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: Jason Baugh

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

  1. Day One/Opening Day! I’m very eager to get started and excited about the possibilities for our property. I’ve learned a ton about the day in day out operations here in the corporate office, but I’m ready to get my feet wet and hands dirty, so to speak.

2. Leading, teaching, and guiding the concierge staff. I see it as an excellent opportunity for them and me.

3. Lastly, and most importantly, interacting with residents and prospects, and hopefully, profoundly enriching their Crest experiences.

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

My focus will be to ensure every interaction a resident or prospect has with the concierge team is exceptionally professional and friendly. I want to see to it that requests are responded to quickly and thoroughly. We will strive each day to emit an authentic vibe of luxury and to make sure residents and prospects know they are our top priority. 

What amenity do you think residents will enjoy the most?

The pool, and especially the grills by the pool in the courtyard.  Grilling(and eating) is my favorite thing to do in the summer. I am a self-proclaimed Grill Master.

What is your favorite floor-plan at Crest?

Multiple floorplans make up these units unbelievable, but my favorite units are the ones that have a patio that opens up to the Courtyard Pool. 

What retail option are you most looking forward to in the Skyland Town Center?

& Pizza! I’ll go over and help them finish the building if they need me to. Bring it on.

What is your favorite Crest amenity so far?

Courtyard Pool & Grills

What is your favorite Crest apartment feature?

Honestly, the Washer/Dryers in each apartment unit are my favorite feature. Nothing flashy. You feel the difference without this feature.

Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments FAQ

Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments has officially begun leasing! After months of anticipation, the time has finally come for future residents to lock down their apartment homes formally. The Crest is highlighted by breath-taking apartment features, including spacious closets, kitchen islands, stainless steel appliances, and balconies in select floor plans. 

Outside the four walls of your apartment, residents will have access to super convenient building amenities that are perfect for many lifestyles. Some building features include a resident lounge area, a resident courtyard area with grilling stations, a pool, and pet areas, including a wash station and dog park. 

As you prepare to officially start the process of moving into your ideal apartment home, here are some frequently asked questions that will keep you abreast of everything that you need to know ahead of the pre-leasing application process. 

Are there affordable units at Crest?

Yes. Crest at Skyland Town Center has apartments set aside for residents making 80% and 120% of the area median income. We are proud to participate in this city-wide program to increase the supply of affordable housing in the District of Columbia. If you are interested in learning more about the income requirements or applying for one of these apartments, please read through the FAQs below and then reach out to the leasing office at 202-964-6902.

What are the income requirements for an affordable unit?

The minimum and maximum incomes for the apartments are outlined in the chart below.  Please note the numbers represent *total household income*.

What size are apartments affordable apartments? 

We have studios, one, and two-bedroom apartments available.

Do you accept vouchers?

We accept vouchers, subsidies, and all rental assistance forms provided by the District of Columbia or the Federal Government.

What utilities am I responsible for?

At Crest at Skyland Town Center, our residents are responsible for electricity.  You are responsible for setting up an account and will be required to provide the account number before your move-in. If you would like cable and internet, you are also responsible for setting up those accounts.

Are you looking for an apartment community that has all utilities included? Click here to search other WC Smith communities that offer all utilities included.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $50 application fee per applicant 18 years of age or older at Crest at Skyland Town Center.  The fee covers the cost of background screenings.

Background screenings include a credit check, criminal background, and eviction records.

What information do I need to apply for an apartment?
  • Photo Id (government-issued)
  • Proof of income (3 most recent paystubs, offer letter, latest W-2 or 1099)
Can I apply for my new apartment online?

Yes! To begin your application online, simply go to CrestDC.com and click on Floor Plans. Find your perfect fit, and then click the apply now button. Follow the instructions on the screen to register and start your application.

What is the cost of my security deposit?

The standard security deposits at Crest at Skyland Town Center are:

  • $500 up to one month’s rent
Is there parking available at Crest at Skyland Town Center?

Yes, Crest at Skyland Town center has assigned parking available for $135 a month. 

Inquire about current availability when you schedule your tour. 

Does Crest at Skyland Town Center offer package receiving?

Yes, our 24-hour concierge will gladly accept packages on your behalf.  You will be notified via the resident app that you have a package and it will remain secured at the front desk for you to retrieve upon returning home.

Does Crest allow pets?

The crest is pet-friendly! Up to two pets are allowed per apartment. You will pay an upfront, non-refundable fee of $500 for each pet. We do not charge any pet rent. There are weight limits and some breed restrictions.  The maximum weight allowed is 70 pounds.  Restricted breeds include the following:

Akita, American Bulldog, Anatolian Shepherd, Australian Cattledog, Beauceron, Belgian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Black Russian Terrier, Cane Corso, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow-Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Husky, Jindo Dog, Kuvasz, Malamute, Mastiff, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, St. Bernard, Tosa Inu, Wolf, Wolf-Dog Hybrid.

How do I schedule a tour?

Crest at Skyland Town Center will open for in-person tours in April.  We will offer tours seven days a week.  Give the office a call at 833-799-1459  to schedule your tour today!

When can I move in?

We are now accepting all new residents! Please review the availability date of the apartment floor plan you’re interested in and we will be happy to help you from there!

Do I need to have renters’ insurance?

Every resident is required to show proof of their renters’ insurance policy before indicating at least $100,000 in personal liability coverage. 

Is Crest smoke-free?

Yes, Crest at Skyland Town Center is a smoke-free community. That means smoking is not allowed anywhere on community grounds, including courtyards and balconies or within 20 feet of the building doors.

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!

1 Bedroom Floor-plan Tour

Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments is Southeast DC’s exciting new gem. As a community, we want to make all our new residents feel as if they are TRULY home. Our convenient amenities and incredible apartment features put that feeling in the palm of your hands.

Crest residents can look forward to stainless steel appliances in their apartment homes, sleek hardwood flooring, GE Energy Star washers and dryers, balcony spaces, and spacious closets. The building features will include a full-size fitness facility, community courtyard area with a pool, a dog run, pet washing station, not to mention thousands of retail square footage right outside of our front doors!  

Crest at Skyland Towncenter is a whole new way of living! Convenience is at your front in every way. You are within walking distance of some of your favorite grocery and other regular day conveniences, including CVS, Starbucks, and Chase bank. Entertainment is nearby too! In 15 minutes, Crest residents can access some of DC’s most exciting locations, including Nationals Park and National Harbor. 

We asked our new property manager, Kalimah, to show us her favorite features about the one-bedrooms at Crest. Check out the video below as she shares the highlights. Be on the lookout for all the small details that go into making one of our apartment homes, from soft-close drawers, closet attachments, and kitchen faucets to the living room design and built-in kitchen islands. We know these apartments will make you feel Truly Home

Crest at Skyland Town Center is everything that you’re looking for in an apartment community. The only thing that is missing is you!  Learn more about our different floor-plans and features by signing up for our email list below. 

Pre-leasing for Crest will begin very soon. Don’t miss your opportunity to be one of the first residents of our community. 

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