Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, to share your stories about life at Park Chelsea at The Collective and how it allows you to thrive. Stories poured in about everything from entertaining and impressing guests on the rooftop and in your apartments to training for marathons and rehabilitating injuries in the fitness center, indoor pool and steam rooms. It is our belief that calling The Collective home truly provides an opportunity for our residents to thrive, and we think that story deserves to be told.
Here, one of our contest winners and residents, Kevin, shares his story:
“What comes to mind when I think of the word “home”? Parking Chelsea, my new apartment comes to mind. For me, home is where I can expand my culinary skills, relax with friends, and grow to be a better me. As someone who loves to cook, the only thing better than a slow braised Moroccan lamb shank is sharing that meal with your friends.
My apartment allows just that with the huge island that is placed in the fully equipped spacious kitchen. It is the perfect piece of furniture that allows me to socialize and cook at the same time. Everything from the stainless refrigerator to the granite counter tops not only makes me feel good about what I’m making but truly makes me enjoy presenting it as well.
After the meal, there are a abundant of opportunities on site to have fun, whether that’s going to the roof top with some wine to enjoy a beautiful sunset overlooking DC’s picturesque skyline or drinking a couple of beers in the lounge area shooting some pool. Although, I came to find out whom the billiard hustler of my friend’s group is the hard way. A few blocks away from the apart is the Capital waterfront with many new delectable restaurant and shops. The Nationals ballpark is also only a few blocks away as well, which is great for enjoying a nice piece of Americana culture in the summer time.
The amentias at Park Chelsea have also helped me improved my physical health. Both the lap pool (yes I said “Lap Pool”) and the complete gym have allowed to me to build up stamina and strength that eventually allowed me to compete in my first ever marathon. It was tough waking up every morning at the break of dawn and training, but the good thing was that I just had to go down a few floors to train.
Whether it was swimming, climbing stair on the Stairmaster, taking a virtual spinning class on the Peloton bike, running on the Woodway treadmills or just simply weight training, it was all an elevator ride away. So when my friends ask my ask if they can come over to my apartment, I say to them “of course, you’re welcome in my HOME”.”