By Audrey Hoffer March 7
Sixty-seven of the 71 units in the nine-story 1011 Condo have sold. The four remaining are priced from $639,900 to $969,900. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
The view of 10Eleven from across the street on the southwest corner of 11th and M streets in Northwest Washington is akin to an aesthetically pleasing giant jigsaw.
The 71-unit condominium in the Shaw neighborhood is actually a composite of two buildings melded seamlessly into one on the inside — a nine-story white classical building fronting 11th Street with three-window bays, embellished cornices and the main entrance and a six-story modern glass and red brick building overlooking M Street.
Ensconced between the buildings is a low-rise historic rowhouse — with peaked roof and distinctive neon sign for a defunct 11-M Coin Laundry — that wraps around the corner and visually joins the two 10Eleven buildings. The rowhouse is not part of the condo.
“This marriage between modern and classic aesthetics is the overarching design theme,” said Timur Loynab, a vice president with McWilliams Ballard, “and is an homage to the surrounding historic neighborhoods.”
“Our intent was to design a structure with the soul of an old building and design of a new one,” said Grant Epstein, the president of Community Three Development and project developer together with Streetscape Partners. “We wanted a building that would be reminiscent of the great residences on Park Avenue but still be modern.”
No fish out of water: The architecture firm Torti Gallas + Partners designed the project, Darryl Carter designed the lobby and common areas, and McWilliams Ballard is handling marketing and sales.
“The developers were adamant about not creating cookie-cutter spaces,” said Loynab. They designed a couple dozen floor plans.The interior spaces are bright white, flooded with light from big windows and outfitted with either classical or modern furnishings. In the modern kitchens, white thermofoil cabinetry, chrome pulls and white marble islands are standard. In the classical kitchens, white shaker-style cabinets with aged bronze hardware and black honed granite islands are standard.
“We spent a lot of time wrangling with the details, trying to craft something that every resident would like and that would look bigger than its square footage,” said Epstein.
Hallways are white-on-white with elegant yet simple wallpaper, modern LED lighting and classical door hardware.
Most of the units are sold. Four are on the market — three two-bedroom, two-bathroom units and one one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit. Three underground parking spaces at $50,000 per space are available for purchase by buyers of the two-bedroom units.
Jon and Caitlin Moynihan are first-time buyers who’ll move in from a rental in the District’s West End neighborhood, which they said has character like Shaw.
“They did a nice job fitting into the neighborhood. The building doesn’t look like a fish out of water. It’s really beautiful,” said Jon Moynihan.
The 71-unit condominium in the Shaw neighborhood is actually a composite of two buildings. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
The couple married in October and started looking at real estate. “We saw 20 other properties before 10Eleven and thought, ‘Oh, we’ll just rent for another year.’ This was the first place in D.C. we fell in love with. When we walked into the lobby it felt homey,” he said.
When they learned that the designer, Darryl Carter, calls the building design “modern minimalist” and that he lives and runs his studio in the neighborhood, “that really spoke to us,” said Moynihan.
Boutique feel: The lobby entrance is tiled in white Carrara marble accented with black marble near the edges. “When you enter there’s an intimate boutique-like feeling. It’s not boxy or one-dimensional,” said Loynab.
A custom desk with curved legs and antique look was designed for the round-the-clock concierge. There’s a locked package closet behind it. “Buyers are thrilled to hear about this feature because so many have had packages stolen,” he said.
A residents’ lounge with a fireplace, high ceiling and library outfitted with custom shelving and books, is off the lobby through three double-glass doors. Glass doors inside the lounge lead to a courtyard, which will be stocked with bar-height tables and stools.
“We wanted the building interior to feel like the best of someone’s residence,” said Epstein. “So we created passive communal spaces that people could use together in contrast to a workout room where people occupy themselves alone. We wanted residents to interact and enjoy time with one another.”
Two elevators rise from the garage to the ninth floor. There are no lower-level or first-floor units. A bathroom is in the lobby.
What’s nearby: Retail, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, galleries and museums abound in the area. Parks surrounding Logan and Dupont circles are popular hangouts, and the Mall is easy to reach. Whole Foods Market on P Street is a local shopping destination.
