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Urban Turf Discovers NoMa’s First High-Rise Condominium, The Lexicon

Size Meets Luxury at NoMa’s First and Only High-Rise Condominium

September 15, 2016

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An external rendering of The Lexicon.

The Lexicon, a strategically located luxury condominium development in the vibrant and growing NoMa neighborhood, brings together the best in convenience and modern amenities (map). Developed by the Bush Companies, creators of urban high-rise condominium homes such as Elan at East Market, 414 Water Street and 2020 Lofts, The Lexicon recently opened its sales gallery and design center to prospective buyers.

The property’s 182 one- and two-bedroom residences range in size from 650 to over 1,350 square feet. Each residence features hardwood floors in all living areas and porcelain tile in the kitchen, baths and foyer. All of the homes include gourmet kitchens with gas cooking, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, baths with soaking tubs, and gas for efficient heat and hot water. Outdoor balconies or terraces and spacious walk-in closets are offered with nearly every home.

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A rendering of the living room space at The Lexicon.

One-bedroom homes at The Lexicon start at $415,000 and two-bedroom homes start at $620,000. With easy access to NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station, Amtrak, VRE, Marc and Interstate 395, The Lexicon gives residents ample means to travel and explore the city and beyond. Residents will also be treated to over 130 of the best restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment venues the city has to offer, all within walking distance.

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A rendering of the pool at The Lexicon.

Amenities are in abundance at The Lexicon and include a full-time on-site manager, a concierge service, a fully-equipped business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a two-level cascading pool, a club room and complimentary bike storage. Three levels of underground garage parking ensure that all residents will have the opportunity to purchase a parking space and individual storage spaces are available to purchase. The Lexicon also has 8,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor.

The Lexicon sales gallery, located at 72 Florida Avenue NE, is officially open. Weekday appointments are available, and an open house is held every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. Pre-construction sales are underway, with the earliest move-in dates slated for late summer 2017. Future owners have the exclusive opportunity to hand select finishes and upgrades for their home.

For more information about The Lexicon or to schedule an appointment to visit the sales gallery, contact Jennie Mann with McWilliams|Ballard by phone at 703-945-6983 or via email at jmann@mcwilliamsballard.com.

Washington Post Explores Gallery Towns at Monroe Street Market

Neighborly rowhouses within walking distance of a bustling arts district

By Audrey Hoffer September 7 at 7:00 AM


Dining and living rooms stretch from the kitchen across to the other side of the unit. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Brookland in Northeast Washington is one of the city’s new urban destinations. Cranes crisscross the sky, bringing up low-rise residences and commercial buildings. A Metro station is just steps from a weekend farmers market, restaurants, cafes and an art corridor packed with galleries and craft shops. And because Brookland lies in the shadow of Catholic University, it’s a bedroom community for faculty and students.

Gallery Towns is a new collection of 45 townhouses on two acres along three blocks — Seventh Street, Lancaster Street and Kenneth Street. They are walking distance to everything William and Leigh Bowman need.

“I walk to work in six minutes,” said William Bowman, newly appointed dean of the Busch School of Business and Economics at Catholic University. “We walk to mass daily at the Basilica of the National Shrine. We can invite colleagues and students to visit, and they don’t have to take a car to get here. And some of my students live down the block.”

Mike Dickerson and Jen Flinn came from Takoma D.C. at the end of May. They’d looked at rowhouses and townhouses for a couple of years but never hit upon the right thing.

“We managed to come out here on a whim. We wandered through and fell in love and made our decision on the spot. We’ve actually come to like the area even more than when we looked at places,” he said.

The streetscape is urban, and the townhouses look like a contemporary version of older rowhouses across the city. “If you look at the surrounding neighborhood, you see that everyone has a front porch,” said Jennifer Felix, a community sales manager. “We took note of that and designed all units with a small front porch. It’s very neighborly.

