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. 

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Best Roommate Style Apartments at Crest

Last month, we unveiled some of the exciting floorplan styles that will be available at Crest at Skyland Towncenter Apartments. As we arrive closer to pre-leasing at the beginning of next year, we want to give our future residents another preview of the Crest floorplans. This time we will be highlighting the Crest floorplans that will be most suitable for dual living or roommate style living.

Our apartment community will offer amazingly spacious two-bedroom apartments equipped with custom style backsplashes, updated kitchen features, wood laminate flooring, and more! At Crest at Skyland Apartments, we understand that when you’re living with another person, you want enough apartment space so that it never feels like you’re living on top of each other. In the same breath, you also want an inclusive apartment space that opens up opportunities for easy engagement with one other, all while offering ample areas in the living, kitchen, and even balconies for entertaining friends and family when they visit.

Living at Crest will give you the capability to do all of that in your apartment home, plus more! Here’s a first look at some of our favorite roommate-style floorplans.

Take a look!

Crest Two-Bedroom C2

This two-bedroom apartment-style at Crest is perfect for roommates! Both bedrooms are equally separated on each side of the apartment. The bedroom boasts walk-in closets that are connected to the bathroom areas. The living area is highlighted by the attached full-size balcony area. The kitchen area features upgraded appliances, and custom styled finishes including the tile backsplashes, as well as the appliances.

Crest Two-Bedroom C4

This popular two-bedroom apartment floor-plan boats two full-size balconies both located in the kitchen/living area. 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 living space of this spacious floor-plan is ideal for residents who are looking for the perfect roommate-style apartment.

Crest Two-Bedroom C7

The Crest two-bedroom C7 floor-plan gives you the best of both worlds; a massive living space, with two outdoor areas! The living area garners exceptional natural lighting while offering an inclusive space for all of your entertainment features. The kitchen is designed intentionally for you to make plenty of gourmet meals. This floorplan also features top tier apartment upgrades such as a full-size washer and dryer, ample closet space, and custom style finishes.

Crest Apartments Floor-plan First Look

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

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

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

Which one are you most looking forward to?

Crest Studio A3

Crest One-Bedroom B1

Crest Two-Bedroom C1

Introducing Crest at Skyland Apartments

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

This begins with beautiful finishing inside of every apartment home.

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

EVEN NUMBER FLOOR OPTION: 

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

ODD NUMBER FLOOR OPTION:

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

Crest Apartment Features

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

*= Available in select floor-plans


Crest Amenities

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

FITNESS CENTER

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

The Crest Gym Includes:

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


PET WASH

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

Pet Wash Includes:

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

DOG PARK

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

TRANQUIL OUTDOOR AREAS

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

CLUBROOM/GAMEROOM

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


COURTYARD POOL WITH OUTDOOR GRILLING STATIONS

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

FULL LIST OF CREST AMENITIES: 

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

OUR GREATEST AMENITY ISN’T LOCATED INSIDE OF THE BUILDING

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

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

SHOPS LIST: 

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

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

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

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