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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 .

Urban Turf Features Wardman Tower

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October 24, 2017

Wardman Tower Featured in The Wall Street Journal

How Developers Sell the Promise of a Luxury Lifestyle

By Alina Dizik
Oct. 19, 2017 9:35 a.m. ET


When potential buyers tour a model luxury apartment in West New York, N.J., they can plop on the couch or grab sparkling water from the fridge. They can’t, however, brush their teeth with the electric toothbrush or scrub the toilet with the marble-clad brush next to it—none of the plumbing fixtures work. But it’s homey touches like these that make a model unit feel “lived in”—and help make a sale.

“You want customers to daydream a little bit. Everyone always buys what they see,” says Alexander Hovnanian, developer of Nine on the Hudson, a 13-story luxury-condo project to be completed this year, with units ranging from about $675,000 to $6 million.

To close the deal in a competitive condo market, developers carefully curate model units in ways that go far beyond mere staging. Custom-designed closets, one-of-a-kind artwork, designer light fixtures and brand-name luxury goods are strategically chosen to sell the promise of a lavish lifestyle that comes with a luxury apartment. At times, the model units are created in showrooms far from building sites still abuzz with construction cranes and crews.

Ms. Schumacher and Mr. Piccinini weren’t sure they could downsize to a condo. But seeing model units helped them figure out how to use the space. Ms. Schumacher and Mr. Piccinini weren’t sure they could downsize to a condo. But seeing model units helped them figure out how to use the space.

Condos typically sell faster or for more money when potential buyers can see completed models and not just computer renderings viewed online, says developer Andy VanHorn, who adds he spent “hundreds of thousands” of dollars to outfit three units at the historic Wardman Tower in Washington, D.C. Before 32 units in the landmark building were completely restored in 2016, prospects could see a model unit with herringbone floors, Thermador kitchen appliances and spa-like master bath—features that help up the selling price, says Mr. VanHorn, executive vice president of JBG Smith. “As models are delivered, people pay more.” Prices at Wardman Tower range from $2.5 million to $9 million.

To target specific demographics, developers make sure to create various décor styles, often working with multiple interior designers. In smaller units, pared-down modern furnishings with brighter colors typically appeal to younger buyers, while larger units often use more traditional interiors to draw in buyers who are downsizing from a larger home, says Highlyann Krasnow, principal at the Design High, a New York interior-design firm specializing in new construction.

“We make some assumptions,” says Ms. Krasnow, who adds that the process can take six months and can cost $100,000 or more.

In some cases, the units may be sold as completely unfinished raw space, with the models just an example of what can be done. In other cases, the model unit gives buyers a look at the fixtures and finishes that will be available in all of the units in the building. Some buyers opt to purchased furnished models.

In smaller units, carving out a dining area from the main living space increases interest, even if condo owners skip the formal space, Ms. Krasnow has learned. She often uses light-colored marble in kitchen and bathroom areas, even though “it’s not the most durable.”

In each project, she works to highlight the room layout, the use of high-end flooring or extras, such as surround sound or motorized window shades. Furniture and wall colors are somewhat neutral to appeal to a wider swath of potential buyers. “Even if that’s a little boring for you, you are not offended by it,” she says.

In Washington, D.C., developer Andy VanHorn says he spent ‘hundreds of thousands’ of dollars to outfit three model units at the historic Wardman Tower. Here’s a living room in one of the models.
In Washington, D.C., developer Andy VanHorn says he spent ‘hundreds of thousands’ of dollars to outfit three model units at the historic Wardman Tower. Here’s a living room in one of the models.


Developers say models help smooth over a unit’s potential shortcomings, including odd or small layouts, street noise or lack of natural light, says Mr. VanHorn. This year, the Wardman developer turned an extra-wide prewar-style corridor into a “gallery” with multiple seating areas and custom art pieces to help buyers imagine how to furnish the $9.9 million penthouse unit. The model helped highlight the vintage layouts, where “not everything is exactly perfect,” he says.

Walking through a model unit may speed up a buying decision because it evokes feelings of happiness, says Stephen Conroy, an economics professor at the University of San Diego who studies real-estate amenities. Rather than looking at the unit on paper, the experience of seeing and feeling the various finishes evokes “an emotion that’s going to enter into the buying decision,” he says. While model-unit purchases are not tracked by real-estate services, 31% of buyer’s agents say that staging a home increases its value by 1% to 5%, according to a 2017 survey of 1,894 agents by the National Association of Realtors.

