Living with Us Means Living Near the Best Schools

All of Century’s apartment communities are in some of the best school districts in Maryland.

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CHATHAM GARDENS APARTMENTS in Ellicott City are in the CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL district with Centennial Elementary School and Burleigh Manor Middle School.

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OLD ORCHARD APARTMENTS in Catonsville are in the WESTCHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL district with Catonsville Middle School and Catonsville High School.

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BURNAM WOODS APARTMENTS in White Marsh are in the JOPPA VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL district with Perry Hall Middle School and Perry Hall High School.

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February Events

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We have some great events at our Century Corp communities in February to keep you warm throughout our shortest, but usually coldest, month.

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We start with FREE HOT CHOCOLATE at BURNAM WOODS APARTMENTS all day FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9th in the Leasing Office, while supplies last. The following FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16th at BURNAM WOODS is KIDS GAME NIGHT from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Leasing Office. Bring your favorite game. Pizza will be provided.

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That same day at CHATHAM GARDENS APARTMENTS, we are serving FREE HOT CHOCOLATE from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16th in the Leasing Office, while supplies last. The kids are off school, so make sure to stop by for a free cup of Hot Cocoa.

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The following week BINGO is back at OLD ORCHARD APARTMENTS on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Leasing Office. Please RSVP as seats are very limited.

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We hope to see you this February!

 

Top 10 Reasons You Should Rent

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Rent Instead of Buy a House:

  1. Maintenance Issues Are Not Your Problem
    – Don’t worry if you are not handy with a hammer, your landlord will fix it for you.
  2. Upkeep Is Done For You
    – You don’t have to mow the lawn or shovel the driveway everything is taken care of for you.
  3. Flexibility
    – You can easily move at any time once your lease is up if you change jobs or just want to live in another city rather than being tied to a 30-year mortgage or the hassle of selling.
  4. Better Security
    – Included in your rent are security measures such as locked building doors and outside video cameras.
  5. No Property Taxes
    – You save a lot of money renting by not having to pay a hefty property tax.
  6. Lower Utility Costs
    – Costs less money to power, heat and cool an apartment than it does a house.
  7. Lower Insurance Costs
    – Renter’s Insurance is about half the price as Homeowner’s Insurance.
  8. No Big Down Payment
    – It costs significantly less to move into an apartment than it does to move into a house.
  9. You Can Invest Elsewhere
    – With all that money you are saving, you can invest in something else.
  10. Lower Risk
    – Renters are not affected by drastic changes in the housing market. They will never owe a mortgage that is worth more than the house’s worth.

January Events

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Happy New Year! We are starting our 2018 off right with some great events in January at our Apartment Communities!

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First up is DONUT DAY at CHATHAM GARDENS APARTMENTS on THURSDAY JANUARY 18th. All day in the Leasing Office we are giving away FREE DONUTS, while supplies last.

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The next day is GAME NIGHT for adults at BURNAM WOODS APARTMENTS on FRIDAY JANUARY 19th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Leasing Office. We will be playing BINGO and LEFT CENTER RIGHT, so please bring your four quarters. Please RSVP.

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The following week on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24th is our PAYLEASE COCKTAIL PARTY at OLD ORCHARD APARTMENTS from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Leasing Office. We will teach you how to PAY YOUR RENT ONLINE while you enjoy WINE and HORS D’OEUVRES. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a GIFT CARD.

We hope to see you this January!

Happy Holidays

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Look for fun new posts on our blog in the New Year!

In the meantime, our Holiday Hours are as follows:

Friday December 22, 2017 – CLOSING at 12:00pm

Saturday December 23, 2017 – Chatham Gardens is Closed
(Old Orchard and Burnam Woods are OPEN)

Monday December 25, 2017 – CLOSED

Monday January 1, 2018 – CLOSED

Hello June! There’s lots to do in Maryland this month.

Besides the cool events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments, there are some great events throughout Maryland this June.

This weekend, June 3-5, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia ( just a few miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments in Howard County) is the nationally recognized 24th annual Capital Jazz Fest. This year’s lineup includes Toni Braxton, New Edition, En Vogue, Al B. Shore and many, many others. For details, please click here.

Next weekend on June 11-12 is the Colonial Market Fair at Benjamin Banneker Museum and Historical Park in Oella, just a few miles away from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. For details to this 18th century crafts and music fair, please click here. If Pirates are more your thing and you live at Burnam Woods Apartments, then check out the Havre de Grace Pirate Fest at the Susquehanna Museum the same weekend (June 11-12). For details, please click here. Also on June 11 and 12 is Bawlmer’s 23rd annual HONfest in Hamden, a cherished Maryland tradition for everyone. For details, please click here.

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If you’re not totally exhausted by the end of the month, then make plans to attend the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival on June 25 at the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. For details and tickets, please click here. To see all the events happening in Maryland this month, please click here. Have a safe and happy June!

What are You Doing this Summer?

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Summer is quickly approaching and so are all the fun events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments. Just this past week we’ve had Ice Cream Socials and Bingo Night, but the best is yet to come. Look for fliers and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for information on our super summer events culminating with our Movie Nights in August and Resident Appreciation Carnivals in September.

