Author: Derek Friday

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chevy Chase featured in Washington Post: Luxury Condos, Prime Suburban Md. Location

By Scott Sowers | August 3rd, 2021

Chevy Chase Lake, a multiuse development in Montgomery County, Md., is about luxury living on a large scale, with plans for 86,500 square feet of retail and 531 high-end residential units. It’s all happening just off Connecticut Avenue about two miles north of Chevy Chase Circle at the D.C. city line.
The first phase of that development includes — in addition to 280 rental apartments — 65 condominium units: the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The condos are expected to be ready for move-ins to begin in early 2022, said Robbie Cook, vice president at McWilliams Ballard, which is in charge of sales and marketing.
Prices range from $925,000 to more than $2 million, depending on options. About half the condo units have already been sold.
Chevy Chase Lake is being built around a spacious neighborhood square, and initially will have three buildings, two with apartments and one with the 65 condos. The development plan includes a Purple Line light-rail stop between two of Metro’s Red Line stations, Silver Spring on the east side and Bethesda on the west. Construction on the Purple Line has been halted by a contract dispute but is expected to resume this year. The original projected completion date was in 2023.
The Chevy Chase site is also near the other urban amenities of southwestern Montgomery County and neighboring Northwest Washington, as well as the area’s parks and other venues for outdoor recreation.“There is so much to do and see in Chevy Chase and the neighboring suburbs,” Cook said. “The location is exceptional, placing residents alongside the Capital Crescent Trail and just a bike ride away from Rock Creek Park.”
He also commented on the condo building’s on-site amenities. “This includes a piano lounge, state-of-the-art fitness facility, meditation and yoga terrace,” he said. Floor plans for the Ritz-Carlton Residences are broken into four groups: The Park, The Lake Collection, The Chase Collection, and Lion and Crown.The Park units range from 1,107 to 1,346 square feet, with one bedroom, a study and two bathrooms; The Lake Collection, 1,344 to 1,565 square feet, with two bedrooms and up to three bathrooms; The Chase Collection, 1,756 to 1,930 square feet, with two bedrooms and up to three bathrooms; Lion and Crown, 1,980 to 2,202 square feet, with three-bedrooms and up to three bathrooms.Every condominium unit has private outdoor space and at least one assigned parking space. Penthouses have two parking spaces. Condo fees range from $1,295 to $2,575 a month and are attributed to costs that include “signature services such as a building manager, doorman, valet, porter service and a dedicated residential team that caters to the needs of Owners.”
The lead architect for Chevy Chase Lake is D.C.-based David M. Schwarz. Akseizer Design Group, based in Alexandria, Va., did the interior design for the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Some customization is available, but there is a deadline, which looms larger as the project nears completion. “For homes put under contract prior to Labor Day,” Cook said, “purchasers can select from a collection of seven different design expressions from Akseizer, or can choose their own flooring stain, cabinet hardware, countertops, decorative pendant lighting, wall paint colors and bathroom fixture style.”

Schools: Rosemary Hills Elementary, North Chevy Chase Elementary, Silver Creek Middle and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
Transit: A Purple Line station is planned, although work on the light-rail line has been delayed. The Bethesda Metro station, on the Red Line, is about a mile and a half away. Chevy Chase Lake has easy access to Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway). There are bus stops on Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road.
Nearby: Rock Creek Park, downtown Bethesda and the Capital Crescent Trail are close.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences
8551 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Tours of the sales gallery at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 111, are available by appointment only.
Sixty-five condos are under construction; half of them have been sold. Prices range from $925,000 to more than $2,000,000, depending on options.
Developer: Bozzuto
Features: All the residences have private outdoor space and at least one assigned parking space. Units on the penthouse level have two parking spaces. Units have smart-home entry systems, Nest thermostats, white oak hardwood floors, high-speed WiFi connections and tray ceilings with cove lighting in the owner’s suite and dining areas. The kitchens have solid-wood cabinetry by Stevali, LED undercounter lighting, quartz countertops and backsplashes, and appliances by Bosch and Thermador. Owner’s suite bathrooms have marble floors and Kohler Kallista faucets and fixtures.
Bedrooms / bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 2 to 3
Square footage: 1,107 to 2,202
Condominium fees: $1,295 to $2,575 a month
ContactThe Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chevy Chase Sales Team, rcresidences@chevychaselake.com 301-264-8806

