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City Homes Takes Spacious, Multi-Story Living To The Next Level

As Featured by dcist | January 11th, 2021

City Homes, Grosvenor Americas’ new condominium building centrally located in Northeast D.C.’s Eckington neighborhood, seamlessly blends multi-story living with contemporary features and private outdoor spaces. This limited collection of 45 multi-story residences is anticipated to deliver in early Spring featuring distinct architecture and interior design elements across one-, two-, and three-bedroom offerings.

Situated just east of Bloomingdale, north of NoMa, and minutes from Union Market, City Homes stands at the center of urban convenience, providing easy access to restaurants, retailers, parks and transit. As part of JBG LCOR’s larger Quincy Lane Project, which upon completion, will contain four residential buildings and 80,000 square feet of curated retail, this new community will offer a truly unique combination of the comforts of home and the excitement of the city.

A unique property, City Homes exclusively offers two- and three-story condominiums providing multi-story living in the heart of the city. The ample space creates a separation between office, entertaining, and private bedroom retreats allowing for the home to serve more than one purpose. Work, family life, and gathering opportunities are able to happily coexist throughout these expansive floorplans.

Each of the 45 residences feature at least one natural, breathable outdoor space in the form of a private patio or balcony providing an inviting escape in the heart of the city. Fifth-floor units even include access to private roof deck terraces with sweeping views of the Washington monument and Basilica in select units. Airy floor plans invite residents to connect with nature from the inside out, with oversized eight-foot casement windows that bathe each home in natural light and maximize space utilization and functionality.

City Homes is a collaborative project between international property group, Grosvenor, and award-winning interior design firm, Cecconi Simone. With a track record of more than 340 years, Grosvenor is the name behind some of the world’s most recognizable addresses. For the boutique collection of residences at City Homes, Cecconi Simone’s thoughtful design balanced the industrial influences of Eckington’s past, including black fixtures and oversized factory-style windows, with bright, top-of-the-market finishes. The care with which this globally recognized team delivers City Homes is unmatched in the luxury space.

Choose between a variety of flexible floor plans and price points to select a space that not only meets but surpasses your every need, with pricing starting in the low $700s. Connect today with the sales team, McWilliams Ballard, to get a first look at City Homes: https://www.cityhomeseckington.com/

City Homes Featured in the Commercial Observer

Five Big DC-Area Commercial Real Estate Projects in the Pipeline for 2021

By Keith Loria | Commerical Observer | December 21st, 2020

Like elsewhere in the U.S., commercial real estate development in the Washington, D.C., area slowed dramatically in 2020 due largely to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s expected to be slow in 2021, too, compared with previous years (and even with a new administration coming to town).

Still, there are some prominent projects in the pipeline that are on track to deliver next year. Below are five of the most notable, including a new office tower in Bethesda, Md., and a new three-building complex in Arlington, Va.

City Homes Eckington

Grosvenor Americas is developing City Homes Eckington, a collection of 45 multi-story residences featuring distinct architecture and interior design elements across one-, two-, and three-bedroom offerings.The development is anticipated to deliver in the spring.

“City Homes is one of the most unique boutique condominium properties to come onto the D.C. market in recent years,” Jonathan Carr, senior vice president of development at Grosvenor on City Homes, told Commercial Observer. “Each City Homes residence features at least one private outdoor space in the form of a terrace or balcony, as well as sweeping views that connect residents to their surrounding community.”

Located at 1500 Harry Thomas Way NE in D.C., the development will be part of JBG Smith and LCOR’s larger Quincy Lane Project, which upon completion next year, will contain four residential buildings and 80,000 square feet of curated retail.

“It was designed to fit seamlessly into the community, as well as complement its continued growth and development,” Carr said. “The project combines residential and commercial offerings, and features a ‘woonerf,’ or shared street design, in order to give residents greater access to the community. It offers a unique combination of the comforts of home and the excitement of the city.”

City Homes is centrally located in Eckington, one of D.C.’s oldest and more historic neighborhoods. It’s also near NoMa and Union Market, which include numerous retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

“Residents will also have access to newly completed [Alethia] Tanner Park and the Metropolitan Branch Trail,” Carr said. “City Homes is located within minutes of Downtown D.C., and quick access to Metro and I-395 puts everything the greater region has to offer right at the owner’s fingertips.”

Crossing

Crossing, an upscale apartment community at 949 First Street SE that Tishman Speyer is developing, will offer a total of 818 apartment residences across 46 unique floor plans ranging from studios to three bedrooms, plus 24 penthouses in 15 spacious layouts.

