Some breakups happen for the pettiest reasons. While some might be partially reasonable but a little out-there, others are just straight up crazy and impossible—well, lots can happen when you’re in a relationship.
Here are some of the 17 pettiest reasons people in relationships break up!
1. Cheating in a Dream
One person said, “Your SO had a nightmare you cheated on them, and because of the dream, they break up with you.”
Somebody else replied with a similar story about their friendship, “Not related to a boyfriend, but my best friend at the time had a dream I killed her. She called me to tell me she’s not comfortable seeing me until she’s ready.
“I was going through a hard day, and after she called me and our conversation ended, I broke down crying. Like, what the f- life? That was so random and stung so much, I felt like a criminal. We got back to our friendship in a couple of days, but it ended officially 5 years later.”
Then the third added, “Oh, I remember my parents having a huge fight because of this. My mom was REALLY upset at my dad for like 2 days before he finally just blew up about it. This was ages ago. They have been married more or less happily for 42 years, and this kind of stuff still happens. Perpetually 19 is what I sometimes say.”
2. Sports Rivalries
“Sports rivalries. That’s definitely happened, which is hilarious,” said one.
“I put sports rivalries on the hot crazy scale. You gotta be crazy to be a fan of the Jets,” replied another.
“It happened to me. She was a Raiders fan, I was a Broncos fan. She dumped me in preseason,” added the third.
3. She Didn’t Want Dessert but Ate Half of My Pie
One user stated, “She said she didn’t want dessert but then ate half my slice of pie.”
Another one replied, “Oh, I hate when a partner does that. Grew up with three siblings. Mine is mine. Order your own.”
Then the third added in agreement, “This is a legit reason to break up. I do this all the time. I would prefer to cut ties right away if it is not acceptable!”
4. She Eats Her Peas One at a Time
Somebody shared, “She eats her peas one at a time.”
Somebody else added, “Read this to my husband. He said, ‘That is NOT a stupid reason. That would be f- annoying as s-.’ Lmao.”
5. Her Ex Didn’t Like Me
“I had a girl leave me after a week because her ex boyfriend didn’t like me. I gladly went home after hearing that,” shared somebody.
“I had a date cancel because of this. He showed my picture to his ex girlfriend and she said I was too blonde(?) for him. Whatever that means. Maybe she thought I would be dumb? We both dodged bullets,” replied another with a similar experience.
6. Not Replying Fast Enough
Somebody said, “Not replying to a text message quickly enough.”
The second person replied, “The iPhone f- people’s minds up when they let them see that ‘read’ under your message though. ‘He read it like 3 minutes ago, what is he doing that he can’t message me back OMG is he with someone else?’”
“Yeah, read receipts stole something from us as a society,” agreed the third.
7. I Didn’t Give Him My Cheese Puffs
“In fourth grade my bf Justin was demanding I share my cheese puffs. I jokingly said no. He got serious and said do it or I’ll break up with you. I made sure I only ate half and threw the other half away out of pure spite,” shared one user.
“Power move!” replied the second person.
“I hope to god any future kids I have have that f- attitude when dating. That’s a boss f- move right there,” added another.
8. I Wore Too Many Hats
“My ex wife in her divorce paperwork cited one of the reasons as ‘…he also wore too many hats.’ Like literally, I like to wear hats and she hated that,” stated somebody.
“But are you wearing one hat at a time or are you wearing a lot of hats at once?” asked somebody.
“I mean, to be fair, I own about 400 hats (mostly baseball caps) but wearing more than one at a time? I’m not that crazy,” replied the original commenter.
9. Didn’t Match a Racial Stereotype
One person shared, “Guy once broke up with me because I am not enough of a racial stereotype.”
The second person replied, “This s- [is] real!”
Then the original commenter replied, “Apparently, I did not fit his perception of a white European.”
10. He Was Obsessed With Julia Roberts
“One time I broke up with someone because they were obsessed with Julia Roberts and I just thought she was meh, every time we hung out, it was Julia Roberts this, Julia Roberts that. Sheeeeeeeesh,” shared one.
“Same with my ex but with Pamela Anderson. And he says that he’s a big Pamela Anderson fan but he couldn’t name another movie she was in besides Baywatch which makes me wonder if he’s only into her because of her big jiggly [chest],” replied the second person.
11. He Took the Wrong Turn and Argued About It
Somebody stated, “I seriously considered calling off my wedding because he took the wrong exit off the highway. When I got irritated and pointed it out (we were in a rush), he got angry with me and claimed that a city street with stop signs every block was faster than the literal f- highway going the same route.
“But it was just a symptom of the greater problem—he absolutely had to be the smartest person in the room, even if he had to lie or gaslight in order to make it happen.
“So yes, even though it would be ridiculous to call off a wedding the day before over a navigation mishap, I would have been better off (ignoring my gut cost me thousands in divorce fees, stolen cash, and therapy bills).”
“Preach girl,” said another.
12. Her Pinky Toenail Is Too Weird
“When I was dating in the nineties an acquaintance of mine broke up with a girl because ‘her pinky toenail is weird,’” shared somebody.
“My husband is weirded out with my toe nails, especially my pinky toenail. I have basically no toenails and my fingernails are very small. I get it though, it is weird to look at a person’s feet and just see dots of nails haha,” added another.
13. I’m Not Korean
One person said, “My first boyfriend, I had a crush on since 8th grade. He asked me out at the end of my junior year. We dated a year before he told me he couldn’t date me because I’m not Korean.”
The second person replied, “That ended a relationship of mine but the other way. His family was [very biased] against anyone not Korean. They never accepted me, so I backed out.”
Finally, the third added another relatively similar story, “When I lived in Vegas, My gf had an Ethiopian gf. She would only date other Ethiopian men. She was stunning, worked as a high roller dealer in Vegas and African American NBA players would ask her out and she just completely shoot them down.”
14. Because of My Horoscope Sign
“A girl I had a genuine connection with one time ghosted me because of my horoscope sign. And let me tell you, that s- hurt!!! It didn’t help that this was the first girl I ever had a genuine connection with. I was in a dark place in my life and she would check on me to make sure I was ok.
“Then one day, she reveals that she’s always had feelings for me. She completely erased every negative emotion in my body until the day she ghosted me. Then I was in a deeper hole than where I was before.
“This was years ago and while I’m completely over it, I have never met another woman who I’ve felt as strong as connection as I did with her. But I’m glad I went through what I did because it helped me develop a sense of self worth and confidence,” shared somebody.
15. She Didn’t Like Monty Python and the Holy Grail
“She didn’t find Monty Python and the Holy Grail humorous at all,” one user stated
“Valid. Hope your heart only got a scratch when she coconutted away. Although, you could say you broke up because her mother was a hamster, and her father smelt of elderberries,” replied another.
16. Because I Don’t Like Marvel Movies
Somebody said, “I had a girl breakup with me because I didn’t like Marvel movies. I watched a few with her just because I liked spending time with her. I think she noticed that I was kind of not keeping up well when she was nerding out over some stuff and then asked me straight up if I’m even into all of it. I told her it really isn’t something I’m into, but I love that she is and I just like spending time with her.
“That was not enough for her. She felt sort of betrayed like I was pretending to like something just to placate her. Maybe she was right, but I didn’t really have any bad intentions other than I liked seeing her happy.
“She insisted we watch a movie that I like. So I put on one of my favorite indy comedies (The Puffy Chair) and she hated it. It’s a very typical type of movie that I like. We didn’t even get through it. She kept complaining about how boring it was. The next night, she broke up with me over text. Maybe I should have started with Lost in Translation?”
17. My Hair Is Longer Than Theirs
“I had a few women break up with me or ghost me because my hair was longer and more well maintained than theirs. Said it was really feminine but wasn’t complaining when they were pulling it while I went down on them haha,” said one user.
“I’m a dude with long hair and it legitimately [makes women angry] that my hair always looks perfect right out of bed,” added another.
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It’s notoriously exhausting to find housing in L.A., but landing a place in La La Land is always worth the endeavor. To expedite the process for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best apartments in Los Angeles, all of which offer amazing amenities and an unparalleled city experience.
Whether you’re looking for towering luxury complexes, lowkey Hollywood bungalows or something in between, we’ve got you covered.
Here are the top 25 apartments to rent in Los Angeles.
Situated in one of L.A.’s most beloved neighborhoods, Radius Koreatown offers some pretty sweet amenities. Here, you’ll have in-unit laundry, pristine hardwood floors, incredible city views, a gym and a pet grooming service at your disposal.
Plus, Radius is also within walking distance to the Wilshire / Normandie and Wilshire / Vermont Los Angeles Metro subway stops, as well as unique bars and Korean restaurants.
To begin, tucked between iconic neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Koreatown, CitiZen offers spacious, sunlit floor plans overlooking Virgil Village’s burgeoning creative scene.
Equipped with amenities like a swimming pool, fitness center, private balconies and coffee club, this community offers Angelenos a mix of luxury and affordability that’s hard to find elsewhere.
Yes, the average one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles will run you $2,976. However, CitiZen offers two-bedroom floor plans starting at $2,890 per month.
This massive, glittering highrise is aptly named — one-bedroom floor plans start at, well, almost $10,000 per month. Tucked away at the edge of Beverly Hills and Century City, these luxury apartments not only come furnished upon request but also boast amenities like basketball courts, a swimming pool, business center, tennis courts, sauna, barbecue area and clubhouse.
Nestled in the very heart of Koreatown, The Vermont is hard to miss. This sprawling glass highrise offers Angelenos everything they might need, including a swimming pool, a newly renovated interior and a rooftop lounge. Also, cats and dogs are welcome here, too (with a $500 deposit per pet).
First off, with views overlooking Koreatown and the Hollywood Hills, St. Andrews Manor possesses a distinct historic charm reminiscent of the East Coast. This red brick building has a fully renovated interior and custom cabinetry to add to its charisma. Also, rental prices include all utilities, and it’s dog- and cat-friendly.
Angelenos looking to live in luxury are sure to find everything they need at the Orsini. This elegant, Mediterranean-inspired building offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments boasting nine-foot ceilings and private balconies to boot.
Situated between Downtown and Echo Park, it’s hard to beat the Orsini’s location. Tenants can easily stroll up Sunset to grab a cappuccino at Eightfold Coffee, drive Downtown to restaurants and bars or catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium.
Located in L.A.’s Westwood neighborhood, the Den on Levering is the perfect mix of modern luxury and Westside charm. The Den offers residents decks with sprawling views. Also, the fireplaces and sophisticated granite countertops are a perfect addition. Plus, it’s minutes from the University of California Los Angeles and Westwood Village, hugging the 10 and 405 freeways for easy access to the city.
