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The Townhomes At Buchanan Park On Capitol Hill Sells Out First Phase

CHEVY CHASE, Md., Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FCPSM and Insight Property Group (Insight) have sold out the first phase of the 32 homes that make up The Townhomes at Buchanan Park, tapping into strong demand for new and unique homes in one of Washington, DC’s most iconic neighborhoods. The first 11 homes delivered in June of 2017 have been sold. Another 12 homes were released for sale in the fall of 2017 and are now 75% sold. The last 9 homes of the initial phase will be released for sale next month and will be delivered in April 2018 with an average listed price of $1.35 million. The 3 and 4-bedroom townhomes feature all brick exteriors, high ceilings, oversized windows, rooftop terraces, Juliet balconies, Bosch® appliances, designer finishes and an attached garage.

A final phase of nine townhomes called The Founders’ Collection at Buchanan Park, will be released for sale next month and deliver in July 2018. These larger four bedroom, four and a half bath homes will feature ten-foot ceilings, elevator, fireplace, Bertazzoni appliances, sand-in-place white oak floors, a rooftop terrace, laundry room, mudroom, French doors opening onto bluestone patios and backyards, and dedicated parking. Pricing will begin at $1.875 million.

Buchanan Park is a luxurious, distinctive community on Capitol Hill that includes 41 townhomes and 41 recently delivered condominiums in the renovated historic Buchanan School building at the heart of the community. The Buchanan School condominiums are now 75% sold and were built by Ditto Residential.

The master planned community, located at 13th & D Streets SE, sits on the grounds of the former Buchanan School and honors the historic fabric of Capitol Hill by seamlessly blending the old and new. Public green spaces welcome surrounding neighbors and link Buchanan Park to the thriving Hill East community. The Central Green features a generous lawn area for picnics, children’s play, evening strolls and benches perfect for unwinding. Guetler Way pays homage to the original alley, Guethler Court, that existed onsite during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the myriad alley spaces found on Capitol Hill. It entices and delights neighbors with flower boxes, plantings, distinctive lighting and refined brick and cobblestone paving.

Residents of Buchanan Park enjoy one of the most convenient and cherished locations in Washington, DC, just several blocks from the Eastern Market and the Potomac Avenue Metro stations and steps from the retail and restaurants of Barrack’s Row and Capitol Hill. Conveniences are at the doorstep of the community with grocery stores, Frager’s Hardware, the newly renovated Watkins School, and coffee shops all within a short stroll. One mile to the south – walking past Barrack’s Row and the beautiful Marine Barracks grounds or a quick Uber ride – are Nationals Park and the waterfront entertainment areas.

In addition, this quadrant of Capitol Hill neighborhood is seeing significant growth and investment. Several new residential projects are occurring within a block and a half of Buchanan Park, including Insight’s development of the 145-unit boutique Lockwood Apartments, the redevelopment of the Safeway into apartments and a new Safeway grocery store, Ditto/OPaL’s Watkin’s Alley 44-unit condominium project, the Fragers Hardware redevelopment, a condo project on the former Frager’s Garden Center site, and a residential mixed use project with exciting new retail at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Buchanan Park team includes award-winning local firms FCP and Insight (owners and developers), Maurice Walters (architect), Parker Rodriguez (planning and urban design), ADG (interior design) and McWilliams Ballard (sales). Contact the sales team of Craig Souza and David Klimas at McWilliams Ballard at 202-750-5949 or email to dklimas@mcwilliamsballard.com. Visit www.buchananparkdc.com for more information on the community.

About FCP
FCPSM is a privately held real estate investment company that has invested in or financed more than $6 billion in assets since its founding in 1999. FCP invests directly and with operating partners in commercial and residential assets. The firm makes equity and mezzanine investments in income producing and development properties. Based in Chevy Chase, MD, FCP invests both its commingled, discretionary funds and separate accounts targeted at major real estate markets in the United States. For further information on FCP, please visit www.fcpdc.com.

About Insight Property Group
Founded by longtime multifamily industry veterans Richard Hausler and Michael Blum, Insight Property Group acquires, repositions, and develops well-located apartments and mixed-use real estate in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The principals have over 70 years of experience in the area real estate industry. For more information, visit: www.insightpropertygroupllc.com.

