Invest in the Future…By Choosing the Right Housing Partner Today.

H-1B VisaEach year since the 1990’s over 65,000 H-1B visas are granted by the US government to highly skilled and specialty trade professionals to come work in the US. These individuals are highly sought after and come from countries all over the world. In recent years the imposed 65,000 visa cap has been exhausted within the first few days that applications were accepted. Clearly the need for these specialists as well as the applicant pool is in high demand, therefore increasing the competition in the market place among companies vying for these specialists.

Synergy understands the investment that companies are making in each of their employees including their foreign workers and the value that they give to your organization. Synergy feels the same about each guest we serve and the desire to provide, not just a place to sleep, but a place to live. Our goal is to become an extension of your organization, a part of your team, and to provide comfortable, convenient and welcoming accommodations for your most valuable assets – your people.

As all H-1B visa holders will begin work in the US in the beginning of October, reach out to Synergy now to secure housing for your incoming associates.  Our premier locations throughout the US are close to your offices and public transit. We offer flexible lease terms and an unmatched level of service. Have the peace of mind to entrust your extended stay or temporary housing program to a partner dedicated to deliver a quality experience every time.

Synergy has experience serving all types of temporary housing programs such as interns, relocation, travel, and more. Visit our website for more information on our corporate housing solutions.  

Resident Safety Tips for Security in your New Home

Realizing that you are probably in new and unfamiliar surroundings, we suggest that you become comfortably acquainted with your new living environment. The following suggestions will help you take an active role in providing your own safety and security.Safety First!

  1. If you have a life threatening Emergency, call 911 immediately as calling our office first will only delay response time. Also, for precautionary reasons, research the surrounding areas for nearby hospitals or police stations.
  2. Do not answer your front door without verifying who it is first.
  3. When returning to your apartment late in the evening, if possible, always use the main entrance of the property. While on the property and at all times, be observant of your surroundings and people in the area.
  4. Please remember to secure all windows and doors before leaving your apartment or going to bed at night; especially if you are in the ground floor apartment. If any of the locking devices in your apartment are inoperable, please contact the Synergy Corporate Housing Offices immediately at 1-800-600-1115.
  5. If at all possible never travel with, or leave, large amounts of jewelry or cash in your apartments.
  6. Following your move-in, please remover your apartment number from the key tag if it is present.
  7. Do not invite strangers into your apartment!
  8. Automobiles and auto accessories, such as cellular phones and stereos, are a prime target 0f thieves. Never leave valuable items in your car and lock your car at all times.

Keepin’ it Fresh: Food Revolution Week Re-Cap

Food RevolutionOn May 13, 2013 Capital M’s Jamie-Oliver-inspired organic-fest kicked off to bring together foodies all over the world. Few restaurants can wave the organic banner as credibly, or as enthusiastically, as Capital M. They’ve been seeking local, organic food since 1992 and remain a strong figure in a now burgeoning flock of organic/vegan/wholefoods cafes and restaurants across the city. Now, paying homage to food warrior Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, they are dedicating an entire week to all things organic.

In spirit of Jamie’ Oliver’s Food revolution Day, our employees decided to get creative and host a cooking demo for some of our guests. While the food prepared was not quite organic, we did cover important tips of how to eat healthy while you are on the go. Everyone can relate that when you are traveling, it is SO much easier to go out to eat or order take out, but what happened to that healthy kick you’ve been keeping up lately?  Check out our Traveling Nutrition Tips below and tap into the cooking gallery to see what it’s like to cook with Synergy!

Traveling Nutrition Tips: Smart Travel Reminders

  1. Don’t skip meals! Aim to eat roughly every 3 hours.Pre-Demo 5
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink .5-1.0 oz. per pound of body weight per day. This is especially important with air travel. Aim to drink about 8 ounces of fluid every hour on the plane.
  3. Bring bars. Granola and protein bars are great for snacks and pre- and post-workout nutrition.
  4. Include lean protein at each meal. Choose foods like grilled chicken, fish, and pork (white meat), beef, beans, and legumes. Opt for sandwiches made with turkey, ham, or roast beef.
  5. Eat healthy carbohydrates. Add a baked potato (be careful of toppings), brown rice, whole wheat pasta and bread, beans/legumes, etc.
  6. Add color. Include fresh fruit or vegetable at every meal.\
  7. Search for healthy foods. You can build a great sandwich or salad and find trail mix, nuts, bars, and water at any kiosk or airport store.

Sample Meals and Snacks

  • Turkey Breast and avocado sandwich on whole wheat bread with veggies like tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and sprouts, and onions. Hold the mayo to save 100 or more calories.
  • Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, grilled chicken, and a side of vegetable. No whole wheat pasta? Swap extra veggies for half of the regular pasta.
  • A piece of fresh fruit (wash it with water) and nuts – half or whole pack, depending on size.

