COVID-19 Update

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Residents,

In an effort to comply with the CDC and Govern Holcomb’s request for shelter in place until April 7, 2020, the Montrose Square Apartments office will be available to staff only. Emergency work orders will be completed as needed and all other work requests will be taken care of after the shelter in place order is lifted.

If you have an emergency work request, please call or email the office at 260-485-3475 or montrosesquare@gmail.com and maintenance will take care of the issue as soon as possible.

If you need assistance, the office staff will still be available by phone or email only during normal business hours. We are still accepting all rental payments and renewals in the drop box. If you would like a receipt for your payment, please make sure to submit a written request with your payment and a receipt will be delivered to your door.

We care about the health and safety of our staff, residents, and the community that we live in. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you around the community soon.

Be well,

Management

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Resources for Residents Affected by COVID-19 Shutdown

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As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, please know that our top priority has been to take every precaution to ensure the safety of our residents and staff and will continue doing so during this trying uncertain time. Our goal has always been to provide our community with the best customer service possible and we appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor this developing situation.

If at any point you need assistance, please call the office at (260) 485-3475 or email montrosesquare@gmail.com. We will do everything we possibly can to help you in any way we can during this time.

We have compiled a list of area resources to help with rent, utilities, and food. If you have a more specific need and would like assistance finding those resources, we are available to assist.

Did you know that there are special rules with unemployment for job loss due to the COVID-19 virus?

Indiana unemployment benefits are available to any individual who is unemployed through no fault of his/her own. If an employer must lay off employees due to the loss of production caused by the coronavirus, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary criteria and the weekly eligibility criteria. Employees must stay in contact with their employer and be available to work when called back. https://uplink.in.gov/CSS/CSSLogon.htm

United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund

United Way’s COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund can help with rent, bills, and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code to receive a list of agencies that will provide assistance.

Do you need help with food?

Here is a list of a few area food pantries. For a complete list of area food banks, please visit foodpantries.org

Grace Point Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry (260) 485-2110
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Food Bank (260) 485-8022
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren (260) 482-8595
Salvation Army (260) 744-2311

Rental Assistance:

St. Joseph Township Trustees (260) 485-5993

Due to COVID-19, the trustee is not allowing walk-ins at this time. They ask that you please call for an appointment.

The application is available online.

Energy Assistance Program

If you need help with your Winter heating Brightpoint (260) 423-3546.

The application is available to download online.

Pet Assistance

If you need assistance with food for your pet, please contact the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry at (260) 478-4851.

Pet food is distributed on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to noon at 2502 Church Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Guidelines are on the website.

We know that the COVID-19 shutdowns are hurting a lot of us and we hope this list of resources will help take the stress off of you while we continue under these difficult circumstances.

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Staying Safe at Montrose Square During COVID-19

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Montrose Square Apartments Residents,

Management believes it is important to follow Federal and Local guidelines by eliminating non-essential contact of groups & 6-foot distance from one another. There is not a current vaccine to prevent this virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and residents within our community, we are suggesting alternate procedures for work requests and office contact beginning immediately. We will update if there are any other changes.

Office

  • We will no longer accept packages for residents.
  • Rent payments can be dropped through the mail slot into our office.
  • If a receipt is requested, we will be happy to have it delivered to your door.
  • The rent timeline for the pay early discount before the first will apply.
  • Lease renewals can be put through the mail slot into the office.

All other questions or concerns can be directed to the office via phone at (260) 485-3475 or email to montrosesquare@gmail.com.

Maintenance

At this time, to eliminate the possible spread of the virus to our residents & staff we suggest submitting only the following work orders.

Submit work requests via phone call or email to the leasing office for the following:

  • No Heat
  • Lockout
  • Water Leak
  • Clogged toilet/kitchen sink
  • Non-working Appliances
  • No Power/electrical

Maintenance will be taking precautions before and after entering an apartment when responding to a work request.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect our valued residents and team. Please contact the office at (260) 485-3475 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Home Fragrance Design: How Aromatherapy Can Turn an Apartment Into a Refuge

Renting an apartment might make the apartment your home on paper, but that doesn’t mean it truly feels like home. No matter how manicured that apartment is, it doesn’t feel like home until it feels like a welcoming and refreshing place to come back to after a long day.

Some of that comes with time and with customizing your decor. However, another simple addition can go a long way: fragrance design.

