What 2M Means 2Me: Sommer’s Story

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.”

Good Will Pack & Ship Donations

The holiday season is upon us, and there is no greater time than now to help your community. On top of the holidays, the colder temperatures are here to stay, and donating the winter clothes you no longer need is a great way to de-clutter your space and give back to those in need.

Goodwill of Greater Washington makes donating easy. Without having to leave your home, you can donate to Good Will with these three easy steps. It’s time to clean those closets out and start donating!

Good Will Mail-In Donations

  1. Box Up Your Donation. Clothing, footwear, and accessories are all accepted, and merchandise without corporate or event logos is preferred. Individual packages must be under 70 lbs.
  2. Print & Attach Shipping Label. Free mailing labels are available exclusively for Goodwill donations for the Greater Washington service area.
  3. Mail Your Donation Packages for Free. Schedule a free package pickup through USPS. Your donations will be picked up from your home and mailed directly to Goodwill. Your donation packages can be dropped off at a local US Post Office as well.

Goodwill Pack & Ship takes any sort of inconvenience out of donating unwanted clothes. Giving back to the community is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. With these three easy steps, your closet will be de-cluttered, you will have made a contribution to the community, and you can go into the winter months knowing you’ve made a difference. There is no greater way to start the holiday season!  

What 2M Means 2Me: Catalina’s Story

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, Catalina, shares her story: 

There’s no place like home. There’s nothing like sharing a meal with your family, watching a movie with your siblings and a warm cup of tea, having your mom bring breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday, or cozying up under a blanket on the living room couch on a rainy day, just like you did when you were a kid. That feeling of belonging, of absolute comfort, is to be cherished, for it is hard to come across.

But what if that’s all the way in Argentina?

I moved to 2M a little over a year ago now, and I’ve never felt more welcomed and part of a close community than I have here. Not only is the building itself and its amenities very warm and welcoming, but there are also plenty of opportunities to meet fellow residents and connect with them. Wine tasting events, rooftop and even elevator encounters, and Sunday brunches in the lobby are some of the many instances where I have met other residents, and I’m excited to continue to do so over the coming months here at 2M. Not only that, but all of the 2M staff is incredibly friendly, and always go out of their way to make me feel welcome and at home. It’s heartwarming and reassuring to enter the building and see a warm, friendly face, not to mention after a long day!

Just a couple of weeks ago, my mother was visiting for a couple days from Argentina. Upon her arrival, the 2M staff immediately recognized and welcomed her back, and gave her the spare keys I had left for her at the front desk. My mother later told me about this and emphasized how 2M staff made her feel welcome and at home, which was heightened by the fact that she was exhausted from a 15-hour trip.

It’s refreshing and heartwarming to live in a building and form part of a community that cares so much about its residents and peers, that goes the extra mile to ensure its residents are happy and content and will make a tremendous effort to meet their needs.

I am more than happy and proud to be a 2M resident, and hope to continue to be one for a while! Thank you 2M for everything you do!”

What 2M Means 2Me: Lisa’s Story

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.

In the video below, Lisa, a three-year resident of 2M, shares her story:

“I am one of many low-income families that have been dreaming of living in a safe, loving, and peaceful building like 2M. See for me, living at 2M is not about the luxurious amenity spaces or the pool, and all of the other beautiful amenities that 2M has to offer. For me, it’s about having a peace of mind, a safe haven.”

“2M is my home. I love living here. I take pride in living here.”

What 2M Means 2Me: Resident Stories Contest Winners

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? Stories poured in about what makes 2M home to our residents, and there was a common denominator to each and every story: 2M is a close-knit and welcoming community. 

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, we present a roundup of the contest winners. Keep an eye out for full posts of each of the winners’ stories to come over the next few months. Thanks again to everyone who shared their experiences with us!

Lisa N.

Shauna T., Craig H., and Scott G.

Catalina G.

Sommer F.

Courtney N.

Rooftop Pool Season at 2M

Your Pool Policy Questions Answered

In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable rooftop pool environment for all of our residents and guests, it is imperative that the following Pool Admission Policies and Pool Rules are followed. We know some of these rules may trigger questions, and we’d like to answer these for you! Below, you will find the reasoning behind some of the essential 2M rooftop pool rules. For a full list of our policies, see the official Pool Admission Policies and Pool Rules page here.

“Why can’t I have glass by the pool or on the roof?” 

Glass presents a safety issue for anyone in the surrounding area. In order to prevent breakage and injury, it is prohibited. Broken glass in or near the pool could force us to close and drain the pool, a process that could take 72 hours or more to complete – you don’t want to be the person responsible for this!

“Why can’t I have food by the pool?” 

If any food were to get into the pool, the entire pool would need to be drained. Again, this is a process that could take 72 hours or more to complete. We know our residents enjoy having everyday access to the pool, so preventing this process is critical!

“I live here, why do I have to sign in and who is signing me in?” 

In order to monitor the crowd at the 2M pool, we want to ensure that only our residents and their guests are checking in at the pool. Each leaseholder is limited to 2 guests at any one time, and by signing in, we can make sure that this is the case. Our pool attendant is an extension of management and is present to keep everyone happy and safe.

“Why Can’t I smoke on the roof deck?” 

In order to maintain our LEED Gold Certification, 2M is an entirely non-smoking building. Smoking is prohibited in and on the property, and within 25 feet of the building. This rule applies to all tenants, occupants, and guests of tenants.

“Why do I have to listen to my music on a low volume?” 

The rooftop pool is for everyone to enjoy. Loud music of any kind may disrupt other residents or residents of neighboring buildings. Maintaining a low volume will ensure that all residents can enjoy their own music if they wish to do so.

“Why can’t I dunk, dive, or partake in horseplay inside the pool?” 

Any of these activities are subject to causing injury to yourself or anyone in the vicinity. Preventing these activities will keep everyone safe without a lifeguard on duty.

Should you have any questions on the above, or any other Pool Policies and Rules, please contact the 2M Management Team at 2M@wcsmith.com.