What Should I Bring to My First Apartment?

The time is finally here for you to move into your first apartment. You may be busy with packing your essentials for moving in, but you also may be wondering what you should bring to the apartment. Many people who are new to moving into a new place may not know exactly how much or how little to bring into the apartment. It’s encouraged to only bring the necessities because eventually, you’ll have to move again in the future. It’s not smart to bring unnecessary items that you won’t use.


Here’s something to think about when packing to move into your first apartment:

Packing for moving 

Think Like a Minimalist


If you sign a lease for a year, it’s probable that you’ll eventually accumulate more “stuff” over the year, which means you’ll have more things to pack up when you leave after the lease. This can cause more stress when you’re packing up. When you start to pack, pack the necessities. The essentials should be boiled down to your clothes, toiletries, and other electronics. These should be the basics when you pack. Of course, you’ll have other things you’ll need depending on what the apartment comes with.


Make it Your Own Place


The number one thing you’ll want to do once you get into the apartment is to make the place your own. Put a stamp on the apartment with your style. By this, we mean it’s important to add your taste to the apartment as much as you can with the restrictions of changes to the apartment. Posters, picture frames, flags, houseplants, and other decorations that you like are encouraged to out in your apartment. These things are rather easy to transport in and out of the apartment. The important thing to remember is that you don’t want to bring too much. Bring the most important things that you’ll want to hang up or throw in the apartment.


If you’re moving into your first apartment, remember these things. You never want to have to pack more when leaving than when you first moved in. It makes the moving out situation much more stressful.


Town Hall Terrace


At Town Hall Terrace, we provide apartments, townhomes, and patio homes in Grand Island, NY. Our campus is set back from all the business of the city of Buffalo and the city of Niagara Falls. Of course, we are only a short drive to either one, so if you want a quieter place to live, we’re the perfect fit for you. Contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today or visit us online for more information!


Why Moving Out of the City Can Be Fulfilling

Many residents in cities are starting a trend to move out of confined spaces, especially in larger cities. During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s starting to become the popular thing to do for several different reasons. Maybe you don’t want to be packed in like sardines anymore. Maybe you need your space from others. Whatever the reason, there are benefits to living outside of a city large or small.


Living at Town Hall Terrace, our residents enjoy a quiet space close to the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Living outside of a city does not mean you have to be on a large piece of property away from any neighbors, it just means that you’re somewhat secluded from a majority of people. With us, you’re not secluded entirely. We’re a short drive to the city of Buffalo and the great Niagara Falls.

Renting in Western New York

What Do We Have to Offer?


We have several different options depending on if you’re single, retired, or a small family looking to have a minor escape from a hectic environment. We offer apartments, town houses, and patio homes with varying prices to fit your living needs.


Our amenities consist of a fitness center, dog park, clubhouse lounge, heated pool, and much more! We have a dedicated staff on our property for help if needed. Our 24-hour maintenance staff helps our residents feel safe and comfortable when they need repairs or questions answered.


The Benefits of Living with Us


Living in a community with us comes with many great benefits including a fitness center. Many people living in large cities have to travel to places to get a workout in, play tennis, swim, or walk their dog at a park. With Town Hall Terrace, you have the benefit of having these amenities right next door.


If your lease is up, and you’re looking for a quieter place to live, contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today and find your new home!

How to Improve Your Apartment’s Air Quality

Whether it’s due to the colder seasons or the pandemic, we understand that staying inside for months can make your apartment a little stuffy. Every home or apartment is capable of getting a little dusty and stuffed up. Well, here are some tips to freshen up your place to improve your air quality inside your home.

House plants for your apartment

Go Green in Your Apartment

 Cleaning your apartment with organic and natural cleaners is very important. You may have been cleaning more frequently during the pandemic with toxic cleaners. Those chemicals can be more dangerous than diseases outside, so it’s beneficial for you to get rid of those and get cleaning solutions that are healthier for the environment and yourself.

Another way to improve air quality in your home is to purchase some house plants that are known to improve the air. Here are some of the house plants that are beneficial:

  • Spider Plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lavender
  • English Ivy
  • Snake Plant
  • Rosemary

 All of these plants have different benefits of improving your air quality in your apartment. For example, the Spider Plant is very beneficial for removing formaldehyde in the air, which is brought in by paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, and other materials you wouldn’t think twice about.

Cleaning Up Around the Apartment

 It’s important, especially when spring cleaning to keep a consistent schedule for doing chores. Make sure your kitchen is cleaned regularly after meals. Keep a separate bin for recyclables, and make sure you throw out your trash right away if there is food in it. Keeping your rugs and carpets clean is also a major factor when trying to improve your indoor air. Carpets can trap dust and dirt, so it’s crucial for you to clean those up before they build up.

At Town Hall Terrace, we provide beautiful apartments, townhouses, and patio homes in Grand Island, NY. We have a professional maintenance staff on duty for any repairs you need to get done to your place. Come live with us for a quieter place close to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today!

