- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 3, 2004

After four decades as an American statesman, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was able to realize his vision of a Pennsylvania Avenue worthy of being described as the “avenue of the presidents.”

In 1990, Mr. Moynihan and his wife, Elizabeth, moved into Market Square, the sophisticated, curving two-building complex that embraces the street he loved and worked so hard to preserve and improve. Mr. Moynihan died in March 2003.

Market Square includes four levels of condominiums on the upper floors, plus commercial and retail space on the lower levels. City living appealed to the Moynihans, who were joined in their building by other senators, congressmen, political pundits and Washingtonians of note.

With Market Square leading the way, the surrounding Penn Quarter neighborhood has undergone a renaissance during the past decade, becoming the sought-after downtown area for young professionals and empty-nesters eager to taste the delights of the city.

Within walking distance of Market Square are the MCI Center, the Shakespeare Theatre, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Spy Museum and numerous restaurants, plus the National Archives and Mall attractions.

Capitol Hill is within easy reach, along with the Supreme Court and a host of other government buildings. Metro is a few blocks away. Market Square is located in the no-fly zone of downtown Washington, allowing for peace and quiet, except when helicopters land nearby at the White House.

The Moynihans, the first residents of Market Square to move in, bought two condominium units on the southwest corner of the West Building and combined them into one spectacular home with a terrace that wraps around the building, allowing for unparalleled views of the city below.

Later, the couple bought an adjacent unit for additional living space. The combined three homes account for more than 2,200 square feet on the 11th floor. The wraparound stone terrace adds 800 more square feet of outdoor living space, including areas for trellises with vines, pots of flowers, dining areas and sitting areas that seem almost like separate rooms.

Mrs. Moynihan is offering the Market Square home at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Unit 1115, for $1.995 million.

“There are actually two different weather systems on the terrace because of the way it wraps around the corner of the building,” Mrs. Moynihan tells visitors. “Sometimes it will be raining on one side and not the other.”

The breezes that fill the apartment from the terrace allow it to remain cool on some of Washington’s hottest, most humid days without using the air conditioning. Floor-to-ceiling windows with additional low casement windows and glass doors frame spectacular city views in almost every room.

From the terrace, Washington appears to be a European city, with the red tile roofs of government buildings, the stone turrets of the Old Post Of-fice Building, the decorative mansard roof of the Old Executive Office Building, the distinctive domes of the National Gallery of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Ronald Reagan Building and the brick turrets of the Smithsonian Castle at eye level and the tree-lined street below.

“Best of all, as I tell my friends in New York, this view cannot be ‘Trumped’ by a skyscraper,” Mrs. Moynihan says. “You’ll be able to see the Supreme Court, the Capitol and the Archives and all the other buildings forever. In the winter, when the leaves have dropped off the trees, you can even see the West Wing of the White House.”

Initially, the Moynihans took a standard two-bedroom floor plan and a one-bedroom floor plan and combined them, opening up their apartment with an L-shaped living room and dining room, which are wrapped in windows.

French doors lead from each of these rooms to the terrace, where Mrs. Moynihan says she spends much of her time.

When the third apartment was added, Mrs. Moynihan was able to expand her kitchen into a large L-shaped space with a service entrance to the hall, tile flooring, white cabinets, open shelving, two refrigerators and a pass-through opening over the sink that perfectly frames a view of the turrets of the Old Post Office Pavilion.

The pass-through leads into the family room, which has a wall of windows and another set of French doors to the terrace.

Adjacent to the family room is a large bedroom with a tall window, two closets and additional storage areas. A full bath adjacent to this room is also accessible from the kitchen.

On the opposite side of the kitchen and the main entrance hall, which has a coat closet and illuminated display shelves, a door leads to the bedroom areas of the apartment.

The first room functions as a sitting room or a bedroom, with two closets and French doors to the terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

Across the hall is a full bath with a large-scale glass-enclosed shower.

The Moynihans were able to add a linen closet and a utility closet because they didn’t need three closets for laundry equipment.

A hallway with mirrored closets leads to the master suite, which includes a bedroom with a wall of Shaker-style shelves and cabinetry, plus a built-in work area in front of a window.

A den off the master bedroom is used as a study but could function as a sitting room or dressing area. The private master bath includes a full-size stacked washer and dryer.

This sophisticated home offers an excellent location and spectacular views, and yet it still has more to offer. Market Square residents can enjoy a rooftop terrace with a heated swimming pool, plus a fully equipped fitness center with saunas and dressing rooms.

Another central terrace is accessible from the 11th-floor hall for residents to share.

Three additional storage units on the 10th floor belong to Unit 1115, and reserved parking is available in the garage downstairs for $184 per month.

In addition to the many restaurants and amenities in the neighborhood, the building includes a restaurant downstairs, a cleaner, a shoe-repair shop and a hair salon. Federal Express and UPS drop boxes are available in the building, which has Comcast cable TV and 24-hour concierge and security services.

It is hard to imagine a more impressive Washington home than this Market Square gem with its commanding view of the boulevard and the architectural treasures of the capital.

Address: 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Unit 1115, Washington, DC 20004

Community: Market Square in Penn Quarter

Age: 14 years

Price: $1,995,000

Size: 2,200 square feet of living space, plus 800 square feet in wraparound terrace

Taxes: $5,840 in 2003

Condo fee: $1,581.56 per month

Exterior features: Complex of curving stone buildings with towering columns and banks of windows; building includes retail and commercial space along with condominiums; rooftop terrace with heated swimming pool for residents.

Interior features: Three bedrooms, three full baths, L-shaped kitchen with window framing skyline view, formal dining room with wall of windows, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout home framing city views, family room with French doors to terrace, den off master bedroom, master bedroom with built-in shelves and cabinets and work area.

Amenities: Unparalleled Washington views from the Capitol to the Old Executive Office Building, including the Old Post Office Pavilion and the Smithsonian Castle; wraparound covered terrace; fitness center in building; cable TV provided to all residents; 24-hour concierge service and security; storage units for each condominium; reserved parking available for $184 per month.

Close by: On-site restaurants, cleaner, shoe repair and hair salon; walk to MCI Center, restaurants, museums, theaters, National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Capitol building and Metro stops.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Anne Hatfield Weir or Heidi Hatfield of Washington Fine Properties LLC, an affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty, at 202/243-1635

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