Palmer Square in Downtown Princeton Launches Newly-Designed PalmerSquareResidences.com

palmer-square-residences-websitePRINCETON, NJ – Palmer Square announced today the launch of the community’s newly-redesigned residential website, www.PalmerSquareResidences.com.  The improved website represents a ground-up redesign to better showcase Palmer Square’s collection of sophisticated homes and incomparable location in the heart of downtown Princeton.

Blending improved functionality with a strong design aesthetic, the website features new interior and exterior photography and videos of the community’s distinctive multi-story townhomes and single-level flats.  A separate photo gallery captures the unique charm and appeal of Palmer Square’s picturesque surroundings, including Princeton University’s historic campus and the area’s vibrant shopping and dining landscape.  Prospective buyers and renters can access real-time availability of for-sale and rental homes, download and print 3D floorplans, view pertinent details on amenities and finishes, and “tour” the culturally-rich neighborhood through an illustrative map that links to 50 points of interest.

“We developed the new website to create a more positive user experience for our future residents,” said Lori Rabon, Vice President of Palmer Square.  “We also wanted the site to reflect the unique and sophisticated lifestyle offered at Palmer Square which is ideally located in the heart of one of the country’s most desirable places to live.  We believe the new website accomplishes both objectives and are delighted to now launch it to the public.” [Read more…]

Palmer Square’s Luxury Rental Residences Provide an Appealing Princeton Living Alternative

palmer-square-exteriorIn today’s residential market, living in luxury doesn’t necessarily require the purchase of a home.  From Millennials to Generation X-ers to Baby Boomers, more and more people are choosing to rent, and in some cases, the high-end options available to them have become virtually impossible to distinguish from for-sale properties.

In downtown Princeton, for example, Palmer Square has successfully drawn discerning homebuyers with an incomparable location directly across from Princeton University, a vibrant array of shopping and dining options, and a collection of new condominium and townhome residences that combine sophisticated living spaces with architectural charm.  Those same attributes are also present in the community’s rental residences, which come with a level of flexibility some new Princeton residents are looking for.

“The common denominator is the appeal of Palmer Square’s location in the heart of this dynamic setting which allows residents to live just steps from acclaimed shops, restaurants, culture, arts and education,” says Lori Rabon, Vice President of Palmer Square.  “While some are ready to make a long-term commitment to the area with a new home purchase, others prefer the freedom of renting which might align with employment contracts or their children attending Princeton schools.  In either case, Palmer Square delivers the quality, luxury and lifestyle they’re looking for.” [Read more…]

Skip the Reservations and Make Dinner for Two at The Residences at Palmer Square With These Romantic Recipes

Instead of struggling to get a reservation at a popular restaurant this Valentine’s Day, make a romantic dinner for two right at The Residences at Palmer Square! There’s no reason why you can’t turn up the heat and create an elegant atmosphere in your own kitchen, and these three recipes are perfect for a Valentine’s-worthy meal at home.

Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli [Food Network]
If you and your sweetheart are fans of Italian fare, you’ll both love this modern take on classic ravioli. There’s no better way to create a cozy feeling than with some Italian comfort food, and this one tastes even better when you pop open your favorite wine to go along with it.

Crispy Rack of Lamb with Honey and Mascarpone [Food Network]
For the foodie couple with more advanced culinary skills than most, this impressive recipe will rival anything served at your favorite upscale eatery. You'll get to share in your love of cooking while creating a delicious meal to enjoy together.

Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes [Country Living]
Season a whole chicken with lots of herbs and spices and fill your kitchen with a delicious scent that’s sure to set the mood. Because this one takes some time to roast in the oven, it will give you time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Depart The Residences at Palmer Square, Step Back Into Your Childhood with a Meal at The North End Bistro

Crispy bacon paired with melted provolone on a fresh-baked brioche. Hand-battered fried chicken served alongside moist cornbread. Braised beef short rib in a nest of parmesan polenta. Made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese flecked with fleshly ground Angus beef. These are just a few of the options on the menu at The North End Bistro, a cozy, casual restaurant not too far from The Residences at Palmer Square.

