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Bouquet of Flowers

Our Top Tips for Arranging Flowers

Bouquet of FlowersOne of the great joys of living in West Covina apartments is the amazing weather. Gardeners can create spectacular container gardens right on their balcony or patio at Sunset Plaza. Now that it’s summer and there is a profusion of gorgeous blooms outside, thoughts may turn to finding creative and attractive ways to arrange the fruits of your labor. Here are a few top tips for flower arranging. These tips are great even if you’re arranging a bouquet fresh from the florist.

Start the Right Way: Water, Fresh From Your West Covina Apartments

Keeping flowers fresh is essential, and you only need to fill a pitcher with water in your West Covina apartment to do so. As soon as flowers are cut, bring them inside and place them in a vase (or even a small bucket) filled with tepid water. Too cold or too hot water can damage the delicate blooms. Drop in a small packet of floral preservative, found online or at any nursery or florist, to help sustain the blooms for as long as possible.

Careful Cuts = More Longevity

As you cut your beautiful blooms, make sure to use a sharp knife. Cut off about an inch from the bottom of the stem. This allows the fresh flowers to absorb the water and floral preservatives as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, this, in turn, gives you increased longevity.

The Bursting With Blooms Look

To get the “bursting with blooms” look for the interior of your apartment home, arrange flowers in a special way. Start with the larger and heavier flowers on the outer part of the vase. This helps anchor the vase and allows plenty of space for the smaller and more delicate flowers to shine. Mix the smaller blossoms up in the middle. When it comes to arranging flowers, a bit of randomization in the middle gives that “fresh from the garden” look.

Looking for a great home base where you can arrange beautiful bouquets? Sunset Plaza Apartment Homes offers studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments homes that are conveniently located and well kept. Call us to find out which apartments are available today!

Hotel Hallway

Take a Summer Trip and Stay at a Waterton Managed Hotel

Hotel HallwayWant to be within easy reach of a dynamic major city but prefer a more laid back suburban lifestyle? West Covina, California, only a mere 20 miles from Los Angeles, is the perfect answer. Our apartments in West Covina are also the perfect place to call home. As a resident, you have access to exclusive perks! One perk is access to some of the lowest rates at Waterton managed hotels.

Don’t Miss Out on Special Summer Rates at Waterton Managed Hotels

As a resident of Sunset Plaza during the summer months, you get access to great rates at our Waterton managed hotels. For reference, our Waterton managed hotels and discounts are listed below. These rates are only available now until August 31, 2017, so don’t wait on planning your summer vacay! When booking your stay, simply call the special number associated with the hotel of your choosing and request the Waterton corporate rate.

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

Catch a flight north to San Francisco. Ride a cable car and check out Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the view. Or, head for sunny San Jose, California, the unofficial “Capital of Silicon Valley.” Visit the Winchester Mystery House, a quirky mansion with oddly shaped rooms.

These special rates are just one of many perks that Waterton residents have access to. If you’d like access to these perks, consider making Sunset Plaza your new home. Find the right fit for your lifestyle among our studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. Our floor plans feature ceiling fans and new appliances. On those warm summer days, take a dip in one of our two swimming pools! Give us a call today to schedule a tour of our community.

Orchestra

Enjoy “A Night at the Movies”

OrchestraSunset Plaza’s convenient location makes it easy to get around town and enjoy all that the city has to offer. In fact, our apartment community is less than a 20-minute drive from a particularly notable event that any classic movie lover won’t want to miss out on. The Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale is hosting “A Night at the Movies” which will feature classic tunes from well-known old movies.

Important Details

“A Night at the Movies” takes place on June 3. It starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The venue for this family-friendly event is Walnut High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $20 each and can easily be purchased online here. The orchestra is made up of talented local musicians; this means that show attendees will not only enjoy great music but also support local community members.

Furthermore, anyone who enjoys this great show can enjoy great music in the future, free of cost. The Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale has weekly rehearsals every Monday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 pm. The venue for the rehearsals is Walnut United Methodist Church, less than a 20-minute drive from Sunset Plaza.