A Georgian-themed restaurant with outdoor seating is under construction in the 4,200-square-foot ground floor space of 10Eleven on the northeast corner of 11th and M streets.
Schools: Thomson Elementary, School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens Middle, Dunbar High.
The architecture firm Torti Gallas + Partners designed the project, and Darryl Carter designed the common areas. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Transit: Shaw is an urban neighborhood with sidewalks, buses and bike lanes, two-hour parking for visitors plus resident-only parking. It’s walking distance to several Metro stations: Shaw-Howard University, Mount Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center and U Street-African-American Civil War Memorial-Cardozo on the Green and Yellow lines, and to McPherson Square on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.
1011 M St. NW, Washington
Seventy-one condominium units are in the nine-story building. Sixty-seven are sold. Four are for sale priced from $639,900 to $969,900.
Builder: Community Three Development and Streetscape Partners
Features: Flooring is white oak stained ebony. The kitchen appliance package is Electrolux. All cabinet doors and drawers are fitted with a soft-close feature. Closets are outfitted with Elfa shelving. Noise buffers are built onto the interior side of the closet doors of the mechanical closet that stores HVAC equipment. When buyers sign contracts, they’re able to download a security app that enables them to see who enters and leaves the building.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 2 / 1 to 2
Square footage: 710 to 1,100
Condo fees: $435.56 to $667.48 per month.
View model: By appointment only.
Contact: Timur Loyab at 571-215-6554 or www.10elevendc.com.
In the heart of walkable Rosslyn, a collection of distinctly modern and graciously welcoming condominiums is emerging. Key&Nash, a new condominium community by NVUrban, will open for pre-construction sales in January, with move-ins planned for November 2017.
The homes at Key&Nash are designed for visionaries. For years, Rosslyn has been a coveted neighborhood due to its unrivaled proximity to DC. Now, it’s becoming a destination in its own right.
Living in a luxury condominium at Key&Nash means waking up in the heart of Rosslyn. Stroll over the Key Bridge to Georgetown, or keep it local at one of Rosslyn’s eateries or parks. Enjoy a relaxing cocktail on the roof with your neighbors or simply take in the view of the city down below.
The living room area at Key&Nash.
Key&Nash will provide contemporary amenities, combining modern comfort with urban style, including a front-desk concierge, fitness center with natural lighting, landscaped resident courtyard, rooftop terrace, billiards lounge with reading room and media center as well as secure parking and bicycle storage.
The reading room at Key&Nash
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The new condominiums at Key&Nash in Rosslyn will begin sales in January 2017, and are priced from the $600s to over $1 million. Learn more at KeyandNash.com. For more information, contact Online Community Consultants Char, Blaine and Ellen at 202-695-3131 or via email at CharAndBlaine@NVHomes.com.
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 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 WashingtonFirst 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.
At the Corey, serenity is just a few steps from the bustling H Street corridor
Now that the long-awaited streetcars run along H Street in Northeast Washington, residents in that neighborhood and in nearby Trinidad are linked with a new transit option to Union Station besides buses, Capital Bikeshare and their cars.
The area has long been touted as one of the hottest in the city, with rowhouses in Trinidad snapped up and renovated into small boutique condos and larger condos and apartments under development along H Street. One of the larger new condos in Trinidad, the Corey, recently welcomed its first residents.
The 49-unit, six-story building, already 55 percent sold, sits less than two blocks from H Street’s bars, restaurants and streetcar stop, but it offers a little quieter atmosphere on residential street.
“The residents can go out at night to Little Miss Whiskey’s or the Rock & Roll Hotel and then come back to serenity,” says David Klimas, a Vice President with McWilliams Ballard in the District.
Views of landmarks: In a nod to the nearby Atlas Theatre, the Corey was designed with an art deco curve to the building and a marquee with an art deco logo, says Megan Schlabaugh, operations coordinator for Lock 7 Development.
While living next to bars, restaurants and the Capital Fringe Festival’s headquarters are the main draw for buyers to the Corey, Klimas says the building includes amenities that many of the condo’s first-time buyers enjoyed in their previous rental apartments.