The Glendon is another Westside luxury apartment complex, boasting amenities like an edgeless infinity pool and walk-in closets. Also, and don’t forget to check out the stunning courtyard — it is home to a soothing trickling fountain, plus elegant outdoor foliage.
Located in the northern section of Hollywood, Fleur de Lis, built in the 1930s, is a true Art Deco gem. This beautiful building consists of two duplex penthouse apartments, as well as studios and one-bedroom floor plans. Utilities come included in the rental price at Fleur de Lis.
Steps away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Havenhurst is slightly reminiscent of Parisian apartments, complete with an elegant courtyard and water fountain. The Havenhurst offers affordability at the heart of Hollywood’s hustle and bustle, making it perfect for those looking to explore L.A.’s extraordinary entertainment scene.
Spacious and modern, Junction 4121’s floor plans are streaming with light trickling over the Hollywood Hills. New hardwood flooring and Instagram-worthy appliances are just some of the perks of living in this swanky apartment complex; it’s located in Silver Lake, one of L.A.’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Be aware that the price here is much steeper than average (a one-bedroom will run you between $3,109 and $4,027 a month).
If you want to live in La La Land à la Zooey Deschanel, look no further. Much of the hit series “New Girl” was filmed at Binford Lofts, an industrial warehouse-turned-loft in the middle of the Arts District. Exposed brick, concrete beams and open floor plans give these apartments their distinct flair. All in all, you will find easy access to breweries, coffee shops and art spaces here — making it the ultimate place for creatives to call home.
Barrington Plaza will make you feel like you live in a five-star resort year-round. Spacious, modern interiors complete with balconies give this Silicon Beach property its home-like touch. Additionally, check out the Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts and breakfast bar — a perfect touch to everyday living.
Surrounded by lush greenery, a swimming pool and a serene courtyard, the Fontenoy feels like Hollywood’s very own hidden garden oasis. A studio will average $1,695 per month here, while a two-bedroom penthouse suite goes for $3,050 per month.
Conveniently located near the 10 Freeway, Zoe Loft Apartments offer sophisticated, modern interiors and proximity to L.A.’s major shopping destinations, like the Grove, Platform and Beverly Center. In addition to its location, this complex also boasts a rooftop deck, expansive city views and a swimming pool.
Nature lovers will feel right at home in Rancho Los Feliz, due to it bordering the famous Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River. Canopied with lush trees and greenery, this complex also offers easy access to the Los Feliz golf course and unparalleled shopping and dining experiences in Atwater Village, too.
LEVEL Furnished Living apartments are just about the best Downtown L.A. has to offer, with open-concept floor plans, gourmet kitchens and envy-inducing city views. It’s walking distance from much of DTLA’s historic theaters, bars, restaurants and shops. Plus, it’s equipped with top-of-the-line fitness and wellness centers.
First, Park La Brea promises a proprietary blend of “luxury, recreation, culture and convenience,” and it definitely lives up to its word. Outfitted with granite countertops, parquet wood floors and a saltwater swimming pool, Park La Brea is a true Mid City gem. Plus, these apartments are right across from the Grove shopping center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
L.A. techies live large at Playa Summit, which flaunts features including soaring cathedral ceilings, an in-complex movie theater, a library, a clubhouse and fitness centers. Though Playa Summit is close to the action of Silicon Beach, it’s located in a quiet neighborhood, so you don’t have to sacrifice serenity for convenience.
Firstly, charming, tree-lined bungalows in the middle of Hollywood are just about as good as it gets. Hollywood Off Vine is just minutes away from this iconic neighborhood’s landmarks, as well as everyday necessities like restaurants, shops and parks.
Firstly, Piccadilly might as well be named the Koreatown Castle because that’s precisely what this beautiful building looks like. Complete with peaked towers and elegant archways, Piccadilly resides in Koreatown’s calmer quarters, making it a prime location for K-Towners who enjoy their peace and quiet.
Heads up, jet-setters: If you’re a frequent flyer, consider Concourse, a resort-style community close to Los Angeles International Airport. Choose from furnished or unfurnished apartments and enjoy the complex’s swimming pool, hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center and coworking lounge. Some units are co-living suites, while others are for those flying solo.
The Barclay is yet another historic Koreatown icon. Complete with an elegant courtyard and renovated interiors, you’d never guess this building is pushing 100 years old. You can find studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans here, ranging from $1,025 to $1,795+ monthly.
The Langham Apartments are just a stone’s throw away from the Barclay. Additionally, they offer a similarly elegant, luxurious feel with a twist of affordability. Come for the Hollywood royalty-era nostalgia; stay for the views. Oh and, all utilities are included here.
North of Koreatown, Gramercy Towers apartments are the peak of classic luxury and modern comfort. All in all, one step into the building’s lobby transports you back to the roaring 20s, while the building’s spacious floor plans and sweeping city views remind you: You’re here now, and you made it to L.A.
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North Carolina: Where affordability meets natural beauty
Containing the Great Smoky Mountains and plenty of other parks, the draw of North Carolina is both its natural beauty and the relaxed character of the cities that have sprung up within it. From mountains to coastlines, the cheapest places to live in North Carolina offer affordability in a variety of idyllic cities.
The cheapest places in North Carolina to live for renters
It’s nice to see that some of North Carolina’s most popular cities, for everyone from tourists to college students, offer affordable housing that’s even lower than the state’s average. If you long to live in the mountains, then you’re covered. And if you prefer Piedmont or Coastal Plains, you’re also good.
If it’s time to call the Tar Heel State home and you’ve got a tight budget, start your search here. These are the 10 cheapest places to live in North Carolina to check out.
Average 1-BR rent price: $1,359
Average rent change in the past year: -4%
Just north of Charlotte, the city of Mooresville is an up-and-coming suburban town with major ties to the racing community. It’s the home of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and earned itself the nickname of “Race City U.S.A.”
The dedication to all kinds of racing runs deep in Mooresville, but the town is about so much more. Residents enjoy easy access to picturesque Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. You can explore over 520 miles of shoreline that stretches into four different counties.
Heading back into the main part of Mooresville, you’ll also find a small-town feel infused throughout each activity, restaurant and shop. The historic downtown district has that quaint feel many look for when moving out of a larger city.
One particularly unique draw is that Mooresville offers up more than one opportunity to get close to some exotic animals at both the Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic Park.
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9. Chapel Hill
Average 1-BR rent price: $1,794
Average rent change in the past year: -1%
The most well-known attraction in Chapel Hill is the University of North Carolina. Pride in the ‘Heels, the ever-dominant basketball team, is so heavy it’s easy to see why die-hards claim to “bleed blue.”
While you’ll find plenty of college students in the area and activities to occupy them, the city has much more to it. A social place, you’ll find regular road races and festivals celebrating everything from antiques to bluegrass music.
To hit the most happening spot in the city, check out Historic Franklin Street. Here you’ll find dozens of boutiques, nightspots and restaurants.
With miles of trails and a paved Riverwalk right through the center of town, there is a lot to explore by foot in Chapel Hill. Very family-friendly — Chapel Hill offers activities that include visiting the Kidzu Children’s Museum, the Coker Arboretum and the Carolina Basketball Museum.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,349
Average rent change in the past year: -7%
With a relaxing, small-town atmosphere and the convenience of big-city amenities, Apex works to hold onto its character even as more and more residents join the community.
Get to know the city by taking a walking tour of the historic downtown area. Here you’ll see buildings that date back to the late 1800s — including The Union Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Considered one of the most intact, turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, Apex takes its history seriously without ignoring the present day. Among the restored buildings you’ll find excellent antique shops and specialty stores — not to mention some highly-revered restaurants.
It’s not all railroads around here though. There’s a nice cultural center in Apex which includes multiple galleries, studio classrooms and a theater.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,544
Average rent change in the past year: +6%
Heading into the mountainous, western part of the state, you’ll find Asheville. This perfect town has eateries and craft brew spots that will wow even the most discerning foodie. The downtown area is walkable enough that you can explore this cool city center on foot.
For a step into elegance and history, visit the Biltmore Estate. Walk the grounds, stay on-site for a night or take a more formal tour. It’s the perfect place to snag a one-of-a-kind piece of art to take home!
Catering to more active folks, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer up ideal locations for apple picking, hiking, biking and even ziplining. For those looking for a home with a vibrant arts scene, the Downtown Arts District of Asheville is full of galleries and museums.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $915
Average rent change in the past year: -3%
Not too far from the Atlantic coast lies Greenville, a charming, historic city that manages to keep a foothold squarely in modern life.
An outdoor person’s Mecca with proximity to the ocean, local swamps, the Tar River waterway and the Greenville trail system — Greenville offers everything from boating to fishing to hiking and much more.
When it’s time to refuel, the area is also renowned for its barbecue and beer. The county puts on a “Brew & ‘Cue” tour that allows patrons to get their “PassPork” stamped at various locations.
Lovingly called the “Emerald City,” Greenville residents appreciate that their beautiful home is also a thriving cultural, economic and educational hub. It’s home to East Carolina University and the Uptown district, where live music, food and art reign supreme
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,010
Average rent change in the past year: +5%
With a city so nice it earned itself a hyphen, Winston-Salem is one of the more well-known spots in North Carolina. Here you’ll find plenty of history, delicious food and of course, craft beer. There are multiple places to stop around town to sample the latest pour from local breweries.
Mild weather and friendly neighbors combine with a low cost of living to welcome residents to Winston-Salem. Drawing in mostly a younger crowd, thanks to nearby universities, you’ll find many young professionals and growing families. For those families interested in renting a house, the median home price rests at $260,000.
To get a solid dose of local history, visit Old Salem. This area pays homage to settlers from 1766 and is full of historic buildings, costumed interpreters and hands-on experiences.
For those looking for some natural beauty and great shopping, Reynolda Village provides both. Stroll through the gardens before popping into cute boutiques and delicious restaurants.
For exposure to the arts, walk Trade and Liberty streets downtown to see street art, murals and plenty of galleries.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,087
Average rent change in the past year: -3%
Another North Carolina town that owes its existence to the railroad is Burlington. It only sprang up because the North Carolina Railroad needed a place to build, repair and maintain the tracks in the area. Still going strong today, Burlington mixes the old and the new to keep things interesting for residents.
A wealth of history combined with a passion for nature conservancy creates a community in Burlington unlike no other. With plenty of shopping and unique dining options — residents have plenty to enjoy in this city.
Visit the Conservators Center to wander through 45 acres of forested area and see over 70 large and small wild cats who call the area home. There’s also Cedarock Park, a 500-acre nature preserve that’s perfect for hiking, horseback riding and disc golf. This affordable area is rich in golf courses as well, making this town perfect for anyone looking to brush up on golf skills.
