Flavors of Summer: 5 Recipes for a Spectacular Cookout

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to fire up those grills and gather your loved ones for a memorable cookout! The sun-soaked days and warm evenings call for delicious dishes that celebrate the season’s bountiful produce and vibrant flavors. Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a big barbecue party, these five delectable recipes will surely impress your guests and create lasting summer memories.

Grilled Pineapple and Shrimp Skewers

Kick off your summer cookout with a burst of tropical goodness by making Grilled Pineapple and Shrimp Skewers. The combination of sweet, caramelized pineapple and succulent shrimp is a match made in culinary heaven. Marinate the shrimp in a zesty blend of lime juice, garlic, and cilantro, and then thread them onto skewers with juicy pineapple chunks. Grill until the shrimp are pink and the pineapple has those lovely grill marks. Serve them with a refreshing side of avocado-lime dip, and your guests will be asking for seconds!

Watermelon and Feta Salad

watermelon and feta salad

Stay cool and refreshed with a refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad. This dish is a delightful medley of sweet watermelon, tangy feta cheese, crisp cucumber, and fresh mint leaves. The combination of flavors and textures will awaken your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Drizzle a light balsamic glaze over the top for an added touch of sophistication. It’s a perfect summer side dish that beautifully balances sweet and savory elements.

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

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For all the plant-based food lovers out there, BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches are a must-try! Jackfruit is an excellent meat alternative that mimics the texture of pulled pork, making it perfect for barbecue sandwiches. Slow-cook the jackfruit with your favorite BBQ sauce and spices until it’s tender and infused with smoky flavors. Pile the saucy jackfruit onto toasted buns, and top it off with a refreshing coleslaw for a delightful crunch. Even meat-eaters will be amazed at how delicious and satisfying this vegan option can be!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Butter

Grilled corn on the cob with chili lime butter

Corn on the cob is a summer staple, and grilling it brings out its natural sweetness and adds a smoky flavor. Elevate this classic dish by slathering the grilled corn with a zesty chili-lime butter. The combination of spicy, tangy, and buttery goodness will make this simple side dish the star of your cookout. Sprinkle some crumbled cotija cheese and fresh cilantro over the top for an extra burst of flavor. Check out the recipe here.

Summer Berry Trifle

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Finish off your summer cookout on a sweet note with a luscious Summer Berry Trifle. Layers of juicy berries, whipped cream, and sponge cake create a visually stunning and scrumptious dessert. Use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to add a burst of color and natural sweetness. Feel free to get creative with the trifle layers, adding lemon curd or crumbled meringue for delightful surprises. It’s a delightful treat that captures the essence of summer in every spoonful.

There you have it, five sensational recipes that will make your summer cookout an absolute hit. Embrace the flavors of the season, spend quality time with your loved ones, and savor every moment of these warm and sunny days. Happy grilling and bon appétit!

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Featured One Bedroom Floor Plan: 1-D

If you’re looking for a one bedroom floor plan in DC that has it all, look no further than the 1-D Floor Plan! This layout has plenty of open space that’s easy to furnish, lots of light, and great storage. Join us as we explore the practicality and coziness of this layout, and read on about why the 1-D floor plan might be your perfect apartment home.

Natural Light

One of the standout features of this one bedroom apartment is the ample natural light that floods the apartment. The large windows in the living area and bedroom allow for plenty of sunlight to enter the space, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. This feature not only makes the apartment feel more spacious but also helps to improve mood and overall well-being. If you love plants, you’ll love the spacious balcony located just off the living room. You’ll have plenty of space for your plants and room to spare for a some chairs for when you want to step outside for fresh air.

Open Floor Plan

People highly prefer the open floor plan of the 1-D. The living room, dining area, and kitchen flow seamlessly together, creating a bright and airy space that is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing. The open design also allows for better traffic flow and increases the sense of spaciousness (which, if you live in DC, you know how much we hate a traffic jam!).

Storage

washer and dryer laundry closet in a Crest apartment

The walk-in closet in the is another appealing feature of this one bedroom floor plan. With plenty of space to store clothing and accessories, this closet helps to keep the bedroom clutter-free and organized. This feature can be especially attractive to renters who need extra storage space or who want to keep their living areas tidy and minimal. In addition, you have the front laundry closet with a folding table. This effectively gives you a laundry room with storage, which is a rarity in DC apartments.

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Modern Finishes

This one bedroom apartment also boasts modern finishes throughout, including stainless steel appliances, sleek cabinetry, and hardwood flooring. These features not only add a touch of elegance to the space but also provide a durable and functional living environment.

