Reasons We Love Living in NoMa

NoMa is the best neighborhood in DC

Washington DC has some of the most exciting neighborhoods in the nation! No matter what type of lifestyle you desire to have, there is a DC community out there that can serve your needs perfectly! While there are many neighborhood options to choose from in DC, not too many compare to the type of feeling you get when you live in NoMa, DC. It’s bigger than the abundance of local businesses that are easily accessible to residents or the type of entertainment options in the neighborhood. 

When you live in NoMa, DC, you immediately become infused with a hometown feel! NoMa gives everything from walkability, central location, food options, etc. There aren’t too many DC neighborhoods that give you the big city location with the small-town feel; NoMa is one of them!

Below some reasons why you will love living in NoMa DC 

Accessibility/Walkability: NoMa offers premiere walkability to a lot of DC transportation conveniences. As a NoMa resident, you’re within blocks of the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station, giving you access to all of the surrounding DC neighborhoods while also opening up pockets of Maryland and Virginia. You are one mile away from Union Station minutes away from I-395. Having this accessibility opens up the Maryland and Virginia areas and traveling options to nearby states such as New York, Pennsylvania, and more!  

Locally, you’re within walking distance from one of the biggest NoMa staples like Wundergarten, one of DC’s most popular beer gardens, and Union Market, the premier local business haven in NoMa. These locations are known for their festive events, delicious drinks, and incredible vibes all year round. 

Beyond that, living in NoMa also gives you excellent household convenience store options, including a Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, CVS, Streets Market, and many more! 

NoMa Bid Events: While NoMa gives you unlimited freedom to enjoy many fun events on your own, you never have to overthink what your next activity will be. NoMa Bid plans year-round events for DC residents. These types of events cover a wide selection of interest, including:

  • Big-screen movie series 
  • Pumpkinpalooza 
  • NoMa in Bloom
  • Nerds in NoMa

These are just a few of the events NoMa Bid offers over the year. You can learn more about their event planning schedule by visiting, Nomabid.org.

Swapoodle Pet Park: Living in NoMa is also an ideal DC neighborhood for pet lovers too! Swapoodle Park is an 8,000 square foot pet paradise that includes obstacle courses, seating areas, and, more importantly, pets! Your number one companion will surely enjoy plenty of weekends spent running up and down the park field. 

2M Street Apartments: At 2M Street Apartments, we offer the perfect apartment community to go along with a fantastic neighborhood experience. Our exceptional floor plans at the 2M community include hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, spacious cabinetry space, and balconies in select floor plans. 

Our community amenities are above and beyond, too, with features such as a fitness facility, resident theatre room, a rooftop sky lounge, resident game room, pet park, and rooftop pool. 

We know that deciding on a neighborhood is a tough decision, but choosing to live in NoMa is one of the easy ones. And deciding to live at 2M Apartments is even easier. 

Learn more about the type of lifestyle we can offer by visiting us at 2mstreet.com

Date Night at 2M

You don’t have to go too far for Date Night at 2M.

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching! And 2M Street is the perfect apartment community for date night! With access to incredible building features like our lounge areas, movie theatre room, bar seating, and rooftop sky lounge. You have all of the ingredients needed to create a romantic occasion for you and your significant other. 

The 2M Date Night Blueprint.

For safety reasons, our community spaces have not been able to host large events; this opens up an opportunity for our 2M residents to create more intimate experiences in community spaces meant to host large groups of people. It sounds like a fantastic date!

Below are a couple of ways you and your partner can have the perfect night in!

Romantic Date Night:

Covers & Rooftop Views: Yes, it’s cold outside. But we know that there’s no better excuse to snuggle up close to your partner. Make a lot of hot chocolate, grab some blankets, and enjoy panoramic DC views as you cozy up next to the love of your life.

For extra romance, couples can create a list of 30 reasons why they fell in love and then take turns going through their lists. — Be sure to add in some funny/witty ones for some laughs.

Wine Tasting in the Community Lounge: Our community lounge serves as an excellent setting for an intimate bonding experience. Couples can make a list of wines they want to try, pick them up from the store, and then create a romantic wine tasting date using the bar seating in the community lounge. 

Decide which wines you like most, and then add those to the “Must keep in the fridge” list. 

