Don’t Lift a Finger
Would having your own butler make your personal wish list? Wish granted
at the Flats 8300 apartment complex in Bethesda, which has hired
the New York-based “Hello Alfred” service to provide a free weekly light
cleaning of your apartment, including making your bed and taking out
the trash. You’re also given a phone app menu of options for a fee,
such as picking up prescriptions or cleaning your refrigerator. Nearly
every tiresome chore (oven cleaning, car washing) can be handled for
a fee by your personal helpmate. At The Palisades of Bethesda apartments, free monthly maid service is provided for residents of the 51
There are no barriers to fitness for residents at Quarry Springs, the
ultra-luxury condominiums just outside the Beltway on River Road in
Bethesda. Quarry Springs has the largest outdoor pool of the area’s
newer luxury condominium and apartment complexes; an expansive
1,000-square-foot fitness center with a multitude of machines and space
to meet with a trainer; a yoga studio; and separate men’s and women’s
steam rooms and saunas. At the Flats 8300 apartment complex, there
are four free exercise classes a week (often Zumba and Tabata) and
trainers are on call. There’s also a separate yoga studio at the fitness
complex at Cheval Bethesda, a new luxury condo building.
A Dog’s Life
No more pet carriers for your Fido or Meowser. At the Flats 8300
apartment complex, pet groomers and vets will come to you, for a fee. Moreover, it’s just an elevator ride away to have your animal treated at a pet
spa that includes two dog washing stations (for small and large breeds).
The menu includes blueberry facials for dogs, milk conditioners for cats,
and nail buffing and teeth brushing for all. You can show off their beauty
at monthly “yappy hours,” with treats for the pets and wine for their
owners. Basics like dog walking and feeding also are handled by a pet
care company. The Element 28 apartment building in Bethesda also
offers pet grooming, walking, training and vet services through a pet
care contractor. And there are dog washing stations at 7700 Norfolk,
The Brody (with a dog run), Gallery Bethesda and Gallery Bethesda II
(rooftop dog run), all apartment buildings in Bethesda. The condos at
930 Rose also have an ample dog park.
Up on the Farm
Green roofs, lush interior courtyards and landscaped rooftops have
sprouted at many Bethesda-area high-rises. But at the 930 Rose condominiums, residents can see their future zucchini salad growing in a
17,000-square-foot rooftop garden. Condo owners get a discounted
price on the produce through its farm membership program and never
have to pull a weed. Residents also get a break on prices at the restaurant and bar in the Canopy by Hilton hotel, which is in the same
building as 930 Rose.
Your Personal Assistant
Making travel arrangements and organizing parties require attention to
detail that you might wish to off-load on others. At 930 Rose condominiums, concierge Greg Timpone uses his training from the St. Regis,
Four Seasons and InterContinental hotels to book travel, arrange babysitting and suggest restaurants. He also plans anniversary parties and
birthday celebrations. Like most concierges, he’ll also schedule and
handle any service calls to your home, lifting the burden of having to
wait for the cable guy.
Residents of The Brody apartments are encouraged to entertain outside
with an outdoor fireplace, wraparound terrace, TV screening lounge and
rooftop kitchen. At the Element 28 apartment building, there are no worries about a downpour affecting your party in its indoor/outdoor rooftop
lounge (the glass walls slide shut). The rooftop terraces at Hampden
Row, The Lauren and Stonehall Bethesda, all condominium buildings
in Bethesda, have large dining areas with high-end couches, all-weather
furniture and sophisticated landscaping for sunset parties. Residents
of the Gallery Bethesda II apartments bake their own creations in the
rooftop kitchen’s brick pizza ovens, which are flanked by outdoor grills.
For water lovers, nothing beats a convenient pool. Serious lap swimmers can do their workouts in an ultramodern Olympic-length pool atop
the 17-floor 7770 Norfolk apartment building in Bethesda. The poolside
view is expansive—to the Mormon temple in Kensington and beyond.
At the Flats 8300 apartment complex, swimmers and waders get their
own space in two large rooftop pools atop the ninth floor, with impressive views of downtown Bethesda. Lifeguards are on duty during business hours. The Gallery Bethesda and Gallery Bethesda II apartment
buildings both have rooftop pools with terrific views. All the rooftop pools
are open air and are surrounded by lounge areas and umbrellas that
can be used for relaxing year-round.
Breakfast’s on Us!
For the residents of The Palisades of Bethesda’s 51 penthouse apartments, making breakfast is one more chore that’s vanished. Free breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the 12th-floor penthouse lounge,
with fresh fruit, oatmeal, sweet rolls, cereals, juices, hard-boiled eggs
and premium coffee.
Cars and bicycles get special attention with charging for electric en-
gines, car washing, and bike repair and storage available at nearly all
high-rises. At The Lauren condos, residents get 24-hour valet parking.