City Homes & Area DC Developers Double Down on the Power of Art

By Keith Loria | July 9th, 2021

It isn’t enough for developers to just make pretty buildings anymore; to be truly engaged and seen as community builders, many developers say they find it wise to invest in public art projects that are in line with the communities that surround their projects.

That’s why many developers in the Washington region are now incorporating paintings, sculptures and other art installations in their projects.

Here is a look at some recent projects in the region utilizing art.

City Homes

Grosvenor Americas has always had a deep commitment to patronizing local artists and, over the last decade, has contributed more than $500,000 to local artists in D.C. through its development projects.

“We’re seeing a lot more interest in art right now in the multifamily space, as well as in commercial and office,” Ryan Stewart, Grosvenor Americas’ senior development manager, told Commercial Observer. “People are gravitating toward things that feel authentic, and these pieces really feel that way — they stand out and provide something pure and true that someone put their blood, sweat and tears into.”

It’s newest development, City Homes, a townhome community in D.C.’s historic Eckington neighborhood, includes a creative art walk experience within the unit corridors featuring three seven-piece original collections by local artists Caitlin Teal Price, Julie Wolfe and Steven Cushner.

“This area has a deep artistic history, and we have partnered closely with local artisans to curate art for the space,” Stewart said. “We decided to make a large investment in order to feature art in the corridors, because we really wanted to recognize the artisan members of our community and applaud their contributions to Eckington and D.C. as a whole.”

Another art piece in the region that Grosvenor Americas is proud of is Crossroads, a 30-foot-tall, stainless-steel sculpture at Central, an apartment community in Silver Spring, Md.

It’s a beautiful reminder of consequential decision-making. Importantly, this piece is a part of the public realm and is meant for all community members to enjoy,” Stewart said. “For us, our investment in public art boils down to creating a healthy environment. We know that experiencing true artwork is good for mental health — it challenges our thoughts and makes us look at things differently. It also brings us moments of joy in the day we otherwise wouldn’t have. We really see these art pieces as extensions of our goal to create strong, vibrant, lasting communities.”

Bryant Street

Byran Street is a new development in D.C.’s Edgewood neighborhood, offering apartments, retail and public spaces. Developer MRP Realty has taken specific care to understand the community it is entering and has invested more than $75,000 in local artists’ work, honoring the community’s history, both inside the building and outside in public art spaces.

“From a residential perspective, we know there is only so much we can do within the units themselves, so we are always looking for what else we can do,” Matt Bailey, development manager of MRP Realty, told CO. “In the past couple years, it seemed like we were in an amenity race to build the biggest gym, pool or lobby, but now we are seeing the prioritization of public art space as the ultimate community amenity.

“Amongst developers here, we are seeing an arts race of sorts,” he added. “Developers are pushing each other to incorporate dynamic art concepts from local and unique artists into their developments.”

The first residential building in Bryant Street, Coda, has more than 2,300 square feet of local art in five murals, and, overall, artists have created more than 5,000 square feet of art throughout Bryant Street.

“Much of the inspiration for the designs came from the existing community murals on the site. We wanted to be sure any public art was a true value-add and an authentic reflection of the community,” Bailey said. “For Bryant Street, community-curated art has been a great avenue to connect with the community. In fact, there were some existing murals commissioned years ago that we wanted to add to when we entered the space. We commissioned local artists to create complementary murals that connect the neighborhood to its history and future.”

Inside the buildings, MRP Reality has also incorporated the work of local artists that feature subjects that speak to the narrative of the neighborhood.

