Meet The Team: Raul Ratcliffe

As Crest Apartments continues to grow and welcome more and more residents, we want to take the time to highlight another Crest team member. We’re happy to introduce leasing consultant Raul to our team!

We asked Raul a series of questions about what he is most looking forward to at Crest and about the impact he is looking to make. 

Take a look and let us know if you can relate to some of his answers! You will see Raul around the community a lot, so be sure to say hello when you see him! 

1. What are three things you’re most looking forward to about working at Crest?

Learning the unique building operations and contributing with the new team; building relationships with prospects, new residents, and people in the community; helping to raise the value of and support a new Crest culture. 

2. What should new residents expect from living at Crest?

Residents of the Crest can expect a fun and peaceful culture of reciprocal respect and care.

3. Which community feature do you think residents’ are going to enjoy most?

I would have to say the fitness center and clubroom would be very popular when focusing on work, lounging, reading or reducing stress by increasing cardio.

4. What is your favorite floor-plan at Crest?

The 2F (2 bedroom, two baths) is my favorite because space (1077 sq. ft) makes it feel like two apartments in one, and balcony adds lovely outdoor dining, reading, or lounging area to the mix. 

Check it out here

5. What is your favorite retail option coming to Skyland Town Center?

There are so many great options! But I would have to say, &Pizza is what I’m most looking forward to; you can’t go wrong with pizza! 

6. What is your favorite community area at Crest?

My favorite community area is the resident community lounge. I love how the design makes you want to hang out there forever! There is also a lot of open space for residents to watch tv, participate in some games, and even get some work done in the business center area. I know this will be a haven for the new residents to get to know each other and build community.  

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7. What is your favorite apartment feature at Crest?

My favorite Crest apartment feature has to be the kitchen islands and bathroom/shower tile. I’m a sucker for the small details. Residents are going to love the custom feel to our apartment floor plans. 

Be sure to stop by and say to Raul when you are touring Crest at Skyland Apartments. Stay tuned next month to meet another wonderful member of the Crest team! 

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.

Meet the team: April Mcneil

Crest at Apartments represents being truly home! Today we’re back with another introduction of one of our Crest family members. April is one of the leasing professionals in our community! We sat down with April to talk with her about what she is most looking forward to about working at Crest.

We’re looking forward to continuing to welcome new residents to our community. Take a look at our conversation with April, and let us know if you can relate to some of her responses.

What are you most looking forward to about working at Crest?

I’m excited about getting stabilized, the retail center coming next fall, excited to see the property grow.

What can resident’s look forward to about their living experience at Crest

They can expect to have an experience full of fun, excellent customer service, and accommodating.

What apartment amenity are you most excited about?

The Resident Lounge! I love the aesthetic that this space offers for residents. I know that Crest residents will spend a lot of time in there.

Which floor-plan is your favorite at Crest? 

1-K 

Check out that floor plan right here

Which retail space are you looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to the Tropical Smoothie! Who doesn’t love a tasty smoothie?

What apartment feature do you think residents will be most excited about? 

The Fitness Center

Which apartment feature do you love most at Crest?

I’m in love with the front load washer/dryers & large closets! I know our residents will appreciate the convenience of having access to a personal washer in dryer in their apartment. Additionally, the added closet space will allow residents to place clothes efficiently and serve as extra storage space. 

We’re excited to welcome April to the team! Stay tuned for introductions of the rest of our Crest team over the next few months.

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.

Meet The Team: Natasha Smith

This month’s meet the team interview is with Crest Assistant Property Manager, Natasha Smith. 

Natasha answered some questions about what she’s most looking forward to about the features at Crest and what future residents could expect from their living experience.  

What are three things you’re excited about at Crest Apartments?

I’m most looking forward to the grand opening! I know that all of our new residents will enjoy all of the exciting apartment and building features. I’m also excited about celebrating our residents with thoughtful and interactive resident events. Lastly, I’m looking forward to matching future residents with the perfect apartment floor-plan for them!

What type of experience can residents expect when living at Crest?

A strong sense of community where our residents’ happiness is truly our goal. Residents will be greeted with warm smiles, even if we are wearing masks, timely responses to inquires or needs, and open communication.

What amenity do you think residents will enjoy the most?

This one is a little tough to answer because I feel like we’ve got amenities to match everyone’s desires depending on personal preferences, but I’ll say the dog park. It is located within the community, and as a pet lover myself, I understand the level of convenience and peace of mind this amenity provides. Especially for late-night walks and early mornings! You’re only steps away from your front door.

What is your favorite floor-plan at Crest so far?

I’m guilty of walking into an apartment and declaring a favorite and then walking into a different one and saying, “oooh, this one is it!”. We have so many great options, but for the sake of making a decision, I’ll say C6 Floorplan. I LOVE the connected kitchen island and the amount of natural light throughout the apartment home.

What retail option are you most exciting about at Skyland Town Center?

So many options! It’s hard to decide. I want to wait until everything is complete before making my decision.

What is your favorite Crest amenity so far?

The Fitness Center! #WorkOutQueen

What is your favorite Crest apartment feature?

