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Pet-Friendly vs. Pets Allowed: What's the Difference?

In your search for the perfect apartment, have you seen communities list either pet-friendly or pets allowed as features? There’s a difference, and we’re here to break that down for you so you can be sure to select the right place for you and your best friend to call home.

Pet Friendly Apartments

While many apartment communities allow pets, this simply means that your pet can live with you.  There may not be many (or any) amenities to help make your pet comfortable within the community.  


Pet-Friendly communities not only tolerate your pet living with you in your apartment but create a welcoming environment for your pet. When searching for an apartment and touring communities, be sure to look for the following amenities including fenced-in dog parks, walking paths, ample green areas, and pet cleanup stations throughout the community.  

Pet Friendly Apartments in Baltimore

Notice the team and property management’s attitude toward pets – are pets celebrated at the community and warmly welcomed? Check the community or property management’s social media pages and websites to look for clues about how pet-friendly they are. If you see frequent posts with pets, residents and pets, or clear pet policies listed on their website, it’s likely they are truly a pet-friendly community. Be sure to check with any pet-friendly community on specific pet policies, breed restrictions, weight limits, and pet fees or rent.  

Pet Friendly Apartments in Maryland

Visit one of our pet-friendly communities throughout the Greater Baltimore Area today to find the perfect place for you and your pet to call home.  Don’t forget to share photos of your pet moving in to your Peak apartment or townhome by tagging us and using the hashtag #PeakPet.  We love seeing pets around our communities.

Rent Special at Tuscany Woods Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD

Rent Special at Tuscany Woods Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD

Looking for a 2-bedroom apartment in the Windsor Mill area? Don't miss out on our special now through May 30 (or while supplies last). Schedule a tour today. #GoodLivingStartsHere

Upgraded Living Starts at Tuscany Gardens Apartments

Our beautiful, spacious, cross-ventilated apartments at Tuscany Gardens are getting an upgrade. Renovated apartments now feature sleek granite countertops, vinyl plank flooring, upgraded cabinetry with brushed nickel hardware, and a modern all-in-one in-home laundry machine.

See our latest images below and feel free to comment with your favorite new feature.

Good living starts at Tuscany Gardens.


Work Out from the Comfort of Your Home

If saving money and getting fit are New Year's resolutions for you, we can help!  Many of our communities have 24-hour fitness centers available to our residents, free of charge.  Save the gym membership fees and work out conveniently in your community.

Pumpkin Painting at Rolling Park Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD

Pumpkin Painting at Rolling Park Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our pumpkin painting event a lot of fun and a huge success! Please feel free to tag yourselves, share images, and comment! #FunLivingStartsHere

Fall Festivities in the Baltimore Area

It’s the first day of autumn and we’re so excited!  (Hellooooo, pumpkin spice!)  The Baltimore area is home to some great fall festivals and events.  Here are a few you should check out!

 

Baltimore, MD

·        October 20 – OctoBEARfest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a fun way to visit the zoo and sample 50+ seasonal beers, enjoy live music, and great food.  Tickets are $49 now through October 19 and $59 at the door.  VIP tickets are also available.  Purchase your tickets at marylandzoo.org/special_events/octobearfest/

·        October 28  - ZooBoooo!  Celebrate Halloween with the animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  Dress up in your costume and trick or treat around the zoo.  Enter one of two costume contests during the day, and see live entertainment.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visti marylandzoo.org/special_events/zoobooo

 

Cockeysville, Timonium, & Hunt Valley MD

·        September 23 – Family Farm Day at the Maryland Agricultural Center is a great fall activity to take part in with the kids in your life.  The event is host to food, music, tractor rides, crafts, games, local vendors, and educational programs.  There is a $20 per car entry fee.  Most activities are free, but some may require an additional charge.

·        October 5 – Fortnite Halloween Pary at SkyZone in Timonium combines the Fortnite craze with bouncing fun!  Show off your Fortnite emote dances on the trampolines.  Reserve tickets at skyzone.com.