Build a Super Smoothie

  1. Start with 5-10 cubes of ice.

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Tips for Creating a Delicious Smoothie

Smoothie Sweets

For more delicious smoothies, visit Core Performance to access tasty recipes!

Spend your Summer in San Francisco

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If you’ve been relocated for a special project or you just landed your dream internship in the hustling and bustling city of San Francisco, prepare to fill up your calendar this summer! From a multitude of active events such as … Continue reading

Synergy Corporate Housing partners with Emerald Fund for environmentally-friendly living in the heart of San Francisco

RINCONSan Francisco, CA, March 26 — San Francisco is home to a wide array of environmentally conscious landmarks from its municipal buildings to popular attractions like the Academy of Sciences and Davies Symphony Hall. As San Francisco has progressed into one of the nation’s leaders in sustainability, so has its apartment living. With a careful eye on the future, Synergy Corporate Housing has partnered with SF-based Emerald Fund developers to offer its clients the perfect San Francisco blend of luxury and green living with Synergy’s newest exclusive property, Rincon Green, located at 333 Harrison Street on Rincon Hill.

“Synergy demonstrates its commitment to the environment through our passion for modern design, inspired by our awareness of nature and the importance of global conservation,” says Jack Jensky, founding partner of Synergy Corporate Housing. “We have found time and again that the needs and wishes of our Bay Area guests echo this same commitment to sustainability. Synergy has already partnered with many property management groups that carry with them the same philosophical pledge to integrate sustainability into their apartments. We continue that tradition at Rincon Green.”

Synergy Corporate Housing was the recent recipient of the Corporate Housing Providers Association award in the category of Green Progress for their ongoing sustainable initiatives. Synergy will feature many of the amenities at the new Rincon Green property that helped them win this honor. All Synergy apartments feature elements from Synergy’s “Sustainable Space” line which includes the Synergy Eco-Beds and furniture made from environmentally-friendly materials. Synergy has also made a commitment at this property to provide refillable toiletry sets, replacing the tired industry standard travel size and decreasing the amount of plastic its guests are forced to consume.

Tenants stay cozy with hydronic heating systems installed beneath the floors that rely on hot water instead of electricity. This system is ideal for those that enjoy consistent heat year round, as it operates very efficiently and keeps the space at a consistent, comfortable temperature. High efficiency air filtration systems remove unwanted airborne material from Rincon Green apartments, including any potential pollutants and particulate matter ensuring the apartment remains a constant breath of fresh air. All Rincon Green apartments are equipped with energy efficient washer dryers and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Guests will also find recycling services throughout the property.

Synergy Corporate Housing’s partnership with Emerald Fund offers more than just sustainable peace of mind though. Rincon Green Property Manager Karl Wagner sees “green living” as an integral part of the success of Rincon Green.

“Today’s San Francisco renter is smart and sophisticated,” he says. “The lifestyle here—combining the best of state-of-the-art technology with eco-friendly products and features—has vast appeal to our renters. We are already more than 80% leased up, which is a testament to how strongly San Franciscans value a residential offering that is both sustainable and sophisticated.”

In this vein, the slogan of Rincon Green is “Live here; Be everywhere.” The complex offers an expansive outdoor space including a sundeck and whirlpool that overlooks the city skyline. From this sought after locale, residents have views of downtown San Francisco, The Bay Bridge, and the beautiful Embarcadero. A short walk or transit ride gives residents access to local restaurants, shopping, and entertainment including AT&T Park, home of the two-time World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants.

“Our partnership at Rincon Green with Emerald Fund presents our clients with a new state-of-the-art apartment community located in the heart of San Francisco,” remarks Jensky. “The combination of this property’s amenities with the outstanding location provides our guests an expanded choice of lifestyle apartment offerings unique to San Francisco.”

 

For more information, visit www.synergyhousing.com.

 

Congrats! You’ve landed your dream internship…500 miles away. Where are you going to live?

lrg220_64177Israel JumpingReceiving an offer letter for an internship at your dream company calls for some celebration. But after the champagne (or Martinelli’s) shower fades, you are left to figure out how you are going to get there and where you are going to lay your head at night. Synergy can help with the latter, no matter if your internship is located in another city, state, or even country! For the former we suggest a taking a road trip. Who doesn’t love a road trip?

Synergy Corporate Housing has experience handling intern programs worldwide. We are also happy to work with the individual intern to find housing accommodations in close proximity to their company’s campus and in a location that is convenient to local restaurants, shopping and entertainment. After all, this internship is equally about the experience you have outside the office as it is about what you learn at that desk.

Whether you will be given a ‘lump sum’ to help with your housing costs or you are paying on your own, Synergy is here to guide you in the right direction, enabling you to stress less on where you will store your clothes and focus more on the amazing summer ahead.