For the family, City Park offers a large playground and amusement park rides like a miniature train, carousel and airplane ride.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,035
Average rent change in the past year: 0%
Just 65 miles south of Raleigh, the state’s capital, Fayetteville is an ideal commuter hub. Adjacent to Highway 95, you can easily go north to cities like Washington, D.C. and New York or take the southern route to Charleston, Orlando or Miami.
For those who want to keep it local, Fayetteville has a thriving downtown area with retail shops, restaurants and an impressive minor league baseball stadium.
You’ll also find an homage to the city’s rich history at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum and at the North Carolina Veterans Park. For some more natural beauty, make sure to stop into the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. The 80-acre site is only two miles from downtown.
Next door, you’ll also find Fort Bragg, one of the largest military installations in the world. Many military families stationed at Fort Bragg call Fayetteville home, giving it a reputation for being a community of ‘history, heroes and a hometown feeling.’
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,117
Average rent change in the past year: +14%
Containing the trifecta of attractive qualities, Greensboro is a city with a lot of economic opportunities, affordable housing and an abundance of activity. This eastern North Carolina city has served as an important location in both the Revolutionary War and Civil War, so there’s no shortage of history around here.
For everyday living, Greensboro is a friendly and diverse community that’s perfect for foodies of every kind. Sample the many locally owned coffee shops or breweries alongside the variety of restaurants. Local farmers and native vineyards are big contributors to the menus around town.
A bit of a college town, you’ll find students attending a wide range of schools including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC A&T State University, Bennett College, Guilford College, the North Carolina Zoo and Greensboro College.
Greensboro also plays host each year to the NCAA basketball tournament, bringing in even more college kids than those attending local schools.
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Average 1-BR rent price: $1,227
Average rent change in the past year: -5%
Known to have a progressive vibe, Carrboro is a small town packed full of flare. As far as affordable cities go, Carrboro is rich in offerings. You’ll find craft galleries, indie music venues, progressive theater and exhibitions and more. There’s no shortage of organic grocery stores, farm-to-table restaurants and artsy coffee shops.
Head to Main Street for most of the action around town, including the Carrboro Farmers’ Market featuring local artisans and crafts.
When all the art and culture of Carrboro pique your appetite, this little town has delicious offerings to fill your belly. From burgers to bistros, fine dining to pizzerias, you can eat a different cuisine each day of the week.
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The most expensive places to live in North Carolina
You’ve seen the cheapest places to live in North Carolina, but what about the other side? Fortunately, it’s not all bad. Even the most expensive cities in North Carolina offer up somewhat affordable housing.
Cities like Wake Forest and Garner, which top the list, still maintain an average rent for a one-bedroom of under $2,000 a month. Check out the chart to see where other North Carolina cities fit in.
Ranked City by 1-BR Average + Average Rent
1) Wake Forest: $1,846
2) Garner: $1,501
3) Indian Trail: $1,473
4) Cary: $1,380
5) Charlotte: $1,362
6) Huntersville: $1,341
7) Wilmington: $1,318
8) Concord: $1,294
9) Raleigh: $1,275
10) Morrisville: $1,270
Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.’s multifamily rental property inventory as of November 2023. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
We excluded cities with insufficient inventory from our cheapest places to live in North Carolina report.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
With three natural forests, 45 state parks, 13 major lakes, 2 mountain ranges and 9,000 miles of streams and rivers, Arkansas has earned its nickname as The Natural State. The southern state is loaded with outdoor attractions and features many communities with affordable apartments. But where are the cheapest places to live in Arkansas?
Arkansas average rent prices
Major cities like Little Rock, Bentonville and Fayetteville are more well-known since they have major attractions like the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, headquarters of Walmart and home of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, respectively. But Arkansas’s rent price still averages significantly lower than many states, where it’s not unusual to drop one or two thousand bucks a month on a one-bedroom. Texas is about $1,276 on average while a one-bedroom in Tennessee is $1,307 on average.
Although Arkansas on the whole has seen a monthly rent increase of 5.1 percent in the last year, you can still find a great place for less than $1,000 a month since the average one-bedroom is $807.
The cheapest cities in Arkansas for renters
Budget-conscious renters will appreciate the fact that all of the cities on this list fall below the state average. Take a look at the 10 cheapest places to live in Arkansas, based on one-bedroom rent prices.
Source: Rent./The Greens at Longhills
Average 1-BR rent price: $658
Average rent change in the past year: 1.77%
A suburb of Little Rock, Benton is located between Little Rock and Hot Springs along I-30. The family-friendly community offers residents great schools, an active downtown, farmers market, food trucks and locally-owned shops. In 2017, a former airport became the new River Center, which features a senior center, convention center, aquatics center, fitness classes and more to residents of Benton.
Source: Rent./The Greens at Hurricane Creek
Average 1-BR rent price: $656
Average rent change in the past year: 2.85%
Located in the center of the state and near the capital of Little Rock, Bryant has a suburban feel to its community. From organizing ways to increase recycling to promoting adopt-a-street programs, the community of Bryant comes together to improve their neighborhoods and services.
Source: Rent./The Landing at Greensborough Village
Average 1-BR rent price: $640
Average rent change in the past year: 8.10%
The fifth-largest city in Arkansas, Jonesboro sits on the northeastern corner of the state. The West Washington Avenue Historic District features 13 historic properties from 1890 to 1930. Locals enjoy having access to Craighead Forest Park, a city-owned park located on Crowley’s Ridge that features a 60-acre fishing lake, camping facilities, hiking/biking trails and nature areas within Jonesboro city limits.
Source: Rent./The Links at Sherwood
Average 1-BR rent price: $633
Average rent change in the past year: 2.02%
Another suburb of Little Rock, Sherwood is about 10 minutes from the major city and in the center of the state. Delta Dental of Arkansas has its headquarters in Sherwood and most recently, Wipro Limited, a global information technology and consulting company, shared it will open a new delivery center in the city. Expect neighbors to say hello as you walk the dog or ride your bike with your kids in this tight-knit community.
Source: Rent./Angelo’s Grove
Average 1-BR rent price: $632
Average rent change in the past year: 2.40%
Located along the Mississippi River and just shy of 10 miles from Memphis, TN, Marion offers its residents a quality school system and active youth, family and civic engagement. Marion residents appreciate living in a small town and being able to access big-city attractions and amenities within a short distance.
Average 1-BR rent price: $597
Average rent change in the past year: 0.76%
Located in central Arkansas, Conway is known as the City of Colleges since it’s home to three post-secondary educational institutions. The city, which includes Lake Conway, one of the largest man-made game and fishing commission lakes in the country, is also home to a thriving economy filled with restaurants and retailers.
Average 1-BR rent price: $567
Average rent change in the past year: 2.44%
The Arkansas River Valley runs through Russellville and the city, which has more of a suburban feel to it, takes advantage of its natural amenity with events, such as the three-day Arkansas River Valley Bike Fest. The city also offers 14 parks, a skateboard park and softball and baseball complexes. Locals and visitors can fish, hunt, kayak and canoe in the Arkansas River Valley. Russellville is also home to a major public university: Arkansas Tech University.
Average 1-BR rent price: $553
Average rent change in the past year: 2.36%
Located on the southwest border of the state and across the state line from its twin city of the same name in Texas, the city features five golf courses, Little League teams, local bands and more to keep residents entertained. Texarkana also is home to one of only two U.S. Post Offices that sits in two states at once. Don’t miss an opportunity to get a photo in Arkansas and Texas at the same time with the Texarkana Federal Court House in the background.
2. Fort Smith
Average 1-BR rent price: $502
Average rent change in the past year: 6.53%
Nestled right at the Arkansas and Oklahoma border on the northwest side of Arkansas, Fort Smith’s slogan is “Where the New South Meets the Old West.” The third-largest city in Arkansas is loaded with history. The Fort Smith Museum of History captures much of it for locals and visitors alike. Elvis fans will appreciate that they can still visit Fort Chaffee’s Barbershop and see where the singer received his famous Army buzz cut.
1. Pine Bluff
Average 1-BR rent price: $440
Average rent change in the past year: 0.00%
Home to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the city of Pine Bluff also features a number of cultural attractions including the Arkansas Railroad Museum and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Locals and visitors can take a walk along downtown Pine Bluff and learn some interesting historical facts about the city through the colorful murals that grace its downtown buildings.
The most expensive places to live in Arkansas
While this list features some of the cheapest places to live in Arkansas, here are some of the most expensive places to call home in this state.
Rent prices are based on a one-year rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.’s multifamily rental property inventory as of August 2021. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
We excluded cities with insufficient inventory from this report.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
As a Chicago-based freelance writer, Megy Karydes has covered everything from space-aged tomato seeds grown in a Chicago Public School to Chicago Blues musician Lurrie Bell. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Travel + Leisure, Midwest Living magazine and other national and regional media outlets. When she’s not out exploring the city with her two children and husband, she’s perfecting her air hockey technique.
Indianapolis is probably best known for hosting the largest, annual, single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. But that’s not all this city has to offer. We’ll wow you with some of the lesser-known Indianapolis facts.
Only real locals know the ins and outs of their city. But if you want to learn about Indianapolis’ facts, you’re in luck! We’re about to show you some enthralling facts about this city. These facts are interesting and unusual — some are even mind-boggling. In the end, we’re sure these facts will make you fall in love with the city and perhaps even decide to find an apartment to rent in Indianapolis.
32 interesting Indianapolis facts only the locals know about
1. You must be a sports fan to live in Indianapolis. Alright, it’s not really a requirement but it definitely helps. Sports is a big deal in this city as it’s home to 11 professional sports teams, three national collegiate teams and multiple minor league teams. Of course, it’s also home to the Indianapolis 500. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations have their headquarters in the city, too. Suffice it to say, if you live in Indianapolis, you’re going to hear a lot about sports a lot of the time.
2. Indianapolis isn’t just a hot foodie destination, it’s one of the top farm-to-table foodie destinations in the country. It is, after all, in farm country. However, what’s cool about Indianapolis is that urban farming has taken off in recent years. Locals don’t just rely on food from farms on the outskirts of the city — they can get it directly in town. There are over 134 urban and community farms in the city.
3. If you’re a fan of history and/or the macabre, you might find it interesting to know that Indianapolis is home to the third-largest cemetery in the U.S. The Crown Hill Cemetery encompasses 555 acres and is the final resting place of some well-known historic figures like John Dillinger and James Whitcomb Riley.