Residents can spend time outside their units at the rooftop “sky lounge,” which they can reserve for a dinner party. The lounge has a full kitchen, a dining table that seats 10 and a seating area with a TV for game days. Adjacent to the lounge is a “wellness room” wrapped in windows with city views where residents can do yoga or work out with weights. An outside terrace has views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral, along with a grill, seating areas, a green roof and community garden plots. An interior courtyard on the first level provides additional natural light for some of the units.
The building also has concierge services and a package room.
“The developer came up with some nice little details like a filtered water dispenser near the front desk where people can fill their water bottles on the way out the door,” says Klimas.
Car-free lifestyle: The Corey was designed to appeal to buyers who want to live a car-free existence and has just eight parking spaces. Next to the elevator is a transit screen that updates bus arrivals. A bike room has been located next to the front door of the building so that bicyclists don’t have to drag their bikes through the lobby or into an elevator. The bike room includes a pump for adding air to tires.
The available units at the Corey range from a 461-square-foot studio with one bathroom, priced at $319,900 to a 1,050-square-foot unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms priced at $609,900. One larger unit, priced at $700,000, has already been sold.
“Buyers can choose units with a warm or a cool color palette,” says Schlabaugh. “The cool palette has gray kitchen cabinets and a lighter floor, while the warm palette has a reddish floor and darker cabinets.”
The closets in each unit can be customized for maximum efficiency.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,050-square-foot Unit 400 is priced at $609,900 with a condo fee of $499 per month. This unit has a large laundry room with extra space for storage and a large coat closet near the kitchen. The open kitchen, living and dining area has a wall of windows and glass door to a Juliet balcony. The master bedroom has a curved corner, two walls of windows and a pocket door into the bathroom. The second bedroom and bathroom are on the other side of the living area.
The two-bedroom, two-bath, 907-square-foot Unit 501 is priced at $579,900 with a monthly condo fee of $441. This unit has a balcony off the living and dining area, a pantry in the kitchen and bedrooms on either side of the living space, each with access to a balcony. One bedroom has a walk-in closet and private full bath; the second bedroom has a door to the hall bath.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 608-square-foot Unit 508 is priced at $389,900 with a monthly condo fee of $276. This unit has a coat closet near the front door and a balcony off the living area.
What’s nearby: The H Street corridor has an array of popular bars and restaurants such as Maketto, Sticky Rice, Red Rocks, Smith Commons and the H Street Country Club. Music and theater entertainment are available at the Atlas Theatre, the Rock & Roll Hotel and the Capital Fringe headquarters. A Whole Foods Market is anticipated to open in 2017 at Sixth and H streets, and a CrossFit DC gym is nearby.
Schools: Wheatley Education Campus, Dunbar High
Transit: Numerous bus routes serve this area, including the B2, D4, D8, X1, X2 and X3. A streetcar stop nearby provides service to Union Station.
1111 Orren St. NE, Washington
The condos are priced from $319,000 to $609,900.
Builder: Lock 7 Development
Features: Each unit has an open floor plan with stainless-steel appliances, white quartz countertops, a vented microwave oven, pendant lighting and a kitchen island. There are custom-designed cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, handmade subway tile in the master bathroom, window treatments, wide-plank laminate flooring that looks like wood, a full-size stacked washer and dryer, and Energy Star appliances and lighting. Some units have a balcony or terrace.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2
Square footage: Approximately 461 to 1,050
Condo association fees: $259 to $499 per month
View models: Open 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Contact: Sales office at 202-846-8033; Craig Souza, Sales Manager with McWilliams|Ballard, at 202-368-7229; or David Klimas, Vice President with McWilliams|Ballard, at 202-431-1272 or visit www.coreydc.com.
2017 Designers’ Choice Awards Reception
At The Lauren in Bethesda
OCTOBER 19, 2016—Home & Design celebrated the launch of its 2017 Sourcebook with a reception at The Lauren in Bethesda. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the annual Designers’ Choice Awards, published in the Sourcebook and at homeanddesign.com. Winners were photographed receiving their awards with Sourcebook editor Julie Sanders and editor in chief Sharon Jaffe Dan.