“We’ve found that public art generates a lot more interest in a development and helps add to the personality of those projects within their neighborhoods,” Bailey said. “It helps elevate and complement our architectural designs, both on the interiors as well as exterior, and we’ve found that residents really appreciate and value consciously created art installations in the place they call home.”

The Station at Riverdale Park

Calvin Cafritz Enterprises continues to develop The Station at Riverdale Park, a 36-acre development in Prince George’s County that, when completed, will feature 119 townhouses, 850 multifamily units, 160,000 square feet of retail and 20,000 square feet of office. The active mixed-use community also includes art from all over the world, which is featured throughout the property for the public to enjoy.

“As the DMV area continues to reopen, residents and visitors will continue to look for beautiful, relaxing spaces to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and many of those spaces will revolve around art,” Jane Cafritz told CO. “Art can be intimidating for many of us, making the artistic process feel out of reach. By putting curated works out in the open, it creates new energy, and inspires creativity and an appreciation for the arts within a community.”

The area includes a wing mural by renowned artist Kelsey Montague, known for her Taylor Swift-inspired mural in Nashville; and “The Soul of Words I and II” sculptures by Spanish sculptor and artist, Jaume Plensa.

“Art, like the pieces featured at The Station, can help add character and beauty to the spaces they inhabit,” Cafritz said. “Some, like our Riverdale Engineering Research Corporation plane from 1946, can be a beautiful nod to the neighborhood’s history. And others, like ‘Sir Rulean’ by Kim In Tae, can be a symbol for gathering at Bear Square — The Station’s central meeting point, with family and food-oriented programming, that brings the community together throughout the year.”

The Redevelopment of Downtown Columbia, including the Merriweather District Neighborhood

In 2010, The Howard County Council in Maryland adopted the Downtown Columbia Plan to guide the redevelopment of the center core of the city, calling for works of art to be incorporated into new amenity spaces and private developments, and suggesting that “the walls of buildings and parking garages could become the surfaces” for works of art.

“People today — everyone from CEOs to young adults joining the workforce and young families — are looking for an urban core within a community offering an active, outdoor lifestyle,” Greg Fitchitt, president of the Columbia region for The Howard Hughes Corporation, which is developing the area, told CO. “Public art, and the arts in general, have always been central to the vision and appeal of Downtown Columbia, notable for its natural, open setting and progressive institutions.”

Merriweather District is the first ground-up development in the Downtown Columbia Plan, and is envisioned as a regional hub for culture and commerce. Once completed, Merriweather District will include 4.9 million square feet of mixed-use development, including public spaces, residential, office, and varied street retail.

“One of our team’s early investments was “Azlon”, one of the largest kinetic sculptures in the state of Maryland, by internationally renowned artist Anthony Howe,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, vice president of marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Azlon presents a slow-motion dance of steel and light at such a large scale that it can mesmerize viewers for long, extended moments. When the wind is calm, the sculpture’s 22 finely balanced, curving wings remain perfectly still, but a breeze sets them into a majestic, spiraling vortex.”

HHC also commissioned Vicki Scuri Siteworks to create “Rainbow Sunset”, a dramatic graphic installation on the north and west sites of the parking garage for One Merriweather, the first building developed in the Meriweather District. Inspired by what Scuri has described as “the warm hues of Maryland’s sunsets”, the work interacts with sunlight, creating changing shades of color.

“As an arts activist, I have enjoyed seeing how this region continues to embrace the powerful role that the arts can play in shaping communities,” Rodriguez said. “Especially now, as we emerge from the pandemic, people are reconsidering just how important art can be in activating the public realm and ensuring the success of development by creating vibrant public experiences.”

Office-to-Residential Conversion in Old Town North to Open

May 24, 2021 | Alexandria Living Magazine Staff Writer

A new condo building at 801 N. Fairfax St. is under construction now in a formerly empty office building.   A commercial-to-residential building transformation at the corner of North Fairfax and Montgomery streets is under construction. The project, at 801 N. Fairfax St., will feature 54 condos.