Units are soundproof: Bozzuto built Gallery Towns, and McWilliams-Ballard is handling sales. Twenty-seven units are sold. Eighteen are for sale. “I was here 10 years ago when the neighborhood was a threatening place to be, but Bozzuto changed the character,” William Bowman said.

The four-level residences are arranged in three groupings that form a triangle around a parking courtyard. This placement confers maximum visual space and window privacy. Most homes don’t face another.

Three models — Bartlett, Benton, Calder — offer units that are 16 or 18 feet wide, with either a garage or a finished basement and back yard. The back yards are fenced and big enough to meet the District requirement that barbecue grills be 10 feet from residences. All units have at least one parking space, and a few have two. There will be 15 visitor spots.

Kitchens are on one end of the main living floor, and light pours in from three large windows. Cabinetry is flat-faced, and stoves vent out. Dining and living rooms stretch from the kitchen across to the other side of the unit.

Master suites are in the rear so street noise is at a minimum, and walls between units are soundproof. “We never hear our neighbors or the 8-week-old baby next door,” Bowman said, “though I do like babies.”

Master bedrooms can accommodate king-size beds, and there are two side-by-side closets. Master bathrooms offer a double vanity. “They’re a nice feature. I like to say they can save marriages,” Felix said. Laundry hookups are in a closet. A second bedroom and bath is on the opposite end of the unit.

The fourth-level loft can be configured as an open-space lounge and wet bar, bedroom and sitting area, media room, office or playroom. A rooftop deck is standard, and a one-or-two-sided gas fireplace is optional.

What’s nearby: Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is a wide pedestrian street with more than three dozen studios and workshops for painting, sculpture, leather, photography, poetry and music. There are free nightly community events, including walks and talks and music and dance. Check monroestreetmarket.com/events for a schedule. Dance Place, in a colorful building designed by a local architect, offers performances and dance classes in tap, hip hop, West African, salsa, modern, flamenco and classical. Busboys and Poets is a bookstore, cafe, bar and event venue with a wide sidewalk seating area. Smith Public Trust is a multicultural communal art space and restaurant with a 40-foot-long bar made from a metal shipping container. Filter Coffeehouse and the Bike Rack are two stores in one space, so you can grab a coffee as you try out bicycles.

Schools: Brookland Education Campus @ Bunker Hill serves prekindergarten to eighth grade, and Roosevelt High @ MacFarland serves ninth to 12th grades.

Transit: Metro station Brookland-CUA on the Red Line is walking distance. There are 10 bike racks and 16 lockers. Brookland borders Maryland and is surrounded by Petworth, Columbia Heights, Trinidad and Langdon.

Gallery Towns

613 Lancaster St. NE, Washington, D.C.

The 45 four-level townhouses are priced from $799,900 to $935,900 .

Builder: Bozzuto

Features: Exterior facades are brick in varying shades of red, and rears are covered in HardiePlank siding. A gas furnace is 92 percent high-efficiency. Windows are Jeld-Wen energy-efficient, insulated, vinyl, single-hung with screens. Door hardware is by Schlage. The interior is wired for high-speed Internet, cable and telephone. Ceilings are nine feet on three levels and eight feet on the fourth. Energy Star kitchen appliances are by Whirlpool. There are maple cabinets, quartz counters and a Kohler faucet.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 4 / 3 to 4

Square footage: 1,900 to 2,300

Homeowners association fee: $160 per month

View model: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday

Sales: Courtney Ritter or Jennifer Felix, 202-853-1784 orgallerytownhomes.com 

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The One-Five, Urban Turf Discovers Capitol Hill’s Newest Condominium

THIS WEEKEND TOUR CAPITOL HILL’S NEWEST 41-UNIT CONDO DEVELOPMENT

July 12, 2016
by UrbanTurf Sponsor

With sales already underway for Capitol Hill’s newest 41-unit condominium The One- Five, this weekend is the first opportunity for prospective buyers to tour the property’s brand new model home.