Get a Bite to Eat

There are plenty of great places to eat if you want to grab a bite either before or after “A Night at the Movies” performance. Walnut Tree Restaurant is a short drive from Walnut High School and offers great Chinese food that has gotten rave reviews from past visitors. Mayan Tacos and Mikasa Restaurant offer tacos and other tasty Mexican dishes. New York Pizzeria is great for pizza and beer while Ninja Sushi and Bangkok BBQ offer a plethora of Asian dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Sunset Plaza apartments in West Covina are convenient, comfortable and offer plenty of great amenities. We have studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans in various price points, allow up to two pets per apartment and offer on-site maintenance, management and move-in assistance. Get in touch with us at your convenience if you are looking to learn more about our charming community and available floor plans.

Dog Laying on Grass

Check Out These Dog Parks Near West Covina

Dog Laying on GrassWhen your furry friend is ready to romp and socialize with their fellow canines, residents of our West Covina apartments can find numerous dog parks in and around the area. Off-leash dog parks give your pooch a chance to roam freely in a safe environment. Not only will Fido find plenty of new friends, you might find a few of your own.

Bark Parks Near You

Central Bark Dog Park at Del Norte Park (1500 W Rowland Ave) was West Covina, California’s first official off-leash dog park. It opened in August 2012 and is divided into two separate play areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Don’t forget to bring water for your four-legged friend.

San Dimas Dog Park is at 301 Horsethief Canyon Road in nearby San Dimas. This one-acre park is open from dawn to dusk. It also includes two separately fenced areas for large dogs and little dogs and both areas include doggy water fountains to quench their thirst.

Whittier Dog Park at 12206 Philadelphia Street in Whittier is open daily from sunrise to sunset. This excludes Thursdays when it doesn’t open until 9 a.m. to complete general maintenance.

Arcadia Dog Park located at the southwest corner of Eisenhower Park (2nd Ave & Colorado Blvd) in Arcadia is open from 7 a.m. to dusk every day. This 3/4-acre park opened in 2004 and also offers separate areas for both small and large dogs.

General Rules

All the doggies will have a tail-wagging good time at each of these parks, but remember to follow some standard rules, including:

  • Always clean up after your pup and discard appropriately
  • Current license tag and vaccinations required
  • Dogs must be spayed/neutered
  • Female dogs in heat not allowed
  • Aggressive dogs not allowed

While this may seem like a lot of rules to follow, they’re in place for you and your dog’s protection and all the other canines and their owners, as well. When you can’t make it to your favorite bark park, Sunset Plaza is both dog and cat-friendly, so you and your four-legged pals can all call it home. Give us a call today at (877) 725-6184 to schedule a personal tour of our community.

Table With Books

How to Style a Coffee Table

Table With BooksHaving the ability to invite family and friends over is always a good thing. When you live in our apartments in West Covina, you have plenty of room and lots of amenities to share with guests. But, you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure your home looks its best. Think about the details that help to truly make a space special. For example, what should you do with your coffee table? It’s the center of any living room and has much to offer if you dress it up right.

Tips for Styling a Coffee Table

Here are some simple and helpful tips to creating a stunning coffee table that’s just your style. Your newly styled coffee table is sure to impress your guests!

  • Add dimension by placing items both high and low. That is, if your coffee table has shelves, add a few books or items to the lower shelf while making the top shelf a bit more functional. This creates dimension and makes it look a bit larger.
  • Add some type of plant to the space. For a smaller table, choose a smaller plant as you do not want it to overpower the space. This brings a fresh, vibrant look to the room.
  • Stack something. Adding a stack of items to your coffee table makes it look bigger and makes the space more interesting. Choose three items, for example, and stack them to create a display. Books, magazines or even a few games can work well.
  • Add a conversation piece. Perhaps there’s an item there from a location you’ve traveled to or an interesting piece of art that speaks to you. This is an item that guests may ask about and by placing it on the table in front of them, you are encouraging them to ask.
  • Add a tray with things you may need. A simple tray added to the edge of the coffee table can help to organize the items you need while still creating a structured look. For example, you can place coasters here. Add a few simple items for interest. Keep it simple and clean.

Making Your Home Your Own

When you make Sunset Plaza your home, you can truly make it your own. To learn more about our West Covina apartments, give our office a call today.

Man Running on Track

Get Ready for the “Relay For Life of West Covina”

Man Running on TrackJoin the celebration to honor cancer survivors at the “Relay For Life of West Covina” on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Edgewood Middle School track field. It’s a fun event to help increase awareness about cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services. It’s part of a fundraiser held in 27 countries in more than 5,200 communities.