October 4, 2016
Touted as the tallest condominium residence in downtown Bethesda, Cheval is set to redefine the city’s skyline. Cheval is elevating luxury living in Bethesda, rising 17 floors above the city, at the corner of Fairmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road.
Just steps from the Bethesda Metro station and a short walk to Woodmont Triangle and Bethesda Row, Cheval is surrounded by the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. This ideal, urban location is considered a “Walker’s Paradise,” with a Walk Score of 97 out of 100.
A rendering of the living room space at Cheval.
When completed, in 2017, Cheval will offer floorplans ranging from one-bedroom condos to penthouse residences with private rooftop terraces, priced from the $700’s to over $3 million.
A rendering of a bathroom at Cheval.
These modern residences will feature eight-foot walls of windows, inviting in abundant natural light and providing gorgeous panoramic views of downtown Bethesda. Each residence will also include a private balcony, a terrace or both.
The rooftop terrace at Cheval.
Residents at Cheval Bethesda will have access to unparalleled amenities: on-site garage parking, a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room, as well as a rooftop social area featuring a bar and a stylish club room. Cheval’s on-site concierge will provide a variety of services to complement residents’ lifestyles, including dry cleaning, dog walking and grooming, car detailing, transportation arrangements and in-residence catering.
Prospective residents, realtors and other interested parties can visit ChevalBethesda.comor call (301) 476-1527 for more information. The Cheval Bethesda sales gallery is also open daily at 7706 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, and private appointments are available.
A taste of Manhattan in Bethesda
By Michele Lerner and Deborah K. Dietsch September 29 at 7:00 AM
When arriving home from a vacation means tossing your keys to the valet parking attendant who greets you by name, chatting with the concierge about your theater tickets and walking into a freshly cleaned home with a restocked refrigerator, you may feel as if you’re a chic New Yorker living on Manhattan’s East Side. Instead, you could be living a pampered life at the Lauren, one of Bethesda’s newest and costliest new condominiums, developed by 1788 Holdings and Persimmon Capital Partners.
“Our residents are what I call ‘working wealthy’ people who may have another home elsewhere and who travel often,” says developer Larry Goodwin, principal of 1788 Holdings, a real estate development company in Bethesda. “They are short on time and longer on money, so they value every amenity we can provide that creates more time for them.”
Goodwin previously developed upscale residential buildings for Goldman Sachs in New York City, which he says influences his emphasis on elegant design and high levels of service for residents at the Lauren.
“We always shoot for timeless elegance, nothing trendy,” Goodwin says.
“We lived in a single-family home in Rockville for 40 years, but we’re both from New York City and wanted a walking lifestyle and a more urban environment,” says Karen Lowe. “We looked everywhere over a few years and realized that Bethesda worked well because we can be close to our friends and to the things we like to do. We hardly ever use our car.”
After Goodwin purchased the site at 4901 Hampden Lane from Ron Paul, chief executive of EagleBank, he worked with architect Robert Swedroe of Robert M. Swedroe Architects and Planners in Miami and interior designer Jeff Akseizer of Akseizer Design Group in Alexandria to design the Lauren. Goodwin named the building after his sister Lauren and Paul’s daughter Lauren, as well as to evoke the classic American style of fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
The Lauren comprises 29 condos ranging from $950,000 for a 1,189-square-foot one-bedroom unit to $4.8 million for a 3,500-square-foot three-bedroom condo. The penthouse, which has 5,760 square feet, is priced at $10.5 million. Monthly condo fees are 97 cents per square foot, ranging from $1,153 up to $5,562 for the penthouse.
Residents and guests enter the Lauren through a two-story lobby with textured glass panels and a glass sculpture designed and crafted by Savoy Studios in Portland, Ore. A backlit glass panel on the granite-clad exterior of the seven-story building glows at night to mark the entrance.
“When we did our market research, we realized that our buyers would be doing high-end customization of their units, so we knew the amenities had to be as great as the units,” Goodwin says. “The level of luxury has to be the same: No one wants to be in a party space that’s a plain box if their unit is beautifully customized.”
