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Stay Cool, Arlington.

On Monday temperatures we’re in the high 90’s here in the DMV and even a heat advisory was issued for our area!  With temperatures not expected to lessen any time soon, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to keep cool in the summer heat.  Whether it’s a having a cold drink to cool down or finding fun, indoor activities to do on the weekends, we rounded up a list of what you can do in Arlington (and it’s surrounding area).

Try a Cold Press Juice for Lunch – Not only is it healthy and a great source of vitamins, but a cold press juice is super refreshing on a hot day.   You can get one at places like Sweetgreen, SouthBlock and Jrink Juicery in the Arlington, VA area.

Sign Up for PaintNite – With heat advisories, experts typically advise that you stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures entirely which sounds like a total bummer in the midst of summertime.  One of our favorite indoor activities though is PaintNite.  You just bring your friends and have a few cocktails and they provide everything you need to create your own masterpiece to take home with you.

Head to The BEACH – No sunscreen is required at the new interactive installation at the National Building Museum called The BEACH.  The new contained exhibit covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.  It’s also fully equipped with beach chairs and umbrellas!

Get an Indoor Workout – It can be a struggle to get in a good workout on a summer day – It can either be too hot for anything active outdoors, such as bike riding or hiking, but it’s equally as unappealing to be stuck in a gym on a bright and sunny day.  So use the heat advisory as a way to try a new (indoor) workout class, like solidcore in Ballston.  You can read more about solidcore here and Maxwell Residents can enjoy a discount on a 3-class package.  Just email meg@solidcoreva.co to redeem!

Watch a Movie at Sunset – During a heat advisory, it’s suggested to only go out after the sun goes down.  What is there fun to do after the sun goes down you ask?  Head to a “drive-in” movie night!  There are so many places offering (some free!) sunset movies series this summer, such as the Sunset Cinema, NoMA Summer Screen, Crystal Screen, Movies On The Potomac, and Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest.

What are some ways that you’re staying cool this summer?  Tweet us, tell us on Facebook or leave a comment below!  We would love to hear from you.  #LiveWellMaxwell

Summer Reading List

Whether you’re on the beach or in The Dwelling at The Maxwell, summertime is the perfect time to start a new book.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that we recommend you dive right into this weekend.  

The Vacationers by Emma Straub: A story about the tricky dynamics among friends a family.  This light-hearted read is perfect for a sunny day on the beach.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Follow the journey of main character, Santiago, as he discovers the power listening to your own heart and the importance of following your dreams- An uplifting, spiritual read.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain:  A book filled with research and facts, and interesting stories of real people, Susan Cain opens your eyes to how much our society doesn’t give introverts the credit that they deserve.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: If you’re looking for a good story about personal achievement to motivate you this summer, this is the one to do it.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: If you loved Gillian Flynn’s writing when you read “Gone Girl” last summer, you supposed to love her older work such as “Dark Places” (2010) or even “Sharp Objects” (2007).

Do you have any favorite summertime reads?  We would love to add them to our list!  Contact us with your suggestions here: http://www.maxwellapts.com/contact/

Four Places For A Fun Date Night In Arlington

Dating is hard enough, so we thought we would make it easier by rounding up some of our favorite date night spots here in Ballston, just steps from The Maxwell:

1. Rustico

The vibe here is almost enough reason to go. But be sure to make a reservation! Being one of Ballston’s newest additions, expect a wait during peak date-night hours. With 30 beers on tap at any given time, Rustico is the perfect spot to take any beer lover too. And if, for some reason, you forget to make a reservation and want to have a chill night at home, you can take home a large bottle of your favorite beer (and one of their nine, hand-crafted pizzas, of course).

2. Republic Kitchen & Bar

Republic Kitchen & Bar has more of a casual ambiance, but the food is far from casual. Think elevated, comfort food made with the freshest, local ingredients. Republic Kitchen & Bar has great reviews online as well from previous diners.  We’ve also heard they have a great Happy Hour too!

3. The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is a classic when it comes to date night. It doesn’t get much more romantic than fondue does it? Plus their menu allows you to order 1, 2, 3 or 4 meal courses, so you can control how long you want date night to last – This is a big plus in our book!

4. Mussel Bar & Grille

There’s no better way to impress a sea-food lover than to take them to a gourmet mussel bar featuring over five delicious types of mussels to choose from. Much more than mussels, Mussel Bar & Grille offers a wide-range of casual dining fare Mussel Bar & Grille is place to eat a good meal in a stylish and comfortable setting.

