By Audrey Hoffer | May 5, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. EDT
Construction workers in lime vests, thick-soled work boots, hard hats and face masks were busy one day last month on all 14 floors of Avidian, a 171-unit condominium building in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Southeast Washington. Stretching from South Capitol Street to Van Street SE, the red and gray brick building is nearing completion, with move-ins expected to begin in a couple of months.
Christopher Hopkins-Gillispie, one of the first buyers, purchased a one-bedroom unit with a den that could become a guest room or an office.
“The area has a lot going on,” said Hopkins-Gillispie, who mentioned the Nationals Park baseball stadium and the Wharf, which offers shopping, dining and recreation on the Southwest Waterfront, as well as Navy Yard’s “restaurants, breweries, ice cream shops, wine bars, and retail.”
“I found the property online and was literally stalking it for a year as I watched it go up,” Hopkins-Gillispie said. He said he went to the opening and met with a sales representative the next day. “I found the unit I wanted, and the rest is history.
Chelsea McGrath and Pedro Rubio bought a sixth-floor unit facing South Capitol Street. The Washington Monument is in view. Rubio looked at design plans and took virtual and in-person tours. McGrath walked around the unfinished building. “Even though I saw only the bones of the structure, I felt like I could put the pictures together,” McGrath said. “We really liked it.” Reagan, their Mini Bernedoodle, will join them. Cassandra Vangellow, who has been living nearby for a few years, said she is looking forward to moving into her “little tucked-away” second-floor unit. “Navy Yard is the best of both worlds. I feel like I’m in a city but also in a small neighborhood. It definitely has a young vibe and a young professional component,” she said.
‘Smart use of space’: A one-bedroom model unit, 410 is a compact 645 square feet. The kitchen lines a section of one wall opposite the bedroom, which has a barn-style sliding door and a horizontal window high on one wall. The unit has two spacious closets. A stacked washer and dryer are behind a closet door in the bathroom.
Another model unit, 618, is 1,048 square feet and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a balcony. Kitchen appliances are along a wall facing the living-dining area. The balcony is reached through the larger bedroom, and a window in the smaller bedroom looks out onto it. “Avidian is made for people interested in the smart use of space,” Hopkins-Gillispie said. “It’s very European-like in the design.” The condos are presented in two color palettes. New Traditionalist has white cabinetry with black handles in the kitchen and gray bathrooms with black accents. Organic Modernist has gray-brown kitchen and bathroom cabinets with chromium fixtures.The Gensler architectural firm, designed the building. McWilliams Ballard is handling sales.
Amenities: Amenities include lounge seating, a cafe, billiards and a fireplace on the lobby level. The rooftop has a pool, a sun deck, a lounge, a fire pit, grill and dining tables. The building also has a fitness center, Zen garden, yoga deck, pet spa, dog play area, and bicycle and personal storage space.
Schools: Van Ness Elementary, Jefferson Middle School Academy, Eastern High.
Transit: Navy Yard-Ballpark on the Green line is the closest Metro station. It has 14 bike racks. South Capitol Street, a major traffic corridor, is a block from the building’s garage. Interstates 395 and 695 are close.
1211 Van St. SE, Washington
This 14-story condominium has 171 residences. Seventy-five percent are sold. Prices for the remaining units range from $421,900 for a studio to $1.9 million for a penthouse.
Builder: Monument Realty
Features: Ceilings are nine or 10 feet high. Five-inch-wide Kahrs oak flooring is installed throughout the units. Kitchens are outfitted with stainless-steel appliances by Miele, Bosch, Blomberg or Bertazzoni, depending on the space available. Kitchens have a custom backsplash, under-cabinet lighting and soft-close cabinetry. Custom roller shades are on the windows. A Latch keyless entry system is used throughout the building. There are no upgrades. Underground parking spots are $40,000 for compact cars and $45,000 for standard.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 3
Square-footage: 560 to 1,814
Condo association fee: $409 to $1,052 a month
Contacts: View models by appointment only. Jennie Mann or Timur Loynab at 202-609-9629 or avidiandc.com.