Category: Announcements

Logan Circle’s The Rook Community Sells Out Quickly

Alexandria, VA – May 25, 2016

McWilliams|Ballard is proud to announce the completion of sales and settlements at The Rook, a boutique condominium community in the heart of Logan Circle in Washington, DC.

Developed by a partnership of local real estate developer Robertson Development and Triad, The Rook is a testament to each firms mission of providing engaging exterior façades that compliment the community’s surroundings, coupled with interior design that provide style and function at every turn.

Composed of just six residences, The Rook offers premium features from wide-plank hickory wood flooring, KitchenAid Architect Series II appliances, quartz countertops, ELFA closet systems, to marble flooring in the baths and solid core doors, reinforcing that every residence was thoughtfully designed.

“McWilliams|Ballard has a long history of working with Robertson Development, and is proud to be a part of another quality community they have built. We are always looking to bring to market new and innovative product and The Rook is no exception to that” says Ross McWilliams, Principal at McWilliams|Ballard.

McWilliams|Ballard Launches Sales at Moda17 in Adams Morgan.

McWilliams|Ballard announces the commencement of sales at Moda 17, a contemporary condominium community located in the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Moda 17 Features 38 micro condominium residences designed by local developer Adams Investment, a leader of innovative residential design throughout Northwest Washington.

As Washington’s first for-sale micro unit community, Moda 17 offers buyers a premium European-inspired residence at a very affordable price point. The community features a mix of studio, one and two bedroom residences with panelized kitchens, sleek appointments, outdoor living space, on-site storage and bike lockers. Select homes feature custom built-in beds, cabinetry and moveable walls to allow the homeowner to maximize their living space. Units are priced from the mid $200’s.

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McWilliams|Ballard Launches Sales at 10Eleven

Alexandria, VA – October 23, 2015

McWilliams|Ballard is proud to announce the commencement of sales at the condominium community, 10Eleven. Currently under construction, 10Eleven will showcase 71 residences within one building comprised of two unique elements, a 9-story structure with a grand white stone façade with embellished cornice facing M Street Northwest and a west-side facing 6-story brick and glass structure on 11th Street Northwest.

The community is developed in partnership between CommunityThree Development and Streetscape Partners, both with impressive footprints in throughout the Washington Metro Area. 10Eleven is designed by award-winning architect firm Torti Gallas and Partners with interiors curated by iconic, minimalist inspired designer Darryl Carter.

Every home at 10Eleven will showcase the individuality of the homeowner through fine features such as 5’’ wide white oak flooring, custom kitchens with Carrera marble counters, expansive windows offering city views and luxurious community amenities such as a full-service concierge, and rooftop terrace. Located in the vibrant Shaw neighborhood, just mere blocks from four Metros, residents will have quick access to downtown dining, art galleries, shops and much more.

McWilliams|Ballard Launches Sales at Logan 13

Alexandria, VA – October 22, 2015

McWilliams|Ballard is proud to announce the commencement of sales at Logan Circle’s newest condominium community, Logan 13. The seven-story building, currently under construction, will feature 67 unique condominium homes in the energetic Logan Circle neighborhood.

The community is developed by The Holladay Corporation, a locally owned real state development company know for their innovative residential and mixed-used projects through the greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Logan 13 is designed by Eric Colbert and Associates with interiors designed by McGovern Design Studio. Their combined vision produces a strikingly unique community.

Each home at Logan 13 will feature 9-foot ceilings with expansive walls of glass, 6” wood plank floors throughout, Bosch appliances and large balconies or terraces in many homes. The exterior is a mix of modern terra cotta and brick crowned with a community roof deck with 360-degree views. Located in the hottest and fastest growing neighborhood, Logan Circle, Logan 13 is a getaway from the ordinary that will make urban living easier.

McWilliams|Ballard Completes Sales & Settlements at Park Plaza

Alexandria, VA – September 27, 2015

McWilliams|Ballard is proud to announce the completion of sales and settlements at the condominium community, Park Plaza, in Washington, DC. The community featured a mix of studio, one and two bedroom condominiums in the sought after Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington.

CIH Properties, based in Washington, DC, have developed and sold or managed apartments,
condominiums, and have the know-how to necessary to meet the unique requirements of
tenant-sponsored conversions and local government-sponsored redevelopments.

Park Plaza offers homes with premium features from wide-plank European wood flooring, Energy Star appliances to modern finishes showing that every detail was carefully thought out to provide unprecedented value in the vibrant neighborhood of Columbia Heights. Residents enjoy easy access to the DC One Shopping Plaza, metro, cultural theatres and much more.

“McWilliams|Ballard was proud to be part of this community’s revitalization with CIH Proprieties says Ross McWilliams, Principal at McWilliams|Ballard.”

