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Enjoy A Day At Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park has been a leafy oasis with miles of trails and picnic area for years, founded in 1890, it’s the oldest natural urban park in the National Park system. Open year-round it’s especially popular during the warmer months. The park is massive at 2,100 acres it’s two times the size of Central Park. 

The park’s paved trails are mostly flat which is great for bikers, runners, and hikers. On weekends, the park is closed to vehicles so you can get a full escape from the city. With 32 miles of trail, there is no shortage of loops and routes to take. The beginning of the main road that goes through the park, Beach Drive, is about 10 minutes away from Bethesda Place.

The park has horseback riding trails that will lead you through breathtaking forests. Horseback riding is allowed on the Western Ridge Trail and the Rock Creek Park Horse center is 3 miles away from Highland House and 

Highland House West. The center offers rides on guided trails through the park regardless of experience.

The park has many public facilities including an outdoor concert and theater venue. The Carter Barron Amphitheatre hosts concerts, festivals and the Citi Open tennis tournament is held there every July. The Swift at Petworth is just a 10 minute car ride away from the Amphitheatre. 

Peirce Mill is a water-powered gristmill that was built on a quaker farm in 1820 and a 30-minute metro ride away from 4000 Massachusetts Avenue. It’s an amazing landmark within the park that is open to the public and holds tours. 

At the Rock Creek Planetarium is close to The Swift at Petworth and 4000 Massachusetts Avenue, and is where visitors can learn about the stars and outer space while seeing what the constellations look like from their home. 

There are many picnic sites with barbeque grills and pavilions. Of the 30 area picnic areas in the park, only 8 require reservations. If you’re planning to use a pavilion, the park recommends you make reservations as early as possible as the spots tend to fill up.

After your park day is over, you can easily pop over to the Smithsonian National Zoo as the park borders the zoo.

Rock Creek Park is a beautiful place to explore and many of our communities are just a short distance away. It’s truly an ideal setting to peacefully take in the beauty of nature. Happy exploring!

Cheers!

It’s easier than ever to eat, drink, and be merry with all of the local breweries in Montgomery County and DC. 

Just across the street from our Rollins Park and Congressional Towers communities, you’ll find 7 Locks Brewing. Famous for their “Surrender Dorothy IPA” they also feature local food trucks. 

One block from Bethesda Place Apartments you’ll find Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Part of a nationwide chain, the beer selection rotates weekly and the restaurant features a full menu. 

Our Country Place Apartments community is only a few miles from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe. It is the only one in the country and has a partnership with Lyft to ensure safe travels. 

Residents of the Swift Petworth can enjoy a crisp experience at the Capitol Cider House. They craft hard ciders using apples sourced within 200 miles of the Capitol building. 

Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown doesn’t brew their own beer, but they have 24 taps featuring many local Maryland, DC and VA breweries. Their extensive happy hour makes it a great spot to visit, especially for the residents of our nearby 2401 Penn Ave community. 

Over the Potomac in Arlington is the New District Brewing Company. A few blocks from Aura Pentagon City Apartments, they are a dog-friendly establishment and encourage visits from our 4-legged furry friends. 

With our apartment communities are close to Metro stations and in thriving neighborhoods, it’s easy to spend time investigating the local flavors while staying close to home. For a complete list of our properties in the DMV click here

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.

Special Announcement: Aura Pentagon City Added to Polinger Company’s Properties

We are pleased to announce the addition of Aura Pentagon City to our Polinger Company family! Located in Arlington, VA and formerly known as the Meridian at Pentagon City, the 534-unit high-rise property features two swimming pools, a fitness center, club room, and sundecks with grills. The 18-floor residential community offers studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments, all of which include a washer and dryer. Aura at Pentagon City exterior

Aura Pentagon City is conveniently located near several grocery stores, pubics parks, popular restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment. Just moments from major highways and public transportation, including bus stops and the Pentagon City Metro, residents can easily navigate Arlington and nearby Washington, DC.

Polinger Company is a family-owned real estate organization with over 70 years of experience in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Polinger’s portfolio includes over 5,000 apartments and 5 million square feet of commercial office, retail, and mixed-use space.

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