Polinger Company Blog

Award-Winning Communities

Polinger Company is honored to announce several of its properties won the 2017 National Resident Satisfaction Award from SatisFacts and the 2017 ApartmentRatings Top Rated Award. SatisFacts surveys over 3 million residents of rental apartments nationwide and measures the results for property management companies. ApartmentRatings.com is an online resource for renters to view reviews from existing residents.

The sister companies combine to ask residents about their experiences with moving into the apartment and maintenance requests. 

The SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award is given to properties that achieved a score of 4.0 or higher on their surveys. The ApartmentRatings Top Rated Award recognizes properties with outstanding resident satisfaction as measured by a 70% or greater overall recommended score. Each award has minimum survey return requirements to ensure a proper sampling is achieved. 

Bethesda Place Apartments in downtown Bethesda took top honors of all Polinger properties with a 99% recommended score from Apartment Ratings. The following other properties also won both awards: Highland House and Highland House West in Chevy Chase, Brighton Village in Gaithersburg, Congressional Towers and Rollins Park in Rockville, The Arcadian in Silver Spring, Country Place in Burtonsville, and the Swift Petworth in DC.


We thank the teams at our communities for their hard work and dedication for making these awards possible. Congratulations on your success!

Spring “Blossoming” in DC

It’s officially spring in DC when the cherry blossoms bloom creating fun things to do around town. The official Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Sunday, March 25 with peak bloom expected March 27th – March 31st. 

At the grounds of the Washington Monument, the 7th annual Kite Festival takes flight on Saturday, March 31st. This free event starts at 10AM and features kite making competitions, a Rokkaku battle, and other demonstrations. 

The Festival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. The following day, the Anacostia River Festival launches with canoes, a bike parade, and lawn games. This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the park with special birthday activities.

The Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar offers seasonal cocktails and themed decor until April 29th. The Newseum is hosting a “Nights in Bloom” event on April 13th featuring a menu from Wolfgang Puck. The ticket also includes Japanese traditions such as calligraphy demonstrations, custom haikus, and a performance from the Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe. 

Several of our communities are a quick Metro ride to the Tidal Basin for the best views of the blossoms. Columbia Plaza and 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Apartments are in Foggy Bottom and 4000 Massachusetts Avenue Apartment community is in Cathedral Heights. The Swift at Petworth is under 5 miles away. Living in DC in the spring truly has its beautiful advantages.

Northwest D.C. Is Full of Great Things to Do!

Northwest Washington D.C. offers a great variety of events to suit every taste. Ranging from horse rides to exceptional shopping, to famous attractions like the Washington National Cathedral, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this area of the city. Once you find out what everyone else knows, you’ll understand why so many people rave about this area of the city. The best part? So much of this is close to residents of our buildings, including:

2401 Penn Ave and Columbia Plaza in Foggy Bottom
4000 Mass Ave in Cathedral Heights
The Swift in Petworth

Read More “Northwest D.C. Is Full of Great Things to Do!” »

Happy Retirement to Sydell Strumpf

Polinger Company is honored to announce the retirement of Sydell Strumpf after 55 years of service. Mrs. Strumpf began as a temporary employee at Congressional Towers apartments in Rockville, and throughout her career, held various positions such as Property Manager and Auditor. In her time as Auditor, she was lovingly known as the “Chief Quality Control Office.” She is described as loyal, honest, hard-working, and caring by those who know her best.

Her expertise, knowledge in Property Management and familiarity with the Polinger way were unparalleled. She was a mentor to many of her colleagues. In her retirement, Sydell plans to spend time with her family and continue enjoying her weekly mahjongg games with friends. She will be greatly missed the Polinger Company family.

Winter Tips for Cozy Apartment Living

Winter Tips for Cozy Apartment Living

Winter is fast approaching, which for many people, means preparing for joyous holiday celebrations and not-so-joyous inclement weather conditions.

Even in the comfort of a warm apartment in the company of loved ones, winter can bring about some challenges we don’t often think about until they start happening, like being cooped up inside, staying cold- or flu-free, stocking up on groceries, staying motivated to exercise.

Here are some tips for keeping cozy in your apartment during the winter.

  1. Curl up by the fire

Who doesn’t love cozying up by the fire with a nice cup of hot chocolate, watching the snow fall?

The Arcadian at Silver Spring

Residents at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Arcadian, and The Swift Petworth can enjoy fireplaces in their home and/or in their resident clubroom, where they can cozy up to the fire and beat the cold weather.


  1. Stock up on groceries

An important step to preparing for the winter weather ahead is making sure you have easy access to a grocery store, should you need to stock up for an upcoming snowstorm.
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for a snowstorm. During the winter, tune in frequently to local weather sources and make sure you stock up on the necessary supplies. That’s why our communities offer quick and easy access to grocery and convenience stores, like The Swift Petworth, which has a downstairs Safeway or Bethesda Place with an on-site Safeway, where residents can take their shopping cart right up to their front door.


  1. Clear your parking spot

Clearing your parking spot of snow can be a pain, especially if you don’t have your own designated parking spot, it can quickly be stolen after you’ve spent your time shoveling out your car.

Polinger communities; The Swift Petworth, Bethesda Place, Highland House, Highland House West, and 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue all have garage parking, where residents don’t have to worry about shoveling snow, clearing their parking spot, and digging out their car under a mountain of snow.

  1. Stay active

Being cooped up inside while it’s cold out can suck the motivation out of you to exercise and stay active. Routinely exercising during the winter is very important though, as it will relieve the frustration cabin fever can bring.

If the temperature doesn’t permit working out outdoors, try joining a gym or even doing light exercises in the comfort of your apartment living room. Fortunately, for our residents, they’re able to access an on-site fitness center at any hour of the day, every day, making it easy and convenient to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle when they’re cooped up inside during the winter.


Our communities, Country Place, The Swift Petworth, The Arcadian, Brighton Village, Highland House, Highland House West, Congressional Towers, Rollins Park, and Columbia Plaza all offer 24/7 fitness centers.


  1. Stay entertained

Winter is the perfect time to start delving into new books or exploring new hobbies. When you’re embracing the cold weather and show and ice skating or sledding, reach out to your neighbors, attend resident events, or take advantage of the amenities available to you.

Our residents have access to countless amenities to enjoy year-round. The Swift Petworth leasing team hosts various resident events in their clubroom, like paint nights, potlucks, and game nights. The Arcadian also offers a clubhouse, featuring a bar and kitchenette, billiards table, and plenty of sitting areas with a view of their scenic surroundings. Brighton Village offers residents a renovated recreational center, featuring a fitness center, yoga studio, party room, and business room. 


Congressional Towers and Rollins Park residents have access to Rollins Congressional Club, an absolutely free amenity featuring a fitness center and banquet room available to booking holiday parties, business functions, and other special events.


Enjoy the winter weather ahead by spending time with loved ones, making new friends, relaxing in your apartment, and exploring your favorite hobbies while staying healthy! Our communities make that easy for you! Contact our leasing offices today to schedule your personal tour.