For Alan Pellegrini, chief executive of an aerospace company, walking through a model at Westlight, a 71-unit luxury condo building in Washington, D.C., helped him realize that he would be cramped in the unit he had in mind. He paid “a couple hundred thousand” to swap the two-bedroom he already had under contract for a similar condo in the same building but with a den that he plans to turn into a library. “When you see the model, it shows the potential,” he says. Mr. Pellegrini, 54 years old, declined to disclose the price he paid for his unit, but two-bedroom apartments in at Westlight range from $1.26 million to $2.7 million.

After 12 years in a single-family home, Rebecca Schumacher and Guido Piccinini weren’t sure they could downsize to condo living. But after viewing the model units at the Pacific, a 76-unit building, in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, the couple was convinced. The couple purchased a corner unit and moved in this year, creating a formal dining area out of one of their three bedrooms. The model units were designed with marble slab kitchen counters, modern moldings and custom headboards to fit the master bedrooms. “They all felt like home despite being smaller spaces,” says Ms. Schumacher, 66, a real-estate agent. Ms. Schumacher would not disclose sales price, but a similar unit is listed for $4.87 million, according to Redfin.

Choosing the right brands to display in the models is key, says Maile Aguila, senior vice president of residential sales at Swire Properties. This Hong Kong-based developer is behind Brickell City Centre, a mixed-use development in Miami. Potential buyers need to be familiar enough with the designs to feel as if they are walking into their home, says Ms. Aguila. When completed, many of the 390 residences at Brickell City Centre will have interiors created by the Brazillian furnishings brand Artefacto, which is familiar to the area’s South American buyers, she says. Many of the units are purchased furnished, she adds, and typically add roughly 12% to 15% to the sale price. Units at Brickell City Centre range from about $650,000 to $6 million.

Viewing the model in Manhattan View at MiMA, a 147-unit luxury building in New York’s Hudson Yards, made a difference for Claudine Prowse, a 44-year-old biotech executive. She was impressed by the “smart use of space” in a one-bedroom unit that she didn’t think allowed for a dining room. Instead, the one-bedroom model unit showed a computer desk on the same wall as her flat-screen television and created a built-in dining nook from an unused corner near the kitchen. Units at Manhattan View range from $1.595 million to $6.45 million. The model “was so functional and cozy,” says Ms. Prowse, who paid $2.3 million for the unit. After signing the contract, “I literally stole the exact ideas.”

Corrections & Amplifications
At Nine on the Hudson in New York, condos range from about $675,000 to $6 million. An earlier version of this article said the high end of the range was $2.4 million. Also, construction is finished at Brickell City Centre in Miami. (10/19/17)

Write to Alina Dizik at

Washington Post Features 11Park’s New Model Residence

 October 3 at 6:30 AM

The flat condos at 11Park are priced from $549,000, and the duplexes are priced from $1,314,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

When Christopher Hanson and his fiance, John Stabile, started looking for their first home to buy, location was a top priority.

The couple, renting an apartment in the Northwest Washington neighborhood of Shaw, “both walk to work and wanted to be able to continue to walk after we moved,” says Stabile. “We looked at two-bedroom resales and new construction in the Logan Circle and Shaw neighborhoods before we found 11Park.”

11Park, 1628 11th St. NW, matches another of their priorities: They wanted to be in a boutique building where they could get to know their neighbors, rather than a large, impersonal building.

“We like the idea of being in a new building because everyone who moves in will be part of a newly invented community instead of a preexisting one,” says Hanson.

Monument and cathedral views: Converted from a former office building, the 32 condos at 11Park include 24 flats and eight townhouses. The two-level townhouses are accessible only from an interior corridor, not the street. The original lower floors of the building were preserved. Three additional levels were added, along with an elevator and an underground garage.

Despite its relatively small size, the condo includes multiple amenities.

“We wanted to make this building stand out a little from others in the city, so we decided to include the kind of amenities that you usually see only in larger buildings,” says George Chopivsky, managing principal of the Fortis Cos., the developer of 11Park. “The entire penthouse level is community space.”

