3 Dishes That Will Win Friendsgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the best times of year to spend with family. For those of us who live far apart from our family or are choosing to spend time with our “chosen families”, Friendsgiving is a fantastic alternative. At most Friendsgiving meals, everyone typically brings a dish to share. If you’re looking for the perfect dish to bring to your Friendsgiving, continue reading for three fresh choices that are sure to wow your friends!

Classic Stuffing

  • 2 baguettes or country-style or sourdough bread loaves (about 1 lb.)
  • 1/2 (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 2 1/4 c.)
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 11/2  chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 large eggs, beaten to blend
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Step 1: Tear or slice bread into 1/4″ cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet or transfer to a large bowl and leave out overnight to dry. (Alternately, place bread on baking sheets and bake at 200º until dried, about 20 minutes.)

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 13″-by-9″ baking dish with butter.

Step 3: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic, parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more; season with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Place bread in a large bowl, add onion mixture, and toss to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk broth and eggs and pour over bread mixture; generously season with salt and pepper. Toss until completely coated. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and cover with foil.

Step 5: Bake stuffing 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until bread is toasted and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Butternut Squash Mac ‘N Cheese

  • 4 (20 ounces) frozen butternut squash cubes
  • 4 butter
  • 1 kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 2 whole milk
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 shredded cheddar
  • 4 goat cheese
  • 1 large shells or other short pasta

Step 1: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.

Step 2: In a large skillet over medium-high, combine squash and ¼ cup water. Cover and cook (uncovering to stir occasionally), until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until liquid evaporates, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3: Add butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ tsp pepper and stir until butter is melted. Add flour and stir to incorporate. Cook, stirring constantly, until squash mixture thickens and raw flour has had a chance to cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Add garlic powder, cayenne, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Add cheddar and goat cheese, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Step 4: Add pasta to boiling water and cook 3 minutes short of package instructions. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water, and return to pot.

Step 5: Meanwhile, transfer squash mixture to a blender and puree until smooth (you should have just over 4 cups).

Step 6: Place the pot with cooked pasta over medium-low heat and stir in sauce until coated. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. (If sauce looks thin, don’t worry—it with thicken as it begins to cool.) Add splashes of pasta water to loosen until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • 3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cartons (1-1/2 quarts each) vanilla ice cream, softened if necessary
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin or apple butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Step 1: In a large bowl, mix pumpkin and pie spice until blended; stir in ice cream. Freeze, covered, until firm enough to scoop.

Step 2: In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, pumpkin butter and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, pie spice and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture (dough will be soft). Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or until firm enough to shape.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into 24 (1-in.) balls; place 4 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

Step 4: Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 5: To assemble, spread a scoop of ice cream on bottom of a cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to attach. Place on a baking sheet; freeze until firm.

Step 6: Repeat with remaining ingredients. Wrap individually for longer storage.


Looking to host your Friendsgiving outside of your apartment? Check out some of the amenity spaces and check your Resident Portal to see which ones are available to reserve!

Recipes courtesy of Delish.com and Tasteofhome.com

Lidl Grand Opening is Finally Here!

We’re so excited to announce that the long awaited Lidl will be joining us in our very own Skyland Town Center this Wednesday, 9/28! As a resident of Crest, we look forward to having you join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and store preview on Tuesday, as well as the Grand Opening Event on Wednesday! Please read below for more information on the Grand Opening Event, and click here to see what else we have just steps away from The Crest!


Grand Opening Event Details 

At the grand opening celebrations on September 28, customers will be able to take advantage of get-them-while-you-can grand opening special offers at the new store. The first 100 customers in line before the store opening at 8:00 a.m. will be presented with a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers can enter to win a $500 Lidl gift card, sample Lidl’s award-winning assortment, and take advantage of special giveaways.  

Lidl is proud to partner with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide food to community members in need. Throughout the entire grand opening weekend, Wednesday-Sunday, Lidl will donate $1 to the food bank for every new myLidl member who signs up and sets Lidl Skyland as their home store. 

Store Features  

Lidl has been repeatedly recognized for its shopping experience. For the second consecutive time, Food & Wine Magazine recently ranked Lidl among its Top 10 U.S. Supermarket rankings – ahead of retailers like Trader Joe’s and Costco. A study from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School observed that prices on Lidl’s award-winning assortment were up to 45 percent lower than nearby national grocers. 

When entering the Skyland store, shoppers can expect to experience the following: 

World-Class Shopping Experience 

  • Shoppers will save time and money each week with Lidl’s award-winning assortment and highly attractive prices. 
  • The store will be newly fitted out with an easy-to-shop layout that will mean a faster and more convenient shop for customers. 

Quality Without Question 

  • Healthy, responsible choices, including hundreds of organic and gluten free products. 
  • Unique specialty items ranging from hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cured meats, and more – all at incredibly affordable prices. 
  • Award winning foods– Lidl’s private label products have won more than 500 awards. 
  • The Lidl Love it Guarantee– A logo that guarantees customer satisfaction; shoppers love the product they buy – or they are entitled to a refund, and a replacement. 

