Porchfest DC 2022 is Coming to Skyland Town Center!

Porchfest DC 2022 is coming to Skyland Town Center this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited! Crest residents will have a front row seat to all of the action! Wondering about what Porchfest is and how to take part in the fun and festivities? Read below to find out more about the history of this event, what it does for our community, as well as how to take part in the fun!

What is Porchfest DC?

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Established in 2018, Porchfest DC is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 that transforms front porches and lawns into unique entertainment experiences. The first Southeast Porchfest in 2018 had an estimated 500 attendees. The mission of Porchfest is to spotlight both emerging performance artists and burgeoning communities East of the River. Porchfest strives to be so much more than just performances from lawns and porches—it strives to spotlight the unique qualities of the communities as well as local performers who preserve the history and culture of Washington DC.

How do I attend Porchfest DC?

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Porchfest is an all-day event on Sunday, September 25th, 2022. While the music crawl begins at noon, there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family ahead of the music crawl. Beginning at 10:00 am, you can participate in a 45-minute yoga session on the grass lawn of the Senior Wellness Center (3001 Alabama Ave SE, opposite and cattycorner to The Crest!). After some opening remarks, you can participate in numerous family-friendly festivities from 12pm-2pm at the Senior Wellness Center. Alternatively, you can proceed to the first performance which begins at noon. While a full map of performances and schedules will be released the day before, the first performance is set to begin at 2901 32nd Street SE. This is just South of the Hillcrest Recreation Center. Be sure to catch the final performances at the stage right here at Skyland Town Center starting at 3PM!

How long is each performance, and how do I get to each one?

Each performance is slated to be approximately 45 minutes. The route for Porchfest is designed to be walkable with each performance being a 10–20-minute walk from one another. Additionally, the route conveniently ends at Skyland Town Center!

What if I want to participate, but can’t attend the individual performances?

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This is not a problem! While you’ll be able to jump in at any point, there will be plenty of festivities at the Skyland Town Center stage. These festivities begin at 3:00PM with a performance from the National Symphony Orchestra and end with a final performance at 7:30PM!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Porchfest DC, and stay tuned for other upcoming events. For more info about points of interest and the convenience of being a resident of the Crest, click here!


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Meet The Team: Armonie Bartlett

Meet Crest at Skyland Town Center’s Leasing Manager, Armonie Bartlett. Armonie heads up our Leasing team and is dedicated to helping you find your perfect apartment home. We wanted to share a little bit about Armonie, so we asked her about her favorite things about The Crest and DC as a whole!

When you unwind at the end of the day, where do you go?

To the comfort of my living roomthere’s no place like home!

What’s a local organization in DC doing good for the community that readers should know about?

THEARC is really nice! My son attends the camp there during the summers. They also have tons of events and resources that are super beneficial to children in this community.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and what do you order?

I usually bring my lunch every day because I love to cook however, I ran to &pizza when they finally opened here at the Town Center. I usually order traditional dough, spicy and classic sauce, shredded mozzarella, spinach, pepperoni, with hot honey and basil pesto finishes.

How did you end up in DC?

I was born and raised in Washington, DC. Growing up my family relocated to Texas and Aberdeen due to my father being in the military. DC has always felt like home to me.

What are you Netflix-binging on right now?

The new season of Stranger Things!

If you were to work from home, which Crest space would you choose?

Definitely the conference room.

How do you think life at the Crest allows residents to thrive?

I think life at the Crest gives residents a taste of city views and convenience of DC. With the addition of the LIDL grocery store and having the first drive thru Starbucks in DC, there is so much just footsteps away for everyone to enjoy.

What made you want to come work at The Crest?

I wanted to come work at The Crest because I love being a part of something new, it is exciting to be at a new development. There is a lot that this area offers and it will be great to see how things evolve.

9 Reasons to Own a Dog

You have been thinking about it for months—even years. The timing has never been “right.” You have been making excuses for why owning a pet wouldn’t be a good fit and how much responsibility it would take. Think about it no further! At Crest apartments, we take great pride in welcoming pets into our community. We genuinely believe in the many benefits of pet companionship. To help give you some ideas about why owning a pet would be good for you mentally and physically, we’ve compiled our top reasons we believe dogs really are a person’s best friend.