About Ditto Residential
Based in Washington, DC, Ditto Residential is a leading real estate development firm focused on high quality, design-driven development. Started in 2008, the company’s current pipeline includes 334,000 square feet and 250 units of new development in some of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. More information can be found by visiting the company’s website: www.dittodc.com

The Haven, National Harbor’s First New Condos In A Decade by WTOP

By Jeff Clabaugh @wtopclabaugh 

WASHINGTON — The Peterson Companies is now marketing homes at The Haven at National Harbor, the first new condominiums built at National Harbor since it opened in 2008.

With 248 condos, it is also the largest new condominium project currently marketing in the D.C. area.

 It joins three other condo buildings at National Harbor, One National Harbor, Fleet Street and Waterfront Street, which all opened when National Harbor was completed a decade ago.
 Combined with apartment communities, there are currently about 2,000 residents living at National Harbor. Condos at The Haven range from one to three-bedrooms with prices ranging from the mid-$200s to mid-$600s. Peterson Companies said it had already sold 30 of the condo units before officially opening its sales office this past weekend. The Haven is on National Harbor’s waterfront and many of the condos have water views and large balconies. Peterson said the units are 10 to 15 percent larger than typical condos in the D.C. area.

Building amenities include concierge services, a fitness center and yoga studio, club room, lounge, courtyard and other communal spaces. There’s also an outdoor pool and patio that includes private cabanas. Other outdoor amenities include a firepit lounge, game lawn, and a pet spa and grooming area.Since opening a decade ago, National Harbor has grown to more than 40 restaurants, 160 retailers, including Tanger Outlets, and seven hotels. The MGM National Harbor casino opened nearby just over a year ago.

Kipling House Highlighted By The Washington Post

 January 31

At the Kipling House, a 49-unit building in Southeast Washington, the condos are priced from $384,900 to $949,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

After living together for several years in an apartment in the District’s NoMa neighborhood and more than a decade in the Washington area, Cedric Goddevrind and Mariel Maier knew exactly where they hoped to buy their first home: Barracks Row on Capitol Hill.

“We both work downtown near Metro Center, but we love the Barracks Row neighborhood,” Maier says. “We like the rowhouses on the residential streets, the restaurants and the fact that you can walk to Nationals Park for baseball games.”

The couple had looked informally online and checked out resale and newly built condos before they heard about Kipling House, a 49-unit, four-story condo built by Madison Investments at 900 11th St. SE.

“We didn’t necessarily have to buy a new place, but we also wanted to avoid renovations since this is our first time buying a home,” Goddevrind says.

The couple purchased a one-bedroom unit with a den, a full bathroom and a powder room. Kipling House, built on the site of the former Capitol Hill Auto Service, was designed by PGN Architects, with interior design by Akseizer Design Group. The units are designed with two color palettes, one with a darker floor and darker cabinets, the other with lighter flooring and cabinets.

We wanted a mix of one- and two-bedroom units with generous sizes and a broad price range so they could work for first-time buyers and for downsizing couples,” says Barry Madani, co-founder of Madison Investments.

River views: The units have more closets than many new condos and were built with triple-pane windows for energy efficiency and noise reduction. The condo is very close to the Southeast Freeway, which is convenient for drivers but can be noisy when the windows are open.

“This is the first big project to go into that neighborhood and we saw it as a great opportunity,” Madani says. “You’re only two blocks from all the restaurants on Barracks Row but it’s a little away from it, in its own pocket.”

In addition to the location, the prime amenity at Kipling House is a large roof deck with views of the Anacostia River, the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress and the Capitol building.

“The roof deck can hold more than 150 people, so we designed it with several areas,” says Jake Greenhouse, development manager of Madison Investments. “The grilling area has dining tables and then we’ll have a wet bar, an area with lounge chairs and other sections with couches and chairs. There are little nooks up here, too, where we’ll put in a smaller table and chairs.”

The roof also has a marble bathroom.

Another deck off the second floor will have a fire pit, a grill and seating areas. A few of the units on that level have private patios with cedar fencing.

“We deliberately chose cedar fences instead of metal railings to separate the patios so that each residence with a patio has more privacy,” Greenhouse says.


The kitchen has quartz countertops, two-toned wood kitchen cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and gas stovetops. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Living there: Although only some units have private balconies and patios, each has an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Unit 111, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with 1,318 square feet, is priced at $769,900, with a monthly condo fee of $483. The bedrooms, each with an attached full bathroom and a walk-in closet, are on either side of the open living and dining area and kitchen. This corner unit includes a private terrace.