Eco-Friendly Store Design

  • Lidl’s state-of-the-art building contains many sustainable features and is pursuing LEED Gold Certification.
  • Electric Vehicle charging stations have been installed for customer and employee use.
  • One hundred percent of the store’s indoor and outdoor lights use LED bulbs.

Surprise and Delight 

  • Lidl offers an ever-changing selection of food and non-food specials brought in each Wednesday for a limited time, keeping the shopping experience exciting and new. The rotating non-food selection will include fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, outdoor furniture, and more. 

Committed to Fresh:  

  • Lidl produce is brought in fresh each day and features more than 100 high quality fresh fruit and vegetable options at amazingly affordable prices. 
  • All Lidl flowers are guaranteed fresh and beautiful for five days at a minimum, with roses and lilies guaranteed for seven. 
  • Lidl’s fresh bakery will offer breads, pastries and other items baked throughout the day.  

Focused On Our People:

  • Lidl offers wages and benefits for its team that are above the industry standard in every market in which it operates.  
  • Starting pay for Lidl Skyland Store Associates will be $16.50 per hour.  
  • Lidl offers healthcare coverage to all team members, including those working part-time, regardless of the number of hours worked. 

About Lidl  Lidl operates around 11,550 stores and is active in 32 countries, employing more than 341,000 employees globally. Lidl offers customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at unbelievably low prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today sells its award-winning products in more than 150 stores across nine east coast states. For more information, visit www.Lidl.com

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!


For more FAQ’s about Porchfest DC, please click here!

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.

Take a look!

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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Convenience at The Crest

Convenience at The Crest is one of its greatest hallmarks. There’s something to be said about being able to have access to a variety of different services just steps from your front door. With some exciting retailers having recently opened, we wanted to provide a guide to both the newly joined as well as those who will be joining us soon!

CVS

This nationally known chain was one of our first open retail spaces at Skyland Town Center. We’re excited to have one conveniently located for your convenience and pharmacy needs!

Chase Bank

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In a predominately digital financial world, we all know the frustration of needing a convenient ATM. With Chase Bank just downstairs, you can say “goodbye” to this frustration! If you’re looking to make a change with your banking, it also doesn’t hurt to have a Nationally accessible bank in your building.

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Roaming Rooster

Craving a delicious chicken sandwich? Roaming Rooster has you covered for those days where you just don’t feel like cooking. We recommend The Buffalo (extra hot, if you’re brave!). Beyond sandwiches, this fast casual option also offers chicken tenders and wings if you’re looking to mix it up.

Skyland Nail Salon and Spa

Looking to spice up your nail game? One of our newest retail spaces, Skyland Nail Salon and Spa has you covered! Pamper yourself the way you deserve with a relaxing Spa Pedicure or make a fashion statement with some of their exciting nail art. With a wide variety of services as well as very reasonable prices, we think you’ll love your experience!

Starbucks

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Whether you’re working from home or commuting, this Starbucks location will cover your coffee needs. Not only does this brand-new location have plenty of seating (indoor and outdoor!), it’s one of the rare locations in DC that feature a drive through meaning you can grab your latte on your way to work without ever leaving your vehicle!

&Pizza

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Last, but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to announce the recent opening of this brand-new &Pizza location! If you’re looking for a quick lunch or an easy dinner, we highly recommend that you try one of their handcrafted personal pizzas. Try one of their artisanal concepts or create your own with an endless variety of free toppings!

Coming Soon:

Lidl

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We are thrilled to welcome this incredible grocery store this Fall just steps from The Crest. This German-based super market concept offers an incredible array of fresh produce and other quality grocery items at unbeatable prices. They also offer lots of international products as well at equally great prices. Sizing in at nearly 30,000 square feet, you’ll never want to grocery shop anywhere else.

Featured Apartment Floor Plans at Crest

There are only thirty days until springtime 2022 is upon us and we think spring is the best time to move into a new apartment home! We have two fantastic featured floor plans you can’t miss if you are out apartment hunting.

Crest at Skyland Town Center offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments equipped with custom style backsplashes, updated kitchen features, wood laminate flooring, and more! The Crest community offers you a gorgeous pool, two-story fitness center, 24-hour concierge, dedicated resident parking garage, dog park, and a resident clubroom. You also have the convenience of a friendly 24-hour, on-site management team to assist with maintenance in your new home.

Just outside Crest’s front door, Skyland Town Center is open for business! You can check out DC’s only drive-thru Starbucks, Roamin Rooster restaurant and their delicious custard milkshakes, and easy conveniences like CVS and Chase Bank.

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 are two of our favorites. Apply for either of these floor plans by March 20th and get up to one-month free.

Take a look!

Crest One-Bedroom B1

This one-bedroom apartment is the ultimate in efficient living! The apartment has a stackable washer and dryer that you can access from the hallway. The bedroom is large enough for a queen-size bed and it has a walk-in closet. The living area is highlighted by four windows letting in natural light. The kitchen area features upgraded appliances including a microwave, dishwasher, electric stove, and refrigerator. Also, note the custom-styled cabinets and the tile backsplashes.

