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After an unofficial worldwide consensus, it’s quite possible that “Game of Thrones” is one of the greatest television shows of all time. Kudos, HBO.

Except, now that Summer is beginning and you’ve watched through the entire series, you’re going to have to take a deep breath and ponder … what are some new binge-worthy show options?

Don’t stress out, friends. From Netflix to Hulu to HBO and beyond, there are always shows worthy of your binge experience. At some point, you’re going to feel like taking a break from the summer heat. When all you want to do is snuggle up and enjoy some TV at home instead of at the movies, take these shows into consideration and feel no shame in clicking, “Yes, I’m still here. Continue Watching.”

1. “Big Little Lies”

If you’re as impressed with HBO as the rest of the world, then this show will add to your love of the network. Taking place in the Pacific Northwest in Monterey, CA, “Big Little Lies” follows a group of women as they take on life’s biggest issues.

From adoption, abusive relationships, cheating scandals and so on, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman guide the cast through trial and tribulation. The first season was released last year, and the reviews have been nothing but stellar.

Meryl Streep is set to join the ladies this season, and that should be convincing enough. The new season is set to be released June 9 on HBO.

2. “Stranger Things”

Ready to take a visit back to the Upside Down? If you aren’t familiar, in the show, the Upside Down is an alternate dimension that the characters travel through.

The 3rd season of Stranger Things is set to release July 4 on Netflix. Follow the kids as they navigate through another season of supernatural phenomenons.

From monsters to making it home in time for dinner, this young group of kids gets into trouble in the most interesting ways. Millie Bobby Brown and the rest of the original cast is set to return and you won’t want to miss out.

3. “Black Mirror”

This series is one of the craziest you will ever see. “Black Mirror” is a mind-bending journey through many different characters’ lives. The show follows different people in every episode.

Some episodes take place in the far future and some episodes take place in the past. But they have one thing in common: The idea that technology is as evil as it is good. The name of the show resembles how any sort of screen appears when it’s not lit up, whether it’s your phone screen, computer screen or television screen. All screens appear as “black mirrors” when they aren’t lit up. Kind of scary, huh?

Netflix’s storylines in this series will make you think twice about how important it is to be so involved with the online community. If you haven’t watched the first few seasons, start binging now in time for the new release sometime later this year. You don’t want to miss this series, and summertime is the perfect time to stream it.

4. “Selling Sunset”

Do you love reality television? Do you love real estate? Do you love binge watching Netflix shows? “Selling Sunset” is an entertaining, binge-worthy show that follows along a group of women-only realtors through the Hollywood Hills.

The idea behind this group of realtors is that who better to sell you a $20 million home than the most beautiful women in California? From wealth, to drama, to stunning real estate, this group of women will take you from mansion to mansion, extensions and all, from the comfort of their louboutins.

These ladies are no strangers to six figure commissions. They’re also no strangers to competing for the top spot on the team.

5. “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Releasing its new season on June 5, Hulu returns with an astounding story about a totalitarian regime that has taken the place of America. In this show, handmaids are given the task of reproducing for wealthy couples that are unable to have children on their own.

In this society, it has become difficult for women to bear children, so the handmaids are seen as necessary, yet hated. The handmaids are only allowed to leave their respective chambers in order to go grocery shopping.

The Handmaid’s Tale” gives off an extremely eerie vibe, but it’s addicting. You’ll want to follow along as the main character does whatever she can to overcome this dystopian society and create a better world for herself and the other handmaids.

6. “Euphoria”

Euphoria” is an HBO series set to be released on June 16. The show is produced by none other than Drake himself, and the leading role is played by Zendaya. The show is based on a similar show that became extremely popular in Israel.

Giving off “Degrassi” vibes, Euphoria follows a group of high school students through their everyday lives. From social media to sex and drugs, the show will document what it’s like being a teenager in today’s advancing society.

You’re going to want to watch these students as they face first time love, creating and ending friendships, and balancing the real world with the social media world.

7. “The Crown”

Netflix has professed that “The Crown” is one of the most expensive shows ever produced by the technology empire. This incredible series follows the rise of Queen Elizabeth II. Although it may not sound as riveting as it truly is, we urge you to give it a try. You will be binging in no time.

The characters play their roles well, and Netflix has not shied away from including some of the most dramatic, scandalous moments in England’s history. Watch as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh take on some of life’s most important decisions, all while ruling a nation.

No shortage of options

Just because “Game of Thrones” is over doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous other binge-worthy shows available to watch. Dive into our recommendations and let us know what your favorite show on the list is!

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A high-rise apartment, generally considered to be those with 10 or more stories, may be ideal!

But before you pack your things for an elevator ride to that de-luxe apartment in the sky, consider the pros and cons to be sure it’s right for you.

