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Himitsu Co-Owner to Bring New Restaurant to Frager’s Redevelopment

Himitsu Co-Owner to Bring New Restaurant to Frager’s Redevelopment

September 17, 2018 by Nena Perry-Brown

Rendering of Penn 11

Capitol Hill’s restaurant scene is making room for one more.

Last week, Barred in DC broke the news that Kevin Tien, executive chef/co-owner of DC’s much-lauded Himitsu, is opening a new restaurant on the ground floor of the Penn Eleven condo development on Capitol Hill.

Emilie, as the new restaurant will be called, will focus on seasonal and local cuisine and will have a menu that changes daily. Diners can order small plates, pasta, entrees and desserts à la carte from the menu, and up to 10 small plates will also be circulated through the dining room and served tableside. Washingtonian reports that the restaurant is a partnership with Sam Shoja, who owns the local branches of Jinya Ramen Bar. Perseus Realty, Westbrook Partners and Javelin 19 Investments are the development partners on Penn Eleven.

“The addition of Kevin’s restaurant to Penn Eleven speaks to the impact of the surrounding community,” president and CEO of Perseus Robert Cohen said in a statement. “We are delighted to welcome such a talent to our space and know that his food will inspire the hearts and souls of not only our residents, but also the community for years to come.”

“I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter at Penn Eleven,” Tien said in a statement.

Himitsu was one of on Appetit’s Best New Restaurants last year. Penn Eleven is a 34-residences condominium development located at the former Frager’s Hardware site at 1101-1117 Pennsylvania Avenue SE (map) that is expected to deliver early next year.

Priced from the Mid $200’s, Arlington’s Trafalgar Flats is Going Fast

May 1st, 2018 – by Urban Turf 

Trafalgar Flats’ Interior rendering.

Trafalgar Flats, a new 78-unit condominium project with a convenient location just a short commute from downtown DC, is the fastest selling condominium community in Arlington. The property, with prices starting in the $200,000s, is now 25% sold out.

With move-ins slated for late summer, buyers can now take advantage of competitive construction pricing and a closing cost credit at Trafalgar Flats.

Homes at Trafalgar Flats come with a range of finishes including quartz countertops, cabinetry with soft-close doors, stainless steel appliances and expansive windows allowing natural light to flood in. Buyers will be able to enjoy a wide range of amenities such as an outdoor plaza with lounge seating and fire pit, bike storage, an expansive clubroom and a fitness center. Additionally, over 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail will be filled with retailers aimed at making life at Trafalgar Flats as easy as possible.

Trafalgar Flats is a walkable community located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Buchanan Street (map), just one block from Four Mile Run Park; two blocks from the future Columbia Pike Village Center anchored by Harris Teeter; and 1.5 miles from Penrose Square.

Every home at Trafalgar Flats features secure underground parking, and several types of public transportation can be found nearby: a stop for the Columbia Pike bus line is located across the street and the Ballston Metro Station is about two miles away.

Trafalgar Flats’ fitness center.

Trafalgar Flats includes junior one bedrooms to two bedroom condos priced from the mid $200s to the low $500s, and sales are by McWilliams|Ballard. Schedule an appointment for a hardhat tour and see Trafalgar Flats’ quality finishes in person.

For more information, visit Trafalgar Flats online here; call 703-997-5259; or click “Contact” at the top right of the homepage.

Washington Post Steps Inside Chapman Stables

A onetime home for horses in Northwest Washington will have 114 condos in place of stalls

April 3 at 6:30 AM

At Chapman Stables, a 114-unit condo building in Northwest Washington, condominiums are priced from the low $300,000s to $1,034,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

For more than 100 years, the building at 57 N St. NW in the District has been home to a wide variety of tenants, including horses, cars, hot dog carts, art studios and antiques.

Now, the Truxton Circle building is undergoing a transformation into Chapman Stables, a 114-unit condo building that gives a nod to its past while looking to the future.

When we looked at the building, it had been vacant for a few years and had empty lots behind it, says John Sunter with Four Points in Washington, the developer of Chapman Stables. We had this vision of bringing life and pedestrian activity to all sides of the building, not just N Street.