Tips for Your Apartment’s Aromatherapy Fragrance Design

When most people hear “comfort,” they think of the sense of touch. Your sense of smell is an unsung hero when it comes to feeling comfortable, though. Find out how these aromatherapy scents can help you make the most of every room in your apartment.

Aromatherapy for Warm and Welcoming Spaces

Your living room is a place of refuge where you can recover from a long day of work and take time for yourself. If you’re having a hard time creating that comforting atmosphere, try rosemary scents.

The smell of rosemary has a relaxing, stress-reducing effect. Unlike some other relaxing scents, it won’t necessarily put you to sleep, though. It tends to make us feel connected with nature, which is a refreshing and invigorating feeling.

Aromatherapy for Productive Spaces

In some areas of your apartment, relaxation isn’t the goal. If you work from home you’ll want a more productive space. The same often goes for the apartment kitchen, where many people do paperwork, cook meals, or handle other tasks.

For these rooms, peppermint can be your go-to scent. There is evidence that peppermint improves concentration and even activates your memory.

Another beneficial scent when you want to be productive is lemon. This citrus smell makes you feel more cheerful and energized plus gives off the feel of a clean, bright room.

Aromatherapy for Sleeping

They say your home is the place where you lay your head, but it feels even more like home when you can actually sleep. If you want to give yourself a more restful, easier night’s sleep, several scents can do the trick.

One option is lavender, which is known for its anxiety-reducing powers. The same goes for bergamot oil as well as jasmine.

You don’t need to limit the stress-reducing aromatherapy to your bedroom, though. You can also use it in the bathroom as you get ready for bed to start sending your brain messages that it’s time to relax.

Essential Oils and Pets

When considering aromatherapy for your apartment, be sure to keep your pets in mind. Some essential oils are poisonous or can be harmful to pets and can lead to serious problems including respiratory or central nervous system conditions.

Essential oils such as cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree, citrus, wintergreen, and others are toxic to pets.

Safe Ways to Add Fragrance to Your Home

As much comfort and stress relief as you can get from the skillful fragrance design, that won’t last long if you burn down the entire building by using a candle to get those scents.

Be sure to stick with safe ways to use aromatherapy. Essential oil diffusers are popular options that are easy to find.

Some diffusers use reeds to spread the scent while others release air with the scent in it, often acting as a humidifier at the same time. Plug-in outlet devices use a similar process to tabletop diffusers.

Whichever option you choose, the tips above can help you use aromatherapy to make your apartment into the perfect home environment. If you need to start by finding an apartment, learn more about our apartments for rent in Fort Wayne.

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Fun Things to Do in Fort Wayne in the Winter

Did you know that Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana? With so many great sights and attractions, it’s no wonder why tons of people are drawn to this charming city.

Are you thinking about visiting or moving to Fort Wayne soon? Keep reading to learn about 7 of the best things to do in Fort Wayne this winter.

1. Go Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

If you’re searching for fun things to do in Fort Wayne during the winter, you can never go wrong with ice skating. Down at Headwaters Park, you can enjoy a large outdoor ice rink complete with a concession stand when you need a snack or hot cocoa break.

2. Walk Through a Winter Wonderland at Mengerson Nature Reserve

Do you love hiking but you don’t want to be out in the cold for more than an hour? If so, Mengerson Nature Reserve has the perfect trail for you that’s just over a mile long. This picturesque landscape is the best place to take some stunning pictures and reconnect with nature.

3. Catch a Show at the Embassy Theatre

What’s better than going out to dinner then relaxing at an entertaining show? Whether you’re in the mood for a concert, a comedy show, a movie, a Broadway play, or more, this historic theater has it all.

4. Explore the Science Central Museum

If you think that science museums are just for kids, then you’ll be surprised by how much fun people of all ages can have at Science Central. With live demonstrations, incredible artifacts, a moonwalk simulation, and a two-story slide, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.

5. Go Sledding at Franke Park

Franke Park is a large, hilly area that’s perfect for sledding. If you can brave the cold, there’s also a playground that kids will love. Make sure you go back once the weather warms up to go biking and hiking, too.

6. Get Inspired at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

At the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, you can find lots of eclectic artwork that dates from the 19th century to modern-day. The gift shop is one of the highlights of this attraction because you can browse dozens of pieces that are for sale.

7. Warm-Up at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

If you’re not much of a winter person, then one of the nicest things to do in Fort Wayne, Indiana is to visit the botanical conservatory. No matter what time of the year it is, this indoor garden can transport you to somewhere tropical and vibrant when you step inside.

