Archive for December, 2014

See How Living at The Plaza Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

December 30th, 2014

Lowering your carbon footprint is easy when you live in one of our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City. A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse emissions released into the atmosphere and can be applied to a person, event, building, city, industry, or country.

Our LEED Gold designated apartment community was thoughtfully designed and built to LEED standards and includes many amenities and features that help our residents lower their individual carbon footprints as well.

The Plaza

Source: The Plaza.

The water that is used in The Plaza landscaping is recycled grey water within a drip irrigation system, and the plants are all native and drought-resistant species. Apartment toilets and bath and kitchen fixtures are all low-flow and highly efficient so you still get a great shower with plenty of pressure while using much less water. That goes for the Energy Star appliances too; these use less water and electricity to function optimally in our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City.

We have made it easy for our residents, at our eco-friendly apartments in Foster City, to leave their cars in the garage and use mass transit, bikes, and their own two feet to get around. Our fitness center, pool, spa, clubroom, and bike shop offer all you need to maintain your fitness regimens, and our close proximity to scenic bike paths and Caltrain means less cars on the road and, therefore, less gas being pumped.

Our Foster City apartments are truly an inspiring place to live and worth seeing to believe. Contact us to schedule a tour, and find out how you can start living a greener lifestyle at The Plaza!

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Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Spa Day at Oceanic Foster City

December 23rd, 2014

The thing about Oceanic Foot Spa in Foster City is that it doesn’t take all day for you to emerge feeling energized, happy and relaxed all at the same time. Customers rave about the location, the ambiance, and most importantly, the amazing care provided to every client. The spa’s focus is the feet, and the staff takes care of feet very well, but they also offer body massage, facials, and waxing.

Did you know that the feet contain pressure points that connect to the internal organs, glands, and tissues? This is the study of foot reflexology, a branch of ancient Oriental medicine, and Oceanic Foot Spa integrates this modality into all of its foot massages so stress, toxins, aches, and pains melt away within one 60-minute session. Repeated applications can alleviate chronic conditions such as headaches, indigestion, and insomnia as well as relieve the effects of serious illnesses such as cancer, osteoarthritis, and heart disease.

Oceanic Foot Spa in Foster City is offering discounted 30-, 60-, and 90-minute foot massage session and Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone body massages. You could treat yourself to a 60-minute foot massage, then a 60-minute Hot Stone massage, and finish off with a 90-minute Collagen Treatment facial all for only $200.

Oceanic Foot Spa in Foster City and other premium services are close by our luxuriously appointed apartments. Our heated swimming pool, Zen garden, and fitness center support all types of health and fitness regimens. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our unique, LEED Gold designated community!

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Helpful Tips Every Runner in Foster City Should Know

December 17th, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Foster City with fitness center, you have the best of both worlds.

You get to enjoy California weather that allows you to run most days outdoors and plenty of treadmills and elliptical machines in the fitness center for when the weather’s not cooperating or when you want to change it up.

So are you happy with your current running routine, or are you sore and injury-prone lately? Or maybe you’ve hit a plateau and can’t seem to run any faster?

If any of this sounds like you, it could be that your form is off. Rather than submit to umpteen tests and procedures to correct problems, how about first trying a few helpful tips instead?

  • The next time you run, notice where your feet strike with each stride. Every stride should land directly under each hip, not way out in front. Touching down on your toes, mid-foot, or heel isn’t important; it’s where you land in relation to your body that will keep you either injury-free or cause serious stress-related injuries to develop.
  • Notice your body posture when you’re running, or have someone run with you to assess if you’re slouching, raising your shoulders, or pulling your hips out of alignment. Your body should be straight as though a string was attached to your head and pulling up into the clouds: shoulders down, neck long, chin down, and hips facing forward with each stride.
  • Your apartment in Foster City with fitness center is a good place to measure your cadence on a treadmill. Find your cadence by counting how many steps you take per minute. A good pace is between 170 and 180. Faster, shorter steps will keep you injury-free.

Contact us today for more information about our affluent Foster City apartments with state-of-the-art amenities.

