Abberly Village Apartment Homes

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West Columbia SC Apartments Blog

It is Important to have A Renters Insurance Policy

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 29, 2011

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC it is important to have renters insurance. Obviously, the owners of your apartment community have insurance, but it probably only covers the building not your belongings. 

In the unfortunate event that your possessions are stolen or damaged by a fire or severe weather, a renter’s insurance policy will allow you to recover their value. But, also as important is liability insurance with the renter’s policy. If someone is injured during an accident in your apartment, renters insurance will help protect you in the case of a liability lawsuit.

Renters Insurance covers but is not limited to fire or lightning, windstorm or hail, freezing of the plumbing system, and theft.

Many renters believe that the landlord's insurance will cover them. But your landlord's insurance generally only covers the building where you live - not your personal belongings or your liability. Many renters also believe that they don’t need personal liability insurance. But your landlord's policy most likely does not include liability for something that happens in your rented apartment. Without liability coverage, your current and future earnings could be at risk. Renter’s insurance coverage may also provide legal defense costs.
You may think that you don't own very much. But look around you and consider what it would take to replace all that you own. Most of the time, one’s belongings are often worth more than you think.

Bluegrass Stirs up the Heat South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 22, 2011

It’s hot in West Columbia, South Carolina and you can stir up that heat with some Bluegrass! Every fourth Saturday at the Haynes Auditorium in Leesville, South Carolina for some of the best bluegrass music in the South Carolina midlands.

It’s a jam session from 4:30-6:30 and the show starts at 7pm. See the New BG Gospel Connection and Mike Dalton and Friends. And don’t forget that in September the Haynes is hosting the 5th annual bluegrass festival from noon to 9:30.

Here is a video from When the Flatland Express played:

So if you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC and you are looking for a way to spice it up and add some musical diversity to your fun, visit the Haynes Auditorium.

It is Important to Meet with a Financial Planner

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 15, 2011

Regardless of if you own a home or live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, it is always important to have a financial adviser. Many think that if they don’t own a home, they do not need to meet with one; however, this may be the perfect time.

If you do not own a home, you have less debt and may be more likely to invest in savings and retirement funds. It is never too early to consider saving money for the future. If it so happens that owning a home is a long-term goal, a financial planner may be more able to help you attain that goal. On the converse, they may also help you decide that renting rather than owning is a better option for you, as it is for many, in this economy.

Having a clear path with objectives is important in long-term planning; however, sometimes it is challenging to do this when you are young, or if you are not actually sure of your goals. A well chosen financial adviser can help you define your goals.

If you are just deciding to meet with a financial planner, remember that it is much easier to control the quality of your advisor than to predict what will happen in the stock market. With this in mind, make sure to interview each advisor thoroughly so that you feel confident in your decision.

Moving to West Columbia South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 08, 2011

Whether you are relocating or you are looking for a new apartment in West Columbia, SC, this area is the perfect place to call home. Living in Columbia, South Carolina you get a city convenient to mountains and beaches, where the weather is always perfect and flowers are always in bloom. This is an area that's being applauded for its attractive, active lifestyle, affordable cost of living and its pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.

The West Columbia community encompasses a wide variety of areas, heritages, historical segments and more. Fort Jackson is nearby, the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the United States Army. Colleges and universities, such as the University of South Carolina, are at our doorstep and we reap the benefits of these educational institutions in our community.

Summertime Kids Activities in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Summer vacation is now upon us in Columbia, South Carolina. Sometimes it's hard to come up with different activities to keep the kids happy and the parents from going crazy. As much as your kids will tell you they can't wait for summer, the words "I'm bored," inevitably cross their lips. While children do enjoy the freedom that comes with the summer months, and swimming at the Abberly Village pool is a blast, they still like to have a little structure to their fun. This summer, more than ever, families are trying to stick to a budget while still having fun with their kids.

Ride the Downtown Columbia trolley with your entire family for under a dollar. This excursion is great entertainment for all.

Visit a museum and learn a little more about the South Carolina as well as the world around us. Many of the museums in our area offer free admission.

Are you looking for a way to spend an evening with the kids after work? This canoe trip popularized canoeing in Columbia. It starts at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm every Thursday and Friday evening. It’s a marvelous antidote to a stressful day; come back totally refreshed and ready for the next day. The trip starts at the historic Gervais Street Bridge and continues down the Congaree River.