Cheer on Survivors and Caregivers

The event starts at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony recognizing those who’ve been affected by cancer. Be part of the crowd and cheer them on. Next, there will be a Survivors Lap to honor those who have overcome cancer. Then, the Caregivers Lap puts the spotlight on those who selflessly care for others. During the relay, team members will take turns walking around the track.

Dedicate a Luminaria

A Luminaria is a lantern made from a paper bag with a candle inside. On the outside, you can write a dedication to someone you know who battled or overcame cancer or who is a caregiver. During the evening, those attending the relay light a Luminaria and share an emotional moment. It costs just $10 to dedicate a Luminaria and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and its mission to save lives.

Donate and Make a Difference

You can also donate to help the American Cancer Society’s patient care services, cancer research and programs to prevent and detect cancer. To donate or join the relay, visit www.relayforlife.org/westcovinaca. No donation is too small and every dollar helps the American Cancer Society save lives.

For more information about the relay, call (626) 590-0472 or email Sharon Hall at sharon.hall@cancer.org. Edgewood Middle School is at 1625 West Durness Street in West Covina.

Ready to Make a Move to West Covina?

Summer is the perfect time to relocate to West Covina, California. If you’re looking for the best in West Covina apartments, check out Sunset Plaza Apartment Homes. You can choose from a variety of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes to suit your lifestyle. Sunset Plaza is a pet-friendly community and welcomes cats and dogs. To learn more, call (877) 725-6184 or visit our office!

Road Trip View

8 Tips for Planning a Fun and Safe Road Trip

Road Trip ViewIt’s hard to imagine ever wanting to leave the gorgeous apartments in West Corvina at Sunset Plaza. But when warm weather arrives, and you have a few days off, a road trip can be a great idea. To make sure your road trip is ideal, here are eight tips to keep in mind.

Planning a Fun and Safe Road Trip

1. Tell a friend where you’re headed. While it’s great to hit the open road and feel carefree, it’s advised to tell at least one other person what your destination is. That way, they can expect to hear from you when you arrive.

2. Get the car checked up. Before your road trip is the perfect time for a check up. Have the oil changed, the tires inflated and anything else your mechanic recommends.

3. Clean the interior of the car. No one wants to start a road trip with a car full of dirt and fast food bags. Before you set off, do a thorough cleaning on the inside of the car.

4. Invest in an auto service plan. An auto service plan will come in handy if you have an unexpected situation, like running out of gas or a flat tire. You’ll soon be on your way again!

5. Stock up on healthy snacks. Nothing will make your road trip turn sour like an upset stomach. Instead of filling up on fast food, pack a small cooler with healthy food that will fuel your body and mind.

6. Don’t drive tired. There are lots of tricks to staying awake on the road, like drinking coffee, opening the windows and turning up the radio. But you should simply pull over or check into a hotel when you find it hard to keep your eyes open. That’s the safest option of all.

7. Keep fuel levels high. You can avoid the disaster of running out of gas if you commit to never letting the tank get lower than a quarter full. On the open road, you can never tell how far you’ll have to drive before the next gas station.

8. Pack a road hazard kit. Just in case, be prepared for a road emergency. Pack items in your trunk such as flares, a flashlight, water, and a blanket.

Life at Sunset Plaza Apartment Homes in West Covina is even better when you know you have such beautiful scenery to enjoy on a road trip. Please contact us today to learn more about our West Covina apartments!

Plate of Brunch Food

Where to Find the Best Brunch Spots Near West Covina

Plate of Brunch FoodWhen it’s time for a nice, lazy weekend where you just want to get together with some friends and community members, few things beat a good brunch. You can cook up some fantastic meals with new kitchen appliances in your West Covina apartment, but if you want a relaxing Sunday there’s plenty of vibrant local restaurants best-known for their brunch menus. Here’s some of our community members’ favorite West Covina brunch spots.

1. Cafe Gourmand

With a rotating menu of daily pastries, Cafe Gourmand offers fresh baked goods made on the premises with classic breakfast sandwiches, croissants and bagels, but also new twists like the Nutella bagel. You can find salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more at this quaint local favorite for brunch.

2. Young Hawaiian BBQ

Hawaiian BBQ meets pho at Young’s. Curries, BBQ chicken and rice, katsu, and macaroni salad can be ordered as early as 11 a.m. and are the regulars’ favorites for brunch. The hamburgers and combination plates with a Hawaiian twist are well-liked, but the Hawaiian delicacies like kahlua pork and loco moco are among the most popular brunch choices. Young’s is the place to be when you need a quick getaway to Oahu without jumping on a plane.