Modern architectural elements are met through the building’s inverted X-shape, creating features like Bond Alley, a mixed-use passageway connecting the two buildings. Crossing delivered its East Tower late this year, and the West Tower is scheduled for completion by December 2021.

“The amenities at Crossing are unparalleled,” Jeffrey Chod, Tishman Speyer’s regional director for Washington D.C., told Commercial Observer. “The building doesn’t stop at must-haves like a rooftop infinity-edge pool or a podcasting recording suite, but also features a 6,000-square-foot wellness suite spa complete with lap pool, sauna and private treatment rooms. In addition to the amenities, Crossing has put together a package of exclusive services and partnerships that residents can take advantage of to improve their quality of life, including spa treatments and more.”

The property is in walking distance to The Yards, Washington Nationals Stadium, and the many restaurants and bars that the Capitol Riverfront has to offer.

“Navy Yard is one of the most exciting areas in the city and Crossing’s placement matches its energy perfectly,” Chod said. “In addition to its proximity to entertainment, Crossing is one of the largest residential offerings in Navy Yard, which gives it unmatched views of the district from its rooftop.”

The Silva

A joint venture between EastBanc and Mitsui Fudosan America is developing The Silva, a 172-unit apartment building, which is slated to be ready next summer.

Located at 1630 Columbia Road NW in D.C., The Silva, which is Latin for “grove” or “forest,” will provide residents with outdoor amenities that offer a breath of fresh air in the middle of the city.

“Inspired by nearby Rock Creek Park, the design team sought to create a lush retreat in the dense, urban environment of Adams Morgan,” said Hope Richardson, vice president of development at EastBanc. “The Silva has a forested courtyard with several fire pits and secluded nooks to enjoy a coffee, as well as an expansive landscaped rooftop with an infinity-edge pool, areas for outdoor dining and grilling, and panoramic city views.”

Residents of The Silva will benefit from the area’s myriad dining and entertainment options, including the LINE Hotel, multiple grocery stores and popular retail stores.

“Adams Morgan is an eclectic neighborhood with historic architecture, vibrant nightlife, and standout restaurants and retail offerings representing a broad diversity of cultures,” Richardson said. “It has an active, organized community and a walkable village feel. The Silva is positioned between Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park and Rock Creek Park, the urban gathering place and the wild retreat, making for a nice balance between city living and access to nature.”

The Highlands

Penzance is developing The Highlands, a three-tower luxury project located at 1555 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va., expected to be completed by summer.

The towers are comprised of the Pierce, offering upscale condominiums; the Aubrey, consisting of first-rate apartments; and Evo, which features versatile living spaces.

“Taking its name from its geographic location as the highest point in Rosslyn, The Highlands offers an unmatched level of luxury living in Northern Virginia,” John E. Kusturiss III, senior vice president of development at Penzance, told CO. “Its three-tower design and distinctive position make it a true standout addition to the Rosslyn neighborhood. We wanted to take advantage of the impeccable views that you can only get in Rosslyn.”

Residents can look out on views of the Potomac River, Northern Virginia countryside, and D.C. skyline.

Sitting alongside the three towers will be a reimagined 26,000-square-foot public park with community programming and the revitalized Arlington County Fire Station No. 10.

“Poised to be pillars of neighborhood activity, these projects were funded by a public-private partnership with Penzance and Arlington County to create a close-knit community in the midst of a busy urban environment,” Kusturiss said. “Penzance has been committed to providing elevated spaces that can bring The Highlands community together in elegant and inspiring ways.”

The Highlands offers direct access to major highways, the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stops, and is a quick walk across the bridge to historic Georgetown. Rosslyn is also home to a diverse range of companies from Fortune 500s to small businesses, and an array of popular restaurants and shops.

“We’re also confident that with the upcoming delivery of Amazon’s HQ2, the area’s growth has only just begun,” Kusturiss said.

Avocet Tower 

In Bethesda, Md., Stonebridge is developing Avocet Tower, a 22-story trophy office building at 7373 Wisconsin Avenue, set to deliver in late 2021.

“We are creating an office environment that is sophisticated, accessible, and thoughtfully designed to be a future-forward workspace that also enhances the health and wellness of its tenants,” Doug Firstenberg, Stonebridge’s founding principal, told CO. “We firmly believe that the workplace is the central component to creating culture at a company, and we look forward to bringing in tenants who can utilize our state-of-the-art amenities, enjoy the surrounding restaurants and retailers, and benefit from the wellness-oriented technologies that are so desired as a result of the pandemic.”

