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Tips for Taking Care of Your Eyes Each Day

Man Wearing SunglassesYou depend on your eyes to provide you with clear vision so you can drive, read and do other routine tasks. That’s why it’s so important to take good care of your eyes every day. Use the following eye care tips to ensure that your eyes stay as healthy as possible.

Put Sunglasses On

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can make you more likely to end up with cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or other eye problems that could affect your vision. When you go outside, put on a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection. This helps reduce the number of UV rays that your eyes are exposed to when you’re out and about. You can also protect your eyes from the sun even more by wearing a visor or cap when you’re outside.

Give Your Eyes a Break

Your eyes can become strained when you spend many hours a day looking at computer, phone or tablet screens. Make sure that you look away from these screens every 20 minutes. While doing so, blink your eyes about 20 times to keep them from becoming dry and irritated. Keep in mind that you should aim to look at something that’s roughly 20 feet away from where you are.

Don’t Touch Your Eyes

When you rub or touch your eyes, you can accidentally get bacteria or other germs on them from your hands. This can lead to irritation, infections or other eye problems. Avoid touching your eyes throughout the day, and make sure that you wash your hands on a regular basis to remove germs.

Eat Healthy Foods

Foods that have beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin A and other nutrients can help keep your eyes in great condition. Berries, salmon, leafy greens and brightly colored fruits and vegetables are all examples of foods that help your eyes stay healthy. Include these foods in your daily diet, so that your eyes can benefit from the nutrients they provide. Make sure you also drink plenty of water to keep your eyes hydrated.

Our apartments in Los Angeles, CA, are located close to optometrists, which makes it convenient for you to schedule routine eye and vision exams. Contact us to get more details on our community.

Sunset Over the Water

3 Serene Waterside Spots in L.A.

Sunset Over the WaterOne of the major advantages of living in our apartments in Los Angeles is that you’re close to a wide range of beautiful outdoor spots. If you’re craving a waterside break right now, there are some amazing options. Check out these three serene waterside spots in L.A.

Cold Creek: An Amazing Nature Preserve

Although the majority of streams in the Los Angeles area flow only seasonally, Cold Creek offers a beautiful water display all through the year. Cold Creek is part of a massive 1,600-acre nature preserve. It’s located in between Malibu and Calabasas, and you need to make sure to call ahead to let them know you’re coming. This is one of those well kept secret waterside spots that only certain locals know about — and now you’re one of them! You’ll be entering the preserve at Stunt Road. To get directions, phone the Mountains Restoration Trust at 818-591-1701.  

Marsh Park: Stunning Greenery and Sparkling Water

Marsh Park is 3.9 acres of gorgeous greenery and flowing water. You’ll find sweeping views of the Verdugo Hills, dedicated picnic areas, and even playground equipment. This is a popular spot for field trips, and there are even two outdoor classrooms. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful spot to hike or you want to enjoy a family fun day by the water, Marsh Park might be just the spot. The parking lots for Marsh Park are located at 2999 Rosanna St. and 2944 Gleneden St. You can also enter the park via the L.A. River Bikeway.

Leo Carillo State Park: Beaches, Caves, Reefs, and More

Leo Carillo State Park offers 1.5 miles of pristine beach, an amazing giant cave to hide away in, and majestic natural reefs. This is a popular campground and is also a favorite family spot. This state park allows visitors to feel like they’re truly exploring in nature — it’s easy to forget you’re just minutes from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The park entrance is located at 35000 Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu.

Looking for Los Angeles apartments with quality amenities and a great downtown location? The Flat has you covered. Contact us to find out more about our apartment homes.

Baking Soda

Easy Ways to Clean Your Stovetop

Baking SodaYour stovetop is a magnet for grime and grease, especially if you cook with oils, sauces and other messy ingredients and foods. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a lot of time getting your stovetop to shine again. These tips provide you with easy ways to clean it on a regular basis.

Soapy Water

One of the most basic ways to clean off a stovetop is with soap and water. You’ll need to take off the electric burners first to avoid damaging them. Once they’re off, use a clean cloth, mild dish soap and water to wipe down the surface of your stovetop. You might need to make a paste with baking soda and water to get rid of tougher stains. When your stovetop is dry, you can put the burners back on.

Baking Soda With Lemon

Cleaning with lemon and baking soda helps you eliminate grease and other stains while also giving your stovetop a pleasant scent. To clean with these products, sprinkle some baking soda on your stovetop, then gently clean the surface using a lemon slice. When you’re done, wipe your stovetop with a clean, damp cloth so that you won’t have any baking soda or lemon left on it.