·        October 12-14 – Start your holiday shopping early at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  Each year this event brings some of the most talented artisans to Maryland.  This year’s live entertainment includes an ironforging demonstration, handmade paper art, wheel-thrown pottery, metal spinning, and wood turning. Middle Earth Studios will be performing an interactive children’s show during the festival, too. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. 

·        October 31 – Halloween on the Farm at the Maryland Agricultural Center includes trick or treating, a bonfire, yummy treats including hot apple cider, face painting, a haunted maze, bonfire, and more.  The first child registered is $10 with a discounted $7 admission for each additional child.  You can sign up at marylandagriculture.org/Halloween-on-the-farm

 

Crownsville, MD

·        August 26 – October 21 - The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a short drive from the Baltimore area and is one of Maryland’s biggest fall traditions.  The festival begins each year in late August and runs each weekend through October 21.  Enjoy entertainment, games, and food (including mac & cheese on a stick and turkey legs) at this outdoor celebration.  For more information and tickets visit rennfest.com.

 

Harford County, MD

·        September 29 & 30 – Come to the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace for their annual Fall Harvest & Craft Festival.  Make a scarecrow, take a hayride, listen to live bluegrass music, and participate in fun games & activities around the museum.  Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 & under are free.  Visit steppingstonemuseum.org for more information.

·        September 29 – Sip your way through the Harford County Wine Festival.  Enjoy wines from around the world, as well as many made locally here in Maryland.  Taste great food and browse shopping booths from local artisans and vendors.  Live music will be played throughout the day and non-wine lovers can enjoy the Oktoberfest beer garden.  Visit harfordcountywinefestival.com for tickets and more information.

·        October 6 – Do you love apples?  Be sure to attend the Darlington Apple Festival!  In addition to great apple food & drinks, you can take pony rides & hay rides, view artwork from local artists, compete in the cornhole tournament, and watch live entertainment.  View the list of vendors & entertainment at darlingtonapplefestival.org.

 

Parkville, MD

·        September 22-23 – Visit the Johnny Appleseed Festival at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm and take a hayride through the farm, play in the outdoor activity area, wander through the straw maze, and enjoy live Bluegrass by the Satyr Hill Band. 

 

Perry Hall, MD

·        Weekends, September 22 – October 28 – Fall Festival Days at Chapel Hill Farm & Nursery is a great way to spend the brisk fall weekends.  The festival includes face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, and hay rides.  Enjoy fresh apple cider and purchase fall decorations for your home.  Visit chapelhilsfarmandnursery.com for more information.

 

Pikesville, MD

·        October 7 – The Pikesville Fall Festival is held annually at Pikesville High School and is a free event.  Fun, local vendors, and food all converge to celebrate fall in Pikesville.  Visit business.pomchamber.org for information and the latest news about this event.

 

Community Spotlight: Annen Woods Apartments in Pikesville, MD

Annen Woods is the newest property to join Peak Management’s growing family of communities and is conveniently located in Pikesville just off Reisterstown Road (Route 140) and only a few minutes to I-695.

Updated apartments at Annen Woods are beautifully updated and include kitchens with sleek granite countertops, tile backsplashes, espresso cabinetry, brushed-nickel fixtures, and stylish vinyl-plank flooring.  Each apartment also has a washer & dryer and private patio or balcony.  Soft and cozy plush carpeting in the bedrooms and living areas feels warm and inviting.

This pet-friendly community offers a fenced-in dog park for your dog to play.  Enjoy relaxing poolside during the summer months, playing tennis on our lighted courts, entertaining and dining al fresco at the picnic & grilling area, or working out on your schedule in our 24-hour fitness center.

Shopping, dining, and more are only a stone’s throw away at The Festival at Woodholme.  This shopping center is home to upscale stores including Ann Taylor Loft, Fracesca’s, White House Black Market, Pier 1 Imports, JS Edwards, and The Wine Loft.  A wide variety of dining options are available from Chipotle Mexican Grill to the Tropical Smoothie Café and Baltimore’s famed Bagby Pizza.  Trader Joe’s is also located here for quick, convenient, and fun grocery shopping.