One-bedroom condos will start in the upper $500,000’s. Two-bedroom condos will start in the mid-$600,000’s and two-bedroom-plus-den condos will be priced in the low $900,000’s. All will have open floor plans 10-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and plenty of natural light. The building was an empty office building and is being renovated by Abramson Properties and McWilliams|Ballard.

The condo building’s website, at live801north.com, is inviting would-be residents to sign up for more information about the property.  The building is located near the hotel-to-residential conversion project at the Crowne Plaza in the Old Town North neighborhood.

McWilliams|Ballard Announces the Completion of Sales and Settlements of Watermark in Old Town Alexandria

Washington, D.C. – April 19, 2021

McWilliams|Ballard, along with the IDI Group Companies is proud to announce the sales and settlements of the Watermark condominium community in Old Town Alexandria have been completed.

Perfectly positioned a block from restaurants, shops and historic landmarks of famed King Street, Watermark is a luxury boutique collection of 18 impeccably designed condominiums by award-winning developer, IDI Group Companies.  Featuring spacious floorplans of up to 2,880 square feet, gourmet kitchens with Italian Cucina Craft cabinetry, Bosch Appliances, Quartz counters, wide plank hardwood flooring carry you through to oversized ensuite bedrooms highlighted by large windows providing lots of natural light. The communities’ common spaces include an elegant lobby and rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Potomac River.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is the leading real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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McWilliams|Ballard Finds Navajo Nation A Premier Embassy and Office Location at the Base of the US Capitol on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – April 16, 2021

McWilliams|Ballard, the region’s leader in home sales and marketing, was thrilled to serve as the Navajo Nation’s real estate agency during their search for a new embassy and office for future advocacy in Washington, DC.

The monumental search for a new location to increase the tribe’s presence in Washington was led by Luke Joyce, Vice President of the Commercial Division, and Santee Lewis, Executive Director for Navajo Nation’s Washington Office.

The result of the vigorous search in Washington’s competitive real estate market was a beautiful and historic townhome at 11 D Street Southeast.  Luke believed the size and location to be a perfect fit for their needs, allowing unmatched access to the Nation’s Capital and putting the entire Washington Region just minutes away.  The Tribe agreed with his assessment and after voting approval 11 D Street Southeast will be the perfect permanent office and embassy for the Navajo Nation many decades to come

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, worked to assist in the approval of the purchase earlier this year.  The purchase of this new property is a monumental milestone; catapulting advocacy efforts and making the Navajo Nation the only tribal nation to own office property a few steps from the U.S. Capitol Building.

“It was an honor and privilege to represent the Navajo Nation in this long and complex transaction.   We were able to purchase an iconic building, with close proximity to the U.S. Capitol, that will provide permanent access and advocacy for the Navajo Nation for years to come.” says Luke Joyce, Vice President of the Commercial Division at McWilliams|Ballard.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is the leading real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the new condominium communities, townhomes, commercial real estate sales and leasing, and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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McWilliams|Ballard Announces the Launch of 4 Sales In First Week at Axumite Village in Arlington, Virginia

Alexandria, VA – March 30, 2021

McWilliams Ballard is proud to partner with Axumite Village LLC to announce the launch of sales at Axumite Village steps away from Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia.

Axumite Village is a contemporary collection of townhome-style condominiums with a variety of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floorplans.  All residences feature spacious layouts with sleek appointments, quartz waterfall counters, stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, lots of natural light and off-street parking – conveniently located within minutes of many restaurants, shops, Downtown DC, and the best of Northern Virginia.

The community’s naming convention takes inspiration from the ancient city of Axum, which is located in Tigray, Ethiopia.  The city of Axum is renowned for its archeological sites, the most famous of much are the obelisks.  These columns of beautiful granite can stand up to 80 feet tall, weigh 320,000 lbs. and were used to mark the royal burial chambers of high nobility.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is the leading real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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McWilliams|Ballard Announces the Completion of Sales and Settlements At 459 Florida Avenue Northwest in Le Droit Park

Washington, D.C. – March 18th, 2021

McWilliams Ballard is proud to announce the completion of sales and settlements at 459 Florida Avenue NW, a new condominium community in the thriving Le Droit Park and Shaw neighborhoods of Northwest Washington.

