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.

7 Ways To Meet Friends in a New City

Moving to a new location can be exhilarating! New restaurants to try, new parks to explore, and new friends to meet. But it can also be a little intimidating. Not everyone is an extrovert who is unphased by trying novel things and meeting people. Here are some helpful tips for exploring your new location within your comfort zone:

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12 “My First Apartment” Products to Gift Yourself

Moving into your first apartment is a big accomplishment! Why not celebrate the big moment with some fun and practical products? This list of 12 gifts for yourself covers everything from helpful tech to unique decor:

  1. A robotic vacuum cleaner to tackle “crummy” situations with minimal effort on your part. Perfect for the lush carpeting at Brighton Village Apartments.

    Photo by Hamilton Beach
  2. Our residents at Bethesda Place don’t need this because they have an on-site Peet’s Coffee. But an otherwise great gift is never having to choose between a quick single serve cup or ground coffee again with the 2-in-1 brewer.
  3. The TubShroom hair catcher is a clever tool to protect your shower drain from getting clogged by hair.
  4. Playful decorative pillows are the perfect way to add a personal touch to your new space.
  5. A magnetic keyholder is the perfect tool to help you keep track of your apartment keys. No more rummaging around on your way out the door to catch the Metro! Perfect for Polinger Company property residents that live near a Metro station.  
  6. Add to the fresh air of your garden apartment at Rollins Park by clicking on an essential oil diffuser at the end of the day. It is the perfect way to unwind.

    Photo by Zanflare
  7. Brighten up your living room with this unique Cherry Blossom table lamp – an especially cool piece for those living in the Washington, D.C. area! Or, just look out your window when you’re a resident at Congressional Towers! The cherry trees in the courtyard are an amazing amenity. 
  8. Even though 4000 Massachusetts Avenue doesn’t allow pets, a small, modern fish tank that any HGTV star would approve of, would work nicely.   
  9. Ideal for storage, displaying decor, or bibliophiles’ book collections, this contemporary four-tier shelf is multifunctional. Perfect for the retro-chic style at Highland House Apartments.
  10. Save space in the shower by consolidating your different products using this clever shower dispenser. Remember, never install something that will leave damages. Opt for removable velcro strips and hooks. 

    Photo by Urban Mom
  11. This hanging door hamper is ideal for conserving floor space in your bedroom, bathroom, or laundry area. Perfect to help organize your space with your in-home washer and dryer at Country Place Apartments.
  12. Test out your green thumb with this LED indoor garden! Perfect for city apartments such as The Swift Petworth or 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Find the perfect apartment to call home with Polinger Company!

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Apartment

On February 2, Phil the Groundhog predicted an early spring. What better reason to get ahead on spring cleaning? Whether you are currently living in a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment home, it never hurts to periodically declutter belongings and update the decor. Here are tips and tricks that’ll help freshen up your space:

1. Get Rid of Clutter 

Decluttering is the first step you’ll want to take towards a tidier apartment. Go through your closets, kitchen cabinets and drawers, under beds, and other places that tend to collect clutter. Donate clothes you haven’t worn in months, get rid of mismatched or duplicate kitchen items, and if you have gadgets or toys that haven’t been touched in a while, it’s time to let them go.

2. Brighten Your Space 

Supplement your natural lighting with a new lamp. Floor and end table lamps offer the opportunity for brighter lighting and a new decorative piece. Sun lamps can help you get through the remaining winter days until the sun is up longer. Highland House West and Highland House offer floor to ceiling windows, making extra lighting a tip you can skip!  

3. Be a Plant Parent 

Fake or real, a plant can spruce up any space! From tiny succulents to larger potted plants, having greenery in the home adds a tasteful, spring element. If you’re feeling ambitious and your apartment has a balcony, you may want to give growing your own produce a shot once the weather is ideal. All apartment plans in Bethesda Place and 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue offer balconies. Brighton Village and Rollins Park offer a balcony or patio depending on the floor plan.

4. Use Aroma Therapy Instead of Candles 

Diffusers for essential oils are a perfect replacement for candles. They offer the versatility of changing scents as desired and the oils can help relieve stress, headaches, and more depending on the type. Lemon is the perfect scent for a fresh and clean smelling apartment! Many diffusers come with the option of color changing lights making it both a useful and aesthetically fun addition to your apartment.

5. Make Thrifty Decor Updates

Freshen up your living room by putting new pillow covers on your throw pillows, no need to buy whole new pillows. Give old picture frames a fresh coat of paint, create a headboard from plywood, or add wallpaper to your bookcase. There are endless resources online for fun crafts that are affordable and boost the atmosphere of your space with a personal touch.

For those looking to make a space their own, explore the many fabulous apartment communities managed by Polinger Company. Our portfolio of apartments offers locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area and Maryland. Your new apartment home awaits!