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Sustainability

We designed the apartments at Crest with sustainability in mind, and the 1-D is no exception! Save money and help the environment with energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures in your home. If you prioritize sustainability and want to live in an eco-friendly apartment, this one bedroom layout might suit you perfectly.

In conclusion, the 1-D Floor Plan is a top choice for anyone looking for a modern and functional living space in DC with all the access to the convenience to Skyland Town Center. With its ample natural light, open floor plan, and overall storage, this one bedroom apartment is designed to meet the needs of today’s renters. Its modern finishes, convenient location, sustainability features, and competitive pricing make it an attractive option for anyone looking for a comfortable and stylish place to call your new home in DC.

If you or anyone else looking for a one or two bedroom apartment in DC, the 1-D Floor Plan is definitely worth considering. With its range of amenities and excellent location, it offers a vibrant urban lifestyle that is hard to beat.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With These 3 Recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with these three easy and delicious recipes that are sure to impress your friends and family. From zesty appetizers to flavorful main courses and refreshing drinks, we’ve got you covered for a festive and flavorful celebration.

Guacamole Stuffed Mini Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 12 mini bell peppers
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tops off the mini bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
  2. In a bowl, mash the avocados with a fork until smooth.
  3. Add the red onion, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper to the mashed avocados. Stir until well combined.
  4. Spoon the guacamole mixture into each mini bell pepper.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 can (10 ounces) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, diced green chilies, and half of the shredded cheeses.
  3. Layer half of the tortillas on the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Spoon half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas and spread it evenly.
  5. Repeat the layers with the remaining tortillas and chicken mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheeses on top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Fill glasses with ice cubes.
  4. Pour the watermelon mixture over the ice.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy responsibly.

These three easy recipes will add a festive touch to your Cinco de Mayo celebration. From the flavorful guacamole stuffed mini peppers to the hearty chicken enchilada casserole and the refreshing watermelon margarita, your taste buds will be dancing with delight. As an added bonus, you can pick up most, if not all, of these ingredients at Lidl, just steps from your front door! So gather your loved ones, whip up these delicious dishes, and raise a glass to a memorable Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

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A Day In The Life at Crest

As a resident at Crest, my days are filled with convenience, comfort, and excitement. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, there’s always something to do.

Morning

My mornings usually start off with a cup of coffee from the Starbucks located right across the street. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee is enough to get me out of bed. Knowing that I don’t have to go far to get my caffeine fix is a game-changer. As an added bonus, it gives me an opportunity to walk Carl, my adorable pup!

fitness-center

After fueling up with coffee, I head to our fitness center to get in a quick workout. It’s so convenient to have a gym right in our building, and I love being able to work out on my own schedule. The equipment is top-of-the-line, and I especially love that the gym is two levels.

Once I’m done with my workout, it’s time to head to work. Luckily, Crest is just a short drive from my office, so I don’t have to worry about a long commute. But, on days when I don’t feel like driving, I can always take advantage of the convenient public transportation options available in the neighborhood (The 92 bus gets me there quickly!). For those days where I’m teleworking, I love mixing it up by working in the resident lounge or even the conference room.

After Work

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When the workday is over, it’s time to run some errands. Fortunately, I won’t have to go far. First, I go get my haircut at Like That Barbershop, which is immediately located in Skyland Town Center. After, I typically head across the street to Lidl to stock up on groceries as well as check out the fun variety of international food items they have. You really cannot beat the prices! However, after a long day of work, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a meal. Luckily, I can head to one of the many restaurants located essentially within the community. I’m very into Mezeh lately because of their fresh ingredients and healthier options, and I’m trying to look my best for the pool this summer.

Once I’ve devoured my Mezeh bowl, it’s time to take Carl to the dog park for some fetch. Fortunately, there’s a great dog run within the community that Carl absolutely loves, and watching him play with the other dogs is one of my favorite things to do. As a side note: Carl doesn’t have to pay a monthly pet rent, so he can finally take a break from all of his casting calls to be the next Purina dog.

On nights when I want to stay close to home, there’s plenty to do. In the warm seasons, I love unwinding by our pool. I also love attending our resident events as they’re always an opportunity to connect with neighbors and make new friends.

Overall, living at Crest at Skyland Town Center is the perfect mix of convenience, comfort, and excitement. With top-of-the-line amenities, a vibrant neighborhood, and a strong sense of community, there’s truly nowhere else I’d rather call home.