 I love that some apartments feature charging stations. It’s the level of detail for me!

Meet the Team: Kalimah Gordon

A big part of what will make Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments feel like home for our residents is the passion for community that all of our team members possess. Each Crest staff individual is willing to go above and beyond to help create a valuable experience for everyone that walks into the front doors. From a resident perspective, having an entire team of experienced multi-family enthusiasts dedicated to making sure their apartment life is being lived in the best way possible is something residents will surely appreciate.

In anticipation of Crest Apartments’ arrival, we sat down with Property Manager, Kalimah Gordon to talk about some of the things she is most looking forward to about opening our brand new community in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Kalimah touched on some of her favorite building features, neighborhood features, apartment features, the Crest resident experience, and more!

What are three things you’re excited about at Crest Apartments?

There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to at Crest. Building wise, I’m really excited about welcoming all of our new residents. It will be thrilling to see the type of personalities residents will bring to the building!  I’m also looking forward to seeing residents interact with our community events. At Crest, we’re big on engagement. So seeing our community grow and bond through events is something that will make my heart smile. 

Retail wise, I’m excited to see all of the new merchants joining the community. I know this will be an enormous benefit for our residents as well as the surrounding neighborhood. 

What type of experience can residents expect when living at Crest?

The resident experience at Crest is all about offering the ideal combination of comfort and convenience. Our goal is to make each resident feel as if their apartment home was made specifically for them.  

What amenity do you think residents will enjoy the most?

The fitness center for sure! Residents will enjoy having access to the top-notch fitness equipment.

What is your favorite floor-plan at Crest so far?

That’s tough! Every floor-plan has subtle features that make all of them good. But if I had to choose, I would say 1 Bedroom – C6. The kitchen in this apartment is unbelievable! I’m a sucker for a fantastic chef’s kitchen. 

What retail option are you most exciting about at Skyland Town Center?

Starbucks! I will be going there very frequently!

What is your favorite Crest amenity so far?

My favorite amenity is our team! We all love our roles, and we’re eager to create a welcoming and engaging environment for our new residents. 

What is your favorite Crest apartment feature?

The side by side washing machines are large, and the closet they’re in provides more storage space. I love that!

4 Apartment Lessons for 2021

As we kick off the first week of the new year, there are probably many things you’re looking forward to leaving behind in the previous year. Rightfully so, 2020 was an indescribable year; it left many us in an unfamiliar place, and in turn, have you believing that nothing good came from it. Yes, that year was very challenging, and while it might be easy to want to forget 2020 entirely, there are many things to take away. We learned a lot about ourselves; we found out how strong we can be, we found out creative we can be, we found out how patient we can be. These lessons and realizations will continue to help us as we navigate into 2021. 

Last year, we became more familiar with ourselves; we got more familiar with something else, too—our apartment homes. 

As an apartment dweller, you spent more time inside of your four walls in 2020 than any other period before. This time made you realize that your apartment space needs a fresh look going into a new year after months of looking at the same decor and stylings. 

If 2020 didn’t teach us anything else, it taught all of us how to get creative with our spaces in more ways than we can imagine. Use that same energy to add some new life into your area for a fresh 365 days.

Below are four apartment features you must have for 2021.

A REAL “ WFH” Station

Last year could have easily be defined as “The year we all started working from home.” While that caught pretty much all of us off guard in 2020, 2021, there is no excuse not to be fully prepared for however much longer we will be working from home. 

For those apartment renters’ that don’t have an extra room to set up as an office area, there are several ways to accomplish remote work productivity in a small apartment space.

Below are a few helpful articles you can read to start your journey of mastering your apartment workspace.

Secrets to working from home in a small apartment 

How to cram a home office into a small apartment

Making a makeshift work from home space

New Cooking Supplies 

In 2020, we all took home cooking to new heights! All the extra time spent inside our apartment homes had a lot of us mastering old recipes while simultaneously exploring brand new ones. 

While doing so, the cooking tools that you previously use on occasion went into overdrive.  

As we move into the new year, add a fresh look to your kitchen by purchasing some new cooking essentials. Like most newly discovered apartment chefs, you’ve probably already found some new kitchen gadgets that will make your cooking experience that much better! 

Here is a list of a few must-have tools for your kitchen going into the new year.

Working out from Home Equipment

Last year, we had to get used to working out from home. Even though our gym has since reopened using COVID-19 protocols, some apartment-dwellers might have found an at-home workout routine that does the trick!

Start your new year off with some fresh workout equipment. 

Here are some excellent fitness equipment options for your apartment home.

Apartment Organizing Tools

In 2020, we learned of all the purposes that our apartment homes can serve; our spaces became art studios, gyms, movie theaters, and more! With all of these activities, keeping your apartment home organized became that much harder. 

Here are some apartment organization tools you need for a productive 2021. 

Last year took us for an unexpected ride. And there’s nothing like that “fresh start” feeling. But as we attempt to make this year the best one we’ve ever had, let’s not forget the lessons learned in 2020 that will benefit us greatly in this current year.

