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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.

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.

Urban Turf Announces the Start of Hardhat Tours at Logan13

April 21, 2016 by UrbanTurf Sponsor

Hardhat tours start this week at Logan13, the 67-residence Logan Circle condo development that anticipates a September delivery. Prospective buyers can now get a first-hand sense of Logan13’s floor plans and the building’s fantastic views, which include landmarks as far as the National Cathedral and the Catholic Basilica from penthouse residences.

A rendering of a kitchen at Logan13.

At Logan13’s current pre-construction rates, residences are priced starting in the $300s for one-bedrooms; $699,000 for two-bedroom residences; and $1.1 million for penthouse residences.

Logan13‘s studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences range in size from 450 square feet to almost 1,200 square feet. The eight penthouse residences include both one- and two-bedroom layouts and all have private terraces. Most include balconies, and all residents will have access to a large common roof space, with a stainless steel grilling station and well-appointed furniture.

The view looking northeast from Logan13‘s penthouse level.

Every residence will include a Nest Thermostat and features like Bosch stainless steel appliances and front-loading washer/dryers. Finishes are contemporary-European and include quartz Caesarstone countertops and backsplashes, and wide plank flooring throughout by Kaindl. Storage spaces and underground parking are available at additional cost.


Stonehall’s Opening Highlighted In Bethesda Magazine

Sales Gallery For Bethesda Condo Building to Open on Woodmont Avenue

Stonehall is under construction at Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue


Rendering of the Stonehall condominium building under construction at Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue

A sales gallery for the luxury condominium building under construction at Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda will open a few blocks away in a property familiar to the project’s developer.

Stonehall, the nine-story, 46-unit building from Reston-based developer Duball, will feature two-bedroom condos with sales prices starting in the $800,000s, two-bedroom condos with a den starting at $1.3 million and penthouse condos starting at $2.3 million.

The sales gallery will open on  Saturday, April 16th by appointment only in a first-floor retail space of the Lionsgate condominium at 7706 Woodmont Ave. Duball also developed the Lionsgate project.

Alexandria-based McWilliams Ballard is handling the sales and marketing of the condos and will host a grand opening event Wednesday night at the Cordell Avenue restaurant Barrel and Crow.

Marketing materials for the condo are promoting the project’s location at the northern gateway to downtown Bethesda and the 50,000-square-foot Harris Teeter grocery store set to open across the street in the Flats 8300 apartment project.

Washington Post Discovers Columbia Place

An appealing urban enclave just off Columbia Pike in Arlington

By Audrey Hoffer April 6

Roughly five miles from the White House and one block from Columbia Pike at the intersection of 11th Street and South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, Va., a little corner has emerged as a new residential enclave.

Columbia Place condominiums ascend as a low-rise, four-story, red-brick building atop yellow-brick, street-level retail storefronts. It’s a wholly urban setting with plenty of pedestrians, cars, buses, bikers, shops, commercial services, apartment buildings, townhouses and older single-family houses.

Judi and David Specht were attracted to the community in part because of its 94 Walk Score, a ranking from 0 to 100 (with 100 as tops) that refers to the walkability to nearby shops and eateries and commuting distance by car, bus or bike. “I liked the idea that it’s a boutique condo and not a giant building,” said Judi Specht. “I can run errands on foot, and we can easily walk to restaurants and bars.”

Big for the price: Columbia Place comprises 14 condo units, each with a parking spot inside or out on a first-come basis. Eight are sold, and six are for sale. The first occupants moved in in early April.

“We have interest from a mix of people,” said Eric Tomlinson, sales manager with McWilliams Ballard, the company handling marketing and sales for Evergreene Homes, the builder. “Both young professionals and downsizers have visited and bought units. People like the new construction, and there’s not a lot in the area.”

Tanise Iqbal moved there from a rental in Alexandria. It’s her first home purchase. “I liked the newness of the building. It was appealing and affordable, and there’s a lot there to work with and make my own,” she said. She extended the hardwood flooring from the entry hall, kitchen and living room into the two bedrooms.

Noah Flaks moved into a top-floor unit from a Clarendon rental. “I saw pictures of the model online and liked them and went to take a look,” he said. He also added hardwood floors throughout the unit but not much else.

