ants. No mosquitoes, no flies, no spiders. It’s a nice relief, especially if you moved from somewhere warmer.

Elevation

Talking of elevation, Colorado Springs is about a mile above sea level and takes some getting used to. Allow a month or two to get fully used to the elevation and expect to be out of breath climbing a set of stairs at first. We also have to drink a lot and use sunblock because the air is so thin.

This also has ramifications when opening bottles or cans. The elevation means they are under pressure, so even opening a yoghurt means pointing it away from you while you peel the lid. It’s a small thing, but will take some getting used to.

People

The people here in Colorado Springs are nice, like really nice. Get used to people looking you in the eye and saying hello. Get used to people holding doors open for you or nodding to you as they pass. It’s a way of life here and something you have to quickly get used to. It’s a lovely aspect of the culture though.

Snow

It snows in winter here but it only lasts a day or two. That means the snow you do see is always fresh and that horrible brown sludge you get elsewhere is rare. It could be 4 degrees one day and 60 the next, the weather here is mixed to say the least. Keeps everyone on their toes though!

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It’s one thing to move an employee across the country to a new location, it’s another to move their family too. There is a lot involved in moving an entire household across a state. Fortunately, that’s something can help with.

It isn’t uncommon for an employer to have to cast their net ever wider to attract the kind of skills they need to prosper. In an ever specializing work environment, it’s sometimes difficult to find the niche skills necessary to fulfill your business needs. Even when there are so many unemployed, it’s often impossible to find the right skillset.

The prospect of moving an entire family across the country may be enough to put off both employer and employee, but the inclusion of a furnished apartment or small family home as part of the transaction makes all the difference.

The prospect of having to pay for an extended hotel stay would be enough to put off even the most determined employee. The cost, if met by the employer makes hiring new talent much more expensive than it has to be, and could certainly influence the hiring decision from both sides.

This is where corporate housing comes into its own. From the employers perspective, they save money as these corporate rentals are much cheaper than hotels. They also offer the ideal platform from which their new employee can become productive in the shortest time possible. It also influences the decision to move, and if an employee has the skills the company desperately needs, this is essential.

From the employees perspective, a corporate rental takes a lot of stress out of the transition. It’s stressful enough starting a new job, without adding moving a family and all that goes with it into the equation. It’s certainly the case that not having to worry about finding somewhere to live right away, or having to spend valuable cash on a hotel will go a long way in making the decision to accept the move.

The ability for a new employee to bring their family with them makes for a very stable start. The lesser known benefits are realized when they have pets too. You can’t take a pet to most hotels. Many corporate lets allow pets, even some furnished apartments allow pets within reason. Our connection to our animals is a deep one and should not be underestimated.

Any employer who allows and employee to keep their loved ones around them gets a loyal, productive and grateful staff member. An employee who will work hard to repay the kindness, who will contribute to the productivity of the company and who will remain loyal for a long time to come.

They don’t have to know that corporate rentals are actually cheaper than a hotel. Even a furnished apartment in a nice area of town, or a small family home in a quiet residential street can be significantly cheaper than an extended stay hotel room. This is one of those situations where everybody wins.