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.

Pet-Friendly Businesses in NoMa

Living at 2M puts the fun and convenience of NoMa DC right at your fingertips! But we understand that for a lot of our residents, your number one furry companion is usually right there hoping to enjoy some of the fun right along with you. If you think as we do, identifying businesses that are pet-friendly is always at the front of your mind.

Wonder no longer because NoMa has your back! To help you quickly identify these pet-locations, our 2M team has come up with a list of our favorite pet-friendly restaurants/bars in NoMa! Who said that your pet couldn’t enjoy the life of one of DC’s most exciting neighborhoods right along with you?

We hope you enjoy this list! If you identify any other pet-friendly restaurants in NoMa, please comment below.

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Wundergarten

Inspired by the beer gardens of Germany, Wunder Garten has quickly become a neighborhood staple where friends and families gather. With a carefully designed selection of German and Craft Beers, and a well-regarded wine and liquor program, Wunder Garten provides a welcoming and relaxed outdoor experience. They’re open year-round in a climate-controlled pavilion. Stop by for a beer, and join them for annual celebrations of traditional Bavarian events, including Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest, and Winterfest.

Address: 1101 First St. NE Washington DC, 20002

Uncle Chip’s Café

Uncle Chip’s Cookie and Dessert Suppliers’ mission is simple: to provide its customers with an irresistible, one of a kind cookie that can be enjoyed just about any time, anywhere. That’s why they only use the finest ingredients and deliver across the country.

Enjoy the classic home-town feel of Uncle Chip’s Café in NoMa DC.

Address: 1514 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002

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Peregrine Espresso

Peregrine Espresso sets a standard of quality coffee with friendly service in the District for all customers who walk in their doors. Many of their amazing baristas have competed at regional and national Barista or Brewers Cup competitions to continue their coffee education and inspire excitement at all of their shops. 

You and your pet will surely enjoy your time at Peregrine Espresso!

 Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 

St. Anselm

St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked.

While steak is a specialty, Chef Marjorie Meet-Bradley’s creativity doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines, and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with offbeat décor, dining at St. Anselm is the total package.

Address: 1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

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We understand that your pet is a part of your everyday lifestyle. These NoMa businesses make it easier for you to be able to enjoy all of the perks of living in one of DC’s most popular neighboorhood right along with your number one companion.

Meet The 2M Team: Nick Beaver

 

Say hello to 2M leasing consultant Nick Beaver!  As part of the 2M team, we asked Nick to tell us a little about himself, how he ended up here and what he loves about NoMa and DC.  

 

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
I have always been interested in urban-development and WC Smith is a leader for the DC area. With every new development WC Smith has built, they have also built entire communities along the way.

What made you want to come work with WC Smith?
WC Smith has been around for 46 years and they continue to expand. As I type this there are hundreds of apartment units being constructed/planned by WC Smith.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Explore DC and the surrounding area. You literally have everything you can want within a short drive: beach, mountains, other big cities, great shopping, etc…

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
NoMa is already growing rapidly, and in five years I imagine the neighborhood being even more dense and livable than it already is. There are plans for a movie theatre, more restaurants, nightlife options, and shops. I would love to see a Target nearby!

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
I’ll be honest, it wouldn’t be the monuments or museums. Although DC is known world-wide for the Washington Monument, countless free museums, and other historic places, to me there is so much more to DC. I would stop at least one place (restaurant, bar, park, etc.) in a few of DC’s vibrant neighborhoods. Must visit neighborhoods are: DuPont/Logan Circles, U Street, H Street, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Chinatown, and Eastern Market.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
2M has more amenities than I’ve seen anywhere else, and there is no extra charge! NoMa is a growing area that has so much of what you could want including free neighborhood wifi, outdoor movies, access to public transit, and proximity to the H Street Corridor and other nightlife areas.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
The roof-top courtyard.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
For sure the pool.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
Heading up to the pool with some friends to enjoy a few drinks, get some sun, and cook out on the grills. Later in the afternoon I would hang out in the skyline lounge with some friends before going out to some nearby bars.

Why would your pet love to live here?
My dog (he’s a long-haired Chihuahua) would have so many friends.

If you could chose a floor to live on at 2M, what would it be?
Eleventh floor. I like to be high up, and I prefer odd numbers.

What is your favorite place to grab lunch in the neighborhood?
Shake Shack

3 words to describe 2M/NoMa:
Upscale, urban, and unique.

Our Simple Promise To You

Our Simple Promise to You

Did you know that 2M never charges you any move-in fees or amenity fees? At 2M, we’re invested in keeping things simple for you.  When you make the choice to become part of our community, you simply pay an application fee and put down a security deposit.  If you have a pet, there is a one time, up front fee, but never any pet rent or pet deposit to pay.

In fact, that’s true for all WC Smith properties; we are in the business of providing clean, comfortable homes for renters across the District of Columbia.  We have been in DC for 45 years.  You are the key to keeping us here for another 45.  Our relationship should be built on a simple promise:

You pay a fair rent and we’ll provide you with stellar service and an excellent product.

No frivolous fees. No inexplicable charges. We strive for honesty and transparency.

Want to learn more?

Here’s what 2M renters and prospects are saying about us:

“I love everything about 2 M Street. The staff (everyone, from Doug, Tammy, Andre and even Emmy) have all been amazing, incredibly helpful and will do anything to make me happy and comfortable at my new home. Thank you so very much for everything you’ve done so far, and I look forward to coming home every day.”~Alek P.

“My name is Lisa Nibblins and I went on a tour of 2M Street and I’m loving this building. The located is great, I really love that this building has something for everyone, down to the smoking policy to the clubrooms, the Fitness Center and the Roof Top Deck a plus for me the POOL. 2 M Street is the Ideal place to live.” –Lisa N.

“The apartments and building amenities are great. The management and staff have been friendly, and attentive. All of your needs are addressed almost immediately. Couldn’t be happier thus far. Oh and Emmy, the community bull dog, is awesome!!” -resident

“My experience at 2M has been great so far. Moving in was a breeze and the community staff are very friendly. The amenities available are great for having friends over and also for relaxing for a peaceful night at home. The location near the NoMa metro and downtown DC are a huge plus.” -resident

Our Simple Promise To You

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.

What’s New at 2M Street

Spring is in the air here in NoMa!  The weather is warming and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  Spring is the time for all things fresh and new, and we could not be happier to be nearing completion of our brand new apartment community.  Here’s what’s new at 2M Street.

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Our grand lobby is really coming together and we’re loving the look of our concierge desk and mail room.

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Over the next week or so, we will begin outfitting the leasing office with desks and computers for our all-star leasing team.

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Our common areas are shaping up nicely, and soon enough we’ll be shooting hoops on the half court, working up a sweat in the fab fitness center, and socializing with neighbors in the club room.

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In addition to the amenity spaces, the apartments themselves are almost move-in ready.  The stainless steel appliances welcome your best Top Chef impersonations and the balconies are as ready for summer as we are!

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As excited as we are to welcome our residents to their new home, there is someone who is outshining us all in the enthusiasm (and cuteness) department:

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Emmy can’t wait to give you a sneak peek of the private dog park, so stay tuned for a look at her favorite 2M spot.  Which 2M amenity are you most excited about?