White Vinegar and Water

White vinegar is a powerful cleaning product that makes it easier to remove stains and spots on stovetops. Mix white vinegar with tap water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray your stovetop, then wipe it down. White vinegar will help you get rid of stovetop stains while also disinfecting the surface.

Vegetable Oil

You can use vegetable oil to clean your stovetop and eliminate stains. Pour a small amount onto your stovetop, then wipe stains and spots to remove them. When you’re done, spray your stovetop with an all-purpose cleaner to remove traces of vegetable oil. Keep in mind that you can use olive oil instead of vegetable oil.

Our apartments in Los Angeles feature a kitchenette with a stovetop and mini-fridge that are easy to keep clean. Please give us a call to find out more about our available apartments and our community amenities.

The Flat Floor Plan

How to Properly Clean Your Windows

The Flat Floor PlanFew things make an apartment look its best than the sun streaming in through clean, clear windows. Fortunately, this isn’t at all difficult to achieve. Following are the basic best practices for properly cleaning your windows.

Begin With the Window Frames

Most people begin their window washing routine simply by spraying a commercial window washing solution in the center of their window and going at it with a handful of paper towels. However, the proper way to wash windows is to begin with the window frames. Apply a multipurpose cleaner to the frame and any hardware and wipe it clean with microfiber cloth.

Use Dedicated Microfiber Cloths

Paper towels and general-use household rags leave behind lint and streaks. Keeping a stash of microfiber cloths on hand that are used only to wash windows helps ensure the kind of clear, gorgeous view that only happens when window glass is sparkling clean. If you don’t have any microfiber cloths, newspaper works in a pinch. Some people prefer to use newspaper to add an extra layer of shine to their windows after they’ve been cleaned.

For optimal success, clean your windows on a cloudy day if your schedule permits.

Use a Mixture of Vinegar and Water

Streak-free, sparkling windows aren’t necessarily the result of the latest and greatest commercially produced cleaning products. You can easily create your own window cleaning solution simply by combining one part water and one part white vinegar. Vinegar is inexpensive and extremely effective when it comes to cleaning glass. You can also use it on your mirrors, countertops, and other household surfaces.

Clean From Left to Right and Top to Bottom

Whatever cleaning solution you decide to use, always start at the top left-hand corner, and work from left to right and from top to bottom.

Please keep in mind that the windows in our apartment community are generously sized to provide residents with the best possible views. In addition to large windows, our floor plans also feature polished concrete flooring and tile bathroom floors. For more information about our apartments in Los Angeles, please feel free to contact our office at your earliest convenience.

Cat Sitting Down

3 Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Cat Sitting DownIt’s no secret that dogs can learn a wide range of tricks, but did you know that you can also teach your cat some tricks? While cats might not seem as trainable as dogs, you might be surprised at what your cat can learn. Try the following tricks with your feline friend at home.


This is among the most common commands that pets can learn. You can teach cats to sit in much the same way that you would teach dogs to follow this command. The key is to offer your cat a reward when they do what they’re supposed to. This teaches them that good things happen when they follow your command. Hold a cat treat over your cat’s head, then slowly move it down. Your cat’s head will tilt down to follow it. When they sit, praise them and give them the treat. Make sure that you’re saying the word “sit” beforehand, so they learn to follow this verbal command.


Fetching items also seems like more of a dog thing to do, but you can teach your cat to fetch different objects as well. Use your cat’s favorite toys, so they’ll be more likely to go after them. Throw one toy, then gently get it away from your cat when they have it. Go back to where you started, then repeat this process. You might have to do this several times before your cat catches on. Over time, they’ll figure out that you want them to go get the toy you threw and bring it over to you, so you can throw it again.

High Five

This is similar to getting your cat to sit. Hold a treat in front of them, say “high five” and gently touch their paw when they reach out for it. All you have to do is repeat this process, but keep in mind that it can take awhile for your cat to learn what to do. Give them time, and they’ll know that they’re supposed to touch your hand when they hear the command.

Our community is a pet friendly and welcomes both cats and dogs. Please contact us to learn more about our pet policy and our available apartments in Los Angeles, CA.


Top Tips for a Tranquil Tax Season

TaxesThe digital age has brought a wealth of opportunity when it comes to filing your taxes. No longer do you have to trudge to the tax man every February; now you can file simply and easily from the comfort of your own apartment. Of course, that still means doing them right. Here are some top tips for a tranquil tax season.

