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Five Apartment Cleaning Hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning is often the last thing we want to do after a long day at work or in our free time on weekends. With summer weather in full swing still, residents of the White Oak Apartment Communities have so many resources and amenities to keep busy. Each offers a swimming pool, proximity to local parks, and nearby by dining and entertainment. When exploring the neighborhood has maxed out your ability to procrastinate it is time to get cleaning. From your refrigerator to the shower, here are some easy hacks, tricks, and hints for tidying up your apartment:

  1. Smelly fridge: Combat a musty smelling fridge by leaving an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. It will help absorb odors. Replace with a new box every few months.
  2. Stubborn throw rug stains: Steam away stains on your throw rug with white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, a rag, and an iron. Using one part vinegar with two parts water, spray the stain. Lay a damp rag over the spot. Lastly, using the steam setting, place the hot iron on the rag for about 30 seconds.
  3. Gross and gunky microwave: Slice up a lemon and place it in a microwavable bowl filled with water. Heat until the water boils, stop it, and let the bowl sit for a couple of minutes. When you open the door there will be steam and the caked on gunk will be much easier to scrub away.
  4. Pet hair nightmare: The communities of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch are pet-friendly. While we love our furry friends, no one loves getting up from the couch coated in fur. Dampen the outside of a rubber kitchen glove and run it over your pet’s hair on the coach. You can then rinse off the glove and use it again next week!
  5. Crusty showerhead: Beat hard water buildup by filling a plastic sandwich bag three-quarters of the way with distilled vinegar. Stick the open end of the bag around the showerhead and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight.

Remember to contact your leasing office for any service requests or for any assistance with maintenance in your apartment. With these hacks, your apartment will be squeaky-clean in no time! You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about other chores like landscaping.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Skip the Dishes: One-Pan Recipes for Apartment Life

Summer is the time of year with the most daylight hours. Even so, no need to waste them indoors doing dishes or unloading the dishwasher! Maximize time outdoors by minimizing the mess you make cooking. Reducing the number of dishwasher loads you run can help cut back on utility costs, especially during the summer months when water demand is high. Here are some summer inspired, one-pan recipes to cook up this season:

Summer Vegetable Pasta

Please your vegetarian family members or guests with this fresh and filling dish. The White Oak Apartment Communities feature excellent kitchen layouts for chopping and dicing veggies and gas stovetops for cooking.

Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Pack in the protein and veggies with this simple recipe that you can pop in the oven. Only a handful of ingredients with minimal preparation time makes this the perfect dish for busy people who are always on the go. With the amazing locations of the White Oak Apartment communities, there is always activities and events nearby to attend!

Seafood Orzo Risotto

Seafood runs in a Marylander’s veins. Embrace the summer seafood craze with this scrumptious seafood orzo risotto that packs a filling punch with little preparation required. While counter space is never an issue when it comes to the kitchens of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery Paint Branch, it is always nice to keep your cooking mess consolidated. Less scrubbing for later!

 

Did someone say dessert? Satisfy your sweet tooth with this one-pan, no-bake dessert. It is a perfect treat to bring outside to the community playground or pool and share with friends!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

7 Tips to Stay Cool in Your Apartment

Maryland weather is known for its heat and humidity. Here are some tips to stay cool without breaking the bank.

  1. Use room-darkening curtains in windows that receive direct sunlight. Keeping the light out during the brightest parts of the day helps keep your apartment cool. 
  2. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are turning counter-clockwise to circulate the air. In the winter the blades should turn clockwise.
  3. Place fans in front of AC vents to enhance circulation.
  4. Run appliances later at night or earlier in the morning. Dishwashers and dryers produce a lot of heat.
  5. Incandescent lights produce a lot of heat. Turn them off or replace them with more energy efficient bulbs.
  6. Take a cool shower and sleep on cotton sheets.
  7. Stay hydrated throughout the day and wear loose, breathable clothing. 

The White Oak Apartments are designed for maximum efficiency and comfort. Our maintenance team changes filters regularly to keep systems running smoothly and are always available to answer your service call.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Summer Fun at White Oak Communities

Summer is here and it’s time to be outside and enjoy the amazing amenities at White Oak Apartment Communities. Each community offers fun things to do during the beautiful weather and the White Oak Communities gives their residents plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. 

Residents of Montgomery Paint Branch, Vista at White Oak and Montgomery White Oak can bring out their inner Serena Williams at the communities’ tennis courts. The regulation-sized courts are available first come, first serve and are ready for friendly competition.

For those residents who identify more with Baltimorean Michael Phelps, Montgomery White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, Yorkshire Apartments, and the Vista at White Oak all feature swimming pools. All swimmers are welcome and lifeguards are on duty. Check with each community for days and hours of operation. 

Each community also features playgrounds and tot lots perfect to help the kids burn off some energy and get some fresh air. All residents are welcome to play and enjoy the amenity. There are also picnic areas at Montgomery Paint Branch to dine al fresco and truly experience the balmy summer evenings.

Also nearby is the White Oak Community Recreation Center. This free community resource offers a wide variety of programs and services, ranging from physical fitness and sports to dance, music and art, along with social activities. The outdoor facilities include a multipurpose field, basketball court, two playgrounds and a skating area with ramps.

Remember sunscreen and bug spray while outdoors in our Maryland weather. The White Oak Apartment Communities offer great amenities to live year-round, and summer is the best time to enjoy them.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Location, Location, Location

Real estate is always about “location, location, location” and at the White Oak Apartments, we have it covered for today’s commuter.

We are located at the intersection of 29 and New Hampshire Avenue (Route 650). Travel 3.8 miles and you’re at the ICC and its easy access to 270. Be on 495 the Capital Beltway in under 5 minutes as it’s only 1.8 miles away. Headed north? If so, I-95 is in your sights in under 10 minutes at just over 5 miles from your front door.

 

If you’re not a driver there are several bus routes for getting to work and around town. Metro Bus K6 travels to the Fort Totten Station. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation offers the Ride On bus service which has several stops throughout our communities. The 22 Bus will take you all the way to Silver Spring Metro which also has a Marc Train station. The 10 Bus heads west and stops at both the Glenmont and Twinbrook Metro Stations. These buses have several nearby stops making it easy for local employers such as the FDA and its large White Oak campus, the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, and the White Oak Shopping Center. Eliminating a commute relieves stress and adds hours to your week.

 

Photo: Ride On Montgomery County Transit

Montgomery County incentivizes riders with several programs. Seniors and Persons with Disabilities ride free on Ride On and Metro buses in Montgomery County, Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or half fare at all other times. The Kids Ride Free program provides free rides on County Ride On buses and certain Metrobus routes within Montgomery County to kids ages 18 and under (older if still in high school) who are Montgomery County residents. The free rides are available weekdays between 2 and 8 p.m. Youth Cruiser passes allow those 18 and under to take Ride On at steeply discounted rates. The cost is $11 per month, good for unlimited rides on Ride On buses and during the summer a three-month pass costs $18. 

Renting an apartment at White Oak Communities provides a central location to Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, MD. Montgomery White Oak Apartments, Vista at White Oak Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartments and Yorkshire Apartments are all nestled in a residential alcove with easy access for the commuting driver and rider.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.