Adams Morgan mixed-use project pays homage to demolished movie house

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The Ontario Theater in Adams Morgan is gone but not entirely forgotten. Nearing completion on the site of the demolished movie palace is the Ontario 17 condominium, whose design recalls parts of its 1951 predecessor.

The theater’s triangular marquee, supported, in part, by a lone column at the apex, has been re-created to mark a retail entrance to the new building, at Columbia Road and 17th Street NW. And the underside of the jutting canopy will be covered by metal panels salvaged from the razed theater. Granite recycled from the movie house lines the base of the new structure.

Construction of Ontario 17 is supposed to be completed this summer, and half of its 80 units have already been sold. The six-story building was designed by the Eisen Group of the District, and it is being built by Ellisdale Construction of Leesburg for the Peterson Cos., a Fairfax County-based developer.

“The context was key to the design,” architect Jonathan Eisen says. “The building scale is in keeping with the neighborhood, and we used light-colored brick that is similar to some of the surrounding buildings.”

Storefronts line the ground floor, including the retail space reached by way of the entrance under the marquee.

Studios and penthouses: The condominium is entered from 17th Street, and a lounge for homeowners “will be part of the lobby experience,” Eisen says. The building also has a community rooftop terrace with a gas fire pit, but few such amenities were included, which will help keep the condo fees fairly low, at $190 to $492 a month. The shared outdoor space and upper-floor units have views of such landmarks as the Washington Monument and nearby church steeples. There are no community exercise facilities, but Solidcore, a chain of fitness centers, has signed a lease for space in the building.

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There are four floor plans for studio units, ranging from 372 to 400 square feet and priced from $274,900 to $299,900. The other offerings range from one-bedroom units (most have been sold), at $418,900 for 680 square feet or $479,900 for 714 square feet, to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse for $849,900 (only one is currently available), with a spiral staircase leading to a private rooftop deck and a balcony that wraps around the living area.

A parking space in the underground garage costs $40,000, and storage rooms can be purchased for $4,500 to $10,000.

Compact with a spacious feel: The units are designed to be space-saving. The model studio unit — for showing to prospective buyers — is staged with a pull-down dining table, a pull-out sofa and a fold-up Murphy bed, one of which can be purchased for $6,500. In most units, kitchens are arranged along one wall, and the two-bedroom design includes a movable island on wheels.

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Open-plan living areas, nine-foot-high ceilings and large windows make the smaller apartments feel more spacious. Almost all the condo units have access to a balcony or a terrace. Standard finishes and fixtures include quartz countertops, custom cabinets and Bosch appliances in the kitchen.

Efficiency units are fitted with compact, German-made Blomberg refrigerators to save space. Floors in living areas and bedrooms are covered in wide-plank hardwood, rather than carpeting. Bathrooms in the studio and two-bedroom residences include frameless glass-enclosed showers and Kohler fixtures.

“The units are completely move-in ready,” says sales manager Laina Lee of Alexandria-based McWilliams Ballard, which is marketing the property. “Closet organizers and roller shades are already installed.”

Walls are insulated with highly sustainable EcoBatt insulation, combining sand, recycled bottle glass and an organic binder. Appliances are Energy Star-rated and glass windows and doors are filled with inert gas, which promotes greater energy efficiency, according to Lee.

Schools: H.D. Cooke Elementary, Marie Reed Elementary, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School and Columbia Heights Education Campus.

Transit and shopping: Ontario 17 is near the Columbia Heights and Woodley Park Metrorail stations, and H1, 43 and 42 buses run past the building. Nearby grocery stores include Harris Teeter and Safeway. The location has received scores of 96, 95 and 85, out of 100, for walking, bicycling and use of mass transit, respectively.

Parks and recreation: Unity Park, Rabaut Park, Columbia Heights Community Center, Rock Creek Park, Kalorama Park, Meridian Hill Park and the National Zoo are within walking distance.

Deborah K. Dietsch is a freelance writer.

Ontario 17

2550 17th St. NW, Washington

Condos are priced from $274,900 to $849,900. Units will be finished later this summer.

Developer: Peterson Cos. of Fairfax County. (The Eisen Group of Washington is the architect; Ellisdale Construction of Leesburg is the builder.)

Features: Units have nine-foot-high ceilings, open-plan living areas, Bosch appliances, quartz countertops, custom cabinets, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring, double-paned windows.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1-2/1-2

Square footage: 372 to 1,000 square feet.

Homeowner association fees: $190 to $492 per month.

View models: By appointment.