“It already included all sorts of extras, so I only had to put up window treatments,” he said. Arya, his cat, also likes the new space, he added. “There are a lot of windows, so she roams from window to window on the ledge.”

The Spechts plan to move in early May from their rental in Pentagon City. They’re new to the Washington region, having moved from Cincinnati about six months ago. During that time, they drove around to get an idea of places to live and properties to buy, “but we kept coming back to this one,” she said. “We loved the size. In D.C., we didn’t find anything this big for this price.”

Their unit is also on the fourth floor. “It’s high up. We can see the Army Navy Country Club and lots of treetops,” she added.

Before they settle in, “someone will come in to do lighting and window coverings. We had to insert some personality,” she said.

At 1,126 square feet, the smallest model is spacious and light-filled even on the second floor. The windows are large, and the building’s corner location offers unobstructed views and light flow. There are plenty of closets, and a full-size washer and dryer are behind a door off the kitchen. The kitchens and bathrooms have a contemporary look with brushed nickel fixtures and designer faucets. The kitchen bar is raised higher than the counter “so it’s nice and comfortable to sit at,” Tomlinson said.

What’s nearby: Winkler Botanical Preserve offers a 1.5-mile loop trail for hiking and biking. Barcroft Park comprises 65 acres of grass and ball courts for sports and ball games. Douglas Park is just five acres but has a picnic shelter, gazebo, nature trails and stream running through it. The 95.5-acre Glen Carlyn Park connects to Four Mile Run and the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail and boasts an amphitheater, dog park and the Long Branch Nature Center. There’s golf at the Army Navy Country Club, which is also a venue for weddings and other big affairs.

Penrose Square Giant is on Columbia Pike, a heavily commercial corridor chock full of stores for grocery shopping. There’s also Ballston Common Mall, Baileys Crossroads and Pentagon City for fashion, furnishings and dining.

Movie theaters include Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, AMC Loews Shirlington and Regal Ballston Common 12, and plays are performed at the Signature Theatre.

Three libraries offer a good selection of books and workspace for students after school: Columbia Pike Branch, Plaza Branch and Arlington Public Library.

Schools: Patrick Henry Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle, Wakefield High.

Transit: Columbia Place is a few blocks from Arlington Boulevard and a short drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway.

It’s about a 15-minute drive to downtown Washington along Virginia Route 120/Glebe Road and Interstate 395.

Iqbal drives to work at City Center because she drops off Cosita at a dog day care in Shirlington. Flaks works in Old Town Alexandria, and that’s “a really easy, short drive,” he said. Judi Specht will catch an express bus to her office and her husband, David, will drive to work in Manassas.

Columbia Place

1107 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.

The condominiums are priced from $539,900 to $589,900. The builder is offering an incentive: No condo fees are required until February 2017.

Builder: Evergreene Homes

Features: There’s on-site parking, a secured bike storage area, rear-and-street entrance to lobby and elevator in the lobby. Ceilings are nine feet high; oak hardwood floors run through foyer, kitchen and living room; smoke detectors and compact fluorescent energy efficient bulbs are installed. Silestone counters are standard in kitchen and bathrooms. Cabinets are maple/cherry, and appliances are Whirlpool.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2/2

Square footage: 1,126 to 1,325

Homeowners association fee: $479 per month.

View model: By appointment.

Sales: Eric Tomlinson, 813-205-3951 or

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March 22, 2016

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Washington Post covers Moda17’s Manhattan-Style Micro Units

March 22 at 7:00 AM

In recent years, the New York mainstay of micro-unit rentals has spread to Washington.

Although they may not have become as ingrained in the housing market here as they have in New York, micro-units have reached a critical milestone in D.C.: The first for-sale micro-units are now being offered in the city.

“D.C. may not be quite as tight on space as Manhattan, but there’s no question that there are sought-after areas of the city that offer the location, the lifestyle and convenience that people want but have limited options for new homes,” says John Guggenmos, a sales manager at McWilliams Ballard who is marketing a new micro-unit development in Adams Morgan.

“This is particularly true for young professionals in the city who would like to become homeowners or at least want to stop paying so much for rent,” Guggenmos adds. “A well-designed micro-unit can fill that need.”