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See “Amadeus” at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City

December 11th, 2014

You deserve an evening out to enjoy a good time. There are many wonderful events at Hillbarn Theatre that provide you the opportunity to be able to have a good time while relaxing.

Check out Amadeus at the Hillbarn Theatre right here in Foster City. It is a fabulous theatrical adventure you will surely enjoy.

  • This play runs from January 22nd to February 8th.
  • Ticket prices start at $23, and it is a terrific idea to get your ticket now.
  • Show times are at 8 pm Thursday through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.

Make it an evening by trying any of the amazing restaurants near our affluent Foster City apartment community before the show.

  • Buri Tari Thai offers seasonal choices with an authentic taste from across the Pacific Ocean.
  • If you’re looking for seafood, you can’t do much better than Kingfish. Just be sure to make a reservation first.
  • How about flavorful meats raised in a wholesome way? Check out Paul Martin’s American Grill, and enjoy local and organic produce.

There are many awesome things you can do for a good time. Share your thoughts about where to go out in Foster City with your neighbors on our Facebook page.

For more information about our affluent Foster City community near restaurants, shopping, and events at Hillbarn Theatre, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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3 Natural Cleaners You Can Make in Your Foster City Apartment

December 9th, 2014

There are plenty of natural cleaners on the market. But if you want to really want to live a greener lifestyle, a few simple ingredients found in most homes will clean everything (sinks, tubs, tile, oven hoods, mirrors, windows, and even countertops) just as well as the store-bought kind.

The Plaza

Source: The Plaza.

This is one of those DIY apartment cleaning tips that takes very little time to implement, and it saves you money while eliminating additional plastic in landfills.

Here’s how to whip up a batch of your own natural cleaner using the following ingredients:

  • To clean glass and mirrors, mix water with white vinegar and rubbing alcohol, in a 1-1/4-1/8 ratio, in a spray bottle. For a nice scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender, orange, or rosemary. Spray it on a paper towel or microfiber cloth first, then rub it on the glass to prevent streaking.
  • Dip the cut side of half a lemon in a small bowl of Borax powder, and scrub those nasty rust stains off of porcelain sinks and tubs in a jiffy. Rinse off the residue with clean, warm water.
  • Sudsy ammonia is another common ingredient used in many green apartment cleaning tips. Only 1/2 cup is needed, mixed in one gallon of water, and you have a great grease cutting cleaner for stove tops, range hoods, and grills. Don’t forget to rinse with clean, warm water afterward and dry with a soft cloth to keep the surface sparkling and shiny.

Our luxury Foster City apartments come with loads of eco-friendly amenities both inside each unit and within the community itself.

We care about our residents and offer eco-friendly apartment cleaning tips to keep our residents informed and happy. If you want to join our luxury Foster City community, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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Enjoy Views of San Francisco Bay on the Foster City Ten Miler

December 4th, 2014

There’s still time to register for the Foster City Ten Miler/5K run, one of the prettiest runs in Foster City with fabulous views of San Francisco Bay along a flat, fast course.

The Foster City 10 Miler on January 18th provides a perfect way to start your running new year, and it’s a great race to kick off your training regimen if you have your sights set on bigger races like the Oakland Running Festival in March.

The Foster City 10 Miler starts and ends in Leo J. Ryan Park with entrance through the east gate opposite the Parkside Tower Parking Garage.

The registration fee of $70 per person is still slightly discounted now through January 5th and then becomes $85 per runner through race week.

The race starts at 8:30 am, and all registered runners can expect to have as much water, snacks, electrolytes, and beer as they need or want during and after the race. A performance T-shirt is also included for all runners.

This is one of those runs in Foster City that you just have to try. It’s a unique perspective running on streets closed to traffic and all other pedestrians.

It’s just you and three thousand other eager beavers running in the frosty sun. What’s better than that?

The Foster City 10 Miler is one of two races in the 10 Miler Series produced by Corrigan Sports, the other being the Sunnyvale 10 Miler in August.

There are plenty of additional organized runs in Foster City within a jog of our luxury apartments. Our residents can train for these events in our state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio theater, cool down in our wellness spa, then relax in our Zen garden.

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautifully appointed units in accordance with LEEDS Gold environmental standards.

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