Contact: Laina Lee, sales manager, 202-660-0092,; Brenda Moreno, sales manager, 202-660-0092,

ARC 3409, A Modern Arlington High-Rise, Has Great Views Inside and Out

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ARC 3409 is a contemporary steel and glass high-rise condominium on Wilson Boulevard, a major traffic corridor that traverses Arlington County, the epicenter of Northern Virginia.

If you like lots of light pouring through the windows, ARC 3409 should be on your list to visit. The eight-story building features abundant floor-to-ceiling glass and balconies that offer great views.

For their first home purchase, Carolyn Morse and her fiance, Vinh Trinh, chose a one-bedroom corner unit on the top floor to maximize the natural light coming in.

“We were thrilled this was available, because we like modern design, bright space and wanted to be in Arlington close to both our jobs,” said Morse. Trinh drives to work in Shirlington, and Morse takes the Metro downtown. “There is tons of new development in the area, but most are apartments for lease, and we wanted to buy.”

Light was also important to Pamela Rogash, who hopes to move into her two-bedroom in early March after making it Zen-like. “I’m happy with my sunny unit in part because it’s framed by huge windows in every room. I look forward to creating a peaceful oasis right here in the middle of this exciting urban center,” she said.

Morse added that “another reason we picked this condo is because we’re walking distance to two urban scenes, Ballston and in Clarendon, and Virginia Square is building up.

“Plus, we’re big into trying all kinds of dining.”

The proximity of public transportation and a multitude of day-to-day services are also important to Rogash. “I like that it’s adjacent to a high concentration of restaurants and stores but still feels residential.”

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The master bathroom (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Light and dark decor: The condo has 85 units, primarily one- and two-bedrooms plus one three-bedroom and one penthouse. Twenty-four units are sold. Many are in various stages of construction, but move-ins take place regularly.

Goldstar Group and Finmarc Management are the developers.

The bright lobby, with its orange, charcoal and black lounging couches and throw pillows, is redolent of an opulent hotel that invites plopping down to linger.

On the seventh floor, two models are furnished with colorful contemporary decor and accent finishing touches that extend the lobby’s ambiance into a chic home.

The open kitchen, living and dining areas have large windows offering sweeping cityscape views.

The kitchen has KitchenAid Architect Series appliances. On even-numbered floors, the cabinets are high-gloss white and the hardwood floors are dark; on odd-numbered floors, the cabinets are dark brown and the wood floors are light-colored. A wide white quartz island straddles kitchens and living rooms, with a sink near one end and bar stools and table settings on the other.
Exposed spiral ductwork of galvanized steel is set against a white ceiling in the living area and gives the space a modest industrial feel.

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The master bedroom (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
On-site, off-site amenities: A 24-hour concierge coordinates move-ins and will help residents with anything they need once they’re settled.

A downstairs fitness center is open around the clock. Rogash, a life evolution coach, commented on the personal changes she sought moving to ARC 3409. “I realized it’s time for me to walk new paths and put my own wellness front and center. I know I’ll be visiting that yoga center across the street as well as the gym downstairs,” she said.

A rooftop lounge with a deck patio appears to be an ideal place to camp out for the July 4 fireworks. The views across the Potomac River toward Washington are amazing, and the wooden chaise lounges, armchairs and tables would be welcoming as soon as the temperatures rise.

Quincy Park, at the corner of Washington Boulevard and North Quincy Street, has six tennis courts, a basketball court and picnic tables in the shade that are open to the public. Shelters can be reserved for birthday parties or a family reunion.

Arlington County Parks and Recreation has $1.1 million budgeted for redesign of the playground, and a sand volleyball court is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Transit: The condos are situated practically on top of the Orange Metro line between Clarendon and Virginia Square stations. Both are within walking distance. The Arlington Transit (ART) 41 and 42 buses stop in front of the building. Interstate 66 rings the greater community on the north.

Schools: Francis Scott Key and Arlington Science Focus Elementary; Williamsburg, Swanson and Thomas Jefferson Middle; Washington-Lee and Yorktown High.

Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.

ARC 3409
3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
This high-rise condominium offers 85
one- and two-bedroom units ranging from $399,900 to $939,900; one three-bedroom for $949,900; and one three-bedroom penthouse for $1.9 million.
Builder: Goldstar Group and Finmarc Management
Features: All units come with one parking space in the garage. Residents have 24/7 access to a rooftop deck, fitness center and concierge-staffed lobby. Interiors have large floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, white quartz countertops, contemporary cabinets and stainless-steel kitchen appliances.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3/1 to 4
Square footage: 714 to 1,543 for the one-, two- and-three-bedroom units and 2,130 for the penthouse.
Homeowner association fees: $267 to $450 per month.
Sales: Jennie Mann, 703-945-6983; Joe Serafin, 703-994-7510; or .

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