Unit 104, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence with 781 square feet, is priced at $484,900, with a condo fee of $287. This corner unit has two closets in the foyer and two walls of glass that wrap around the open living and dining area and the bedroom. The bedroom includes a walk-in closet, a closet with a stacked washer and dryer, and a large bathroom.

“All the fourth-floor units have balconies,” Greenhouse says. “The units on the levels below them have a little extra interior space.”

Unit 403, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with 1,298 square feet, is priced at $949,900, with a condo fee of $483. This condo has a balcony with views of the Washington Monument that wraps around the living and dining area, as well as a second balcony off the master bedroom. The second bedroom has two closets plus a linen closet in the bathroom, which also is accessible from the hall.

Unit 404, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence with 631 square feet and a balcony, is priced at $479,900, with a condo fee of $231. This top-floor unit has views of the Washington Monument from the balcony. The bedroom has two closets and the bathroom has a double-sink vanity.

More than half of the units at Kipling House have been sold.


The floor-to-ceiling triple-pane windows are shown in the master bedroom of Unit 204 of the Kipling House. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Building amenities: Kipling House includes an elevator to each floor and to the roof deck.

A high-tech system in the lobby has bins of varying sizes and security codes generated individually so that residents can retrieve their packages at their convenience.

Garage parking is available, with 22 spaces priced at $35,000 each. The garage also includes bike storage. Five surface parking spaces also are available, priced at $27,500.

What’s nearby: Kipling House residents can walk to Eastern Market’s shops and restaurants, Yards Park, restaurants at the Navy Yard and on Barracks Row. Some of the city’s most popular restaurants can be found in the area, including Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple and Pearls, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Acqua Al 2 and Montmartre. District Donuts, Pererine Espresso and the Pretzel Bakery are also nearby, along with grocery stores and drugstores.

“We love being able to walk to different neighborhoods,” Goddevrind says. “Eventually the 11th Street Bridge project will add even more to the neighborhood.”

Schools: Tyler Elementary, Jefferson Middle School Academy and Eastern High.

Transit: Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory Metro stations are all within one mile of Kipling House. The area is also served by several bus routes.


The prime amenity at Kipling House is a large roof deck with views of the Anacostia River, the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress and the Capitol building. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Kipling House

900 11th St. SE, Washington

The condos are priced from $384,900 to $949,900.

Builder: Madison Investments

Features: Each unit has an open floor plan with wood flooring, quartz countertops, two-toned wood kitchen cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, gas stove, stone countertops in the bathrooms, a coat closet, a stacked washer and dryer, and floor-to-ceiling triple-pane windows. Many of the units have a private balcony or deck.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: one or two / one or two

Square footage: About 550 to 1,368

Condominium association fees: $189 to $499 per month, including gas and water

View models: Open by appointment

Contact: Call Craig Souza at 202-368-7229 or David Klimas at 202-431-1272, both with McWilliams Ballard, or visit www.thekiplinghouse.com.

Washington Post Discovers The Haven

 December 12, 2017


The Haven at National Harbor has 248 condominiums ranging from $245,000 to $650,000. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

An outdoor pool, a lounge with a gas fireplace and a dog-washing station are among the amenities offered to prospective buyers at the Haven, a 248-unit condominium building going up at National Harbor.

But one perk for residents who drive to work is the community’s own exit off the highway. National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., home to the recently opened MGM National Harbor, is off Exit 2A on Interstate 495 and Exit 1B on Maryland Route 295, less than 10 miles from downtown Washington. “No other development, up or down the East Coast, has its own exit,” said Jon Peterson, principal of Peterson Cos. and developer of National Harbor and the Haven.

National Harbor is a 550-acre development that has been in the making for 10 years. “At the beginning,” Peterson said, “our mind-set was, we hope, we think this will work. We’re putting all the right pieces in place, but how will the world receive us?”

That original vision was a success. “People are coming by the thousands for fun, entertainment, [the] beauty of the site, and to live,” he said.

Recreation to residential: Initially, National Harbor was intended as a commercial enterprise. “Then we added residential, and people realized, ‘Oh, people live there, too!’ ” Peterson said. “The residential buildings totally transformed perceptions from a recreation destination to a real live community.”

Four Points Breaks Ground On 114-Unit Chapman Stables Condo Project

November 23, 2016 Jon Banister, Bisnow Washington, D.C.

Meet the major D.C. players at one of our upcoming events! Courtesy: Four Points LLC

A Truxton Circle building that housed horses in the early 1900s will soon be home to hundreds of condo-dwellers.

