Mar 18

A Great City to Live In – Abilene, TX

Abilene TX
Welcome to Abilene, TX.

Abilene, Texas, know for its rich culture and the beautiful terrain is commonly referred to as part of Texas’ claim to “Big Country.” Offering a relatively low cost of living, finding apartments for rent in Abilene is a breeze! What truly makes this city stand out though, is its fun vibe, friendly spirit, and historical roots. This great city has a little something for everyone with plenty of that famous Texas charm.

Things to Do and See in Abilene, TX

Get to know the city by learning about its history at The Grace Museum, 12th Armored Museum, or the Paramount Theatre which was built in 1930 and still hosts events, productions, and specialty films. Frontier Texas is an interactive history museum featuring special exhibits, events, and a summer camp for the kids.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Abilene owns up to its “Big Country” reputation. Parker Hill Nature Trail, Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden, and Red Bud Park are all among the top favorites for residents and tourists alike. The Abilene Zoo is a great place for making family memories and you can see what a day in the life of a Zebra looks like through their Zebra Cam.

Dining and Shopping in Abilene, TX

With Big Country comes big appetites and Abilene has plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to please a variety of tastes. Taylor County Taphouse, Lytle Land and Cattle Company, and Copper Creek Restaurant are just a sampling of some of the cuisine Abilene is famous for. Barbeque is done right in this city, with a few of the hot spots being Stillwater Bar B Que, Texas Cowboy BBQ, and Joe Allen’s Pit Bar B Q.

For shopping, head over to the Mall of Abilene, which is the only enclosed regional shopping center in West Central Texas. Here, you will find nationwide and niche retailers such as Candy Craze, Bucket Heads Boutique and BAM!

Education and Employment in Abilene, TX

Major employers make their home in or around Abilene, including the City of Abilene, Dyess Air Force Base, Hendrick Health System, and Abilene Regional Medical Center. Colleges and universities include Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University, American Commercial College- Abilene, and McMurry University.

Weidner Apartment Homes in Abilene, TX

Whether you’re a native to Abilene or you’re new to the city, having a comfortable and stylish place to call home makes the city all that much more enjoyable. Take a look at our extraordinary apartments for rent in Abilene, TX. At Weidner, what matters to you, matters to us and we’re so pleased to welcome you home!




Mar 18

Apartment Living 101 – DIY Carpet Cleaner & Wine Stain Removal

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Try these DIY carpet cleaning home hacks!

Welcome back to our Apartment Living 101 Series! In case you missed our last video, we gave you 7 Easy Tips to Keep your Apartment Clean. We know that once the weather is nice and the sun starts to shine the last thing you want to do is spend your time scrubbing every last inch of your apartment. That is why we brought you simple tips to clean everything in your home from your vacuum cleaner to your windows using homemade glass cleaner. Hopefully, you were able to use our tips to get your apartment on its way to the ultimate clean.

To keep your spring cleaning momentum rolling, we are bringing you two new videos to help you get your apartment ready for spring. This time we are focusing on those hard to remove carpet stains. It seems like no matter how careful we are to not spill, and take off our shoes, and wipe our furry friends paws after a nice stroll, there are always those little mishaps on our carpets.

In our first video, we show you how to remove carpet stains using cleaner that you make yourself, a hand towel and an iron.

Let’s get started!

Fill your spray bottle with 2 parts water, to 1 part distilled white vinegar. Give the bottle a nice shake.

Spray the stain and grab a damp towel, to place over it. Turn on your iron to the steam setting and run it over the towel for about a minute. Be sure to constantly move the iron, so that you won’t accidentally burn a hole through the towel.

If you have a stubborn stain, repeat until the stain is gone. Be sure to constantly check to make sure your towel is damp.

Next up, wine spills!

If you’re reading this, that means you’ve probably just spilled your wine and you are frantically searching for how to clean it up, we are here to help you out.

Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need:

  • Towels or paper towels
  • Cold water
  • Baking soda


Alright, let’s get to it!

First, you’ll want to dab as much of the wine as possible with a towel. Be sure to dab the wine vs scrubbing, since that can cause the stain to spread, and be sure to use a clean side of the towel so you don’t spread the stain. If you can, use paper towels so you’ll be less likely to contaminate the carpet.

