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Now that the outside temperatures are finally warming up, its time to make use of any outdoor space at your apartment. Lounging outside after a long day of work can provide the needed relaxation you have been waiting for. Consider the following ideas if you have a patio or balcony that could use a freshen up for the summer season. 
* If you haven’t tackled the cleaning yet, it's time to remove the cobwebs, dirt and other debris that have accumulated. Be sure to give the deck a good sweep or wash. 
* If you haven’t already, it may be time to invest in an outdoor patio set. Or perhaps you can just freshen up any faded cushions or accent pillows to give your set a fresh feel.
* Plant a few of your favorite flowers or vegetables to add some color and fragrance to your patio in pots or garden boxes.
* Be sure you are making use of shelving units and hanging what you can to conserve space. Double duty furniture like deck boxes can be used as both a table and storage and can be quite handy. 
* And finally, its time to unwind and share your apartment's outdoor space with company. 

If you have any ideas to add we would like to hear them! 
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Want to start your spring and summer off on the right foot? A clean house will surely help! Here are a few insightful tips to help you conquer all of your cleaning tasks for the coming months.

1. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
2. Do one room or one area of a room at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort.
3. When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one organized area near by. Once you’ve finished cleaning you can find those miscellaneous items a proper place. 
4. Efficiency is key, so clean two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.

5. Make small repairs on easy to fix items….If you're not handy, hire someone who is, or better yet, look up a fix-it-yourself video and learn while you clean. 
6. Invest in a good pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin and nails from cleaning chemicals.
7. Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try an extendable feather or lambswool duster for reaching above window casings, door frames, and corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibers work best.
8. Buy a mop with a squeeze mechanism and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – ones with a measuring scale help get soap-to-water ratios correct.
9. Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder or hook at your local home improvement store. 
10. Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favorite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap to make your floors sparkle and shine. 

If you have any other helpful spring cleaning tips & tricks let us know in the comments below!
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How to Decorate Small Spaces for the Holidays

It’s the time of year to bring out holiday decorations and get in the festive spirit. No matter what size space; a little creativity can go a long way in transforming any room in your home. Here are some tips to help you get started! 

Holiday Cards - if you’re receiving holiday greeting cards from friends and family you can use them as wall decorations next to other holiday-themed decorations
Half Trees - if your space does not support an entire tree you can utilize a half or even quarter tree (for corners) to save space
“Gingerbread” Houses - use graham crackers to to create a mini “gingerbread” house
Windows - make use of your window space by creating beautiful snowflakes with a glue gun
Serving Tray - if you’re hosting guests, consider a tiered serving tray (stacked vertically) to save table space
Ornaments - get creative with your ornament decorations and hang them from your ceiling - bonus points for hanging them on lights

What decorating tips do you have for your home? Let us know in the comments below!
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Summer is almost over!

Time for one last vacation before the warm weather ends? Click below for tips to keep your home safe while you enjoy your vacation.

1. Let the landlord or office manager know you will be out of town. They can hold any mail or packages that come for you, and more importantly watch for any suspicious activity around your home.  
2. You can arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor watch your home while you are out of town. Make sure to give your landlord or office manager the name of the person you have watching your home so they do not report this person as a trespasser.      
3. Unplug electronics that are not absolutely necessary while you are away. Most electronics still use power if you leave them plugged in. Examples of things to unplug include: TVs, video game systems, lamps, computers, and small kitchen appliances.
4. Clean your home before you leave. Remove any perishable foods from the refrigerator, take out the garbage, and sweep or vacuum.  Why ruin your vacation by having to clean when you return home?
5. Lastly, if you are not taking your car on a long road trip, make sure to remove all valuables and park it in a safe place.

Comment below with any of your own suggestions or ideas on keeping your home safe this summer. 
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Start 2015 off fresh with these green cleaning and organizing tips!

Below are a few tips to spruce up your apartment for the new year. 