As you'd probably expect, homestyle fare—presented with a gourmet twist—is the draw here. The North End Bistro's tagline is, after all, "a bistro eatery serving the meals you grew up with, no matter where you grew up." But while the food is intended to transport you to your childhood, the wine menu caters to grown-up palates. Sip and swish a varietal sourced from the nearby Hopewell Valley Vineyards, or tote along your own favorite bottle: This place is BYOB.

The North End Bistro
354 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 683-9700
www.northendprinceton.com/home

How to Properly Care for That Stack of Fluffy Towels in Your Bathroom at The Residences at Palmer Square

Wash, rinse, repeat. If that's the extent of your knowledge about caring for bath towels, then this post is for you, The Residences at Palmer Square! Below, find several tips to help you preserve the look and function of your favorite bath towels, whether they be hand-me-downs or pricey designer buys from that trendy homegoods retailer.

1) Wash frequently. True, your towels primarily come in contact with your clean, post-shower skin and hair, but that doesn't mean towels don't require regular laundering. If you shower daily, it's recommended that your towels get tossed in the wash every three days or so (more often for hand towels). Also, be sure to hang each towel on its own hook so that it has enough airflow to thoroughly dry between uses.

2) Scale back on the detergent. Using too much detergent can leave a residue behind, causing your towels' formerly fluffy fibers to become stiff and scratchy. Similarly, you should mind how much fabric softener you're using, as fabric softeners can also leave behind a buildup. Be sure to shake out your towels before putting them in the dryer!

3) Avoid contact with beauty products. Contact with cosmetics, toothpaste, tooth whitening strips, and household cleaners can stain or bleach your towels.

5 Ways You're Ruining Your Towels Without Realizing It [Apartment Therapy]
7 Ways You're Ruining Your Bath Towels [Good Housekeeping]
How to Care for Bath Towels [Overstock]

Snow Is Headed Our Way, The Residences at Palmer Square! Stay Warm With These Recipes for Homemade Hot Cocoa!

With snow in the forecast for this weekend, why not treat yourself to a comforting mug of hot cocoa—but not the storebought variety! Instead, try out any of these recipes for homemade hot cocoa, which are guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy, even if the weather outside is frightful!

1) How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix [The Pioneer Woman]
Only three ingredients are needed for this quick and easy recipe from The Pioneer Woman: unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and powdered milk. Whisk the three ingredients together, then combine the mixture with hot water. Bonus: This mix is great for gift-giving, or just keep a jar stashed in your cabinet at The Residences at Palmer Square!

2) Homemade Hot Chocolate [Martha Stewart]
Everyone's favorite domestic diva keeps things simple with her recipe for homemade hot chocolate. Stewart's recipe calls for sugar, cocoa, and salt, all of which are stirred into heated whole milk. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a handful of mini marshmallows for a real wintertime treat!

3) Holiday Hot Chocolate [Food Network]
Don't let the name fool you: This hot cocoa recipe is delicious year-round. Provided by Food Network star Ina Garten, the recipe swaps standard cocoa powder in favor of white chocolate—one whole pound of it! The white chocolate is chopped into small pieces, then melted in a saucepan with heated milk and half-and-half. Orange liqueur and fresh vanilla provide depth of flavor.

Zoë: Women’s Designer Apparel, Straight from the Runway to Your Closet at The Residences at Palmer Square

Isabel Marant. DVF. Rag & Bone. Current/Elliott. A.L.C. Helmut Lang. J Brand. Tibi. It's this eclectic mix of designers that, according the Zoë Facebook page, "sets [this women's boutique apart] from its look-a-likes." It's also the reason behind Zoë's healthy client base (women of all ages are known to browse the racks here), as well as the shop's longevity: Zoë has been a member of Princeton's retail scene since 1995.