The One-Five includes junior one-bedroom, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom units. All homes include open floorplans, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors throughout, stainless steel Bosch appliances, custom cabinetry, white quartz countertops and nine-foot ceilings. Select first floor units include private outdoor terraces, and many of the upper level units offer expansive views of Pennsylvania Avenue and the Capitol.

Amenities include bike storage and a shared roof deck with panoramic views of Capitol Hill. A limited number of garage parking spaces are also available.

The One-Five is centrally located at 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, just blocks from the Potomac Avenue Metro station, Harris Teeter and Eastern Market, and is also close to the H Street Corridor. To book a tour between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday or Sunday (July 16th or 17th), visit The One-Five online here. Move-ins for the property will begin in late August/early September and prices start in the low $300,000s.

Urban Turf Covers Abdo’s The Select at Gaslight Square

Coming Soon: 37 One- and Two-Story Condos in the Heart of Arlington

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The Select, the third and final phase of Abdo Development‘s award winning Gaslight Square condominium, is under construction with an anticipated completion date of mid-2017. Located in the heart of Arlington, The Select comprises 37 one- and two-story condominiums, featuring one to three bedrooms, volumetric floor plans, modern finishes and direct elevators.

With both 19-foot ceilings and a corridor-free design, the homes will offer unparalleled privacy and an abundance of natural light. The Select’s two-story courtyard lofts include 350 to 450 square feet of outdoor space, while penthouse residences have nearly 300-square-foot private rooftop terraces.

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“The Select at Gaslight Square has sold over 20 percent of the available units during the developer pre-release period.  This illustrates the quality of the product and the related demand. We are excited to open the property to the public,” says Clint Mann, Executive Vice President at McWilliams|Ballard. ​​

Additional features at the new residences include Wolf-Subzero© appliance packages, custom bathrooms, designer lighting and hardwood flooring throughout. Secure and private underground parking is also available.

The Select is located 1610-C N Queen Street (map) between the Courthouse and Rosslyn Metro stations, close to dining and entertainment in Arlington as well as all of the luxuries of Georgetown and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

To learn more or schedule a tour of The Select at Gaslight Square residences, visit the property’s website here.

Washington Post Covers Stonehall Bethesda

More upscale condos coming to Bethesda

May 18 at 5:30 AM

Downtown Bethesda is quickly becoming high-rise condo central, where developers are building upscale, expensive homes for downsizing empty-nesters and younger professionals.

Access to Bethesda’s restaurants, shops and entertainment venues as well as to the Bethesda Metro station is the prime feature drawing buyers to the area, along with the attraction of living in a new residence with concierge services and on-site amenities.

Stonehall Bethesda, a 46-unit condo to be built at 7706 Woodmont Ave., at Battery Lane, recently opened a sales center for prospective buyers. Models and the building itself are expected to open in summer 2017.

The units will have an open floor plan, hardwood flooring, tile flooring in the bathrooms, quartz counters and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, oversized windows, quartz counters on the bathroom vanities and walk-in closets. Some of the residences include a balcony or terrace.

For more information and updates, visitwww.stonehallbethesda.com or call the McWilliams Ballard sales office at 301-747-3217.

1304 Rhode Island, an historic building near Logan Circle packs in modern style

May 3 at 7:00 AM

Developer Adam Stifel, owner of CAS Riegler Companies, has carved a niche in the renovation market of boutique properties in historic neighborhoods.

In his most recent project, 1304 Rhode Island in Northwest Washington, he transformed a house into a six-unit condominium building near Logan Circle. Stifel bought the 1888 building from a law firm that occupied it for 20 years. Renovation is complete, and delivery has started. Three units are sold; three are on the market.

Andrew Tierney, on the Australian ambassador’s staff, moved in recently. “I’ve always found the stretch from Logan Circle to Dupont Circle very attractive because of the parks, shops and restaurants,” Tierney said.

“I was riding my bike past the property and saw the sign. Then everything fell into place,” he added. “That was my primary motivation for moving. Another was that my husband passed away two years ago, and this is sort of a way to shake off ghosts of the past and find something new.”

