Give help for the holidays

Apartment complexes can be a natural fit for holiday-giving programs. They have a lot of people living under one roof who often pass through a central location (i.e. the lobby) each day, making collection boxes placed there hard to miss. Tapping that strength-in-numbers for charitable purposes, especially at this time of year, can yield sizable donations.

Power In Small Packages

You’ve found the perfect apartment — except for its tiny kitchen. As a renter, you can’t go ripping out cabinets or knocking down walls to expand its footprint. You need to find a way to work with it. One solution is to stock your kitchen with items that can multitask. You can’t have every specialty […]

The Battle of the Buyers

It wouldn’t have been surprising if Sara Handy and David Boylan-Kolchin had thrown in the towel. Earlier this year, the couple got involved in bidding wars on three D.C. properties and lost all three. Each time, the reason was different — one winning buyer paid all in cash, another waived contingencies, and another just offered […]

Where There’s No Smoke

For Alyson Hanish, living in an apartment previously inhabited by a smoker would never work. “I’m allergic to smoke and really react strongly to it,” she says. “I don' even like being in an overall environment that allows smoking.”

Face TIme: Nigella Lawson

Watching Food Network star Nigella Lawson cook is as comforting as a bowl of mac-n-cheese. The British beauty turns her attention to pasta and panna cotta in her new cookbook, “Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes” ($35, Clarkson Potter). The judge for ABC cooking competition “The Taste” dished with us about why she loves food and why […]

Rents Through the Roof

Saying goodbye to her washer-dryer. That was one of the hardest things for Jamie Hahn when she and her boyfriend, Ben Gelfand, moved from Houston to the D.C. area so Ben could attend law school at Georgetown University. The couple had already done some research and were working with local apartment locator firm Urban Igloo […]

Something to Blog Home About

Renovating a dark, 1,300-square-foot ranch-style house isn’t easy, no matter what you see on HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” So when Sherry Petersik’s husband, John, suggested blogging about their DIY home-improvement efforts in Richmond, Va., she wasn’t quite convinced. “He said that things would be frustrating and that a blog would be a way to vent,” she […]