WNY Bars and Restaurants Re-Open for Outside Dining

Bars and restaurants are now open for outdoor seating in the Western New York region. This is great news for residents of the Buffalo/Niagara region because restaurants and bars thrive with outdoor dining once the nicer weather rolls around. If you’re in the Grand Island area, you understand the great benefits of summer activities outside, and being able to eat outside during the summertime with beautiful views is important.

Lake side dining

We’re Getting Back to Normality


With the re-opening of restaurants, it still comes with restrictions. We’re easing into normality with outdoor dining, which includes customers and employees to wear masks when they’re not seated, and tables and chairs spread six feet apart. It looks like when phase 3 rolls around, restaurants will be open for all dining along with some restrictions.


Here is a list of popular restaurants in Western New York offering outdoor dining:



These are just a few of the many restaurants and bars that are open for the public and outdoor seating. We’re absolutely excited here at Town Hall Terrace, especially for our residents. We understand that living in a quiet area, you have the ability to relax and enjoy your living space without too much distraction and noise. When people are in quarantine for several months, people get an itch to go out.


At Town Hall Terrace, we offer patio homes, apartments, and town houses for people looking to live in Grand Island, NY. We’re just a short drive from Niagara Falls and Buffalo, while staying somewhat away from all the crows and traffic.


Contact us at 716-773-2788 today!



How to Declutter Your Apartment

We live in a time where material possessions are a big part of our lives. With all of our new electronic gadgets piling up in our homes and apartments, we feel the clutter building in our lives. A great way to feel relief is to declutter our homes and apartments. It’s important to keep in mind that when decluttering your apartment, you’re making sure you won’t have to get rid of more things when you move out after your lease is up.

woman decluttering her apartment

Here are some tips on how to declutter your apartment –

Create More Space – The Benefit of decluttering and getting rid of material possessions that you don’t need can create more space in your apartment. This will give you a more comfortable place to live in allowing you to keep things clean.

Use Storage Bins to Store Items – Storage bins are a great option if you still need to keep some things around because you can put them in your closet, so they’re out of the way in your apartment.

Donate Clothes – Getting rid of old clothes that you may not wear at all is another way to declutter. Donating them to places thrift stores or clothing drives for people who need clothes.

You’ll feel less stressed – Living a more minimalistic life will relieve stress in your life. When you start to gather material items, your head can get cluttered up as well with tasks. You’re just adding another task to the list with having to clean and organize your apartment.


If you’re in the Buffalo/Niagara region looking for a new place to live, check out Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island, NY. If you’d like to live in a quieter area not far from the city of Buffalo or Niagara Falls, contact us at 716-773-2788 today!  


The Benefits of Having a Fitness Center at Your Apartment

Getting to the gym can be tough when you work during the week and need to settle in after getting home. Of course, at this point in time, gyms are closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even when they re-open, there is an expense to pay if you want to join a gym. On top of joining, you have to make time to go to the gym. Many people turn down gym memberships because they can’t make the time to get there, and why should you spend money if you aren’t going to use it?

Fitness Center at Apartment complex

Get an Apartment with a Fitness Center


At Town Hall Terrace, we have a fitness center at our apartment complex. It’s one of the best amenities we have on site because our residents can easily make time to use it at home.


Here are the benefits:


  • Scheduling Time to Work Out – the benefits of having a fitness center on site is that you can make time to work out. You won’t have to hop in the car and drive to your gym. Just walk out of your apartment to the fitness center.
  • One Less Expense – cutting back on your monthly expenses plays a major role in your life and not having to pay for a gym membership can be a big relief. Of course, the cost will factor in with your amenities, but it’s significantly less than many gym memberships.
  • Using Your Own Bathroom/Showers – at gyms, you have to use the public bathrooms and showers to get cleaned up before and after your workout. Having a fitness center on site allows you to freshen up in your own apartment.


Town Hall Terrace Fitness Center


At Town Hall Terrace, we have a plethora of amenities you can enjoy using while living with us. Our fitness center is equipped with cardio equipment and other training machines. Our fitness center is stocked with free weights as well.


Contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 to learn about our rentals and spring season offers!

Looking for an Apartment During COVID-19

It’s not an easy time right now during the pandemic. Many people are out of work trying to pay bills, work from home, take care of their families, and make rent. For those who are looking for apartments to rent at this time, it can be a struggle finding the right place, especially during a lockdown. Your lease could be up, you may be just starting to look for an apartment, or you may need a better place.

At Town Hall Terrace, we want you to know that our apartments can be the perfect fit for you. Located on Grand Island, we’re the perfect spot between the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Apartments for rent

Town Hall Terrace Apartments

Our apartments consist of one and two-bedroom places for an affordable price. We also can offer corporate apartments with a minimum of three months stay. These might be beneficial for you to stay in during the quarantine if these aren’t your first-choice apartments. It could give you a test run during this time.

What is included:

  •  24-hour maintenance
  • Formal dining room
  • Modern kitchen & bathroom
  • Dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, disposal (with most)
  • Breakfast bar (with most)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Garage or carport
  • Night security
  • Pet friendly

 The Benefits of Living with Us

Living with us, you’ll have the access to all of our facilities. Most apartments around the city of Buffalo and the outskirts don’t have many facilities. Usually, they’re just apartments with basic amenities. At Town Hall Terrace, our facilities consist of a fitness center, heated pool, clubhouse, business center, dog park, picnic pavilion, tennis courts, and a professional staff at your service. The best part about our apartments is that they are affordable compared to many others.