4. Another place to visit for those who love macabre history is the Indiana Medical History Museum. This sounds like it’s simply an educational destination, but it’s much more than that. The site was the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. On display are old and quite intimidating medical instruments (why do old instruments always look like medieval torture devices?), as well as an anatomical museum (yes, body parts are on display) and a 19th-century autopsy room. Paints quite the mental picture, doesn’t it?
5. Contrary to popular belief, Indianapolis doesn’t get blanketed with snow each winter. Instead, it averages less than the national average and typically occurs in an occasional dusting of snow, rather than a blizzard or downfall type scenario. It does get pretty cold, though, averaging in the 20s to 30s (Fahrenheit), though it can occasionally dip into the single digits. So, be sure to invest in some warm clothes (long johns, anyone?) for those brisk winter months.
6. Indianapolis is the home of Wonder Bread. The Taggart Baking Company created the white, fluffy bread in 1921 and was the first major company to sell sliced bread. Which in turn, gave us something we all know and love — the sandwich.
7. Want in on one of the top Indianapolis secrets? For such a big city, Indianapolis has one of the most affordable cost of living rates in the country. Overall, the cost of living is about 8 percent lower than the U.S. average. And housing costs are nearly 20 percent lower — ideal for anyone looking for apartments to rent in Indianapolis. That’s not to say there aren’t neighborhoods in the city with higher-than-average rental rates. Every city has to have those, right? But for the most part, the cost of living in Indianapolis is quite affordable.
8. Another common misconception about this part of the country is that it’s all cornfields. Indiana actually has an abundance of trees (you totally need to see them in the fall – gorgeous!), hills and stunning parks. Locals love visiting Holliday Park and hiking its beautiful trails, particularly around the White River. Residents of the city say it’s one of the top three parks in the city
9. One of the interesting facts about Indianapolis is that it’s one of the most hospitable cities in the Midwest, if not the country. Locals are so hospitable and provide such great service, in fact, that “Hoosier Hospitality” is an actual thing.
10. If you want a taste of what it’s like to ride around the Indianapolis 500 raceway, you can pay admission to the Indy 500 museum for the Kiss the Bricks tour. You’ll ride a bus once around the track and kiss the bricks at the starting line.
11. Indianapolis was home to Oscar Charleston, a man who had a 43-year career in baseball. His induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame took place in 1976.
12. Indianapolis has multiple slogans and nicknames, including Indy, Crossroads of America, Circle City, Naptown, The Hoosier Capital/City, The Capital City, City of Churches, Home of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and The Railroad City.
13. Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis (approximately 12 minutes away), is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 6, 1978, there was a series of eight random bombings known as The Speedway Bombings. The bomber put bombs in trash cans and dumpsters, as well as an abandoned gym bag. No one died from the bombings, but a police cruiser exploded, a man was severely injured and the bomber shot a woman at her home before his arrest.
14. The Indiana State Museum is home to one of the most important Abraham Lincoln collections in the country. The collection includes copies of the 13th Amendment signed by Lincoln, as well as copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and personal belongings of the Lincoln family.
15. One of Indianapolis’ best-kept secrets (to outsiders only, of course) is that the Indiana State Museum holds an IMAX theater. This is truly one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in a film.
16. Indianapolis is host to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon — one of the largest half-marathons in the country and also named one of the best and most iconic races in the world. The race starts with an IndyCar driver leading each wave of the race in a pace car and includes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
17. According to locals, some of the best places to get away from the hustle of city life include Monon Trail, Canal Riverwalk and Ft. Harrison State Park.
18. Indianapolis is the birthplace of several famous people in entertainment and politics, including:
19. This city is also the final resting place of several famous people including Ray Brown, a Grammy-winning bass player.
20. Art and culture are important to Hoosiers, so they’ve made them accessible to nearly anyone. For instance, the Newfield’s Museum of Art has free admission one day a week. The Indianapolis Symphony has a Summer Lunch Series — tickets are only $5.
21. Massachusetts Avenue is one of the unique hotspots in the city. It’s great for a night out on the town, as well as some daytime shopping. You’ll find public art that many describe as visionary and live theater that will leave you feeling inspired.
22. It’s an Indianapolis fact that if you want great music and amazing food, you need to go to The Rathskeller. This is a premier fine dining experience where you’ll get to enjoy delicious German cuisine while listening to some of the hottest local bands.
23. Most people know that Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana. (If you don’t, ask a 5th grader.) But did you know that Indianapolis wasn’t the original state capital? Corydon was the state’s first capital. In 1820, the state authorized a committee to select a new city to become the state capital. After finding a location, the legislature passed a year later to name the new site Indianapolis.
24. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a great place to take your kids — especially on a hot, summer afternoon. And while the attractions and exhibits within the museum are awesome, what’s equally interesting is the fact that this is the largest children’s museum in the entire world.
25. You definitely need to spend an evening at the Slippery Noodle Inn. Not only will you get to hear some of the best live blues in the city, but you’ll love the history of the place. First, it was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Second, John Dillinger once shot the place up. And finally, it’s the oldest continuously operating bar in Indiana.
26. This city has the most interstate legs in the country. Four interstate highways and two auxiliary interstates — I-65, I-69, I-70, I-465 and I-865 — intersect in the midst of the city.
27. A Hoosier penned “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The song is incredibly well-known but not everyone knows or remembers who wrote it.
28. Tony Hinkle is a legend in this city. He was a football, baseball and basketball player, coach and eventually administrator. He also invented modern-day basketball. Hinkle is so popular that the basketball court on the Butler University campus — Hinkle Fieldhouse — was named in his honor. The court is famous for the 1954 state championship game that inspired the film “Hoosiers,” as well as for the fact that famous names like Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson played on Hinkle’s court.
29. Elvis Presley performed his last concert in Indianapolis. He died three months later.
30. Duckpin bowling is a sport that was popular in the city (really, what sport isn’t popular in Indianapolis?) in the early 20th century. It’s since gone the way of the dodo in most areas but there are still a few of these bowling alleys in Indianapolis, including Atomic Bowl Duckpin and Action Duckpin Bowl.
31. While the Indy500 is the most iconic motor race in the world, Indianapolis also offers another kind of racing at the Indianapolis Speedrome. It’s basically junk cars racing around a 1/5-mile oval track that’s approximately the size of a restaurant parking lot. Sometimes, they even race old school buses.
32. The gondolas in the downtown canal are authentic. They’re Italian-made and weigh one ton each.
Are you intrigued by our Indianapolis facts?
Learning about a new city is always fun. And even if you’re a resident of Indianapolis, there’s always something new to learn. That’s one of the great things about living in a large city. There are always fun people to meet. Seeing a city from their perspective or from their personal/familial experiences can give the city new life and make you fall in love with it all over again.
Known as the Buckeye State due to the prevalence of beautiful Buckeye trees, Ohio holds a significant place in America. As a state located smack dab in the middle of the Midwest, Ohio is largely known for its manufacturing prowess, its hard-working populace and the prevalence of surprising pockets of natural beauty peppered throughout the state. But, if you take the time to travel the state and get to know the nuances of the people, you quickly learn that there is so much more to Ohio than meets the eye.
Sports and entertainment
Ohio is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, a testament to its influence on and appreciation of the music industry. Cedar Point, a regionally legendary amusement park in Sandusky, is also renowned for its roller coasters and is a major destination for adrenaline junkies, as is its sister park, Kings Island, in Cincinnati’s suburb, Mason. When it comes to sports, Ohio has two Major League Baseball teams — Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians, two NFL teams — Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, an NBA team — Cleveland Cavaliers and an NHL team — Columbus Blue Jackets, along with the famous Ohio State Buckeyes athletic programs. From Saturdays under the lights to Wednesdays on the ice, Ohioans always have something to see and enjoy on their days off.
Historically, Ohio emerged as a manufacturing powerhouse during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the steel and rubber industries, with cities like Akron known as the “Rubber Capital of the World.” Today, Ohio’s economy is diverse, with financial services, healthcare and education growing significantly. Ohio is also known for being a key player in the automotive industry and manufacturing to this day with cities like Toledo and Youngstown leading the charge there.
Ohio has a rich history, with eight presidents calling it home. Ohio was a crucial state during the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War, where it played a significant role in the underground railroad. The Wright brothers, the duo credited with inventing the airplane, hailed from Dayton, marking Ohio as an undeniably important place in aviation history.
Ohio benefits from a wealth of natural resources, including coal, natural gas and fertile farmland. Lake Erie’s vast coastline supports endless fishing and water recreation adventures. The state also has a significant network of public parks and nature preserves that are ideal for hiking, camping and all sorts of wildlife observation.
Food in Ohio reflects the agricultural roots and ethnic diversity of the populace. Above all else, Ohio is famous for Cincinnati chili, a polarizing style of chili served over spaghetti. Ohio also takes pride in its strong dairy industry, producing cheeses and ice cream that are enjoyed locally and even rival those from Wisconsin, America’s undeniable cheese capital.
Art and literature
Ohio is no slouch when it comes to literature and the arts, with institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art, as well as being the birthplace of authors like Toni Morrison and R.L. Stine. The state’s commitment to the arts is further exhibited in the many theaters and live performance venues across its major cities.
Education and research
With a strong network of public and private universities, including The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College, Ohio is a center for higher education and research. The state’s institutions are leaders in various fields, from engineering and physics to medicine and law. Many current Ohio residents came for school decades ago and never left after graduation. A true testament to just how good the Ohio life can be.
Ohio’s farms contribute significantly to the corn, soybeans, dairy products and nursery and greenhouse crops. These elements of agriculture play a crucial role in the state’s economy and the national food supply chain, making Ohio an essential state in terms of the country’s ability to produce food en masse.
Festivals and events
The state hosts numerous fairs and festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and film to food and heritage, reflecting the state’s wide-ranging demographic makeup and the traditions of its residents. Some of the largest and most notable of these events include the Ohioana Book Festival, A World A’Fair and ColossalCon, just to name a few.
Say “hi” to Ohio
In all, Ohio’s significance is multifaceted, encompassing technological advancements, sports super fandom, singular artistic talents and an enduring spirit of innovation. Ohio is characterized by its strong commitment to education, the strength of its local communities and its role as a bellwether in national politics.
No matter how you look at it, Ohio has a whole lot to offer, including some downright stunning apartments. When you’re ready to make the move to the Buckeye State, start your search with Rent.
Some folks might think of Milwaukee as the quieter, cheaper city to live in that’s “close enough” to Chicago, but this city is so much more than a bedroom community. It’s also not just a brewery city for the rest of us.
Milwaukee has its quirks but she’s one of the nicest waterfront cities on Lake Michigan with loads of Milwaukee secrets and unique hot spots.