1. You’ll be surrounded

Life in any apartment complex means lots of neighbors, but in a high-rise, it can feel a little more pronounced. They’ll be on all sides, above and below, and it can feel a little cramped or claustrophobic for some folks when their front door opens to a hallway rather than a breezeway.

You could have loud neighbors you find bothersome or your lifestyle could be a nuisance to one of them. Do you play an instrument? Have a dog? Cook fragrant foods? Would you have a problem if your neighbors did? These are all factors to consider before taking that unit in the sky.

2. Space is limited

Life in a high-rise often means a serious paring-down of your possibly pack rat-esque ways. On the positive side, streamlining your life and possessions can be super liberating. On the negative, you might be pretty attached to your stuff.

Most high-rise buildings have storage units available for bulky things you may not need all the time, such as a bicycle or camping equipment, though it often costs extra. Make sure you’re either willing to part with some of your stuff or able to pony up for a space in which to keep it.

3. Pet protocol

While there are plenty of high-rise apartments that allow for pets, there can be restrictions you might not know about (exotic animals, for example), so be aware of the policy ahead of time.

Similarly, if you’re a dog owner used to the convenience of a yard, you’ll no longer be able to simply let Rover out the back door. Just getting downstairs and out the door can be more of a ceremony than you or your pet is up for, especially on a slushy Monday morning in February! If you don’t mind the haul, you’ll at least want to be sure there’s an adequate area in the vicinity of the building to allow for a pleasant walk.

4. Getting high

If you’re into parkour or fitness, lots of stairs will be a great benefit! And if you’re not? Well, there will certainly be an elevator to get you where you need to go. Does the building you’re considering have enough of them? Are they fast enough? Waiting for an elevator, particularly on weekday mornings when everyone is headed out at similar times, may add to your overall commute.

Are you germaphobic? Do you enjoy the random conversation that can occur when you find yourself in a small space with a friendly neighbor or are you naturally introverted? All things to think about.

5. City convenience vs. green appeal

Most high-rise apartments are located in urban areas, which means the perks of city living will likely be nearby. These could include public transportation and lots of nearby amenities like restaurants, bars, parks and other service-oriented businesses you’ll enjoy frequenting.

Getting a rolling cart or green bag and walking to the market can be a joy for some! Similarly, if you enjoy more green space, whether that means right out the door or visible from your third-floor-max window, a low-rise apartment may be more your cup of tea.

Photo by Louis Wai on Unsplash

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We’ve got endless parks, pup-approved hikes, dog-friendly beaches and plenty of pro pet businesses. Mild year-round temperatures also mean there’s never a bad day for a walk.

Oh, and there are celebrities of the Instagram-famous four-legged variety, along with their human counterparts. Don’t be surprised to cross paths with an A-lister scooping poop at the local dog park. Hey, celebrities are people too, right?

So, where can you find the best apartments in L.A. for pet lovers? Leave the research to us. First, we scoured the city for pet shops, vets, grooming shops and boarding facilities. Next, we cross-referenced these resources with every single L.A. apartment listing on rent.com.

The result? These are the best apartments in Los Angeles for proximity to pet-friendly amenities.

10. AXIS

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Downtown L.A.’s South Park neighborhood is home to the STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Grammy Museum. Sound like a stretch for pets? Think again. DTLA loves its furry friends. At AXIS, your stylish digs are close to top-rated groomers, dog walkers, pet shops and urban parks.

Housed in two mid-rise buildings, these swanky new apartments feature high-end touches like keyless entry, walk-in closets and Caesarstone quartz countertops. Located on adjacent corners, the two buildings share community amenities that include ample social spaces for you and your pooch, including a pool, rooftop spa and a cookout-ready courtyard.

9. Aven

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Fancy high-rise living in the heart of DTLA’s South Park? New on the downtown scene in 2019, Aven brings the park to South Park. Your lucky pup will enjoy 13,000 square feet of lushly landscaped park space. Beyond the green space, you also have easy access to pet shops, grooming services and a slew of pet walking and sitting professionals.

More than 500 apartments stretch 38 floors into the L.A. skyline. Inside your well-appointed apartment, you’ll enjoy tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and custom cabinetry with LED lighting.

Top-shelf amenities include everything from a beach volleyball court and game lawn to Aven’s Wooftop Park and Spa, a dog park complete with agility equipment.

8. Boulevard on Wilshire

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Centrally located on L.A.’s Miracle Mile, Boulevard on Wilshire is less than a mile from Hancock Park, which houses LACMA, The La Brea Tar Pits and plenty of prime dog-walking space. A veterinarian and pet ophthalmologist are also just a couple blocks away, along with plenty of pet shops.

Pet-friendly digs are equipped with granite countertops, patios and washer-dryers. Spend time in the warm sunshine around the pool courtyard and on the rooftop lounge, you can let your pup stretch his furry legs on the community dog run. Convenient on-site retail options include coffee, sandwiches and smoothies.