The property will offer sweeping city views, a rooftop terrace, efficient office space, pristine finishes, and LEED Platinum and Wired Certified Platinum ratings.

“We’re seeing that tenants are eager to find the next-generation office environment that meets the highest standards available in building systems, technologies, and amenities to provide the best overall quality of work-life and contribute to the mental and physical wellness of their employees,” Firstenberg said. “Avocet Tower’s trophy office development is a rare find in Bethesda, making it a desirable option for those looking for a sophisticated office environment in a post-pandemic world.”

Additionally, Avocet Tower’s fully landscaped 10,000-square-foot park at the main entry to the office lobby will bring much-needed green space to downtown Bethesda for both tenants and the general public.

Amy Bowser, executive managing director for Avocet Tower’s leasing agency, JLL, noted Downtown Bethesda continues to be an appealing location for office in the greater D.C. area, due to its close proximity to an abundant and eclectic mix of destination retail, dynamic living options, and easy access to major roadways and public transit.

“Avocet Tower is within steps of everything tenants need in order to ease their commute, seamlessly accomplish daily errands, fulfill their dining needs with options ranging from fast casual to fine dining, and balance their work and personal lives,” she said. “In addition, Avocet Tower is conveniently located in close proximity to two Metro lines, Red and future Purple, and major arterial roadways [that] provide convenient transportation options for tenants.”

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Washington Post Covers Venue Alexandria

Shuttered hotel gives way to luxury homes in Alexandria,VA

by Audrey Hoffer | October 20, 2020

Stephen Oparka, an avid cyclist, owns five bikes and often takes long rides on the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail in Northern Virginia.

One such outing took him past the shuttered Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alexandria. A fence had gone up, and a sign announced the coming of Venue, a luxury high-rise condominium overlooking the Potomac River. A couple gazed at the old hotel and buzzed with excitement about the development plans. “They told me: ‘We just got out of the sales center. You should get in there,’ ” Oparka said.

As a renter in Crystal City, Oparka had been worrying about the effect of Seattle-based Amazon’s opening a second headquarters in that Arlington, Va., neighborhood. (Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post). He later recalled thinking, “Those changes will be exciting, but in 10 years’ time, what will it be like to live here?” He had already started looking around at new residential construction.

So he followed the couple’s advice, and then he purchased a one-bedroom corner unit on the ninth floor of the 13-story building.

Carr Cos. bought the property and has been redeveloping it, replacing the hotel with 119 condominium units, flanked on two sides by a total of 41 townhouses. The 13-story condominium project is exempted from a height limit for new construction because it is replacing the hotel.

Nearly half of the condo units and townhouses have been sold. Base prices for the remaining condos range from $500,000 to $3 million; for the remaining townhouses, from $1.5 million to $2.6 million. Buyers are expected to begin moving in next fall.

Floor-to-ceiling windows: A furnished two-bedroom, two-bathroom model unit is on view at the sales office across the street from the property. For prospective buyers, a tour is like walking through a real condo.

The entry door opens into the kitchen, which adjoins a living and dining space with a balcony outside. Flanking the open-plan living area are two bedrooms, one on each side. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom; the other has a bathroom steps away. A washer and dryer are in a closet between the bathroom and the second bedroom. The unit has floor-to-ceiling windows.

Oparka described some of the choices involved in buying his one-bedroom unit. “I traded a water view for space and price,” he said. “If I want to look at the river I can go to the rooftop.” The rooftop is where there’ll be grill stations, fire pits, outdoor TVs and a lounge that residents can reserve for parties.

Oparka also snagged storage space for some of his bikes and assorted gear. “The two I ride the most I’ll keep inside my home,” he said. “The other three I’ll put into either my storage spot area or the building’s bike storage area.”

Other amenities include front-desk concierge service, a pet spa and a fitness center.

WCS Construction is the general contractor. Lessard Design provided the architects and designers. McWilliams Ballard is handling sales.

 

Nearby: The Potomac River is one block from Venue. Old Town Alexandria has an abundance of shops, galleries, dining options and historical sites. Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter are a couple of blocks away. Montgomery Park is a two-acre retreat with picnic tables, a playground, a dog park, tennis courts and grass fields. Mount Vernon Trail runs by the development. From Venue, it’s a short drive to Crystal City, Pentagon City, Reagan National Airport and Potomac Yard, all in Virginia, and, across the Potomac, to downtown Washington, Georgetown, the Mall and many of the museums in D.C.

