The Best Places to View the Solar Eclipse

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Youíve probably heard about the solar eclipse that will take place and be viewable in certain areas across the United States next week. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun blocking out some or all of the light from the Sun. In the case of the August 21st eclipse, parts of the US will experience a partial block of the Sunís light.

If the moon had a perfectly circular orbit in line with the Earth, we would see a solar eclipse every month. However, because the moonís orbit is tilted more than 5 degrees to the Earthís orbit, the shadow usually misses us. It is possible to have up to five eclipses in one calendar year with only one being a total solar eclipse. Weíre lucky this year to be able to view a solar eclipse. Where can it be viewed from, though?

To see a full totality eclipse, youíll need to be in one of these states/cities at these specific times:

  1. Oregon
    1. Newport - 10:15 AM (PDT)
    2. McMinnvile - 10:17 AM (PDT)
    3. Salem - 10:17 AM (PDT)
  2. Idaho
    1. Idaho Falls - 11:32 AM (MDT)
  3. Wyoming
    1. Casper - 11:42 AM (MDT)
  4. Nebraska
    1. Alliance - 11:49 AM (MDT)
    2. Lincoln - 1:02 PM (CDT)
  5. Missouri
    1. Kansas City - 1:07 PM (CDT)
    2. Jefferson City - 1:13 PM (CDT)
    3. Chesterfield (Near St. Louis) - 1:16 PM (CDT)
  6. Illinois
    1. Carbondale - 1:19 PM (CDT)
  7. Kentucky
    1. Paducah - 1:22 PM (CDT)
    2. Bowling Green - 1:27 PM (CDT)
  8. Tennessee
    1. Nashville - 1:27 PM (CDT)
  9. South Carolina
    1. Clemson - 2:37 PM (EDT)
    2. Greer - 2:38 PM (EDT)
    3. Columbia - 2:41 PM (EDT)
    4. Charleston - 2:45 PM (EDT)

(Source: National Centers for Environmental Information)

Will you be heading outdoors to see the eclipse on Monday? Will you be taking a roadtrip to a location where the eclipse is visible?


While we don't expect you to up and move to view this eclipse, if you happen to be on the hunt for an apartment in one of these areas, Rent Jungleís listings are up-to-date. Find your eclipse home base today online.

Seattle Rent Comparison

The land that now makes up the modern city of Seattle has been inhabited for around 4,000 years. We expect that it looks much different today than what it must have looked like 4,000 years ago. Today it is a bustling metropolis filled with life and more coffee than you can drink (It IS the birthplace of Starbucks). The home of the Space Needle and the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle is dog-friendly and environmentally conscious (plastic bags are no longer available at supermarkets). If this sounds like your cup of tea/coffee, Seattle is probably the place for you!

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The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Seattle, WA is approximately $2,000. What can you get for that price?

  1. Array - Located a few blocks away from Lake Washington, Array offers a stunning space with spectacular amenities. With a rooftop deck, your views of the lake are unobstructed. Youíll also have access to the rooftop firepit and community garden. Inside the apartment, youíll find wood-plank style flooring and designer carpeting. The entire complex is built with sustainability in mind; itís built green and itís Smart Certified. Meet and bond with your neighbors in the resident lounge and enjoy gated underground parking. For close to $2,000 youíll get a 2-bedroom apartment at Array.
  2. Oregon 42 - Just one block away from the bustling business district of the West Seattle Junction, Oregon 42 offers luxury amenities within armís reach of a slew of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife options. Just like Array above, Oregon 42 is built green and is Smart Certified. Especially pet-friendly, this apartment features a dog run and dog washing station to clean your pup afterward. With quartz kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances, this is the perfect place to show off your cooking prowess. For near $2,000, youíll get 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and over 1,000 square feet of space.
  3. Angeline Apartments - New to the apartment scene, Angeline Apartments is located in Columbia City. Travel around the world without leaving your neighborhood as you make your way through all of the interesting and delicious restaurants with cuisine from across the globe. With amazing views, a decked out fitness center, and a cinema, what more can you ask for? Well, thereís also a Pedal Club, a rooftop oasis, an herb garden, private balconies, and a public library right next door. For around $2,000, youíll find yourself with a 764 square foot studio apartment in Columbia City. †

The rainy city of Seattle is the perfect place for coffee lovers, pet owners, and foodies alike. No matter what your interests are youíll find something to pique them in Seattle. For the cityís average rent you can get some pretty spectacular amenities and apartments! Do you think youíll be making the move to Seattle anytime soon?
For more of the latest rental listings in Seattle and elsewhere in the country head to Rent Jungle.

Surviving NYC Heat Waves

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Gotham, AKA New York City, is notoriously roasting during the summer months. July and August tend to be the worst with temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the upper 90s. And thatís not even taking into account how hot the subways get. When the heat waves hit, hereís what you can do to avoid melting into the sidewalk.

  1. Kick off your shoes. The Barefoot Ball might not sound appealing but when the sun starts beating down on you, youíll realize how badly you want to take your shoes off. Dance on the lawn in Bryant Park with your pals and hundreds of strangers in their bare feet. We hope you donít have a thing against other peopleís feet. The Ball takes place on July 26th from 7PM-11PM.