Don’t miss out on other nearby restaurants including First Watch, Jumbo Seafood (a favorite Chinese restaurant in the area), Golberg’s New York Bagels (a local favorite), and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

We invite you to take a tour of our community and the surrounding area.  Annen Woods is a great place to call home and we can’t wait to welcome you here. 

Take a virtual tour here or call our leasing center at (410) 288-8266 to schedule your private viewing of our community.

Good living starts here.

#PeakFit: The Best Streaming Services to Workout in Your Apartment

#PeakFit: The Best Streaming Services to Workout in Your Apartment

Some days you don’t feel like heading out your front door to the gym or even taking the short walk to your community’s fitness center, but you still want to work up a sweat.  When the weather is frightful or your schedule isn’t allowing for exercise away from your abode, a streaming service can be a great way to work up a sweat in your apartment.  Here are a few of our picks for affordable ways to work out at home.

Limited Time Special at Barclay Square Apartments

We know you'll LOVE life at Barclay Square.  Move in now through February 20 and this month's rent is FREE!  Contact our leasing team today for a tour.  #GoodLivingStartsHere #BaltimoreApartments #CharmCityApts

Barclay Square Apartments in Baltimore, MD February Rent Promotion

Limited Time Special at Tuscany Gardens Apartments

If you're looking for a 1 bedroom apartment in the Baltimore area, look no further than Tuscany Gardens.  Our pet-friendly apartments with in-home washers & dryers will be available at a reduced rate now through February 20.  Don't let your new home get away, tour today!
 

Tuscany Gardens Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD 21244 - February 2018 Rent Special

Today Is National Cut Energy Costs Day – Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill in the Winter

Energy Savings for Apartments & Rental Townhomes

The cold weather is upon us and there are many ways to heat up your home without burning a hole in your wallet.  Here are a few ways you can cut your energy costs this winter.

Energy Savings

As the temperatures begin to drop, heating bills can go up.  You can reduce energy consumption by making simple adjustments within your apartment or townhome. 

·        Schedule an energy audit through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program.  One of BGE’s Smart Energy inspectors will provide a one-time walk through of your home and find ways you can save money and reduce energy consumption. 

·        Reduce your hot water temperature to 120-degrees Fahrenheit.  If you need assistance with this, contact the service team.

·        Replace lightbulbs around your home with new, energy efficient LED bulbs. 

·        During the day, allow sunlight to illuminate your home so you can keep the lights off.  Be sure to close your curtains and lower blinds as the sun goes down to keep heat in your home.

·        Change your air filters seasonally. Our teams are out for regular air filter changes throughout the year. Contact our service department if you require an additional filter change. 

·        Turn off all electronics when not in use including computers, printers, cable boxes, and phone chargers.  Easily shift everything off by plugging items into a surge protector and shutting the surge protector off. 

·        Clean the coils behind your refrigerator (they can get quite dusty) to increase efficiency and keep your refrigerator running smoothly.

·        Lower the temperature when you’re heading out for the day and raise it when you return. 

 

Reduce Your Water Usage

·        If you notice any water leaks, contact our service department immediately or submit an online service request.

·        Take showers instead of baths and keep them to about 5 minutes.

·        Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.  Two minutes of running water is gallons wasted.

·        Run the dishwasher and laundry machines only when the loads are full.  If you must run a half-load of laundry, be sure to adjust any settings on your washing machine accordingly.

·        When thawing frozen food, avoid using running water.  Plan to thaw food in the refrigerator instead.

·        Use bath towels more than once.  Fewer laundry results in water and energy savings.

 

Other Fun Ways to Save

·        Cook large dinners and take leftovers to lunch for work.  Warming winter soups are perfect for this as you can make a large pot and have enough left over for several days.  Many soups taste better the next day, too!

·        Download the GasBuddy app for your smartphone to scout out the lowest gas prices in the area.