Now, grab a cup of cold water, and pour the water directly on the stain. Continue to dab and repeat until the stain comes out.


Next, make a baking soda paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1-part water.

Apply the paste to the stain and let it dry.

Once it’s dry, vacuum it up, and you’ll be as good as new!

And YOU thought you’d be in deep trouble!

Want more tips for apartment living? Visit the Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel for more tips on everything you need from basic do-it-yourself maintenance to soundproofing your apartment.

Mar 18

Weidner Welcomes Seasons on the Boulevard

Seasons on the Boulevard
Weidner Acquires Luxury Apartment Seasons on the Boulevard!

Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Seasons on the Boulevard in Salt Lake City, UT. Seasons on the Boulevard offers studio, one, and two bedroom luxury apartment homes for rent ranging from 462 to 995 square feet.

Each luxury apartment home includes amenities designed for comfort and style without sacrificing any of the modern day conveniences residents have come to expect in upscale apartment living. Chef-inspired kitchens feature spacious granite countertops and elegant kitchen islands, along with energy-efficient appliances and custom cabinetry. All that’s missing is the family recipe! Generous living spaces are accentuated by vaulted ceilings and stunning mountain and city views. Extra designer accents include LED lighting and painted accent walls. For the ultimate in convenience, each apartment home is also equipped with a washer and dryer and plenty of storage space.

Seasons on the Boulevard stands out from other apartments in Salt Lake City with its community amenities. Many residents embrace downtime by enjoying the following:

  • Surround-Sound Stadium Theater
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Balcony
  • Sun Deck and Hot Tub
  • Clubhouse
  • Bark Park
  • High-Speed Wireless
  • BBQ Area
  • Stunning Views

Best of all, Seasons on the Boulevard is a pet-friendly community. Now residents can enjoy upscale apartment living with their furry friend right by their side.

About the Neighborhood

Salt Lake City effortlessly combines the majestic beauty of its surrounding mountains with an eclectic array of cultural hotspots, dining, shopping, sports, and entertainment venues. Seasons on the Boulevard is located near Washington Square, which is a favorite for those who enjoy cultural events including the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, Living Traditions Festival and the Utah Arts Festival. Temple Square and the Natural History Museum are also nearby. The Salt Lake City Library is also a favorite among residents and tourists alike and is located one block from Seasons on the Boulevard. The Sundance Film Festival is also held in nearby Park City, UT, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to Shoreline Trail which offers miles of trails for hiking, biking and running. Red Butte Garden is also nearby and occupies 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the University of Utah and is the “largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area.” For those who enjoy snow skiing, Salt Lake City is near some of the most premier ski resorts in the country.

Whether you are a native or looking for apartments in Salt Lake City, Seasons on the Boulevard has the ideal apartment home for you. Contact the friendly leasing professionals and learn more about how you can join the happy family of residents at Seasons on the Boulevard.

Mar 18

The Weidner Cares Team Goes to Arizona

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Weidner Cares is in Phoenix, AZ. to help 3 non-profit organizations!

Three times is a charm for the Weidner Cares team in Arizona, where nearly 300 volunteers partnered to help three amazing nonprofit organizations.


At Habitat for Humanity in Tucson, the team worked to help build homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is “Creating a more compassionate and just world, Habitat for Humanity Tucson brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope,” with a vision of, “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

“No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.”

They accomplish this mission by building and repairing homes in partnership with the community and local families, which are then sold to families with a 0% interest loan through their “Own a Home” program.

The volunteer event was held on Friday the 13th and all of the workers who came to assist from Habitat came dressed in their best “Camp Crystal Lake” gear from the movie Friday the 13th, making the event even more interesting and festive!

The Weidner team was in charge of putting up exterior walls on three of the six houses at the project site. Each volunteer helped with construction in some way, whether it was lifting the walls into place, pounding in nails, or helping gather supplies.


In Phoenix, the Weidner Cares team partnered with Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of families who are experiencing homelessness. Their mission is “Homelessness affects thousands of children and families in Maricopa County, Arizona every year. Our program provides families with not just housing but a real pathway out of poverty — so they never become homeless again.” Homeward Bound provides families with housing and services for 12-24 months to help them regroup and get back on their feet.