11 REASONS YOU SHOULD CHOOSE SYNERGY FOR HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS DURING YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP

  1. We provide fully furnished and accessorized apartments.
  2. Apartment are located near many business campuses and public transportation.
  3. All utilities and furnishings are included in the rate.
  4. NO DEPOSITS OR FEES. If your stay is longer than 30 nights, NO TAXES either!
  5. All credit cards accepted.
  6. HDTV, DVR and domestic calls come standard in our apartments.
  7. Complimentary wireless internet provided.
  8. Access to luxury amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools and business centers.
  9. In-suite washers & dryers included (in most locations).
  10. 24-hour customer service and maintenance line.
  11. The Synergy mobile app lets you check out your accommodations and the surrounding location before you arrive.

Synergy offers multiple apartment types so that you can choose if you want to stay by yourself or share the experience with other interns.

To find a Synergy apartment in the location of your internship, use the property search tool on our website: www.synergyhousing.com.

Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible, and make your stay a memorable experience.

Ready to make a move? Contact us today for current availability and pricing.

reservations@synergyhousing.com

(925) 807-1155

Universal was a Long Shot…Synergy Global Accommodations is now!

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I’m sure you were excited to see that Synergy’s capabilities had yet again raised your expectations, however, we will not be introducing you to the Man on the Moon or gearing you up in space suits just yet. Universal is on our future agenda, but we’d like to tell you more about what we can introduce you to through our global capabilities now!

The key to Synergy’s success in the international arena is by providing unique solutions tailored to each client’s needs. We realize that all clients are created differently and their housing needs will vary from client to client; country to country. Only by discovering each client’s unique identity can Synergy provide tailored solutions. These solutions will educate the client on the market conditions in addition to providing the best furnished housing options.

From Silicon Valley to Singapore, Los Angeles to London or Manhattan to Munich, Synergy is strategically positioned to deliver customized corporate housing solutions on a global scale. We understand the difficulties associated with locating and providing high quality furnished accommodations around the world. Synergy goes to great lengths to identify best-in-class providers to ensure we continually and consistently exceed expectations in quality, service and value.
We also recognize that each company’s needs are different and that’s why we spend time getting to know our clients. This allows us to tailor a solution that aligns with their culture, goals and objectives. Our mission is to be an extension of your organization, not just another vendor.
• Corporate housing program management
• Guaranteed best-in-class providers around the world
• Comprehensive needs analysis
• Dedicated account support team providing personalized service Synergy
•Customized reporting and metrics – billing, operations, guest satisfaction
• Web based client portal and online booking
• Market analysis, spend and cost savings tracking
• 24/7 accessibility
As an international traveler, what matters the most to you?

Synergy’s New Exclusive on the Moon!

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Innovation is the future! As a leading industry provider, Synergy Corporate Housing has yet again raised the bar with our new exclusive property on the moon. Founders Jack Jensky and Henry Luebbert experienced the earth’s orbit in a 5 day mission to make peace with intergalactic space men at the new space station and Synergy Exclusive property, Starbright Comet. Featuring mind boggling amenities such as an earthly spa inspired shower that cleanses the guest with floating bubbles. Also available for Synergy guests is a James Bond-style space camp situated only 1 light year away on a tropical island –  a program which offers the equivalent to earth’s “State-of-the-Art Fitness Center”. Of course many questions have surfaced regarding the safety of our guests. However, rest assured that we’ve completed our due diligence to make sure each guest is safe and has an out of this world experience.  The S.S. Synergy space shuttle will remain stationed at the property at all times in case of an emergency and upon arrival, guests will be given a complimentary 8 week space training to adapt to the moon’s atmosphere.

In preparation for this new venture, Synergy has began designing new space packages such as the Comet Suite and the Galaxy Package, which will feature futuristic furnishings, automated technology, and a personal robot to cater to your every need. Our eco-conscious product developments will continue at this new property with Starbright Comet’s space-age waste management system. All waste is recycled and re-used at the on-site recycling plant located in close proximity on Crater Lake. The hope of Starbright Comet’s property manager, Zeop Uwoe, is that once guests have seen the view of Mother Earth from the moon, they will be awed by its majesty and realize the importance of protecting our planet and bring some of the practices they learn on the moon back to Earth.

Space suits available upon request. For more information on this new property, please contact the Man on the Moon or visit our website: www.synergyhousing.com

Synergy Spotlight

New Faces at Synergy!

Learn a bit about three new Synergy team members spotlighted here.

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Laura is a Las Vegas native with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, beginning her career in corporate housing in 1985. She  held escalating positions throughout her tenure with one of the nation’s largest corporate housing providers before joining Synergy this year. 28 years in this industry has taught her to listen to the customer, execute and deliver excellence in service by team collaboration and contribution.