A restaurant to be named Republic Cantina will be at one end of the building, with a glass wall and a patio. Across the front of the building, the sidewalk will be extended from the rowhouses on either side of the condo building. The back of the building has been designed with another pedestrian entrance to the building from Hanover Place.

We took clues from Blagden Alley in Shaw and realized that Hanover Place is wide enough to become an active pedestrian area, Sunter said. Were extending the sidewalk and planting trees on the street along Hanover Place.

The neighborhood and architectural elements of Chapman Stables drew the attention of Jerry Lin, a buyer at the new condo.

Id been looking off-and-on for a while since Ive outgrown my studio in Foggy Bottom, and my boyfriend will be moving here from New York soon, Lin said. I was looking at older buildings because I liked the idea of renovating a place, but when I saw Chapman Stables, I could see that it had lots of historic character.

Lin looked at renderings and took a hard-hat tour before choosing his condo. Historic building: Four Points hired Studio 27 Architects to renovate and convert the stables, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into condos and to design an attached modern building. The Chapman Coal Co., built in 1906, included a coal yard and an office, in addition to stables for the horses that delivered the coal, Sunter said. Chapman later converted the space to the first commercial garage in the city. Although the most recent use of the building was as a warehouse for the Brass Knob antiques store, the building still has original industrial elements from its earlier iterations, such as a three-story car lift apparatus in the lobby and 100-year-old brick walls with the etching of arched horse windows still visible.

We wanted to keep the historical touchpoints that show the adaptive reuse of both a stable and a garage, Sunter said.

hapman Stables is a horseshoe-shaped building that surrounds a central courtyard, which will have trees and a trough-like fountain at one end.

The green of the courtyard will be visible from numerous parts of the building and will be the first thing people see when they step through the front door and look through a two-story glass wall on the other side of the lobby, Sunter said.

A rooftop pavilion with a kitchen, dining and seating areas will have views of the top of the Capitol building and the Washington Monument, as well as the city skyline through walls of glass. Outside the pavilion will be a rooftop terrace with a gas grill.

In addition to those two main areas, the building will have seating in the lobby and a club room on the main level adjacent to the retail space. Republic Cantina, a Tex-Mex restaurant, will open in that space.


The sleek, linear kitchen has two-tone glossy cabinets along one wall and opens into an open living and dining area. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Industrial chic: The condos, priced from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million, include a majority of smaller units, Sunter said.

We think our customers will appreciate living in an urban environment and will spend more time in the city than at home, Sunter said. We designed some larger units, too, though.

About 25 percent of the condos are sold, even as the building is still under construction.

The condos in the historic building include elements of the steel beams and pipes that Sunter said are like art pieces in the midst of the units, as well as original brick walls. Reclaimed bricks were used to build exposed brick walls in the hallways of the new building.

A handful of loft units, constructed on top of the original stable building but invisible from N Street, include an open main level for living and dining and an upper-level master bedroom with a cathedral ceiling and access to a private terrace overlooking the courtyard.

Lin chose a unit in the new building with a patio facing the courtyard because he enjoys the quiet of the courtyard at his current condo in Foggy Bottom.

Several lower-level units in the new building will have private patios carved out of the courtyard; units at the back of the new building on the lower level will have private patios facing Hanover Place. Some of the upper-level units in the new building have terraces and some are also two-level units with a spiral staircase to the bedroom level.

Unit 106 has 780 square feet and is priced at $499,900. This condo has a sleek, linear kitchen with two-tone glossy cabinets along one wall and opens into an open living and dining area. The kitchen will include a mobile island that residents can use to create an L-shaped kitchen, extend the galley kitchen or move to the dining area for tableside guacamole, Sunter said.


The condos have barn doors, transom windows, 9- to 11-foot-high ceilings and hardwood flooring. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Each unit will include an architectural element with dramatic barn siding that opens to reveal a closet and mechanical equipment, an element that Sunter refers to as a little bit of country in the city. A transom window above the adjacent bedroom is revealed when the barn door to the room slides shut. This unit in the historic building includes an exposed brick wall and a large rusted steel beam adjacent to the kitchen. The condo includes a large walk-in closet with a stacked washer and dryer and porcelain hexagon-patterned flooring in the bathroom, which has a glass-enclosed shower, a floating vanity and a wall-mounted toilet for a modern look.

