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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.

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.

Avanti Wins Gold at the MMHA Star Awards

Another Peak Management property was awarded an MMHA Star Award last night at the 2018 MMHA Star Awards Black & White Masqureade Ball. Avanti Luxury Apartments located in Bel Air, MD brought home Gold in their category of Garden Communities $1,456 and above.

Congratulations to our entire team at Avanti and to each of our residents for making this one of Maryland’s best places to live.


Photos From the Avanti Luau Party!

We had a great time this past Friday night celebrating summer with our Avanti Luxury Apartments residents.  Thanks to all of our team and vendors who worked hard to make this event so great.  We can't wait for next year's luau!

#FunLivingStartsHere

Where to Celebrate Independence Day Around Charm City

There's no better place to celebrate July 4th than the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner (it was written by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry in 1814. Here are the places you can enjoy great fireworks displays in and around Baltimore this year.

Bel Air: Independence Day celebrations beginning at 6:45 am with Flag Raising Ceremonies, fun events throughout the day in Shamrock Park, a parade on Main Street starting at 6:00 pm, and concluding with fireworks set from Rockfield Park and viewable throughout Bel Air at approximately 9:30 pm.

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration: Come to the Inner Harbor to celebrate Independence Day with live music and a huge fireworks display. You can also view these fireworks from the Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East, and Fell's Point neighborhoods.

Fullerton / Overlea: Spend the evening at Fullerton Park (4304 Fullerton Avenue, Nottingham) is sponsored by local businesses and hosted by the Fullerton Fireworks Association. The festivities begin at 5 PM and include a variety of food, beer, wine, and fun. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm. 

Middle River:  Saturday, June 30 at Wilson Point in Middle River, MD is the annual Marine Trades Association Fireworks.  A variety of local vendors will be on site during this great community event.  Fireworks will be launched form a floating barge in Middle River.

Oregon Ridge Park: Enjoy a scenic setting under fireworks at Oregon Ridge located in Cockeysville, just a short drive from Hunt Valley. Picnic in the park, take a walk through the nature trails and then enjoy the show.

Pikesville: Fireworks are set off at the Woodholme Country Club and are viewable in most of the Pikesville area. No date for 2018 has been officially set at the time of publication, but these have been historically set off on July 2. Another display is set from the Suburban Golf Club on July 3.

Towson: Loch Raven Technical Academy is home to the Towson-Area fireworks display. Fireworks are launched from the school, which is located across from the Ravenwood Shopping Center near Taylor & Goucher Roads.

#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.

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.

New Special Offer for Avanti Residents with True Cycling Studio in Abingdon, MD

Attention Residents! Check out this special offer with True Cycling Studio! Residents receive 20% off the first month of membership of 10% off single or multi-class passes. #FitLivingStartsHere #Perks

Avanti Luxury Apartments Special Offer with True Cycling Studio in Abingdon, MD

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.

Fun at the Maryland State BBQ Bash

We teamed up with YourSpace Storage at the Maryland State Barbeque Bash this weekend.  If you're in the Bel Air neighborhood, stop by and say hi!

 

Slainte! Where to Celebrate St. Patty's Day in the Charm City Area

Slainte!  Where to Celebrate St. Patty's Day in the Charm City Area

Even if you're not an Irishman (or Irishwoman), you can celebrate like one in and around Baltimore.  Here's a list of the best St. Patrick's day activities in the Charm City Area.

Decorating with Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery 15-0343

Copyright 2017  Pantone

Copyright 2017 Pantone

Pantone has chosen Greenery as it’s color of 2017.  Using this color in your home can add a refreshing, natural pop of color.  Color inspirations can be found on Pantone’s color of the year page and there are several great palettes to help inspire you when decorating.  The Transitions palette includes last year’s colors: Serenity & Rose Quartz so you can easily update any styles from last year.

Check out the slideshow below for some great design inspiration from area shops.  Also, see below for more information about purchasing these items, including web links.  All images are copyright of their respective companies.

 

Sources:

1.       Bath and Body Works – Sunlit Garden 3-Wick Candle, $22.50

2.      Bath and Body Works – White Tea & Pear 3-Wick Candle, $22.50

3.       Kirklands – Lavender and Heather Mix Wreath, $29.99

4.       Kirklands – Half Tulip Wreath, $24.99

5.       Two Sisters – Marble Artichoke Coasters, $44.99

6.     Overstock.com – b.b.begonia Blossom Reversible Design Outdoor Area Rug, $114.49

7.     Bassett Furniture – Basecamp Apple Green Quilt, $179.00

8.     Bassett Furniture – Array Green Decorative Pillow, $99.00

9.     Bassett Furniture – Sommersby Area Rug, $699.00

10.   Pier 1 – Green Leaf Stoneware Bowl, $2.98

11.    Pier 1 – Green Garden Stool, $99.95

12.   Pier 1 - Luca Green Oval Chair, $149.95

13.   Pier 1- Carmelo Palm Green Melamine Dinnerware, $6.95-$7.95

14.   Ikea – Strandmon Ottoman in Skiftebo Green, $89.00 & Strandmon Wing Chair in Skiftebo Green, $279.00

Community Spotlight: Avanti Luxury Apartments

Community Spotlight: Avanti Luxury Apartments

Community Spotlight on Avanti Luxury Apartments in Bel Air, MD featuring arts, entertainment, dining, and more things to do in Bel Air, MD!

#PeakFit: Work Out Without a Gym Membership at Your Community Fitness Center

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.