Four Points LLC broke ground yesterday on Chapman Stables with plans to redevelop the historic building and construct a new five-story building next door.

The building, which was built as a horse stable in 1906 and later used as an automobile repair shop, is at 57 N St NW, just three blocks from the NoMa Metro station. The original plan had called for rental apartments, but the developer now says it is building condos.

The project in total will include 114 condo units and 1,200 SF of retail. The developer will restore elements of the historic horse stable building, rendered above, which will contain 36 condos. It will also add a one-story loft atop the existing building, set back 15 feet from the façade. The remaining 78 units will be in the new, L-shaped, five-story building, which will sit 40 feet from the horse stable building. The Historic Preservation Review Board approved the project in May 2015.

The Cordish Companies The condos will range from 540 SF to 1,100 SF, Four Points project director John Sunter tells Bisnow, and will be priced from $300k to more than $1M. Four Points has brought on McWilliams Ballard to handle condo sales, which will begin in the spring.

The building is expected to deliver in spring 2018. The project was financed with a $33.5M construction loan from Washington First Bank.

Also in Truxton Circle, co-living provider Common is renovating an Oaktree Development-owned building on Richardson Place NW into a 24-unit Millennial-geared multifamily building.

On the Market: Boutique Condos Rise from Former Commercial Space

11Park is between the neighborhoods of Logan Circle and Shaw. (Rendering by Spine)

D.C.’s changing landscape has brought a new vibe (and some gentrification controversy) to long-established neighborhoods, as well as a whole new purpose to older structures whose original use is long past the sell-by date.

Such is the case with 11Park at 1628 11th St. NW. Nestled between the hip-and-happening neighborhoods of Logan Circle and Shaw, this former commercial building has now been converted to a chic condominium complex, featuring eight ultra-modern two-level town houses and 24 flats.

A duplex available at 11Park offers an open living space next to the kitchen. (photo by Studio Trejo)

Located on a quiet and historic stretch of 11th Street and across the street from a church and dog park, 11Park offers a variety of thoughtful amenities: a quietly elegant two-story lobby with wood paneling and slate tile floors; an elevator that goes from the garage to the penthouse-level club room, fully equipped fitness center and terrace with lounge and grilling stations; 19 garage spaces (separately deeded and ranging from $40,000 for a compact car to $50,000 for full-sized); storage units ($3,000 to $7,500); and bike storage. With the dog park so close by, it goes without saying that the building is pet-friendly.

Unit 106 is typical of the duplex town houses, which are located on the first and second floors of the building. (Flats are on the third and fourth stories.) It offers approximately 1,650 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and two very private outdoor areas: a terrace above and a courtyard below. It is on the market for $1,339,900 with a monthly condo fee $653.78.

The kitchen features a deep Kraus sink with Grohe faucet. (photo by Studio Trejo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unit’s main entrance is from an interior hallway of the 11Park building on the home’s upper level, and it opens into a large living and entertaining space comprising the kitchen, dining area and living room. (To the right of the entry hall is a half-bath and hall closets.) At the far end is a wall of floor-to-ceiling west-facing windows and a glass door leading to a spacious L-shaped terrace with IPE wood decking and raised planter beds for privacy.

The kitchen features an appetizing blend of functionality and aesthetics. It includes soft-close Porcelanosa cabinetry; a white Caesarstone backsplash and countertop; integrated Bosch appliances (gas cooktop, convection oven, refrigerator, dishwasher); and a deep Kraus sink with Grohe faucet.

Off the dining area is an open staircase with a wire, wood and metal railing that leads to the lower level, which holds the two carpeted bedrooms, two full baths and a family room/den. Sliding doors open into the courtyard. There is also a laundry closet with stacked Whirlpool washer/dryer.

Both the full and half-baths are fitted with Waterworks fixtures, Kohler commodes and soaking tubs, Porcelanosa millwork and tile backsplash/flooring, and Caesarstone vanity counters.

The master bath is fitted with Waterworks fixtures and a Kohler commode. (photo by Studio Trejo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 750 square feet, Unit 402 is less than half the size of the town house — but it’s no less sleek or high end. The one-bedroom, one-bath home is listed for $639,000 with condo fee of $287.10 per month. It too features outdoor space: a sizable balcony, facing east, off the living room. Materials and finishings are identical except for the refrigerator (Blomberg instead of Bosch). Other notable features are the sliding barn door with frosted glass that closes off the bedroom and the tall glass panel that provides a view into the living room and park beyond.