  2. Sip from the clouds. It might seem counterintuitive but this next one requires you to head to Times Square. The famed Knickerbocker Hotel is home to one of the best local-loved bars in the city, St. Cloud Social. Head right to the top to one of three Sky Pods overlooking the madness of Times Square. Sip something seasonal as you watch the tourists grappling with the heat.

  3. Drink the heat away. Thereís nothing more quenching on a hot summer day than an ice cold beer. Treat yourself to a few at the first International Beer & Food Festival in Queens. Munch on international snacks while sipping on international beers. Thereís no better way to escape the heat.

  4. I scream, you scream. When the weather gets to be this hot, itís not worth it to go running for the ice cream truck, no matter how sweaty you feel. Instead of expending the energy, try one of New Yorkís many ice cream shops like the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Superiority Burger, and Ice and Vice. They donít move and you wonít have to run after them down the street.

  5. Embrace the cold. Take avoiding heat to the extreme by heading to a bar made entirely of ice. Step in to Minus5, don your gloves and coat, and grab a drink. Itís a true escape from the heat. You might even start to get too cold and head for the outdoors!

New York in the summer is an oven. Stay safe and hydrated when out and about, and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

On the hunt for a cool, new NYC pad? Head to Rent Jungle to browse the latest listings.

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Why Choose Rent Jungle?

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The apartment search is a difficult process no matter if itís your first time or your fifteenth time searching. It can be hard to find the perfect place. Rent Jungle understands the struggle and wants to help make the process as simple and pain-free as we can. Hereís what Rent Jungle uses to help you weed through the apartment jungle.

Rent Comparison
Moving into a new city is rough but itís especially rough when youíre also looking for a new place. When youíre not sure how much the average rent is in a city, you could end up paying too much in rent. With Rent Jungleís Rent Comparison tool, you can easily discover if what a landlord is asking for is too much. Donít get fooled just because youíre new in town. Try out our Rent Comparison tool now to see how your current apartment stacks up in your area.

City Descriptions
Itís important to do a little research before you move to a whole new city but that can be time-consuming. Instead, head to Rent Jungle, choose your city†and scroll to the bottom. Under the apartment listings, youíll find a synopsis of the city of your choice. Read up on the local sports teams, the climate, the crime rate, and even the top neighborhoods in the city. After learning a little more about the city, youíll be able to get a more accurate idea of whether you want to live there or not.

Refine Your Search
Youíve got the perfect apartment in your mind. Visualize it. Now what is it like? 2 bedrooms, pet-friendly, carpeted, backyard? Whatever your preferences, just select them using Rent Jungleís Advanced Search features. Rent Jungle makes it easy to find exactly the kind of apartment youíre looking for. Your dream apartment is at your fingertips with Rent Jungle.

Itís a jungle out there. Let Rent Jungle help you explore it. With our advanced search tools, your perfect apartment is closer than you think. Check out our up-to-date listings now.

What would be in your ideal apartment? Share your specifications with us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Places to Move If You Hate Summer

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The first day of summer is upon us and that means the heat is also upon us. Temperatures are rising across the country and thereís no sign of it stopping! If you melt in the heat rather than flourish, youíre probably considering fleeing to the North Pole until October at the earliest. Instead, opt for some of these US cities where the sun doesnít beat down quite as brutally. quite as brutally.

Seattle

No one appreciates summer more than Seattleites. With over 60% of their year covered in clouds, the moment the sun peeks out, they cheer and jump for joy. Most people are aware of Seattleís reputation as one of the rainiest cities in the country. What you might not realize is that summerís in Seattle are comfortable and mild. Temperatures donít tend to reach the heights that they do in other parts of the country. The average high temperature over the summer months is a pleasant 72. The rain even lets up over the duration of the summer with an average of only 35 inches of rainfall throughout June, July, and August.

San Francisco
While most of California is bathed in sunshine and home to some of the worldís most stunning beaches, San Francisco prefers to keep it a bit more mild. Literally. The average high temperature over the summer months hovers around 56įF, making for a very comfortable season. San Francisco isnít just a great place to live if you despise summer but also a great place to live if you canít stand winter. The average temperature over the winter months is around 52įF. You can wear the same clothes practically all year!

Anchorage
This might seem obvious but Alaskaís summers are some of the most temperate in the country. With an average temperature over June, July, and August of 63įF, the summers in Anchorage are cooler than elsewhere in the country. You wonít be sweating bullets just walking from your vehicle into your apartment. Although be prepared for a small adjustment to your sleep schedule: Anchorage gets an average of 20.7 daylight hours per day over the summer months. We recommend investing in some blackout curtains so, you wonít miss out on any shut-eye.

 

Summer is certainly not for everyone. If thatís the case for you, consider packing up and moving to a city with a milder season. Sure, it gets warmer but not enough to make you sweaty and uncomfortable. Check out apartments in these cooler cities on Rent Jungle today.

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