2M Movie Night: The movie theatre might be closed, but not at 2M! Our movie theatre room is everything you would want in an at-home theatre. Pop the popcorn, pack the candy and enjoy a beautiful night in front of the big screen. 

For some extra fun, create a theme around your movie night. Pick the movies ahead of time, throw on some themed clothing, and go full-on mushy couple for Valentine’s Day! 

While there are some tremendous intimate spaces at 2M, they’re also some great places to get a little more active for a date night. Here’s how you can turn up the intensity for date night at 2M.

Competitive Game Night:

Love & Basketball: Use the 2M basketball court to have some fun with your partner. Play a little one on one, play a few games of H.O.R.S.E, or simply see who has the best jump shot.

Resident Game Lounge: Our game lounge can add a lot of laughs to date night. Residents have access to our billiard and shuffleboard tables to make for a fun type of night. 

Create your own game night: The 2M lounge areas are also really great for creating a custom type of game night setting. Pick up some of your favorite household games, and make a tournament out of it. The person that wins the most board games will become the official date night winner. But you both will know that time spent together makes both parties winners. 

Special moments happen here.

The types of events we would typically do for Valentine’s day are limited this year. But as a 2M resident, date night doesn’t have to drop off. You have all the features you need to make your partner feel special.

Shop Small in NoMa DC

Shop Small in NoMa DC this Holiday Season

At 2M Street Apartments, our residents have a fantastic opportunity to give back to the NoMa neighborhood. #ShopSmall is a country-wide initiative created to help bring awareness to local businesses. As our residents know, small businesses are the lifeblood of any neighborhood; they infuse personality into the community, creating an easy pathway for us to form genuine relationships with local business owners as well as our neighbors. NoMa, DC is no different! We can help support some of the greatest small businesses DC has to offer.

When we make a proactive effort to give back to our NoMa community, we’re showing that we care about the continued growth of the neighborhood we all love! We are also committing to bringing ourselves closer together as a community. And during these uncertain times, we can all use that feeling of community in our hearts.

With the Holiday season being among us, there is no better time to get out and show the NoMa community that we care about its longevity! The most significant gift you can give to small businesses to show your support!

Below is a list of some great NoMa businesses you can easily support this Holiday season!

And as a bonus, when you stop by one of these NoMa businesses, you can pick up either a FREE “Wear A Mask” poster, or a NoMa DC face mask to help spread awareness of the universal initiative to stay safe.

Cutting Room Restaurant (NoMa)

The Cutting Room menu offers delicious classics including the House Cured Corned Beef Reuben, Moroccan Cigars, Sephardic Salads, and the Carving Room Burger while mixing in some new favorites like the House Cured Pastrami Cuban. In the all-new dinner menu, Oded once again takes inspiration from his Middle Eastern and North African roots, serving braised and grilled lamb, vegetable dipping salads, flatbreads, and grilled meats, all seasoned with the region’s signatures spices like coriander and cumin.

View the full menu here

King Street Oyster Bar

King Street Oyster Bar specializes in bringing fresh oysters from both the West and East Coasts of the US and Canada to the communities we call home. (NoMa) On any given day, we offer 12 varieties, which we get no more than 24 hours out of the water from the East Coast, and no more than 48 hours out of the water from the West Coast. It’s a quality and freshness you can taste.

This new NoMa restaurant has quickly become a neighborhood hotspot! Once you eat food from here, you will soon return for a second visit!

View the full menu here

Laos in Town

Great Laotian food is no longer half a world away. Inspired by the bright, vibrant, and simple flavors of Laos, we are bringing quality Laotian cuisine directly to NoMa. 

View the full menu here

Lily & the Cactus

At Lily, Chef Morou blends Modern American cuisine with those from the Southwestern United States and West Africa in order to introduce a new category of dining to the Washington, DC area. They believe that our product quality, excellent customer care, and diverse staff will provide an unparalleled dining experience to the neighborhood of NoMa.

View the full menu here

Red Bear Brewing Co.

Red Bear Brewing is an independent craft brewery that fights the mediocre industrial beer giants and strives to win over the hearts of the community. Their conscientious nature shines through with our commitment to our diverse team members, neighbors, and the planet we all share.

View the beer menu here

Republic Cantina

Republic Cantina restaurant offers the finest quality tex-mex for NoMa DC!

