If you ever see some of our posts from Facebook, we like to take a look at various businesses around our community. Whether it is great food or drink, the chance at a niche items for sale or incredible customer service, we try to highlight the places that we think our residents and guests should visit. Take a look through a sampling of some of our favorite places around the best place in all of Omaha: Cedar Heights Apartments.
- Andy’s Shoe Repair: This store does a variety of repairs for all sorts of shoes, belts and other leather goods. Prices are good and turnaround time is great. One of our sister communities has a staff member that has done repairs on a pair of her boots and had a very positive experience!
- El Churro Truck: While this was originally a food truck, but recently they located to a retail space on 50th and Saddle Creek. Reviews are incredibly favorable and we are wishing them all the best of luck in their new store!
- Re-CYCLE Bike Shop: Another store that we have mentioned before! This is a bike shop that sells new and used bikes, including used parts from bikes that they have had donated to them. Good for the person looking to add a personal touch to a bike they currently have, or is trying to make a bike from scratch with recycled parts. Definitely a quality endeavor!
- Weird Wild Stuff Vintage Clothes and Gifts: This one is a favorite hidden treasure for the Cedar Heights Staff! Just off 49th and Leavenworth, this retro clothing and gift shop offers a ton of incredibly vintage and unique items, both for costume events and just for something to jazz up your wardrobe or living space. A truly one-of-a-kind business!
- Three Happiness Express: Not far from Weird Wild Stuff, this Chinese restaurant serves all the items you would come to expect from such a place. With that, we have found that their offerings are amazing and at affordable prices. If you have not tried it already, YOU NEED TO GET ON THAT.
At Cedar Heights, we have been lucky to have many of our residents reside with our for a long time, and to favor their time spent here. We appreciate all of our residents, new and old, but do have to admit that it is sad that we do not often have the opportunity to welcome in new residents to our community… That is why we are excited to let those reading know that we have two apartments available in January! Read on for more information on these amazing homes:
- #507 – A spacious two bedroom, two bathroom with walkout patio attached to the master bedroom. This 1200 sq. ft. space boosts a fireplace, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove/range, garbage disposal and in-unit washer/dryer. This apartment offers lease options between 3 and 15 months, with pricing between $1141-$1680.
- 505 – An extravagant one bedroom + loft, one bathroom with balcony attached to the living room. This large 1240 sq. ft. space contains a fireplace, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove/range and garbage disposal. This apartment offers lease options between 3 and 15 months, with pricing between $1074-$1668.
Both options are great, and we would be so happy to have anyone around to take a look or ask questions about the community. If you or someone you know is looking for a new home for 2022, give us a call at (402)393-2210, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to meet you!
Whether you love winter or not, it is that time again to cover how to best prepare for changes in temperatures, and for situations involving the two words us in the Midwest know all two well…
Snow and Ice.
Read on for general guidance to overcome of the wonderful, yet burdensome time that is winter in Western Nebraska:
- Bring out those winter clothes. The thought is that all persons should have the following: a winter cap, gloves that they would be comfortable shoveling snow in, several layers, a few sweatshirts, a couple decent winter coats and some kind of winter boot or footwear that is water-repellent and provides decent traction. You may not need all of it, but when in a pinch, it is better to have too many layers on than too few.
- Here at Cedar Heights Apartments, as well as many apartment communities in the area, we have already run diagnostics on your furnace, repaired any that needed fixing, and replaced all old air filters. With that, please monitor your furnace throughout the winter months and report any irregularities as soon as they come up. NEVER run your furnace under 66 degrees when temperatures are below freezing outside, as running it any lower may lead to water pipes freezing and bursting. Finally, please note that you should keep your thermostat set at one temperature to save on energy expenses instead of setting it lower during the day and turning it up at night.
- As an additional measure, window wrapping can be used to better insulate your windows or patio doors. Also, if you are a resident at Cedar Heights Apartments, please make sure to close your fireplace flue when not in use and close the fireplace doors to better keep your apartment living space warm.
- When walking outside, please stick to paths that have been cleared already and have salt/sand down. Do not take shortcuts through lawns or areas that have not been cleared, as there is no way of knowing if there is ice underneath any snow-covered areas.
- On the point of travel, make sure that your car always has over 1/2 of a full tank when temperatures are below freezing. Remember to check the tread of your tires, and keep a few spare blankets in the trunk of your car in case your car breaks down or refuses to start.
- Finally, and as a small piece of advice, make sure to reverse the direction of your fan by toggling the switch on the side of it. We don’t believe enough people do this, and it may help in a small way keep your apartment warm over the cooler months.
We are only a week and a half away from the spookiest holiday of the year! With our penchant for lists, we want to provide a general guide for celebrating this wonderful boo-ha-ha and trick or treating. We know that the residents at Cedar Heights would not be prime candidates for hosting trick or treaters, but may have kids, nieces, nephews, etc. where this information would be valid. Have fun reading our list on how to get ready and Happy Halloween!