Do you have a favorite date night spot in Ballston or Arlington?  Be sure to share it in the comments below, Tweet us, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.  #LiveWellMaxwell

Four Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Make with Farmer’s Market Ingredients

It’s officially Arlington area Farmer’s Markets season!  With eight different markets, set up all over Arlington County, it will never be easier to stock up on fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers (and more!).  To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing four delicious recipes for spring!  And the best part is that all of them can be made with local farmer’s market’s freshest ingredients:

1. Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart with Mozzarella cheese from District Cheese at Fairlington Farmer’s Market (Arlington’s newest market!)

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2. Triple Berry Salad with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from Westmoreland Berry Farm from Ballston FreshFarms Market

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3. Arugula Lemon Pizza with arugula & lemons from Arlington Farmers Market

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4. Baked Eggs Boat with French bread from Baguette Republic from Clarendon Farmer’s Market 

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You can also find the full list of Farmer’s Markets in Arlington here on Arlington Patch, but we’ve also listed a few of our favorites, that are all right around the corner from The Maxwell:

  • Ballston FreshFarm Market: Open Thursdays, May through October from 3-7PM, located in Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro
  • Clarendon Farmer’s Market: Open Wednesdays, April through December from 3-7PM, located at Clarendon Blvd. & N. Highland St.
  • Arlington Farmers Market: Open Saturdays, April through December from 8-noon, located at  N. Courthouse Rd. & N. 14th St.

Be sure to share your farmer’s market finds with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Just use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell.  Happy Spring!

LEED Gold Certified

The Maxwell offers so many features that make it different than all of the other apartments out there. A big part of that being that we here at The Maxwell promise to provide a home that’s equally as good to our residents as it is to the environment around it.

We are so excited to announce that The Maxwell is now a LEED® Gold certified building! And being LEED® certified is something that has been very important to us since the start. It allows us to demonstrate that our building is truly “green.”

So, what does all of this mean?

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification given by The Green Building Certification Institute. There is a scorecard in which our “project,” The Maxwell, has been rated on in the following categories:

Transportation:
The Maxwell is served by 16 bus lines within one quarter mile walking distance of the building.

Water Consumption:
We are 51.1% more water efficient than the average building. Inside the building, we used low-flow faucets, showers and low-flush water closets, reducing water consumption by 31% compared to the average building.

Energy Efficiency:
We have achieved energy cost savings of 29.2% because of the energy efficiency measures incorporated into The Maxwell building design, including reduced interior lighting power density and high efficiency air source heat pumps.

Renewable Energy:
We match our consumption with renewable energy credits! We have purchased Green-e accredited Tradable Renewable Certificates (RECs) equal to 100% of the predicted annual electrical consumption over a 2-year period.

Waste Management:
The Maxwell project has diverted 76.67% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.

Recycled Content:
21.47% of the total building materials content, by value, have been manufactured using recycled materials. 26.4% of the total building materials value includes building materials and/or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Beyond these categories defined by LEED®, and probably most appealing to our residents, every unit in The Maxwell also features ENERGY STAR® appliances and Nest Learning Thermostats.  You can read more about these two features below.

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ENERGY STAR® appliances: The Maxwell features appliances that have received ENERGY STAR® certification, which is a government-backed symbol for energy-efficiency. Having ENERGY STAR® appliances helps us to save our residents high energy costs as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants.

Nest learning thermostats: Nest Thermostats can save up to half of a home’s energy bill, simply by having a “programmed” thermostat. The nice part about what Nest has done with their Learning Thermostat is that you simply use your thermostat as you normally would and it does the rest. It’s Nest Sense technology learns about you and your home and begins to optimize your home’s energy use based on your habits. We think our residents agree with us in thinking it’s pretty awesome! Fun Fact: It was co-designed by Apple engineers!

Learn more about The Maxwell and it’s features here.

Take A Tour Of The Maxwell’s Brand New Community In Our Latest GoPro Videos

We weren’t sure if we were doing The Maxwell justice with just photos, so we decided to bring you some up close and personal GoPro tours of our brand new, luxury apartments in Ballston, Virginia. You can find all of these videos and more on our YouTube channel here.

Here, Kevin & Jaimee take you on a tour of The Maxwell’s stylish lobby and luxury amenities that are available to our residents 24/7. Some of our coveted amenities include a conference center, a mail room fully equipped with Building Link, outdoor area, billiards table, controlled access parking garage, large fitness center and more. You can read about our full list of amenities on our website here.