459 Florida features four well-designed one-bedroom plus den residences with sleek finishes along famed Florida Avenue.  Homeowners enjoy easy access to both the U Street and 14th Street Corridors, as well as Downtown DC, 459 Florida places the best of Washington out their front door.

Developed by Square Residential, a local Washington based development team renowned for their quality construction and uniquely efficient homes, 459 Florida is another fantastic building to add to their portfolio.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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McWilliams|Ballard Announces the Completion of Sales and Settlements Of The Towns at Buchanan Park on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – March 11th, 2021

McWilliams Ballard, along with Insight Property Group and FCP℠ are proud to announce that sales and settlements of the townhomes at Buchanan Park have completed.

Perfectly positioned on Capitol Hill and two blocks north of the Potomac Metro, this boutique collection of thoughtfully crafted, rarely available new townhomes feature expansive floorplans of up to 3,000 square feet, four bedrooms with four and a half bathrooms, contemporary kitchens with Bertazzoni and Bosch appliances, gas fireplaces, some with private elevators, secured off-street parking, rooftop terraces with views of the Capitol and private backyards with bluestone patios.

Buchanan Park is a new residential community anchored by the 1895 Buchanan School building which has been converted into luxury condominiums and also sold by McWilliams|Ballard.   Featuring highly landscaped spaces and enduring architecture, Buchanan Park embraces and connects with the historic community that surrounds it.

“Capitol Hill continues to evolve and define what it means to be a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  With a long history of historic rowhomes that are synonymous with Capitol Hill, the ability to provide a brand new home that fits seamlessly with the fabric of the neighborhood led to the huge success that is Buchanan Park” says Chris Masters, Executive Vice President with McWilliams|Ballard.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is the leading real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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McWilliams|Ballard announces the launch of sales of 1214 Euclid Street Northwest in Columbia Heights

Washington, DC | March 6th, 2021

McWilliams|Ballard is thrilled, in partnership with Santorini Capital, to announce the launch of sales at 1214 Euclid Street in the thriving Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC.

A boutique offering of just two classically modern residences, each home has an expansive 2,000 square foot multi-level layout hosting three-bedrooms, 3 full and one-half bathrooms and refined, designer finishes throughout.  Homeowners will enjoy easy access to the DC USA shopping center, the famed U Street Corridor, several restaurants, shops and more out their front door.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is the leading real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, apartment, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

 

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McWilliams|Ballard and Bogdan Builders Announce the Completion of Sales at The Lawson In Just 3 Weeks!

Washington, D.C. – March 5th, 2021

Building on our successful relationship, McWilliams|Ballard is proud to announce another sold out community, The Lawson, with Bogdan Builders.  Featuring 10 two-bedroom residences in vibrant Petworth.

Sold in just three weeks, the condominiums feature spacious layouts, 9’ ceilings, wide plank flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern two-tone kitchen cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, white quartz counters, and spa baths.  Homeowners enjoy the upbeat vibe of Petworth with easy access to unique shops, restaurants and more.

Developed by award-winning real estate development firm, Bogdan Builders.  Founded in 1988, Bogdan Builders’ mission to enhance communities through the development of high-quality real estate with innovative architectural design and meticulous attention to detail is brought to life in every community they build.

McWilliams|Ballard, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a real estate sales and marketing firm specializing in the sales and marketing of new condominiums, townhomes and mixed-use communities. During its 25-year history, McWilliams|Ballard has worked in 13 states nationwide, creating partnerships with developers and builders to provide sales and marketing solutions from project inception to the final closed sale. In addition, the firm also provides consultation and market research used by some of the most renowned developers and investment groups in the country.

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