One of the two-bathroom condos has a combination tub and shower in one.

The largest model, Unit 525, has 1,382 square feet and is priced at $1,034,900. This two-level unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open kitchen, and a living and dining area on the lower level. A spiral staircase leads to a bedroom and bathroom with an adjacent private roof terrace.

The building will have a concierge, a mailroom with package services and storage units.

One thing I also like about Chapman Stables is that its a pet-friendly building, and my boyfriend and I plan to get a greyhound after we move in, Lin said.

Whats nearby: Sunter calls Truxton Circle the hole in the doughnut of development in surrounding areas, including City Center to the south, Shaw to the west, Bloomingdale to the north and NoMa to the east. Residents can walk to a Harris Teeter and a soon-to-open Trader Joes, as well as Union Kitchen grocery, along with numerous coffee shops and restaurants such as Big Bear Cafe, Catania Bakery, the Wydown Coffeehouse, the Pub and the People, and Union Square Cafe.

Schools: Walker-Jones Education Campus, Dunbar High School.

Transit: Residents are less than one mile from the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station for Red Line service and the Mount Vernon Square/Seventh Street/Convention Center Metro station for Green and Yellow line service. Several bus routes also serve the neighborhood.

Chapman Stables

57 N St. NW, Washington

The condominiums are priced from the low $300,000s to $1,034,900.

Builder: Four Points

Features: The condos have barn doors, transom windows, 9- to 11-foot-high ceilings, hardwood flooring, sleek kitchens with high-gloss lacquered cabinets, Silestone counters, stainless-steel appliances, movable center islands, a stacked washer and dryer, energy-efficient windows and Nest programmable thermostats. Some units have private outdoor space. Parking in the underground garage costs $40,000 for a standard space and $50,000 for a full-size space.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 0 to 3 / 1 to 3

Square footage: About 450 to 1,382

Condominium association fees: $233 to $789 per month

View models: Open by appointment.

Contact: Valerie Grange, a sales manager with McWilliams|Ballard, at 202-309-1964, or visit chapmanstables.com.

A Look Inside Baluster by The Washingtonian

Look Inside: These $3 Million Capitol Hill Rowhouses Are Designed To Be Residences or Offices.

Written by Marisha M. Kashino | Published on March 27, 2018

Look Inside: These
Five 19th century rowhouses on Capitol Hill’s Stanton Park are getting converted into residences that can double as office space. Photos courtesy of Petra Development.

Some Capitol Hill residents have fought against lobbying firms and other businesses that seek to turn Capitol Hill rowhouses into commercial space. But Petra Development president Rashid Salem says that wasnt an issue with the five 19th century houses hes renovating into buildings that can be used as single-family homes, offices, or a combination of both. The historic rowhouses, which sit along the C Street, NE border of Stanton Park, were already zoned for both commercial and residential use when he bought them, and had been used as offices for decades. Harry Reids call center was run out of our carriage house, says Salem.

The first of the five rowhouses is done, with the other four finishing in phases throughout the spring. They start at $2,995,000. The one thats completed, at 418 C Street, is 4,800 square feet and comes with the two-level carriage house in back. Its listed for $3,595,000.

All of the houses have five bedrooms that can work for a family, or as executive housing or additional office space. The basement levels have enough room for six or seven cubicles. Theyre outfitted with kitchenettes that can work as office kitchens. (The basements could also become in-law suites if a buyer wants to keep the house purely residential.)

Salem says hes confident that the somewhat unusual concept will attract buyers. He notes that two similar rowhouses nearby sold a few years ago to lobbying firms. Well see how it goes, but I strongly feel that the offering, considering the location, the old style architecture, and what weve done on the interiors could be really enticing, he says.

Heres a look inside 418 C Street.


Front entry.

Living room.

The main floor kitchen and dining area could work for a family, or as communal space for executive housing.

The kitchens include Italian-made cabinetry by Binova.

Dining space, next to the historic staircase.

Six or seven cubicles can fit on the lower level, which was designed to be used either as office space or an in-law suite.

A kitchenette on the lower level can serve as an office kitchen.

A den on an upper floor.

Master bathroom.

Master bedroom.

Another bedroom.

Roof deck.

Rooftop view of Stanton Park.

