Amenity Access Boosts Mental & Physical Health
A recent study published in The Atlantic confirmed that living close to community-oriented public spaces like parks, restaurants, and grocery stores is proven to decrease loneliness, increase trust and create a sense of attachment to where you live.
As we continue with our Live Well blog series, we’re focusing on the importance of the amenity-rich communities we’re developing right here in Baltimore and the impact they have on overall satisfaction with your community.
Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to instantly boost your mood. Baltimore is home to some of the most unique and accessible parks and waterfront areas, many of which are within walking distance from Chasen properties. Among our favorite, and just steps from our Fells Point properties, is the Waterfront Promenade, a nearly seven-mile paved walkway that extends along the Inner Harbor waterline from Fort McHenry to the Canton Waterfront Park. One of our residents recently shared this is her favorite route to run and is just steps from her apartment.
Patterson Park, dubbed the “Best Backyard in Baltimore”, lies just blocks from many of our communities and consists of 137-acres of green space, trees, paved walkways, historic sites, a lake, athletic fields, a swimming pool, and an ice skating rink.
Mount Vernon is home to the Washington Monument, an urban square just north of downtown Baltimore. Standing at more than 178 feet tall, the monument has a ground-floor gallery offering digital exhibits and invites visitors to climb the 227 steps to the top for an unmatched view of the city.
Chasen residents can also experience the benefits of the outdoors without leaving home. The majority of our properties offer outdoor amenity space for residents, ranging from private patios to communal rooftop decks and courtyards.
Physical Fitness Amenity Access
COVID-19 highlighted the importance of having access to fitness options that go beyond large public gyms and crowded apartment complex fitness centers. Even as restrictions lighten on masks and capacity, people will continue to appreciate the option to work out from home, the gym, or boutique fitness experiences.
This past year, we gave new residents the option of having a new Peloton bike in their apartment as a way to maintain their fitness goals without having to leave the complex. Residents also have access to Merritt Clubs -- one of the city’s most exclusive gyms with pool access.
In addition to providing access to fitness amenities, we’re also encouraging residents to reduce their carbon footprint. We’re doing this by promoting the use of bikes for commuting and moving around the city with the addition of bike storage racks inside and outside all of our communities.
COVID-19 has impacted the way we work. People are rethinking how and where they are most productive, whether it’s in an office environment, a hybrid model, or completely remote. However, one thing that is clear is that a healthy, safe space to collaborate is a necessity moving forward.
In addition to proximity to the downtown Business District, leading corporate environments in Harbor East and Port Covington, and renowned healthcare systems, all of our residents have access to Vision coworking space in Federal Hill. Not only does Vision provide networking opportunities with members of the community but the spaces are designed to host a variety of working arrangements--private workstations allow people productive time in a space of their own, while other communal areas accommodate collaborative sessions while social distancing.
We’re confident that the variety of amenities we make available to our residents enable them to thrive no matter what environment they prefer -- outdoor trails and parks, fitness centers, community spaces, and more.