Moda 17, which has 38 studio, one- and two-bedroom micro-units, has been designed by Adams Investment at 2424 17th St. NW on the corner of Kalorama Road. The residences range from 350 to 680 square feet.

“Whenever I show these homes I ask people to guess how big they are,” says Guggenmos. “Most people are surprised at how small they really are because they have been so well designed that they eliminate wasted space like long hallways.”

Approximately 40 percent of the residences have been sold, primarily to young first-time buyers, says Guggenmos. The developer anticipated that there might also be interest from buyers who want a small studio for city visits, but so far Guggenmos says those putting units under contract are buyers who plan to live there full time.

“The purchase price makes it cheaper to buy than to rent in this neighborhood,” he says. “These buyers are interested in owning a place as a steppingstone to eventually buy a larger home.”

The units are priced from $249,000 to $549,000, and monthly condo fees are relatively low at $191 to $383.

City views from rooftop: The prime attraction of Moda 17 is the neighborhood and the contemporary-style units. The condo fees are kept low by providing limited yet appealing amenities to residents. The building has wireless Internet service throughout the property and a bike storage room. Each unit also has a private storage space.

“The main amenity is that each unit has a private rooftop terrace with great views of the city,” says Guggenmos. “There are two stairwells that lead to the roof, and then the terraces are designated for various units so people can keep a cafe table and some chairs in their space and know it will always be available. There will be a central station with an icemaker so people will be able to bring drinks up and keep them cool.”

The terraces vary in size, with the smaller spaces designated for the smaller units at Moda 17.

The residences have been designed to maximize space with pocket doors, frosted sliding doors, built-in storage or shelving and even custom built-in beds in some homes.

Every home has oak hardwood flooring in the living areas, Porcelanosa tile flooring in the bathroom, LED recessed lighting, a Nest learning thermostat and a front-loading washer and dryer. Each kitchen has been designed to be as clean and sleek as possible, with panels on the front of the dishwasher and refrigerator that match the cabinets. The kitchen counters feature Krion, a heat-resistant solid surface that looks and feels like natural stone. The bathrooms have floating vanities for a contemporary look and to keep the rooms feeling more open.  The one-bedroom residence has an open kitchen, living and dining area, a bedroom and a full bath.

Some of the two-bedroom units, says Guggenmos, are comparable to a “convertible one-bedroom” or a one-bedroom with a den. These units have a frosted glass door that can be left open or used to close off the second bedroom space into a home office or a guest bedroom. However, these units have two full bathrooms and can function as a traditional two-bedroom if desired.

What’s nearby: Moda 17 is adjacent to the heart of Adams Morgan’s nightlife and restaurants, but on a quieter side street so that residents can escape the party atmosphere. The condos are across the street from a Harris Teeter grocery store and within walking distance of countless restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in Adams Morgan, Logan Circle, the U Street corridor, 14th Street and Dupont Circle.

The neighborhood earns a 93 Walk Score for walkability, an 84 Transit Score for the ability to use public transportation for most activities and a 93 Bike Score for access to bike lanes and flat streets for easier biking. Each score — on a scale of one to 100, with 100 being the best score — represents the availability of places within walking distance, public transit options and bike lanes.

Schools: Marie Reed Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo High

Transit: Numerous bus routes serve this neighborhood including 42, 43, H1, S1, S2, 4, S9, 90, 93, 96, X3, L2 and the Circulator Bus. Woodley Road, Dupont Circle and U Street Metro stations are each a little over one mile away.

Moda 17

2424 17th St. NW, Washington

Urban Turf Highlights Logan 13

New-home opportunities available for buyers willing to wait

If you’re interested in buying a newly constructed house in the Washington region, you’ll find plenty of options in a variety of price ranges.

Just be prepared for a long wait — there may be few move-in-ready options this spring.

“There’s definitely a lot of building going on, but builders are being a little more cautious and avoiding getting ahead of buyers,” says Ben Sage, director of the Mid-Atlantic region of Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company in Chantilly, Va. “Builders were optimistic in 2014, but they found that the demand wasn’t what they thought it would be.”

Still, across the country, buyers’ appetite for newly constructed housing is growing. In a report issued this week, new-home sales rose 7.8 percent in February to 539,000, representing an 84-month high.