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Three Soup Recipes for a Cozy Winter Treat

We’re in the throws of winter which means it’s prime soup season, and what better thing to have than a piping hot bowl of soup after a cold DC Winter’s day? Not only are soup recipes super easy to prepare, they make fantastic leftovers for that grab and go lunch for work, or even just to have on hand. Read below to learn about our three favorite soup recipes this winter:

Classic Potato Leek Soup

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 large or 4 small leeks (4 cups thinly sliced), white and light green parts
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and small diced (5 cups diced)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or make a bouquet garni)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Chives, for garnish
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes until the leeks are very tender but not browned.
  • Add the chopped potato, vegetable broth, water, fresh thyme, bay leaf, and salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Remove the thyme and bay leaf.
  • Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

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  • 4ounces French bread, crust removed, soft part cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1¾ cups)
  • 1cup unsweetened rice milk or unsweetened almond milk
    • ¼cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 3cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1(28-ounce) can whole peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • Soak bread in milk until very soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add onion, garlic, and oregano; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring to crush tomatoes, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer tomato mixture to a blender; add bread mixture, salt, pepper, and remaining ¼ cup oil. Process until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Pour back into Dutch oven; stir in vinegar. Serve hot, garnished with more oregano.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  • 2tablespoons butter
  • 1cup chopped onion
  • 1cup diced carrots
  • 1cup diced celery
  • 2large boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into bite-size pieces
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans chicken broth , (or 4 cups / 1 quart homemade chicken broth)
  • 1package (6 ounces) long-grain wild rice , (such as Uncle Ben’s minus the seasoning packet)
  • 1tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • 2tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4ounces cream cheese , cubed
  • 1cup milk
  • 1cup half-and-half
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Select Browning/Sauté function and melt the butter in the pressure cooking pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the chicken, chicken broth, rice, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Lock the lid in place and select High Pressure and 5 minutes cooking time.
  • When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes (just let it sit, the steam will escape on its own), then finish with a quick release (be cautious and use a wooden spoon to shift the pressure relief valve so the hearty blow of steam escapes.)
  • In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Select Simmer/Sauté and add the slurry to the pot stirring constantly. Sir in the cream cheese until melted. Stir in the milk, half-and-half and lemon juice and heat through (do not bring to a boil). Serve sprinkled with more parsley and black pepper if desired.

Looking to show off your soup skills? Look into hosting a soup potluck with your friends in one of our amenity spaces!

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.

Featured Apartment Floor Plan: 2-B

Summer 2022 is in full swing and it’s not too late to lock in an amazing apartment at The Crest before they’re all gone! We have a fantastic featured floor plan you can’t miss if you are out apartment hunting.

Crest at Skyland Town Center offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments. We believe that quality should be a standard. These apartments come equipped with custom style backsplashes, updated kitchen features, wood laminate flooring, and more!

Within the community, you’ll find an incredible spread of amenities. You’ll have a gorgeous pool, two-story fitness center, 24-hour concierge, resident parking garage, dog park, and a resident clubroom. You also have the convenience of a friendly on-site management team and 24-hour emergency maintenance.

Just outside your front door, Skyland Town Center is open for business! You can check out DC’s only drive-thru Starbucks, Roaming Rooster restaurant and their delicious custard milkshakes. You also have conveniences like CVS and Chase Bank. We’ve recently added Skyland Nails and Spa and & Pizza to our repertoire, and are looking forward to the upcoming opening of Lidl.

But, when choosing an apartment home, we know the most important factor is if the floorplan will work for you and your lifestyle. Featured below is one of our favorite two-bedroom floor plans: the 2-B.

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Crest Two Bedroom 2-B

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Whether you’re looking for a floor plan that offers an equitable layout for roommates, the perfect second bedroom for a guest bedroom/home office set up, or you’re just a fan of symmetry, the 2-B floor plan leaves little to be desired.

Not only does this layout have pleasing proportionality with respect to space, it also features some great extras. Two prime examples are the side-by-side full-size washer/dryer and laundry closet with a folding table and expansive windows offering abundant natural light in the main living area.

Both bedrooms can easily accommodate a queen size bed which makes furnishing a breeze. Also, both bedrooms are graciously appointed with walk-through closets that offer plenty of storage and private access to both bathrooms. As an added bonus, its straight lines and generous living room space make it incredibly flexible in terms of accommodating your furniture. It won’t be hard to see yourself living in this versatile space.

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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. 

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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. 


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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.

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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