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Elegant Touches for Your Bathroom

June 18th, 2018

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Apartment dwellers in Foster City, CA appreciate updated bathrooms in their apartment. These elegant touches can turn your bathroom into a soothing retreat.

Use Artwork to Set the Theme

Nothing personalizes a space more than your selection of artwork. With thousands of choices and hundreds of color variations, choose a painting you love. Your bathroom is a humid environment, so don’t invest in priceless artwork that might mildew or warp.

Art buyers love browsing the choices from online retailers like Art.com or GreatBigCanvas.com. Canvas art is a durable choice. Art.com provides first-time art buyers a quiz to help discover their style.

For an elegant touch, choose fine art by painters like Monet, or Van Gogh, abstract art or photography of lotus blossoms, serene beach locations or the Bay Bridge or San Francisco skyline.

Coordinate Towels and Rugs with Your Artwork

Choose good quality towels made of Pima or Egyptian cotton. Thick, thirsty towels provide a luxurious bathroom experience. Not only do they look elegant, they provide comfort.

Choose a color that coordinates with the colors found in your artwork. Aquas, teals and earth tones are perfect choices to attain that feeling of elegance and serenity.

Don’t forget what’s underfoot. Choose matching plush rugs to create an ultra-serene feeling. But bathroom rugs don’t have to match. New choices include jacquard textures, pebble textures or faux fur. Wooden bathmats made of bamboo or teak lend sleek elegance.

Accessories Provide Utility and Elegance

Luxury bath items include the soap dish, tissue holder and trash can. Choose a matching set to avoid a cluttered look. Matte metal finishes or neutral stone finishes lend another layer of elegance.

Add fragrance with a reed diffuser. With selections ranging from spicy and woodsy to citrus and floral, a reed diffuser supplies fragrance and adds an elegant touch.

A Decorative Ladder Floor Storage Unit is the Finishing Touch

Complete your elegant new bathroom look with a decorative ladder. Available in different wood and metal finishes, complete your bathroom with a floor storage unit. Not only are fresh towels at hand, these units display your towels and other accessories to avoid clutter.

If you’re looking for a beautiful location that’s convenient to the San Francisco Airport or the San Manteo-Hayward Bridge, The Plaza in Foster City offers an ideal location. The Plaza offers outdoor amenities like a swimming pool and Zen garden, is pet-friendly and provides interior details you will love. Call or visit today to view the available floor plans.

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Beyond Burgers and Hot Dogs: Throwing a Patio Party for Grownups

June 4th, 2018

Patio Party for Grownups

Are you thinking about having your friends over for a patio party but want something beyond traditional burgers and hot dogs on the menu? If you’d like to keep the quintessential patio party vibe going but with food more suitable for adults, you’re in luck—plenty of options exist for beverages, burgers and hot dogs that won’t remind you and your guests of a child’s party. Following are several suggestions designed to provide residents of apartments in Foster City, California, with inspiration for fare that tastes like summer but doesn’t resemble kid’s food.

Adult Beverages

Ice cold lemonade brings to mind lazy summer days and balmy evening breezes perfumed with the scent of garden flowers, and it’s even better when used as the base for adult beverages. Mixing it with your favorite fruit-flavored vodka in a tall glass with shaved ice takes standard lemonade to a whole new level. You can also mix it with Champagne and a splash of peach brandy, strain it through shaved ice and serve it in an oversized martini glass.

Burger Alternatives

If you want the ease of grilling burgers but without the beef, consider making grilled salmon patties. Simply combine canned salmon with bread crumbs and eggs, shape the mixture into patties, and grill them over medium heat for three minutes on each side. These burgers are excellent topped with blueberry salsa and lettuce.

Lamb burgers are another mouthwatering alternative to traditional beef burgers. Season ground lamb with cumin, allspice, red pepper, coarse salt and cracked black pepper. Cook the patties five minutes on either side if you like them medium rare, and six-to-seven minutes for medium and well-done burgers. Serve them with feta cheese for a Greek accent and a side of spinach salad with hot bacon dressing.