Residents have access to a roof terrace with a grill and seating, a clubroom with a bar and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. Views from the windows and terrace encompass the Washington Monument, Washington National Cathedral, nearby rooftops and a dog park across the street. Half of the roof will be planted as green space, with the seating areas on the east side of the roof on top of an ipe wood deck. The pet-friendly building has a dog-washing station. The garage also has a bike repair area and storage.

Chopivsky says he was drawn to the building because of its location.

“You can walk for five minutes and get to U Street or to Le Diplomate or to the 9:30 Club or to Logan Circle or the Whole Foods on P Street,” he says. “At the same time, this is a residential street, so you don’t get the noise from all the bars and restaurants.”

Living there: Hanson and Stabile picked a top-floor corner unit because they like the views facing west and north through the floor-to-ceiling windows. They were looking for a place with plenty of natural light.

“Every unit has floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings,” says Chopivsky. “We also decided to upgrade the level of finishes, so the kitchens and bathrooms have Bosch appliances and Waterworks fixtures, plus Caesarstone counters and full-height backsplashes.”

The kitchen has imported European cabinets in a light or dark palette and Caesarstone countertops. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Each unit has a coat closet and additional closets and niches. The bathrooms have tall medicine cabinets and shelves for linens.

The one-bedroom, 751-square foot Unit 402 is priced at $639,900, with a monthly condo fee of $287. This condo has an open floor plan with a kitchen, a niche for a dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a living area with a glass door to a balcony. The bedroom is in the interior of the unit and has a narrow window to bring in light from the living area, plus a sliding barn door with frosted glass. Adjacent to the kitchen are a pantry, a coat closet, a laundry closet and the full bathroom, which has a glass-enclosed shower with a bench, a floating vanity and an adjustable LED light above the sink and mirror.

The two-bedroom, 1,200-square foot Unit 409 is priced at $1,199,900, with a monthly condo fee of $458. This unit has an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the living and dining area, a large kitchen island with seating, and a balcony. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a combination tub and shower. The second bedroom has two closets and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower across the hall. The unit also has a coat closet and a laundry closet.

The two-level, two bedroom, 1,633-square-foot Unit 106 is priced at $1,339,900 with a monthly condo fee of $653. This condo has an open floor plan with a large peninsula in the kitchen, a coat closet and a powder room on the main level. A private terrace with planters for trees and shrubs extends from the living area. The lower level has a den with glass doors to a second terrace open to the terrace above. This level has two bedrooms, each with double closets. The master bathroom has a shower with a window, and the second bathroom has a combination tub and shower. A laundry closet is also on this level.

Residents have access to a roof terrace with a grill and seating, a clubroom with a bar and a fitness center. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

What’s nearby: Residents can easily walk to restaurants, shops and nightlife on 14th Street NW, to a park across the street from the building, to nightlife on U Street, to the 9:30 Club and other venues in Shaw, and to Logan Circle. A few blocks to the west are Le Diplomate and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, and a few blocks to the south are El Sol, a well-reviewed Mexican taqueria; and numerous restaurants and galleries near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“After looking for places to live between Seventh and 15th streets NW, we were both surprised to find this modern new construction in a historic part of the city,” says Hanson. “We feel like we’re at the crossroads of the city because we’re in the middle of so many great neighborhoods.”

Schools: Garrison Elementary, Cardozo Education Campus for Middle and High.

Transit: Residents can walk in less than 10 minutes to three Metro stations for Green and Yellow Line service: Shaw, U Street and Mount Vernon Square. The neighborhood is also served by numerous bus lines.


1628 11th St. NW, Washington

The flat condos are priced from $549,000, and the duplexes are priced from $1,314,900. Two of the flats are reserved as affordable housing units available through the D.C. government’s inclusionary zoning lottery system.

Builder: Fortis Cos.

Features: Each unit has an open floor plan, high ceilings, wide-plank flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-size washer and dryer, imported European cabinets in a light or dark palette, Caesarstone counters, glass-enclosed showers and upgraded appliances. Some units have a balcony or terrace. Each of the duplex units includes two private terraces. The building has 20 garage parking spaces, priced at $40,000 to $50,000, accessed by an auto lift elevator from the alley behind the condo.

Bedrooms /bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 3

Square footage: Approximately 675 to 1,750

Condominium association fees: $249 to $458 for the flats and $638 to $702 for the townhouses per month

View models: Open daily by appointment

Contact: Timur Loynab of McWilliams Ballard at 571-215-6554 or visit

Urban Turf Announces The Grand Opening of 1745N

September 8, 2017 by UrbanTurf Sponsor

The Historic Row at 1745N.