Schools: Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (elementary), George Washington Middle, T.C. Williams High.

Transit: Venue is three blocks from George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Capital Beltway (I-495) and Route 1 are nearby. The King Street-Old Town Metro station, with 42 bike racks, is on the Blue and Yellow lines. Alexandria is served by the city’s DASH buses and by Metrobus. Water taxis travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia; Georgetown, Navy Yard and the Wharf in D.C.; and National Harbor in Maryland.

 VENUE ALEXANDRIA

314 Montgomery St., Alexandria, Va.

There will be 119 condominium units and 41 townhouses. Fifty-two condos and 20 townhouses have been sold. The remainder are for sale at prices ranging from $500,000 to $3 million for condos and $1.5 million to $2.6 million for townhouses.

Builder: Carr Cos.

Features: Condos have floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans and white oak floors. Kitchens are outfitted with Bosch appliances, quartz counters and custom cabinets. Bathrooms have Calacatta tile walls and floors and walk-in showers. At least one parking space in the underground garage is included with each unit. Townhouses have a roof terrace and a two-car garage. Some have an elevator.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: Condos, 1 to 3 / 3; townhouses, 3 to 4 / 3 to 6.

Square-footage: Condos, 500 to 2,300; townhouses, 2,300 to 4,400.

Association fees: Condos, $415 to $1,660 a month; townhouses, $202 a month.

See model: By appointment.

Contacts: Anne Coleman or Hillary Curtin, 703-214-9841 or VenueOldTown.com

Ritz-Carlton Residences partners on Chevy Chase Condos

By Daniel J. Sernovitz – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal

October 8th, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Residences has struck a deal to be part of a $200 million mixed-use project being developed on a 15-acre site in Chevy Chase.

The Bozzuto Group is incorporating the luxury housing brand into a 65-unit condominium building slated for delivery next fall as part of the larger Chevy Chase Lake project it is developing with the Chevy Chase Land Co. Condos have long been planned as part of the development at 8507 Connecticut Ave., just north of East West Highway, which Bozzuto and Chevy Chase Land broke ground on roughly two years ago. But the Ritz-Carlton’s internationally known brand will bring a higher level of service and hospitality to the project, said Kerri Paulino, vice president of homebuilding operations at Bozzuto.

“We’re not just building apartments and condos in this location, we’re really, uniquely delivering a new way to live,” Paulino said. “I wouldn’t call it a city, but we’re building a village, or a neighborhood, in which people will reside, and there was just no better fit than trying to partner with the Ritz-Carlton to deliver a new way to live. It was kind of the icing on the cake, if we put it that way, in terms of delivering a totally different lifestyle than people are used to.”

When fully developed, Chevy Chase Lake is slated to include 470 apartment units and 100,000 square feet of retail positioned around a central town square. Chevy Chase Land is not a party to the condo building deal between Bozzuto and Ritz-Carlton Residences. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chevy Chase Lake will be managed by the Ritz-Carlton and offer services including 24-hour concierge, porter services, and perks through Marriott Bonvoy. Residents will also have access additional a la carte services including housekeeping, home repair, pet grooming, and dog walking. The building is slated to feature a 12,000-square-foot outdoor and indoor amenity space on its top floor, broken down into nine different areas including conference space, dining area, Scotch room and outdoor space intended for meditation and reflection.

A sales gallery and model home is slated to open in January, with the official launch of sales starting in the spring. Bozzuto declined to discuss pricing this far ahead of delivery. The Bozzuto Construction Co. is serving as the project’s general contractor, and the building is slated to deliver in October 2021.

Bozzuto President and CEO Toby Bozzuto declined to disclose terms of the deal but said the partnership evolved organically through a series of conversations over time. The Ritz-Carlton Residences tends to be fairly selective in the projects it partners with, and Bozzuto said it’s exciting that the company has chosen to be a part of Chevy Chase Lake.

“From my perspective, how many chances in your lifetime do you get to do a project like this, with a partner like this? So we’re just thrilled to be working with them,” he said.