7. Pacific Electric Lofts

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Built in 1905, the nine-floor Pacific Electric Lofts building was one of L.A.’s first skyscrapers. Located just a few blocks from Pershing Square, this is prime DTLA real estate, with a little something thrown in for your furry friend. A trio of pet stores is just a block or two away.

Converted to lofts in 2005, the PE Lofts offer 100 unique floor plans to choose from. Light-flooded living spaces may feature hardwood or polished concrete floors, tall ceilings, exposed brick and loft-style landings.

The building may be historic, but the amenities are decidedly modern. Think heated pool, dry sauna and penthouse library. You and your pup can also soak up unbeatable downtown views from the rooftop dog run.

6. Santa Fe Lofts

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Located around the corner from the PE Lofts, Santa Fe Lofts are located in DTLA’s highly walkable Gallery Row District. Among popular retailers located within the building, you’ll find Pussy & Pooch, a modern pet lifestyle boutique focused on nutrition and green living for your favorite four-legged friend.

From the 123 units, choose from studio, one-bedroom or live-work loft spaces. Inside the historic apartments, you’ll find vintage patterns on the original flooring and walls, large windows, high ceilings and custom wood cabinets. Cats and dogs are allowed, though there are breed restrictions on the latter.

5. Palazzo East

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Palazzo East‘s central location puts you about equidistant from L.A.’s East and Westside. That means both the beaches and DTLA are relatively easy to get to (depending on traffic — ahem, this is L.A.). You’re also an easy stroll from both The Grove and Hancock Park.

One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are equipped with various amenities, ranging from gas fireplaces and private terraces to smart technology and wood plank flooring. Shared community spaces include a resort-style saltwater swimming pool, outdoor lounge area with a fire pit and (most importantly) an on-site dog park.

4. Playa Del Oro

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Perched in the heart of Playa del Rey’s tech-heavy “Silicon Beach,” Playa Del Oro puts you and your pup close to the Pacific. Beyond the sandy beaches, there are also marinas and lagoons to explore on long scenic walks. Getting out of town? LAX is conveniently located an easy 10 minutes away. You’re also surrounded by a Petco, PetSmart, Healthy Spot and many more pet-centric amenities.

Studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments feature hardwoods, stainless steel appliances and in-home washers and dryers. Lush California landscaping edges up to two pools, plus courtyard areas adorned with fountains and fire pits. Need to warm up after a dip in the Pacific? Take advantage of the men’s and women’s steam room and sauna.

3. Ten Ten Wilshire (All Inclusive)

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Whether you’re looking for temporary digs or you and your pet simply prefer furnished living, downtown’s Ten Ten Wilshire is primely located to explore the best of L.A. As for your pup, you’re just a stone’s throw away from groomers, trainers, healthy pet eats and shops with plenty of bouncy baubles.

All-inclusive living means that your rent check covers utilities, cable, high-speed internet and even 24-hour valet parking. If you prefer your own furniture, unfurnished apartments are also available. Fun community amenities include an outdoor pool and foosball tables, a movie screening room and rooftop pool and spa.

2. 1111 Wilshire

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By now we’ve established that DTLA is a pet lover’s paradise, and 1111 Wilshire is no exception. Located two short blocks from Ten Ten in our number three spot, 1111 is a modern oasis wrapped up in a sleek high rise. You’re never far from high-quality pet supplies and services, and fun spots to explore from Macquire Gardens at L.A. Central Library to the scenic Vista Hermosa Natural Park.

From studios to three-bedrooms, you’ve got options in every price range. You’ll also find ample indoor-outdoor play spaces for you and your pal. Catch a movie on the rooftop lounge, plan a barbecue with your neighbors or cozy up by an outdoor fireplace on those chilly L.A. evenings.

1. Broadcast Center Apartments

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L.A.’s best apartments for pet lovers are all about location. Broadcast Center Apartments share a block with The Grove and L.A.’s Original Farmers Market, two of the city’s most popular (and pet-friendly) outdoor shopping areas.

You’re also surrounded by everything from pet boutiques to pet bakeries, not to mention green spaces galore. Only the best for your pup? Stock up on the highest quality pet grub from natural foods market Erewhon on the ground floor of your building.

Recently updated apartments feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. You may also end up with a wine chiller, gas fireplace or smart home technology, depending upon the unit. Community amenities include lush courtyards, a pool, sauna and movie screening room. Bottom line: On-site or off, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to pamper your pet.

Methodology

We looked at all apartments in Los Angeles and rated them on the number of pet-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, pet stores located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom that you don’t know what to do with and also lucky enough to have a pet, you should consider transforming that spare room into the ultimate palace for your pet. After all, you might as well not waste the space!

Not sure how to turn your spare bedroom into a perfect pet oasis? Keep on reading.

