- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2003

Just 35 residences have been built on the upper floors of the stylish Washington Harbour, making it one of the city's most exclusive addresses.

Built between the Potomac waterfront and Georgetown, Washington Harbour offers residents views of the sparkling river along with a spectacular central courtyard and fountains below and the Key and Roosevelt bridges in the distance. At night, the Rosslyn skyline provides an urban backdrop for the flickering lights of boats on the Potomac.

Residents of Washington Harbour enjoy an unsurpassed location, with restaurants downstairs and Georgetown's hot spots nearby. The newly opened Loews movie theater across K Street provides more entertainment possibilities.

The condominium offers shuttle service to Metro for those who prefer to keep their cars in the secured private parking garage. A doorman is in the lobby 24 hours a day to greet guests, accept packages and provide security, and the concierge is available around the clock to provide every other service residents need.

In warm weather, residents enjoy a rooftop garden, swimming pool, hot tub and deck. A fitness center is available year-round.

Penthouse 202 at Washington Harbour, on the market for $895,000, features elegant crown moldings, Brazilian walnut flooring, walls of windows, two curving balconies, high ceilings and graceful rooms for easy entertaining.

Originally one of the models for new home sales at the condominium, this apartment has been maintained beautifully. Soft neutral paint tones blend with elaborate trim along the baseboards and windows. Pocket doors have been used extensively to allow for flexible use of space. Three wood-burning fireplaces create a delightful atmosphere in cold months, while two balconies, each accessible by French doors, offer expanded living space in warm months.

Double doors lead directly into a grand foyer with marble flooring, a great space for cocktail-party guests to gather. To the left of the foyer, a large set of pocket doors with beveled-glass inserts opens onto an oversized living room with a marble fireplace at one end. Adjacent to the fireplace is a mirrored wet bar with storage. The entire back wall of the living room features floor-to-ceiling windows, including a set of French doors that opens onto the larger of the balconies.

A second set of pocket doors opens onto an embassy-size formal dining room, which has two sets of French doors that open onto the second curving balcony. Two corners of the room include built-in glass-front cabinets, and an elaborate ceiling medallion overhead awaits a new chandelier. The pocket doors allow for easy formal entertaining, particularly if caterers are available to set the table with china and crystal and light the candles so guests can gather in the living room and then be brought as a group into the dazzling dining room.

Two doors lead from the dining room, one into the kitchen and the other into a vestibule with a second door to the hall, a closet with a full-size washer and dryer, and additional storage and coat closets. All the closets in this home have automatic lighting. The kitchen features ceramic-tile flooring and counters; an abundance of cherry cabinets, including some with glass fronts; a Sub-Zero refrigerator; a Thermador gas cooktop with a downdraft grill; and Thermador double ovens. The vestibule between the kitchen and the main foyer offers access to the hallway for ease of grocery deliveries and use by caterers.

Back at the main foyer, a set of pocket doors can be used to close off a sophisticated library, which has rosy-hued walls, crown moldings, built-in bookcases and a marble wood-burning fireplace. The library's tray ceiling is emphasized by hidden lighting along the edge of the ceiling. In one corner of the library, a paneled door opens onto a hidden office with a built-in desk, including plenty of computer outlets and built-in bookcases on either side. The office can be closed off from the rest of the apartment.

Adjacent to the library is a compartmentalized full bath with a large glass-enclosed shower in one section. The front section, which can be closed off from the rest of the bath, functions as a powder room during parties and features a shell-shaped porcelain sink with gold fixtures.

On the opposite side of the library, also with a pocket door, is a den or guest room with a full mirrored closet. If desired, this entire section of the home, including the full bath, the library, the hidden office and the den, can be closed off by pocket doors into a guest suite. The den also has a door leading into the master bedroom's full bath, so an alternate use of space would be to close off the den from the library and use the room as part of the master suite.

The most spectacular Potomac views belong to the master suite's sitting room, a marble-floored corner with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the river, the Washington Harbour fountains and the outdoor cafe tables of some of the restaurants that line the river. In warm months, these restaurants are filled with patrons, including many who arrive by their boats, which can be docked along the boardwalk, adding to the festive atmosphere.

The master suite also has a comfortable bedroom with a corner marble wood-burning fireplace and a French door that opens onto the balcony. A dressing area adjacent to the bedroom includes a vanity with a seat and lighted mirror, a mirrored closet and a walk-in closet. Two doors lead into the master bath, an expanse of marble with an oval whirlpool tub, a glass-enclosed shower with multiple shower heads, a separate compartment with a commode and bidet, and a dual-sink vanity with gold fixtures.

Details

Address: Penthouse 202 at Washington Harbour, 3030 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown waterfront

Age: 18 years

Price: $895,000; monthly condominium fee $2,102

Size: 2,223 finished square feet

Taxes: $3,629 in 2002

Exterior features: High-rise condominium with residences occupying top three floors of stone-and-brick building; two long, curving balconies with Potomac River views; one parking space in secured underground garage.

Interior features: One bedroom; two full baths; den or guest room; formal living room; formal dining room; library with built-in bookcases and hidden office with computer hookups; Brazilian hardwood flooring; three working fireplaces; ceramic-tile flooring in kitchen; extensive closets; full-size washer and dryer; master-suite sitting room with ceramic-tile flooring and panoramic Potomac view; master bath with dual-sink vanity, marble flooring, whirlpool tub, oversized shower.

Amenities: 24-hour security, lobby with 24-hour doorman, 24-hour concierge service; rooftop garden, deck, hot tub and swimming pool; fitness center; shuttle bus service to Metro.

Close by: Downstairs are restaurants and shops of Washington Harbour; across the street is a Loews movie theater; within a few blocks are all Georgetown amenities; nearby are the Kennedy Center and the Watergate complex

Open house: Sunday, March 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Gigi Winston of Winston & Winston Real Estate, 202/333-4167

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