Kozo: An 8-Condo Salute To Japanese Minimalism

Washington Post by Audrey Hoffer | June 23rd, 2020

Kozo is an eight-unit condominium building on Chapin Street NW, a half-block from Meridian Hill Park in the District’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Viewed from the sidewalk, the building has an aura of Japanese minimalism. The design is simple, clean and uncluttered, said Patrick Bloomfield, principal of P.T. Blooms Development, the builder. “Kozo means ‘structure’ in Japanese,” Bloomfield said. “Structure is what we all look for in life, whether it’s the clean lines of the building we chose to live in or the structure we build into our lives through habits of a comfortable environment.”

The building has three units with one bedroom and one bathroom, four with two-bedrooms and two bathrooms and one with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The three-bedroom unit and one two-bedroom unit are two-level penthouses. The units occupy space on four floors entirely above ground and a lower level. Four units have been sold. The remaining four are priced from $785,900 to $1.235 million. Move-ins are expected to begin by late July. Kozo’s main entrance has a steel statue of a bonsai tree by Atlanta artist Camilo Lopez, who said it “ties together a familiar aspect of Japanese culture, the bonsai tree,” with the structure.

“The purple clematis vines we planted in the four corners of the statue’s base will grow upward and weave in and out of the bonsai’s branches,” Lopez said. “This intertwining will represent the integration of our natural and built environments.”

‘Pretty at night’: A pattern of alternating squares on the facade — recessed for windows, protruding for balconies — embellishes the building’s exterior. “The black metal extrusions [balconies] against the white brick facade create a clean modern look and act as a playful addition to the streetscape,” said Emily Hirst, an architect with Kuhn Architects, the firm that designed the building.

Embedded in the balconies’ perimeters are ribbons of LED lights that can be custom-colored by residents and accentuate the building’s exterior at night.

“It’s minimal but highly impactful and pretty at night,” said Jennie Mann, a vice president at McWilliams Ballard, which is handling sales. “You can set the light colors red, white and blue for July Fourth or as a rainbow collage for Pride month. You can put in red so Uber can find you.”

The balconies are walled with glass. “We made the outdoors an extension of the living space,” Hirst said. “Glass blurs the physical barrier between the man-made and nature.”

The entrance to furnished unit 7, the two-bedroom penthouse, opens to a hallway that leads to the kitchen and an adjoining living area. A bedroom and bathroom are on one side of the living area; the balcony is on the other.

A kitchen island with center sink is between the kitchen appliances and the living area, which is flooded with natural light through the balcony’s glass wall.

Stairs lead up to a large room that can be configured as a den, a loft, or a media or play room. Another glass-walled balcony faces the street, and there is a private rooftop terrace outside the unit’s back wall. The master bedroom, with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet, adjoins the den/loft space.

Nearby: Meridian Hill Park, a 12-acre National Park Service property, has tall oaks, landscaped lawns, the largest cascading fountain in North America, and statues of Joan of Arc, Dante and President James Buchanan. Kozo is between 14th and 16th streets, and stores, restaurants, bars and service businesses line both streets.

Schools: Marie Reed Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo Education Campus.

Transit: Columbia Heights, on the Green and Yellow lines, is the closest Metro station. Fourteenth and 16th streets NW are both major traffic corridors with regular bus service. Some neighboring streets are designated for resident-only parking; others have two-hour nonresident parking.

Kozo

1434 Chapin St. NW, Washington, DC

This building has eight condominium units, four of which have been sold. The remaining units are priced from $785,900 to $1.235 million.

Builder: P.T. Blooms Development

Features: Ceilings are 11 feet high in the four units still available for purchase. Floors are seven-inch white oak plank. The building has video-call and keyless entry systems for security. Kitchens have GE Café or Thermador appliances, lacquered flat-panel custom cabinets, spring-loaded push latches on the cabinets and drawers, white quartz counters, under-cabinet lighting, concealed outlets and a Vigo under-mount stainless-steel sink. The bathrooms have 24-by-24-inch Porcelanosa wall and floor tiles, quartz vanity counters, a Kohler elongated toilet, a Mirabelle deep soaking tub and a frameless glass shower enclosure. All units have some outdoor space. Outdoor spaces include balconies, patios and private roof decks.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3/1 to 3

Square-footage: 583 to 1,550

Condo association fees: $214 to $380

See model: By appointment only.

Contact: Robert Cook at 202-792-0047 or LiveKozo.com.

Homebuyers Flock To The Lexicon, NoMa’s First Full-Service Luxury Condos

By Nena Perry-Brown | May 20th, 2020

Located steps from the NoMa Metro station and not far from the U Street Corridor, The Lexicon offers city residents the rare opportunity to experience high-rise luxury condominium living.

