Author Archives: Alecia Pirulis

About Alecia Pirulis

As Digital Content Manager at NCI, I spend my days writing, editing, and blogging. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband, our two sons, and our small-but-mighty chihuahua and sweet-but-dopey pug.
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"Beautiful Cities: Chico, California

Beautiful Cities: Chico, California

Elegant architecture lining wide sidewalks, funky murals and charming public art, lush parks and plenty of mature trees, a vibrant downtown with fountains, benches, and brightly-painted shops … some cities are simply beautiful. Perhaps it is a gorgeous setting in … Read More

"America’s Best Downtowns: Frederick, Maryland

America’s Best Downtowns: Frederick, Maryland

The phrase, “a great downtown” often tops the lists of apartment hunters. But what makes a downtown great? Locally-owned shops and boutiques? Coffeehouses and sidewalk cafes? Pedestrian-friendly, brick-lined streets? A terrific public square where concerts, events, and a farmer’s market … Read More

"Want Elbow Room? Find Your “Space” in Idaho

Want Elbow Room? Find Your “Space” in Idaho

Perhaps it happened as you tried to shove your way onto a crowded bus. Or maybe it was the line at your favorite coffee shop, snaking out the door and around the corner, making you late for work. It could … Read More

"Apartment Finder Recognized by IADAS

Apartment Finder Recognized by IADAS

Apartment Finder was recently recognized at the 18th Annual Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). was selected as an Official Honoree in the Real Estate Category. The Webby Award is the leading … Read More

"Living History: Williamsburg, Virginia

Living History: Williamsburg, Virginia

As you stroll down a narrow, brick-paved sidewalk past a white picket fence barely containing a riot of colorful blooms from well-tended gardens, a horse-drawn carriage complete with a driver in a tri-corner hat ambles down the quiet, shady street. … Read More

"Alaska: Find Your Place in the (Midnight) Sun

Alaska: Find Your Place in the (Midnight) Sun

Neon green wisps perform a slow ballet across the sky, joined occasionally by pulses of deep red, rich violet, inky indigo, and bursts of tawny yellow.  The phantom dance forms a thin veil across the shimmering stars, while the rugged, … Read More

"Bakersfield: California’s Hidden Gem

Bakersfield: California’s Hidden Gem

The other-worldly peaks and valleys of 100-million-year-old granite mountains form the inspiring backdrop of Bakersfield, California. The Sierra Nevada Mountains span 400 miles from north to south and 70 miles east to west. It is home to three national parks, … Read More

"Perfectly Small Cities: Albany, Oregon

Perfectly Small Cities: Albany, Oregon

A historic covered bridge stretches across a wide, winding river while in the distance a hot-air balloon drifts above the emerald-green landscape. A historic downtown contains delightful boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and one of the favorite pastimes of residents and … Read More

"The Best Botanic Gardens in the US

The Best Botanic Gardens in the US

Pops of red, yellow, and purple mingle with the blush of pale pinks and the glow of fiery oranges. It is spring’s cacophony … a riot of color to expunge winter’s canvas of blinding white and uninspiring gray. Don’t let … Read More

"Get More for Your Money in Charlotte

Get More for Your Money in Charlotte

Want more for your money? You’ve probably heard about those cities people are moving to in droves because they top the “highest starting salary” list or “lowest unemployment” list, but where can you go and find a job in your … Read More

"Spring Cleaning Tips and Shortcuts

Spring Cleaning Tips and Shortcuts

Ah, spring! There’s just something about the crisp mornings, the sunny afternoons, the cheery yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze, the new brilliant green leaves unfurling on the trees, the birds chirping  … It makes you want to dig out … Read More

"Keeping Your Cat Safe in Your Apartment

Keeping Your Cat Safe in Your Apartment

If you have a cat, you are probably aware of the instant something catches its eye. Suddenly, your cat is laser-focused, in that crouched-and-ready-to-pounce position he can stay in for hours, if necessary. This ability to “zoom in” on its … Read More

"Affordable Spring Break Beach Getaways

Affordable Spring Break Beach Getaways

After record-setting snowstorms, several major weather-related pile-ups on highways across the country, trees coated in ice, and even some bouts of “thunder-snow,” you’re probably more than ready for a warming trend. The calendar says it’s officially spring, but, well, there’s … Read More

"Creating Space in a Studio Apartment

Creating Space in a Studio Apartment

Maybe you decided it was worth sacrificing space to live in the heart of the city. Or perhaps the affordability was too good to pass up.  Or possibly this is your very first apartment and it seemed like plenty of … Read More

"Cowboys, Cactus, and Oil: Midland’s Unique West Texas Charm

Cowboys, Cactus, and Oil: Midland’s Unique West Texas Charm

According to a recent report published by IHS Global Insight, the city with the best economy in the nation is Midland, Texas.  Midland had one of the lowest unemployment rates in 2013 at just 3.9 percent, and one of the … Read More

"What to Do with a Juliet Balcony

What to Do with a Juliet Balcony

Perhaps it is the romance behind the design. After all, it is where Juliet urged her Romeo to “deny thy father and refuse thy name.” Or perhaps it is the European charm it adds to a building’s facade. More likely, … Read More

"Perfectly Small Cities: Eden Prairie

Perfectly Small Cities: Eden Prairie

What do you get when you combine miles of sun-dappled bike paths with a pastoral landscape, a thriving economy, gorgeous lakes with beaches, and a low cost of living? That would be Money Magazine‘s multi-time winner as one of America’s … Read More

"California’s Golden City: Sacramento

California’s Golden City: Sacramento

Two wide rivers reflect the dazzling blue sky overhead. A bridge – closely resembling one a child might create with a terrific imagination and an erector set – leads to the historic, riverside city. While it may not be as … Read More

"12 Fun Things to Do in Your Apartment When You’re Snowed In

12 Fun Things to Do in Your Apartment When You’re Snowed In

At the beginning of winter, the first few snow days are cause for celebration. A quiet blanket of snow falls and creates a winter wonderland, and you and your kids go out and enjoy everything that initial snowfall brings with … Read More

"12 Tips for Winter Pet Safety

12 Tips for Winter Pet Safety

Snow, sleet, ice — winters are tough for everyone, but cold temperatures and winter dangers can have a huge impact on pets. Do you know how to keep your pet safe during the long, difficult winter months? Here are some … Read More