A Dog helps make your WFH day more stress-free:

Research has shown that employees who bring their dogs along to the office report higher satisfaction. In addition, simply having your dog close by for tasks at home and work can reduce stress. Having a furry companion can help add some excitement to your home office days as we all continue with our work-from-home journey.

They will keep you in good shape

Dogs are active creatures and will help bring out the same in you; who could refuse a walk or a round of fetch from a smiling, slobbering face. 

They can help improve your social life

Getting out to the park and mingling with other dog-lovers is a great way to meet like-minded people, and you may even make a new friend. Living at Crest Apartments gives you convenient access to some of the best dog locations just minutes away in the Capitol Riverfront area.

They can help reduce your heating bill

Snuggling up to your furry friend is not only good for the soul, but it can also serve as an extra layer of warmth. So in the winter months, grab a cup of tea and some quality couch time, then watch your heating costs fall.

They will never judge you

Whether you’re hanging at home on a Saturday night or crying over spilled milk, your pup will never think less of you; in either scenario, they’ll probably thank you.

You’ll never eat alone again

Through every snack, every meal, they’ll be there. Watching. Waiting.

They will teach you how to live in the moment

Dogs will never forget the people who care for them, but they tend to live for the moment by nature. From the sensation of the wind blowing in your hair to the importance of a quality belly scratch, your pup can teach you a thing or two about enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

They are incredibly loyal creatures

They will, without a doubt, be by your side through thick and thin; all you have to do is walk through the front door.

Pets can boost your immunity

According to a study at Wilkes University, simply petting a dog can up your levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights off the common cold. In addition, having a companion to provide social support will boost your resistance to disease and infections.  Additionally, dogs tend to track in just enough germs to help build immunity.

Check out our pet-friendly apartment community at Crest at Skyland Town Center including a dog wash and dog park! Explore our available apartments here.

Roamin Rooster Opening

Crest residents, the wait is over.

Roaming Rooster, the wildly popular fried chicken restaurant, opens its Skyland Town Center location on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, 1pm.

And on Friday, Feb. 11, the drive-through Starbucks at Skyland (the first in DC!) will start serving at 5:30 am.

Not only is this the first Roaming Rooster to open east of the Anacostia River, it’s the first branch to launch a homemade custard milkshake program!

So come for the chicken and shakes, and also a DJ, merchandise and gift card giveaways and free food samples.

The Black-owned, Washington-based business started in 2015 as a food truck operating in the District; the family parlayed its loyal following into a brick-and-mortar operation in 2018, since then opening DC locations in Tenleytown, U Street, Western Market and Woodridge.

5 New Year Resolutions You Can Accomplish at Crest

Crest is the perfect place to accomplish all of your new year aspirations.

The New Year is here, which means it is time for a fresh set of goals, otherwise known as, “New Year Resolutions”. The challenge with the new year is finding the time and motivation to move down that checklist.

To help you out with the time and convenience piece, we have curated a list of 5 New Year Resolutions you can accomplish right from the comfort of your own apartment community.

Get in Shape

The number one New Year Resolution on everyone’s list is fitness. What separates Crest at Skyland Town Center residents from the rest of the pack is that you have access to a free, fully equipped, two-level fitness center right in your community! Any fitness goal you’re hoping to reach this year is attainable with an endless list of fitness equipment including, stationary bikes, yoga mats, multiple treadmills, dumbbells, and more!

Take your fitness goals seriously this New Year inside the Crest fitness center.

Be More Social

The year tends to move very quickly. If you’re working for a living like everyone else, it’s easy to lose track of your social life. Don’t let that become you in 2020; at Crest, we have multiple areas in the building that are perfect for hosting an event or two. These include our resident lounge area and clubroom, television room, and a few outdoor spaces. It’s as easy as going to the front desk to reserve your date and time.