Overall, there are a variety of apartment sizes and layouts to choose from, starting with one-bedroom, one-bath units at 675 to 750 square feet and ranging in price from $524,900 to $644,900 with monthly condo fees of $248.85 to $287.10. Two-bed, two bath residences range from 1,000 to 1,200 square feet and are priced from $824,900 to $1,199,900 with $400.18 to $457.97 in monthly condo fees. The duplex townhouses with 1,650 to 1,750 square feet are listed at $1,314,900 to $1,384,900, with monthly condo fees of $637.98 to $702.42.

11Park combines convenient proximity to the vibrant corridors of U and 14th streets NW with the peacefulness of protected views — a benefit of neighborhood height restrictions — and plenty of on-street parking. It also gets great walking, biking and Metro scores. The building is just blocks away from Whole Foods, Le Diplomate, Room & Board and a host of other retail and dining attractions.

The new 11Park building at 1628 11th St. NW is listed with CondoNest. For details, contact Timur Loynab at 571-215-6554 or tloynab@mcwilliamsballard.com. For a virtual tour, visit
liveat11park.com.

Bisnow Covers The New Luxury, Resort-Style Condos Coming To National Harbor

The Haven Adds Luxury, Resort-Style Condos To Growing For-Sale Market Washington DC Multifamily

November 16, 2017

The Peterson Companies Travis Gonzalez, Writer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint Courtesy of Peterson Cos. A rendering of The Haven at National Harbor National Harbor is already well-known in the D.C. area as a popular entertainment and shopping destination. But beyond taking a ride on The Capital Wheel or playing the slots at MGM National Harbor Casino & Resort, people are flocking to the waterfront community for a complete live-work-play experience.  Not only are companies attracted to the growing inventory of Class-A office buildings, area residents have also looked to the Prince George’s County community to either buy their first homes or downsize.   The Haven, the first condominium development to be constructed at National Harbor since 2008, will bring 248 luxury condos online in a market with a general lack of for-sale supply. Since Peterson Cos. announced the project, more than 1,300 people have already expressed interest in The Haven.  Nestled above National Harbor’s downtown area, The Haven combines the serenity of a spa with the excitement of an urban community. Every residence comes with high-quality finishes, secure underground parking and access to amenities often seen in the hospitality industry.

The pool at The Haven will feature a patio for sun tanning and private cabanas. Residents can also get in shape in an expansive, professionally equipped fitness center and yoga studio that opens onto the courtyard. They also have access to 24-hour concierge services and a lounge.   The Haven emphasizes communal gathering spaces, making it easy to connect with friends or make a great first impression on visitors. Residents can enjoy outdoor lounge seating with year-round lawn games, as well as a gourmet outdoor kitchen with seating areas and fire pits. Amenities also include a pet spa and grooming station, private bike storage and landscaped courtyards.

The clubhouse at The Haven “National Harbor provides its own sense of place and community,” Peterson Cos. Senior Vice President of Residential Stuart Prince said. “The 2,000 current residents enjoy a host of water activities, morning yoga on the waterfront plaza and a variety of community concerts and special events.”  Residents of The Haven also have the option to keep a boat within walking distance at the National Harbor Marina.   For rainy days, groups can gather in an expansive clubroom featuring an open kitchen, flat screens, lounge seating and a billiards table. WiFi is available in all common areas and a cyber lounge is available for hours of undisturbed work. Residents can stay productive in the cyber lounge while taking in sweeping views of the Potomac River and National Harbor waterfront area throughout the property. Residents also have National Harbor’s more than 160 shops, over 40 restaurants and two of the largest spas in the mid-Atlantic steps from their doors.

Median sales prices in D.C. have risen to $625K in Q3, a year-over-year increase of 14%, according to Trulia. The Haven offers extraordinary value in the region, Prince said. With its amenities and convenient transportation to D.C., Alexandria and Maryland locations, The Haven will draw residents looking for a complete urban experience. Courtesy of Peterson Cos. Cabana space at The Haven Peterson Cos. expects to see demand from a cross-section of the marketplace, from young professionals to boat owners looking for a summer pied-à-terre.