Owner Lisa Brock is yet another reason for the boutique's success. A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Brock is regularly in the audience at all the larger fashion shows, so you can rest assured that everything on display at Zoë is reflective of the latest looks and trends from the runway. One final thing to note: Zoë stocks footwear, handbags, and accessories in addition to apparel. Stop in now to see new clutches from Lanvin, and check out the shop's sale section—you're likely to find a new item for your closet at The Residences at Palmer Square!

Zoë
11 Hulfish St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 497-1019
www.shopzoeonline.com
www.facebook.com/SHOPZOE

Cross Culture Restaurant: Leave Room for Dessert at This Indian Restaurant Near The Residences at Palmer Square

If you arrive at Princeton's Cross Culture Restaurant and encounter a crowd, it likely means one thing: It's lunchtime! That's when this Indian fare eatery, which specializes in the cuisine of North India, offers its popular "executive luncheon." Comprising a range of dishes — vegetarian, lamb, seafood, chicken, tandoori — this lunchtime menu (served until 3 p.m. daily) pairs a single entree with rice, daal, assorted pakora, and naan for one lower-than-usual price.

We're not suggesting, however, that you overlook this strip mall spot for dinner. To the contrary, regular diners report that the atmosphere is equal parts relaxed and refined, suitable for a first date or a laid-back meal with family or some friends from The Residences at Palmer Square. You'd be well advised to save room for dessert: The mango sundae is a popular choice. It tops a scoop of vanilla ice cream with fresh, sliced mango, fruit puree, and a dollop of whipped cream!

Cross Culture Restaurant
301 North Harrison Street
Princeton, N.J. 08540
(609) 688-9400
www.crossculturerestaurant.com

How to Keep Your Kitchen at The Residences at Palmer Square Clean and Clutter Free

From making that first French press coffee in the morning to enjoying a lively dinner with friends and family, a well-loved kitchen sees a lot of wear and tear. Luckily, there are ways to keep even the busiest kitchens looking clean and free of clutter. Here are just a few tips to show you how.

  1. Corral messy ingredients such as flour and sugar in sets of vintage canisters. Pick these up at the local flea markets or home goods stores near The Residences at Palmer Square, and line them up on the counter for easy access (and to prevent spills).
  2. If you’re short on space in the cabinets, invest in stackable cups, mugs, and plastic containers. This way, you can utilize the vertical shelf space as well as the horizontal space.
  3. Use lazy Susans for items like condiments in the refrigerator, spices in the cabinet, and even mugs on a coffee cart. This makes it easy to access things on the back of the shelf.
  4. Add tension rods in the cabinets and pantry to keep pot lids and cutting boards upright.
  5. Add sturdy hooks on the walls to hang pots and pans, cutting boards, and kitchen utensils if you’d like to increase your cabinet or drawer space.

25 Kitchen Organization and Storage Tips [Better Homes & Gardens]
8 Smart Organizing Tips for the Kitchen [TidyMom]
Kitchen Organizing Tips [Martha Stewart]
24 Smart Organizing Ideas for Your Kitchen [Real Simple]

Old Barracks Museum: North America’s Last Remaining British Military Barracks Is Only a 30-Minute Drive from The Residences at Palmer Square

Princeton is a town steeped in history, but diehard history buffs are encouraged to venture beyond our town's limits. That's the only way to discover the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, a Revolutionary War site that's about 13 miles from The Residences at Palmer Square.

Built in 1758, this colonial barracks — the last of its kind in North America, per the museum's website — provided shelter to British soldiers during the French and Indian War. It was also used by American troops during the Revolutionary War, then lived on to serve as a military hospital and private homes before becoming a museum in October 1903. Today, the Old Barracks Museum is owned and maintained by the state of New Jersey.

Every year, tens of thousands of visitors explore the barracks to experience living history as costumed docents provide guided tours. Don't depart without a lap around the museum's Quartermaster's Store, home to handicrafts, teas, candles, and gifts with a colonial theme!

Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 396-1776
www.barracks.org