Touting a Walk Score of 97 – The Lexicon provides easy access to everything NoMa has to offer, including Trader Joe’s, The Eleanor (a bowling lounge and music venue), and the two-acre Tanner Park, and Eckington Yards’ “woonerf”—a European-style pedestrian-friendly street lined with restaurants and businesses, including a Union Kitchen commissary, grocery store and food kiosk.

The Lexicon provides an array of amenities for residents, including a 24/7 concierge, a fully-equipped business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a large outdoor, two-level cascading pool, a party/club room and complimentary bike storage. With three levels of underground garage parking, residents can also purchase one or multiple private parking spots. Individual storage spaces are available for purchase.

Prospective buyers have their pick of several modern and spacious floorplans ranging from one-bedroom, one-bath homes to two-bedroom, 2.5-bath plus den options.

The homes at The Lexicon feature hardwood floors throughout, porcelain tile in the kitchens, baths, and foyers as well as double-pane floor-to-ceiling windows. The gourmet kitchens have floating islands, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. The two-bedroom units also feature four-fixture bathrooms with a shower and a separate whirlpool soaking tub, while one-bedroom floorplans feature showers with soaking tubs.

Nearly all The Lexicon homes include outdoor space, balconies or terraces—with upper floor homes boasting sweeping views from the Washington Monument to the National Cathedral. Pricing starts at $430,000.

To keep prospective buyers safe, virtual and FaceTime tours are highly encouraged and are available every day. Appointment-only tours are also available at the Sales Gallery, located at 50 Florida Ave NE, Monday through Saturday from 11am-6pm and on Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

For more information about The Lexicon or to schedule a private tour, contact Maren Seubert with McWilliams|Ballard by phone at 703-835-2580 or via email at mseubert@mcwb.com.

The Washington Post Discovers King Street Station

64 Condos Near The Heart of Leesburg, VA

by Audrey Hoffer | May 19th, 2020

Leesburg, in east-central Loudoun County, Va., has been a residential and commercial center for the more than 250 years since its founding.

The settlement established in 1730, and originally named George Town, has grown to about 54,000 people today. The county seat since 1757, the town is a place where contemporary mingles with traditional, where county courts occupy a landmark red-brick courthouse, built-in 1897, in the downtown historic district.

A few blocks from the courthouse, King Street Station, a 64-unit luxury condominium community, has four four-story red-brick elevator buildings with four single-floor residences per floor. On the second, third and fourth floors, all the condos are corner units.

“Think of a rectangle, like a legal pad. Each corner is a spacious home, and there’s loads of light coming in from two directions,” said Donald W. Knutson, president of Knutson Cos., the builder. “From a design standpoint, corner residences are a great feature.”

Knutson continued: “If you’re moving down from a larger, single-family house, you have a sense of spaciousness. And because there are only 16 residences in each building, you get a boutique feel living here.”

Natural light: The door to furnished model residence A1, a one-bedroom unit with 749 square feet, opens into a U-shaped kitchen. The kitchen island has a sink, a dishwasher and three stools. On the other side of the island, there is the open-plan living-dining area. Four large windows fill the rear wall. The single bedroom is off the living room, and the bathroom has two doors, one from the bedroom and one from the living-dining area. (A virtual tour is available online.) Model residence C is a two-bedroom unit with 1,818 square feet. The entry door opens into the kitchen, in the middle of the unit. Beyond the kitchen island is the dining area and a balcony that can be reached through four sliding glass doors. A large living room, next to the dining room, is bright with natural light pouring in through four large windows.

An enclosed den is opposite the living area, and beyond the den, at one end of the unit, there is a short hallway with a laundry, a full bathroom and the smaller of the two bedrooms. The owner’s bedroom suite, with a private bathroom and a large walk-in closet, is on the opposite end, off the kitchen.

Knutson described the lifestyle offered at King Street Station as “single-level living close to a busy downtown,” and he said it “is in high demand and not readily available in Loudoun County.”

“As a result,” he said, “a lot of people are attracted. We run the gamut of age groups from younger folks to move-down buyers.”  Patti Lower, a King Street Station resident, also commented on the age range. “We’re in our 60s,” she said about herself and her husband, Ray. “There are people younger and older than us.”