Don't know how to begin?  There are so many resources online that can help you find the best workout plan for you.

If you're an aspiring runner, the website CoolRunning.com has training plans from "Couch to 5K" to advanced marathon training.  Downloadable apps for your phone can provide more customized options for you based on current fitness level, pace, and goals.  Try Nike+ Run Club, Couch to 5K, and Map My Run Trainer.  Share your runs with friends using Nike+ Run Club, Map My Run, or Strava.  These apps are like social media for athletes and can boost your motivation with fun challenges.  Use area walking paths, community roads and sidewalks, and our fitness center treadmills to train and you'll be able to stick to your new plan regardless of the weather!

Looking to gain strength?  We have your solutions with free weights, Precor fitness machines, medicine balls, and other strength training equipment.  Follow along with video courses using apps and websites like Daily Burn, Beachbody on Demand, Sweat with Kayla, and FitStar.  Many combine strength and cardio exercises and use HIIT to increase your metabolism while building muscle.

Indoor cycles and elliptical trainers are also available for a great low-impact cardio workout.  Cycling training programs can be found on the app CycleCast which specializes in gym bikes and indoor cycling workouts.  Peloton Cycle is another great app where you can live stream cycling classes to your smartphone or tablet.  Workout by Fitness 22 Ltd. is a full virtual personal trainer and workout tracker that can build custom workouts based on the equipment available, personal goals, and your fitness level.

If you have any questions about our fitness centers or other amenities, please contact our leasing team.  We are always happy to help!

Happy New Year!

How to Apply for a Peak Management Apartment or Townhome

You've found your new home at one of our Peak Management communities and now it's time to apply.  Here's the lowdown on what you'll need to have ready in order to make the application process as smooth as possible.

Contact our Leasing Professionals

Although it's not necessary, we recommend you contact the community's leasing office to schedule an appointment to submit your application.  This can help you avoid "rush hours" when the office may be busy and allow us to have someone available to give you undivided attention.

Items to Bring

Each applicant 18 years or older must bring the following items when completing an application:

  • A completed application (if you took one home)
  • $35 money order for your application fee
  • Valid driver's license or state-issued photo identification
  • Social security card
  • Two consecutive pay stubs, W2 form, or equivalent proof of income

Security Deposit

Once your application is approved, you'll need to bring your security deposit to the leasing office within 7 days to secure your new home.  The security deposit will range from $300 to one-month's rent (unless a special promotion is in effect for a reduced security deposit).  One of our leasing professionals will contact you upon approval to discuss the terms of your security deposit.

Pet Policy

If you choose one of our pet-friendly communities, be sure to discuss the additional pet fees and rent when applying.

 

If at any time during the application process you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the leasing office.  We are happy to assist!

 

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Featured Community: Fox Run Apartments

If you're looking for a great place to live in Harford County, look no further than Fox Run Apartments in Edgewood, MD.  Fox Run is conveniently located near Aberdeen Proving Ground and offers military discounts for all active duty military members.  We are a pet-friendly community with a fenced dog park and doggie cleanup stations situated throughout the community.  Entertain and dine outdoors in our outside dining area or spend playtime with kids at the tot lot.

Our apartments were designed with your quality of life in mind and feature in-home washers & dryers, private patios or balconies, updated kitchens & baths, and lots of closet space.  Plush carpeting throughout your home keeps your bare feet warm and cozy even in winter months. 

Area Attractions

Cal Ripken Stadium in nearby Aberdeen is a great way to catch a game in a family-friendly environment.  The stadium is modeled after Oriole Park at Camden Yards and is home to the minor league team, the Aberdeen Ironbirds.  Little league fields in the park are modeled after big league stadiums, including Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, and Fenway Park.

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon is a 600 acre park on the upper section of the Chesapeake Bay.  Enjoy hiking, canoeing, and more.

Ladew Topiary Gardens on Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton is one of the world's best topiary gardens.  Summer concerts are held each year and feature local food vendors and wine.

If you're looking for a round of golf, Harford County is home to top golf courses, including the famed Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de GraceAberdeen Proving Ground has an on-base golf course open April through November.  Wetlands Golf Course in Aberdeen is a par 71 course just 1 mile off I-95 and Mountain Branch Golf Course on Mountain Road in nearby Joppa has a country-club feel and is open to the public.

 

Dining

Giovanni's Restaurant & Fortunato Brothers Pizza are highly-rated Italian restaurants in the area.  Enjoy Caribbean food from Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant or Ray's Caribbean American Food, both have received 4.5/5.0 stars on TripAdvisor.  My Three Sons Restaurant is a great place to grab some Greek food in a casual atmosphere.  Looking for traditional Maryland seafood?  Head to The Deck for some steamed crabs!  The Greene Turtle in Aberdeen and at the Harford Mall is a fun place to watch the game while enjoying a round of drinks and food.

 

Shopping

The Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon is home to Wegman's, dining, shopping, and more.  TrueCycling fitness studio is scheduled to open Summer 2016.  Restaurants include Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar, Ocean City Brewing Company, and Lemon N Ginger.  Relax and de-stress at the Spa on the Bouelvard.

Harford Mall in Bel Air is home to stores including Macy's, Sears, American Eagle, GNC, Office Depot, and more.  Restaurants include casual options from Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Jimmy John's to more upscale options such as Bonefish Grill.  Try some local desserts from Vaccaro's Italian Pastry shop while you're there (definitely try the Cannoli Chips!)

Schedule a tour of your new home today and see why good living starts at Fox Run Apartments.