The Onyx Lounge on the lower level of the Lauren, designed by Akseizer, has a backlit slab of onyx behind the bar, an onyx-topped table for eight and herringbone-patterned wood flooring. There are wing chairs near the entrance to the room, another sitting nook and a gas fireplace in the main sitting area.
“We wanted to make the lounge into a space people could use spontaneously, with different seating areas so more than one group of people could use it at once,” Goodwin says. “At the same time, we wanted the space to be elegant enough to use for special events or even a board meeting.”
Residents can reserve the lounge for private entertaining, which has an adjacent catering kitchen.
The wine program at the Lauren includes the services of Jarad Slipp, a master sommelier and estate director of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Va. Each homeowner has a wine locker with racks for 50 bottles and can consult with Slipp about wine collecting. Quarterly wine tastings are held in the lounge.
Also on the lower level is a 24-hour fitness center with exercise equipment and two personal trainers on call for homeowners at $50 per hour.
The Lauren’s roof deck, inspired by the outdoor lounge area of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., has seven seating areas and four wet bars, shaded by pergolas with granite piers. This area also includes a catering kitchen and restrooms. The other side of the roof has been divided into seven private decks, each with a wet bar, that come with units on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors.
Perhaps more important to buyers at the Lauren than the wine lounge, fitness center and roof terrace is the level of service provided to smooth their lives.
“The best thing we can do for the residents is to free up their time and make their life easier,” Goodwin says.
Lauren residents can enjoy hotel-style room service from one of several restaurants in the area, delivered by the concierge staff at the condo. The Indigo Rewards program for homeowners entitles them to discounts and services from businesses that have partnered with the Lauren, such as Bethesda Florist, Equinox Bethesda, Pottery Barn, Super Cleaners, Urban Country, artisanal oil and vinegar store Secolari and grocery delivery service Relay Foods. Restaurant partnerships include Kapnos Kouzina, La Madeleine, Mon Ami Gabi, Mamma Lucia, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Redwood Restaurant and Bar and Silver.
While Goodwin emphasizes services and amenities at the Lauren, the Lowes say the condo unit itself enticed them to buy there.
“We looked at resales and new construction and rentals and purchases all over D.C. and Bethesda and Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase, but we needed to find the right apartment and the right location,” Jack Lowe says. “A lot of the places we looked at were meant for people without any stuff. We were ready to downsize, but we still have books and things that we wanted to keep.”
The Lowes sold their 3,200-square-foot single-family home in Rockville, downsizing from its expansive interiors with a garage and an attic for extra storage. Their condo at the Lauren has 1,950 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a balcony. They also have a storage space in the basement.
“We love entertaining, so we like the fact that we can extend our dining-room seating into the living area when we have more people for dinner,” Karen Lowe says. “We also liked that the master suite is on the other side of the living space. We use our second bedroom as an office and guest room.”
Swedroe, known for designing residential buildings with direct elevator access to each unit, routinely places the master suite at the opposite side of the unit from other bedrooms for privacy. At the Lauren, 70 percent of the units have direct elevator access into a private foyer with marble flooring and space for a console table. These private foyers have a front door into the unit and a second door to a hallway with access to stairs and a building elevator in case the private elevator is out of service.
In addition to appreciating their privacy, the Lowes are aware of the steps taken to make every unit quiet.
“We have an urban view, but we never hear noise from the street,” Jack Lowe says. “The interior doors are so solid that if you close the laundry-room door you don’t hear the machine, and you never hear people in the hallway or from other homes, either.”
The model unit in the Lauren, which has 2,450 square feet, is priced at $2.5 million. Designed by Akseizer, this unit has wide-plank walnut flooring, a standard feature in every unit. The open-floor-plan kitchen has white marble counters, white cabinets, a center island with a wine refrigerator and microwave and a peninsula with a sink.
In addition to delivering meals, the concierge staff can arrange housekeeping services, personal catering and chef services, pet sitting, event planning, appointment scheduling, gift coordination, travel bookings and shipping and delivery services. The “While Away” program takes care of units while the owners are out of town, cleaning out their refrigerator when they leave, watering plants and restocking the kitchen before their return. The concierge can take care of car appointments and meet contractors for maintenance appointments.