There are tons of Milwaukee facts you should know about this city if you want to think of yourself as a true local. Check ’em out.
Milwaukee facts you really ought to know if you want to call yourself a local
1. The first Milwaukee fact is all about winter sports, specifically ice skating. The “Slice of Ice” skating rink in Red Arrow Park downtown is larger than Times Square! The rink allows up to 100 skaters comfortably around the ice at one time.
2. Milwaukee goes by many nicknames. Some of the most well-known include The Mil, Miltown and Brew City. You might also hear mention of Mildoggy, Cream City, Ma-waukee or Milburb, too.
3. Brew City is home to the world’s only Harley Davison museum. Why? Well, a teenager who worked at the town’s bicycle factory (Meiselbach) got the itch for something “better” and built himself an engine, which he attached to a standard bicycle frame. That kid was William S. Harley and he joined forces with childhood friend, Arthur Davidson to create the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Milwaukee is where the motorcycle was born.
4. The Milwaukee Public Museum is home to the planet’s largest known dino skull – a T-rex skull, accompanied by a full-size replica of the beast’s body.
5. The same museum happens to have been around since 1892, though in a bit more modest form. The museum is home to over 4 million artifacts and specimens, too, making it a pretty impressive history museum for a smaller city like Milwaukee.
6. Cheeseheads might tell you Wisconsin and Milwaukee are all about the dairy and the football, but the town’s nickname of Cream City actually has nothing to do with the dairy industry. The nickname actually refers to the local clay. The area is rich in limestone and magnesium, resulting in beautiful bricks.
7. Milwaukee is known as the frozen custard capital of the world. The city has the largest gathering of frozen custard shops, selling that egg-yolk-based, rich, creamy version of “ice cream” so many of us love loading up with toppings and mix-ins. If you haven’t had custard concrete yet, you’re seriously missing out.
8. Milwaukee didn’t just give us the motorcycle, this magnificent city gave the world the QWERTY typewriter, the precursor to our contemporary computers and keyboards. The inventor, Christopher Latham Sholes, moved to Milwaukee to begin writing for a local paper and decided he needed a typewriting machine to keep up with the workload. So, now we have the typewriter.
9. Milwaukee’s art museum moves more than hearts and souls. It literally moves. Well, part of it does, anyway. The museum is one of the few in the world that has an intentionally moveable part. The wings of the “Calatrava” open in the morning to welcome visitors, then close up at night. It’s worth popping by for a watch, even if you don’t go inside.
10. Another creation birthed in Milwaukee is Carmex lip balm. In the 1930s, the creator, Wilfred Woelbing, whipped up his first batch on his home stove to relieve cold sore pain. Realizing he’d found a good thing, he started selling the product out of the trunk of his car. Eventually, he opened a facility for manufacturing it, and the lip balm is still being created right here in one of the Milwaukee suburbs.
11. What goes well with brewskies? A bowling alley, of course. And Milwaukee happens to have the oldest certified bowling alley in the U.S., located inside the Holler House on Lincoln Avenue. There are only two lanes, though, players score by hand and pinsetters still tend the lanes. You’ll have a pretty long wait to play, but if you’re into booze, you can sidle up to the bar and have a fabulous gab with the bartender. While there, you can check out another bizarre claim to fame: a collection of bras that hangs from the ceiling, started about 50 years ago by the beloved Marcy Skawronski, the late owner of the establishment.
12. How about this Milwaukee fact: There’s a lake under the city. The city, as some folks think, isn’t built on swampland, but over Lake Emily, located under the old Northwestern Mutual home office.
13. Cream City is the unfortunate location of the attempted assassination of former President Teddy Roosevelt, in 1916. Thankfully, his glasses cases and the manuscripts in his chest pocket saved his life. And, undaunted, the former president went on with his speech, despite having a bullet in him.
14. Milwaukee wasn’t always spelled the current way. It was “Milwaukie” in early records. The name itself comes from an Algonquin word, “millioke” which means “good,” “beautiful” and “pleasant land.”
15. The Bronze Fonz, a bronze statue of the character Arthur Fonzarelli from “Happy Days,” stands along the Milwaukee RiverWalk. The city’s proud of its most popular fictional character.
16. Another unofficial Milwaukee nickname is City of Festivals. The town knows how to party! With cultural events along the lake at the Henry Maier Festival Park and the incredible Summerfest, which has earned itself the “World’s Largest Music Festival.” As many as 900,000 folks show up to the amazing event every year. Yeah, approaching a million people at a single party!
17. Another invention to come out of Milwaukee is the answering machine. Joseph Zimmerman and George Danner created the first successful answering machine right in Milwaukee – and some of you reading this probably don’t even know what one of those is.
18. The Polar Plunge has been popular in Milwaukee on New Year’s Day since 1916. Folks strip down and jump into the freezing water of Lake Michigan. Some folks dress up in crazy costumes to up the insane factor for a little extra fun.
19. The city was pretty bummed when their baseball team The Braves moved south to Atlanta in 1966. But in 1969, the Seattle Pilots hit the bankruptcy wall and moved to Brew City to become the Milwaukee Brewers.
20. Located on the campus of Marquette University, there’s a tiny chapel named the St. Joan of Arc Chapel — and it’s older than America’s first official establishment by 300 years! The French village of Chasse built the tiny religious building and sent the ruins of the chapel to America after World War I where it was rebuilt in New York. The owners then gifted the chapel to Marquette University. The building was painstakingly transferred to the campus and installed. It’s the only medieval structure in the Western hemisphere that’s actively used for holding mass services.
21. Random Milwaukee fact: The city is home to the world’s largest collection of antique microphones. You can find them at an electronics store on East National Street — all 1,000+ of them! There are some pretty cool ones here, including one used during an expedition to Antarctica. There’s also an original telephone from Alexander Graham Bell, from 1876.
22. The Oriental Theatre of Milwaukee is a huge fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. In fact, the theatre has run the film every single month since January of 1978!
23. The American Family Field, where the Brewers play, has a retractable roof. It’s pretty cool to watch if you get the chance.
24. The walking path along the river downtown has a unique claim to fame: Its skywalk is the only one in the world that exists over boat traffic.
25. By the 1850s, Milwaukee was heavily inhabited by German immigrants and already boasted more than two dozen breweries. Some of them are still in business today, like Pabst, Miller and Schlitz.
26. And speaking of Pabst, in the Brewery District, located around the original site of the Pabst Brewery, is a vibrant community now with loads of Milwaukee apartments for rent here along with loads of nightlife.
27. In the early 1900s, Milwaukee ditched the idea of the two most popular political parties in the country and went with a third option: the Socialist Party. They voted in a Social mayor, Emil Seidel, then again twice more with other social mayors.
28. And speaking of mayors, Milwaukee has only had four mayors since 1960, including interim Mayer Marvin Pratt who only served for three months!
29. You’d think with all the breweries and beer in Beer City, Prohibition wouldn’t have been a thing. Well, you’d be wrong. The 1920s Prohibition laws nearly sank the city. The breweries, however, managed to find a way around this by serving up beer to their Catholic patrons eating fried fish on Fridays, as a means of “washing down” the fish fry. For those breweries wanting to abide by the laws, they served up soda, non-alcoholic beer, candy and even started snow plowing for survival.
30. The area surrounding Milwaukee was originally home to several Native American Nations, including the Menominee, Fox, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Sauk and Potawatomi.
31. The first Europeans to come through the area were French Catholic Jesuit missionaries who aimed to minister to the Native Americans and the fur traders of the region.
32. The Basilica of St. Josaphat is in the Lincoln Village neighborhood in Milwaukee, and it’s modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The building boasts one of the largest copper domes in the world.
33. During the second half of the 19th century, Milwaukee became a hub of industry. Flour milling, iron founding and leather tanning were all major industries in the area, bringing prosperity to the city. For a time, Milwaukee was heavily involved in manufacturing automobiles, as well — including the Kissel Kar, the Ogden and the Nash — but that industry has become obsolete in the city now.
34. One of Milwaukee’s most interesting houses from the old days used to belong to Frederick Pabst, founder of Pabst Blue Ribbon. The Victorian-style mansion is on West Wisconsin Avenue and has 14 fireplaces, 10 bathrooms and a study filled with secret compartments.
All right, folks. We gave you the Milwaukee facts, but what have we missed? Leave your comments below!
Whether you’re a beer-drinking cheesehead or a transplant looking for some nightlife, weird museums and historical hotspots, these Milwaukee facts will get you headed in the right direction to sounding like a local in no time. Find your own place to live to enjoy the city now!
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2. Options Trading
Options trading can double your cash in a mere 24 hours, thanks to its inherent rapid return benefits. However, with the potential for high returns, it also poses significant risks.
Options trading is an advanced strategy for buying stocks with an option contract. Thus, you get the right but not a duty to buy (call options) or sell (put options) a stock at a specific price.
It presents the possibility of doubling, tripling, or quadrupling your money.
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3. Flip Items for Arbitrage
Retail arbitrage, essentially the practice of buying and reselling goods, is a beneficial way of doubling one’s money in a short time. This can be particularly effective by taking advantage of clearance sales in mainstream stores like Walmart and Kohl’s, and then reselling the products on online marketplaces.
Notable items often flipped include apparel, books, electronics, and toys. You can check a full list of popular items to flip.
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4. Rent Out Your Property
Renting out unused property or space can be a lucrative form of passive income. This may include a spare room, or underutilized sections like a garage, with various platforms facilitating such financial transactions like Neighbor or VRBO.
Another example is it is financially beneficial to rent out items, like a lawn mower which costs $500 but brings in $15-20 for each rental. Thus, paying for itself in a short amount of time.
Despite the potential risks associated with property investments, including unpredictability in the real estate market and tenant issues, leveraging a good understanding of the local market can make it quite possible to double your investment over time.
5. Become A Side Hustles Expert
Becoming a side hustle expert requires a clear understanding of your goals and the willingness to trade your time for money. You can identify profitable opportunities which can range from ridesharing to teaching English as a second language (ESL) online.
Honestly, this is best to set up BEFORE you are desperate for cash.
Patience is key as nurturing a side hustle often takes time before it becomes an efficient income-generating endeavor.
To help you out, here are specific side hustles based on your stage of life:
6. Rent Out Your Skills
Renting out your skills is a smart quick-fix to double your money within 24 hours. It’s all about capitalizing on what you can do best and offering it to those who need it.
Start by identifying a skill or knowledge you’re proficient in. Are you a wizard in web design? A maven of SEO?
Select the right platform. Websites like Fiverr, Freelancer.com, and TaskRabbit are excellent for freelancers.
Promote your services. Reach out to your networks or use social media to boost your visibility.