- First, be aware of weather conditions for Halloween Day and Night. Weather reports for Omaha for October 31st shows a daytime high of 55 degrees, and a nighttime high of 39 degrees, with it being clear skies and very low chances of precipitation. Make sure to dress yourself and any children with you in warmer layers, especially at night.
- Plan your night and schedule prior. For adults who may be attending parties, make sure to plan any possible need for a designated driver. For those with children, plan the route that you all will be taking. Also, more eyes are better in the group to make sure nobody gets lost or left behind!
- Bring flashlights. If you will be walking at night, it is important to see the path in front of your clearly, as well as making sure cars nearby can see you and your party. Reflective strips on clothing are encouraged for this purpose as well.
- Only approach houses that are properly lit and make sure that anyone kids in your party stay in your sight.
- A smaller thought, but make sure to your trick or treaters carry a bucket or bag that is neither too big or too small. The recommended size to maximize their intake of sweets without overdoing it is the size of a plastic grocery bag.
- Parse out the candy. We know it is the holiday known for unadulterated intake of candy, but no one wants to be nursing a child back to health after they overdo it. Limit them eating sweets to a few pieces every night. Also, please inspect all candy passed out to your children or group prior to it being eaten.
- For those without trick or treaters, be aware that holiday attractions such as pumpkin patches, haunted houses, etc. will be heavily visited on the nights leading up to Halloween, so try to go early or visit these places a weak or more in advance.
- Finally, have a great time and enjoy yourself. It really is a hauntingly good occasion!
New Year, same ol’ wonderful holiday! Last year we posted some information on things to do for Halloween in the midst of a global pandemic. With most things open and a decent amount of the populace vaccinated, we are pleased to bring a new list to the table! Be aware that there may be restrictions in place for any of these recommendations, so please contact out to the appropriate parties for more information:
- Ghouls and Glow at Henry Doorly Zoo: https://www.omahazoo.com/special-events
- Indian Cavern State Park Haunted Hollow: https://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/event/26th-annual-haunted-hollow-at-indian-cave-state-park/2021-10-15/
- Halloween at Mahoney State Park: https://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/event/halloween-is-brewing-with-fun-at-mahoney/
- Various Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards in Omaha area: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1aqbo7DJv9q5xzMhq44iT9k89iBM&ouid=0&ll=41.263505940187756%2C-95.92476860000001&z=9
- Trick or Treat Days at Omaha Children’s Museum: https://ocm.org/events/trick-or-treat-nights/
- Baseballoween at Werner Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/821904401813883
- Hitchcock Haunted Hollow: https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/hitchcock_haunted_hollow/2021-10-23/
- 4th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl at Dubliners Bar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-4th-annual-halloween-bar-crawl-omaha-tickets-165496485443?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
- Offutt Zombie Run: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-running-dead-offutt-zombie-run-2021-tickets-173666008707?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
- A gruesome assortment of Haunted Attractions: https://ohmyomaha.com/2020/09/haunted-houses-near-omaha/
- Edge of the Universe Friday Night Halloween Movies and Tuesday Halloween Movie Trivia: https://www.edgeoftheuniversebff.com/events
The best part of all of these? This is just a start! Remember to check with all for dates, possible pricing and any restrictions. Most of all, have fun and spooky time this Halloween Season!
With Summer drawing to a close, and Autumn quickly upon us, the Cedar Heights staff often likes to remind our residents on how they might most easily transition their apartment to the new season. Read on to gear up for Fall!
- Maintenance will be in your apartment in about a month to replace your furnace filter in preparation for winter. With this is a great chance to turn on your furnace and make sure that it is heating your apartment properly. Please note that the first time turning your furnace on typically leads to a burning smell to be present. This is normal and to be expected.
- Colder weather means that outside critters/pest may try to get into your apartment. While we do monthly pest treatments on all of our buildings, any sight of pests should be reported to the office quickly so that we can get our pest control tech out to take a look.
- Make sure to inspect your windows and doors to make sure that the seals are in good shape and that there are no large gaps or damage to glass/frames/etc. This will be an important part of making sure that your energy bills are not astronomical come winter time.
- Make sure to clean out your fireplaces, and inspect the flues. We are more than happy to send a chimney sweep over to clean flues and chimneys that need a little love!
- With the change in the hours of daylight we will have, please keep an eye on the building lights and let us know if there are any that need replaced, or if there seems to be building light timers that may need adjustment (timers are typically changed starting in October to better illuminate the buildings during late fall and early winter).
- Not so much of a tip as a recommendation: with Fall coming up, take some time to enjoy the warm weather! Once it is here, it will be nothing but layers, falling leaves, soups and more. While we love Fall here at Cedar Heights, we can also appreciate how nice it is to dress in shorts leaving your apartment.
To all of our residents: Thank you for being amazing, and Happy Fall! We are excited to share another Autumn with you all in this little forested community we all call home!
Wow, just wow. Today has made us realize just how crazy things are going to be at Cedar Heights before they get better… Roofing and Gutter replacement is still underway, concrete work is now ongoing and grounds work is still a thing here each time we have a storm or see a heat wave that lasts a week or longer. While they are doing a great job and are moving quickly, we are still in for quite a time for most of the month of September.