“We want the concierge to blend into residents’ lives,” Goodwin says. “There are always two concierges behind the front desk, one for every 14 couples in the building. We’re asking residents to tell us what they want and we’re hopeful that everyone will develop a close relationship with the concierge, to the point that they’re comfortable that the concierge has their American Express card number on file.”
The great room includes a gas fireplace with built-in shelving and cabinets and access to the terrace. Nearby is the master bedroom suite, which has two walk-in closets. The master bathroom has a TV screen hidden in the mirror, a standard feature at the Lauren; marble flooring and double sinks. This unit also has an office with a Juliet balcony and a built-in desk, a second bedroom with a private full bathroom and a laundry room with a sink.
Lauren buyers are provided with customization services from California Closets. The Lowes also had a desk, shelves and cabinets built into the office and customized shelves and cabinets built into their bedroom.
Each unit at the Lauren comes with a Nest thermostat and Lutron shading controls connected to a Control4 automated system that allows residents to preheat the oven, close the drapes, change the temperature and dim the lights from a smartphone or computer.
The penthouse, priced at $10.5 million, has a 1,350-square-foot private terrace featuring a wet bar with a refrigerator. Inside, the entrance foyer has one of the condo’s two powder rooms and a wine cellar with room for 2,000 bottles of wine.
The great room in this unit has three sets of French doors opening onto the large terrace and includes a marble wet bar and a two-sided gas fireplace shared with the dining room. The kitchen includes a butler’s pantry, a walk-in pantry, upgraded appliances and a wine refrigerator. The kitchen opens to an informal dining area and a terrace.
The penthouse master bedroom suite has a separate study with a door to another terrace, two walk-in closets, a bedroom with sliding glass doors to the terrace and a luxurious bathroom with a 15-foot-long vanity with two sinks, two separate cubicles with toilets, a soaking tub and a separate shower with multiple shower heads.
Goodwin says the master suite in the penthouse encompasses about 1,800 square feet. At the opposite end of the penthouse are two more bedrooms, a den, a maid’s room, three full bathrooms and another powder room.
“We want the penthouse to be a showcase for the Lauren, a statement of what it’s all about to live somewhere with this level of luxury,” says Goodwin, who has yet to seal the deal on the penthouse.
For the Lowes, some of the simpler aspects of living at the Lauren mean more than the glamour of the luxury appointments.
“They made everything so easy when we moved in,” Jack Lowe says. “As we unpacked our 200 boxes, we just tossed them in the hall and someone would come haul them away for us. We mentioned that it was a little hard to see around a curve into the garage, and within a day there was a mirror installed there.”
Whether they most appreciate the services, wine lounge, rooftop terrace or joy of a customized closet, residents at the Lauren are learning what it means to be living a life wrapped in luxury.
An enclave of Craftsman-style single-family houses in Vienna, Va.
By Audrey Hoffer September 20
On a little piece of land just up a driveway from Courthouse Road in Vienna, Va., eight spacious Craftsman-style single-family houses are taking shape along a short cul-de-sac.
This is the Vienna Grove property by Christopher Cos., a locally owned firm based in Oakton, Va. One day recently, there was one model house, one framed, one foundation laid and one tall pile of dirt next to a red dump truck filled with construction materials. The site remains a work in progress that shows the evolution of a house from hole in the ground to skeleton to half-finished to ready for sale.
Lot sizes range from about 7,000 to 13,000 square feet, or a little more than a sixth of an acre to a little less than a third. One house is sold and seven are on the market. McWilliams Ballard is handling sales.
They live on the northeast side of Vienna and wanted to stay in Vienna because “it’s an eclectic town,” Wilson said.
They looked around for a while and then went to 11 houses in one day. “We were either crazy or dedicated,” he said. “This was by far the best one we saw.” So they signed a contract.
“As we walked through, the craftsmanship and attention to detail was excellent, and there were no minor flaws. The other thing appealing to us was the high level of standard finishes. We didn’t need to get upgrades. They were definitely a selling point,” he said.