This is a great way to earn $300 fast if you know what you are doing.
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7. Deliver with DoorDah or GrubHub
Double your income in a day by delivering with platforms like DoorDash or GrubHub. As a courier, you get paid for each delivery – so the more you do, the higher your earnings.
With a smartphone and transportation, you can start making extra cash immediately. Some top delivery options:
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Remember, it’s all about completing as many deliveries as possible. Every order increases your day’s earnings, potentially doubling them if you put in enough hours.
8. Invest in Cryptocurrencies
Invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash holds the potential to double your money in 24 hours due to their volatile nature.
Keep tabs on crypto trends through monitoring websites or apps.
Buy popular or promising cryptocurrency during their low-cost phase.
The trick to doubling your funds is selling at peak prices.
Remember, trends can change rapidly, so only invest what you can afford to lose. For newbies, it’s beneficial to seek advice from a financial advisor knowledgeable in the crypto market.
9. Take Surveys
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10. Lend Money on Peer-to-peer platforms
Lending money on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) platforms can be a profitable strategy, offering a unique method for individuals to loan and borrow money without traditional financial institution interference.
Users can sign up as lenders on recognized P2P platforms like LendingClub, Prosper, and Upstart, and yield high-interest returns based on their borrower’s creditworthiness.
However, this process also poses risks such as potential defaults, making it important for the lenders to do their research and diversify their loans across multiple recipients.
11. Do Odd Jobs
Engaging in odd jobs is a practical approach to earning additional income. Whether it’s mowing neighbors’ lawns or offering handyman services, these simple tasks can often pay upward to $30 per hour.
Digital platforms, like TaskRabbit, even allow you to list your talents locally, extending your reach for potential earnings.
All in all, odd jobs provide an accessible door to financial gain without requiring a significant starting capital.
12. Selling High Demand Printables
Selling printables online is a viable way to generate income. It’s important to create a follower base or an email list to successfully promote and sell your products.
With strategic pricing and high-quality content, you could potentially double your initial investment in a short span of time.
Here are the digital products that sell on Etsy that are in high demand.
By creating high-demand printables, you can buy low, sell high, and double your money all within 24 hours!
13. Max Out you 401(k) Match
Maxing out your 401(k) match can double your money in no time. While this may not happen in 24 hours, it can happen the next time you get paid and greatly increase your retirement savings.
When you contribute to your 401(k) plan, your employer might match it by 50% or 100%. You will have to check your Human Resources department to see what your company offers.
Contribute the maximum amount your employer is willing to match. This is free money for you. For instance, if you’re making $100,000 and your employer’s match is up to 3.5% of your salary, put in at least $3,500.
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14. Sell Courses and Subscriptions
Selling courses and memberships online is a highly profitable low-risk venture that requires just a small initial investment of your time and money. Once the course is developed, it can continue to generate passive income every month.
Tools such as Podia or Teachable allow you to easily sell and manage your courses, while also offering additional benefits such as digital downloads, subscription plans, and an opportunity to begin selling directly to your followers.
15. Work for Employers
In case you haven’t heard, time is money. And you can trade your time for money at any point.
Working for employers often ensures a steady income which can be supplemented by various benefits.
One of the greatest advantages is the employer match on a 401(k) account, which allows employees to double their contributions effortlessly. This means that if an employee contributes 5 percent of their salary to the retirement account, the employer adds another 5 percent.
Expert Tip: Continually upgrade your skill set to increase your value to employers. More demanding or specialized tasks often command higher pay, propelling you towards your double-money goal quicker.
16. Sell Your Goods
Selling goods online provides a dynamic platform for entrepreneurs, allowing them to reach a wider audience. This involves identifying high-demand products, purchasing from a reliable supplier, and selling them on popular e-commerce platforms like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.
Get involved in flea market flipping. Hunt for undervalued items at yard sales or flea markets and resell online. Facebook Marketplace could be a goldmine.
Unload used or vintage items. These platforms can help you earn huge profits, especially from expensive items. Don’t let seller fees deter you; big profits are still achievable.
Books are an easy sell. Buy used ones from local or online stores and sell them in different areas or on different platforms. Diversifying the categories you offer can potentially boost your profits.
Pricing is set considering the purchase cost, overheads, and the competitive market.
17. Invest in Collectibles
Investing in collectibles presents a thrilling opportunity to generate significant profit in a short span. The key is identifying profitable niches, such as vintage comic books, rare coins, or baseball cards.
The rarity and condition of an item directly influence the price it can command.
The strategy involves buying low, often from garage sales or online platforms like eBay or Etsy, and selling high. However, one must perform diligent research and be aware of market trends, as failure to do so can lead to risks.
18. Get Rid of Your Most Valuable Items
Selling your own possessions is an effective way to declutter your home while also generating a potential cash flow.
This is one way to accumulate over $1,000 in cash earnings.
This may not be what you want to do, but your possessions are worth money and it may be necessary.
19. Save Money and Increase It
You’ve heard it said: a penny saved is a penny earned. This principle isn’t just about saving but also growing your money as an effective way to double your income.
First, begin with saving. The more you can put away, the better. Remember, your coffee can strategy may not earn interest, so consider a deposit into a savings account.
Next, let’s talk about compound interest. Suppose you invest $1000 at a 5% interest rate. After a year, your money grows to $1050. The next year, you earn interest on this increased amount. Over time, the effect snowballs, significantly augmenting your investment.
Lastly, protection against inflation is key. Always aim for an interest rate higher than the rate of inflation. This means, in real terms, your money is consistently growing.
Done right, these steps can effectively increase your savings rapidly.
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20. Game or Bet on A Sport
While it’s often overlooked, betting on sports or games could be a fast track to doubling your money in less than a day. This risky Vegas plan may be worth the potentially rewarding pursuit.
Beware – while some have been successful, this method is heavily debated due to the significant risk factors. As such you may be better off becoming a referee for youth sports, which is a popular side hustle for men.
Remember, it’s all fun and games until the cash is lost – don’t stake what you can’t afford to lose.
Doubling $1,000 quickly calls for some calculated risks and smart choices.
One way is investing in stocks, potentially high-return yet high-risk assets. Another route could be starting a side hustle, like an online course or freelance work, where initial investment is low but returns could be impressive.
This is a hard ask given many people this month. However, doubling $3000 fast can be achieved through smart investments and income diversification.
Using online platforms and flipping high-demand items may yield quick profits. Additionally, utilizing skills for a freelance portfolio or selling an online course can quickly boost initial capital.
Doubling your $5000 swiftly may seem like a daunting task, but with strategic planning, connection establishment, and careful investments, it’s more achievable than you might think.
Here’s how you can try it:
Start by investing in stocks. Rapid-growth stocks or volatile currency pairs can double your money. Invest wisely based on market analyses.
Try real estate flipping. Buy undervalued properties, renovate, then sell.
Entrepreneurship is another avenue. Turn your skills or ideas into a profitable business.
Peer-to-peer lending platforms yield high return rates with the right borrower.
Playing the lottery or gambling could work, but highly risky.
Remember, to double up money quickly, ensure you are knowledgeable in your chosen method and anticipate potential downsides. Do comprehensive research first.
Is Doubling Money in 24 Hours Possible?
Yes, you, dear reader, can indeed double your money in 24 hours! It won’t be a cakewalk though, requiring specific skills, solid strategies, and of course a pinch – maybe a handful – of luck.
You could tap into high-growth potential fields like day trading, selling high-demand goods online, or capitalizing on your skills as a content creator. Remember, this quick win has its fair share of risks too.
Now, make sure to do proper due diligence and check the integrity of whatever way you choose to make more or dive into the gig economy.
Now, learn how to double 10k quickly.
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Motley Fool. “1 in 5 Americans Are Making a Terrible 401(k) Mistake.” https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/02/09/1-in-5-americans-are-making-a-terrible-401k-mistak.aspx. Accessed November 7, 2023.
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The Second City will take first place in your heart.
Chicago, often referred to as the “Windy City,” stands as the most populous city in Illinois, the third-largest by population in the U.S. and one of the most significant in terms of culture, amenities and overall influence. It’s home to comedy clubs where famous entertainers like Tina Fey and Steve Carell got their start. Because it’s the birthplace of some of the nation’s most diverse and storied architecture, moving to Chicago will give you iconic images such as the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), Tribune Tower and the Cloud Gate sculpture within reach of your apartment.
Plus, the vibrant sports scene in Chicago offers you both the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox, leading to some interesting debates among fellow Major League Baseball enthusiasts. In basketball, the Chicago Bulls often dominate United Center, and hockey fans can cheer for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Yet, Chicago offers much more than just its well-known landmarks, attractions, sports and deep-dish pizza. The city is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its unique character and claims to fame.
To provide you with a glimpse of the city overall, here are some essential data points:
Population: Approximately 2,700,000
Population density (people per square mile): Around 11,800
Median income: $63,153
Average studio rent: $1,800
Average one-bedroom rent: $2,200
Average two-bedroom rent: $2,800
Cost of living index: 115
These statistics should give you a better understanding of Chicago’s demographic and economic landscape as you consider your move. But they’re only the beginning to truly understand what it feels like to live in Second City. Let’s keep going.
Chicago neighborhoods to explore
Chicago has often been called a “city of neighborhoods” for its diverse communities. The city’s extensive transit system seamlessly connects these unique pockets of culture and community, making it easy for residents and visitors alike to explore the richness of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Here are just a few of our favorite ‘hoods to kickstart your exploration:
Nestled in the heart of the city’s Lower West Side, Pilsen is a neighborhood that wears its Mexican heritage proudly. The streets are adorned with colorful murals and vibrant storefronts, creating an atmosphere that transports you to another world. This neighborhood is known for its welcoming community and delicious Mexican cuisine.
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Located to the northwest of downtown Chicago, West Town’s historic Wicker Park is a bustling enclave of creativity and artistic expression. Its streets are lined with trendy boutiques, hip cafes and art galleries. Wicker Park is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the city’s alternative culture and enjoy a thriving music scene.
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With its leafy streets and historic brownstones, Lincoln Park offers a taste of classic Chicago charm. Named for Chicago’s most heavily used park, this North Side neighborhood is home to the city’s eponymous park, a sprawling green oasis along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Here, you can explore the Lincoln Park Zoo, soak in scenic lake views, and visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
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Situated on Chicago’s South Side, Hyde Park is a neighborhood steeped in history and academia. It’s home to the University of Chicago, which has a stunning campus reminiscent of a European village. Hyde Park’s cultural offerings include the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as beautiful lakeside parks like Promontory Point.