There are plenty of bicycle trails in Columbia as well. Two of our favorites are: the Wheeler Hill Ride, this trail starts at Maxcy Gregg Park and winds through the Shandon and Wheeler Hill Neighborhoods. It is 7.4 kilometers long. And, Wildewood Ride, this ride starts at Polo Road Park. It passes several ponds and a golf course. It is 7 kilometers long.

Tips on How to Beat the Heat

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 23, 2011
It sure has been hot here in and around West Columbia, SC. With temperatures approaching and in some cases surpassing 100 degrees, in many places we have broken heat records that were set in 1933. There may be a short break, but the heat should rise up again in time for the weekend. There are some cooling centers around Columbia County. With no end in sight, the staff at Abberly  Village would like to provide you with some tips from the American Red Cross on how to beat the heat:
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who spend a lot of time outdoors, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

South Carolina Returns to the College World Series This Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 16, 2011

The 2011 College World Series kicks off on Saturday and Sunday with the eight-team field participating in their four opening contests. A year after taking the 2010 College World Series to win the school's first men's team national title, South Carolina baseball returns to Omaha for the 2011 College World Series.  The Gamecocks will face one of the toughest fields in recent memories.  Six national seeds and top ten ranked, Big 12 champ Texas A&M advanced to Omaha.  So did the Cal Bears.

Cal Bears will open the tournament on Sunday facing off against the Virginia Cavaliers and their four-team opening pod also includes South Carolina and Texas A&M. The winner of the two opening games will face each other while the loser of the two opening contests will also face each other.

Most Carolina fans expected the team to return to the College World Series at the start of the season with a healthy roster, there have been lots of injuries, and the way this team has pulled together and continued to win as guys continue to drop has been amazing. 

South Carolina began the transition away from the longball just before the move to the new bats.  We have guys like Christian Walker and Brady Thomas who can quickly jump on any pitcher's mistake, but this team has produced a lot more offense from stringing together hits than relying on the homerun. This team is big believers in advanced stats, they have a tendency to play a little too old school with regards to the sacrifice bunt and even stolen bases, but there is definitely a strong team-wide strikeout to walk ratio.

It Does Make "Cents" to Rent

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 13, 2011

National house prices have dipped in 19 of the 20 largest metro regions, and declines in house prices are expected to continue given the 1.9 million in backlogged foreclosures. As the American economy shifts from buying to renting, with the number of renting households rising by 700,000 annually -- according to a USA Today analysis of Census data -- the number of homeowners fell by nearly 200,000 per year. Unemployment rates remain high and wages are down, which makes it more difficult for people to buy a house and prompts them to rent.

A number of studies continue to show that renting is better than owning for many Americans, with a house being a poor investment compared to renting and investing in inflation-adjusted Treasury bonds. In the paper "American Dream or American Obsession?," Wenli Li and Fang Yang from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank concluded that the "adjusted real rate of return on housing actually falls below zero," and the national rate of return for homeownership between 1975 and 2009 was 1.3 percent, below the 3.375 percent return for stocks.

Home ownership translates into less money available for investment and owning a house limits mobility should a new job opportunity arise elsewhere. Some economists have even suggested that high home ownership rates correlate to high unemployment rates. Declines in house prices could make it difficult to sell if the house is worth less than its mortgage. Not everyone should own a house, and the recession has helped eliminate some of the stigma once associated with renting, now that 70 percent of Americans now agree that renting has its advantages over owning.

Article from National Multi Housing recent release

Abberly Villlage Photographers should Enter The South Carolina Picture Project

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 09, 2011

Have you heard of the South Carolina Small Towns Photo Contest?

Here is the opportunity for all Abberly Village amateur photographers; a photo contest that truly speaks of South Carolina.  The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State while preserving some of its vanishing landscapes.

The hope is that it will create pride among South Carolinians and provide joy and inspiration to those who live far away. And, West Columbia is the perfect place to take photo's, just minutes away from the state capital.

Over 80,000 people view the SC Picture Project each month. Submitting a photo is a great way to honor our home or favorite historic landmark. Help document South Carolina's history, culture, and beauty.

  • 1st place receives $300 – plus it will be featured as the "SC Photo of the Month" for July!
  • 2nd place receives $200!
  • 3rd place receives $100
To submit your photo, visit

Abberly Village Apartment Homes

1000 Abberly Village Circle, West Columbia, SC 29169

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