Property Spotlight: Donnan Avenue Apartments in Washington, PA

Property Spotlight: Donnan Avenue Apartments in Washington, PA

By: Nicole Fandel, Marketing Specialist

 

Welcome to Donnan Avenue!

Are you looking to live in an area that’s close to everything that Pittsburgh has to offer yet still has the cozy hometown feel of Western Pennsylvania? Well, we’ve got you covered!

We currently have 2 apartments available located at 395 Donnan Avenue in Washington, PA. Each spacious unit is newly renovated and has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, along with plenty of windows letting in lots of natural light.

Our building on Donnan Avenue has a laundry room for resident use as well as a parking lot in the back – never worry about trying to parallel park on a busy street again! Not to mention, the building is just minutes away from I-70.

A Sneak Peek at Unit 6:

          

 

A Sneak Peek at Unit 24:

   

 

What Does Washington, Pennsylvania Have to Offer?

But, these apartments aren’t just close to I-70; they are within walking distance of different shops, restaurants, and businesses like Dollar General, Walgreens, Goodwill, PNC Bank, Post Office, Little Caesars, Subway, and much more! Our Campus - Washington & Jefferson College

Not to mention, Washington County is the home of Washington & Jefferson College, only a 4 minute drive, as well as the Pittsburgh Tanger Outlets, only a 10 minute drive! Near the outlets, you’ll find Pittsburgh’s famous Sarris Candies shop, Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, and plenty more.

At 395 Donnan Avenue, you truly are just minutes away from everything you could want or need – don’t pass up this opportunity because it won’t be around much longer!

Interested in a Donnan Avenue apartment?

If you’re interested in filling out an application or learning more about living at 395 Donnan Avenue in Washington, PA, please take a look at the Appfolio pages for apartment 6 or apartment 24. You can also contact portfolio manager Karina Smoke at 412-930-4925 or KarinaS@arbors.com for more information or to schedule a tour!

Property Spotlight: Weston Arbors

Property Spotlight: Weston Arbors

By: Nicole Fandel, Marketing Specialist, and Glenda McCrary, Property Manager at Weston Arbors

Welcome to Weston Arbors! 

Weston Arbors 1-minWeston Arbors is a high-rise apartment building consisting of 8 floors and a total of 119 one-bedroom apartments, each equipped with a refrigerator, range, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting, and a private balcony. We have onsite management, maintenance, and a resource coordinator, onsite laundry facilities, and a large community room and lounge for residents to enjoy – not to mention a gorgeous view of the West Virginia mountains!

In case you didn’t know, Weston Arbors was built in 1980 but has undergone recent renovations! Some of these updates include new carpeting in the hallways, new carpeting and seating in the community room, removal of multiple trees on the property to allow for more natural light, and more. 

 

What’s Around Weston Arbors?

While we have the privilege of privacy, we are located within walking distance of Dollar General and Lewis County Park. We are also within a few minutes of local shops and restaurants like Giovanni’s, the Lewis County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shop ‘n Save Express, and more.

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About Weston, West Virginia

A fun fact about Weston is that it is the county seat of Lewis county, where General Stonewall Jackson grew up during the Civil War. Weston, WV is also home to one of the largest hand-cut stone buildings in the world. It was built in 1864 and originally was a mental hospital, but now serves as a National Historic Landmark and offers ghost tours. Weston is also known historically for its large contributions to the glassmaking industry (source, picture source).

A Look Inside Our Homes

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About the Manager: Glenda McCrary

Weston Arbors - Glenda McCraryProperty manager Glenda McCrary has one daughter and has been married since 11/11/2011 – she also is from a family of 10 children! Originally working as a nurse, Glenda thought it was time for a change and decided to jump into the world of property management. She has been a part of the Weston Arbors community since October of 2014 and hasn’t looked back since!

 

Interested in Weston Arbors?

If you’re interested in filling out an application or learning more about Weston Arbors and all we have to offer, please take a look at our property page or contact property manager Glenda McCrary at 304-269-7344 or westonarbors@arbors.com.

Arbors Management, Inc. Gains Management of Towne Towers in Oil City, PA

OIL CITY, PA – Arbors Management, Inc. is thrilled to announce the gain in management of Towne Towers, a Project-Based Section 8 apartment building designated for elderly persons located in Oil City, PA. The building consists of 100 one-bedroom apartments and has onsite management and maintenance, onsite laundry facilities, a community room with a full kitchen, a lounge, and mailboxes located in the lobby.

With yet another recent addition to the company’s portfolio, Regional Manager Katie Finnefrock is excited to oversee the building and said, “we look forward to providing excellent service for Towne Towers and its residents by managing with integrity, a culture of excellence, and providing community value.”