1. Get creative with new furniture

It’s no secret that pets sleep a lot, especially dogs. Having a spare bedroom is a good start, but in order to make it the ultimate pet palace, your pet needs an awesome bed and fun furniture to play on.

If you’re on a budget, check out some of your local thrift stores and pick up a few pieces of furniture that your pet could both play and sleep on. Boom! You’ll kill two birds with one stone.

Many people don’t let their pets on their regular furniture so this room could serve as a dedicated animal jungle gym for your pets to utilize!

2. Consider adding custom pet art

Decorating your pet palace with pet artwork is a must. If you have kids, take one of the drawings from them (or yourself — this is a judgment-free zone) and frame it up for your pet room.

If you don’t have children and aren’t the artistic type, there are tons of companies that specialize in creating pet art. Pop your pup is a world-renowned company that allows you to snap a photo of your pet and create custom artwork within a few minutes.

The company will send you proofs within 24 hours that you can approve or edit before purchasing. You have the ability to create canvases, blankets, towels and so many other items. Your pet will love having lookalike artwork in his or her pet palace!

3. Buy new toys for your pet

After you have the pet furniture in place, consider buying your pets a few new toys so they’re excited to spend time in their new pet palace. You can get a few bins that stay on top of the floor and fill them with all of your new pet toys.

Make sure they’re accessible to your pet. You don’t want to have to come in their room every hour to hand them a new toy.

4. Install hooks for all of their accessories

Install hooks in your pet palace and hang all of your pets leashes and collars on it. This way you can easily run out for a walk and won’t have to look around for their belongings.

The pet palace will be super organized with all of your dog’s toys and maintenance accessories.

5. Make it full of entertainment

Adding in a sound system or installing a television on the wall could create another level of entertainment for your pet. You can put Animal Planet on during the day while you’re at work and let your pet relax and watch some television.

You can also install a Bluetooth sound system and keep music on regularly for your pet.

6. Get a pet cam

Now that your pet has everything they could possibly need in their room, consider getting a pet cam. When you leave the house, you won’t have to worry about what your pet is doing and if they’re OK.

There are tons of inexpensive options that will allow you to watch your pet at any time of the day. If you want to get fancy, Furbo Dog Camera has two-way audio so that you and your pet can actually communicate with each other. It can also dispense treats. Check them out if you’re interested in installing a pet cam in your pet palace!

7. Create a safe space

When all is said and done, you want to ensure that you’ve created a safe space for your pet. Make sure to store hazardous materials out of reach from your pet so they don’t choke on anything.

Double check the room for safety before finalizing your pet palace! After that, you should be ready to introduce your pet to his or her new palace!

Your pet deserves the best

I bet you didn’t realize all the things you could do to create an awesome pet palace for your beloved pet! We all love our pets and want to give them the best lives possible, so don’t waste a spare bedroom! Use that space to create the ultimate pet palace.

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If you’re one of the many who live without central air conditioning, you probably have some other type of unit you use to cool off.

A window unit, while functional, can be a huge eyesore that steals the attention away from your beautiful decor. But what can be done? A lot, actually. Window AC unit decorating is a thing, and here are a few ways you can do it, too.

1. Stylish vent cover

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If you’re really struggling to be creative with your AC unit decor, one of the most common ways to dress it up is a simple vent cover. There are plenty of fun options to buy or you can turn it into a weekend project and make your own so it fits your style.

You can easily up-cycle things like old shutters by painting and mounting them to the wall around the unit. Not only are you decorating, but you’re saving perfectly good materials from going to waste.

2. Turn it into a work of art

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There are enough flat surfaces on a window AC unit that you can attach paper, fabric or fun objects to it. A fun way to do this is to humanize your AC unit by turning it into a funny face.

Add a couple of large googly eyes, give it a smile and you’ve got a friendly new face. You can even use flexible ducts (from the hardware store) to add arms and make your unit into a robot. Get creative and have fun with it!

3. Curtains

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Put up some curtains to cover your window AC. It’s easy to open them up when the unit is in use then close them when you’re done. If you need to stay within a budget, you can easily make curtains yourself for cheap.

You can add vintage character to a room by using cafe curtains. They’ll only cover the part of the window that contains the AC unit and give the room a breezy modern-vintage vibe. You’ll cover up the window unit without sacrificing all of the natural light — it’s a win-win!

4. Add some sparkle

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Glam up your unit with some streamers. When your air conditioner isn’t running, the streamers will hang and cover the bland vents. When you need to turn it on to cool your home, it will blow the streamers and give you something fun to look at!

5. Plant shelf

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Seeing as it’s a window unit, it’s obviously in a window and probably near sunlight. It takes up the perfect spot for plants to grow. Mount a shelf around your unit and put a few potted plants on it. Whether you want a colorful flower to brighten the room or a few fresh herbs for cooking, you can plant a little garden that will thrive on top of your AC unit.

