Washington Blade: Inside a Short-term Luxury Living Arrangement

Nontraditional residential developments are increasingly becoming popular choices for renters in the Greater Washington D.C. metro area. Modern short-term living arrangements provide a unique option for residents by incorporating five-star amenities, like fully furnished units, onsite housekeeping, and complimentary food and drinks, paired with a high-end apartment lifestyle of flexible lease terms and included utilities.

Intrigued? Look no further than Dupont Circle for an option in the newly redeveloped building, Ampeer Dupont Circle. Ampeer accommodates 92 fully furnished studio and one-bedroom units with lease terms ranging from 1 to 12 months, designed for the highly mobile professional. The property began leasing in July of 2017 and is nearly at full capacity for the summer.

So, why are these living arrangements becoming increasingly popular? Here are just a few reasons people are turning to short-term, flexible accommodations:

Increase in Remote Working

The career landscape has changed drastically over the last several years with employers offering more remote work opportunities. According to a Gallup survey, 43 percent of employed Americans spent time working remotely in 2016, which represented a four percent increase since 2012. This direct effect is continuing to create a demand for short-term leasing and flexible accommodations where employees can work from one destination to the next. Move-in ready apartments are especially appealing, allowing professionals working long hours to focus on projects versus juggling calls and appointments with cable and internet vendors.

In D.C., especially, the target for this option is certainly the diplomatic community, employees within the State Department, the Department of Treasury, other executive branches, as well as people that are transient.

The work lifestyle of the younger demographic is also a major factor to its popularity. Millennials and the Gen Y workforce are all-in on the mobile trend and do not find rigid and strict leases appealing.

Hospitable Amenities

Staying in a hotel for several months can get expensive quickly, and a room arranged through Airbnb certainly doesn’t accommodate turndown services. There is also something to be said about staying somewhere that feels like your own. So, it’s no surprise that a short-term apartment can be the ideal choice.

Ampeer, for example, offers a suite of perks to their residents including complimentary breakfast and happy hours, secured internet and utilities, and optional laundry and housekeeping services. The neoclassical-style manor also provides several common areas including a restored ballroom, a kitchen/dining room, a fitness center, a library, and a courtyard.

And the units? They are all appointed with 300 thread-count bedsheets, Egyptian cotton towels, and Keurig coffee makers.

Immerse in Local Culture and Activities

Just like any hotel concierge service, a short-term apartment also offers activities and arranges exclusive opportunities that allow residents to enjoy the city’s culture in one way or another.

Ampeer Residences has an extra historical flair than most since the building was originally called The Patterson Mansion — named after socialite Eleanor “Cissy” Patterson’s family — and was constructed in the early 20th century. For the recent renovation, the developers hired renowned D.C. designer, Darryl Carter, to re-imagine the common areas where regular resident activities are being held all summer long, including live musical performances, wine tastings, and cultural speaking events.

Ampeer also snagged the most coveted tickets in town to hold a contest to attend Hamilton: An American Musical at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as a free two-night stay at the residences (the contest is still live on their social media channels if you’re interested in entering).

With all that the short-term apartment lifestyle offers, it is understandable why these accommodations are trending. If you’re interested in checking out this option, many buildings offer personal tours or allow potential residents to attend upcoming events to experience what life is like for their residents.

Originally posted on Washington Blade

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