Apartment Amenity Prices: Summing Up the Parts

What do you pay for each of your amenities?

Have you ever lived in an apartment with a pool, but never used it? What about a really nice clubhouse with pool table, video games, air hockey, etc.? Could you have saved on your rent staying at a place without these luxuries? We were curious to see what those special amenities do to the price of your rent, so we decided to find out.

We took all the listings in our database across the country and matched them up according to their amenities to figure out what the price difference was for places that had these amenities. We did it by setting all other things equal in the apartments then only adding the amenity in question to see on average how much more in rent it costs. We looked at ten amenities and compared 115,449 apartments on average per amenity to come up with the numbers. We have described five amenities in detail and have the changes in rents per amenity in a table at the bottom of the blog.

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LA City Council Rejects 50/50 Split of SCEP Fees

The LA City Council rejected the proposal on Tuesday, October 25th to split the Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) fees between tenants and landlords. Thank you to those who attended the hearing, wrote e-mails and made phone calls to your elected officials.

Councilmember Richard Alarcon introduced a motion (seconded by Councilmember Ed Reyes) that would have requested that the SCEP fees be shared by the property owner and resident. Currently, rental housing owners are allowed to pass through 100% of the SCEP fee to their residents.

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Glendale considers ban on plastic bags

Sinne Andersen of North Hollywood carries her grocery bags after shopping at Ralphs in Burbank on Thursday, August 11, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)

The city of Glendale is considering a ban on plastic bags similar to ordinances adopted in Los Angeles County and several cities throughout the state.

The City Council on Tuesday will determine whether to pursue a law similar to the one that recently went into effect for unincorporated areas of L.A. County. That law, which will affect more than 2,000 stores by January 2012, bans plastic bags and requires retailers to levy a 10-cent surcharge per paper bag.
Other cities, such as Pasadena, have already started drafting their own bans to be in lockstep with the county. Burbank officials have indicated that they may follow their lead.

“The negative impact to the environment as a result of these bags motivates us to ban plastic bags,” said Public Works Director Steve Zurn, adding that officials envision a rule that prevents all retailers, from grocery to drugstores, from using plastic bags.

via Glendale News-Press

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Glendale Bicycle Master Plan (BMP)

On Oct 20  Glendale City Council approved an update to the Glendale Bicycle Master Plan (BMP). The update of the BMP has been a priority of the Public Works Traffic & Transportation Division for some time. This is in concert with the City’s Mobility Study and in line with the increasing demand for bicycle facilities. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a huge sponsor of bicycle facilities and authorizes the use of Grant funds for the purpose of conducting a Bicycle Master Plan study. Approximately $150,000 has been approved by the MTA for Glendale to use to conduct our update and build bicycle facilities.

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Happy Birthday, Chula Vista!

Happy Birthday, Chula Vista!The county’s second-largest city celebrates its centennial. More details at chulavista100.com

The Early Days

The history of the area known as Chula Vista, can be traced back millions of years through prehistoric fossils of both land and sea types. Around 3000 B.C., Yuman-speaking people began moving into the area. Many of the Native American Indians in San Diego today are descendants of the Kumeyaay tribe who roamed here for hundreds of years.

The Orchard Period

In 1888, the Sweetwater Dam was completed to bring water to Chula The Orchard PeriodVista residents and their farming lands. Frank Kimball became the State Commissioner of Agriculture and discovered citrus trees to be the most successful crop for the area. Chula Vista eventually became the largest lemon-growing center in the world for a period of time.

On October 17, 1911, an election was held in Chula Vista to incorporate and the people voted in its favor. The State of California approved this Act of Incorporation in November.

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