The Haven at National Harbor Experiences Rapid Sales in First Two Months

March 22, 2018 by Urban Turf Sponsor

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National Harbor’s newest condominium development, The Haven, launched sales just two months ago and has already sold more than 50 of the project’s condominiums.

The Haven offers a variety of one, two and three-bedroom residences, including six two-level loft units, with first-class finishes, oversized windows, and secure underground parking. Many of it’s residences also include unparalleled views of the Potomac River and the Washington Monument.

For The Haven, developer Peterson Companies looked to its last ten years of award-winning home building experience at National Harbor to design flawless and efficient modern condominiums. When it delivers this summer, the property will be National Harbor’s newest condominium development in a decade.

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A model home at The Haven.

Living at National Harbor provides easy access to downtown DC and Old Town Alexandria. National Harbor is also a popular destination for shopping with more than 160 retailers including those at Tanger Outlets, water activities like kayaking or paddle boarding, concert going, dining or a night out at the brand-new MGM Resort and Casino. The Haven features over 15,000 square feet of on-site amenities including two landscaped court yards with a resort-style pool, club room, fitness center with adjoining yoga room, pet spa and personal bike storage.

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A rendering of the resort-style pool at The Haven.

Homes at The Haven start in the mid $200,000s. To tour the property’s one-bedroom model home or for more information, visit the Haven website today.

D.C. condos offer luxury galore, but the neighborhood is the main amenity

 March 20 at 6:30 AM

The Elysium in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington is a 32-unit condo building, about half of which are sold. The remaining condos are priced from $1,299,900 to $2,999,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The preference for walkability among every age group has led to an explosion of development in urban areas and the creation of mini-cities in the suburbs, so residents can replicate the experience of living near restaurants and work.

Among the most sought-after walkable parts of the District is Logan Circle, where residents can take their pick of enjoying the park, a play, a casual meal, an elegant dining experience or picking up groceries on the way home from work.

The neighborhood is what first drew Holly Maine, director for Mid-Atlantic sales for Spotify, to buy a condo at Elysium Logan at 1427 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

“I was living in a small condo near Shaw, but I wanted to be in a neighborhood that was more walkable and central,” Maine says. “I can walk to work and to almost everything, plus I can use buses and Uber or walk to the Dupont Metro station.”

Elysium Logan’s 32 condos, which range from under $500,000 for a one-bedroom unit to about $3 million for a duplex penthouse, are already nearly half-sold, with just 12 units left.

“This is the most high-end luxury building we’ve built so far,” says Barry Madani, co-founder of Madison Investments. “No expense was spared, because we know how much people want to live in this location.”

Peace and privacy: Details such as triple-pane windows and thick concrete between floors keep the condos quiet, and a private elevator for the front-facing units adds a touch of prestige for those condos.

“The two-bedroom units are large, with 1,400 to 1,900 square feet, plus the penthouses have 2,000 to 2,400 square feet,” Madani said. “We designed those to appeal to downsizing empty-nesters or to high-net-worth individuals. But we also designed half the building with one-bedrooms with 550 to 750 square feet, so there’s a mix of units.”

The main amenity for residents is the neighborhood, Madani said. The building has a front desk and concierge services.

Elysium Logan fills a former vacant lot and was designed by PGN Architects, with interiors by Akseizer Design Group. The condos facing Rhode Island Avenue have balconies and bay windows; the interior units, particularly on the lower levels, view adjacent buildings.

Although the two-bedroom units have balconies, the building doesn’t have a communal roof deck. Maine said she didn’t use the roof deck at her previous condo, so she doesn’t miss it now.

“I knew I wanted new construction and a larger, but not huge building,” Maine said. “Elysium also appealed to me because it’s very modern, and the unit has a neutral palette that you can leave as is or personalize.”


The kitchen has quartz counters, high-end stainless-steel appliances from Thermador and Bosch and cabinets from Poggenpohl. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Bay windows: The units get larger on higher floors, with just four condos per floor on the second-through-sixth levels and three units on the penthouse level.

Unit 301, a two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo that faces Rhode Island Avenue, can be reached via a private elevator directly into the foyer or from the building’s regular elevator and hallway. The unit is priced at $1,849,900, with a condo fee of $907. The 1,800-square-foot condo features a dramatically open kitchen, den, living area and dining area, each of which is somewhat defined by bay windows in between the regular floor-to-ceiling windows.