“Nowhere along the Beltway can you buy a new and modern luxury condominium in the mid-$200,000s and have all these amenities right at your doorstep,” McWilliams Ballard principal Chris Ballard said.   Sales began this fall, and Peterson Cos. expects to complete the building in summer 2018.   Courtesy of Peterson Cos. The pool deck at The Haven Those who place their names on The Haven’s VIP list will be able to tour a fully furnished model residence — opening soon — and will have access to all of the floor plans, new interior renderings and pricing through special appointments starting in the next few weeks. Sales open to the general public in early December.

For more information or to join the VIP list, visit The Haven website here.

Dozing in (former) Classrooms at Buchanan School Condos on Capitol Hill

 November 14

The condos at the Buchanan School are priced from $379,000 to $1,199,900. There are 41 units in two restored historic school buildings, one built in 1895 and the other in 1922. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

If you made a habit of sleeping during math class in high school, you might be tempted by the Buchanan School condos on Capitol Hill, where classrooms have been converted to bedrooms. But don’t expect chalkboard paint or lockers in the hallways.

“We didn’t do kitsch,” says Martin Ditto, chief executive of Ditto Residential, the developer of the Buchanan School condos. “We respected the integrity of the historic school building and matched it with a modern vernacular inside.”

Ditto, who grew up in a house designed by A. Hays Town, says he has always been influenced by the architect’s style.

“He was the first architect to reuse materials and to integrate the breakfast area into the kitchen,” Ditto says. The Buchanan School condos at 1324 E St. SE include 41 units in two restored historic school buildings, one built in 1895 and the other in 1922. The historic buildings are connected by the main entrance to the condos, constructed of glass doors and windows and red brick with black paint. Inside, the lobby has an exposed brick wall and natural tumbled limestone flooring imported from Italy. The lobby has pocket doors that open onto an adjacent grand room, which will have built-in bookshelves, seating areas, a decorative fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to a landscaped patio with a grill. The patio is semi-enclosed for privacy, and yet opens by tall shrubs and a series of steel panels that will weather with a rusted patina.

“We liked the idea of having a modern design, but with older materials,” Ditto says.

Ivory Zorich, a Capitol Hill resident and one of the first buyers at the Buchanan School condos, says she saw the renovations beginning on the school and thought, “Whoever lives there will be lucky.”

I took a hard-hat tour with a friend who’s a real estate agent, and by the following week, I had a place under contract,” Zorich says. “As a first-time buyer, I like the idea of new construction, but I also love old buildings. This way, I get the character of the older building, along with new features. It’s not a cookie-cutter design.”

Zorich especially likes the huge windows in her unit and the thoughtful design.

“Everything is high-end, with solid wood kitchen cabinets and a five-burner gas stove,” she says.

Zorich says her unit doesn’t have an outdoor space, so she plans to sometimes work in the clubroom or on the clubroom patio.

White-oak flooring: Ditto agreed with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society recommendation to maintain some of the interior of the school buildings. One has a dramatic wide stairwell with massive windows. In addition, exposed brick walls are visible in many hallways and units.

“We wanted the condo to feel like a really big house, so we installed white oak flooring in all of the corridors, which will have antique kilim rug runners in the middle,” Ditto says.

Unit 112, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with 1,243 square feet, is priced at $939,900. This lower-level unit in the oldest building has an outdoor terrace. Inside, the condo has an open floor plan with high ceilings and a center island kitchen with Calacatta Gold quartz counters, a pantry and custom-milled cabinets.


Each kitchen has custom-designed cabinets in wood or white, Calacatta quartz counters with a full-height backsplash, LED under-cabinet lighting and upgraded appliances, including a refrigerator integrated into the cabinets with panels. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The tall windows in this unit have two-foot-deep windowsills. Near the entrance are a coat closet and a laundry closet. One bedroom has an arched wall with two tall windows and a private door to the hall bathroom. The master bedroom has an exposed brick wall, a walk-in closet, a second closet, and a luxurious bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower, a double-sink vanity and Calacatta marble floors in a chevron pattern.

“Our design philosophy is that we don’t want people to focus on too many things,” Ditto says. “For example, we designed the chevron-patterned floor for the master bathrooms and then kept everything else sleek and simple. There are no pulls on the vanity drawers, and the counter is a plain quartz. The built-in mirror has a transitional look with a modern frame.”

Ditto carefully designed the lighting for every space in the Buchanan to be uniform in brightness and color.

“Everything should be either simple or beautiful, so we carry that theme throughout the condos and the common areas,” Ditto says. “That helps focus attention on the design.”