This is modern condominium living 100 years in the making.

The Modern Flats at 1745N.

Now home shoppers can get an exclusive first look at 1745N at a VIP grand opening celebration on September 28th at Iron Gate in Dupont Circle. Guests will enjoy delicious drinks and appetizers at one of the city’s signature venues, and they’ll be among the first to see the new floorplans and interior design renderings of 1745N, Dupont Circle’s newest condominium project that brings together history with distinctive modern designs, as six row homes are reimagined into contemporary living spaces.

The opening is an opportunity to meet the sales team and the developers, and guests can also schedule a private appointment to learn more or even reserve their new residence at 1745N. Homes at 1745N are priced from the $500’s to over $3 million. To learn more and RSVP to the event, visit

1745N blends timeless and modern designs with peaceful privacy and urban access. The Historic Row at 1745N features century-old landmark homes restored and reimagined for 21st-century condominium style. Beside it will be the Modern Flats, an elegant new building now rising up to complete the portrait.

It’s a stunning addition to a quiet, tree-lined street less than two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station and all of Dupont Circle’s restaurants, bars, boutiques and parks.

While the building’s exterior catches the eye with historic, timeless style, the interior strikes an impressive balance of the classic and contemporary. Large windows and high ceilings create a feeling of even more space and openness. Home shoppers interested in the Historic Row can choose from a variety of unique and stylish floorplans, including spacious penthouse residences.

The Modern Flats is a new six-story condominium tower that offers a gateway to the lifestyle here. These residences incorporate the latest modern design styles, complementing spacious, open floorplans.

Guests who can’t attend the Grand Opening are invited to schedule a private appointment at the nearby Sales Gallery by calling 202.609.9620.

Urban Turf Covers The Start of Sales At 11Park

August 24, 2017 by UrbanTurf Sponsor


Great Coverage Of The One-Five By The Washington Post

One-Five condominiums are priced from $359,900 to $639,900. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The neighborhood known as Hill East near the Potomac Avenue Metro station in Southeast Washington is quickly becoming the site of numerous apartment and condominium developments designed to accommodate first-time home buyers who have been priced out of Capitol Hill.

“We own and have developed buildings in Barrack’s Row on Capitol Hill and in the H Street corridor, but I didn’t know much about Hill East until we started poking around and attending ANC [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] meetings,” said Eric May, principal of May Development, developers of the One-Five at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

“At our first information session for neighbors, early on in the process of developing One-Five, we were totally shocked to have 100 people show up who were excited about the possibility of buying in the neighborhood,” he said.

Seventy-five percent of the 41 condominiums at One-Five are already under contract. The available units are priced from $359,900 to $639,900, with garage parking available for an additional $35,000.

“The neighborhood is largely either small condo buildings with two to four units and row houses,” said May. “The row house prices have been rising quickly, to $600,000 and up for a fixer-upper and $1 million or more for one renovated homes. We felt like there was a missing link of affordability for people who want to live in the area and own something new, so most of our units are smaller and priced in the $300,000s and $400,000s.”

Seventy percent of the units are one-bedrooms, some with a den; 10 percent are studios and 20 percent are two-bedroom units designed to appeal to buyers downsizing.

“The corner of 15th and Pennsylvania was ripe for redevelopment,” said May. “There used to be a gas station there and later a pizza place that was vacant. We opted to develop a very modern building with floor-to-ceiling glass windows because it’s located on a prominent corner, and the neighbors we consulted liked the idea of a modern mid-rise there.”

Roof deck with a view: The remaining units include a mix of one- and two-bedroom condos.

Unit 107, a one-bedroom model unit on the first floor with 549 square feet, is priced at $394,900 with a monthly condo fee of $266.

The front door of this unit opens directly into the kitchen, which is open to the living and dining areas. The kitchen has ivory cabinets and a narrow apartment-size refrigerator, as well as in unit washer and dryer. The bedroom has the unit’s only closet, a double-door garment closet. Adjacent to the bedroom is a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

Unit 310, a one-bedroom model unit on the third floor with 703 square feet is under contract. This condo has a den that includes a sliding barn door, an alcove for a desk or dresser and a closet. A coat closet is next to the front door, along with a closet with mechanical equipment and a washer and dryer. The unit has an open kitchen, living and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around a corner of the room. The bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent full bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

The kitchens have quartz counters and stainless-steel appliances. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Unit 308, a two-bedroom model unit on the third floor with 896 square feet, is priced at $629,900 with a monthly condo fee of $430. This unit is entered directly into the kitchen and has a small coat closet and a mechanical closet next to the front door. The open living and dining area has floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around a corner of the room. On one side of the living area are a closet with a washer and dryer, a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower and a bedroom with a double-door closet.