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If you’re seeking a neighborhood that exudes creativity and a vibrant arts scene, look no further than Logan Square. Located on the city’s Northwest Side, it’s known for its artistic community, craft breweries and an array of eclectic restaurants. The historic boulevards and the iconic Logan Square Monument add to the neighborhood’s unique character.
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Pros and cons of Chicago living
This bustling metropolis nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan offers a unique blend of advantages and drawbacks for those considering calling it home.
See why life is good for those living in America’s third-largest city.
Cultural diversity and the food scene
Chicago is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. It’s a city that celebrates its immigrant history, resulting in a vibrant tapestry of languages, cuisines and lifestyles. From the lively neighborhoods of Pilsen and Chinatown to the historic communities of Ukrainian Village and Little Italy, Chicago offers endless opportunities to immerse yourself in different cultures.
Public transportation much better than national average
Chicagoans enjoy a robust public transit system, making it easy to navigate the city without the need for a car. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates an extensive network of buses and “L” trains that connect various neighborhoods. This accessible and affordable transportation system helps reduce the hassle of daily commuting.
Chicago boasts world-class cultural institutions. The Art Institute of Chicago houses an extensive art collection, while the Museum of Science and Industry offers interactive exhibits. The city also features renowned theaters like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, ensuring there’s always something to do for culture enthusiasts.
Chicago’s stunning lakefront, with its picturesque parks and beaches, provides a serene escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Whether you’re strolling along the Lakefront Trail, lounging at North Avenue Beach or enjoying the greenery of Grant Park, you can always find a tranquil spot to unwind.
No place is perfect. Make sure these potential cons aren’t dealbreakers for you if you’re planning on moving to Chicago.
Cost of living
Chicago has a relatively high cost of living. Rent, groceries and other daily expenses can add up quickly. While it may not be as expensive as some other major cities like New York — in fact, it’s about 45% lower — newcomers should be prepared for the financial challenges of funding life in a major metropolitan area.
Just how high is Chicago’s cost of living? Though not Willis Tower high, expect to pay nearly 20% extra than the national median. According to Redfin, “the cost of living is 19% higher than the national average. Housing costs in particular are 50% more than the national average… Additionally, everyday expenses such as groceries, transportation and healthcare are generally pricier in the city.”
Chicago is a densely populated city, especially in neighborhoods like the Loop and River North. During peak hours, crowded streets and packed public transportation can be a common occurrence. Opting for less densely populated neighborhoods like Hyde Park or Lincoln Square can offer a bit more breathing room.
Living in a big city like Chicago comes with the typical challenges of noise, congestion and a fast-paced lifestyle. For those accustomed to smaller towns or quieter environments, the bustling streets and constant activity of the city may require an adjustment period. And as anyone who migrates to this city might tell you, traffic here carries its own set of challenges.
The Windy City offers a diverse and dynamic urban experience with its own set of advantages and challenges. It’s a city where culture thrives, public transportation excels and beautiful lakefront escapes await, but it also demands adaptation to a higher cost of living and the realities of big-city life. Visiting Chicago and exploring its neighborhoods can help you determine if this dynamic city is the right place for you to call home.
Cold winters and other unpredictable weather
Living in Chicago can be a rewarding experience, but its cold, harsh winters and unpredictable weather can be a notable drawback. Winters in the Windy City are characterized by bone-chilling temperatures, heavy snowfall and biting winds that can make daily life challenging, and frosty breezes from both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan only compound the issue.
These unpredictable weather patterns can make planning outdoor activities or even just daily routines a bit of a gamble, with sudden temperature fluctuations and unexpected storms keeping residents on their toes. While Chicago offers many attractions and a vibrant culture, its winters and weather can be a formidable con for those who prefer milder climates.
Ready to feel the Midwestern warmth of the Windy City?
Are you contemplating a move to the vibrant and iconic city of Chicago? If so, you’re embarking on a journey that promises an array of opportunities and experiences that are truly second to none.
Chicago, renowned for its stunning skyline, diverse neighborhoods and rich cultural and architectural heritage, is an exceptional place to call home. Are you ready to pack your bags? Take a look at our Chicago apartments for rent.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
Architect Louis Naidorf had a disastrous 80th birthday cake. In 2008, Naidorf, who designed the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, was presented with a celebration cake that had been custom-baked in the shape of his iconic cylindrical building. But the pastry soon reflected the rather substantial difference between concrete and flour.
“When the cake was brought out, it gently collapsed, and everyone applauded,” Naidorf says, laughing over the phone from his home in Santa Rosa. “It was like in one of the movies where the Capitol Records building was destroyed.” Thankfully the cake for his 95th birthday, which he celebrated last month, was more structurally sound.
Designated a historic-cultural monument in 2006, the building has long been a favorite Los Angeles landmark to demolish on film — especially for filmmaker Roland Emmerich, who blew it up with an alien spaceship in “Independence Day” and slammed it with twisters in “The Day After Tomorrow.” Yet no movie can ever write the building out of a central place in popular music history. The tower is synonymous with the illustrious Capitol Records, home of Nat King Coleand Frank Sinatra, and the American record label of Pink Floyd and the Beatles, with the latter’s stars lining the Hollywood Walk of Fame right in front of the building.
Over the last several years, the building has been illuminated in support of various sociopolitical causes. In 2020, it was lighted red to support independent music venues. Last year, during their performance in Hollywood, Duran Duran lighted the Capitol Records building blue and yellow in solidarity with Ukraine. “I think that’s excellent,” Naidorf says. “Anything that vigorously engages the public on the right side of good causes transcends other issues. I’m flattered they use the Capitol Records building. It means it has enough cachet to merit being chosen to do that.”
Like the famous landmark he designed, Louis Naidorf has of late been experiencing his own brush with stardom, with postcards from autograph seekers arriving at his door. He is flattered but doesn’t take the attention too seriously.
“It’s obvious that if someone asks me for four signatures I’m part of trading baseball cards or something,” he says. “They are going to trade four Lou Naidorfs for one Joe Smith.”
Still, he’s surprised and somewhat baffled by the sudden burst of recognition after all these years. “I guess my name ended up on a list or something,” he shrugs.
Naidorf was just 24 years old when he designed the Capitol Records building, in 1953. It was the world’s first circular office building.
Though it was 70 years ago, he vividly recalls how he felt when he received the assignment for his first solo project. “At one level, I felt enormous anxiety that if I didn’t get a solution, very, very quickly, something terrible would happen,” he says. “On the other hand, I felt a total confidence that I could do it. So it was a crazy contradiction.”
Naidorf notes the building’s porcelain enamel sunshades with carefully spaced gaps to play with light and shadow. These cause spiral lines to appear on the building, drawing the eye into a rhythm rather than straight up and down. “You can see Capitol Records from quite a distance and you get a first impression of its basic form and character. You have a reading of it as complete,” he says. “But the building is designed so that the closer you get to the building, you discover more details.”
What about the long-standing myth that its round shape was designed to look like a stack of records with a rooftop antenna resembling a phonograph needle? As hard as it might be to believe, the legendary story about the building is just a coincidence — an urban legend that Naidorf has tried to debunk for decades.
In fact, when his boss, Welton Becket, tasked him with the assignment, the building was simply referred to as Project X. Shrouded in secrecy, Naidorf was given little guidance for the project other than being asked to design a 13-story building on a sloped side street in Hollywood that had to be kept as cool as possible and had smaller than usual floor space. He also didn’t know for whom he was designing it. Naidorf says it was common for clients’ identities to be kept confidential during the initial planning stages of a project.
However, Naidorf relished the creative latitude. The absence of information left him unburdened by preconceived ideas. “I knew the door was open for something special. It urged me so strongly,” he says earnestly. “I felt, and I think all architects feel this way … there’s a drive to translate the mundane bare requirements that clients come in with into something that has some poetic qualities about it.”
Naidorf then had an epiphany: The project’s requirements were “eerily resonant” with a series of circular buildings he had designed for his master’s thesis in college. “The round shape is a very efficient enclosure of space,” he says. “You get more bang for your buck.”
Not everyone agreed with his approach. Naidorf says that Capitol Records co-founder and President Glenn Wallichs became irate when Naidorf presented him with a model and drawings of a round building, and “violently rejected” the design. “He thought it was a cheap stunt designed by a young guy to make the building look like a stack of records,” Naidorf says, laughing.
Wallichs insisted that Naidorf replace the round design with plans for a rectangular building. But when both rectangular and circular designs were presented to the insurance company financing the land, Naidorf says that Wallichs was urged to proceed with the round design.
Soon after, when talk of the building housing a radio station (that never came to fruition) was raised, Naidorf fretted when he was asked to design an antenna. He was worried that it would look like a phonograph needle and cement the idea that the building was designed to look like a stack of records.
Owing to his nagging concern, Naidorf positioned the rooftop spire asymmetrically, poised to appear as if it touches the roof delicately, like “a ballerina en pointe.” He calls it the building’s “grace note.” Still, the stack-of-vinyl myth persists. Laughing, Naidorf says, “It’s the most enduring myth of all.”
Despite his good humor, it leaves him conflicted. “The building was not designed as a cartoon or a giggle. To have it trivialized with the stack-of-records myth is annoying and dismaying,” he says. “There’s not a thing on the building that doesn’t have a solid purpose to it.”
Naidorf’s ingenuity has been especially impressive to Los Angeles-based architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, who says he has “often responded strongly to the fact and admired that here was this interesting architect [Naidorf] who was combining science and art, or artistry and technology. Welton Becket [& Associates], very much to their credit, were at a period where modernism was at its heyday and they had to come up with ideas that were new and fresh and they did it, and Lou was certainly instrumental in that. His work is extraordinary.”
Naidorf was born in Los Angeles in 1928. His father owned a shop where he made and sold women’s clothing, with Naidorf’s mother lining the garments. Owing to his father’s lack of accounting skills and business acumen, however, the business often collapsed, forcing his parents to work at a garment factory until debts could be paid off to reopen the store.
Throughout his childhood, Naidorf’s family struggled financially as they moved around, living mostly in Silver Lake and Los Feliz. With only enough money to rent studio apartments, Naidorf’s parents slept on a Murphy bed while Naidorf spent his nights on a mattress on the floor.
As a little boy, Naidorf felt drawn to buildings. When his third-grade teacher decorated the classroom with a Hawaiian vacation theme, his fascination morphed into a calling. “I asked my teacher who made the drawings and she said, ‘Naval architects.’ And then I asked her who draws the plans for houses and she said, ‘Architects.’ She told me to ask my mother to show me the floor plans that were published in the real estate section of the Sunday edition of the newspaper.
“When I saw them, I was a goner,” he swoons. “I now knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be an architect.”
