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Darcy Valline

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VP, Multi-Family

Recent Posts

Tips for Yoga Beginners

Posted by Darcy Valline on Apr 19, 2017 11:55:22 AM

Everyone needs to take a moment in their day to relax. One of the best ways to calm your mind and stretch your body is yoga. For those who have never tried yoga, utilizing your balance (or lack thereof) and the phrase “downward dog” may sound intimidating but it doesn't have to be.

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Topics: Hubbell Realty, Apartment Living

Find the Right Downtown Apartment

Posted by Darcy Valline on Mar 28, 2017 11:40:48 AM

Downtown Des Moines is attracting increasing numbers of residents as its reputation as a sophisticated urban center grows. In 2014, Fortune named Des Moines #1 on its list of cities with up-and-coming downtowns, citing its burgeoning population of startups and incubators, the legendary 80/35 Music Festival, and award-winning restaurants. In 2016, Politico ran a feature on the radical transformation of downtown Des Moines into “one of the richest, most vibrant, and…hip cities in the country.” Downtown Des Moines continues to grow with a wealth of new housing options and increasing opportunities to work, play, dine, and live in this chic cultural center.

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What to Look for in Your First Apartment

Posted by Darcy Valline on Mar 15, 2017 11:59:30 AM

Looking for your first apartment is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. If you have never rented an apartment before, you may not realize the range of things you need to think about to ensure your new home is a good fit for you. To prevent yourself from being swept away by first impressions, it’s a good idea to take a systematic approach, listing your needs, wants, and priorities, and then comparing how well your various choices can satisfy them. The main things to think about are what you can afford, how convenient it is for you, and the community culture. If all three of those aspects suit you and you like the place, then it’s likely a good match.

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Topics: Apartment Living

Downtown Des Moines' Best Luxury Apartments

Posted by Darcy Valline on Mar 6, 2017 3:45:00 PM

Hubbell Realty Company has been hard at work building some of downtown Des Moines’ hottest new apartment rentals! If you’ve been dreaming of living in downtown Des Moines, there are some fantastic new options—and more on the way. Here are three of Hubbell Apartment Living’s newest options in the heart of Des Moines.

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Topics: Apartment Living, downtown living

How to Avoid Frequent Moves

Posted by Darcy Valline on Feb 19, 2017 9:28:00 AM

Let’s face it: Moving is a pain. While the promise of a new and improved home is undoubtedly exciting, having to pack up all your stuff, haul it across town (or farther), and organize it in a different space is time-consuming and labor intensive—and we all have things we’d rather be doing.

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Topics: Apartment Living

What Does an Apartment Manager Do?

Posted by Darcy Valline on Jan 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Apartment managers can make a big difference in the day-to-day quality of life for residents. They work in a wide range of capacities to ensure smooth operations, responsiveness to residents’ needs, and the overall success of their community. If you’re wondering whether this job would be a good fit for you, read on to learn more about what it entails.

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Topics: Human Resources, Residential Property Management, Apartment Living

6 Ways to Save Money on an Apartment

Posted by Darcy Valline on Jan 16, 2017 11:01:00 AM

If you’re going to school, just starting out in your career, or work in a field that’s more personally rewarding than financially rewarding, then saving money on living expenses is likely high on your list of priorities when looking for a new apartment. Here are six ways you can reduce your cost of living and keep more money in your pocket each month.

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Topics: Apartment Living

How Do I Know Which Apartment Community Is Right for Me?

Posted by Darcy Valline on Jan 9, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Whether you are looking for your first apartment or are just ready for a change, it’s important to be aware of the things that make a living situation a good fit for you. When it’s time to find a new apartment, think about these aspects of the communities you’re considering before signing the lease.

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Topics: Apartment Living

6 Feng Shui Tips for Your Apartment

Posted by Darcy Valline on Jan 2, 2017 10:44:00 AM

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is a practice that began thousands of years ago in China, said to promote health, prosperity, and overall well-being by optimizing the flow of qi (energy) throughout a living space. While mastery of this complex method takes time and study, you can easily incorporate some basic principles to enhance the look and feel of your home to create a harmonious environment in which to relax, work, and play.

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Topics: Apartment Living

Community Highlight—West Des Moines' Historic Valley Junction

Posted by Darcy Valline on Dec 28, 2016 12:13:00 PM

There are plenty of great reasons to look for your next apartment in West Des Moines, whether you’re looking for outstanding schools, things to do for adults and kids, employment and business opportunities, or a rich and diverse cultural history. West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction is an important part of Iowa's history, which the Historic Valley Junction Foundation (HVJF) seeks to preserve as it works to make the area a growing center of culture and activity in West Des Moines’ present and future.

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Topics: Apartment Living