National Trivia Day: Fun Facts About Baltimore

1.      Baltimore is named after Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore (serving from 1605-1675).  Cecil Calvert was also the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of Maryland.

2.      Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, but Annapolis is the state capital.

3.      Baltimore ranks 30th in the nation in city population.

4.      The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, was written in Baltimore during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.

5.      Baltimore has been given many nicknames including Charm City, The City that Reads, The Monumental City, & The City that Believes.

6.      Fells Point was featured in the movie, Sleepless in Seattle.

7.      Baltimore City is an independent city meaning it’s not part of any county.  Baltimore County is a completely separate entity from Baltimore City.

8.      Baltimore City is the largest independent city in the United States.

9.      Johns Hopkins Hospital was founded in 1189, 23 years after the founding of Johns Hopkins University.

10.   Famous Baltimoreans include Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday, John Waters, Babe Ruth, Nancy Pelosi & Henrietta Lacks.

11.   Oprah Winfrey was once an anchor on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV evening news.

12.   Baltimore has more statues and monuments per capita than any other US city.

13.   The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, founded in 1840, was the world’s first dental college.  Baltimore is now home to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

14.   Much of Baltimore was destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire on February 7, 1904.  It took two years for the city to recover from the fire.

15.   The Baltimore Basilica is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States.

16.   The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University is the oldest conservatory in the United States and currently offers programs of study in music and dance.

17.   The Shot Tower (formally the Phoenix Shot Tower) was built in 1828 and is just shy of 235 feet tall. 

18.   Domino Sugar is located and continues to manufacture sugary in Baltimore.

19.   The USS Torsk, now docked in the Inner Harbor, is one of two Tench-class submarines in the United States today.  The USS Torsk battled in World War II and sunk 3 ships.

20.   Colt 45 beer hails from Charm City and, contrary to popular rumor, is not named after the weapon but Baltimore Colt Jerry Hill, whose number was 45.

21.   Duff Goldman, of Ace of Cakes fame, owns the now famous bakery, Charm City Cakes on Remington Avenue.

22.   Famed Baltimore Oriole, Cal Ripken, holds the record for the most consecutive professional baseball games played with 2,632 games played.  This broke Lou Gehrig’s prior record of 2,131.

23.   The Baltimore Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996.  The Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore after Art Modell had a long dispute with Cleveland over new stadiums.  This brought professional football back to Baltimore after the Baltimore Colts left in 1983 to Indianapolis.

24.   Each May, Baltimore is host to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track.  The Preakness Stakes are of the the three races in the Triple Crown.

25.   Mr. Trash Wheel, a permanent trash collector stationed at the Jones Falls River, is the first of its kind in the world.  You can follow Mr. Trash Wheel on Twitter at @MrTrashWheel.

Limited Time Special at Tuscany Gardens Apartments in Windsor Mill, MD

Celebrate 2018 in your new one bedroom apartment at Tuscany Gardens Apartments at a reduced rate.  Schedule a tour of your new apartment before someone else does! 

 

Tuscany Gardens Apartments One Bedroom Apartment Special for January 2018

Fire Prevention Month: Apartment Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Fire Prevention Month: Apartment Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Fires can occur quickly and with little warning, however, many fires are preventable.  As an apartment dweller it's important to protect yourself, those you live with, and your neighbors as fires can quickly spread.  Follow these fire prevention tips to keep yourself and your neighbors safe.

Keep Your Apartment Cool While Saving Money this Summer

Keep Your Apartment Cool While Saving Money this Summer

Keep your apartment or rental townhome cool this summer with a few simple life hacks.

MLB Opening Day: Fun Facts About the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Opening Day: Fun Facts About the Baltimore Orioles

We couldn't be more excited for the start of baseball season in Baltimore!  To celebrate opening day, we've compiled a list of fun facts about our beloved O's!

Apps to Help You Organize Your Closet without Leaving Home

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your home this year, it’s never been a better time to declutter thanks to the latest technology.  We’ve compiled a list of the best apps for helping you tackle your clutter this year – all without stepping foot outside of your home.