If you’re struggling to find an apartment at this time that fits your preferences, please contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today!

Renting as a Young Professional is Beneficial

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There’s always the old question of whether you should rent or buy, but for young professionals, it’s not a bad idea to rent. Some people may say it’s an enormous mistake, but when you’re fresh out of college and starting a job, you may not have time or the capital to own a home and take care of it.

The Benefits of Renting vs Buying

So, you’ve got a new job and you’re looking for a place to live in the Buffalo/Niagara area. Town Hall Terrace is the perfect fit for you!

Here are the benefits of renting vs buying while young:

  • No maintenance costs
  • No property taxes
  • Allows you to save money as a young professional for a house in the future
  • Flexibility of location
  • Cost of upkeep is less

Now, this is obviously a recommendation, but if you’re choice is to buy a home instead, that is fine. It all depends on your preference and how you’d rather live. If you don’t really know, which one you should choose, then it’s probably a better choice to rent when starting out in the real world.

Amenities Are a Plus

Owning a home may not come with amenities that can be beneficial when renting. Community pools, gyms, lounges, and security are all amenities that don’t come with owning a home. You may have to pay extra for these items and drive to them.

At Town Hall Terrace, we provide a plethora of amenities for our renters. You can enjoy living comfortably with us, and you won’t have to worry about leaving and driving somewhere.

  • Business Center
  • Clubhouse lounge
  • Dog exercise park
  • Fitness center
  • Heated pool
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Tennis courts

Town Hall Terrace

Town Hall Terrace provides apartments, townhomes, and patio homes for rent in the Buffalo/Niagara region located in Grand Island, NY.

If you’re looking for a quiet, comfortable place to live that’s close to both Buffalo and Niagara Falls with amenities like no other, contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788!

Why You Should Rent a Patio Home

You may have been a homeowner for many years, and now it’s time you downsize to a smaller home. You may not want to purchase a new home since the market can be a little tight, but you still want a comfortable home to live in. Renting a patio home is the next best thing!

Town Hall Terrace Patio Home

What Do Patio Homes Include?

Patio homes at Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island, NY are the perfect fit for people who want a quiet and relaxing place to live, while not having to take care of a large yard or home.

Here is what comes with our patio homes:

  • Master bedroom and a guest room
  • Washer and dryer in each unit
  • Kitchen, hardwood floors, breakfast bar
  • Microwave, refrigerator, gas stove and self-cleaning oven
  • Living area and sliding glass door to back patio
  • 5 car garage attached
  • Pets allowed and security on duty

With a patio home, you can still enjoy having a small yard where you can plant flowers out front. You also have access to maintenance if you need it.

The Benefits of Renting with Town Hall Terrace

For seniors, it might be difficult to take care of an entire house and enjoy retirement. We have plenty of amenities that come with living in one of our patio homes. You can relax and enjoy our clubhouse lounge, business center, fitness center, heated pool, picnic pavilion, and tennis courts. We also have a professional staff on duty for your convenience! If you have a pet, we also provide a dog exercise park.

If you’re looking to downsize and enjoy retirement without taking care of a large house or yard, Town Hall Terrace is your best choice for that. We are located in Grand Island, NY and close to the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Contact us at 716-773-2788!


Why People Love Buffalo

Most locals have an appreciation like no other in the “All America City,” Buffalo, NY. The real question to be answered is what is attracting people to move and live here? You could say that Buffalo has some pretty friendly people living in it considering Canada is just a hop and a skip away, eh? But we know there are plenty of reasons why this city is a secret gem.

Buffalo skyline

It’s Keeping a Good Pace

Buffalo is revitalizing due to government programs, private developers, young college graduates, and dedicated sports fans. It’s at a pace that can be handled by the locals and the newcomers. In many cities that are on the rise, the rebuild is moving too fast. Traffic and congestion in the cities are causing problems because people are moving way too fast and in large numbers. Buffalo is moving at the right pace where new things are happening in a matter where people can relax and enjoy them.

It’s a Pit-Stop

By this, we mean that the music and entertainment scene is booming in this city. The local music scene is attracting big musicians and entertainers such as comedians to stop on by and perform. It’s a pit-stop on the way to Toronto or other major cities. The word is also spreading among artists because they leave the city having a great experience. The reason might be that the people living here appreciate the art and what is happening.

Hollywood is investing in the city:

In recent years, there have been major films that have brought their production to Buffalo. The most recent one was A Quiet Place 2, which was filmed all around Western New York.

It’s Great for Young Professionals

The nightlife in Buffalo has always been alive and well. Now, there is plenty more to do including concerts, comedy shows, art shows, and festivals. Young professionals and recent graduates are flocking to the city because of the cost of rent as lower than most places in the country, but don’t hesitate because it is on the rise due to the attraction.

Town Hall Terrace

If you’re looking for a new and exciting place to live, Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island, NY is perfect. It is the quiet, relaxing place just outside of the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Check out all of our rentals and contact us at 716-773-2788!