A mother of one wonderful college-age son, currently residing in Los Angeles and will oversee the SoCal Operations. Laura is excited about her new role with Synergy and being a part of this dynamic family!

WinniVdPWinni joins Synergy with over 28 years of experience in the corporate housing industry, the later 15 of those years in Relocation. Winni also joins our Los Angeles team and will be focusing on building new relationships and fostering current ones with Synergy’s relocation partners.

Born in California, Winni is 1st generation Dutch and can speck Dutch fluently. Living in Long Beach, she spends her time with family, friends, gardening and decorating. She says she had always heard how great and wonderful Synergy is to work for and be a part of.

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Lawrence Olson debuts with Synergy as a Guest Service Representative in Synergy’s San Diego office.  A native San Diegan, Lawrence brings a wealth knowledge to the Synergy team with expertise in hospitality and operations. Lawrence’s extensive travel throughout the US  enables him to identify Synergy as Best-in-Class when it comes to service and guest experience. Lawrence joins his sister Christie who is already a part of the San Diego sales team and together they are a dynamic family.

In his spare time Lawrence is a car enthusiast and enjoys tinkering with his car. In the kitchen Lawrence takes on Emeril Lagasse with his secret sauce for homemade spaghetti.

Welcome to the Synergy Family!

Synergy at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2012

Introduction to our Guest Blogger: Debbie Visovsky has been working at Synergy for nine years.  She started off as a Guest Service Representative and was then promoted to an Account Executive.  She is currently our Special Project Coordinator and Inventory Manager.  She is also the San Ramon office’s unofficial home baker, cake decorator and Food Coordinator/Consultant.  She recently spent 4 days in Los Angeles at our featured property, The WaterMarke Tower, during which time she attended the 64th Primetime Emmy Award’s Red Carpet Event.  She is our guest blogger this week and will share some of her favorite photos from the Red Carpet.

This is the 6th year that I have had the privilege of attending the Red Carpet Event at the Emmys.  I go with my friends Jennifer, Patty, and Susan.  It is a complicated annual trip that is never guaranteed as our seats depend completely on the lottery, hosting television channel, and pure luck.

We stayed at The WaterMarke Tower in downtown Los Angeles.  This building is PHENOMENAL.  It is as LA as LA gets with the modern and chic atmosphere.  The basement is full of glitz and glamour.  Level 7 has a gorgeous pool and a lovely Zen Garden.  We stayed on the 18th floor of this 35 floor building and had a wonderful view.  There was a Starbucks and Ralph’s across the street – very convenient!

The dining table with spectacular views.

The living area in the apartment, complete with HD TV.

The amazing night-time view of Downtown LA from our balcony.

The first year we attended the Emmys Red Carpet Event, we sat all cute and quiet and just took pictures.  The following year we learned that if we holler people’s names and ask to take their picture then we will get outstanding personal photos of the stars actually looking at us.  By the third year we started to have conversations with the celebrities.  The four of us are extremely enthusiastic people and have hilarious photos of our favorite stars first waving with a bright smile, which quickly changed into looks of slight concern.  We are currently up to the point where we can get our entire section to chant a celebrity’s name to get them to look at us.

This year the bleachers were along one long section of the Red Carpet, right at the entrance, and only went three rows deep.  We sat front and center, directly across from Entertainment Tonight’s booth and near the E Live and ABC booths.  We sat behind the E Countdown hosted by Kelly Osborne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos from E’s Fashion Police.

View from where we sat on the Red Carpet!

We were right behind the “E” countdown.

The Red Carpet packed with stars!

The stars started showing up around 2:00 PM and by 3:00 PM the carpet was packed.  We hollered and waved and took pictures for two hours straight in very hot 102 degree weather.  I felt so bad for the men in their dark, heavy suits and the women in their long, heavy gowns and make-up.  It is always fun to see the celebrities in person.  They are usually much thinner and prettier/more handsome, believe it or not!  This year I was very excited to see Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks.  Jimmy Fallon wins for Friendliest Celebrity and, therefore, is always a Fan Favorite.  Lucy Liu and Julianne Moore win for Most Beautiful.  Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, and Padma Lakshmi are about a foot taller than everyone else on the red carpet and are absolutely stunning.  I thought Leslie Mann was the Best Dressed along with Ginnifer Goodwin.  Worst dressed was Claire Danes (Sorry!  I know she is pregnant but that is NO excuse for such an unflattering frock!) followed by Elisabeth Moss. Here is a gallery of my favorite pictures I took from the event.

We had such a great time in Los Angeles at Watermarke, and of course on the red carpet at The Emmy Awards! This year was an experience I will never forget. I hope you’ve enjoyed my story and my pictures. Did you watch The Emmy Awards? Who are your favorite actors and actresses? Who did you think took best dressed? Please share your thoughts and comments with us in the section below!