As with all real estate in the region, the level of new home construction depends on location. Construction of more condo and single-family-home developments is beginning to emerge in the city and inside the Beltway in close-in suburbs.

Some high-profile condo projects in the city — which have already begun selling units — will have models ready for viewing this spring.

“Two-thirds of the homes at 460 New York Avenue have been presold, and the building should be ready sometime this spring,” says Christopher Ballard, co-founder and principal of McWilliams Ballard in Alexandria. “Ontario 17, the redevelopment of the old theater in Adams Morgan, will also be complete this spring, and so will the Atlantic Plumbing building at 2030 Eighth Street.”

Ballard says the recent cycle of development in the city includes high-end properties as well as smaller condos designed for first-time buyers.

“What’s different in development now is that we’re seeing buyers willing to pay a premium for good design,” he says. “Everyone is raising their game because people in D.C. are well-informed, and they know about design, construction and different products. We’re seeing designers come here from New York and Miami who are starting to influence the city.”

In Northern Virginia, many of the luxury townhouses — such as Rosslyn Commons in Arlington and at Eleven Oaks in Fairfax City by Madison Homes — include an elevator as a standard feature to attract empty nesters, Ballard says.

Most developments in the close-in markets tend to be priced on the high end.

“One trend we’re seeing is that the tear-down business is continuing to boom, especially in the city but also in close-in suburbs,” says Dan Fulton, senior vice president of John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Reston, Va. “In areas like southeastern Vienna and Pimmit Hills in Falls Church where you can find 1950s homes on large square lots, builders are typically tearing down the house and putting up a more-expensive home in order to cover the cost of the tear-down plus the construction.”

Sage says residential developers are unearthing opportunities even in high-density areas, but the new houses carry a high price per square foot.

In addition to those pockets of new developments — which Fulton says are common in Bethesda and Silver Spring, Md., as well as Northern Virginia — some larger communities are being built inside the Beltway.

For example, in Northern Virginia, Stanley Martin Homes plans to build 28 single-family houses at Manor Ridge in Falls Church and 77 townhouses at Ambrose Hills in Baileys Crossroads. Both of those communities are expected to have homes ready for residents in August or September.

M/I Homes has plans for townhouses at Westpark in Alexandria, and NVHomes has already sold out its first phase of townhouses at Pike 3400 in Arlington. The next phase of townhouses at Pike 3400 are expected to be ready in the fourth quarter of this year.

“Another trend we’re seeing is repurposed office buildings, such as EYA’s transformation at the Oronoco [in Alexandria] and some condos in the city,” Fulton says.

In Maryland, Sage says some of the larger new developments where buyers can find new homes include Wincopia Farms in Laurel, where Beazer, Pulte and NVHomes are building single-family homes and townhouses.

“Laurel is a hot spot right now because of its location within commuting distance of both D.C. and Baltimore, and it’s right where Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County meet,” Sage says. “In addition to Wincopia Farms, Beazer is building single-family homes and townhomes at High Ridge Meadows, and M/I Homes is building townhomes at Walden Woods active adult community.”

Beazer’s homes at High Ridge Meadows are expected to be ready for residents in September.

Sage says that new homes are planned for Prince George’s but that the lingering effects of the recession and predatory lending have slowed building there.

“There’s been lots of effort to acquire land and get development approved in Prince George’s County so there’s potential for a lot of residential development in the future,” he says. “The Westphalia development is just getting started, but eventually that will be a huge walkable community with a town center.”

Homes for first-time buyers

While the perception may be that newly constructed houses are primarily designed for move-up buyers, builders are also offering properties geared toward first-time buyers.

“We’ve been talking about this for a little while, but now some micro-units, such as studio units with less than 400 square feet, are coming on the market in the city that are more affordable for first-time buyers,” Ballard says. “We had 108 people show up to the first open house at Cambridge Row at 1208 G St. SE, near the Potomac Avenue Metro station. The homes there have very efficient floor plans, and prices start in the $200,000s for the studios.”

Ballard says small units at Ontario 17 in Adams Morgan are priced from the $270,000s, which makes the monthly comparable to many rentals. He says that some new developments in the Capitol Hill East neighborhood are priced from the $300,000s and that new buildings such as 3205 Georgia Ave. NW, where the condos are move-in ready now, are priced to attract first-time buyers.