Some units have a Juliet balcony. The five ground-level ones with a private terrace have been sold.

On the opposite side of the living area is the master bedroom, which has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in closet and a private full bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

Unit 404, a one-bedroom unit on the fourth floor with 541 square feet, is priced at $359,900 with a monthly condo fee of $259. This unit has a coat closet, a mechanical closet and a closet with a washer and dryer near the front door, along with a full bathroom with a shower. The unit has an angled kitchen that leads to the living and dining area, which has a floor-to-ceiling window. A sliding barn door opens into the bedroom, which has a double-door closet but no window.

The prime amenity of the building is a roof deck with a view of the Capitol and of the spires of Washington National Cathedral in the distance, two built-in gas grills and several areas for sitting and dining. The building also has an underground parking garage with bike storage. The pet-friendly building allows two pets per unit without any weight restrictions.

What’s nearby: Residents can walk to the Eastern Market and shops and restaurants along Pennsylvania Avenue and Barrack’s Row on Eighth Street SE. A Harris Teeter grocery store and a wine shop are one block from the condo. The Yards Park, Nationals Park and the Capitol Riverfront development are within biking distance.

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

Transit: One-Five is located one block from the Potomac Avenue Metro station for Blue, Orange and Silver line service. The neighborhood is also served by several bus lines.

The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around a corner of the room. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
The One-Five
1500 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
The condos are priced from $359,900 to $639,900.
Builder: May Development
Features: Units have hardwood flooring, nine-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, quartz counters in the kitchen, Bosch stainless-steel appliances and a full-size stacked washer and dryer.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2
Square footage: Approximately 541 to 1,002
Condo association fees: $259 to $486 per month
View models: Open weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact: James LoBocchiaro, Vice President of McWilliams|Ballard at 301-325-3995 or visit

Washington Post Discover Buchanan Park

Buchanan Park brings 32 new townhouses (some with elevators) to Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill’s Federal-style rowhouses are highly prized, particularly among people who also work on the Hill or in nearby offices, but they also typically require extensive renovation to match the lifestyle of modern families.

New townhouses are a rarity in this part of town, so the conversion of the 2.13-acre site surrounding the former Buchanan School at 13th and D streets SE generated intense interest in the neighborhood. The new development, Buchanan Park, includes 32 townhouses constructed by Federal Capital Partners and Insight Property Group as well as 41 condos in the original school being built by Ditto.

“We partnered with Insight Property Group to develop Buchanan Park because they have a lot of expertise working with neighborhoods and we wanted to create a community that fits into the strong Capitol Hill neighborhood culture,” says Stephen Stover, a senior associate with Federal Capital Partners in Washington. “We saved two of the original school buildings as part of this development and demolished the two newer buildings that had less architectural interest. Those buildings used to block public access, so now we’ve created a community where everyone can walk through what will be landscaped pedestrian mews and enjoy a central green area with seating.”

Rebecca Snyder, a partner with Insight Property Group in Washington, says she and her developer partners wanted to embrace the history of the neighborhood and to connect Buchanan Park with the rest of the community. The main school building constructed in 1895 and a second structure built in 1917 have been preserved. Guetler Way, named for Guetler Court, an alley that existed in the late 19th century, will have brick and cobblestone paving and flowerboxes.

“We chose Maurice Walters as the architect of the townhouses and to develop the master plan for the community in part because he lives on the Hill,” says Snyder. “Our priority was pedestrian access rather than cars so neighbors can connect and interact with each other.”

Parker Rodriguez provided landscape planning for Buchanan Park, and ADG provided interior design services.

Flexible floor plans: While Stover initially assumed the townhouse buyers would primarily be families wanting to move up from a smaller home, he says the buyers so far include all different age groups, residents from the D.C. region and international buyers.

George Lima, a real estate agent with the Fulcrum Properties Group with Keller Williams Property Group in Washington, worked with a young couple that plans to have a family in the future and purchased at Buchanan Park.