Educate Yourself on the Changes

The tax brackets (or the earnings range into which you fall) which determines the percentage of your earnings you’ll pay in taxes, change every year. 2018’s new brackets are a bit up from 2017, which means you may have been bumped into a lower tax bracket if you’re lucky.

Note that your tax bracket is not a simple, straight percentage; each bracket reflects the percentage you will pay for that range of your income. For example, you’d pay 10 percent on income up to $9,525, then 12 percent on the earnings between $9,525 and $38,700.

To Itemize or Not to Itemize?

You have a choice whether to itemize your deductions or take standard deductions. If you’re self-employed, you’ll probably choose to itemize deductible expenses to lower the overall amount on which you have to pay taxes and therefore lower the taxes themselves. Deductible expenses include medical, charity, state and local tax, mortgage and business expenses.

Leverage Your Business Expenses

Speaking of business expenses, this is a great area in which to save money. You can write off expenses such as technology, mileage and office space. This only applies to the self-employed, though.

File on Time

You should technically file your taxes by April 17, but the extension deadline is October 15.  You can file up to this date without penalty, but don’t go over. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to make estimates, and may have to pay quarterly. If you need help, see a tax preparer.

Luckily, when you live in an apartment, you don’t have to worry about claiming anything on your taxes—easy-peasy! Whether you’re already a part of The Flat’s community, or would like to learn more about our available Los Angeles apartments, we would love to tell you more today.

The Flat Bed

5 Tips for Keeping Your Bed Warm & Cozy

The Flat BedWhile L.A. residents don’t usually have to worry about super cold winter weather after a few surprising cold fronts recently, it makes sense that everyone is looking for ways to keep cozy and warm at night. Make sure your bed is an inviting and warm retreat this winter with a few of our favorite apartment decorating tips!

Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Bed Toasty and Comfy

1. Start With Great Sheets

Think of your sheets the way you would think of a foundation for a building. Without a sound foundation, a building will never stand the test of time, and without a great set of sheets, your bed will never be able to achieve maximum comfort levels. To keep your bed warm, opt for a set of flannel sheets that are soft and fluffy.

2. Add Aromatics

Make sure your bed works as a wonderful spot to relax and fall into a deep slumber by incorporating a few of your favorite soothing scents. Invest in a few lavender sachets for your closet to ensure that each fresh pair of sheets you use smells fresh and tranquil.

3. Get Yourself a Down Comforter or Duvet

Nothing will help to keep you warmer than a good quality down comforter, except for maybe a really nice synthetic alternative. This is one piece that should take top-priority for your winter bedding, even if it is a bit of an investment. But once you have one, you’ll never look back!

4. Try Layering

Layering a quilt under your duvet can instantly add a bit more warmth for those extra chilly nights. As an added bonus, making your bed with an extra layer gives everything a bit more volume, so that you’ve got a beautiful and inviting chill spot.

5. Change Up Your Pillows

Finding a pillow that suits your sleep style is a must! If you’re a side sleeper go for a firmer option, stomach sleepers need something thin and soft and back sleepers are somewhere in between.

Enjoy Your Warm and Comfortable Bedroom Haven

Create the perfect winter bedroom space with these helpful tips. If you want more great apartment living tips or you’d like to schedule a tour of our urban studio Los Angeles apartments, visit our office today.

Working in the Office

Create a Better Work-Life Balance in 2018

Working in the OfficeIf you’re like a lot of people, it may feel like you’re always at the office working later and longer. When you do get home, you often have to catch up with laundry, cleaning, and maybe squeeze a workout in there.

Sometimes, it seems like the weekend is the only time there is to catch your breath. You’ve already made the smart decision to settle in at our Los Angeles apartments, now keep thinking smart and learn to carve out a work-life balance with these tips.

Learn Better Time Management at Work

If you’re perpetually at the office until the lights go out and the cleaning people arrive, you need to ask yourself why. Is it because you don’t make the most of your time during working hours? If that’s the case, by learning ways to increase productivity, you’ll be able to leave the office with all your coworkers at 5 p.m.

Rethink Old Habits

The habits you live now may be so ingrained you don’t even realize how toxic they’ve become. For a day, jot down everything you’re doing and ask why you’re doing it. If it’s not a necessity, then ask whether it’s making you happy. If it’s not, rethink or change that habit.

Watch Your Social Media and Phone Usage

Everyone has their noses in their phones nowadays, and plenty of those people are catching up with old buddies and family on Facebook. That said, Facebook can really be a time-sucker, as can using your phone in general.