Half-height windows on the bays can be opened; the other windows cannot. This unit has a coat closet next to the front door, a powder room for guests and a full-size laundry room with space for adding shelving for extra storage.

The master bedroom has two walk-in closets and a large bathroom with an oversize shower, a double-sink vanity and a free-standing soaking tub. The second bedroom has a double-door closet and a private balcony.

Unit 304, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo priced at $1,409,900, with a monthly condo fee of $755, has a coat closet and a laundry room, with a closet near the front door. Across one end of this 1,500-square-foot unit is an open space that includes the kitchen, a study, a living area and a dining area with a balcony. The master bedroom in this condo includes two walk-in closets and a large bathroom with a free-standing soaking tub, a double-sink vanity and a glass-enclosed shower. The second bedroom has a door to the second bathroom, which is also accessible from the hallway. The bedroom has two pocket doors connected to the living area and a walk-in closet.


Many units have a full-size laundry room, and the two-bedroom units have balconies. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Penthouse 801, a two-bedroom, 2,300-squre-foot condo with two full bathrooms and two powder rooms, is priced at $2,999,900, with a monthly condo fee of $1,209. Although this unit is similar on the main level to Unit 301, its main living area is narrower because it includes two balconies on the front, in addition to the balcony off the second bedroom. A staircase behind the kitchen leads to the upper level, which has an open family room, a built-in wet bar, a powder room, and access to a roof deck with a view of the Washington Monument and the city skyline.

The building has eight parking spaces, three of which are reserved for the penthouse purchasers.

What’s nearby: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods grocery stores are close, along with the Studio Theatre, the Source Theatre, the Black Cat and Vegas Lounge music venues, and numerous restaurants to match every taste: tapas at Estadio and Barcelona, seafood at Pearl Dive Oyster Place, French food at Le Diplomate, pork-centric meals at the Pig, Belgian food at B Too, and Italian food at Ghibellina, Lupo Verde and Etto’s. Residents can walk to Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and U Street for more restaurants and shops.

Schools: Ross Elementary, School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens, Cardozo High.

Transit: The neighborhood is served by numerous bus routes. Six Metro stations are within one mile: Dupont Circle, Farragut West, Farragut North, McPherson Square, Shaw and U Street.


“This is the most high-end luxury building we’ve built so far,” says Barry Madani, co-founder of Madison Investments. “No expense was spared, because we know how much people want to live in this location.” (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Elysium Logan

1427 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington

The remaining condos are priced from $1,299,900 to $2,999,900.

Builder: Madison Investments

Features: The condos have open floor plans with hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling triple-pane windows, quartz counters, high-end stainless-steel appliances from Thermador and Bosch, cabinets from Poggenpohl, walk-in closets, free-standing soaking tubs in the master bathroom, glass-enclosed showers, backlighted vanity mirrors and floating vanities. Many units have a full-size laundry room, and the two-bedroom units have balconies. Some units have semi-private elevator access.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 to 4

Square footage: About 550 to 2,300

Condominium association fees: $755 to $1,209 per month for the remaining units

View models: Open by appointment.

Contact: Kurt Rieschick, Vice President of McWilliams|Ballard, at 202-415-3446; or visit elysiumlogan.com.

Canopy By Hilton Opens in Pike & Rose

Published: 
By Bethesda Beat Staff

Canopy in August, while some construction was still underway.

Canopy in August, while some construction was still underway.

JOE ZIMMERMANN

Canopy by Hilton, a 177-room hotel in Pike & Rose, opened Thursday, according to Federal Realty, which manages the North Bethesda development of stores, restaurants and residences.

The hotel is part of an upscale brand run by multinational hospitality giant Hilton. It features 12 suites and 34 queen rooms, and bedrooms include open-concept closets, 55-inch TVs and Nespresso machines.

Canopy, which sits on Rose Avenue, also has 7,700-square-feet of event space and serves food from local farms and beer from local breweries including 7 Locks Brewing in Rockville, Waredaca Brewing in Gaithersburg and Jailbreak Brewing in Rockville.