Other options for burgers-without-beef include emu, turkey and chicken.

Adult Hot Dogs

Bratwurst provides a delicious alternative to traditional hot dogs. Beer brats are excellent choices for al fresco feasts fit for adults. To make sure everyone gets a brat that hits their sweet spot, set up a condiment bar and let your guests create their own culinary masterpieces.

Adult Desserts

Instead of paper plates full of strawberry shortcake, consider a slice of angel food cake drizzled with lemon or raspberry sauce and topped with a bit of chilled whipped cream.

The Plaza is a brand new apartment community offering resort-style living. Call us today to find out more about amenities such as our gourmet kitchens, peaceful Zen garden, outdoor pool with cabanas, spa and much more.

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Bring the Sunshine Inside With These 5 Summer Decor Tips

May 3rd, 2018

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The summer season is the perfect time to relax, unwind and bring in a little of the beautiful sunshine for the season. There is no better way to start off summer than by following these summer decor tips to brighten up your Foster City apartment.

Let In More Light by Decluttering

Clear the way for some extra light in your home by removing dark items and cleaning up cluttered areas. Put away blankets and winter decor to help let your apartment fill with light and feel the summer sunshine all day long.

Add Some Live Flower Arrangements

Take advantage of the wonderful flower availability this time of year and decorate your mantel, dining room table, or shelving with some live plants or vases of cut summer flowers. Not only will you enjoy the aesthetic benefits, but you also can take advantage of the fragrance of the flowers as well.

Bring In Some Summer Scents

While fragrances such as cinnamon and evergreen can be great smells during the cold months, summer is time to trade out those candles and room deodorizers with some citrus, ocean breeze, or coconut scents to bring you the feel of carefree days on the beach.

Add a Little Beach Inside Your Home

While creating a full-scale beach may be an impossible feat, you can still bring a little bit of the beach back with you to enjoy in your home. Find some unique vases or go old school with some mason jars and create some sand creations, making sure to add in some shells or unique stones. Decorate your mantel or end tables with the vases, and add a few shells around the base to complete the look.

Think Bold and Bright When Choosing Colors

This season, bright colors are the trend in summer home decor. Think bright blues, yellows and oranges when choosing accent pieces or adding pops of color such as throw pillows and rugs. If your walls are neutral, add some color to those as well with a unique piece of art featuring bold and bright colors. If you have curtains or drapes, tie them back with a bright piece of fabric to allow the sunshine in during the day.

Embrace the summer season by implementing some of the summer decor tips listed above. If you are looking for a new apartment to try out your new summer decor ideas, call or stop by The Plaza luxury apartments to inquire about available floor plans.

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The Best Storage Solutions for Apartment Living

March 8th, 2018

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When you live in an apartment, you might find that you don’t have quite as much storage space as you need. The good news is you don’t have to rely only on closets to store your belongings. You can create your own storage solutions that won’t take up much space at all in your home.

Hang Up Hooks

Hooks can provide you with convenient storage space for hanging scarves, jewelry, belts and other accessories in your closet. Choose adhesive hooks to stick on your wall rather than using nails to hang hooks if your building has a policy against putting holes in walls. Adhesive hooks can hold these lightweight items and keep them organized, so you can easily find what you need. You can also use adhesive hooks in your kitchen or near your door to hold hats and other outdoor items.

Set Up Shelving Units

Bookcases and shelving units with cubbies make ideal places to put a wide range of items, from books and DVDs to knickknacks and collectibles. Since they’re available in several sizes, you can choose a size that works best in your apartment. Keep in mind that you can also purchase baskets for holding linens and other household items, and place these inside the cubbies or on bookcase shelves. This helps keep your shelves looking neat and tidy.

Choose a Storage Chest

Getting a storage chest for your bedroom, living room or even your dining room offers a convenient place to put items so that they’re out of view. This helps cut down on clutter in your home while also giving you a chance to spruce things up with a decorative chest, such as a rustic oak wood chest or an elegant cherry wood chest. You can also use the top of the chest to place books, lamps and other items.