Lots face trees: The kitchen, in the back left corner, has space for a breakfast nook with a table and chairs and melds seamlessly with a large family room. Wilson liked that the “family room and kitchen are in one piece and the den is on the first floor. The space isn’t broken up with a formal living room,” he said. A deck can be built off the kitchen, and on most of the home sites, it will face trees. A mudroom leading into the garage is a place for sneakers, sunscreen and bug spray, and boots in the winter.
Four bedrooms fill out the second floor, and none of them share a wall, enhancing privacy and quiet. Two bedrooms share a bathroom, one has an en-suite bathroom, and the master bedroom and bath stretch across the back end of the house. Wilson and his wife like the upstairs layout and the master bathroom with dual vanities on opposite walls.
The finished basement is designed to be personalized into a bedroom suite, a lounge (perhaps with a wet bar), a play area, a media room, an office, or an exercise room. If it becomes an exercise room, a rubberized floor, full wall mirror and recessed ceiling lights are options.
“The lot size is very nice, too,” Wilson said. “Not too big or small. Having an acre is nice, but someone has to mow it.”
Neighbor to Wolf Trap: Vienna is loaded with recreational facilities. Nottoway Park, operated by Fairfax County, spreads across 84 acres. There are picnic tables in the shade to rent, ball courts, grass fields and wooded trails.
Wolf Trap, the well known outdoor concert venue, is also a 117-acre park, with trails, picnic areas and eating establishments. Tamarack Park is also close by. And the 95-acre Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and flower lovers. Three gardens bloom with seasonal flowers. This month, chrysanthemums, ferns, herbs and annuals are featured. In October, there’ll be grasses, conifers, pansies, salvia and fall tree colors. Miles of trails crisscross the Meadowlark grounds, some with lake views. There’s an 18th-century log cabin and an indoor tropical garden. On Sept. 24, the Kiln Club of Washington will host a pottery sale of handmade ceramics.
Plenty of activities: Vienna has hundreds of retail outlets, restaurants and commercial services. The local government website — viennava.gov — offers a list of shops by category, including clothing, child care, pets, banking, lawn and garden, music lessons and health.
On Fridays at 9:30 a.m. the mayor leads a walking tour from Town Hall. On Saturdays the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna sponsors a farmers market in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church at 301 Center St. South, and Sunday nights the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department hosts bingo.
Schools: Marshall Road Elementary, Thoreau Middle, James Madison High.
Transit: From the District take Interstate 66 East past the outer loop of the Beltway/Interstate 495 at Exit 64. Get off at Exit 62 and head right on Virginia Route 243 North/Nutley St. Turn left on Courthouse Road, continue past Nottoway Park on the left and then take a sharp right up the driveway at the Vienna Grove sign.
“What gravitated us to the house was access to 66, 495 and downtown Vienna,” Wilson said. He works in Reston, and his wife’s office is in Tysons, “but the ability to easily get to the Metro if one of us did get a job downtown is appealing.”
The two closest Metro stations are Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Dunn Loring-Merrifield on the Orange Line. All day parking at both is $4.85, and there are bike racks and lockers.
9616 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, Va.
When completed, the development will have eight single-family houses, priced from $1.295 million to $1.445 million.
Builder: Christopher Cos.
Features: The houses are Energy Star certified with a HERS Index Score of 53. (HERS measures energy efficiency on a scale of 0 to 100. The lower the score, the more energy-efficient the house.) Exterior walls are made of two-by-six-inch planks. Tankless water treatment (treating and heating water on demand) is standard, and there’s an option to install solar and/or geothermal systems. Z-Wave wireless technology offers programmable thermostats. There is a 10-foot-high ceiling on the first floor, and nine-foot-high ceilings on the second floor and in the finished basement. There are GE Café Series appliances, Delta Arctic faucets and under-cabinet LED lighting.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5 / 5 to 6
Square footage: 5,600 to 5,900
Homeowners association fee: $225 per month
View model: Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and by appointment other days.
Sales: Jacob Ballard, 703-963-1422 orwww.christophercompanies.com/communities/vienna-grove/