It’s estimated to accommodate 65,000 guests annually, hotel officials said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last March. Residents started moving into 930 Rose, the condos directly above Canopy, this month as well. A number of retail businesses and restaurants are expected to open in the North Bethesda development this year, including a Nando’s Peri-Peri and Taylor Gourmet beneath Canopy.

Real Estate Condos offer a mix of floor plans to appeal to those moving up and moving down

The Enclave in Fairfax City, Va., has 80 condominium units in two buildings. Sixty-four are sold. Sixteen are for sale and immediate occupancy. The units range from $447,000 to $637,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
On 3½ acres along Pickett Road in the city of Fairfax, two four-story condominium buildings over two concrete garages are filling up.

A mix of 80 one- to three-bedroom units — some with dens — and nearly a dozen floor plans is attractive to move-up or first-time buyers, which comprise about a third of the sales, and to the “move-down,” or downsizing, market, which is strong, said Patrick J. Rhodes Jr., vice president and senior project manager at the IDI Group Cos., the builder. McWilliams Ballard is handling sales.

IDI, owned by the Cecchi family, has been in business 42 years and is renowned for development of Leisure World. “We know what the active-adult community likes and offer a lifestyle change that’s comfortable and affordable,” Rhodes said.

“We’ve taken the suggestions purchasers have given us over the years to make a home work for them and incorporated them into our designs and floor plans,” he said.

The Enclave embodies those structural and design elements. For example, features include an open floor plan with kitchen, living and dining rooms forming the core living area; large windows; a master bedroom situated apart from the other rooms for maximum privacy; and abundant storage space inside and outside the unit.

“I wake up every day and am happy I’m here,” Hall said.

Bruce and Connie Lauther also moved in January from a house they’d lived in for 34 years. “We noticed a sign for condos going up in mid-2016 and zipped right in,” Connie Lauther said.

“We’re ‘right-sizers,’ ” she said. “We came from a three-level house and had to get rid of a lot of stuff, but didn’t mind because the rooms here are spacious and we’re very comfortable.”

Walking through the glass entry door into the lobby is pleasant because it’s as though you’ve entered someone’s living room. There’s a couch, side chair, coffee table and glossy, dark-blue wall bookcases.

Straight ahead, through glass doors, is the Club Room, with seating areas for small groups around square game tables, on high stools along a bar top and on side chairs. Residents can rent the room for private parties. The Lauthers play bridge and look forward to inviting their club members. A fitness room is inside.

A fire pit and barbecue patio will be built. “We’ve created an outside environment because we know our residents like to be active,” Rhodes said.

The kitchen is outfitted with stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, an island that’s 11 feet at the longer end and an oversize single-bowl sink. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Nearby: “The location is a wow for every need and age,” Bruce Lauther said. He said he’s happy that George Mason University, the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College and the county recreation facilities at Oak Marr RECenter are close, and the greenery of the Army-Navy Club is within a mile. He applauds the Fairfax Regional Library and historic downtown Fairfax, with its restaurants, visitors center and museum.

Shopping: Fair City Mall has 40 stores, dining establishments and commercial venues, including Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Best Buy, a cinema, beauty salons, a tailor, a dental office and clothing shops. Trader Joe’s and Wegmans are in Fairfax. The Mosaic District is less than two miles away and is a shopping and entertainment destination for locals and visitors — especially with the Angelika Film Center, which offers indie movies.

Schools: Daniels Run Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High.

Transit: The community is about 20 miles from the District and minutes from downtown Fairfax. It’s south of Interstate 66 at Exit 64 and south of Virginia Routes 50 and 29/Lee Highway. The closest Metro station, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU on the Orange Line, is about a mile away on the CUE bus route, which “takes you within four-to-five easy walking blocks of anywhere you might wish to go within the city of Fairfax,” Bruce Lauther said. A bus stop is steps from the Enclave buildings. The MetroBus 29N route connects with the King Street-Old Town Metro station on the Blue and Yellow lines in Alexandria and with Alexandria Union Station on Amtrak.

The master bedroom is situated apart from the other rooms for maximum privacy. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The Enclave
9450 Silver King Ct., Fairfax City, Va.

There are 80 condominium units in two buildings. Sixty-four are sold. Sixteen are for sale and immediate occupancy. The units range from $447,000 to $637,900.