Naidorf remembers, at age 8, designing a three-bedroom house, using a card table as a makeshift drafting table. Soon after, he began designing small towns. “It wasn’t anything brilliant, but I was learning to draw, learning to scale and learning to think in spatial terms,” he says. When he was 12 years old, Naidorf got a part-time job at a bookstore, where he spent his first two paychecks on architecture books, absorbing them until they were threadbare.
Beyond literature, Naidorf amassed a growing collection of architectural materials (T-square, rectangles, instruments for ink drawings), thanks to his bar mitzvah presents, and decided he was ready to get to work. Sanford Kent, a young architect who had just graduated from USC, hired a tenacious 13-year-old Naidorf, paying him out of his own pocket.
Naidorf says tackling the abstract problems Kent gave him at once stimulated his mind and were instrumental in forming his long-standing ethos. “It got me thinking about architecture in terms of its effect on human emotions. The key issue is, ‘How do people respond to your work, whether from a distance or by living it?’” he says.
He continued to soak up whatever he could about architecture, gearing his junior and high school classes toward studying architecture in university. He attended UC Berkeley instead of the privately funded USC, not only to leave home and expand his horizons but also because of its affordability.
Even still, Naidorf couldn’t afford all of the program’s required materials. He borrowed airbrushes from his fellow students, who would also give him their pencil stubs instead of tossing them out. Naidorf submitted his assignments on pebble board, which was not only cheaper than illustration board but allowed him to draw on one side, flip it over and draw on the other.
In 1950, Naidorf graduated at the top of his class and got his master of architecture degree a year early. He skipped his graduation ceremony because he had a job interview the next day at Welton Becket & Associates, where he was promptly hired. Among his earliest design assignments: a tray slide for a hospital cafeteria, a clothes closet and a “Please Wait to Be Seated” sign for a restaurant.
Three years into his employment, he began working on the Capitol Records building. Naidorf says he would design it the exact same way if he were given the assignment today.
Andrew Slater, former Capitol Records president and chief executive (2001-07), attests to the building’s distinctive charm. “When you go to work every day in that building it’s like you’re going into a piece of art, and it informs your attitude … to do something with that mindset, which is great,” he says. “Even though working in the music industry is, in a sense, an industrial endeavor, you never felt like you were doing anything industrial when you walked into that building.”
Still, Naidorf fears being perceived as a “Johnny One Note,” as he puts it. Noting the plaque bearing his name outside the building’s main entrance, he expresses gratitude but wariness “that this one modest project has to carry my whole reputation on it.”
It’s a fair point, given the magnitude of Naidorf’s notable oeuvre. It’s earned him 17 regional honor and merit awards and AIA California’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). His work also has been featured at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
“I know Capitol Records is always the first one people talk about and it’s a splendid, iconic building that fuses artistry and functionalism, but he’s also produced other projects over the years,” says fellow architect O’Herlihy. “The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is brilliant.”
Naidorf designed the 3,000-seat capacity Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on the heels of the Capitol Records building, in the late 1950s. Essentially two buildings in one, it was a challenge to design a locale that functioned at once as a performance space with a sloped floor and an exhibit hall with a flat floor for sports events, banquets and trade shows.
He transformed the floor from flat to tilted using a hydraulic system that was hailed for its innovation. “I don’t think you’ll find any place that has a symphony on a Friday night and a gem show, or some kind of hobby show, on Saturday,” he says.
Formerly home to the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestrabut currently sitting vacant, the Civic Auditorium opened its doors to the public in 1958. From 1961 to 1968, it hosted the Academy Awards. It also was the site of live recordings including George Carlin’s comedy record “Class Clown” and the Eagles’ “Eagles Live,” a double LP recorded during their three-night run at the venue. It also hosted “The T.A.M.I. Show” in 1964.
In the meantime, while the Civic was still under construction, Naidorf designed the 15,000-seat capacity Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the biggest arena in Los Angeles when it opened in 1959. (The arena was demolished in 2016 to make way for the Banc of California Stadium, now called BMO Stadium.)
Naidorf says the Sports Arena, home to various Los Angeles sports teams including the NBA’s Lakers (1960-67) and Clippers (1984-1999) and the NHL’s Kings (1967-68), was built to attract sports teams to Los Angeles, but uncertainty about whether they’d catch on meant the facility had to be viable for other purposes.
In 1960, a year after it opened its doors, the Sports Arena hosted the first Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, where John F. Kennedy became the presidential nominee. Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) won a boxing match there in 1962. It also hosted rallies by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama, and saw concerts by legendary rock acts including the Grateful Dead.
Bruce Springsteen played the venue’s final concerts before the building was demolished, a three-night stint during which he dedicated his song “Wrecking Ball” to the building lovingly nicknamed “The Dump That Still Jumps.” “Well, it was pretty dumpy by the end,” Naidorf says, laughing. “Not all architecture is permanent,” he continues. “I’d rather it was demolished and some useful purpose made of the site than having it sit there old, shabby and neglected as it was.”
Naidorf’s credits also include the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Beverly Center and the Reagan State Office Building downtown. Outside of Los Angeles, Naidorf helmed the restoration of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, a six-year undertaking and then the largest-ever restoration undertaken in the U.S., and he designed President Gerald Ford’s house in Rancho Mirage.
The tallest building in Arizona, the Valley National Bank building (now Chase Tower) in Phoenix, also was designed by Naidorf, as well as the Hyatt Regency Dallas and adjacent Reunion Tower, the most recognizable landmark of the city’s skyline.
He details these and his other high-profile projects in his 2018 book “More Humane: An Architectural Memoir”, filled with photos, backstories and personal anecdotes. Flipping through its pages, one learns that Naidorf not only took risks designing his projects but even risked his job on occasion.
He writes in his memoir that in 1958, when he was designing the Humble Oil (now Exxon) headquarters in Houston, he refused to design separate locker rooms and drinking fountains for Black and white people, as the company asked him to. When he went home on that Friday night, he describes not knowing if he’d have a job the following Monday. Not only did Naidorf not lose his job, he says, but the company ceased segregating its locker rooms and drinking fountains after that.
“I realized architects have access to some of the most powerful people in the world and it is our job to bring up issues that represent social issues rather than just architectural design,” he says. “The only thing for evil to triumph is for good people to remain silent. Architects should not remain silent.”
Naidorf also understood that sometimes he was designing projects where people don’t want to be, like the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, which opened in 1988. “I felt that there were two emotions we had to contend with,” he says. “One was to lay the sense that this would be welcoming and have a more personal quality. But if you go to a hospital you want a quite contradictory thing. You want to have a sense that it’s state-of-the-art, that whatever powerful forces can cure you, they’re there.”
Instead of one medical building, which he felt would seem ominous, he designed several structures and a series of outdoor walkways to make the facility feel warm and comforting. The treatment and diagnostic part of the facility was bold, with an abundance of steel and glass. Walkways were lined with floor-to-ceiling glass to allow patients to see the outdoor courtyard, grass, trees, sky and distant views of a golf course “based on the primitive feeling you have in the hospital, which is to get out of the damn place,” he says.
When he was out shopping a few months ago, Naidorf met a woman who mentioned that she had been in the Navy, forcing her to move around a lot when her son was battling childhood leukemia. Without knowing she was talking to the Naval Medical Center’s designer himself, she told Naidorf that it was the only hospital that didn’t scare her ill 6-year-old son, who has since made a full recovery.
“What kind of an architect…,” Naidorf says, overcome with emotion and his voice breaking, “do you have to be not to hold that as better than any design award?”
Though Naidorf had risen through Welton Becket & Associates’ ranks to become vice president, director of research and director of design, he grew increasingly unhappy after the firm’s merger with Ellerbe Associates (it was renamed Ellerbe Becket). He moved into academia full-time in 1990, spending just one day a week at the firm.
Naidorf became dean of the School of Architecture and Design at Woodbury University, earning numerous distinctions, including teacher, faculty member and administrator of the year. He was also a guest professor at UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona and SCI-Arc. At his retirement ceremony in 2000, he was awarded an honorary doctorate, marking not only the end of his academic career but also his time in Los Angeles.
Charmed by the beauty of Northern California, Naidorf moved up the coast to Santa Rosa. For the next 15 years, he continued working with Woodbury University as campus architect, designing and remodeling some of its buildings, and was invited to be a board member.
When he parted ways with Woodbury at 87 years old, it was not with the goal of taking it easy. Naidorf had other pursuits in mind, including his work with City Vision Santa Rosa revitalizing the city’s downtown area.
He also helped his close friend, Mike Harkins (who edited Naidorf’s memoir), design his new house free of charge after the 2017 Tubbs Fire burned Harkins’ home to the ground and he and his wife lost 99% of their belongings.
“Lou offered without solicitation: ‘I’d like to design your house,’” Harkins says. “To me or anyone else who knows him, it was a heartfelt offer that of course he would make, and yet so much more. One analogy might be if Eric Clapton said, ‘I’d like to play at your wedding.’ The knowledge and sensibility that comes along with a Naidorf design offering is huge, just like his heart.”
Most recently, Naidorf has been experimenting with plans for a project to help people who are unhoused.
Naidorf has made the most of his architecture license over the last 71 years. His voice fills with pride when he reveals that he holds the earliest issued active architecture license in the state of California, obtained in 1952.
“It’s something I wanted to be since I was a little kid. My architecture license was so hard to come by. I don’t want to give it up,” he says with palpable emotion. “I don’t want to be retired. I want to be an architect until I fall over. I plan to be buried as a licensed architect.”
Of recently turning 95, he jokes that he feels like a bad vaudeville performer who soon will be pulled offstage by a hook. But Naidorf remains in remarkably good health after surviving both prostate and esophageal cancer in his 80s.
To keep his brain sharp, he does exercises including counting backward from 100 by sevens and taking IQ tests online.
As a nonagenarian, he says there is no key to living a long life. He suggests, though, that it helps to try to use it well. “It’s not how big the steak is but how tasty it is,” he says. “I think you have to seek a calling, listen for it and search for it. Find something in your life that is really yours. … Get engaged with something that’s going to scare you, something where the problems are hard. And take risks. There is no failure.”
He also notes the importance of adaptability. “I have had four marriages. I’d better be resilient,” he quips. Twice divorced and twice widowed, Naidorf has a daughter from his first marriage, four stepchildren (who call him “Dad”) from his fourth marriage, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. An intensely private man, he’s reticent to speak publicly about his relationships and family, preferring to focus on his work.
“I remain so fascinated with architecture,” he says. “I cannot even walk past a store where somebody is putting in an electrical outlet without stopping to look in and watch it.”
The chatty Naidorf turns summarily succinct, saying, “I certainly have had a good run.”