The Lowers, among the first buyers, moved last month into a unit of about 1,800 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den. Downsizing from an 8,000-square-foot Georgian-style house they built 26 years ago in nearby Waterford, they were ready “to take the next leap,” she said. “It was time to simplify our living. We wanted a turnkey we could leave anytime.”

Lower said it is “exciting to have no maintenance. In a large home, you’re constantly taking care of something.”

She was also enthusiastic about the location. “We can walk to everything downtown,” she said. “I get my hair cut. My masseuse is there. The convenience we didn’t have in Waterford is right out our front door. We had privacy and great views, but we had to get in a car to go to shops.”

Nearby: Historic downtown, with its wide red-brick sidewalks and interesting architecture, is a popular destination. The town has shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries and breweries. (Coronavirus restrictions have affected those businesses recently, but the state is taking steps to ease them.) A popular tour site is the home of George C. Marshall (1880-1959), a distinguished American soldier and statesman.

The 45-mile W&OD trail is steps from the community. A short drive away are Rust Nature Sanctuary, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, Morven Park and AV Symington Aquatic Center.

Schools: Catoctin Elementary, Smart’s Mill Middle, Loudoun County High.

Transit: “You’re on the Greenway in a blink,” Patti Lower said. Besides the Dulles Greenway — which leads to the Dulles Toll Road and Interstate 66 on the way to the District — other nearby highways include Routes 7, 15 and 267.

Downtown Leesburg has plenty of parking for visitors.

King Street Station

4 Stationmaster St., Leesburg, Va.

There are 64 single-floor condos. About 65 percent are sold. The remainder are for sale at prices ranging from about $325,000 to $799,000.

Builder: The Knutson Cos.

Features: Five-inch hardwood flooring runs through the main living area, and Shaw carpet is installed in bedrooms and dens. Ceilings are 10-feet high. Kitchens have Whirlpool appliances, Kohler Simplice brushed-nickel faucets, granite counters and a microwave drawer. One-bedroom residences are assigned one outdoor parking space each; two-bedrooms have private garage and outdoor spaces. Neighborhood amenities include a plaza with pavilion, terraces and lawn.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2

Square footage: 749 to 1,818

Condominium association fees: $140 to $250 a month

View models: By appointment.

Contact: Deborah Condrey, Sales Director at 703-447-7544 or https://www.kingstreetstation.com

Avidian nearing completion in Navy Yard neighborhood

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.

Avidian

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.

Washington Post Steps Inside Pacifica

Condo Project Feels at Home Next to D.C. Historic District

By Audrey Hoffer

April 14, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. EDT

In the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington, a line runs down the middle of N Street marking the southern boundary of a D.C. historic district. Buildings on the north side of the street are protected by strict regulations governing demolition and exterior alterations. Those on the south side are not.

Pacifica, a newly built nine-unit condominium at 2122 N, between 21st and 22nd streets, is on the south side of the street. Nevertheless, J Street Cos. still had to satisfy local authorities and respond to angry neighborhood residents on its way to replacing a pair of aging rowhouses there with new construction.

“We explained that our intention was to create a structure much nicer than what existed,” said Bruce Baschuk, chairman of J Street. “The two townhouses weren’t attractive.”

The company turned to GTM Architects

“We were conscious of the appearance of the buildings across the street and the uniformity of the rowhouses,” said Molly Heffner, an associate at GTM. “We wanted to design a building that spoke to the historic fabric of the neighborhood.”

Wide bay windows facing N Street match those in nearby houses. At the same time, the window panes are arranged in a grid of modern slender, black metal frames. Other design elements strike a similar balance. “We designed a large cornice [decorative molding around the roofline] to make the building’s presence felt, while still allowing it to blend seamlessly with the rest of the street,” Heffner said.

Baschuk said the building had won over the opposition. “At the end of the project, the most vocal, negative individuals came up to me one-by-one to say they like it,” he said.

He also expressed confidence that the building will look good for a long time. “I told the [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] I anticipate in 30 to 40 years, they’ll designate this building because it will be worthy of historic protection,” he said. “ ‘You won’t want to tear it down,’ I predicted.”

On the inside, the model unit showcases a mix of finishes and design elements intended to make condo living feel like a single-family experience. “While many contemporary finishes were used and open concept living-dining-kitchen areas were created to appeal to today’s condo buyers,” Heffner said, “we also wanted the units to feel like single-family residences. We used a lot of trim work, with crown moldings and cased openings [framed openings without doors] to convey a sense of space and room designation.”