Header Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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These easy tips can help you conserve room so that your bundle of joy, and all the stuff that comes with him or her, fits seamlessly into your home.

Space-saving strategies

A full-sized crib and changing table aren’t your only options when it comes to nursery furniture. You can contain everything you need in a portable, collapsible piece like a pack-n-play.

Many include accessories like a changing station attachment, bassinet insert for when your baby is still a newborn, built-in storage for things like diapers and wipes and a mobile to entertain your little one. They function as an all-in-one nursery solution, and then fold up and store easily when you need that bit of space back.

You can also avoid a free-standing changing table by converting the top of an existing low dresser using a portable changing pad. A fabric bin can easily stores diapers, wipes, and other essentials close by.

If you just can’t live without a proper crib, but don’t really have the space, consider creating a family-friendly bunk bed by lofting your bed up high (and safely) enough to put the crib underneath. This setup creates the sensation of a nursery without sacrificing any room.

Don’t discount your closet

It may sound a little strange, but if you’ve got a big enough closet, transform it into your nursery. Buy a freestanding wardrobe and move the clothes out and the baby furniture in.

Some closets even have windows, making the space feel more roomy. This strategy only works if your closet can actually hold baby furniture, so make sure to measure first.

Bye bye bedroom

When all else fails, consider the selfless option of giving up your bedroom. Converting your room into the nursery gives your new baby a quiet space complete with a door you can close when you need a little separation.

Even with all the nursery furniture and baby toys, you should still have enough room to store your clothes, so that just leaves where you’ll sleep. Pull-out couches, futons and even Murphy beds have all come a long way in comfort and style. Murphy beds especially offer options, which can give you more shelving, additional storage and even a desk.

Three doesn’t have to be a crowd

Welcoming a new baby into a one-bedroom apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your space. Give your little one his or her special spot by crafting a nursery that suits your needs and parenting style and keep that cozy feeling that attracted you to your home in the first place. Once you know where the baby will sleep, you can get started on baby proofing.

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America’s Finest City truly is fine, but experiencing San Diego as a local is much different than as a tourist.

Find out what everyone from San Diego knows to be true before you visit.

Only real San Diegans know these true facts

1. The best tacos are from hole in the wall restaurants that you’d otherwise pass by. Sometimes with bars on the windows.

2. You have to hike to get to the best beaches.

3. May gray and June gloom is a real thing.

4. Stay off the roads when it rains. Just trust us.

5. Finding a San Diego native is rare.

6. Slo Mo is not just a speed. Slo Mo is a man who spends his days rollerblading up and down the Pacific Beach boardwalk.

7. Public transportation is available, but far from convenient.

8. Don’t trust a taco that’s on a flour tortilla. If it’s not on a corn tortilla, it’s not legit.

9. Speaking of tacos, they should have just three ingredients: Meat, slaw and salsa or white sauce. NO cheese.

10. Don’t drive to Balboa Park. Always ride share. Parking is a nightmare.

11. Sea World is not worth the trip, but you cannot miss the San Diego Zoo or the Wild Animal Park.

12. Just because the trailhead starts from a neighborhood, doesn’t mean the hike won’t be great.

13. The Balboa Park December Nights (Christmas lights festival) is a nightmare of too many people and no parking. The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights is where you want to be — and you can bring your own food and drinks.

14. The best steak you’ll ever have is Cardiff Crack. It will ruin all others for you.

15. Comic-Con is just as fun to walk through. You don’t need an expensive ticket to enjoy the people watching and free events.

16. We don’t lay out on the beach all day. We work, just like you.

17. San Diego has winter. It may not be cold to you, but 65 degrees is cold for us.

18. The seals are fun to see, but they smell really bad.

19. Opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack is as fun as it looks. Big hats, fancy dresses and expensive drinks make for a memorable day of horse racing.

20. The Little Italy Farmer’s Market is the best there is. Bonus: There are so many free samples, you can eat breakfast for free.

21. The $2.50 fish tacos at Bravo’s Mexican Cantina in Ocean Beach, paired with a shot of tequila and a glass of Tecate (all for the same price of $2.50 each), is the best Taco Tuesday deal around.

22. The drive back to San Diego from L.A. is all you need to see to know which city is the better of the two (Hint: it’s San Diego).

23. The most scenic park in San Diego is Kate Sessions Memorial Park. You can see all of San Diego and play with a bunch of pups while you’re at it.

24. Avocado is on everything. It’s just what San Diegans do.

You stay classy, San Diego

How did our list shape up? Let us know what we missed in our comments below!

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As many new luxury apartment communities have emerged and historic communities have become even more desirable for their architectural flare, rent prices across the city have sky-rocketed.

Here are the neighborhoods in Washington D.C. where rent has jumped the most over the past year.