Unit 304, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo with 526 square feet, is priced at $399,900. This condo has a full bathroom off the entry, along with a coat closet and a laundry closet. The interior bedroom has a large closet. Part of the galley-style kitchen is open to the living and dining room, and the other section extends down the hall near the bedroom. The kitchen is pushed partway down the hall to accommodate a niche for a dining area. This unit also has a glass door to a private balcony.

The Buchanan School shares landscaped walkways and gathering areas with the townhouses developed by Federal Capital Partners and Insight Property Group. The condo has an elevator, bike storage, a package room and 16 parking spaces, each priced at $40,000.


About half the units have private outdoor space. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

What’s nearby: Buchanan School residents can walk to two grocery stores, Eastern Market, Lincoln Park, Frager’s Hardware store and three Metro stations, two of which are within a few blocks. Across the street from Buchanan Park is the Watkins Park Recreation Center at Watkins Elementary School, which has a softball field, a playground, basketball courts, a street skating rink and an outdoor swimming pool.

Coffee shops, restaurants and other shops are a short walk away, along Pennsylvania Avenue and Barracks Row. Nationals Park, Yards Park and the waterfront restaurants are less than two miles from Buchanan Park.

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

Transit: Buchanan Park is served by numerous bus lines and is within a mile of three Metro stations: Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory, all with Blue, Orange and Silver line service.

Buchanan School

1324 E St. SE, Washington

The condos are priced from $379,000 to $1,199,900.

Builder: Ditto Residential

Features: The condos have ceilings of nine to 14 feet, white oak floors, recessed lighting, solid white oak entry doors, and a washer and dryer. Some units have exposed brick walls and about half have private outdoor space. Each kitchen has custom-designed cabinets in wood or white, Calacatta quartz counters with a full-height backsplash, LED under-cabinet lighting and upgraded appliances, including a refrigerator integrated into the cabinets with panels. The master bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower and Calacatta marble floors in a chevron pattern; the second bathrooms have an oversize bathtub and a large wall and floor tiles.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 or 2

Square footage: 525 to 1,400

Condo association fees: $236 to $635 per month; the average is $370.

View models: Open by appointment

Contact: Hillary Curtin of McWilliams|Ballard at 202-350-2239 or hcurtin@mcwilliamsballard.com, or visit thebuchanandchool.com .

Buchanan Park Kicks Off the Second Phase of Townhome Sales

With the first phase sold out, Capitol Hill’s highly anticipated townhome community Buchanan Park has just announced the beginning of sales for phase two. Just over half of the community’s townhomes have already sold and with homes available for immediate delivery, prices start at $1.3M. Tours of the immaculately landscaped grounds and a model home are now available by appointment.

The townhomes at Buchanan Park, a collection of 32 residences thoughtfully crafted around the historic 1895 Buchanan School, are a unique blend of history and luxury. Inspired by the Federal style architecture in the surrounding neighborhood, Buchanan Park blends the convenience of a walkable neighborhood with luxury finishes and amenities, like expansive grounds, all-brick facades, wood flooring, marble bathrooms, private parking and scenic rooftops.

Located at the intersection of 13th & D Streets SE, Buchanan Park is within walking distance of the Eastern Market Metro station and over two dozen shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The community features landscaped spaces including a central green, multiple intimate outdoor gathering areas and a series of inviting pedestrian walkways.

The layout of the townhomes at Buchanan Park provide for ample living space and comfort. Light fills each home generously through large windows on every floor and a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows in the kitchen. The interiors were impeccably designed to complement the prominent exterior architecture.

Oversized kitchens come with Bosch stainless steel appliances and a fixed island with a seating area. Interior finishes include Waterworks fixtures, approximately 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, and sand-in place white oak flooring. Each home also comes with a spacious private terrace on the third level, a private parking garage and wrought iron fencing around the front yard.

For more information, or to register and request an appointment, visit Buchanan Park online here.

Stonehall Featured In The Washington Post


The downtown Bethesda shopping district in Montgomery County gets all the attention and sidewalk traffic, but it’s the northern end of town, next to the National Institutes of Health campus, that’s beginning to eke out a little more of the urban limelight.

Stonehall, an eight-story luxury condominium building at Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, stands castle-like among neighboring streets with squat commercial spaces and an old-fashioned vibe. But from the upper floor, windows cranes are visible across the sky, and there are blockwide excavation pits promising lots more new construction that will push Bethesda’s boundaries outward.