The entry to Unit 5 opens to a little hallway. The smaller of the two bedrooms is on one side and the master bedroom is on the left. An en suite bathroom is reached through one of two walk-in closets in the master bedroom suite.

own the hallway, the unit has another bathroom, a laundry closet and a double-door coat closet. Beyond the hallway is the open plan living space, facing N Street. The L-shaped kitchen faces the living room, and the dining room is around the corner. The living room has a stone-tile gas fireplace, which is standard in all units.

Off the dining room, there is a den with a double glass door. The space is suitable for a guest room, a nursery, a home office, a TV lounge or a dining-room extension for a large dinner party.

Nearby: The neighborhood has many restaurants and bars. There are grocery stores, drugstores, banks, liquor stores, shoe stores and museums. Inside the traffic circle, Dupont Circle has a park with a fountain that is surrounded by a wide walkway, benches, grass and trees.

Schools: Elementary and middle, School Without Walls; high, Cardozo Education Campus.

Transit: Dupont Circle is the heart of walkable Northwest Washington. Sidewalks are wide. Street parking for residents and visitors is plentiful. Bike lanes are pretty common. Dupont Circle Metro station on the Red line is two blocks from Pacifica to the north and the Farragut North Metro station, also on the Red line, is a few blocks in the other direction. Many major traffic corridors — including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut avenues — pass through the circle or run nearby.

Pacifica

2122 N St. NW, Washington

There are nine condominium units in the building. Three are sold. Six are for sale at prices ranging from $995,000 to $2.4 million.

Builder: J Street Cos.

Features: Each unit has a secure parking space. The units have nine-foot-high coffered ceilings and abundant closet space. Kitchens are outfitted with Viking appliances, including a 36-inch refrigerator, a 30-inch gas stove with a hood and a microwave drawer in the island. Counters and backsplash are Calacatta Vagli marble. Custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms have a glossy white lacquer finish, and faucets are by Waterworks. Bathroom floors and shower walls have Porcelanosa tiles. Kallista made the bathtubs and fixtures.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 2 to 4

Square footage: 1,200 to 2,100

Condominium association fee: About 60 cents per foot

View model: By appointment.

Contact: 202-350-2802 or thepacificalivingdc.com

Urban Turf Highlights McWilliams|Ballard’s Virtual Shift Post-COVID

By Nena Perry-Brown | March 30th, 2020

Post-COVID data clearly demonstrates a drop in showings of active real estate listings in the DC area, but part of that drop is intentional as brokerages in the region adapt to physical distancing recommendations.

“We are following CDC guidelines,” TTR Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Mark Lowham explained to UrbanTurf. “We have stopped open houses and now offer houses open by FaceTime tour or by appointment only. Our brokerage administrative staff is operating from home. We have asked our associates to use our offices only by appointment so that the brokerage manager can be on-site to ensure the office is cleaned before and after any visit.”

Lowham wrote a blog post last week about how the DC-area market could shift in response to the pandemic. “We continue to monitor everything in real time, and we expect to make further revisions to our operating policies in the days and weeks ahead.”

Things are operating similarly at Compass. Principal broker Holly Worthington shared that Compass employees have been working from home for two weeks and that the brokerage is holding daily calls with agents to check in and compare notes. Agents have also stopped holding open houses, and while unoccupied properties can be shown (with sanitizer and soap at hand), Compass is recommending that no in-person showings be conducted of occupied properties.

“Our biggest focus is on keeping our agents and our clients healthy by holding virtual meetings and showings,” Worthington shared. The virtual tour option has become such a point of emphasis that, twice per week, agents upload virtual tours they take to a spreadsheet where the videos are shared among smaller groups to compare feedback on condition and pricing.

“This is especially helpful in this market since things are changing day by day,” Worthington explains. “Properties are still selling, but we expect that to slow down significantly if we are asked to shelter in place.”

McWilliams|Ballard Vice President Robbie Cook shares the outlook that there are still home purchases to be made.

“Based on our traffic and sales data from last week and weekend, we know that there are still buyers in the Washington, DC market, so we’re working on ways to make sure potential prospects are engaged, even if they’re stuck inside their homes.”

One-on-one tours are available at each of the McWilliams|Ballard’s active projects, and each also has a tour option that uses software to virtually walk prospective buyers through the units. The brokerage also just unrolled a “Virtual Open House” that uses video conferencing, allowing agents to accept walk-in tours similarly to how they would be conducted in person. A unit sold yesterday solely with a virtual walk-through.

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