Why You Should Choose An Apartment With a Gym

The process of moving into an apartment can be as active as a workout, but it’s all worth it in the end when you get to enjoy your beautiful new place. The same way exercising is worth it in the end when you feel that rush of feel-good endorphins. Now once you get adjusted to your new place, it’s time to create a routine. How will you incorporate healthy choices in your lifestyle? Below we explore the reasons why fitness centers are such a valued amenity:  

  1. Save on big-box gym memberships. Many gyms can charge up to $100 a month for access and if there are a pool and group classes you can expect to have the cost added into your membership fee. Rollins Congressional Club is a free amenity for our Rollins Park and Congressional Towers communities and includes treadmills, elliptical step machines, group classes, and a pool! The pool has lots of features you’ll enjoy in the summertime like a Lazy River, lap pool, and swimming lessons.

    The Swift Petworth Fitness Center
    The Swift Petworth Fitness Center
  2. Cut your commute time. Surveys and studies have told us that commute time can have a direct effect on your overall well-being. With a gym right in your building, you’re already exercising by simply walking to it and you can maximize the time there instead of in your car getting to the gym. Achieve your health goals with ease in the fully-equipped fitness center with Precor equipment and free weights at The Swift Petworth.
  3. Open whenever you want to go. Have an usual schedule or work odd hours? You don’t have to rush to make a group class time or open gym hours. You can work out whenever it’s convenient with a gym at your fingertips. Highland House Communities and many of our other communities have 24-hour access.
  4. Save money not buying gym equipment. Fitness equipment trends come and go. Remember the Bow-Flex® or now the Peloton® bike? People tend to buy equipment because they believe having easy access will make them more active. You’ll never have the urge to make an expensive purchase that often ends up collecting dust because you’ll already have the convenience of an in-building gym. Our communities in Montgomery County like Brighton Village and Country Place Apartments, both offer comprehensive fitness centers.
  5. Make new friends. Your gym at your apartment building will be made up of members of your community so you’re likely to see friendly and familiar faces. Maybe you’ll find accountability partners for those days you need the extra push to get motivated. Bethesda Place’s 24-hour fitness room is a perfect place to break a sweat with your workout buddy.

Having a gym as an amenity is one luxury you can certainly feel good about it. You might be surprised how much your habits change simply knowing it’s right there. All of our communities have a number of ways for you to stay active and be your best self. Check out the complete listing here and contact us if you’re interested in a tour or moving!

Take Part in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service

Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day ON instead of a day OFF in 2020. This year MLK Day is on Monday, January 20, and is a chance for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service and volunteerism in their community. The day perfectly captures Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Below you’ll find service projects going on near our Polinger apartment communities in which you can participate:


Polinger Company strives to give back to our communities and actively seek to support the areas our properties are located. We organize service events throughout the year. Together with our site teams, our corporate office employees recently participated in our volunteer event at Capital Area Food Bank and packaged 340 bags for seniors and packaged 500 boxes for families. In all, we packaged over 15,000 pounds of food and had tons of fun doing it! Thank you to our team members who came out to help!

7 Ways to Stay Toasty & Cozy this Winter

As we head into fall and winter swings into full force, it’s important to find ways to stay warm and cozy through the season. Use these 7 toasty tips to feel warm no matter how cold the weather outside gets:

  1. Who doesn’t love curling up by the fireplace? Keep the winter blues away and relax by the fire. Enjoy the decorative fireplaces in select apartments at Aura Pentagon City. The Swift Petworth has a fireplace in the lounge area that makes a perfect spot cozy spot to gather.
  2. Open your blinds on sunny days to let the sun heat up your apartment. This is a great option when your place has floor-to-ceiling windows like at Country Place Apartments.
  3. Save on your heating bills with eco-friendly features. Many of our communities are LEED-certified, like The Swift Petworth. Their double-pane windows reduce the demands on your heating system.
  4. It’s sweater weather! Pull out your comfiest hoodies, sweaters, and socks to stay comfortable throughout the winter. You’ll have no problem storing your seasonal clothing in your expansive closet space at many of our communities like Bethesda Place and Brighton Village.
  5. Cuddle with a furry friend to warm your heart and home. If you choose to adopt a pet, you’ll be able to enjoy living at our many pet-friendly communities: Brighton Village, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Aura Pentagon City, The Swift Petworth, Highland House Communities, & Country Place Apartments.
  6. Get your heart rate pumping inside at our gyms and fitness centers. Rollins Congressional Club is a free amenity for our Rollins Park and Congressional Towers communities. The fitness center includes treadmills, elliptical step machines, and group classes.
  7. Live in a community where all utilities are included! Turn up the heat with no worries at our apartments that include utility costs in the rent like 4000 Massachusetts Ave and Congressional Towers.