“Stonehall is a boutique condo because it’s not particularly big,” said Laura Henne, director of sales at McWilliams Ballard, the company handling Stonehall sales. Forty-six units — ranging from one to three bedrooms and two penthouses — and 18 floor plans are offered. Forty-five percent, including one penthouse, are sold.

Leo and Marta Moersen said they thought about downsizing for awhile before they found Stonehall. “We lived in a three-bedroom single-family in Bethesda for 26 years and are finding the adjustment to a much smaller two-bedroom condo to be fairly easy,” Marta Moersen said.

The units are big — most are around 1,500 square feet. “We addressed the issue of moving out of a private house by making the rooms large and showing our models furnished with big pieces. We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your belongings when you move here,” Henne said.

The 46 condos, including two penthouses, are priced from $549,900 to $2,499,900.
Bathroom windows: Practically all units have windows in the kitchen, and many have bathroom windows, a feature practically unheard of in new condo construction. “Because the building is long and narrow, you have windows in places that usually don’t get them,” Henne said.

Duball BW, an affiliate of Duball, is the developer; Maurice Walters Architecture is the architect; and Hartman Design Group is the designer.

David Morens moved from a 5,400-square-foot single-family home a half-mile away and is thrilled. “I think of Bethesda as my town, and to me it’s like moving down the street,” he said.

“Before I moved, I was thinking about taking care of such a big house. There’s always something going wrong. I was always mowing the lawn. I realized it was eating into my life and time. I thought, ‘This is crazy. Why don’t I spend my time doing what I want to do?’ ”

The Moersens echoed the same sentiments. “Our weekends feel so much longer now that we have fewer chores. We use this freed-up time to pursue our hobbies,” Marta Moersen said.


The kitchen has a double island, stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop, Caesarstone quartz countertops and cabinetry with soft-close hinges. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Plethora of storage: An entry hall leads into the home. Floor plans are mostly open-concept, but some units have a more delineated kitchen, with space for a table and couple chairs. There’s abundant drawer and pantry storage, and islands are sized proportionately. Many terraces and balconies open through a glass door from the kitchen, so carrying drinks or plates outside is easy. “Kitchen ceiling detail designed around the duct work is a nice touch,” Henne said, as are drapery rod pockets built into the living room ceiling.

The street-facing lobby is a comfortable lounging spot with concierge desk, TV screen, black couches, gold armchairs and coffee tables. There’s a clubroom, fitness center, ninth-floor roof terrace with tables and chairs, and a 10th-floor roof terrace just for seating.

Elevators open to a window-bright hallway and to a wall decorated with framed, enlarged street maps of various cities. The charcoal-tiled floor is offset with accent tiles bearing abstract designs.

Shopping: Harris Teeter is across the street. Giant and Safeway, in downtown Bethesda, are a five-minute drive, as are dozens of shops and restaurants, plus cinema, furnishings, car dealerships and commercial services. Bradley Shopping Center hosts Strosneiders Hardware, Breads Unlimited, Party & Variety, and Bradley Food and Beverage. Big Wheel Bikes is across the street.

Schools: Bethesda Elementary, Westland Middle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High.

Transit: Stonehall is a short walk to Medical Center Metro station on the Red Line. One stop in the opposite direction, toward the District, Bethesda Metro station is 10 to 15 minutes on foot. Wisconsin Avenue is a block away and, going north, feeds into the Beltway and Interstate 95 toward Baltimore. The free Bethesda Circulator bus stops on Woodmont Avenue and is footsteps from the front door. It travels in a wide-ranging looping route into downtown Bethesda.

The street-facing lobby is a comfortable lounging spot with concierge desk, TV screen, black couches, gold armchairs and coffee tables. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Stonehall: 8302 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md.

There are 46 condominium units in the building, including two penthouses, ranging in price from $549,900 to $2,499,900.

Builder: Duball BW, an affiliate of Duball.

Features: Condos are assigned one parking space; those larger than 1,200 square feet are assigned two. Most units have a walkout balcony or terrace. The entry foyer floor is laid with designer tiles; living room and kitchen floors are premium hardwood. Kitchen appliances are Bosch stainless steel; faucet fixtures are by Kohler; the cooktop is gas; counters are Caesarstone quartz; and cabinetry is operated by soft-close hinges. There are custom floating vanities in the master bathrooms.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 3 / 1 to 3

Square footage: 759 to 2,432

Condominium association fee: $525 to $1,720

View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Contact: Laura Henne at 301-327-4809 or visit liveatstonehall.com .

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