You Don’t Want to Miss Out on These Top Things to Do in Fort Wayne

Now that you know some of the best things to do in Fort Wayne, you can enjoy the rest of the winter season while it lasts.

Are you looking for great apartments in Fort Wayne? If so, Montrose Square Apartments would love to welcome you home. Check out our available Fort Wayne apartments so you can find your perfect match.

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2020’s Best New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment

Now that the new year has arrived, it’s time to come up with some new year’s resolutions that will improve your life.

If you rent an apartment, don’t forget to set some resolutions for your apartment too! There are several things you can do this year and beyond to make your space more appealing and inviting.

Read on to discover some of the best new year’s resolutions for your apartment that you can carry with you for years to come.

Time to Get Organized

Too much clutter can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Remedy the problem by getting your apartment organized and clean.

Look for stylish storage furniture that you can stash items in like stray pairs of shoes and loose throw pillows. Make your bathroom, kitchen, and living room the focus of your organization as part of your new year’s resolutions.

A clean and tidy space will make you feel good and give you peace of mind. It will also free up extra room and help your apartment look and feel larger.

Rearrange Your Apartment

A new year means a clean slate, so it’s a great time to make some changes in your apartment. One easy way to do this is by simply rearranging some rooms.

If your couch has been sitting against the same wall for years, it could be time to shift it to a different spot. Move tables and accessories around to make your entire apartment feel like a brand-new space.

This simple act can transform your pad and give it a fresh, updated feel. While you’re at it, consider selling or donating items or furnishings that you don’t use anymore or that you’re just not in love with any longer.

Freshen Up Your Color Palette

Bringing new color into your life is one of the best new year’s resolutions of all. If your leasing office allows it, apply a fresh coat of paint to your apartment in a trendy hue.

Color plays a vital role in how we think and feel, so pick out a new color scheme to give the apartment a total makeover. You can do things on a smaller scale, too.

Change out old bedding, rugs, throw pillows, and curtains and replace them with new color options. Anything you do to change the current color palette will help make your apartment more vibrant and cheerful.

Deep Cleaning Does Wonders

To make your space feel fresh, do a deep cleaning that will help you reset for the new year. Scrub the toilet, tub, and shower and clean up your bathroom.

Wash all dirty dishes and give the kitchen and your refrigerator a nice deep cleaning. This simple task will make a huge difference in how you feel and will give you a nice clean slate to start off the new year.

New Year, New Space

Try some of these new year’s resolutions for your apartment and see how much difference it makes. From a day of deep cleaning to new colors and decluttering, it’s easy to make your apartment feel more like home.

Visit our website and contact us today for more information about our apartments.

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7 Autumn Apartment Decorating Ideas That You’ll Fall in Love With in 2019

Fall is in the air and soon you’ll be enjoying beautiful foliage, cooler weather, apple cider, and pumpkin spice everything. Ask around and chances are your friends and family will identify fall as their favorite season, and for good reason!

Beautiful colors, football, cozy weather, and plenty of fall-themed activities make this season an enjoyable one. Bring the outside in and make your home an autumn haven with warm colors, cozy blankets and pillows, and fall-themed candles.

Here are 7 fall decorating ideas sure to make your home warm and inviting this season.

1. Warm Colored Throws and Pillows

Put away the summer colors and pastels and get out the red, orange, mustard yellow, and dark green throw blankets and pillows. Throw pillows and blankets are a quick and easy way to quickly update your space for fall.

You don’t even need to buy new pillows—invest in some zippered pillow covers and change them out easily without breaking the bank.

2. Fall Candles

Nothing screams fall as much as pumpkin, apple, and cranberry scented candles. You don’t even need candles to make your home smell amazing. You can opt for a simmer pot of fall ingredients.

Use your slow cooker to simmer water with fall ingredients, such as cranberries, cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange peels, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, or apple cider.

3. Fall Wreaths

You can buy fall wreaths at any home or craft store, but why not make your own? You don’t need to break the bank to make a colorful and seasonal wreath.

A grapevine or straw wreath can easily be transformed into a professional-looking wreath with fall flowers, faux pumpkins, or leaves. Many of these things can be found at dollar stores, making this an easy and affordable project.

4. Autumn Flowers

Dahlias, ranunculus, and even mini-carnations are gorgeous and hearty fall flowers that can be styled in a rustic or fall-colored vase. You can even add some branches or other trimmings from your yard to really dress it up.

