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Gold Star: Three Buildings That Excel at Tenant Appreciation

The tenant/landlord relationship can be a rocky one, but these three apartment complexes have taken time out to show a little appreciation to their renters in unique and special ways, including the occasional much-needed cocktail. After spending some time with complaints and horror stories, here's to some buildings that make renting fun.

The Woodner: The complex shows appreciation to its renters through a myriad of programs that occur year round. On Tuesday, a Mary Kay consultant gave residents free facials and complimentary gifts. "Most of our events take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m., we catch the crowd coming from work," says Crystal Hanna, resident services manager. Today, the building invited a representative from Enterprise to educate residents on the company's car-share program. A lot of the residents don't have cars, so this is a nice opportunity for them to rent cars on the weekends, she says.

360 H Street: This fairly new apartment building hosts a new event each month, as a way to build community amongst residents. Today, 360 hosted Breakfast on the Go. The event lasted from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., and featured typical continental breakfast fare of doughnuts, bagels and juice. In addition, residents on the run were able to brown bag it. These events give the residents a chance to mingle as well as something to look forward to, says Carlesa Washington, resident concierge.

Flats at Atlas: This week marks the complex's Resident Appreciation Week and luckily for tenants, it's chock full of booze. On Monday the building hosted a breakfast and gave out vouchers for a free coffee at H Street Coffee. Tuesday and Wednesday included a happy hour with specialty cocktails and various giveaways. Today, the Flats ends the celebration with a beer tasting from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Residents may choose from 6 different beers and light snacks are included. The complex also hosts other events throughout the year.
Danielle Cralle

The Flats At Atlas District

1600 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 Visit Website