Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.
Here, one of our contest winners and residents, Sommer, shares her story:
“Permanent has always been a something I’ve associated with the idea of home. My parents still live in the house they bought when they were married twenty-five years ago; my mom has only ever lived in two different houses in her entire life. These days, permanence and home seem almost contradictory. Most people move a handful of times in their childhood, then move away for college, the spend a summer interning in an entirely new city before graduating and moving all over again. But now that the ephemerality of my college years is over, my base instinct is to resort back to the symbiotic ideas of permanence and home on which I was raised.
When it was time to search for my first apartment out of college, I wanted a place that I could call home for more reasons than it just being the place where I slept. I wanted the amenities, the style of a modern building, and breathtaking city views, but underneath that vanity what I wanted most was a community to call home. 2M blew me away because it offered both. My roommate and I toured the building for the first time with our eyes wide and jaws dropped, marveling at the stunning glass and marble entrance, apartment units with monumental views, and of course the cerulean rooftop pool that would later be the focal point of most of my summer Snapchats.
And while the amenities themselves were more than enough to entice me, it was our leasing consultant, Sarah, who really sealed the deal for my roommate and me. Sarah was energetic, genuine, and kind from the moment we walked into her office and seeing 2M through her eyes made us realize the quality and depth of the building’s community. From morning yoga classes to make-your-own waffle bars to board game nights, Sarah explained that it wasn’t just the glamorous amenities that made the building so attractive, but the community of people that would stretch and eat and laugh with you along the way. And for me, that’s what gave 2M the potential to be both permanent and a home.
After living at 2M for almost a year, I can proudly say that I’ve taken full advantage of the waffle bars and yoga classes, and that the pool and rooftop views here are luxuries I won’t be ready to give up anytime soon. But more importantly, I’ve come to value the friendships I’ve made and the kindness of the 2M staff – and as a young woman in a brand new city, I can tell you that there’s nothing more comforting than the desk attendant welcoming you back at three a.m. with a smile because they’re happy you got home safe and sound. 2M has welcomed me to DC with open arms in the underappreciated forms of morning coffee and door holding when your hands are full. I’m so proud to call this building my home, and I’m looking forward to all the memories I’m bound to make in a place as special as this.”