Saying this, something we love to do at Cedar Heights is make lists, so we thought we would make a list of ways to survive the cleverly constructed name for our current situation: construction-ageddon.
- First, make sure that you are being careful when you walk through the community or into/out of your building. While crews are expected to clean up debris as they work and cone and tape off affected areas, we do not want anyone to step or run over a nail, trip on debris, materials or stripped areas of walkway. Be Careful.
- Please be patient with the noise. We know that it will be loud during the day when crews are re-shingling, putting up new siding or removing concrete. Crews work fast, so they should be out of your hair usually within a week.
- Contact our office about any damages or cleaning issues. If you see litter around the community or on your balcony/patio, let us know. If you find drywalling issues after work has concluded on your building, please get in contact with us so we can get our drywaller out to repair it. It is important that we get this information sooner rather than later so that fixes can occur.
- Make sure to remove any items from your balcony/patio that can be hit by falling debris. It is rare that damage to things falling occurs, but it occasionally happens, so it is important to remove those items so that it is not possible at all for damage to take place.
While these tips should help make this time a little bit more bearable, it is important to note a couple things:
- Crews almost exclusively work between 8am and 6pm. Thus, your nights should not be affected.
- This work will be done before you know it, and then we will be left with a gorgeous community with tons improvements. We are so excited for this to be done so we can all revel in the improvements.
Stay patient, keep your eyes on the prize and we will make it through this with the chance to enjoy a new and improved Cedar Heights Community. We absolutely can’t wait to be there…
August is here! Normally, the month of August denotes of a lot of things starting back up:
School opens back up for all ages.
Typically, vacationing rolls back a little bit as workers settle back in for the remainder of the year.
Pools start preparing to close.
People tend to start preparing for the temperatures to drop by switching their wardrobe, brushing up on their favorite football teams or the like.
Needless to say, August is the time for a lot of upheaval as we all get ready for Fall. With that said, we LOVE the work. This time of year is typically when we start getting our lots and sidewalks repaired, start planning our fall projects and start planning our need for sod and corrections to our lawns. It is honest work, but there is something about the process of making this a more beautiful place for our residents that draws us in. This year, however, we were able to get a few more items started! Please see below for more on some tasks we will be completing over the next couple of months:
- All of our buildings will be getting new roofs as well as new gutters. The time frame to get one building done is about 1 week.
- All of our building will be getting repainted. More on this will be emailed to residents once the vendors have the paint and are ready to start the work.
- Some of our buildings will be getting portions of siding replaced. This is still being reviewed, with more on this to be relayed to residents once it is completely decided.
Now, we ask that everyone understand that this work will not always be convenient. Concrete work will shut down some areas while it is underway. Residents may find debris while roofing is ongoing, as well as roofing crews being in the way of some parking spaces and sidewalks. The work will be noisy at times. We hope that residents will understand that this work, while definitely a good thing, will not always be enjoyable but will be worth it.
Take heart! After this is all done, our community will be quite improved! We promise that the work will be worth all the hassle, and can’t wait to share all the improvements with our residents once they are completed.
Living in an apartment means that you have to LIVE in the apartment: bring your items in and make the space a home. Often times, this carries over to an attempt to fill other spaces, such as you balcony or patio, and even sometimes your entry door or hallways. We have seen a lot of ways people have made their apartments a home here, and while we absolutely love the personalization and care that everyone puts into it, there are some points in which we have to ask them to hit the brakes. There are rules that allow us to keep the shared spaces clean, safe of clutter, or have other reasons why we enforce them. In an order to re-express these rules, and to enlighten non-residents of possible policies you may have living at other apartments (including Robert Hancock and Co. communities), we decided we would state some many rules for what can and can’t be done on a balcony or shared space.
- No personal items can be stored in the hallways of our buildings (this is a common policy at almost all communities). This is to avoid any fire or tripping hazards when resident leave and enter the building, and avoids making those spaces look cluttered. You can, however, have a door mat or door decor.
- While we do have cleaners that clean the common areas of the buildings once a week, that does not mean that trash and debris should be ignored. If you track in dirt, drop garbage, or something of the like, please deal with it the same way that you would in the apartment.
- Balconies/patios are for patio furniture and plants only. Please make sure that these items are properly tethered down. No trash, bikes or other items are permitted to be stored on balconies.
- Electric grills are permitted to be stored in the community or on a balcony with complete supervision while in use. Gas and charcoal grills are strictly prohibited (that is a common law at least in the state of Nebraska), and can’t be stored or used anywhere in the community, as they are a dangerous fire risk.
- No flags/signs can be put up on the balconies/patios/windows of your apartment. All flags will be asked to be removed, as there is no way to avoid having signage or flags that are inappropriate in nature if we allow them in anyway.
These are simple rules and do not give information on the complete guidelines we have, or any other community has. If you ever have questions about what can or can’t be done with a shared space or a balcony/patio, please make sure to contact your property manager or consult your lease/community policies guidelines.