As you probably know, finding ‘the one’ is hard—especially when you’re home-hunting. Studio or one-bedroom? Natural light or modern finishes? Tile or hardwood? With so many choices, finding the apartment of your dreams can make your head spin. Fortunately, there are a few definitive signs that you’ve found the apartment of your dreams. Follow these tips to unlock a home that’s just right for you!



1. It’s Love at First Sight

When you know, you just know. If an apartment speaks to you at first sight, it’s your first sign that you should reach for the keys. If it’s not immediate, imagine yourself living your daily life in that space… Does it all fit well or will you need to adjust certain things on your routine? If it all works and brings you good feelings, it’s likely the one. Don’t let love make you blind to the price tag though. Making sure your new place is in your budget is key to your long-term happiness.

3. It’s Right on Budget

Avoid becoming “apt poor”. You don’t want to have a gorgeous new apartment home with nothing it. Try to make sure the total cost of your rent is 30% or less of your gross annual income. Adhering to this rule will promise you room for your other essential necessities plus savings. When you live within your means, it’s easier to budget for your best life.

2. There’s Plenty of Space

When in doubt, follow the ‘number of tenants + one’ rule. By making sure there’s plenty of room for your family and an extra room to spare. This ensures peace of mind when guests stay over, a designated space for hobbies or at-home work, or just a space for that valuable alone time you need. Plus, the extra storage is always helpful!

4. There’s Plenty of Amenities

Take good notes of everything that comes with your apartment, inside and out. Is there a fitness facility, pool, clubhouse, or any other community accommodations? And what quality and lifestyle conveniences do these amenities offer you? Typical apartment communities have a pool and gym but if these are resort-style and/or stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, your lifestyle is automatically elevated and opportunities for fun new experiences are greater.

5. There’s No Place Else You’d Rather Be

If you can’t get it out of your head; sign the lease. You’ll be remiss if you don’t. Home has a way of letting you know it’s been found.




Meet Your Flat Made in Heaven. 

Home is the place you will spend the majority of your time, so why not adore it? With luxurious, modern floor plans and resort-style amenities, you can find everything you love and more at Catalina West! Schedule a personal tour or check us out online. Your dream home is waiting at Catalina West.