1) Go through cabinets, closets, and desks to find and recycle all unneeded paper products.
2) Feeling the burden of an overstuffed closet? Give your old clothes a second life; donate any unused clothing to Goodwill!
3) Recycle your electronic products. Most electronics stores will take your old or broken products and recycle them. Avoid tossing those in the trash!
4) Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Most stores carry a great selection of environmentally friendly cleaning products, pick some up on your next shopping trip. Or, better yet - make your own! Simple household items like baking soda and vinegar can be used for any number of jobs.
5) Freshen up! Simmering water, citrus peel, and fresh mint or basil will lighten up the air in your apartment without any added toxins from synthetic air-fresheners (and it will save you money as well!). Make sure you never leave your stove unattended. 

Why wait until spring, when cleaning can be this simple? Keeping it green will help your apartment stay healthy and toxin free. What are your favorite go-to green cleaning or organizing tips? Comment below to share your ideas!
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The holiday season is officially here which means it’s time for holiday festivities and friendly gatherings. Here are a few holiday entertaining tips that will help you throughout the holiday season:

Plan Ahead The holiday season is a busy time of year so be sure to plan your gatherings ahead of time. Consider sending invitations in advance to allow for scheduling. 
Create a Child-friendly Area If children will be coming over make sure they have a safe area to play and some form of entertainment to keep occupied. 
Consider Space Be sure you have proper amount of seating, dishes, food and beverages prepared for your guest and respect any common areas with your neighbors.
Plan an Activity Have an activity planned in case guests need something to do after eating. A gift exchange, board game, photo booth or other activity will keep your company entertained.  
Include Neighbors. Consider inviting close neighbors to a holiday function. Your neighbors will appreciate the gesture and this may be a good opportunity to get to know them better. 

Let us know if you have any additional entertaining ideas in the comment section below!
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#July is a month to celebrate with family and friends!
Some of the best summer celebrations involve barbecues or cookouts. Click below for a few safety tips for your next get together. 

1. Whether you use a charcoal or gas barbecue always make sure to follow proper safety precautions when lighting, cooking, and storing the barbecue.  Follow factory guidelines when using lighter fluid or propane tanks, clean your grill regularly to prevent grease fires, and store your grill away from anything that is flammable or hazardous. 
2. You should know the proper cooking temperatures and preparation for the food you are serving at your get together (especially meat). The last thing you want to do is make your friends or family sick. 
3. Make sure to have plenty of drinking water on hand so your guests can stay well hydrated.
4. Provide shade or a covered area where your guests can get out of the sun and cool off.
5. If you will be serving alcoholic beverages at your get together, please enjoy responsibly and make sure your guests do so as well.
6. If you will be lighting off #fireworks at your get together make sure you use extreme caution when handling, lighting, and disposing of the fireworks.  Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby, never point the fireworks toward anyone else, and always stand a safe distance from the devices.  Make sure you know local laws and regulations regarding pyrotechnics and fireworks.  
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2325 S 96th St Tacoma, WA 98444
2325 South 96th StreetUSWashingtonTacoma98444
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Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday Closed

Terra Heights—your choice for excellence in apartment living! Conveniently located near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, easy access to I-5 and community transit put the entire Puget Sound area right in front of you! From Mount Rainier to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Sea-Tac Airport to the museum district of downtown Tacoma, Boeing to Tacoma Mall—natural beauty, major employers, culture, entertainment, and shopping are within your reach.


Expertly managed by Madrona Ridge Residential, Terra Heights is a gated, controlled-access community in Tacoma, Washington. Professional on-site associates will manage your apartment living needs, providing you with peace of mind and time to relax and enjoy! Hassle-free 24-hour emergency maintenance service and paperless leasing, work orders, and on-line rent payment set Terra Heights apart from other properties in the area.

