Arpad’s first semester open was Winter 2012, but it’s story starts about 2 years prior. Toyke and Jerry had been looking for property in Rexburg for a while. Rexburg is a very unique place. It is a small college town in the middle of nowhere Idaho. Small and fairly remote, it has a very special and blessed feeling about it.

Once upon a time Arpad used to be the Days Inn. Sad to say, it was not run very well and lost it’s Day’s Inn status and changed it’s name to Hotel Rexburg. It was lost to the bank and went up for auction, where it was purchased by Jerry and Toyke, the owners of J&T Properties, the summer of 2011.

Starting at the end of August 2011, Toyke, his wife Lisette, and their crew gutted the hotel and turned it into BYU-Idaho Men’s student housing. It was a grueling four and a half months. All the plumbing and electrical fixtures were replaced. New drywall, flooring, and windows were installed. A new lounge was built, and laundry rooms were added. Everything was replaced to make it a comfortable environment for the students that would soon call Arpad home.

We are a small company. It has been an adventure getting to know all of the students and striving to make Arpad a place that these amazing young men want to make their home.

Where the name ARPAD came from…

During one of the business planning meetings the subject of what we were going to call the apartments came up. We had a few criteria that we wanted to meet. One, we wanted the name to begin with an A. It’s the first letter of the alphabet and when looking at a list it is generally at the top. Two, we did not want the name to scream “Mormon”. Ironically we pulled out the Book of Mormon and turned to the pronunciation page. Lisette started reading down the list and we came across Arpad. We laughed at the play on words and thought that it was an interesting choice. We looked it up, wanting to make sure that there weren’t any negative connotations associated with the name. We discovered that Arpad is generally associated with an ancient Assyrian city, or a man who was considered the first ruler of Hungary. Nothing “Vlad” about Arpad. The rest is history.