Welcome to the One Bedroom with Den model apartment at The Maxwell. This corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows, quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a large kitchen island and the best view of Ballston’s city life. See the full list of units currently available for lease today at The Maxwell here.

Take a peek at one of our 13 brand new, One Bedroom with Loft apartments. Some of it’s best features include ample natural light, twenty foot ceilings, a spiral staircase and personal street access. See the full list of units currently available for lease today at The Maxwell here.

See what happens when Jaimee takes over filming for “Minute at The Max!”

That’s it for now! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like these. Or, come on by to see The Maxwell and all it has to offer at 4200 N. Carlin Springs Road located right in the heart of Ballston in Arlington, Virginia.

What To Do This Weekend in Arlington

We’ve rounded up five, fun things for you to do this weekend in Arlington!  If we missed any good ones, please leave details in the comments below or tweet us @TheMaxwellApts and use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell. 

1.  St. Patrick’s Day came early this year!  Join us, here at The Maxwell, on Saturday (March 14th) from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday (March 15th) from 12 PM – 5 PM for a beer and a tour of our brand new apartments.  Also, it’s your lucky day because we’re waiving application fees, plus offering up to two months free rent on select apartments.  Contact us to schedule a tour or just come on by!  We’re located at 4200 N. Carlin Springs Rd. (on the corner of N. Glebe Rd.).

2. Be prepared for road closures this weekend, Arlingtonian’s.  To accommodate the Four Courts 4 Mill Race on Sunday (March 15th) expect lane closures on popular roads in the area such as Wilson Boulevard, Rhodes Street, Courthouse Road and more.  Be prepared and read more on Arlington Patch.

3. BOWL’D opens this Saturday in Clarendon (located on N. Garfield St.)!  Their mission, to offer a healthy eating option while leaving customers full, is definitely one that we can get on-board with here at The Maxwell.  Choose from any of their five signature bowls, or build your own, and top off your meal with one of their delicious smoothies!

4.  SER restaurant is also now open in Ballston!  Located on N. Glebe Rd., you can enjoy traditional Spanish style meals and a bright and color ambiance.  As the winners of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge last summer, they’re excited to finally be open for business beginning at 5 PM every day, until Monday when they start serving lunch starting at 11 AM.  Also, Happy Hour is every day from 4-7PM where they offer a delicious sangria selection to choose from.

5.  Replacing Eventide, new restaurant Don Tito opens up this Sunday in Clarendon (located on Wilson Bvld.)!  Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50’s, so it’s looking like the perfect night to take advantage of awesome roof-top deck.

Meet One of The Maxwell’s ‘Largest’ Amenities for a Sushi Making Party

Here at The Maxwell, residents have full access to all of our on-site amenities intended to really take their lifestyle here in Ballston to the next level.  The Maxwell offers a meeting room for working or studying, a billiards table for play, reading nooks and more, all designed to enhance our residents overall living experience during their time here with us (We call it The Dwelling).

When you come visit us, one of their first things you might notice is the large table in our first floor common area.  The table seats 10 comfortably and there’s so many different ways that our residents can use this large table top space; like crafting, happy hours, and business meetings, to name a few.

Recently, we invited some of our favorite local area bloggers in to give it a test drive.  Together with local sushi restaurant owner and head chef of Sushi Rock, the team here at the Maxwell and the bloggers learned how to roll their own sushi from the masters and each took home their own sushi-making kit from Whole Foods, courtesy of The Maxwell.

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Our residents are pretty awesome and we can’t wait to see what other ideas they come up with for the Maxwell table.  But for now, we leave you with some tips for making your own sushi, straight from the expert himself:

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1. You must cook your rice in a special Rice Vinegar to get that sticky consistency.  You can either buy Sushi Rice Vinegar at your local Asian supermarket. Or, you can simply combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a pot and bring it to a boil until all of the sugar and salt has dissolved.  Also when buying your rice, you want a medium size thickness in your rice (called ‘Shari’ at the grocery store). 

2. When you roll your sushi, you should put the shiny side of the seaweed paper facing down.  Then, use a tennis ball size of rice to make a 6-piece roll. 

3. Wrap your sushi-rolling device in plastic wrap to ensure that your sushi doesn’t stick to it and you get a nice, clean roll.  You can wipe down the plastic wrap and your knife (that you’re going to use to cut up your roll) with cold water to ensure it really doesn’t stick.

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4. Presentation is key!  Don’t forget to garnish your roll with freshly sliced ginger and wasabi. 

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What would you use the Maxwell table for?  #LiveWellMaxwell