Best Apartment Lessons to take into 2021

2M Street Apartments Lessons to take into 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, last 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.

1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Meet The 2M Team: Paulito Maslog

Meet The 2M Team: Assistant Property Manager Paulito Maslog

Have you had a chance to get to know our Assistant Property Manager Paulito yet?  We asked him to share a little bit about himself, how he ended up at 2M and what he loves most about being here.


What made you want to come work for WC Smith/2M?
The opportunity for career growth and obtain valuable work experiences.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
On my free time, I spend time with my family and especially my daughter. I also like to play tennis and watch Redskins football games.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
A vibrant area. I wouldn’t be surprise if it becomes like another Chinatown or U street area. Looks like the city is definitely trying to promote the area.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
I would like to visit the White House and grab some seafood at Maine Avenue, SE.

If 2M were a song, what would it be?
Hustlin by Rick Ross

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
The amenities and the apartments.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
The electronic leases.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The Skyline Lounge.

Describe your perfect day at 2M.
When a prospect or resident expresses how they love the apartment and the building.

Why would your pet love to live here?
The dog park and how pet friendly we are with dogs.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M?
I would like to live on the 12th floor.

What is your favorite place to grab lunch in the neighborhood?
From the variety of food trucks in the neighborhood.

Meet the 2M Team: Jamila White

Meet The 2M Team | Jamila White

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
I just recently moved from Atlanta to the DC metro area, I was intrigued by leasing in DC because of the diversity, culture, and the increase in business and the growing apartment/condo market. WC Smith was kindly enough to give me an opportunity to grow with the company and experience their growth with the housing market.

What made you want to come work for WC Smith and 2M?
I’ve always worked for large property management companies, where you usually get lost with a high number of employees. WC Smith offers a smaller and more personable work family.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to spend time with my family, my dogs, and exploring DC’s museums and restaurants.  I’ve recently started volunteering at the local hospital on my days off.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
I see NoMa as a thriving area with a lot of business, high-end apartment communities and a mixed community where the residents are able to enjoy concerts and local parks in the area.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
Shopping in Georgetown, I would enjoy a local festival and I would visit the Zoo.

If 2M were a song or super hero what would it be?
Wonder Woman would be my super hero because she clears destruction and creates beauty in people and things. The song I would choose is Happy by Pharrell because when I’m at the amenities at 2M they give me a feeling of delight.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
The quality of area growing profusely, diversity, convenience to the local party/restaurant districts, 2M’s amazing rooftop DC views and of course, EMMY!

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
My favorite green feature is the Zen Garden. I love to relax there with a glass of wine and my laptop at night.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
My favorite 2M amenity is the portion of the Courtyard with the Capitol and Monument views.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
My perfect day at 2M is when we have residents are at the rooftop pool just enjoying what the community has to offer. That seems to be when our resident are in their most relaxed state.

Why would your pet love to live here?
My dogs love it here because they have met so many other dogs to enjoy the dog park with.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M?
I would choose my floor, which is the 11th floor. It’s has amazing views and my fellow residents are very nice.

3 words to describe 2M/NoMa?
Progressive, Vibrant and Exuberant

Halloween Doors: A Great DIY Decor Option For Renters

Ahh, October…there are so many reasons to adore this time of year.  The heat wave of Summer has passed, sweater season is upon us and pumpkin everything has taken over.  While apartment dwellers can enjoy this season with the best of them, there are certain things that are just a little less rental-friendly.  Skip the pumpkin carving this year and instead opt for a great DIY decor option for renters: Halloween Doors!

While Frankie was definitely a favorite, there are so many different ideas to try:

Halloween Doors | DIY Decor Ideas for Renters | Frankenstein Door


A Spooky Jack-o-Lantern with a bat-filled night sky…

Halloween Doors | DIY Decor Ideas for Renters | Jack-o-Lantern Door


A playful Minion…

Halloween Doors | DIY Decor Ideas for Renters | Minion Door

And a less-than-intimidating ghost, just to name a few!

Halloween Doors | DIY Decor Ideas for Renters | Ghost Door


How would you decorate your door?  Scary or silly?  Traditional or trendy?

2M Street Achieves LEED Gold Designation

We are so excited to announce that 2M has achieved LEED Gold Designation! What does that mean for you? Let us explain:

  • Green label certified paints and finishes
  • Energy Star appliances
  • 182 Rooftop solar panels
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Two water cisterns for rainwater harvesting
  • Two electric car charging stations
  • Just blocks away from the nearby Metro stations

Read more about this exciting achievement and what it means for our residents…

We are so proud to announce that our apartment community has succeeded in achieving LEED Gold designation from the US Green Building Council! LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The US Green Building Council set up the LEED system to measure the environmental sustainability of buildings. To receive certification, the building must go through a rigorous application and review process.

There is a wide range of sustainable features that contributed toward this achievement, including a green roof, a rainwater harvesting system, a rooftop solar array, Energy Star appliances, energy efficient lighting, and green label-certified paints and finishes. Being located just two blocks from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station, three blocks from Union Station, our easy access to transit and resident’s ability to take advantage of reserved bike parking and electric car charging stations adds to the eco-friendly nature of our community.

Thank you to all of our residents for choosing 2M and contributing to a more eco-friendly future for all.

Click here to read more about the green features at 2M.

2M Resident Profile: Chelsea Floyd

2M Apartments Resident Profile | Howard University Student Chelsea Floyd

As we approach the anniversary of our first move-ins, we’re taking some time to appreciate the community our amazing residents have begun to create.  You, our residents, are the ones who truly make our community a home.  In honor of that, we’re turning the spotlight on some of our own to hear all about how they live their #2MLife.  This week, we’re catching up with Chelsea Floyd.  Chelsea is a student at Howard University working towards a major in Broadcast News and a minor in Psychology.  She moved to DC from the west coast and has fallen in love with 2M and the NoMa area ever since.

What were your first thoughts of 2M? 
I can remember the first time I visited 2M and toured my soon to be apartment. As soon as I walked in I told myself “Now this is where I am supposed to be!” I immediately fell in love with the lobby décor, amenities and floor plan of my future apartment.

What attracted you to NoMa?
NoMa is an evolving area. I lived in Northwest DC prior to moving to 2M this year. During that time I noticed the drastic developments. The NoMa area made me feel right at home! Modern and conveniently located near the Metro and grocery store.

What does living the 2M Life mean for you?
Living the 2M Life to me means truly being comfortable at home. Whether it’s me being in my apartment relaxing and playing music, studying downstairs in the computer lab or chatting it up with other residents around the pool. 2M is where I am proud to call home.

In your apartment what do you love the most?
The view! The window in my living room is easily my staple piece. Every visitor I’ve had has been blown away by the incredible view!

What is your favorite 2M amenity? 
The gym. The equipment is new and always kept nice and clean. Not to mention it’s conveniently located right in the apartment. So there’s no need to commute!

Describe your perfect day exploring DC:
My perfect day exploring DC would be taking a jog to visit the White House. Then going shopping in Georgetown and ending the night with a candle lit dinner on one of the cruise ships near the Harbor!

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
Grabbing a cup of hot chocolate from the lobby and heading up to the penthouse or to the screening room for a picture perfect movie night!

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
The feeling of getting the absolute best quality for your buck!

3 words to describe 2M? 
Modern. Stylish. Welcoming.

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