Historic aesthetic: “The property has great appeal,” said Timur Loynab, listing agent and vice president at McWilliams Ballard, the firm handling sales and marketing. “The developer retained interior elements that lend historic charm and also provided a new-build within the backdrop of the historic Logan Circle neighborhood.”

The neighborhood emerged in the late 19th century around Logan Circle Park, filled today with benches, paths and mature shade trees.

Rhode Island Avenue is one of the streets radiating outward from the circle. The 1304 condo is a four-story, burgundy-red, brick-and-stone building with rounded bays on the ground, first and second floors. “It was in okay shape structurally and had great bones without requiring an addition,” said Stifel.

“From a historic point of view, we couldn’t change the front presentation and it’s as original as we could keep it,” said Mike Boyd with Snead Construction, the project’s general contractor.

He shored up the top and sidewall and added star bolts below the roof. “These are connected to metal rods that go through the wall into the floor joists. They help support the facade and anchor it to the rest of the building,” he said, “and they fit the historic aesthetic.”

Windows were restored by a specialist joinery in New Hampshire. “We took the sashes out, repaired rotted parts and replaced the glass with bent acrylic panels,” he said. “Then we brought them back and reworked the counterweights and pulleys in place.”

Floors are composed of several layers — sound-absorbing material, an inch of lightweight concrete, another layer of sound-absorbing material and finally the six-inch-wide wood planks fit together and locked in place in what is called a floating floor. Drywall is 5/8 of an inch thick; units don’t share walls, closet and room doors are solid, and the main entry doors are embedded with layer of gypsum. “This is one of the quietest buildings I’ve ever worked on,” said Stifel.

“There’s nothing cookie-cutter here. It’s all very nuanced,” said Loynab. The upper-level units are duplexes with master bedrooms overlooking 20-foot ceiling lofts and white metal spiral staircases leading to rooftop decks.

Double glass entry doors are topped with original stained glass. “The wood door frames were re-stained and brought back to life,” said Loynab. The entrance floor is made of original terra cotta-colored mini tiles and leads to a wood staircase with ornate railing, banister and spindles that were restored and resurfaced. A call box entry system — accessible by key fobs and linked to owners’ phones — was added.

 

What’s nearby: The 14th Street corridor, with Whole Foods at one end and Trader Joe’s at the other, is good, said Tierney. “I’ve seen the strip transform itself from an idea to quite a destination. Every available space is a restaurant, shop or gallery,” he said. Other close neighborhoods with dining, retail and entertainment venues are P Street, Dupont Circle, North End Shaw and U Street.

“I didn’t like it [D.C.] at first but have really grown to love it,” he said. “Washington is a very livable city. It’s a small town with big-city ambitions.”

Schools: Garrison Elementary, Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus (grades six through 12).

Transit: The Logan Circle neighborhood is walkable in every direction, and many streets have bike lanes. Tierney said he walks or bikes to the Australian Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. “I have a car but don’t really use it,” he said. The Dupont Circle Metro station on the Red Line and the Shaw-Howard University Station on the Green and Yellow lines aren’t far. Metrobus lines run on nearby streets.

1304 Rhode Island

1304 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington

The three remaining condominiums are priced from $479,900 to $999,900.

Builder: CAS Riegler

Features: Ceiling height is 12 feet, and in loft areas it’s 20 feet. There are Pella windows, Elfa shelving systems, Nest thermostats and keyless entry by August. Six-inch-wide oak-plank flooring runs through the units. The kitchen and bathrooms are lined with marble, the shower door is frameless glass and bathroom fixtures are by Waterworks. Stainless-steel appliances are Bosch and Liebherr.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 2/1 to 2

Square footage: 700 to 1,200

Condominium association fee: $217.87 to $363.82

View model: By appointment.

