9 Reasons You’ll Love Living in Savannah

1. The “To-Go” Cup – while it’s normally illegal to carry an open (alcohol) container, in Savannah’s Historic District (downtown) it’s legal to posses and consume your drinks on the street as long as it’s in an open plastic container of 16oz or less! #Winning

2. “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Possibly one of the most famous movie quotes of all time was filmed on a bench located the north side of Chippewa Square. However, you’ll have to go to the Savannah History Museum to see the bench today.

3. 24 public squares. Speaking of squares, this Southern Belle of a city was built into grids and is now dubbed “America’s First Planned City.” 21 of those parks — that the city is centered around — are the original squares laid out by the city’s founder, General James Edward Oglethorpe.

4. She’s a looker. During the Civil War, as General Sherman marched through the south he was so taken aback by Savannah’s beauty that he sent President Lincoln a telegraph offering him the city as a Christmas present.

5. All the home cooking you could want. Seriously, Paula Dean opened her restaurant, The Lady and Sons, in Savannah in 1996. The menu offers up the best of southern and coastal cooking, not to mention a side of Southern Hospitality.

6. It’s a pirate hangout. Well, not anymore but The Pirate House Inn built in 1753 (making it the oldest standing building in the state) opened their doors to all kinds off sailors. And yes, sometimes that even included pirates. Stop by for a visit and some satisfying gumbo from their restaurant.

7. Girl Scout Cookies. That’s where the scouts started. Even better than home cooking!

8. Lots of places where you can hit things with golf clubs. Mainly, golf balls. There are seriously over a dozen courses and clubs to check out. So put on your golf shoes and get out there.

9. Affordable living. Freshrent can hook you up with a great apartment for less.

Making the most out of your apartment (size)

It’s no shock to anyone, inside or outside of Manhattan, that New Yorkers pay tons of money for teeny, not-so-homey homes. But, Michael Bloomberg (New York City Mayor) is on to something: cheaper, sustainably-sized apartments. In fact — under his New Housing Marketplace Plan — the City recently held a design competition to create 55 “micro-apartments” to be built by 2015.

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The winning team (composed of Monadnock Development, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and Brooklyn’s nARCHITECTS) designed apartments ranging from 250-350 square feet. Sounds small? Well, it is. But with the right eye and the right design it’s completely habitable, and — judging from the models — much chicer than most other affordable housing options in the boroughs.

But what does this have to do with you? Everything. Because we could all learn a thing or two about how to make the most out of the space we’re given. So lets take some tips from New York and Bloomberg and start working with what we’ve got.

Read on for ideas, tips, or just plain old inspiration.

Lack an entry-way in your new place? Frustrating, but you probably have a bookshelf (or can find one at a thrift store, or Ikea). Take out the top several shelves, drill in a few hooks, and suddenly you have a well-contained coat rack. Plus, you can use the remaining shelves for shoes.

Need more storage in your bedroom (or living-room)? Buy a chest instead of a coffee table. Holds sheets, towels, winter clothes, rain gear, the list goes on.

Apartment Therapy recommends having a space for everything because – to be frank – if something doesn’t belong anywhere, it ends up on the floor. Clutter begins here, and clutter makes apartments feel small (and claustrophobic).

For those of you with a lot of jewelry, stop trying to hide it. It’s actually a space saver if you leave it out. You wear it to decorate your person, so decorate your walls with it as well.

Tiny kitchens? Invest in a dining table on wheels. That way you can move around at your will, and store to the side, as needed.

What do YOU do to make your FreshRent Apartment feel homey and clutter-free? Tell us on Facebook– We’re listening.