5. Tablecloths and Runners

A fall-themed tablecloth or runner is a cute way to decorate without taking up much space and will make your place feel festive and put together.

6. Fall Centerpiece

Think candles, fall-colored flowers, and branches and faux leaves. You can easily arrange these items on a tray, in a rustic box, or in a glass hurricane to dress up your kitchen table.

Remember to choose unscented candles for your kitchen, so they don’t overpower the delicious smells from your simmer pot or your dinner!

7. Fall-Themed Front Porch

Even if you don’t have a true porch, you can dress up your entryway with a few pumpkins or gourds, potted mums, and a fall wreath. Make your apartment warm and inviting to you and your guests.

Ready to “Fall” Into these Fall Decorating Ideas?

Fall into fall with these quick and easy fall decorating ideas. They make a small footprint, so they can easily be incorporated into your apartment without seeming overwhelming.

When fall is done, be sure to get ready for holiday decorating with these festive holiday decor ideas.

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5 Best Restaurants in Fort Wayne for a Spectacular Night Out

Fort Wayne may be known as the city of churches, but we’re also known for our diversity in dining establishments. If you want to visit Fort Wayne or rent an apartment, then you are likely curious about the best places to eat! The good news is that there are several fine eating establishments with something for everyone.

Looking for a place to eat on your next night out? Let’s explore some of the best restaurants in Fort Wayne.

1. Bird & Cleaver

This cozy 2-story restaurant is one of the newer spots in Fort Wayne and is perfect for date night, lunch with friends or grabbing brunch on the weekend.

They offer fresh, creative dishes for both vegans and nonvegans. A must-try is their Hillbilly Fondue served with crusty bread and veggies. This fondue is so delicious that you’d never guess it’s not cheese! We love seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they exclaim “What??? This isn’t cheese?!?!” Do yourself a favor and give it a try!

2. Go Japanese at Asakusa

Asakusa is a sushi bar. However, there are other Japanese foods on the menu.

Although Asakusa specializes in sushi, it is possible to get your fish cooked. The best way to start off your meal here is with their delicious clear soup and salad you won’t be disappointed.

3. Hoppy Gnome

No list of top restaurants would be complete without tacos! Tacos are everyone’s favorite on Tuesdays and every other day of the week and Hoppy Gnome knows how to do tacos.

Choose from flavorful fillings including Korean Short Rib, Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Woodland Mushroom, or even Tofu to create the perfect taco.

In addition to tacos, they offer pasta, steaks, lamb chops, and more all with a Southwest flair.

4. RYU’s Kitchen for Korean Dining

This restaurant has only been in business for a few years but it has already earned the reputation for offering some of the best tasting Korean cuisines in Fort Wayne.

They have delicious Korean Sauces that are sure to excite your palate. You should also check out their weekly special as there is sure to be something delicious and interesting on the menu. Another must-try is their Korean teas which are impossible to resist.

5. Savery Vegan Grill

Wait!!! We know that sometimes just hearing the word vegan tends to make someone click the back button, but don’t be fooled, this vegan restaurant is a great place to grab a burger or wings.

Savery Vegan Grill specializes in traditional American vegan junk food. Try their Big Junie burger, similar to a Big Mac, Sweet Teriyaki wings, loaded fries or tots, coney dogs, chicken sandwich and more. It’s so good you won’t even miss the meat!

They also do a traditional brunch on Sundays with pancakes, french toast, omelettes, and all your favorites.

It’s so good that this may just become your new favorite!

A Final Look at Restaurants in Fort Wayne

There are thousands of restaurants in Fort Wayne that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Fort Wayne is a very multi-cultural place and this means that you can try out the foods from several different cultures. Most cultures are represented here, which makes for an interesting dining experience.

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The Top Christmas Decorations Ideas to Get Your Apartment Ready for the Holidays

For some of us, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving (or the day after Halloween, if you’re feeling really festive). If this sounds like you, you may be on the hunt for the best Christmas decoration ideas.

Decorating an apartment for the holidays can be a little different than decorating a house. You might have to become a bit more resourceful and scale down your decorations just a smidge.

We can help you out with all your decorating idea needs! Below is a guide on how to decorate your apartment for Christmas!

The Best Christmas Decorations Ideas for Your Apartment

There are decorations for everyone, whether you’re searching for over-the-top decorations or something a bit more simple. Deck the halls as much or as little as you’d like with these decorations!

