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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.

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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.

Patio & Balcony Gardening 101

Patio & Balcony Gardening 101

Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't grow a beautiful garden.  From colorful flowers to delicious veggies, we've got a few tips to help your garden grow this spring.

How to Find the Perfect Neighborhood

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

The first step in finding your new home or apartment is selecting the neighborhood that best fits your needs and lifestyle.  Doing your homework when finding a new area to live is one of the most important steps you can take in your home search. 

Amenities & Attractions

Check out what the area has to offer in terms of shopping, healthcare, entertainment, parks, and more?  Visit the area grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping centers to see how the stores fit into your lifestyle.  If you’re a fitness buff, see if the community and surrounding area offer gyms, parks, and other services you like.  Outdoorsy folks can look into are recreation, lakes, rivers, hiking trails, and more.  Be sure to check out dining, nightlife, and other social activities in the area, too. 

A few great local & national resources for scoping out your new neighborhood are:

·     Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

·       Visit Harford

·       Trip Advisor

·       Visit Baltimore

·       Visit Maryland

·      National Geographic City Guides (Baltimore)

·       Travel Channel Attractions (Baltimore) 

·         Yelp.com

 

Check Your Commute

Especially if you’re moving for a new job, be sure to drive the route to and from your desired community to work during your commute times before making a final decision on your home.   See how traffic influences your commute during various times of the day. 

If you’re researching from afar, a website or app like Waze or Google Maps, can give a pretty good estimate of drive times in and out of traffic.

If you walk or bike to work, check to see if your route has safe sidewalks, paths, or bike lanes.

 

Crime Rates & Safety

Crime statistics & reports are available online using services like Neighborhood Scout or on local government and police department websites.  It’s wise to research area crime statistics before moving into a neighborhood.  Keep in mind, crime has no address, and some crime happens in all communities.  Some resources for determining crime rates are:

·     Baltimore, MD Crime Map

·     Baltimore Police Crime Map

·     Baltimore and Maryland Crime Coverage

·     Baltimore County Crime Trends and Statistics

·     Harford County Sherriff’s Office

 

Talk to the Residents

When scouting out your new neighborhood, chat with area residents to see how they like living in the community.  Most will be happy to offer an honest opinion and provide advice on living in the area.  If researching from afar, search for local Facebook groups in that neighborhood or city so you can find honest answers about life in your desired neighborhood.

 

Check into Schools

Whether you have children who will be attending school, you’re taking some classes, or you’re interested in some career-advancing skills, checking into area schools is always a good idea.  Your realtor or property manager will be able to provide the community’s assigned public schools and you can find out more about them at greatschools.org.  You may be interested in visiting area private schools, colleges, or vocational schools as well.

 

Take it to the Streets

The best way to really find out what a neighborhood is like to spend some time walking around, shopping, and visiting it in person.  Spend a half day or a day in your desired areas to make sure they truly have what you need. 

 

 

Do you have other tips you'd like to share?  Join the conversation with us here in the comments or on our social pages!

How to Search for an Apartment

How to Search for an Apartment

We'll guide you through the apartment search process here on the blog.  Learn how to filter through the apartment communities in your area to find your new home.