Click here for a list of their full menu

SEOULSPICE NoMa

Having you ever had Korean bbq? Well here’s your chance. Stop by SEOULSPICE for an unforgettable food experience!

Find out more here.

Streets Market NoMa

Streets Market is a local grocery store that offers a wide variety of organic, conventional, local, international, and everyday practical goods all under one roof. 

Shop here for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving dinner needs. 

Sweet Science Coffee

Sweet Science believes that a great cup of Coffee results from many months of hard labor from farm to roast. Specialty coffee is a truly unique product that challenges us to be better with every cup we make. As Baristas, they have the skill to elevate or devalue the product. Sweet Science coffee possesses the knowledge to teach and reach others through a hot cup of coffee. 

View their full menu here

Uncle Chip’s

Uncle Chip’s provides its customers with an irresistible, one of a kind cookie that can be enjoyed just about any time, anywhere. That’s why we use only the finest ingredients and deliver them across the country. They will bring the best chocolate chip cookies to your doorstep. It’s that simple.

Find out more here

Wunder Garten

Wunder Garten is inspired by the beer gardens of Germany. They opened in 2015 as a pop-up beer garden that quickly became a cornerstone of the North of Massachusetts (NoMa) neighborhood.  A community gathering place for friends and family, Wunder Garten has a carefully curated selection of German and craft beers and a well-regarded wine and liquor selection.  

They host some of the coolest events in the neighborhood! 

Learn more here 

2M Pool Re-Opening

We are happy to welcome 2M residents back to the rooftop pool.

The 2M rooftop pool is back just in time for the Summer season! To ensure residents are enjoying the pool re-open in the safest way possible, we have some important guidelines in place.

Please review the following guidelines carefully:

IMPORTANT POOL GUIDELINES:

  • The 2M rooftop pool will be open Monday-Sunday from 10 AM – 7 PM
  • The rooftop remains open until 9 pm, but ask that you start to exit the pool area before 7 pm to allow proper cleaning.
  • Do not use the pool if you are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone who tested positive.
  • Remember to wash your hands and person before entering the pool area.
  • We are required to allow no more than 30 residents around the pool at the same time and only 9 residents to be in the pool at once. 
  • The max amount of time for each person will be 2 hours per day.

DC will be performing inspections from time to time and so, please help us in allowing the pool to remain open for the summer by following these restrictions: 

While at the pool, on the rooftop and in the restrooms, you must practice social distancing of 6 feet or more and must wear a face mask at all times except for when you are in the pool itself. You will notice we had to arrange the chairs so there is separation on the pool deck.

Please wipe down the lounge chair, if you choose to use one, after you finish and please do not share food, toys, grills, drinks, goggles, towels, etc. or engage in physical contact with those outside of your household while at the pool or on the roof.

HOW TO RESERVE THE ROOFTOP POOL:

Should you choose to use the pool, please email or call the front desk to submit the name of each person looking to use the pool and the 1-hour or 2-hour time slot you are requesting to assist us in crowd management.  Per our contractor’s guidelines, each resident will be asked to sign in with their full name, apartment number and phone number and must review and sign the attached waiver and acknowledgement form before using the pool.

 

Black-Owned Businesses near NoMa DC

Today we recognize Juneteenth. Our Nation’s second Independence Day, that celebrates the abolition of slavery. As we take a step back and think about the monumental impact this day in 1865 had on people of color, we must also look at Juneteenth today as yet another opportunity to reflect on our place in present history. To ensure that we continue to do our parts to ultimately eliminate the systemic racism and the social injustice that still exists for Black people currently.

Let us all remember Juneteenth as a massive milestone in history, but more importantly, as a reminder of the conversations that still need to happen and actions to take to achieve the goal of equality.

While there is a multitude of ways, you can be an ally for #BlackLivesMatter causes, one constant that serves as a positive impact is consumer support. So in observation of the Juneteenth Holiday, we encourage our residents to support a local Black-owned business today by becoming a customer. 

Living in the NoMa neighborhood puts you within walking distance of some popular black-owned establishment staples in the District! 

Check out our list below! 

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Address: 1001 H St NE

Serving as a DC staple restaurant for over 60 years, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been the go-to food location for celebrities, politicians, tourists, and DC residents alike. 

And what makes this establishment a DC treasure is its authenticity. The counter, booths, and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe, and service and quality as guiding principles. 