“A critical element for first-time buyers is job growth, and since the job market has been slow, builders have been slow to introduce products for first-time buyers,” Fulton says. “There are some exceptions, though, such as Bradley Square in Manassas, where Stanley Martin is building townhouses and single-family homes oriented toward first-time buyers.”

Fulton says Mid-Atlantic Builders is constructing townhouses at Westphalia in Upper Marlboro, Md., that are designed for first-time buyers and single-family houses for buyers making their first move into a larger home.

He says Brambleton in Loudoun County also offers a wide range of townhouses in a variety of styles that are attractive to first-time buyers. In Leesburg, the townhouses at Crescent Place from Knutson Cos. and Ryan Homes are expected to be affordable for first-time buyers and appealing because they’re part of a walkable neighborhood with shops and restaurants. The first move-ins at Crescent Place are expected to take place in October.

Fulton expects that the new-house market will pick up significantly in the next year or so because buyers are frustrated by the low supply of existing houses for sale.

For buyers, this means that if they can wait the six to nine months that it takes to build a house they may be able to avoid the aggravation of a fruitless search for a resale.

The Neighborhoods of 2015 Revisited


Five years ago, UrbanTurf reached out to a selection of bloggers, journalists, real estate professionals and developers to give us their thoughts on the unsung DC area neighborhood that would be attracting homebuyers in 2015. It only seems fitting to look back at those selections this year.

Below please find the choices of those we reached out to in 2010, and here you can see their own revisiting of the picks when we contacted them in 2012 to re-examine their choices.

Mount Pleasant Street

By Lydia DePillis, formerly with Washington City Paper, now at The Washington Post

Mount Pleasant Street

I know, Mount Pleasant is not exactly a marginal area at the moment. But think about the contrast between how the demographics of the neighborhood have changed and how much its central artery has stayed the same: Small Salvadoran restaurants and shops with odds and ends, not much in the way of nightlife beyond the Raven, and a surplus of vacant storefronts. In part because landlords still insist on charging unrealistically high rents, it’s nowhere near the kind of vibrant commercial avenue that the young, increasingly affluent population could support. Various plans have circulated to revitalize the strip, but agreement has been elusive, and none have come to fruition.

I’m going to go ahead and project, however, that within the next five years, demographic pressures will overwhelm the malaise. A streetscape plan will widen sidewalks enough for healthy pedestrian traffic, the success of places like Dos Gringos will attract a few more high-quality restaurants, and the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Deauville apartments will fill a hole that has haunted the strip for two years. With some work, the small businesses that have stayed for years will survive and prosper as well.


By Ken Johnson, the former publisher of DCmud


I chose Rosslyn, not for the typical reasons of blight-to-gentrification, but because it was always known as being not DC – a tall, orderly, bland, homogenized, 9-to-5 refuge to DC’s busy, demographically complicated, oxidized urbanity. With a flight of new residential buildings and more on the way (pricey as they may be), Rosslyn is on the verge of developing a neighborhood. Imagine, if you will, sit-down restaurants, markets open on weekends, coffee houses, people coming to the neighborhood for dinner and a movie. If the business district can tackle middle age, and remedy its overly wide streets, walkways to nowhere, retail problem, and unbuffered sidewalks — all of which the local BIDhas pondered — it may yet offer more than just office space in a safe zip code. And did I mention that it’s close to DC?

Trinidad and Pleasant Plains

By Dan Silverman aka Prince of Petworth


I know the question was 2015 but I’m going to say these neighborhoods are going to be popping by 2020. I’m a big fan of Trinidad. I know many people only associate that neighborhood with random police checks, but it has a stellar location and it is going to benefit from all the growth now being seen in NoMa and along H Street. If I were to buy an investment property it’d be in Trinidad.

Also, look for Pleasant Plains to be hopping in 2015/2020. Remember that Georgia Avenue is slated to get a streetcar in the second phase of deployment, and Pleasant Plains will also benefit from the continued development of Columbia Heights to the west and Petworth/Park View to the north.

Good luck to all who may be in the hunt!