So, throw that viewing party, Super Bowl Party, Paint and Sip, or whatever else you have in mind to take your social life up a notch in the new year.

Enjoy The Outdoors

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to get out more, we have the perfect amenity spaces for that too! If you’re not enjoying the ideal weekend overlooking the beauty of DC from one of our apartment balconies this Spring and Summer, then you’re doing something wrong!

If you’re looking for more of a quiet outdoor space, our courtyard area is a prime location for an excellent book while enjoying your favorite drink. Remember that enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to mean hiking or running, sometimes it’s merely getting outside of your four walls.

Swim More

Even though we are in January, the warm season is not as far you think. Sooner than later, the Crest pool will be open! Remember last year when you said you want to get into the water more next year? That year is this one.

 Find some time to enjoy a sweet dip from the comfort of your apartment community on our courtyard pool this year.

Shop Local

With many local restauranteurs moving into Skyland Town Center, supporting local businesses has never been easier! Learn about all the retailers that will soon be Crest at Skyland Town Center neighbors.

Building Home in your Apartment

Living at Crest at Skyland Apartments is an unbelievable experience! One of our favorite parts about apartment living in our community is our residents’ ability to add a piece of themselves to their space easily. Our apartment homes are big enough to spread out yet intimate enough to build a sense of home. We understand that making an apartment feel like home looks different for everyone. To help inspire some creative thought, we curated a list of ways to make your apartment identify with your likes and passions in life. 

As you get ready to move into your new apartment home at Crest, keep these tips in mind as you think about how you want to design your apartment space. 

We can’t wait to welcome you as our neighbor! 

Art/Pictures 

Adding pictures of family/friends is one of the easiest ways to make your apartment feel like home! Bring the memories and experiences from your past right into your apartment space. Some fun ways to express your imagery in your apartment might include: 

Photo Collage: Gather and print some of your favorite photo memories over the years, put them on a board, and then frame it so that you can easily display your collage wherever it feels right in your apartment. 

Photo Table: If you already own or plan to own a glass table for your living area, an excellent way to customize your table in a memorable way is to display some of your favorite photos underneath the table to create a mosaic-style finish to your table. This design method is a perfect way to add a personal flavor to your living area!

Bonus: The living room areas at Crest Apartments are very inclusive, so your photo mosaic will be easy for friends and family to engage with when they visit! 

Canvas: Another fun way that you can express yourself through imagery is to get a sizeable picture canvas created. Canvas immediately add an extensive display of personality to your apartment. Choose a photo in your gallery that represents the atmosphere you would like to create in your apartment home! 

A Pop of Color 

There’s no better way to display your personality in your apartment than having some pops of your favorite color! Color in your apartment can be expressed in a number of fun ways. Some of our favorite ways include:

Colorful Pillows: The cool thing about pops of color is that they can be very subtle yet impactful. Add some flavor to your living area by incorporating some bold colors to your pillows. You won’t regret the light that they will bring to the space!

Bright Curtains: A pop of color can also be accomplished from the window areas. Curtains are an excellent opportunity to show beautiful vibrate colors in your living room space as well as your bedroom space. 

Lamp: Lamps add light, but you can also utilize them as design tools! There are many color and design options when it comes to the kind of lamp you can choose to grace your apartment home. Get creative! 

Balcony Design 

Balconies are a great way to express yourself from the outside! When you think about designing your outdoor space, you want to be sure to think about the mood you wish to have every time you set outside. 

Some ways you can add a cool aesthetic to your outdoor space include:

Lights, Lights, & More Lights: Adding lighting to your balcony can immediately turn your outdoor space into a calming place. The magic that lights add to your patio in the evening is unmatched!

Add a Rug/Turf: Another terrific way to create a welcoming outdoor atmosphere is to place something soft for you and your guests to walk on while outside. Artificial turf is a great way to add some greenery to your space while also making your balcony a softer area. 

Furniture, of course: Our balconies come in all different shapes and sizes. A perfect way to make your outdoor space feel more like home is to add places for you to sit down and relax. Depending on how big your balcony is, this could be a couch or a couple of chairs. Remember, relationships fostered outdoors create unbreakable bonds. 