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You lucky residents at Chatham Gardens Apartments get two events at the pool this summer: Pool Bingo in June and the annual Pool Party in July. What fun!

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Maintenance Monday – Test Your Air Conditioner Now

With Memorial Day next week, Summer is quickly approaching. Please test your air conditioner now to make sure it works before the real heat is upon us. Set your A/C so it comes on then let it run for a while to make sure everything is working correctly. If there is a problem, please call the maintenance department at 410-465-2151 to get your air conditioner fixed now.  You don’t want to wait for the heat of summer to fix your A/C when it will be uncomfortable without it.

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Sadly We Say Goodbye

Two weeks ago on May 3, 2016, Richard Awalt, the original owner of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation and our boss, passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 88. Yesterday on May 17th, a beautiful memorial service was held at Loyola followed by a reception at Baltimore Country Club. Besides Mr. Awalt’s family and friends, almost every employee of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation was in attendance. A majority of these employees have been with the company for over 10 years – and some for more than 30 years. Mr. Awalt changed the lives of so many people. This great man will surely be missed.

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Jacques Kelly of The Baltimore Sun writes,

“J. Richard “Dick” Awalt, a Howard Country home builder and real estate developer, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease May 3 at his Johns Island, Fla., home.

He was 88 and also resided in Bozman in Talbot County.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hunting Ridge, he was the son of George S. Awalt, also a home builder, and E. Grace Freeland.

He attended St. William of York School and was a 1945 graduate of City College, where he played football and lacrosse. He served in the Army at the end of World War II and was assigned to the Philippines.

After his military service ended, Mr. Awalt earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and studied at the University of Maryland School of Law. The main playing field, where Loyola’s men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer games are held at the Ridley Athletic Complex, is named Awalt Field in his honor.

He followed his father in the home construction business. After the death of his father, he joined his brother, Robert W. Awalt, and bought land and built homes in the West Baltimore suburbs of Ten Hills and Hunting Ridge.

Beginning in 1955, the Awalt firm developed parts of Dunloggin in Howard County. They also built homes in Howard County’s Glenmont and The Oaks in Ellicott City.

Mr. Awalt bought a tract of land owned by his mother off Frederick Road near the Rock Glen School in 1964. Family members said the property initially lacked water and sewage, but when the city constructed the school, it extended utility lines and roads to access the property. It was his first apartment venture.

Mr. Awalt established Awalt Builders with his brother, who died in 2014, and a partner, Richard E. Dietrich. He also co-owned the Century Corp., which managed and maintained his real estate holdings. His firm remains in business on Baltimore National Pike.

The Awalt brothers went on to construct other apartments: White Oaks on Leeds Avenue, Caton House and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville and Burnam Woods in White Marsh.

In Howard County, they developed the Chatham Garden Apartments and a residential community, also called Chatham, of nearly 150 homes. He also constructed an early Howard County office building at U.S. 40 and St. John’s Lane in 1964.

“Richard was very perceptive about the future of Howard County,” said Mr. Dietrich, who lives in Ellicott City. “People would say he was a tough businessman but was very fair. He was cautious but consistent in his decisions. His employees remained with him for years.”

Mr. Awalt also built the Village Green shopping center in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike, where he co-owned a business, Village Green Spirits Shop, with business partner Joseph Lucido.

“Richard said to me one day, ‘Pack a bag. We are going to Lexington, Ky., to buy horses,'” said Mr. Lucido, a lifelong friend.

“I also remember the day his [horse] You’re Smart ran. He told me to bet $20 across the board,” Mr. Lucido recalled. “I collected more than $700 for him that day. You’re Smart came on the outside — flying. He was a good turf horse.”

Mr. Awalt had been a board member of the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association.

“He brought his caring and playful spirit wherever he went,” said son-in-law Michael Molloy of Baltimore. “He was well liked and respected by his employees. He had a tremendous sense of humor and could laugh at himself or laugh at others.”

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Johns Island Club. He lived for many years on Glen Allen Drive, and had also lived in Howard and Baltimore counties.

He enjoyed spending time near the water and in 1974 built a home on Harris Creek in the Bozman area. There he had a garden, sailed, hunted, fished and planted trees. He spent winters at Johns Island.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Tuesday at the Loyola University Maryland Chapel, 4501 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patrice Awalt of Johns Island; a son, Paul Awalt of San Diego; three daughters, Dr. Kathleen Awalt of Baltimore, Elizabeth Awalt of Concord, Mass., and Sally McCoy of Howard County; and 11 grandchildren. His marriage to Hazel Clary Awalt ended in divorce.”

 jacques.kelly@baltsun.com  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-richard-awalt-20160513-story.html 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Actually he is coming to three towns: Catonsville, Ellicott City and White Marsh. Santa will be in the Leasing Offices at our apartments at Old Orchard, Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods to take pictures with you – for FREE! He will be at Old Orchard Tuesday December 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Chatham Gardens Thursday December 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and at Burnam Woods Tuesday December 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Be sure to grab a snack after meeting with Santa.

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Century Corporation and Awalt Builders is once again hosting a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Leasing Office by December 17th.