The Weidner team painted the facility inside and out, starting from the offices, to the stairwells, to the outdoor railings. They also cleaned play structures, cleaned several of their housing units, and pressure washed the facility. Between the fresh coat of paint and the cleaning, the facility looked good as new.

Homeward Bound also offers free childcare services to the families they serve. The team helped to revamp one of the classrooms by repainting, cleaning, and organizing, resulting in a warm and comfortable environment for the children who are there to learn and play.

“Of all the volunteer groups I have dealt with over the years, the Weidner Apartment Homes volunteer group was by far the most organized, responsive and fun group I have had the pleasure of working with. You are an amazing organization with AMAZING staff!!” said Tracey Lane, Senior Development Manager at Homeward Bound.

UMOM in Phoenix

For the last event, the team partnered with UMOM New Day Centers. This was Weidner’s second year in a row partnering with this organization, giving the team a rare opportunity to see the result of their hard work and efforts.

UMOM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness and is currently the largest shelter for homeless families in the state of Arizona. UMOM helps keep families together, by providing a continuum of care from emergency shelter, to transitional housing, to permanent affordable housing. “UMOM is a place of hope. Hope rebuilds lives.”

The Weidner team worked throughout the facility, cleaning out garden beds, restriping the parking lot, cleaning out old storage areas, and painting the exterior of the buildings. The team also spent time revamping the cafeteria where all of the families socialize and dine. The team buffed the floors, painted the walls, and cleaned every surface, for a fresh, much-needed makeover.

One of the larger projects of the day was to organize clothing donations that were given to UMOM. The clothing donations serve a dual purpose to clothe families in need, as well as serve as inventory that supports their on-site thrift store. The Weidner team worked diligently to sort through all of the donations and put them to good use.

“Many thanks to all your great energy and organizational skills in pulling together the Weidner Community Day! We so appreciate of everything your team did for the UMOM family! Our campus is brighter and well-polished because of the compassionate hearts of your colleagues,” said Robin Telle, Volunteer Manager at UMOM.

The Weidner team wishes to thank all those who lent their time and talents to these three wonderful organizations. We are proud to assist you as you make such a tremendous difference in the lives of others. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

What matters to you, matters to us!

-The Weidner Team



Mar 18

Weidner Employee Appreciation: Joe Gerena

Employee Appreciation Day
Weidner appreciates regional social director Joe Gerena!

At Weidner, we believe success is driven by the amazing people that align with our company vision, who then, in turn, give residents the quality customer service they have come to expect when renting a Weidner apartment home. Recently, we sat down with Joe Gerena for a day in the life of a Regional Social Director.

Joe started his career with Weidner at Visions Serenity Apartment Homes as a Leasing Consultant in June 2012. He was also one of the original members of the Arizona Gold Star Committee. Soon after joining the Weidner team, he was awarded “Leasing Consultant of the Year” and was quickly promoted to Social Director in July 2015, leading to his most recent position as Regional Social Director.

Joe describes his position as Regional Social Director as “diverse.” On any given day, Joe might be coordinating resident events and activities, establishing partnerships with local businesses, monitoring Weidner’s online reputation, and training an on-site team on how to effectively connect with residents. Joe’s goal is to “show our teams how to convey our community value to our residents, and reduce our exposure by building up these relationships.”

 “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!”

That’s Joe’s business motto and it shows in his daily interactions with residents and staff. “If you hear me talking to a resident you’ll often hear me say “Let me see what I can do.”  This allows me to pick the brain of my coworkers and management for ideas to help our residents with their situation. It makes residents feel like we are at least trying to help them, even if the solution isn’t clear right away. We’ve had some amazing ideas come from these conversations,” said Joe.

Joe defines teamwork as working hard and consistently doing so with a positive attitude. “I think our company has an amazing team of leaders.  I’m constantly impressed at how hard our Community Directors work. I’m equally impressed by how hard our senior management teams work. All the while doing so with a positive attitude, and a focus on training and development.”

“My favorite thing (about working as a Regional Social Director)  by far is the variety and the challenge of dealing with so many different communities and team members.  I’ve always enjoyed working with people and learning different personalities.  Our communities are all so different, and finding ways to connect with people is never the same. I feel as though I’m always learning something new, and being able to teach someone something new is a great feeling.”