Sales: David Blaha 202.350.2262 or www.1304RhodeIsland.com

Rosslyn Quietly Becomes the Area’s Hotspot for Luxury Real Estate

Rosslyn Quietly Becomes the Area’s Hotspot for Luxury Real Estate

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am0

As developers scrambled over recent years to meet the demand for luxury homes in the D.C. area they pushed projects further and further into the suburbs, losing much of the urban appeal, character and convenience that is found in the area’s epicenter. Families followed the real estate trend and moved further out in search of new construction communities, but young professionals quickly filled the area’s urban spaces. What followed this shift in demographics was a resurgence of energy and an immediate demand for a vibrant social lifestyle in what were formerly considered to be “boring” neighborhoods.

Rosslyn was one of the most notable benefactors of this urban resurgence as the neighborhood transitioned from a pass-through area of corporate buildings and lunch delis to an area rich in dining, shopping and nightlife. Most importantly Rosslyn emerged from this transition and maintained its urban character, becoming very appealing to homebuyers looking for exactly that.

A problem for home shoppers arose, however, as professionals drawn to Rosslyn’s urban feel and newfound social vibrancy were hard pressed to find newly constructed homes to purchase. Most of what was on the market were remnants of the “boring” Rosslyn, requiring buyers to consider costly upgrades following a purchase if they wanted the latest in modern luxury. Enter Rosslyn Key.

Rosslyn Key, an urban community of luxury townhomes by Madison Homes, gave buyers exactly what they wanted: new construction luxury homes with all the conveniences and urban appeal Rosslyn had to offer. Purchasing a newly constructed home within walking distance to both Georgetown and Clarendon without having to remodel or reconstruct became a mission for high-end home shoppers in this transformed neighborhood, and Rosslyn Key delivered.

The community of 4-level city townhomes offers standard features such as Thermador designer kitchens, hardwood floors, rooftop terraces, 2 car garages and even have elevators available all within 3 blocks to Rosslyn’s metro, shopping and bistros. The features and layout of these townhomes are certainly one of a kind.

Rosslyn Key scratched the itched of the luxury buyer looking for new construction. Because of everything these townhomes have to offer combined with their location in one of the D.C. Metro’s hottest neighborhoods, buyers have already snatched up 20 of the 25 available homes. Only 5 remain before Rosslyn Key is completely sold out.

Priced from $1.3 million, Rosslyn Key truly combined luxury with location to become Arlington’s hottest townhome community. Visit RosslynKey.com to view the floor plans, features and options in each of these homes. The furnished model home is open Friday – Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment to see these amazing homes in person or call 703-665-1792 to set an appointment. Visit rosslynkey.com for more information.

Rosslyn Quietly Becomes the Areas Hotspot for Luxury Real Estate

Rosslyn Quietly Becomes the Areas Hotspot for Luxury Real Estate

by ARLnow.com Sponsor May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am0

As developers scrambled over recent years to meet the demand for luxury homes in the D.C. area they pushed projects further and further into the suburbs, losing much of the urban appeal, character and convenience that is found in the areas epicenter. Families followed the real estate trend and moved further out in search of new construction communities, but young professionals quickly filled the areas urban spaces. What followed this shift in demographics was a resurgence of energy and an immediate demand for a vibrant social lifestyle in what were formerly considered to be boring neighborhoods.

Rosslyn was one of the most notable benefactors of this urban resurgence as the neighborhood transitioned from a pass-through area of corporate buildings and lunch delis to an area rich in dining, shopping and nightlife. Most importantly Rosslyn emerged from this transition and maintained its urban character, becoming very appealing to homebuyers looking for exactly that.

A problem for home shoppers arose, however, as professionals drawn to Rosslyns urban feel and newfound social vibrancy were hard pressed to find newly constructed homes to purchase. Most of what was on the market were remnants of the boring Rosslyn, requiring buyers to consider costly upgrades following a purchase if they wanted the latest in modern luxury. Enter Rosslyn Key.