Within just a few minutes of the building, you’ll find Family Dollar, the local library, Giant Eagle, CVS, the local post office, YMCA, YWCA, Rite Aid, and plenty more! According to www.oilcity.org, “Oil City’s location along the Allegheny River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains provides excellent opportunities for exploring Northwestern Pennsylvania. The city is also home to multiple historic districts with a plethora of locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places such as the National Transit Building and the Oil City Armory.” With plenty of shopping and beautiful scenery in Oil City, residents of Towne Towers will always have something to do!

Since 1982, Arbors Management, Inc. has built a portfolio of over 4,000 residential units with a large majority in the affordable housing segment across Western PA and West Virginia, and it continues to grow each year. The team at Arbors Management is looking forward to building a lasting relationship with the community at Towne Towers.

Read the article online in the Pittsburgh Business Times here.

If you’d like to learn more about how Arbors can help you manage your property, please contact us.

Arbors Management, Inc. Obtains Management of 81-Unit Apartment Complex Eva P. Mitchell in Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGH, PA – Arbors Management, Inc. is excited to announce that they are the new management agent of the Eva P. Mitchell building in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, as of May 24th, 2022. The property is located at 7113 Mary Peck Bond Place, Pittsburgh, PA, conveniently close to Lincoln Park, Highland Park, the Allegheny River, downtown shopping, and so much more. The Mitchell building, which was originally the historic Lemington Center built in 1883, is an affordable housing complex designated for elderly and persons with disabilities with 81 one bedroom efficiency units.

 

“We are very excited to be working with Eva P. Mitchell to continue the important work of providing affordable housing to the residents of the city of Pittsburgh,” said Christopher Wagner, President of Arbors Management, Inc. Pittsburgh has always been a lively and welcoming city, and has only grown in popularity over the years. “It’s no secret why people are moving to Pittsburgh left and right,” Christopher continued. “It’s an incredibly diverse city with plenty to offer for everyone who calls Pittsburgh ‘home,’ as well as visitors.” With plenty of public transportation, parks, shopping, grocery stores, and entertainment around every corner, the opportunities for the residents of Eva P. Mitchell and Pittsburgh alike are endless. 

 

Beginning in 1982, Arbors Management, Inc. has built a portfolio of over 4,000 residential units with a large majority in the affordable housing segment across Western PA and West Virginia and continues to grow. The team at Arbors Management is looking forward to building a lasting relationship with the community at Eva P. Mitchell.

Read the article online here, or read it in print in the Pittsburgh Business Times on July 8th, 2022.

If you’d like to learn more about how Arbors can help you manage your property, please contact us.

Property Spotlight: Carmichaels Arbors

Property Spotlight: Carmichaels Arbors

By: Brady Merkle, Regional Operations Manager, and Michelle Cherup, Property Manager at Carmichaels Arbors

Welcome to Carmichaels Arbors! 

Carmichaels Arbors is a beautiful community consisting of 76 garden-style apartments. We have 16 buildings spread over four acres with sidewalks leading to the front door of every apartment.  Every resident has their own patio and garden area where they plant beautiful flowers and vegetable gardens. Property grounds are meticulously maintained by onsite staff all year round. The community is tucked away in a quiet area of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, just a few blocks from the quaint town circle and necessary stores, banks, and restaurants.

Locale

Carmichaels, PA is a small borough located about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and approximately 30 miles southeast of Washington, PA.  Notable places to visit near Carmichaels include the Skyview Drive-In Theatre and Thistlethwaite Vineyards. Cedarwood Apartments, another property managed by Arbors Management, is only one mile away from Carmichaels Arbors.

Residents

What makes Carmichaels Arbors most special are the residents. They are a friendly group that care for and watch out for one another. When the weather is nice, you’ll see big smiles and hear joyful laughter coming from our beautiful courtyard in the middle of the complex. Residents also gather in our charming community room to play cards and bingo, and to have the most fun and festive holiday parties. Those of us who get to work and live at Carmichaels Arbors are very fortunate to be a part of such a special community!

Did You Know?

Carmichaels Arbors is a Project Based Section 8 Housing community and became so after its construction in 1978. Our affordable apartments are designated for the elderly and persons with disabilities. 

The community room is a great place for residents to socialize with their friends and neighbors. The community room is used for hosting all sorts of events including cards/bingo, birthday and holiday parties, and a monthly Library Program. It even has a computer station open to the residents!

The property is almost entirely smoke-free, but we do still have a central designated smoking section for residents to utilize.

A Look Inside Our Homes

Our 1-bedroom garden-style apartments have private entrances and plenty of space to make a cozy, welcoming home!