Select Stacking Tables

Some tables, such as bedside tables and end tables, are available with open bases that provide you with a chance to create extra storage space. You can slide smaller tables under the larger ones, and pull them out when you need them. You can also make use of the open area below these tables for storage. For example, you can place a basket with knitting supplies, magazines or other items under these tables and easily take them out when you want to use them.

Our community in Foster City, CA has apartments available with walk-in closets for additional storage space. Please contact us for more information about our available Foster City apartments.

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3 Essential Apartment Accessories for 2018

February 20th, 2018

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As you may know from experience, it takes hard work to make a house or apartment truly feel like home. This is particularly true for those who don’t have a gift for interior decorating. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to decorating your home, here are three essential decor accessories for 2018 that you should buy to help you get started.

1. Accent Mirrors

Very few rooms are complete without a few tasteful wall accents. A small wall accent that is well-positioned can contribute a lot to a space. One essential wall accent is the accent mirror. Not only do accent mirrors have the ability to make a room feel even larger, but they can also disrupt the monotony of plain wall.

Before you start buying accent mirrors for the walls in your home, you should figure out which mirror size best suits your space. For example, you may want to buy multiple small accent mirrors rather than one big mirror for a large space. You can arrange the small accent mirrors into a geometric shape. Also, be sure to buy mirrors with frames that complement the rest of the decor in the space.

2. Artwork

One way you can liven up a space and add your own personal touch is by putting artwork up on the walls. Ideally, you should choose artwork that speaks to you rather than just purchasing the first piece of aesthetically appealing artwork that you come across. You can put up a painting or a series of black and white photographs. If you decide to put multiple pieces of artwork up, you should establish a design theme to follow.

3. Throw Pillows

Chances are, you’ve heard that accessories are the key to successfully putting together a nice outfit. Well, accessories are also the key to skillful interior decorating. Many professional interior designers will attest that throw pillows are one of the best accessories for a home.

Since throw pillows are relatively inexpensive, they are considered an interchangeable accessory. Therefore, you buy throw pillows for different themes and different seasons. For example, you might buy floral throw pillows for the spring. You can choose throw pillows with quirky designs as long as the colors are complementary with the rest of the colors in the space.

Reach out to friends and neighbors in your community for more tips when it comes to decor accessories for your home. If you would like to move into a new apartment and join the ThePlaza community, contact us. You can also visit our office to take a look at the Foster City apartments available.

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How to Grow a Garden in Your Apartment

April 17th, 2017

Basil PlantIf you think you’ve got to have a big yard in order to grow a garden, you obviously haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of indoor growing.  Naturally, you won’t be able to grow large fields of corn in the living room of your apartment in Foster City, you’ll be able to grow enough green stuff to provide your place with plenty of natural beauty. Whether you want to grow food for the table or simply grow a lush ornamental garden to brighten up dreary winter days, you’ll be able to do so following a few tried-and-true methods listed below.

Identify a Sunny Windowsill

You’ll need a windowsill with a southern or western exposure for best results if you are hoping to grow culinary herbs and certain types of vegetables in your apartment. With the right amount of sun, you’ll be able to grow herbs such as mint, thyme, chives, oregano, dill, and marjoram. If you’ve never cooked with fresh culinary herbs before, you will be amazed at the difference in the way food tastes when it’s been used to prepare meals. Pinching pieces off from the plants to use in cooking encourages the plant to grow. You should always pinch from the top growth right above the leaf nodes — this will help keep the plants from becoming straggly.

If you have a sliding glass door with a southern or western exposure, you can grow garden vegetables such as peas and beans in pots. With enough sun and the addition of a grow light, you may also be able to grow some types of cherry tomatoes. Always buy dwarf varieties of seeds for vegetables that you’re planning on growing indoors.

Choose Low-Light-Loving House Plants

Most common houseplants actually originated as understory plants in tropical rainforests, making them ideal for use in areas that don’t receive a lot of natural light. You can get colorful dracaenas that provide a vibrant foliage display containing vivid reds and pinks, or if you have a space you want to fill with something green and growing, fig trees can grow all the way up to the ceiling in indoor environments. Some house plants such as philodendrons are practically indestructible and are therefore ideal for those who have not yet cultivated a green thumb. No matter what your preference, there is a house plant that will fit in with your indoor living environment.

