2M Fitness

Living at 2M means living life to the fullest and at its finest.  For us, a big part of living the fine life means taking care of yourself, inside and out.  In addition to the fitness center, pool and basketball court, we have paired up with Bounce Fitness to bring a couple of fitness classes into our community.  We have begun with Yoga and Ab Blaster classes on Monday and Wednesday nights and plan to add more depending on what you all want and need!  Be on the lookout for more scheduling to come; in the meantime, here are a couple of photos from Yoga on the Basketball Court last week!

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Meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes

The doors of 2M Street are officially open and we are proud to say that 2M is staffed with some of the friendliest, most helpful people in all of DC! The 2M Street team has been hard at work creating a community, but we asked them to take a few moments to introduce themselves and to give an insider perspective on what life at 2M Street will be like. Without further ado, please meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes!

Meet 2M Concierge Andre Hughes

What made you want to come work at 2M?
My friend told me that WC Smith was a great company to work for. She was extremely happy and enthusiastic about 2M and I thought it would be a great idea for me to apply.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I am not working I spend lots of time doing different things such as researching census numbers, reading, studying geography and history which was my favorite subject in school. I also listen to lots of music from R&B,dance-pop,Rock,Funk and Folk music. I also love traveling when I can. My favorite cities are Chicago, Atlanta and San Diego.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be your top 3 must-do activities?
If I had one day in DC the three things I would want to do would be to visit The White House, The National Archives and the National Zoo in Adams Morgan/Woodley Park.

If 2M Street were a song, which one would it be?
If 2M Street was a song it would be Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”!

What do you think draws residents to 2M now?
I think the amazing architecture will draw people in to see our building, as well as WC Smith’s reputation for being a company who caters to the greater good of the community.

What green feature at 2M is your favorite?
My favorite would be the Zen Garden on the rooftop, fed by the rain-collecting water cistern.

What is your favorite community amenity?
My favorite 2M Street amenities are the fitness center and the swimming pool on the rooftop.

Describe your perfect day at 2M?
A perfect day at 2M would include welcoming a large amount of moves-in’s and some very satisfied residents!

If you had to describe 2M in three words, what would they be?
Three words to describe 2M would be Elegant, Comfortable and Affordable.

10 Things to Consider Before Signing the Lease

10 Things to Consider Before Signing the Lease

Searching for a new apartment for rent in DC is exciting, but without proper planning it can be stressful.  Here are our tips to keep your hunt for a new apartment organized, productive, and fun.  Without further ado, here are our suggestions for 10 things to consider before signing the lease.

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1)   Four Legged Friends:  Don’t just inquire about whether pets are allowed or not.  If you have four-legged roommates, you’ll want to ask what costs are involved, what amenities are available and if there are any weight or breed restrictions.

2)   Getting from A to B:  What are your transportation needs?  Will you need access to parking, public transportation, or bike storage/rental?  Be sure to ask about any additional expenses.

3)   Groceries, Stamps and Dog Food, Oh My!:  Think about which stores and services you use most often.  Having a grocery store, drug store, gas station, pet store, dry cleaner, and post office nearby can save a lot of time and hassle.

4)   Knock, Knock…Who’s There?:  When deciding on a new building community, you’ll want to know: how do both residents and guests access the building?  During which hours is there a doorman or concierge on duty?

5)   Looks can be Deceiving:  In addition to the age of appliances, you’ll want to know how well they work.  Run the water in the sink and shower to check for water pressure and drainage, open the fridge and oven to check for cleanliness; don’t be shy!  Newer, energy efficient models will save you money and you’ll be caring for the environment.

6)   Who’s on Duty?: How are repairs and maintenance handled in the building and which items are tenants responsible for?  Is there someone on site to handle emergencies?  Often enough, the management will provide services such as changing light bulbs, AC filters, or hanging shelves in order to maintain safety and consistency.

7)   Who’s Running the Show?:  How long has the managing company been in business?  An experienced, well established company is more likely to have the kinks worked out and be in touch with their clients wants and needs.

8)   Does the Couch Fit?:  Find out if renderings of the floor plan are available.  When you are apartment hunting, it is easy to lose track of the details.  When you get home, you can use this visual to measure furniture and belongings to ensure a good fit (both in the apartment and through the doorway).  It doesn’t hurt to bring a measuring tape on tour to double-check doorways.

9)   Protect your Stuff:  Investing in renter’s insurance is an affordable way to protect your belongings.  Ask the leasing agent or consult Yelp for recommendations on local providers.

10)  Make a List, Check it Twice:  Before you begin your search, it is important to make note of what is most important to you in a new home.  Use your current situation as a measure: what do you love about your current apartment and what inconveniences do you face?  Are you happy on a more accessible lower level or would you prefer a view from the top floor?  Which would you give up first, central air-conditioning or in-unit laundry?  Are you lacking water pressure, outlets, or lighting?  Putting it all on paper will help you clearly evaluate and prioritize your options, then get you in to your new home with less stress and fewer surprises.