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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.

New Renovated Apartments Now Available at Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville, MD

We are proud to announce our new updated & renovated bathrooms and kitchens at Satyr Hill Apartments.  Enjoy cooking in your beautiful kitchen with sleek granite countertops, vinyl plank flooring, and shaker-style cabinetry with brushed-nickel hardware.  Updated bathrooms will also feature white shaker cabinets and brushed-nickel hardware and two or three light vanities.

#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.

Reduced Security Deposit at Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville, MD

Reduced Security Deposit at Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville, MD

Move in to the beautiful Satyr Hill community with a reduced security deposit for a limited time.  Our 2 & 3 bedroom apartments now feature beautiful, updated stainless-steel appliances and 21 cubic-foot refrigerators.  Come see why #GoodLivingStartsHere.

Tour Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville, MD

Take a tour of the beautiful, award-winning Satyr Hill Apartments located in Parkville/Carney, MD in Baltimore County.  Our pet-friendly community features 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with beautifully designed eat-in kitchens, large closets, and private patios & balconies.  Enjoy dining al fresco in our picnic & grilling area or taking a dip in the sparkling swimming pool.  Good living starts at Satyr Hill Apartments.

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.

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.

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. 

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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Apartment Review: Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville, MD

We received a glowing letter from one of our residents here at Satyr Hill Apartments in Parkville/Carney and just couldn't resist sharing it with you!  Good living starts here.

"I would like to tell you about your Leasing Manager at Satyr Hill Apartments, Meghan.  I have lived in this apartment complex for over ten years, and been subject through more than one changes in ownership and management.  

In the past ten years I have not seen my neighborhood, my home, running more successfully than I do now. I know you are very busy, but I cannot let the positive experiences go unrecognized. Things have changed drastically for the better since Peak Management and Ms. Hatfield have been here.    

When Ms. Hatfield asked you- the company- for signs that said, "NO SOLICITATION", and "PRIVATE PROPERTY", you obliged. She heard the residents here and made our life more peaceful. Since then we have had far less intrusions and scammers. Even just last week some folks knocked at our door- we e-mailed Ms. Hatfield immediately and she was able to appropriately confront the company (who was in violation of the no solicitation) and insure that no resident was taken in by that scam. Ms. Hatfield should be proud, as should you, as these solicitations are now extremely rare whereas just a small while ago they were rampant.

 When there was a kitchen fire, she was there almost before the fire department. She stayed after they had left, everyone safe and minimal damage. I reside in an apartment that has been renovated since the fire a few years ago, but I remember that fire very, very, clearly. Safety is always on the forefront of my mind, as I believe it is on yours as Regional Manager. It is also a priority for Ms. Hatfield, which not only has she spoken about but acted upon. Her dedication, professionalism, and caring is why I am happy, and proud, to be a resident here. 

I want to commend Peak Management for it's improvements to this property, my home. It has always been a pleasant place to live, and I have known other property managers (over the years, here). The treatment that Peak Management has done here has been caring and efficient and exceeded my previous expectations.  I am very pleased that the company I rent from is fair and goes above and beyond most companies, but to have Ms. Hatfield in her position shows not only a true understanding, but a desire for excellence. 

Ms. Hatfield has shown such a true dedication to the company and to the community, with such professionalism, that I feel compelled to speak about it. I don't believe that good work goes unrewarded, and I know that on any given day you (and Ms. Hatfield) must deal with many complaints- as do all in the Service/Hospitality industry. But I am here to tell you that significant, positive changes have and are happening here, at Satyr Hill, under Ms. Hatfield's management.  

Thank you for your time, your caring, and reading this message to the end. I apologize for the length, but I've been here for ten years so it was hard to cut it short!"