1. Foggy Bottom

Photo courtesy of Rachel Cooper
  • Price increase over the past year: 31.3%
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Foggy Bottom: $2,824
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Washington, D.C.: $2,476

Foggy Bottom is one D.C. neighborhood that has retained its historic charm. It has a growing appeal to those looking for a quiet place to live. Located west of the White House, between the National Mall and Georgetown, this neighborhood is one of the most coveted by those working downtown.

It’s home to George Washington University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Watergate Complex and the U.S. Department of State. The area is accessible by Metro and has great access to restaurants and entertainment.

2. West End

  • Price increase over the past year: 25.5%
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in West End: $3,513
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Washington, D.C.: $2,476

The West End neighborhood is adjacent to Foggy Bottom and likewise, it has a similar appeal and increasing rent prices. Home to upscale condominiums, fine dining restaurants and some of the city’s most luxurious hotels, West End is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Washington D.C.

The area combines historic charm with modern apartment residences and convenience to everything the city has to offer.

3. Woodley Park

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  • Price increase over the past year: 25.2%
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Woodley Park: $2,344
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Washington, D.C.: $2,476

Straddling Connecticut Avenue and bounded by Rock Creek Park (and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo), Woodley Park residents love their neighborhood for its’ beauty and historic charm.

There are miles of hiking and biking trails and a commercial strip with plenty of dining options. And a short walk away is the popular Adams Morgan neighborhood, known for a wide range of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, bookstores, art galleries and unique specialty shops.

4. Cleveland Park

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  • Price increase over the past year: 12.4%
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Cleveland Park: $1,981
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Washington, D.C.: $2,476

Cleveland Park is an older, established residential neighborhood with large 18th- and 19th-century Victorian houses, large trees, a small commercial corridor and a branch of the D.C. Public Library.

With its close proximity to the National Zoo, two Metro stations within walking distance and plenty of dining and nightlife options, there’s a high demand for apartments in this area and limited availability.

5. Southwest – Waterfront

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  • Price increase over the past year: 12.1%
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Southwest-Waterfront: $2,587
  • Average rent for one-bedroom in Washington, D.C.: $2,476

The Wharf, along the Southwest Waterfront, is the largest new development project in the capital region. Its first phase opened in October 2017 with a mixed-use neighborhood that when finished, will stretch one-mile along the Washington Channel.

D.C.’s newest epicenter of dining and entertainment features panoramic views and a walkable promenade with restaurants, shops, hotels, music venues, a waterfront park and more.

Apartments here are hot and rents will continue to rise as the second phase of the Wharf will add 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use space, including retail, residential, marina and park space expected to open in 2022. Older apartment communities in Southwest will likely continue to get more expensive due to higher demand in the area.

Methodology

We looked at all neighborhoods in Washington D.C. with sufficient available inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com and compared the average price from March 2018 to March 2019 to find the neighborhoods with the highest percentage increase in one-bedroom apartment prices. The current rent information included in this article is based on March 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

Header Photo by Alexey Topolyanskiy on Unsplash

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Beyond the mostly sunny, rainless skies, L.A. is blessed with some amazing outdoor spaces, including sprawling parks that you can comfortably enjoy year-round. If you’re planning to set down some roots in these parts, take advantage of one of the city’s biggest selling points by posting up close to a park.

On that front, we’ve done your homework for you. We combed through hundreds of apartment listings on Rent.com to find the 10 spots in Los Angeles that are closest to the most parks.

10. Fleur De Lis

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Dating back to 1930, this L.A. classic puts you right in the heart of the Hollywood action. Fleur De Lis also edges up to the Hollywood Hills, where you’ll find scenic parks and hikes galore. You’re located less than a mile from iconic Hollywood classics like the Magic Castle, the Hollywood Bowl and Musso and Frank Grill, which turned 100 in 2019.

Inside, the stately entrance harkens back to the 30s, with high ceilings, arched entryways and plenty of character. The apartments feature hardwood floors and period touches, including built-in custom cabinetry. If you don’t need much space, you can score a 300-square-foot efficiency here for just $1,200 per month (all bills included).

9. AXIS

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Downtown LA’s (DTLA) hopping South Park neighborhood is best known for being home to STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Grammy Museum … but parks? Why yes, glad you asked.

Beyond some of LA’s best restaurants and ample entertainment options, AXIS gives you easy access to green space. Find your favorite urban oasis among nearby Grand Hope Park with its iconic clock tower, sprawling Grand Park, Pershing Square or Arts District Park, among many others.

These stylish new apartments are housed in two mid-rise buildings. Choose from features like keyless entry, oversized walk-in closets with built-in organizers, stacked Bosch washer/dryers, illuminated vanity mirrors and chef-inspired kitchens. Shared amenities for both buildings include lots of social spaces, a pool, rooftop spa and courtyards decked out with fire pits and grilling stations.