**Make sure the furniture is rated for outdoor use**

Plants: For all plant parents out there, your balcony is a great place to exercise your green thumb while adding a lovely aesthetic to your outdoor space. With so many plant options, there’s nothing wrong with being intentional about how you want to represent what home means to you through beautiful greenery! Express yourself! 

Last note: Remember, balconies are not storage areas! They are not a great place to store bikes or clutter.

Scents/Candles 

We all know that the sense of smell automatically takes us back in time to some of our favorite memories. By adding particular scents and smells to your apartment space, you’re effectively bringing all of those incredible experiences and memories into your apartment home. Some easy places you can begin is:

Candles: Candles are universal! We all know of a candle that reminds us of a person, place, or memory.

Incense: Like candles, incense have a way of bringing back fond memories of the people we love.

Cooking: While temporary, whipping together a family recipe is a great way to bring those delicious smells of a past family dinner right into your apartment home. The more recipes you have, the more the feeling of home will be embedded into your space. 

As we said before, being truly home looks different for everyone. But with these tips, you can begin to be inspired about the ways you can add a personal touch to your apartment space. 


Visit Crestdc.com/floorplans to see which space feels like home the most.

Crest Summer Moving Tips

We are already welcoming our first residents at Crest apartments and we cannot wait for you to be our next neighbor! At Crest, we believe that when you decide to live with us, you are truly home. Now that everything has been signed, all that is left to do is to prepare to move! 

Below are some things to think about as you prepare for your moving day!

The Week/Day Before the Big Move:

Check in with the Crest leasing office to ensure you’ve got the correct move-in date and time.

Crest contact number: (833) 799-1459

Be sure you’ve booked the elevator and moving dock at the building you’re moving out of so there are no delays or mishaps on moving day.

Confirm pick-up time with your movers and make sure they’ve got all the details, such as what floor you’re moving out of and into and how they can be reached the day of as well as the best directions to the loading dock– this will be very different than the address front door (especially in cities with one-way streets.) You are likely paying for movers by the hour, so you don’t want any time wasted looking for the correct location 

Pro Tip: Ask the leasing office for a building map and mark the exact location for your movers.

Read the fine print on your contract with the moving company. If you have hired movers, make sure you fully understand and accept all of their policies and terms to avoid disappointment and frustration later.

Pack an overnight bag with items such as snacks, water, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, a change of clothes, electronics chargers, and scissors to get you through the first night without having to tear through boxes in your fatigued state.

Before you unplug the TV, take a photo of the back, so you know where every wire goes when you plug it back in.

Easily pack the clothes on hangers by collecting clothes in trash bags, hangers sticking out of the top.  Hang in your new closet and pull the bag off, then put it to good use, collecting move-in waste.

Take a photo or record a video walk-through of the apartment you are moving out of to ensure the return of your security deposit reflects the condition you left it in.

Make sure you’ve arranged for a caregiver for pets for the day of the move; this is for your sanity as much as it is for theirs.

The Day Of the Big Move:

Wake up bright and early and treat yourself to a well-balanced breakfast and coffee. This one may not sound fun but you’ll thank us by mid-afternoon.

Check the weather. It’s summertime, which means you want to stay hydrated and bring a change of clothes with you for after you’re done moving.

Fully charge your cell phone and make sure you’ve got all of the important phone numbers on hand for the day: movers, landlord, leasing agents, etc.

Scour the web for close-by restaurants where you can order a quick lunch and dinner without losing much time or energy during the move.

Leave a broom, paper towels, and all-purpose cleaner at your old apartment so you can do a final sweep when the last boxes are out.

Try to stay on schedule – we’re thrilled to welcome so many residents in our, but this means we all need to respect each other’s time. So please be courteous about the time slot you’ve been assigned and alert your leasing agent or move-in coordinator as soon as you know you might have fallen behind or ahead of schedule. Save your used boxes (and your tired feet) – once you’ve collected ten used and broken down boxes in your new apartment, let us know! We will gladly collect them from your apartment and recycle the boxes for you.

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