1.       Stylebook – Use this app to organize your closet, select outfits, and find fashion inspiration.  By taking photos of your clothes and loading them into Stylebook, you can mix and match your pieces while lounging on your couch.  Stylebook’s team of experts also provide outfit ideas, clothing care instructions, and more.

2.       Poshmark You can buy and sell unworn clothes using the Poshmark app.  Kind of like an eBay –without the bidding - for clothing, simply upload a photo of the item(s) you want to sell, enter a description and price, and wait for a buyer.  Buyers & sellers are able to communicate through the app to negotiate prices or discuss more details about the item.  Sellers earn 80% of selling price for each item priced $15 or more.  For lower-priced items, a $2.95 commission applies.

3.       thredUP – Selling on thredUP is easy.  Simply request a “Clean Out” bag from the company and fill the bag with women’s or children’s clothing that qualifies, and thredUP does the rest.  Sellers earn a percentage of the final selling price ranging from 10-80%. 

4.       Tradesy – If you have luxury and designer items to sell, Tradesy is the place to do it.  The Tradesy app walks you through the selling process from uploading photos to selecting a sale price.  Shipping labels are provided by Tradesy when an item sells and all returns are handled by Tradesy.  Tradesy fees range from 9%-12%, depending upon whether you choose to be paid by store credit or in cash.

5.       Mercari  - You can sell almost anything on the Mercari app from housewares to clothing.  Start by uploading a few photos of your item and a description.   Mercari sends you shipping labels once your item is sold.  Selling fees are 10% of the listing price.

6.       LetgoThis is one app that allows you to sell completely for free.  You can sell almost anything on Letgo for free to someone in your local area.  However, this app acts more as a “Craig’s List” type listing service than an eBay-type sales platform.  Sellers and buyers are responsible for all communication, setting up pick up and shipping, and determining final pricing.  Letgo does not get involved in resolving disputes.

7.       Gone – Gone is an app for selling electronics you no longer use.  Although Gone does not collect commissions or charge selling fees, they determine the final price for the item you wish to sell.  This is an easy, hassle-free way to get rid of any old devices that you no longer use. 

Top 5 Tips for Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental Home

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So, you’re in the market for a new home for you and your four-legged friend.  How can you distinguish communities where pets are allowed from those which are truly pet-friendly?   According to rent.com, 83% of apartment residents have difficulty finding housing to accommodate their pets.  A few simple tips can help you find the perfect new place for you and your furry companion.

1.       Check pet-friendly rental listings.  Websites and directories such as the Maryland Pet Gazette showcase apartment communities which are pet-friendly.  Major rental listing sites such as ApartmentGuide.com or Apartments.com have filters available so that you can find pet-friendly apartments, and even apply specific filters to properties that allow cats, dogs, or both.

2.       Look at the amenities in the community.  Properties that are truly pet-friendly offer services or amenities for pets such as fenced dog parks, pet cleanup stations, or dog wash areas. 

3.       Visit the property.  When touring, keep an eye out for other pets around the community.  Feel free to ask other pet owners about the community, what it offers for pets, and how they like living there.

4.       Prepare your pet’s records.  Most landlords require immunization records, license information, and photos of your pet when applying for an apartment.  Having everything prepared ahead of time will make your move-in process less stressful.

5.       Research additional policies, rent, and deposits.  Almost all communities require a pet fee, pet deposit, and/or pet rent.  Ask for this information up front so that you can prepare and budget accordingly.  Request a copy of the community’s pet addendum and other forms so you’re aware of everything expected of you as a pet owner. 

6.       Check for any restrictions.  Many buildings have breed restrictions and may not allow exotic pets.  It’s important to check for any weight, breed, species, number of pets, and other restrictions that may apply. 

With ample planning and a little research, you can find the perfect home for you and your pets. 

For more information or to schedule a tour of one of our pet-friendly communities in the Greater Baltimore Area, visit www.peakmgt.net or contact us at (410) 248-5100.