Are you looking for a brand new apartment to start growing your houseplants in? If so, give The Plaza a call! Our spacious apartments are perfect for plants of all kinds.

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How to Arrange a Floral Bouquet

April 4th, 2017

Red RosesLooking to bring some of the beauty of the outdoors into your apartment this spring? Consider putting together your own floral bouquet to display in your living space. Not sure where to start? We’ve got some tips for arranging a floral bouquet like a pro.

Trim the Stems Properly to Fit the Vase

Once you’ve chosen your flowers and vase, the first step is to trim the stems of the flowers down to fit into the vase properly. When cutting flower stems, try to cut them at a 45-degree angle; this will help to prolong the life of the flowers by helping water absorb into the stems more easily. When cutting, test out how each flower will fit into the vase and be sure to remove any foliage that will fall below the water level. Otherwise, this could cause your flowers to wilt faster and can create a foul odor as well.

Create a Focal Point With Large Blooms

Start with the larger of the blooms you’ve selected to create a focal point within your bouquet. Begin arranging these blooms in circular layers, being sure to step back and assess the bouquet from a distance after placing every couple of flowers. These blooms should make for the center of your bouquet. Depending on the size of the blooms, you may also want to use a foam holder at the bottom of your vase to secure them in place.

Surround With Smaller Blooms

Next, use smaller blooms to surround the focal point of your bouquet. Ideally, these flowers should also be slightly shorter than the flowers in the center of your arrangement. This will help to create a natural layered look. Again, work by placing flowers along the perimeter of the bouquet, taking a step back to ensure everything looks even and balanced before moving onto the next step.

Finish With Berries or Greens

Any bouquet should be finished off with a final layer of greens, berries, or a mix of both around the sides. This will help to cover up the stems of the flowers you’ve already placed and give your arrangement a “finished” look. Greenery can also be used as an inexpensive “filler” material to give your bouquet a larger and fuller look. Plus, it helps to separate blooms so that air can properly circulate between them, thus helping your bouquet stay fresher for longer.

Spring is a beautiful time here at The Plaza apartments in Foster City, CA. Contact us today to inquire about current floor plan availability.

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3 Green Smoothies for St. Paddy’s Day

March 2nd, 2017

Green SmoothieLooking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a green beverage but just can’t stomach the thought of downing a glass of green beer? Consider a smoothie instead. Instead of feeling hung over the morning after the festivities, you’ll be revitalized and refreshed from the nutritional goodness smoothies provide. Following are just three of the many great green smoothies residents of apartments in Foster City can make to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Simple Green Smoothie

This one’s a quick and easy way to get a delicious and nutritious smoothie without a lot of steps. Simply grab two cups of greens, place them in the blender with the same amount of water, and blend until they’ve reached the preferred consistency. If you like your smoothies sweet, add a bit of honey to mix, or if your tastes run in the other direction, tart it up with lemon. You can also experiment with using different fruit juices instead of water until you find the flavor profile that fits you perfectly. If it turns out too thin, you can fix that up by adding a few pieces of ice at a time until it’s the way you want it.

Spinach Smoothie With Apple and Avocado

If you like your smoothies on the creamy side but don’t do dairy, this spinach smoothie with apple and avocado is for you. The apples sweetens the pot, but you could also stray from the beaten path by switching it out for a pear or a peach. If the fruit doesn’t make it sweet enough for you, spoon in some wildflower honey and sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon. You can also opt for kale instead of spinach here, but keep in mind that kale often has a bitter bite that you don’t get with spinach.

Mustard Greens With Pineapple, Coconut Milk, and Banana

Give your St. Paddy’s Day smoothie a taste of the tropics by combining mustard greens with pineapple, banana and coconut milk. For a delicious twist, blend in a small amount of ground ginger, but be careful that you don’t add too much — a little bit of ginger goes a long way. You can also substitute collard greens for mustard or use mixed greens.