At work, only go on social media on your breaks. At home, schedule screen-free time with friends or family.

Know When to Say No

It’s okay to admit you’re overloaded at work and can’t take on another project. In your personal life, your friends won’t be mad at you if you cancel a plan occasionally for a little you time. Try it!

If you’re ready to put your new work-life balance tips into action, The Flat is the perfect place to do it. Our urban studio apartments will let you unwind in new ways, with community amenities like a game room with billiards, a fitness center, sundeck, swimming pool, covered parking, and an activity room.

You’ll also be close to entertainment, shopping, nightlife, and restaurants in the Financial District. Call us today to discuss availability.

Dinner Party

Tips for Being a Gracious Host

Dinner PartyIn many cases, the difference between a successful party and a drab social gathering in your Los Angeles apartment centers on the host. Here is what you need to know to make your guests feel comfortable and welcomed so your celebrations are a success.

Get Prepared

Before your gathering, be sure to do a deep clean throughout your home as nobody likes to relax in someone else’s mess. Make sure to stock up on essentials like toilet paper and clean towels, and consider having a few travel-sized basics like toothpaste or mouthwash.

A few days before your gathering, send your guests a quick message reminding them of the date, time, and address of the party along with your phone number in case there are any questions.

If you’ll be entertaining overnight guests, make sure to have sleeping arrangements and fresh sheets ready ahead of time.

During the Event

Unless the focus of the event is an elaborate meal, skip any recipes that require a lot of last-minute preparation or create a lot of dishes and mess. Remember, you’ll want to spend time with your guests, not washing up. Consider simple slow cooker meals or cold salads that can be made ahead of time.

For overnight guests, a few small comforts will go a long way. Consider providing fresh bottled water at the bedside, a few magazines, some travel-sized toiletries, and a little snack so guests don’t have to go searching your home in the night.

Following Up

Nothing says “thank you” quite like a handwritten note, although emails or texts can be just fine for more casual gatherings. Be sure to thank each guest for coming, and let them know that you’ve enjoyed their company and look forward to the next visit.

Entertain in Style

At The Flat in Los Angeles, you’ll love the contemporary features and the amenities that offer plenty of ways to relax with friends and family. From the swimming pool to the pet-friendly community, you and your guests will always feel welcome. To learn more about our available floor plans or to schedule a tour, contact us today!

Burger From Vendor

Smorgasburg LA Every Sunday

Burger From VendorSince 2016, Los Angeles residents have enjoyed Smorgasburg LA on Sundays, a weekly, year-round market for fantastic food, drinks, shopping and more located at 746 Market Court (home to the Alameda Produce Market the other six days of the week). Browse 65 vendors for a culinary adventure and shopping extravaganza all rolled together at one five-acre location. It’s free to enter, so grab your fellow Los Angeles apartment community members and see what’s on the menu!

Event Background

Brought to L.A. by the creators of the Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, the Los Angeles, California Smorgasburg was curated by co-founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, along with local food writer Zach Brooks. Together, they’ve gathered an impressive lineup of local cooks, unique designers and craft artisans for the event held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday (closed December 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 for the holidays). From food to fashions, browse booths from some of L.A.’s hottest up-and-coming vendors.

Culinary Delights

Some food vendors featured at Smorgasburg LA have brick-and-mortar locations, others have food trucks or participate in pop-up food events, but many you won’t find anywhere else but here. Discover emerging chefs and tasty treats including distinctive foods, drinks and desserts from locals like Banh Oui to bi-coastal vendors like Goa Taco.

Smorgasburg Shopping

Peruse the center aisle for stylish shopping options, including fashions, furniture, jewelry, home goods, wellness products, knickknacks and more, from contemporary to vintage offerings. On Family Day, the kids can also visit face painting vendors or get fun balloon animals and other masterpieces from Twisties Balloons.

Become a Vendor

Have an amazing dish, dessert or drink you want to showcase at Smorgasburg LA or a unique line of clothing or decor you think would fit right in? Fill out a Smorgasburg LA vendor application. Whether you already own a renowned brand or you’re launching a new project, applications are accepted year-round for established or emerging talent.

Smorgasburg LA also features a new parking garage that holds more than 4,000 cars with two hours of free parking, but you can easily walk from your urban studio apartment at The Flat. Our contemporary apartment homes are a premier community choice in downtown Los Angeles. Call (866) 978-1620 to schedule a tour of our current floor plans available today!

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