All of our communities have a number of ways for you to feel warm and make cozy memories during the colder months. Check out the complete listing here and stay toasty! 

Stay Cool at Home

Summertime, and the living’s easy. It’s also hot. Help alleviate your utility bill at your apartment with these 7 easy tips: 

  1. If you have a ceiling fan, like the ones offered at our Brighton Village community, be sure the blades are rotating counter-clockwise to move the rising hot air away from you. In the fall, switch to clockwise so that the warmer air is circulated into the room. Well-placed tabletop and standing fans can also help cool you down quickly and efficiently.
  2. Keep blinds closed to eliminate excessive sun. Blackout curtains are also a good idea especially when your apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows like at Country Place Apartments.
  3. Use the exhaust fan. If your apartment has an over-the-range microwave like our Bethesda Place community, the fan works there, too, in sucking out the hot air, especially when cooking. 
  4. Cook outside! Residents of our Swift Petworth and Aura Pentagon City apartments take advantage of their rooftop grills and keep the heat out of the kitchen. 
  5. Refresh at the pool! Our Highland House and Highland House West communities offer rooftop pools perfect for keeping cool. 
  6. Exercise inside at air-conditioned gyms and fitness centers. Rollins Congressional Club is a free amenity for our Rollins Park and Congressional Towers communities and allows for a cool workout. Bonus: there are 3 pools included and a water park!
  7. Live where all utilities are included! Crank the AC with no worries at our communities that include the utility cost in the rent: 4000 Massachusetts Ave and Congressional Towers

Each of our communities has its own perks and advantages for beating the summer heat. Check out the complete listing here and stay cool! 

Rooftop Relaxation

One of the many perks of city living is the rooftop of our apartment buildings. Summer is here and the rooftop decks are open and ready for entertaining and relaxing. 

Aura Pentagon City features two pools on rooftops along with sundecks with grills and seating areas. 

Not only do our 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue and Swift Petworth communities offer gorgeous apartments in NW DC, they’re also perfectly located for spectacular views of the Fourth of July fireworks. 

The fire pit on the roof of The Swift at Petworth

Each year residents and their guests gather to enjoy food, fun, and fireworks all from the convenience of their own apartment building. The Swift also features yoga classes every Tuesday mornings and Sunday evenings. There are commercial-grade grills that may be reserved for your entertaining needs and a cozy fire pit to warm up the cooler nights. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. treats its residents to some of the best views of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom from its rooftop terrace creating a calming oasis away from the bustling city.

Only a few miles outside of DC in downtown Chevy Chase, MD, you’ll find Highland House and Highland House West Apartments. These two sister buildings sit in the well-landscaped neighborhood of Friendship Village and both feature rooftop sundecks with swimming pools. Shaded tables line the sundecks to provide a comfortable outdoors for all visitors. The large swimming pools are appointed with lush greenery and relaxing lawn chairs to provide the ultimate relaxing experience. The beautiful tree-lined views sprinkled with the cityscape provide a unique panoramic view. Both communities treat their residents to a refreshing atmosphere suitable for all ages high above the busy city. 

It’s great to take advantage of these amenities during the hot summers of Washington, DC and Maryland. A rooftop deck and swimming pool can make a “staycation” feel like a true getaway. For more information on Polinger Company and apartments to rent, visit polingerco.com.