Builder: IDI Group Cos.

Features: The ceiling height is nine feet. Engineered hardwood floors are in the main living area. The kitchen is outfitted with Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, an island that’s 11 feet at the longer end and an oversize single-bowl sink. There are ceramic tiles in the bathrooms. Units have an inside utilities room, which can be controlled by the owner. A stacked washer and dryer are in a closet. No-cost storage facilities down the hall are available for each unit. One garage space can be purchased for $20,000.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 2

Square footage: 1,178 to 1,501

Condominium association fee: $409.30 to $521.24 per month.

View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: Andria Garbis at 703-865-0125 or theenclavefairfax.com.

Washington Post Discovers The Luxury Townhomes Of Heritage Row

A lack of parking led to the building of Capitol Hill luxury townhouses
 February 20

The townhouses at Heritage Row on Capitol Hill are priced from $2.4 million to $2.7 million. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Parking can be a chronic complaint, particularly in crowded neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, but the solution to a parking crunch rarely results in the development of upscale housing. But in the case of the six luxury-level townhouses at Heritage Row, it was the need for a parking garage for employees and visitors to the Heritage Foundation think tank that drove the development.

“An affiliate of the Heritage Foundation asked us to develop a parking garage, and a residential component was needed to get rezoning approval,” says Steve Kay, co-owner of Encore Development in Bethesda, developers of Heritage Row, 428 Third St. NE. “We’re bullish on the location, within blocks of the Capitol building, congressional offices, lobbyist and government offices, as well as Union Station and tons of restaurants.”

The unusual arrangement resulted in a parking garage for Heritage that includes six private one-car “garage-within-a-garage” units, each with an attached storage and trash closet and a direct entrance into a townhouse. Encore Development previously built Alban Row in Cathedral Heights and Wormley Row in Georgetown, each upscale townhouse developments with attached parking. At Heritage Row, the company purchased the air rights above the parking garage to be able to build the townhouses.

“Our goal is that people will see these townhouses and think they are beautifully restored, 100-year-old townhouses, at least from the outside,” Kay said. “Across the street from Heritage Row are historic townhouses, so we wanted to respect that style.”

“I’d seen the work Steve Kay did at Wormley Row and told him I would buy one of his houses if he built one on Capitol Hill,” Della Ratta said. “Quality workmanship is extremely important to me and I know that they wouldn’t skimp on anything.”

Cunningham and Quill Architects designed facades to evoke the history of Capitol Hill, while adding a slightly more contemporary style to the interiors.

“There’s light and openness from the front to the back of the townhouses, but we also added some definition to the rooms with a two-sided fireplace,” Kay said. “You get three distinct areas on the main level but with plenty of light and space.”

The crown moldings and architectural moldings along the stairwell are traditional features of Capitol Hill rowhouses but have been installed here with cleaner, more modern lines, said Chris Masters, executive vice president of McWilliams Ballard.

Although people who work on Capitol Hill might love the location, the $2.4 million to $2.7 million price tag for these homes limits the pool of buyers who can afford them.


The kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets and quartz counters and a quartz backsplash that resemble marble. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Nine-foot-tall windows: Two of the six townhouses have been sold. The model home at 428 Third St. NE, priced at $2.45 million, has 3,672 square feet.

The main level includes a front living area with a box bay window, a central dining room with a built-in bar, and a rear kitchen with nine-foot-tall windows and French doors that open onto the terrace. Each of the townhouses has sanded-in-place wide-plank hardwood flooring, 10-foot-high ceilings on the main level, and built-in bookcases and cabinets in the entry foyer, around the fireplace and in the dining room.

The kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets and quartz counters and a quartz backsplash that resemble marble. It has an induction range, a wall oven, a dishwasher, a wine refrigerator, a French-door refrigerator and a pull-out pantry, as well as a breakfast area and space at the island for a breakfast bar.

Buyers can furnish the breakfast area as a sitting area and switch the functions of the living and dining areas, if they prefer.

Each townhouse has French doors that open onto a deck of Ipe wood with a few steps down to a terrace of bluestone slate. The terraces are each built on a pedestal, so that ice and snow melt and drain. The terraces have raised brick garden beds, electricity and gas hookups.