“Capitol Hill has become a destination neighborhood for young families,” says Lima. “Buchanan Park is a smart project because the architecture maintains the integrity of the surrounding traditional neighborhood and yet the townhouses have all the latest finishes and amenities.”

Lima’s buyers are moving from a smaller condo in Logan Circle, where he says a similar townhouse would be nearly impossible to find and would cost $2 million or more, compared with the approximately $1.3 million starting price at Buchanan Park.

Two models are currently under construction at Buchanan Park: the Lincoln and the Pierce. Eventually nine larger townhouses with elevators will be built.

The model townhouse, a Pierce model priced at $1.289 million, has an open floor plan on the main level. The living and dining area face the street and are open to the kitchen. Both ends of the house have floor-to-ceiling windows that flood this level with natural light. The kitchen has a glass door to a Juliet balcony, a white quartz center island with seating, cabinets that stretch to the ceiling, a pantry and stainless-steel appliances. This level also has a powder room but lacks a coat closet.

The second level has a master suite with two large walk-in closets and a luxurious marble bathroom with a double-sink vanity and a large shower with a seat. The second bedroom has a large walk-in closet with a window and an attached private bathroom. Both bedrooms have transom windows above the doorways for extra light. Nearby is a closet with a stacked washer-and-dryer and extra storage.

The third level includes a bedroom with a double-door closet and a full bathroom, as well as access to a private roof terrace.

“The roof decks were designed to be attractive from the street level and to align with existing architecture in nearby homes,” says Snyder.

The lower level has a den, a coat closet, access to the garage and an optional bathroom.

“We deliberately designed the lower level garage with a separate door next to the garage door so that buyers have the option of converting the garage to a guest room, a home office, a playroom or an in-law suite,” says Snyder.

What’s nearby: Across the street from Buchanan Park is the Watkins Park Recreation Center at Watkins Elementary School, which has a softball field, playground, basketball courts, street skating rink and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents can walk to two grocery stores, Eastern Market, Frager’s Hardware store and three Metro stations, two of which are within a few blocks. Coffees shops, restaurants and others shops are a short walk away along Pennsylvania Avenue and Barrack’s Row. Nationals Park, Yard’s 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 one mile of three Metro stations: Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory, all with Blue, Orange and Silver Line service.

Buchanan Park

418 13th St. SE, Washington

The townhouses are priced from $1.27 million to $2.25 million.

Builder: Federal Capital Partners and Insight Property Group

Features: The townhouses have brick exteriors, solid wood front doors, wrought-iron fences and a roof terrace. Most have a one-car garage. The townhouses have nine- and 10-foot ceilings, white oak wood floors, crown moldings, recessed lighting, quartz counters, a tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. They also have marble tile and counters in the master bathroom, porcelain tile in the secondary bathrooms, wood-like porcelain tile flooring on the ground level and two heat pumps.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 4 or 5

Square footage: 1,900

Homeowner association fees: $181 per month

View models: By appointment only

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

Urban Turf Highlights Dupont Circle’s Newest Condominium

April 11, 2017

by UrbanTurf Sponsor

1745 N Street NW

Dupont Circle’s newest condominium project, 1745N brings together history with distinctive modern designs, as six row homes are reimagined into contemporary living spaces. Deemed the Historic Row, these residences feature large windows, unique and spacious floorplans, plus soaring ceilings reaching heights of over 12 feet. Homes in the Historic Row will range in price from the mid $600s to $1.7 million. The pinnacle of these residences is its collection of extraordinary penthouses starting from $2.8 million.

In addition to the renovations to the historic structure, a new condominium is under construction alongside the Historic Row.  This new six-story building, dubbed the Modern Flats and built behind the historic row homes, will feature a contemporary design aesthetic that includes modern features and artful, elegant touches.

The open-concept floorplans flow easily from room-to-room, creating a relaxing and refreshing lifestyle on a quiet, tree-lined street just steps from the vibrant energy of one of D.C.’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Dupont Circle.

Located on N Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, 1745N is within walking distance to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as the Dupont Circle Metro station. 1745N residents will have luxury and convenience at their doorstep, with scenic views of the city and relaxing outdoor space.

Sales at 1745N are expected to begin in the coming months.

For more information on these exciting new residences, visit . To receive the latest updates and offers, join the VIP list here.

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