Variety and challenges have certainly played a consistent role in Joe’s career. At Aspire Pinnacle Peak, they decided to start an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner which quickly became an instant hit with over 300 attendees. The second year, they were ready for the crowds and over-prepared, ending up with a surplus of leftovers. Joe decided to deliver the leftovers to local law enforcement and also feed the homeless. After contacting the local police department, he went to downtown Phoenix to deliver a catering tray of pasta. There happened to be military training happening that night, so he obtained directions from one of the officers and pulled onto a closed road near the headquarters. As he turned onto the road he was promptly pulled over and approached by officers with guns drawn, demanding to know why he ignored the closed road sign. Joe calmly explained that he had called ahead and was simply trying to deliver the free food. The pasta delivery appointment was confirmed and Joe was escorted into the station… also known as the “pasta drop off point.”

“It was an interesting way to end my day,” commented Joe.

All in a day’s work for Joe Gerena!

From everyone here at Weidner Apartment Homes, thank you for all your hard work and now for one of our favorite sayings, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” We couldn’t have said it better, Joe!

-The Weidner Team



Mar 18

Weidner’s List of 10 Best Cities – Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix, Arizona ranks #7 on Weidner’s list of best cities to live in!

Ranking #7 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #44 on the US News Best Places to Live List, Phoenix, AZ, is best known for its year-round sunny climate. Phoenix residents can expect an average of 296 sunny days per year, making it a favorite destination for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Aptly nicknamed “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix offers a relatively low cost of living along with a burgeoning job market, making it an attractive choice for single professionals and families alike. Phoenix is larger than it may appear due to its sprawling geography and is now considered the 5th largest city in the U.S. with an estimated 1,615,017 residents.

With all these sunny days to work with, Arizona’s capital offers a full menu of things to do.

Things to Do, See, and Taste in Arizona

Things to do in Phoenix will always start with the outdoors. First, don your sunscreen and second, choose from a long list of adventures. At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve is considered one of the country’s largest city parks at  16,000 acres. The Desert Botanical Garden features 50 acres of desert garden and more than 21,000 plant varieties and also serves as a backdrop for many community and seasonal events. Camelback Mountain has some of the most popular hiking trails in Phoenix where hikers can get a view of the sprawling city at the 1,200-foot summit.

If golfing is a passion or hobby of yours, you’re in for a treat! The Papago Golf Course, Legacy Golf Course, and Raven Phoenix are among the top-rated courses. There are also numerous golf resorts located in neighboring Scottsdale. Golfers have plenty of resorts and courses to choose from and again, 296 sunny days as a backdrop to their favorite sport.

When it comes to dining and shopping, there is quite literally something for every palette and style. Little Miss BBQ, Steak 44, Barrio Café, and Matt’s Big Breakfast are among the favorites of Phoenix residents.

Looking for a wide variety of shopping?  Our Downtown Phoenix apartments are just minutes away from tons of trendy and vintage boutiques found in the Melrose District to larger shopping malls including Biltmore Fashion Park, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and Phoenix Premium Outlets.

Culturally, Phoenix is home to some spectacular museums including the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center and the Arizona Capital Museum. The Phoenix Center for the Arts has an annual arts festival featuring more than 150 art and food vendors and typically runs in the month of December.

Employment and Education in Phoenix

Phoenix offers a thriving job market with opportunities to work with companies such as the State of Arizona, Banner Health, Wal-Mart, and Wells Fargo. From private to public schools, Phoenix offers high-ranking schools along with colleges and universities including Phoenix College, Grand Canyon University, and Arizona State University.

Weidner Communities in Phoenix Arizona

Weidner is pleased to offer quality apartment homes for rent in Phoenix, AZ. We cater to your need for convenient and stylish amenities in a setting that compliments the natural setting and beauty of the desert. From luxury apartments to active Downtown living, your ideal home is just a call away. Whether you are a student or single professional or you have a growing family, our one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes are the ideal place to call home. Take a look at our Phoenix properties and then give us a call to schedule your personal tour. We’re so happy to welcome you home!

-The Weidner Team


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