By Jim Abdo, founder of Abdo Development

Brookland Metro

Brookland is a wonderful tight-knit neighborhood, with the same turn-of-the-century historic charm of Cleveland Park but without the price tag. It also boasts its own Metro station (just three stops to Union Station) and the cultural amenity of two major universities: Catholic University and Trinity College. Throw in an emerging 12th Street retail district, which will be further expanding with redevelopment of the CUASouth Campus, and you have one of the best-kept secrets in all of Washington.

Historic Anacostia

By Nate Guggenheim, real estate agent with Washington Fine Properties.

Renovated Home in Historic Anacostia

I think that the most overlooked part of the city and the one that will offer a true opportunity to the investor and the pioneer alike (over the long term) is the historic portion of Anacostia. I am talking about the lettered and numbered streets of the 20020 zip code. Where else, within minutes of downtown, with absolutely gorgeous views of the city is it possible to purchase a three-bedroom house (detached and in good condition) for well below $250,000? What could be the perfect real estate storm exists: proximity to public transport, a decent zoning plan with commercial near enough to residential, public parks and pools, easy access in and out of the city and a generally quaint form of architecture that would appeal to many. It is far riskier than a Petworth or LeDroit, but the upside potential could be huge and a movement towards the other side of the Anacostia River could lead to great things for the city as a whole. Call me crazy…perhaps 2025.

Southeast Waterfront (aka Capitol Riverfront)

By Ross McWilliams, founder of real estate brokerage and marketing firm McWilliams|Ballard

Capitol Quarter Townhouses

Last year, the Southeast Waterfront seemed to be the redheaded stepchild of the development world. There was a ton of negative press out there touting vacant apartment buildings and stalled high-profile developments. Fast forward to today and you have almost 2,000 new residents between the apartments and EYA’s Capitol Quarter and two large parks that are either about to start or are already under construction. By 2015, this neighborhood isn’t going to be built-out by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s going to be a lot further along. Don’t forget, this neighborhood is probably three times the size of the area around the Verizon Center, which took 10 years to get built out and become vibrant, so it’s going to take a while before it’s fully realized. If you look at the bones though – proximity to Capitol Hill, access to Metro and major roads, Nationals Park, a potential streetcar line, a waterfront park that I think will be one of the best in the city and of course the river – this neighborhood starts to make a lot of sense as a place to live. If you assume that Half Street is finished in five years and some of Forest City’s The Yards is completed, this neighborhood is going to be really appealing to people.

Truxton Circle

By Suzanne Des Marais, real estate agent with Keller Williams

Row Houses in Truxton Circle

I live in Bloomingdale and when I started working over here more than nine years ago, it was definitely considered fringy. Now, I often have buyers come to my open houses or call me with specific interest in the neighborhood, but find that they are priced out. A lot of these folks are ending up in the adjacent neighborhoods of either Truxton Circle (south of Florida Avenue, north of New York Avenue), or NE Eckington (directly to the east across North Capitol Street). Given that a few years ago people bought in Bloomingdale because it was affordable, but now people actually seek the area out, I see the expansion to the close-by neighborhoods as having the same effect in a few years.

Fort Totten Station

Fort Totten

By Kevin Wood, real estate agent with William Sawyer and Co.

Fort Totten is a post-war neighborhood in Northeast that should see a lot of activity over the next few years as several large-scale developments around the Fort Totten Metro get under way, including a massive 1,000-unit development that will include a new grocery store. Fort Totten is missing a core like 14th and Irving in Columbia Heights as the area now is just street after street of brick rowhouses. That will likely change with the coming development, and given the fact that there is a Metro stop on the Red Line, and that it’s close in, Fort Totten should witness a renaissance and see an influx of new residents eager to take advantage of the lower-priced housing.

Big Windows, Attractive Details at 2920 Georgia Ave Condominiums

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Frustrated first-time buyers may be more successful if they opt to look at newly constructed buildings in the tight Washington real estate market.

Becca Russell-Einhorn and her husband, Waseem Abu Rakia, had been outbid by other buyers for two resale homes, but when their real estate agent suggested that they look at a one-bedroom loft at 2920 Georgia Ave. NW in Columbia Heights, their dream of homeownership became a reality.

