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Community Spotlight & Tour: Annen Woods Apartments

Are you looking for luxury living near shopping, dining, and more?  Look no further than Annen Woods Apartments located in Pikesville just a stone's throw from I-695, Woodholme Center, and so much more.

Annen Woods offers many amenities to our residents including a fenced-in dog park, controlled access, clubhouse, fitness center, sparkling swimming pool, tennis courts, and on-site management and maintenance.  

Take a peek inside your new home featuring Espresso-finish cabinetry in a designer-inspired kitchen with sleek granite countertops, new wide-plank flooring, and brushed nickel accessories and fixtures.*  Each apartment has an in-home washer & dryer.

Move in now for a limited time special offer!  Move in by January 19 and receive January's prorated month FREE!  Contact our leasing team today to reserve your home at this discounted rate.

*In select homes.  Contact our leasing team for more information.

Annen Woods Apartments January Rent Promo - Pikesville, MD

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: Home for the Holidays Promotion

Community Spotlight: Olde Forge Townhomes & Hallfield Apartments (Nottingham, MD)

If you're looking to move to Baltimore County, be sure to take a tour of Olde Forge Townhomes & Hallfield Apartments in Nottingham.  We offer great apartment living and the privacy of townhome living with the conveniences of a rental community, on-site management, and 24-hour emergency maintenance.

Convenient Commuting

Nottingham, MD is located just off Interstate 95 and hosts major through-ways including White Marsh Boulevard (MD-43) and Bel Air Road (US Route 1).  Whether you're commuting to White Marsh, Towson, or downtown Baltimore, you're just a short drive away.

Major Employers

There are plenty of job opportunities in the Nottingham/White Marsh area.  The White Marsh Business District is home to companies including Kaiser Permanente, Ikea, Xfinity/Comcast, ADP, Adecco Staffing, among many others.

Parks & Trails

Olde Forge Townhomes and Hallfield Apartments are situated near several area parks: Honeygo Run Regional Park, Angel Park, Belmont Park, Linover Park, and more.

Honeygo Run Regional Park is home to a large fenced dog park, baseball and sports fields, a 3/4 mile walking trail, wooded hiking trails, playground, pavilions, grills, and picnic areas.  Also located at Honeygo Run is an indoor recreation center that is home to Baltimore County Recreation Council programs.

Angel Park is located in nearby Perry Hall and is Baltimore County's largest playground designed for special-needs children.  Features include a Braille panel, wheelchair accessible playground accessories (including a shaky bridge), zip lines, and more.  Quiet spaces have been created for children who have sensory conditions where they can take a break.

Other area parks to enjoy are Belmont Park, Cowentown Ridge Park, Gough Park, Indian Rock Park, Linover Park, Lorely Community Center, Nottingham Park, & Perry Hall Park.  More information can be found on the Baltimore County Parks and Recreation website.

Arts & Entertainment

iFly Baltimore is a new indoor skydiving experience located at The Avenue at White Marsh. iFly allows you the experience of free falling while in a controlled wind tunnel.  "Flights" last approximately 60 seconds.  Several people may be scheduled for a given flight, so bringing your friends & family makes the experience more fun.

If you're looking for an authentic retro experience, a short drive east to Bengie's Drive-In Theatre makes for a great evening out.  Bengie's has the largest movie theatre screen in the US and is now digital for a stellar viewing experience under the stars.  For current movie listings, check out bengies.com

Weber's Cider Mill Farm in Parkville is a farm market open to the public March-December.  During harvest seasons you can pick your own produce or stop by the gift shop for some home decor or homemade goodies including pies, cakes, pastries, fudge, and ice cream.  Fresh turkeys are also sold for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but should be pre-ordered.

For a little pampering, book an appointment at The Spa on The Avenue.  This spa has a 4.5 star rating on tripadvisor.com and offers services from manicures/pedicures to massages and hair services.  Packages are available from the Essentials Package to the all-inclusive Cinderella Package.  Be sure to check their website for current specials and discounts.  Active duty military, DoD, and first responders receive a 10% discount on all products and services with valid ID.

AMC Loews Movie Theater, also located at The Avenue at White Marsh, is a 16-cinema theater which includes IMAS and 3D movie experiences.  Discounted tickets are available for seniors, active duty military, and students.  For the latest listings and to purchase tickets online, check out amctheaters.com. 