 

About the Manager: Michelle Cherup

My professional career started as an Administrative Assistant at Howard Hanna Real Estate. After working there for several years, I decided it was not for me. After I had my son, I decided I wanted a job closer to home, so I got a job working for a small property management company called Dentino Agency in California, PA, which managed housing for college students. The owner encouraged me to get my Real Estate license. While working there, I found that I really liked the property management side of real estate.

After working a couple of other positions, one wonderful day, I saw the Property Manager job posting for Carmichaels Arbors and Arbors Management. I immediately applied, as the property was only 15 minutes from my home. I had my interview with Paul Lingenfelter; we hit it off from the moment I met him and the rest is history. To me, working at Carmichaels Arbors is a dream job; I love the property, my co-workers, and especially the residents.

My husband and I love to travel to new places. He won’t fly but that’s okay because he will drive anywhere. Places we have traveled to in the past are San Antonio, TX, Memphis, TN, Boston, MA, Cape Cod, MA, Orlando, FL, Key West FL, Pensacola Beach, FL, Nashville, TN and we have been to Ocean City, MD, Myrtle Beach, SC and the Outer Banks, NC.

We are excited this year to be traveling to Key West, FL again; we are stopping at Savannah, GA on the way down for a few days and Daytona Beach, FL on our way back. Every month we try to go somewhere for a weekend trip. Some of my favorite weekend spots are Deep Creek, MD and Annapolis, MD where the seafood is delicious. My favorite place we have ever been is Key West, FL, and we are so excited to be going back this July. I have a feeling it will be hard to leave, so if I don’t return, you will find me selling straw hats on a corner in Key West! 

My husband Jim and I are high school sweethearts, the old football player/cheerleader story. We have been happily married for 35 years this coming October. We have one son, Austin; he is 25 and we are very proud of him. We also have a silly grand-dog named Willie Nelson who we adore. I am truly blessed with the life I have!

Interested in Carmichaels Arbors?

If you’re interested in filling out an application or learning more about Carmichaels Arbors and all we have to offer, please take a look at our property page or contact property manager Michelle Cherup at 724-965-7111 or carmichaelsarbors@arbors.com.

What Kind of Fees Can I Expect From Arbors Management?

What Kind of Fees Can I Expect From Arbors Management?

What Kind of Fees Can I Expect From Arbors Management?

Every property management company has a different way of working and a different way of charging management fees. 

For example, you might hire a management company that charges one flat rate, or you might find a property manager who charges separately for every service that’s performed.

At Arbors Management, we have three all-inclusive fees. We do not like to piecemeal our costs, and we don’t have an upcharge on our maintenance services.

Today, we’re talking about our three fees upfront and what all you can expect when you work with us. 

These fees are also similar to many of the fee structures you’ll find with property management companies in and around Pittsburgh.

 

Leasing Fees in Pittsburgh

Our leasing fee is the equivalent of one month’s rent, meaning the first month of rent that we collect for you will pay for our leasing services. It’s a one-time fee that’s paid at the beginning of the lease.

This fee covers everything involved in finding and placing a great resident, including:

  • Marketing your property
  • Showing your property
  • Rent pricing
  • Preparing the property for rent 

We’ll also handle the application process and screen each resident thoroughly and in compliance with the fair housing laws.

Once we’ve approved a resident, we’ll take care of:

  • Collecting the move-in funds
  • Conducting a move-in inspection of the property to document its condition
  • Executing the lease agreement

 

Management Fees in Pittsburgh

Then, you’ll have the monthly management fee, which is typically 9 percent of your monthly rent. 

The management fee can differ depending on a few different factors: 

  • How many units the property has
  • If we will need to employ onsite staff
  • How many total properties we’re managing for you
  • How much those homes are earning
  • The neighborhoods in which those homes are located 

Your management fee will come directly out of the rent we collect from the residents. It includes everything that’s covered in our management services, from lease enforcement to inspections to maintenance. 

The management fee also covers:

  • Our resident and vendor communication
  • Any notices that need to be served
  • Our accounting and bookkeeping
  • The portals we provide for residents and owners

 

Lease Renewal Fees in Pittsburgh

Our final fee is a renewal fee, which is a flat $250 charge that you’ll pay each time we renew a resident. 

When you think about the cost of resident turnover and vacancies, it’s easy to see what a value $250 is. 

We’ll work hard to retain your residents, and the renewal fee will cover our negotiation and signing of the new lease. It costs you a lot less than it would if you were paying a new leasing fee.

 

In Conclusion…

There is no single right way to charge management fees, but the most important thing is that the company you’re working with is transparent and honest. 

The last thing you need as an owner and investor is to be surprised by extra charges, and it’s important to review your management agreement before you sign it.

Contact us at Arbors Management if you’d like to know more about our services and their costs. Our Portfolio Managers and Leasing Specialists would be happy to provide a personalized quote that’s based on your property and its unique needs!