8. The Fontenoy

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The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can live in the heart of Hollywood and still have easy access to some of the city’s most beloved parks. Located a few blocks from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the site of the Academy Awards, The Fontenoy is also close to the scenic Hollywood Reservoir and celeb-studded hikes at popular Runyan Canyon.

An L.A. classic that dates back to the Roaring 20s, the historic Fontenoy sets the scene with an ivy-covered exterior and grand lobby complete with a sparkling chandelier. Apartments feature hardwoods, classic tiled bathrooms and unbeatable views of the Hollywood Hills. You also have access to a pool and grassy courtyard.

7. Boulevard on Wilshire

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Situated on L.A.’s Miracle Mile, Boulevard on Wilshire is just a few short blocks from a slew of recreation areas including high-profile Hancock Park. These artsy, unique grounds are home to Rodin sculptures, giant mammoths and bubbling black tar, thanks to the presence of LACMA and The La Brea Tar Pits.

Inside your primely located pad, expect granite countertops, an in-home washer/dryer and a private patio — plus a fireplace, depending on the unit you choose. Social spaces in your new community abound, from the pool courtyard and rooftop lounge to grilling stations for your cookout needs. Hard-pressed to leave the premises? You won’t have to go far with on-site retailers that include sandwiches, smoothies, a nail salon and Starbucks.

6. The DuBarry

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The DuBarry‘s Eastside location grants you an eclectic mix of nearby parks that reflect L.A.’s diversity. Whether you want to play a pickup game, plan a barbecue or hit a playground, you’ll find plenty of neighborhood parks to choose from. Proximity to Koreatown gives you access to spots like Seoul International Park and Shatto Recreation Center & Park. You’re also close to L.A.’s iconic MacArthur Park and Echo Park Lake.

Erected in the same era as Fleur De Lis and the Fontenoy, these apartments were built in 1929. Period touches include black-and-white checkered floors and the classic bathroom tiles found in so many L.A. apartments. The real draw, however, is the price tag. On a budget? You can’t do much better than an efficiency this central for $1,035.

5. Playa Del Oro

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In case you haven’t heard, Silicon Beach is Silicon Valley’s SoCal sister, packed with tech companies that appreciate the close proximity to the beach. Located in Playa Del Rey, Playa Del Oro is blessed not only with easy access to the Pacific, but nearby parks bordering lagoons, marinas and yes, wide sandy beaches. Oh, did we mention LAX? The airport is an easy 10 minutes away.

With so many on-site amenities, it may be tough to get motivated for a beach day. Let’s start with the grounds. The lush California landscaping is dotted with courtyards, fountains and fire pits. You also have access to two swimming pools, a steam room and sauna. Eh, the beach isn’t going anywhere, right?

4. Broadcast Center Apartments

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Edging up to The Grove and the LA Farmer’s Market, Broadcast Center Apartments are central to everything L.A. has to offer. The beaches and DTLA are about equal distance in either direction. You’re also just a couple of blocks from sprawling Pan Pacific Park and less than a mile from Hancock Park and its renowned museums. Need more? Your new apartment is perched above LA’s beloved organic grocer, Erewhon.

These central digs feature all of the amenities you’d expect (pool, fitness center), plus L.A.-style bells and whistles (outdoor fireplace lounge, movie screening room). You’ll also be spoiled with smart technology that allows you to adjust your thermostat from your phone. Like what you see? Sign a long-term lease and you can lock in your rate so you don’t have to worry about rent hikes.

3. The Medici

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Located on the outskirts of DTLA next to the 110 freeway, The Medici is a hidden oasis on a full acre of park-like green space. In addition to downtown Los Angeles and its slew of diverse urban parks, you’re also close to Echo Park and the sprawling Los Angeles State Historic Park. Located in Chinatown, the State Historic Park boasts 13 acres of recreation space and frequently hosts concerts, festivals and other events.

Sure, you’ve got easy access to some amazing parks, but you may not want to venture far from The Medici’s lush, well-manicured grounds. Among resort-like amenities, you’ll find a volleyball court, jogging path, two tennis courts with lights, pools, a putting green, golf driving cages and even a play structure for the kids. And on those rare rainy L.A. days? You have free access to tanning beds.

2. Ten Ten Wilshire (All Inclusive)

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Looking for a furnished apartment in a downtown high rise? Ten Ten Wilshire makes the move easy, whether you stay for a single month or settle in for the long haul. Proximity to downtown and the 110 freeway makes it simple to explore all that L.A. has to offer, including an eclectic mix of green spaces.

Explore the Blue Ribbon Garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall, relax under the bougainvillea-covered pergolas at Grand Hope Park or go ice-skating in Pershing Square (in the winter).