The above recipes can all be tweaked to accommodate individual needs and preferences. For instance, almond and other nut milks can be used in the place of coconut milk or even water for a different type of taste sensation. If you’re looking for an amazing kitchen to whip up all these smoothies in, give us a call today.

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5 Fun Spring Activities in Foster City

March 2nd, 2017

DaisiesSpring is here! The sun is finally making an appearance after months of cold, foggy and rainy weather. With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful sights and activities in Foster City. Take a look at a few things you should be doing this spring.

Five Things to Do in Foster City This Spring:

  1. Go for a walk, run or bike ride on one of Foster City’s trails. You’ve got many choices if you’re in the mood for some exercise. The Levee Pedway is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and runs along the west side of O’Neal Slough. It’s a scenic, flat trail that’s perfect for bicycling or a relaxing stroll. You can drive from your apartments in Foster City to the Levee Pedway in less than 10 minutes.

    Another option is the Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park overlooking Central Lake with nearly 21 acres, including bike paths, a boat launch, basketball courts, picnic area and more.

  2. Check out the Foster City Farmers Market. Get fresh vegetables, fruit and other items on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The market is at the Charter Square Shopping Center at 791 Beach Park Boulevard.
  3. Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. This free, fun event is on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leo Ryan Park Meadow. Holi is an Indian festival where people throw colored powder at each other to celebrate spring and bring the community together. Activities will also include Indian music, dance and food. Learn more about the Holi festival at the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department’s website at calendar.fostercity.org/.
  4. See the classic Neil Simon farce “Rumors.” Regarded as one of Neil Simon’s funniest plays, “Rumors” is playing at the Hillbarn Theater at 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, from March 9 to April 2. To learn more and buy tickets, visit www.hillbarntheatre.org/ or call (650) 349-6411, extension 2. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for youths.
  5. Enjoy the free Jazz in the Library series of concerts. See live performances by a variety of bands playing different genres of jazz at the Foster City Library, 1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard. Concerts are on the following Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.: April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11.

Spring is also the perfect time to make a move to Foster City. If you’re looking for a place to live, check out luxury apartment living at The Plaza in Foster City, California. To learn more, call (650) 349-9999.

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5 Reasons We Love Dogs

February 11th, 2017

DogDogs have always played a special role in the lives of human beings since time immemorial. There is a really deep connection between dog lovers and their pets. But why do we love dogs so much? There are many answers to this question, but here are the 5 most common answers.

Loyalty

We definitely love our dogs because they are more than just pets. When your dog loves you, it becomes completely loyal to you. There have been cases of dogs so loving that they ran back to their owner’s house even after being sold off. There are other many examples of dogs showing loyalty to their owners and if you own one, you surely know what we mean.

Friendship

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. Unlike friends and colleagues who we may outgrow or get separated from by distance, our dogs are always there with us through thick and thin. They do not turn us down when in need; they do not desert us when we are broke, sick or in upset. They are there with us during our bad and happy times, always offering their companionship and friendship in the best way they know they how.

Exercise Partner

Dogs are among the best exercise partners we have in our lives. Today, when almost everything is available to you at the touch of a button from your Foster City apartments, it is sometimes hard to become motivated and go outside for a walk or jog. But for us dog lovers, you just know you have to take your dog for a walk and in the process end up exercising and staying healthy.

Unconditional Love

We have all heard this severally, “A dog is the only thing in the world that loves its owner more than it loves itself”. Dogs love unconditionally. They will show you their affection whether you are in a bad or good mood. They don’t care whether you got fired, dumped or lost something while you were gone. The moment you get back to your Foster City apartments, they will be there at the door eagerly waiting to see and snuggle with you.

Dogs Listen to Our Problems

We love to tell our dogs the secrets and problems we face, knowing that they won’t spill the beans to anyone. They just sit there and listen without judging.

If you are a resident of, or are looking for Foster City apartments to rent, be keen to consider pet-friendly apartments like The Plaza apartments in order to keep your pet happy. Your dog is your best friend, so bring him to the best community in Foster City.

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