Rosslyn Key, an urban community of luxury townhomes by Madison Homes, gave buyers exactly what they wanted: new construction luxury homes with all the conveniences and urban appeal Rosslyn had to offer. Purchasing a newly constructed home within walking distance to both Georgetown and Clarendon without having to remodel or reconstruct became a mission for high-end home shoppers in this transformed neighborhood, and Rosslyn Key delivered.

The community of 4-level city townhomes offers standard features such as Thermador designer kitchens, hardwood floors, rooftop terraces, 2 car garages and even have elevators available all within 3 blocks to Rosslyns metro, shopping and bistros. The features and layout of these townhomes are certainly one of a kind.

Rosslyn Key scratched the itched of the luxury buyer looking for new construction. Because of everything these townhomes have to offer combined with their location in one of the D.C. Metros hottest neighborhoods, buyers have already snatched up 20 of the 25 available homes. Only 5 remain before Rosslyn Key is completely sold out.

Priced from $1.3 million, Rosslyn Key truly combined luxury with location to become Arlingtons hottest townhome community. Visit RosslynKey.com to view the floor plans, features and options in each of these homes. The furnished model home is open Friday Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment to see these amazing homes in person or call 703-665-1792 to set an appointment. Visit rosslynkey.com for more information.

URBAN TURF COVERS THE UPCOMING GRAND OPENING OF 930Rose

Pike & Rose, is more than a new neighborhood in North Bethesda, it’s an entirely new way of living featuring dozens of brand new shops, dining and neighborhood amenities. Beginning on May 13th, those in search of a new kind of condominium living will have their opportunity to experience life at 930 Rose as sales begin at Pike & Rose’s latest residential community.

Now under construction, 930 Rose will be a 104-unit luxury condominium community built atop the ten-story boutique hotelCanopy by Hilton. Designed to look like a glass jewel box in the sky, the condo is planned for floors 11 through 21 of the property. Not only will residents have 360-degree views of the entire DC area, they will have access to a host of curated services and amenities offered to guests of the hotel below.

930 Rose will host a grand opening event on Thursday, May 12th from 6pm to 8pm, at Pike & Rose’s City Perch, which overlooks the 930 Rose site. Sales for the property will begin the following day at the on-site sales gallery that features fully built-out model kitchens, baths and a scale model of the entire building. To attend the event, visit the 930 Rose website here.

As the property is in early stages of construction, prospective buyers will have the opportunity to choose from endlessly customizable finish packages through the end of summer. Packages will include modern and traditional themes, and a variety of finish options will be available.

Plans for 930 Rose include studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, as well as two- and three-bedroom penthouses. The units will range from nearly 600 square feet to over 2,300 square feet and are priced from the low $300s to over $1 million.

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A rendering of a living room at 930 Rose.

Amenities specific to 930 Rose include a private entrance and lobby, full-time concierge, roof-top resident lounge and outdoor terrace. Residents can also opt into hotel services and amenities, which provides access to Canopy’s artisanal breakfast, discounts to the café and bar, valet laundry and dry cleaning, friends and family room rates, meeting and event discounts and catering. Owners will also receive a yearlong membership to Sport & Health, just one block from the property at Pike & Rose. All studios and one-bedroom units at 930 Rose come with one parking space; two- and three-bedroom units come with two parking spaces.

The Pike & Rose neighborhood already includes Best of Bethesda’s New Restaurant 2016 Summer House, Stella Barra, London-based Carluccio’s, Del Frisco’s Grill, a luxury movie cinema by iPic Theaters, Shop House, Nava Health, Lucky Brand and Francesca’s, and will include many more restaurants and shops by 930 Rose’s opening next year. The property is conveniently located within a five-minute walk of the White Flint Metro station, and one mile from I-270.

Sales for 930 Rose are by McWilliams|Ballard. Visit the property online here or schedule a visit to the 930 Rose sales center located at 11572 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethsda to see true-to-scale model rooms and samples of the property’s various finishes.

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