“We ended up choosing a two-bedroom home because we plan to stay here for five to 10 years at least,” Russell-Einhorn said. “We feel like we got an amazing deal because we had looked at lots of smaller units in other buildings for the same price, plus we were able to get a corner unit with lots of windows.”

Chris Hook, another new resident at 2920 Georgia Ave., had been looking for a home to buy for 18 months and stopped into the building on a whim. “I really like the contemporary finishes in the building but also the fact that it’s a relatively small building without outrageous condo fees,” Hook said. “Plus the price is great for the size of the units. I’ve looked at studios that were priced the same as the one-bedroom homes here. I could live right on U Street for more money and less space, or live here within walking distance of U Street.”

Hook is moving from an English basement, so he’s particularly excited about the big south-facing windows that fill his new home with natural light.


Attention to detail: Linde Development, which built 2920 Georgia Ave., started in the 1920s constructing townhouses in Logan Circle, says Kurt Rieschick, sales manager with McWilliams Ballard.

“About 20 years ago, Art Linde took over Linde Development and has been focusing on apartments and condo development,” Rieschick said. “He pays a lot of attention to details, and even better, he takes constructive criticism really well. He talks to buyers at every one of his buildings and then makes improvements based on their feedback.”

Some of the details Rieschick points to are the sanded-in-place hardwood flooring and pocket doors.

At 2920 Georgia Ave., the floor plans have been designed efficiently so that they seem larger than their square feet. Every unit has at least one floor-to-ceiling window, large closets, a full-size washer and dryer, and hardwood flooring. The baths have porcelain tile flooring, and each kitchen has white quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and European-style cabinets in high-gloss white or “Graffiata Planare,” a darker wood tone.

Views of landmarks: Unit 101, a first-floor apartment with approximately 700 square feet, priced at $394,900, has an open floor plan with a large center island, tall white cabinets, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and dining area. The bedroom has similar windows, two double-door closets and a laundry closet off the bath, which has gray porcelain floors and a deep combination tub and shower. This unit has a condo fee of $255.


Unit 303, priced at $534,900, is a two-bedroom, two-bath model with approximately 1,000 square feet. This unit has a foyer entrance with the living areas to the left and the bedrooms to the right. The open kitchen includes a large center island and a window, while the living and dining area has a wall of windows, along with a glass door to a balcony with a view of the Washington Monument. The master suite has a walk-in closet, a large bedroom and a large bath, including a large shower with a seat and a window framing a view of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Nearby are a coat closet, a laundry closet and a second full bath with a combination tub and shower. The second bedroom has a double-door closet.

Unit 401, the only remaining floor plan with a loft, has approximately 800 square feet and is priced at $454,900, with a condo fee of $255. This unit has the same layout as Unit 101, but has a loft above the kitchen and views of the basilica.

 In addition to the private outdoor space that comes with some units, the building has an enclosed brick courtyard and a rooftop deck, which offers views of the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral, the basilica and city rooftops. The pet-friendly building has an elevator, secure underground parking and bike racks.

Eating and shopping: Residents can walk to restaurants, shops and nightlife in Columbia Heights and the U Street corridor. Next door is Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, and across the street is Bravo Bar.

“It’s close to everything, but we also think it’s got a great opportunity for growth along this stretch of Georgia Avenue,” Russell-Einhorn said. “Plus, there’s a really cute coffee shop right next door.”

Schools: Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View, Cardozo Education Campus.

Transit: The building is less than one mile from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station and the Columbia Heights Metro station, both on the Yellow and Green lines. There also are multiple bus lines — H1, H2, H3, H4, 63, 64, 70 and 79.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.

2920 Georgia Ave. NW


The remaining 11 units are priced from $394,900 to $534,900.

Builder: Designed by AR Meyers and Associates for Linde Development

Features: The condos have sanded-in-place hardwood flooring, 9- to 15-foot ceilings, full-size washers and dryers, European kitchen cabinets, white quartz counters, stainless-steel appliances and porcelain bathroom tiles. A limited number of underground parking spaces are available for $35,000 per space and a monthly fee of $39.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2/1 or 2

Square footage: 500 to 1,000

Condominium association fees: $255 to $333 per month

View models: Open Sundays noon to 3 p.m. and by appointment

Contact: Kurt Rieschick at 202-695-7580 or

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