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"Oh and gated community you have got to be kidding me!"
"The neighborhood is absolutely HORRIBLE!"
"Gate never works and gated community as they call it never has gates locked."
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Zeth Andrews
a week ago
We have never had a problem with madrona ridge property management. Who took over cherry creek and changed the name to terra heights. Jean the office manager has always gone over and beyond her ability to make everything right. I would rate then very high good community. Always can rely on manintenance to be done in a timely manner. The utilitities are a little high but nothing that can not be worked with.Have never been unhappy.
Brandi Alvarez
10 months ago
DO NOT MOVE HERE I REPEAT DO NOT MOVE HERE!!! The don't even deserve a 1 star! Worst apartment complex I have ever lived in and I would NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE. First off they are so crapy inside and out! And of course they way over charge I lived in a little 1 bedroom there and moved and now paying the same price to live in a 2 bed 2 bath nicer area and all! Oh and i wont forget to mention the new management is raising the rent price!! cabnets were falling off the wall I had to continually fix them paint chipped all over and of course we got charged for it when it wasn't from us. The "NEW" management is HORRIBLE! They tell you one thing then the next day they forget and guess who ends up being charged for there wrong doing ya that's right YOU WILL get EVERYTHING IN WRITING! still as of now almost a month later STILL waiting for my deposit which is BEYOND ridiculous when I was told I was going to get in 14 days from my move out date then again in a letter it had said 14 days from the letter well its been past the 14 days so where's my money so quick to take your money but giving it back is a whole other story! Oh and gated community you have got to be kidding me! I wouldn't even be able to tell you how many time for how long that gate had been broken! More then I could keep track of that's forsure!! Also the 7 11 across the street always loud people over there we wernt even able to sleep with our windows open with out someone waking up my son!! You always hear cops sirens all threw the day it's beyond annoying! Oh and there is dog shit all over the place when they go and mow the lawns they don't even bother to clean up the dog shit. Couldn't tell you how many times I had stepped in it! And also from being new to the state/area it's pretty sad and embarrassing when people ask where you live and then they tell you oh you need to get out of that area asap!! Just please look at your options before even thinking about moving to these crapy apartments
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Squawk Box
a year ago
Maintenance is horrible. Fire system broken and co2 detectors not installed. Gate never works and gated community as they call it never has gates locked. High theft area and little care from management. They just want your money and lie when you leave. Get documentation and record it all. Get everything in writing.
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Mike Tyson
a year ago
Pretty cool place. Thr girls (managers) are super cool. Its not bad at all.
ashwood143
2 months ago
Oh where do I begin... First off just let me say that the only reason I moved into these apartments is because I got into a bind and had no other choice. Prior to moving in I had to sign a contract for 13 months with a $1500 fee if I were to break lease. On the first day, after spending all day moving in, I had to listen to a group of teens hanging out by the stairs yelling and cursing and smoking pot which is still almost a daily occurrence. The walls are PAPER-THIN. I can hear everything that happens in the apartments surrounding mine. Right now as I am typing this, my upstairs neighbor is blasting his music and i hear every step he takes throughout his apartment. And when I say blasting his music, I mean I can literately hear every word in the song as if it was in my apartment. He does this all throughout the day and night either by his self or with a bunch of his rowdy friends DURING THE WEEK!! Nothing has happened no matter how many times I've complained. The office gave me a "security" number to call when he does it at night..... really??? The neighborhood is absolutely HORRIBLE! A month after I moved in, there was a shooting ACROSS the street and the Drake hotel or whatever its called. The gate works..... sometimes. The office has been broken into. The breed-restriction is a freaking joke. I've had someone try to kick in my door. There is no assigned parking so if you don't get home before 6pm you have to park on the other side of the complex and walk across the whole place back to your apartment and thats IF there is an open spot. I give this place 1 star because unfortunately there is no negative star rating. $1500 is alot of money but after 3 months of this bulls*** I'm willing to bite the bullet to get away from this hell. DO NO MOVE HERE OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!!!!!
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Kenneth Thomasson
a year ago
I would let them know that something needed to be fixed and it took them sometime to get it fixed. There's a fire alarm that was out side of where my bedroom was (when I was living there) that needed to be repaired and they said that it was the fire departments job to fix it not theirs plus they went through and didn't install the carbon monoxide detector like it should have been done. The gate would be ope even during the early-early morning hours. Even if the place was better looking before you got there they still would hit you with fees for cleaning the place. I turned in the items that I was suppose to and they said that I did not do that, and the funny thing is I turned in the items to the manager. Besides I found a much better place than cherry creek the staff and the neighbors are more friendlier and pleasant to be around. My advice is if you can avoid this place.
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Bri Wild
2 months ago
Terrible. Still waiting on my security deposit. Moved out in Jan.
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Tkia Howard
a year ago
Lived in Cherry Creek Apartments for an entire year no problems at all the management team is awesome they have community events w his are a blast my apartment walls went thin at all you have all the privacy you need and want maintenance was always speedy and security made me feel safe at all times