All-inclusive living means that everything’s included in your rent: Utilities, valet parking, premium cable, high-speed internet and local calls. You also have access to ample community amenities. Sweat it out in the gym, take a dip in the pool or take advantage of the steam room and sauna. Outdoor courtyards and social spaces provide plenty of opportunities to hang with your neighbors.

1. 1111 Wilshire

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Would it surprise you to hear that L.A.’s best apartments near parks cozy up to high rises in the heart of DTLA? That’s the beauty of Los Angeles. Though it’s located in the urban center of the city, the auspiciously addressed 1111 Wilshire gives you proximity to more parks than any other location in Los Angeles. Don’t miss Vista Hermosa Natural Park, a hidden gem with rolling green hills and one of the city’s best photo-ops: The iconic park bench with an unbeatable view of the city skyline.

When you’re not exploring the many parks in close proximity, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy at home. Grill up some dinner for a poolside picnic, catch the game on the rooftop big screen or shoot pool in the community lounge. Whether you’re working out in the two-story fitness center or hanging out by an outdoor fireplace, 1111 Wilshire has ample indoor-outdoor living space to help you make the most of L.A.’s mild temperatures.

Methodology

We looked at all apartments in Los Angeles and rated them on the number of parks within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, parks located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our park counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.

The rent information included in this article is based on May 2019 rental property inventory on Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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As much as we wish Jon Snow was a real person and we could visit the Seven Kingdoms, we have to settle for a little less exciting experience. But there are a few things we can do to make our own homes feel more like King’s Landing.

Take your GoT watch party to the next level with these DIY “Game of Thrones” projects.

1. Iron throne

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You can’t call yourself a true GoT fan without an iron throne. While this one isn’t quite as elaborate, it’s fairly simple to make and a lot more comfortable than the real one.

  1. Start out with a grey lawn chair (if you can’t find one in grey, grab a white one and spray paint it). Get a bunch of plastic swords or cut some out of cardboard. You’ll probably need between 30 and 40 of them altogether.
  2. Using thin wire, attach a layer of swords onto the chair back in a fan pattern. Use a hot glue gun to further secure the swords in place. Repeat this process on the chair back until you’re satisfied with how it looks.
  3. Next, use the wire and hot glue to attach swords to the arms and legs of the chair. Try to avoid putting swords on the seat or else your throne could end up being uncomfortable.
  4. Once you’ve got all of your swords in place, use a combination of silver and bronze spray paint to coat the entire throne. Spray it with the silver paint first, then use the bronze to lightly coat a few areas and make it look a little more worn and authentic. Once the paint is dry, you can take your place as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
2. “Bend the Knee” welcome mat

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Here’s a quick and affordable DIY project that will let people know about your love of “Game of Thrones” before they even walk through the door.

  1. Start out with a plain doormat in any color. Print out the words “Bend the Knee” in the Game of Thrones font (or in any font you prefer). Cut out the letters and arrange them on your mat.
  2. Trace each letter onto the mat using a permanent marker and remove the cutout letters. Use acrylic paint (choose a color that will show up well on your mat) and a thin paintbrush to trace over the permanent marker lines, then use a thicker paintbrush to fill in each outlined letter.
  3. Let the paint dry and fill in the letters again with another coat of paint to ensure that they’ll be visible and permanent. Set your mat out and let everyone know what to do!
3. Dragon egg

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If you’ve ever wanted to feel like Daenerys Targaryen, nothing will help you step into the role more than having your very own dragon egg.

  1. Get a large foam egg (available at most craft stores around Easter time) or make your own papier mache eggs.
  2. Push one round metal thumbtack into the bottom center of the egg, then add a layer of thumbtacks that circle around and overlap the first one. Repeat the process and add more layers of thumbtacks, making sure each layer overlaps the previous one until the entire egg is covered.
  3. Once fully covered, spray paint the egg your desired color. Use gold or bronze spray paint to lightly cover the bottom half of the egg, while still allowing the original color to show through, to create an ombre effect.
  4. Once the paint is dry, you can display your egg however you please and call yourself the Mother (or Father?) of Dragons!
4. String art

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Everyone has their favorite “Game of Thrones” characters and symbols, and here’s a great way to display yours!

  1. First, decide what designs you want to create. Print them onto regular copy paper and cut them out. Organize the cutouts onto a wooden board (the size will depend on how big your designs are, so choose accordingly) and secure them into place with masking tape.
  2. Hammer linoleum nails into the wood, following your paper designs, so you create an outline of each one. Remove the paper cutouts so all you have left are the nails.
  3. Tie a piece of embroidery floss around a nail (use various colors that coordinate with your designs) and wrap the string around other nails to fill in the design with the correct colors. If you’re doing one with lots of different colors, you’ll need to switch between those colors of embroidery floss and tie them off each time.
  4. Once you’ve filled in all of the designs with string, make sure each color is tied off so it doesn’t come loose and set your art out for everyone to enjoy!

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