3. Don Lencho’s Authentic Mexican Food

The only thing that could possibly make brunch any better is tacos and nonstop margaritas. This cozy local Mexican joint enjoys a regular brunch crowd who come for the fresh tortilla chips, chilaquiles, and heaping portions of rice and beans that come with every meal. People also like to stay for the chile verde and Micheladas. Don Lencho’s vast selection of drinks and authentic Mexican dishes will make you wish that every day was Sunday so that you can do Mexican brunch all the time.

Sunset Plaza Apartment Homes is conveniently located in West Covina and is in very close proximity to Citrus Valley Medical Center and many other amenities. West Covina has many fantastic restaurants that are on par with LA’s offerings, with many more brunch spots you can check out once you call Sunset Plaza home. Contact us to learn about available floor plans!

Small Potted Indoor Plant

How to Care for Air Plants Like a Pro

Small Potted Indoor PlantPeople who live in West Covina apartments, one way to brighten up a living space is to add air plants. These are plants that grow without soil and require very little attention. Even the most neglectful gardener can have great looking indoor plants if they invest in air plants that don’t need a lot of care.

Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, grow without any dirt and can be used in your home to add to the decor. It’s a plant found in the southern part of the United States, and people who love air plants call them Tilly and Tills. Out in the wild, Tillandsia is found above the ground, on rocks, dangling from tree branches and basically finding a perch almost anywhere.

Tillandsia plants contain roots, leaves and create flowers for your enjoyment. The benefit is that no dirt is needed in order for these plants to grow. Air plants get their moisture from their leaves, and the roots are the anchor that holds an air plant in place.

Tillandsia plants need bright light that is filtered through curtains to protect the gentle leaves of the plant. Some people like to put an air plant in the bathroom, which helps keep the plant moist from the shower. The most important thing air plants need is sunlight, so an outdoor porch in warm weather or a southern exposure window is perfect.

Air Plants Need Watering

While your air plant will absorb some water from the air, you still need to water them. Misting your plant daily helps, but you should also place your air plant in a dish of water for half a day. It will only absorb the water it needs. You’ll only need to do this every two weeks.

When you want to fertilize your plants, look for a fertilizer made for bromeliads. This will contain the right form of nitrogen for your air plants. You can add fertilizer into the plant water before you put the plant in a dish to water.

If you are looking for a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment in West Covina, Sunset Plaza Apartment Homes is a great place to consider. Give our office a call today at 877-725-6184.

Sunset Plaza Living Room

Tips For Speed Cleaning Your Apartment

Sunset Plaza Living RoomWhen it comes to cleaning your apartment, you don’t have to set aside an entire day to do so. If you’re short on time but need your apartment to look spotless, the following speed cleaning tips can help.

Bathroom Tips

Start by spraying the counters, shower stall, sink and tub with all-purpose cleaner, then move on to other tasks while the cleaner does its job. Scrub the toilet bowl, clean the mirror and scrub stubborn spots on the sink with a toothbrush. Wipe down the surfaces you sprayed with all-purpose cleaner, then mop the floor. This should take about 10 minutes total to do depending on how much dust or grime you have in your bathroom.

Bedroom Tips

Throw sheets and other bed linens in a laundry basket or hamper for washing later on. Clear off the tops of dressers, especially if they have clutter building up on them. Make the bed, then dust the dressers, nightstand and any other hard surfaces in your bedroom. Finish off by vacuuming the room to get rid of any dust that remains. This should take you about 10 minutes to do.

Kitchen Tips

Put dishes in the dishwasher, then run it if it’s full. If not, wait until you have more dishes to put in. Clear off any clutter you have on kitchen counters, then spray these surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. While the cleaner sets in, wipe down your appliances using a damp cloth. Sweep the floor, then go over it with a mop to remove any crumbs and dirt that remain. Wipe down your kitchen counters with a clean cloth.

Living Room Tips

Clear clutter from shelves, coffee tables, end tables and other surfaces, then dust the living room starting from one side of the room. Dust surfaces from top to bottom, then clean windows and other glass surfaces with cleaning spray. Vacuum the carpet and furniture to remove dust, pet hair and other debris.

Our apartments in West Covina, CA have brand new appliances and granite countertops that are simple to clean. Give us a call for more details on our available apartments and our community amenities.

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