Crest Two-Bedroom 2I

This popular two-bedroom apartment floor-plan boasts two full-size balconies both located in the kitchen/living area. This corner apartment is bathed in natural light. Residents will enjoy upgraded appliances, wood laminate flooring, and sleek tile backsplashes.

Each bedroom includes a full-size size walk-in closet and an adjacent bathroom. The bedrooms are split by the living space, allowing for some privacy. The apartment is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer. There are lots of thoughtful touches like the lighted art niche in the entryway. The 1100+ square feet of this apartment allows for endless flexibility in its design.

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7 Ways to Prepare Your Apartment For Winter

Fall has quickly passed, and we are headed straight into the Winter season! To help better prepare you for the cold weather, we have come with a list of ways you can get your apartment home fully equipped for the lower temperatures. Use these tips to create a safe and cozy atmosphere in your apartment space while adding a special winter design feel to your home.

1. INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER

When it’s cold outside, it’s natural to turn the heat up indoors, but with that comes a severe drying effect. When the air gets dry, our skin, sinuses, and noses suffer, but there are some affordable humidifiers out there that can give your body the moisture it craves without being too much of an eyesore. 

2. REORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET

We know we aren’t ready to pack up the flip-flops and swim trunks just yet, either, but the time has come. Don’t wait for a 30-degree day to start searching for your coziest sweaters; take the time now to swap out seasonal items and clear some room for bulky pieces like boots and sweaters. You will thank yourself in December.

3. HELP WARM YOUR NEIGHBORS

Once you’ve cleaned out your closet, take last season’s sweaters, gloves, and scarves and donate them. Making room for new cozy items and helping keep your neighbors warm this winter: it’s a win-win. If you’re in DC, you can donate through Thrive DC.

4. SANITIZE BEFORE COLD SEASON

We all get excited when we break out our favorite gloves again, but before you throw them on, take the time to give them a good wash.  We usually reach for our gloves for the first time each season when an unexpected early cold front comes through, but try to get ahead of Mother Nature this year and sanitize your winter accessories so that last year’s germs and grime don’t ruin this year’s holiday fun.  Here are some tips from Martha about when and how to clean your outerwear.

5. PROTECT YOUR WINDOWS

Whether your windows are brand new or full of historic charm, the cold air has a way of finding its way in (and the warm air out).  Our favorite ways to prevent this are putting up some heavy fabric drapes and lining the windows with a temporary, clear film insulation kit.  Both are easy to remove when Spring comes around but will make a big difference in your heating bill.

6. MIX UP A WINTER SCENT

This one may seem purely for joy but can help cover up any funk hanging around when the windows get locked up for winter.  Round up a few items from your spice cabinet (cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg will do) and toss them in a pan with some orange peel and some water and simmer away.  Before long, your entire apartment will smell like the holidays instead of the litter box!

7. PICK UP A DOORMAT

When we slip on our fuzzy socks at the end of the day, the last thing we want is to ruin them by stepping on some sand, dirt, or melted snow tracked in from the wild outdoors. So pick up a heavy-duty doormat to place by your entry where you can wipe and take off your boots before entering your apartment sanctuary. 

Skyland Town Center DC Retail Announcement

Crest at Skyland Town Center Apartments is more than stunning apartment floor-plans and beautiful community features. Crest is a place where our residents can truly feel at home! We know that nothing screams home more than having easy access to some of your favorite DC restaurants.

We’re proud to announce the latest retail releases that are coming to Skyland Town Center.

&Pizza – Skyland will be the 10th site in Washington for this pizzeria, which first opened on H Street NE in 2012 and now has 25 locations across the DMV

Mezeh – This Mediterranean-influenced eatery will open its second location in DC at Skyland. Founders Saleh Mohamadi, Steve Walker, and Tai Chiao opened their first Mezeh in 2013 in Annapolis; the business now has 24 locations. 

Maizal – Skyland will be the first stand-alone and sit-down location in DC for this South American street food concept. The restaurant, founded in 2018 by Dario Arana-Rojas, started as a counter-service eatery in the L’Enfant Plaza food court.

Tropical Smoothie –Will be the third DC location of the national fast-casual, healthy lifestyle café concept that boasts 850 locations in 44 states. 

The restaurants are expected to open in the late spring and early summer of 2022.

Roaming Rooster – Skyland will be this popular fried chicken sandwich eatery’s fourth location in Washington. This Black-owned 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, and Woodridge. Residents can expect the delivery of the Skyland location later this Fall (2021).

These exciting new food establishments will join neighborhood “institutions”, Like That Barber, which has continued to serve families in Wards 7 and 8 for 30 years. Additional retailers CVS, Skyland Nails, and Spa, and Chase Bank will open in 2021.  Lidl and Starbucks are planned to open in 2022. 

Additional retailers and restaurants will be named in the coming months.

Call 833-799-1459 to schedule your tour of Crest apartments and reserve your apartment for move-in this April.

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.

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.

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