Crest Apartments Floor-plan First Look

We are beyond excited for the arrival of Crest at Skyland Apartments! There are so many amazing features that are going to make living in this apartment community feel like a dream. From stunning granite countertop finishes, sleek tile backsplashes, and wood flooring. To some of the awesome amenities, we will have available like our, tranquil outdoor areas, dog park, and grilling areas, just to name a few! Not to mention the convenience of having access to over 80,000 square feet of retail options right outside your front door. The possibilities of living at Crest are endless.

All of these exciting details make Crest at Skyland one of the most anticipated apartment communities to come to Southeast DC in quite some time. As we continue to build this brand new community, for its arrival in 2021, we want future residents to feel just as much excitement as we do.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the floor-plans that are going to be available at Crest Apartments.

Which one are you most looking forward to?

Crest Studio A3

Crest One-Bedroom B1

Crest Two-Bedroom C1

Introducing Crest at Skyland Apartments

The brand new Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments is coming to the Hillcrest, Washington DC neighborhood early next year, and we couldn’t be more excited to detail all of the stunning features our future residents are going to be able to enjoy every day! Living at Crest puts the ideal combination of comfort and convenience in the palm of your hands!

This begins with beautiful finishing inside of every apartment home.

At Crest, we are offering two distinct finish packages. When you reserve a home here, you will have the opportunity to select between the two finishing packages. The finish packages are available on either odd or even floors. This is good for residents who love a certain finish package but don’t want to comprise how high or low their desired apartment floor-plan is located in the community.

EVEN NUMBER FLOOR OPTION: 

  • White Granite Countertops
  • Crisp Desert Grey Backsplashes
  • Sleek Hardwood Flooring

ODD NUMBER FLOOR OPTION:

  • Grey Granite Countertops
  • Arctic White Backsplashes
  • Sleek Hardwood Flooring

Crest Apartment Features

  • Full-size washer + dryer
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Generous closets
  • Granite Countertops
  • *Kitchen Islands
  • *Walk-in closets
  • Mecho Shades
  • *Balconies

*= Available in select floor-plans


Crest Amenities

The amenity package at Crest is impressive too! And we aren’t just saying that! As a resident of Crest Apartments, we want you to have access to the things that make you feel like you are truly home. Take a detailed look into some of the featured amenities we have to offer. 

FITNESS CENTER

Immerse yourself in an incredible fitness experience with the interactive 1,570 square foot workout facility at Crest! Residents will easily be able to close all of their move goals in the most fun and consistent way!

The Crest Gym Includes:

  • 4 Treadmills
  • 3 Integrity Cross Trainers
  • 1 Leg Raise Machine
  • 1 Declined Ab Bench Machine
  • 1 Lateral Pulldown Machine
  • 1 Leg Extension Curl Machine
  • 1 Leg Press Machine
  • 1 Multi-Press Machine
  • 2 Bench Press Machines


PET WASH

No need to pay any extra grooming fees because your furry friend will always be fresh and super clean with access to our resident pet wash!

Pet Wash Includes:

  • Large washing basin with nozzle shower head
  • Designated drying area with air blower

DOG PARK

Our 1,500 square foot community dog park is perfect for your number one companion to stretch their legs! The park includes various pet features that will make every play day a memorable one.

TRANQUIL OUTDOOR AREAS

Peace, quiet, and relaxation are just an elevator ride away with our tranquil outdoor areas. Perfect for an early morning yoga session, or a simpy change of scenery, you will have no problem getting away at Crest. 

CLUBROOM/GAMEROOM

Game nights will definitely be at your place as a resident of Crest Apartments. Enjoy weekend game nights, movie nights, or endless other activities inside of our interactive club and gaming room! A lot of laughs and memories are waiting to be made inside of this 1,700 square foot resident amenity space.


COURTYARD POOL WITH OUTDOOR GRILLING STATIONS

In the warmer months, a dip in the pool always adds a special experience to your apartment life. Crest’s courtyard pool will be an oasis of fun and excitement all summer season long. A refreshing splash in the pool along with delicious food coming off one of our courtyard grills makes Crest’s courtyard area one of our most popular amenities!

FULL LIST OF CREST AMENITIES: 

  • Fitness Center 
  • Pet Wash Station
  • Dog Park
  • Clubroom/Gameroom
  • Courtyard Pool
  • Tranquil Outdoor Areas
  • Parking Garage 
  • 11 Electric car parking spaces in the garage

OUR GREATEST AMENITY ISN’T LOCATED INSIDE OF THE BUILDING

As great as all of those amenities are, our greatest feature isn’t even located in the actual building! As a Crest resident, you will be moving in early to a town center that will eventually have access to over 84,000 square feet of retail and dining options right outside the front door!

Most of Skyland Town Center’s retail and dining options are set to deliver in early 2022. Meaning that you are getting in at the ground floor of what will be one of DC’s most stimulating shopping centers.  

SHOPS LIST: 

  • Drive-through Starbucks
  • Lidl Grocery Store
  • Chase Bank
  • CVS

Crest at Skyland Town Center takes the fast-paced style of urban life and blends it with the peaceful, warm feel of suburban life to form a care-free living style for all of our residents!

Add yourself to the list to get more information about pre-leasing at Crest at Skyland Town Center!

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