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Back to School

Wishing a happy start to the school year to all of our young residents of California Apartments. Remember that children will be walking to and from the bus stop. Please be careful when driving through the community and remember to stop at stop signs.

If you need any information about the local public and private school options, call the Rental Office.

Holiday Traditions at California Apartments

Holiday Traditions at California ApartmentsThanksgiving and Christmas bring warm holiday traditions that are anticipated each year. A favorite annual Thanksgiving event for Amy DeFeo, Manager at California Apartments, is called “Operation Fireside.” This is the 4th year that Amy and her family have taken part in the special day.

Operation Fireside provides U.S Coast Guard Trainees, on break from basic training, with home-cooked holiday meals. More than 200 families in Cape May County open their homes to recruits so that they can spend the holiday off base and enjoy dinner and fellowship with a family. This year The American Red Cross paired 400 recruits with local families. For Amy, who is a military veteran, it has become one of her favorite holiday traditions.

California Apartments Gives Back

California Apartments Spaghetti DinnerAt California Apartments, we consistently strive to explore ways of giving back to those in need. Each year we host a special dinner to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. This year there was a special need that hit close to home so we chose to share the proceeds of the event with Ayden’s Army.

On November 16th, we joined forces with Chef’s Table Catering to host a Spaghetti dinner. Our residents and others from the local area came out in force to enjoy a delicious dinner for a great cause.

We are genuinely proud of our residents and what they continually accomplish for society!

Fall in Love with Our Maintenance Team!

California Apartments Maintenance TeamIf you ask our residents what they love most about living at California Apartments many will tell you it’s our wonderful maintenance team! Here at California Apartments our main focus is customer service and making sure our residents are taken care of, which includes apartment maintenance. Our maintenance team’s main priority is to solve any obstacle in a thorough and speedy manner.

Whether it is a clogged drain, burned out lightbulb or a jammed patio door, our team members are on the job within the day. Unlike regular maintenance technicians that require you to take off work and let them in your house, with your permission, our team can make a service call while you carry on with your day. Our technicians bring card to leave at your door after each call. This allows our residents to know when a member has stopped in and explains how they have resolved the concern.

There is also no need to worry about after hours calls. With our 24-hour emergency maintenance we always have a team member on call to help with lock-outs and other urgent service requests.

How California Apartments’ Residents “Do AC”

California ApartmentsCalifornia Apartments is located right outside Atlantic City, NJ, perfect for enjoying the city lifestyle without the tourists. We are a short 15-minute drive from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where you can sample all that the ocean offers- like surfing, fishing and kayaking. For those who prefer indoor activities there is plenty of shopping in Atlantic City, and it’s tax-free on clothing and shoe purchases. Some popular places to check out while cruising the “walk” are the Tanger Outlets, The Playground, and The Quarter at Tropicana.

When you’re tired of the busy city life you can check out the Pleasantville City Farmers Market. Together with the Sustainable Jersey Program, the summer market features locally-grown produce and homemade products from native sellers. Here you can score produce from 4H Farmers of Egg Harbor City,and local honey at Busy Bees and fuel up with lunch at CC’s Hot Stop or Corey’s Fish Fry, But hurry- the season ends September 28!

Shared Holiday Traditions

Seven Fishes California ApartmentsThe holidays are approaching and it’s a great time to share some of our family traditions.  Amy DeFeo, manager at California Apartments, looks forward to “The Feast of the Seven Fishes,” an Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration.  On December 24th, she and her family gather round the table to enjoy seven (or more!) delicious seafood courses. 

Boo! Community Halloween Party

CA Halloween PartyAmy and her team at California Apartments are preparing for a frighteningly good time!  Start planning your costume and save the date for a spooky night with your friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, October 28th from 7-10pm in the Community Building

Fun, food and prizes for best costume!!


Praise for California Apartments

California Apartments are great.  Jimmy and I love it here and all our friends know how much.  They take very good care of the grounds as if they were caring for there own at there home.  Great parties, pool and hot tub in the Summer!  Card games on Wednesday, they are the best staff!  Also tennis court and kiddie swings, it’s great.  We have been here for 13 years.  The Best so forget the rest!

High Praise for California Apartments

We moved into California Apartments early August, 1988. We were 26 and 1/2 years younger than we are now and we remember it like it was yesterday! In fact, Elaine was our apartment manager, and John was our maintenance guy back then! We knew we “landed” in a good place, and we loved having good management, along with good neighbors. Six years to the day of us moving in, our building was hit by lightening and we had our fire. We’ll never forget that day, as it was a life changing event. But our California Apartment staff made our transition to another apartment smooth, and helped us in any way they could! Eight months later, our new apartment was ready to move into, and again management was most helpful! When shortly after moving back into 338, we were informed of a rent increase. I wrote a letter to corporate, explaining about our fire and circumstances, and they decided not to raise the rent…that meant so much, and made us feel like someone really cared!

Unfortunately, we had serious noise issues. It was a trying time for us; lasting several years… neighbor’s taking us to court, when they were the one’s making the noise, and new neighbor’s calling the police on us for complaining about their noise. That was a very rough time in our lives, and when I addressed it to management; they came up with another apartment for us, in another building, on the third floor, above any noise. Five year’s ago, we moved to 138 from 338, and it was the wonderful change we needed in our lives! We finally had peace!

The third floor apartment was 30 stairs up, and 30 stairs down, which was ok the first couple of years. But as we both got older, 30 stairs up, at the end of a long day, and carrying groceries and such, was very hard on us. So back in July, we decided that we needed a change. We didn’t expect to make a real estate purchase this late in our lives, but after checking on some ground floor rentals, with more room, we realized that with the great interest rates, and Frank utilizing a VA loan, we could make our dream a reality! We found a great home, in a 55 and over community, and closed on our new house February 26th! While we are happily settled in our new place, we left California Apartments a little sad, but with a lifetime of good memories! You guys are awesome! We appreciate everything you did for us! Management and maintenance were always exceptional! Corporate, you can be proud of your Manor Drive management team… they are the BEST! While we will gladly refer people there, we just want to say a HUGE THANKS TO AMY, ELAINE, JOHN, and JACOB, and THE REST OF YOUR TEAM! Keep up the good work!