Shop 'Til You Drop

If you're looking to move to a community near great shopping, Olde Forge and Hallfield are perfect for you.  Just a few minutes away are The Avenue at White Marsh, White Marsh Mall, Nottingham Square, and Honeygo Center.

Find the latest fashions at Old Navy, Loft, Chico's, and Men's Wearhouse at The Avenue.  White Marsh Mall is home to Hollister, H&M, Aldo, Express, American Eagle, and more.

Decorate your new apartment or townhome with the latest accents from Pier 1 Imports, Target, Ikea, and Yankee Candle.

Dining

No matter the cuisine, you'll find it in the Nottingham/White Mars area.  From American to Asian, we have some top picks listed below by cuisine.  Click the links for menus, hours, and more information.

American

Mexican

Seafood

Asian

Indian

Moving Services

Once you're ready to move in to Olde Forge Townhomes or Hallfield Apartments, stop by nearby YourSpace Storage at Joppatowne for moving boxes, moving trucks, and self storage services (Peak Management residents receive 10% off monthly rent).  YourSpace Storage is located just a few miles north of Olde Forge/Hallfield on Pulaski Highway in Joppatowne, MD.

 

 

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. 

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

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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

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. 

The Best Apps for Organizing Your Life

Life getting too hectic?  Feel out of control?  There's an app for that and we've compiled a list of the most useful apps you can add to your phone or tablet to help you regain control.

Money Savings Apps

  • SavingStar: For anyone who makes regular trips to the grocery store, this app can help save a ton of money!  Search for items on your grocery list, purchase them during your normal shopping, and come back to the app to submit proof of purchase for cash back.  Cash can be refunded to your bank account, donated to charity, or redeemed for an Amazon gift card.
  • Red Laser:  This is the king of all price comparison apps.  Scan barcodes from 1,000's of items to find prices from competitors (brick-and-mortar and online) to find the best prices.
  • Groupon:  Everyone loves a good deal and Groupon sends them out daily.  The mobile app will automatically find deals located near you.
  • Living Social: Similar to Groupon, you can find local deals for as much as half-off or more.
  • CoSign:  Make money off your favorite clothes, accessories, and more with CoSign!  Take aphoto of your outfit of the day or one of your favorite products, tag the products in the photo, and share on social media.  When someone clicks through and purchases one of the tagged items, you get a commission check!  Each retailer offers a different commission, but each typically ranges from 3%-5%.
  • GoodRx: This app makes searching for the best prices on prescription drugs easy.  In addition to scanning local and online pharmacies, the app also offers coupons and discounts on prescription drugs to make those pills a little easier to swallow.
  • Ibotta: Similar to SavingStar, this app offers cash refunds for products you purchase.  Funds can be withdrawn to your PayPal or Venmo account after accumulating $5 in rewards.
  • Gas Buddy: Find the nearest and cheapest gas to your current location with the Gas Buddy app.  You can report gas prices to earn points and enter drawings for gas cards, too!

Organization Apps

  • Evernote: Organize notes, create to-do lists, and even scan documents with this powerful app.
  • Key Ring: Do all of those rewards & VIP cards make your wallet bulky?  Are you often forgetting your cards at home?  Download Key Ring and store all rewards information on your phone for quick & easy access.
  • Grocery IQ:  Create grocery lists with an estimated bill before entering the grocery store!  Because this app is powered by Coupons.com, you can also search a large database of coupons and print before your trip for added savings!
  • Cardmunch: Don't lose another business card!  Take a picture of business cards and store them in Cardmunch.

Time Management Apps

  • Waze: Is traffic a mess?  Download Waze to find the best route to work.  With real-time traffic information, your route is updated when a major incident is reported so you'll always be driving on the fastest route possible.  Waze also offers gas price comparisons similar to that of Gas Buddy.
  • Focus Booster: This app is based on the pomodoro technique of breaking time down into small increments, separated by short breaks to boos productivity and focus.  The app can also be used with the web dashboard to track time and set time limits for projects.
  • Toggl:  THis is a great app for anyone who needs to log hours worked for various clients (such as contractors, consultants, accountants, etc.)  Simply clock-in, clock-out and select the project/client you're working on and Toggl will provide the reports you need to analyze and bill time accordingly.