I love to cook! What should I look for in a TCC apartment kitchen?

Photo of Seminole Grand ApartmentsThis updated kitchen with an open layout makes cooking with friends a wonderful experience. Seminole Grand is a great complex for students with a passion for food.

When looking for an apartment near Tallahassee Community College you shouldn't feel like you have to sacrifice your valued kitchen space. Cooking is one of life's greatest joys, but it can be hard to do in a small or outdated kitchen. There are plenty of ways to find an apartment with a killer kitchen that all of your friends will drool over.

Stainless Steel

Not sure how to find an apartment with your dream kitchen? Obviously the first thing you should put on your list of must-haves is a refrigerator that meets your cooking needs. It might seem obvious that your TCC apartment would include major appliances such as a refrigerator, but this unfortunately isn't always the case. Next, try looking for apartments with stainless steel appliances. While stainless steel finishes have really only started trending over the past decade, they're nice to have because they offer an attractive appearance that is easy to clean. They also imply quality, durability and at least relative newness. This logic isn't fool-proof, but it's definitely a good place to start if you don't want to end up preparing fancy dinners for yourself and your classmates at Tallahassee Community College on a harvest gold stove from the 70's.

Think Outside the Box

For me, countertops are a purely aesthetic element of the kitchen that I don't care much about. Granite or butcher block can be nice to look at, but at the end of the day a pretty countertop doesn't contribute anything meaningful to the meal I'm cooking. While that may or may not be true, apartments with upgraded countertops can be indicative of updated kitchen appliances.

Upgraded appliances are what you should really focus on in your search for TCC apartments. I would prioritize looking for a dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal. Dishwashers are going to be your best friend after a dinner party with your friends - especially when you don't want to spend the whole night doing dishes the old-fashioned way! Likewise, looking for a garbage disposal might seem like an obscure feature to want, but trust me when I say they are under appreciated. You can easily dispose of food scraps, coffee grounds, or other food items that would otherwise fill up your trash. If you're going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen you definitely want to choose an apartment near TCC that includes most of your top appliances. Use appliances as a search feature to help weed out apartments in the area that may not be a good fit for your needs.

If after looking at tons of amazing kitchens you decide you want the rest of your apartment to match your beautiful kitchen, luxury apartments are a good search option. However, if you are in search of a stylish pad on a budget, you can find tons of great ideas online to spruce up a not-so-pretty kitchen. When you're thinking about appliances, don't forget to search for an apartment with a washer and dryer so you won't have to make trips to the laundromat. 

You should feel confident that your new kitchen will allow you to easily whip up something delicious. Even if your kitchen has laminate countertops or fluorescent lighting, it's more about the chef anyways, right? What really matters is the food you cook and the family and friends you surround yourself with to share in the meal. A fancy kitchen is nice, but don't trick yourself into thinking it's necessary for your cooking.

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