Stop by Ben’s Chili Bowl for a real taste of DC. Whether it’s one of their famous chili bowls, a milkshake, or the many other delicious menu items.

Busboys & Poets: K Street

Address: 450 K St NW

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was founded by owner Andy Shallal, an artist, activist, and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents, and progressive community embraced Busboys, particularly activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in seven distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers.

Busboys & Poets delicious menu options cover a wide selection of brunch, happy hour, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. Some of our favorites include the sweet potato pancakes, lamb sliders, and the key lime pie. Busboys & Poets offers vegan and vegetarian selections as well. 

This restaurant is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit their website for more information. 

Turning Natural

Address: 1380 H St NE

Turning Natural is more than a juice bar, it’s a health movement! The mission of Turning Natural is to bring better choices to communities that are underserved; making healthy foods affordable, cool, and ultimately taste like magic! Community and integrity being two of our main core values, they pride ourselves on educating, reconnecting cultures, and providing juices made with love and precision. Their main interests are good vibes, better food, and excellent company!

Stop by today for a wide selection of fresh smoothies!

Half Smoke

Address: 651 Florida Ave NW

You haven’t eaten until you have tried a delicious half-smoke meal from the popular Half Smoke restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood. Few things actually live up to the hype of what is advertised. This restaurant’s food is one of those things. 

Half Smoke is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit, halfsmoke.com for more information

 

Milk & Honey In Smith Commons

Address: 1245 H St NE

Milk & Honey In Smith Commons didn’t invent brunch, but they might have perfected it! Whether it’s a quick breakfast meeting with colleagues, brunch with friends and family, lunch alone, or a carry-out to dine at home or your office, Milk & Honey Cafe is something special! Their mouth-watering menu features some of the most addicting dishes including their award-winning shrimp and grits as well as the berry and cream fresh toast dish that will most certainly keep you coming back.  

This establishment is available for pick-up and delivery options. Visit milknhoneycafe.com for more information

Po’ Boy Jim

Address: 709 H St NE

Po Boy Jim is a family-owned restaurant that specializes Po’ Boys that are traditional and/or uniquely crafted. We aim to provide our patrons with high-quality food and beverages in a casual, rustic environment, so that food, drinks, and customer service are the highlight of the experience.

Try one of their classic Po’ Boy sandwiches, and you’ll immediately want to come back every week! 

Visit, poboyjim.com for more pick-up and delivery options.

 

DC Conscious & Cafe 

Address: 1413 H St NE

DC Conscious & Cafe is more than a place that serves food and drinks; it’s a community with a very simplistic and fundamental mission; the interaction and engagement of all residents and stakeholders to foster shared experiences that promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our differences, similarities, talents, and challenges. 

Dive into a cultural experience like never before when you chow down on their house favorites like the Yassa Burger, Apple Sage Love Boat, or one of their savory taco selections.

DC Conscious & Cafe is available for pick-up options. Visit their website for more information.  

Meet the 2M Team: Brandon McCarthy

 

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
The path that led me professionally to property management was curiosity on how property management is ran and learning all I can about the commercial real estate business and personally I just like committing myself to helping others.

What made you want to come work for WC Smith/2M?
What made me want to work for WCSmith is that I heard great things about this company through a friend of mine. I stumbled on to 2M after working at another WC Smith property for a couple months and I saw an opportunity to come over to 2M and I had to take it because it was such a gorgeous building.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I am not working I like to enjoy time with my son and mingle with friends and family.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
In 5 years I see NOMA booming into a highly professional and beautiful area somewhat like the NW region.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
If I had one day in DC, my top 3 things to do will be of course take in the sights, meet the President of U.S. and eat and drink at every bar and restaurant.

If 2M were a song, movie, super hero what would it be?
If 2M was a song it would be We Are Young by F.U.N.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
I think the location and amenities is what draws people.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
My favorite green feature here at 2M is the garden area on the rooftop.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
My favorite amenity at 2M is the entire rooftop because of its scenery.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
My perfect day at 2M will just be me relaxing by the poolside with friends.

Why would your pet love to live here?
A pet would love 2M because of other pets and the dog park area.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M?
I would live on the 10th floor.

3 words to describe 2M/NoMa?
Fun, Lively and Professional.