Christmas Tree

A Christmas decorations ideas list would be incomplete without a Christmas tree on it. A tree loaded with decorations or just a strand of lights is the perfect way to bring some Christmas magic into your apartment.

It’s important to note though that due to fire code, live Christmas trees are not allowed in apartments. There are plenty of realistic-looking artificial Christmas trees out there, though! Or, you could get a little adventurous and buy a unique colored one. And, they come in a variety of sizes perfect for apartment living, including tabletop trees or thin trees.

Festive Linens

Swap out your normal bedsheets for ones with a Christmas-themed pattern. If you want to keep things more simple, switch out pillow covers for reds and greens. It’s a subtle way to bring the festivities into your decor without having to add a ton of additional decorations.

Switching out your regular kitchen towels for Christmas-patterned towels is another simple way to bring holiday decor into rooms with less space for large decorations, like the kitchen and they’re useful too!

Adding a Touch of Nature

There are plenty of ways to draw nature into your home during the holidays. Wreaths are a big way to bring the outdoors indoors!

Scented pinecones are also popular at the holidays and they will give your home a cozy, cinnamon smell! Pop them in a basket and set them on your mantle or by the door, and you’re good to go.

If you want to add a pop of color, bring a poinsettia into your apartment. Poinsettias are poisonous to pets so if you have cats and dogs, you may want to skip them!

Lights

String lights are an easy thing to hang up everywhere in your apartment. Many apartments feature wide windows in their living room space, which is the perfect place to hang up some twinkly beauties.

This will give your apartment some Christmas flare both from the inside and outside!

‘Tis the Season

When decorating an apartment, you’ll need to account for less space, rules set by your property managers, and sometimes just a lack of inspiration! These Christmas decorations ideas will get you on your way to bringing some holiday joy into your own home this season.

Check out the rest of our blog for more articles on apartment living, or contact us to find your next dream apartment in Fort Wayne!

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Small Kitchen, Big in Flavor: 5 Kitchen Appliances That Are Perfect for Apartments

Do you fancy yourself the next Food Network star? Like to pretend you’re on your own version of Chopped? If you live in an apartment with a small kitchen, you might think that you’re relegated to take-out and microwave meals, but not so!

Even small kitchens can benefit from kitchen gadgets, provided you’re strategic about what you buy. Here are 5 kitchen appliances for apartments that will keep you away from the take-out menus and microwaved meals.

1. A Pressure Cooker

It’s time to drink the Instant Pot kool-aid. The new pressure cookers aren’t your old school pressure cooker that you have to use on the stove and watch like a hawk. The 2019 version can cook anything from frozen chicken to eggs to oatmeal to even yogurt.

You can make almost anything in a pressure cooker, making this versatile appliance a must-have for any kitchen, even a tiny one.

2. An Air Fryer

While you’re drinking the Instant Pot kool-aid, you might as well pick up some of the air fryer kool-aid too. An air fryer is a healthier way to make pretty much anything that can be fried (and it can be used instead of your oven too). Chicken wings, tacos, pork chops, frozen snacks. You name it and the air fryer can probably cook it.

You can also use it to reheat foods. It’s quick and easy and keeps your kitchen cool in the dead of summer.

3. An Electric Kettle

An electric kettle is one of those appliances you think you’ll never use but then wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s much quicker than boiling water on the stove, so if you’re a coffee drinker, oatmeal lover, or have a nightly cup of tea, go ahead and add this to your wishlist.

4. A Slow Cooker

Everyone should have a kitchen appliance that you can dump some food into in the morning before work and come home to a delicious smelling home with dinner ready to go. One nice thing about slow cookers is that they come in many different sizes, so pick one that works for you and your space.

High tech ones are even wi-fi enabled, allowing you to turn it off and on from your smartphone.

5. A Hand Mixer

It’s hard to give up your prized stand mixer, but it takes up preciously spare real estate in your cupboards or on your counter. A hand mixer takes up just a fraction of the space and gets the job done. Get one with a little container that attaches underneath to neatly store the cord and the beaters.

Kitchen Appliances for Apartments Doesn’t Mean the Microwave

You could actually get rid of your microwave if you purchase these kitchen appliances for apartments. A pressure cooker and air fryer can do pretty much everything that your microwave does!

Downsizing isn’t always easy, so if you’re looking for more tips and tricks to make the move from a large home to a smaller apartment, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got posts on how to declutter your apartment, how to decorate on a smaller scale, and how to creatively make storage in your bedroom.

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