Amenities for the townhouses include terraces and a private elevator that connects the garage level with all three above-ground levels. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Custom closets: Inside, the second-level master bedroom overlooks the terrace and includes two walk-in closets. Each buyer will receive a $15,000 credit to customize their closets. The master bathroom includes an air-jet tub, an oversize shower and Calacatta marble flooring.

The second level also has a guest bedroom with a double-door closet and a private bathroom with a shower. The third level includes two more bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower. The front bedrooms on the second and third floor have a box bay window. The upper level also has a laundry and mechanical room.

Amenities for the townhouses include terraces and a private elevator that connects the garage level with all three above-ground levels.

“We like the idea that if someone wants to, they can go directly from their garage to their bedroom level,” Kay said.

What’s nearby: Heritage Row residents can walk to numerous Capitol Hill landmarks, including the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Folger Library and congressional office buildings. Coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants and stores are also within walking distance. They include the Monocle, Charlie Palmer Steak, the Big Board, 201 Bar & Lounge, Bar Elen, Bistro Cacao, Cafe Berlin and Romeo & Juliet. Residents can also walk to Union Station for multiple transportation options to other parts of the District.

Schools: Watkins and Peabody Elementary, Stuart-Hobson Middle, Eastern High.

Transit: The development is walking distance to Union Station for Metro Red line service, Marc, VRE and Amtrak service. The area is served by numerous Metrobuses and the DC Circulator. It is less than one mile to the Capitol South Metro station for Blue, Orange and Silver line service.


The building has six private one-car “garage-within-a-garage” units, each with an attached storage and trash closet and a direct entrance into a townhouse. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Heritage Row

428 Third St. NE, Washington

The townhouses are priced from $2.4 million to $2.7 million.

Builder: Encore Development

Features: The townhouses have traditional brick exteriors, private terraces and a one-car garage. Inside, each has 10-foot-high ceilings, wide-plank hardwood flooring, solid wood doors, built-in bookshelves and cabinets, modern crown moldings, a two-sided fireplace with a limestone surround and a contemporary wood mantel. They also have an elevator, digital wiring, a jetted tub and separate shower in the master bathroom and upgraded stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, which has a quartz counter and backsplash that resembles marble.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 4 or 5

Square footage: About 3,642 to 3,902

Homeowner association fees: $295 per month

View models: By appointment.

Contact: Chris Masters, executive vice president of McWilliams Ballard at 202-360-2426, or visit heritagerowdc.com .

Peterson Opens Maryland Condos, The Haven

Haven at National Harbor in Prince George’s County includes concierge services, a fitness center and yoga studio, and a lounge.

by D.C. Stribling | Feb 22, 2018

Peterson Cos. has opened the Haven at National Harbor, its condo development in National Harbor along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. The Haven is the first condo project built at the mixed-use National Harbor in 10 years, and the developer has already sold 30 of its 248 units before the official opening the sales office.

The development will be completed this summer. Residences range from one- to three-bedroom units, with prices starting in the mid-$200s and reaching the mid-$600s. McWilliams Ballard is handling the sales and marketing of the building. Since Peterson Cos. first announced the project, more than 1,800 people have expressed interest.

“We’re not surprised at the level of interest in the Haven,” said Chris Ballard, principal of McWilliams Ballard. “There are not any places in the region where you can buy a new condominium in the mid-$200,000s.”

THE HAVEN, STOCKED WITH AMENITIES

Each condo comes with underground parking and access to various amenities, including concierge services, a fitness center and yoga studio that opens onto a courtyard, and a lounge and communal gathering spaces. The property’s clubroom has an open kitchen, lounge seating, flat screens and a billiards table, and Wi-Fi is available in all common areas and at a cyber lounge.

The outdoor pool features a patio and private cabanas. The property also sports outdoor lounge seating with firepits, year-round lawn games, an outdoor kitchen, private bike storage, a pet spa and grooming station, and landscaped courtyards.

National Harbor is an extensive development. It currently has more than 40 restaurants; 160 shops, including Tanger Outlets; seven hotels, including the MGM National Harbor casino; and two of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest spas, according to Peterson Cos. senior vice president of residential Stuart Prince. “The Haven’s residents will join the 2,000 current residents to the community that National Harbor has created,” he said.

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