- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Condominium sales have soared in recent years in most parts of the country, driven by a combination of rising real estate prices and the demand for this type of housing by several types of buyers.

First-time buyers often find condominiums more affordable than other styles of homes, while empty-nesters and vacation-home buyers find their low-maintenance needs attractive.

Young professionals purchase condominiums for their location in urban areas or suburban town center communities with access to transportation, entertainment and shops.

In Washington and its suburbs, new condominiums often dominate the market, providing both affordable homes and upscale luxury homes. In Prince George’s County, several builders are developing new condominiums, often located near a Metro station.

The Addison at St. Paul’s, Bozzuto Homes Inc.’s gated community in Capitol Heights, will include four buildings with a clubhouse and tot lots.

The community is close to the Addison Heights Metro station, shops and restaurants.

The one- to three-bedroom homes will have from 800 to 1,300 square feet, with a washer and dryer, walk-in closets in the master bedroom and large windows.

Each has a patio or balcony, and buyers can add an optional electric fireplace. Some of the buildings have storage facilities and private garages.

The homes are base-priced from the low to upper $200,000s, with condominium fees of $108 to $171 per month.

Call 800/775-6890 or visit www.bozzuto.com.

At City Centro, the condominium section of the University Town Center mixed-use development by Quadrangle Development Corp., residents will enjoy a development with on-site entertainment including a movie theater, shops and restaurants. City Centro is located off East-West Highway on the Green Line near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station.

The development will include one and two-bedroom homes that are expected to be priced from the $200,000s, according to the Web site.

Call 301/779-2290 or visit www.citycentrocondos.com to be added to a preview list.

Condominiums are being built at Roosevelt Reserve of Greenbelt, a community just outside the Beltway with a community center with a party room, nature trails, a sand volleyball court, a picnic pavilion, tennis courts and a swimming pool with a sun deck.

Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom homes will include hardwood flooring in the foyer, a patio or balcony, a pantry in the kitchen, a separate dining room, a separate family room and a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets and ceramic tile flooring.

Visitwww.greenbeltcondo.com for information.

At Metroplace at the Town Center at Camp Springs in Suitland, K. Hovnanian Homes is building 86 homes in its Park Series collections.

These two-level condominiums each have a one-car garage, two or three bedrooms, 21/2 baths and 1,323 to 2,042 finished square feet.

Standard features include hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, 9-foot ceilings, moldings, a gas fireplace and ceramic tile flooring in the full baths.

Metro Place is across the street from the Branch Avenue Metro station with an adjacent shopping center planned. The homes are base priced from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s, with monthly condominium fees of $142.

Call 240/695-1607 or visit www.metroplace.info.

KSI Services Inc. is building 242 condominium homes at Midtown Largo Station in Largo, a community with a two-level clubhouse, a staffed front desk, a multimedia screening room, a conference room, a residents’ lounge with a sports bar and game tables, an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor basketball court and concierge services.

Midtown Largo Station is two blocks from the Largo Metro Station and within walking distance of FedEx Field and the Boulevard at Capital Centre.

The condominiums have one or two bedrooms, one or two baths, 9-foot ceilings, large windows, walk-in closets, ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and baths, and 42-inch cabinets, a pantry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

The homes have 686 to 1,347 finished square feet, with base prices from $231,900 to $407,900.

Condominium fees are $277 to $440 monthly.

Call 866/670-3856 or visit www.CondosatLargo.com.

Plans for National Harbor, a mixed-use development by the Peterson Cos. LC on the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, call for section of condominiums to be built. According to the National Harbor Web site, residential development has been approved for the site, with marketing set to begin by summer this year and homes to be built by 2008. Visit www.nationalharbor.com for updates.

Monument Realty LLC plans to build condominiums known as Northgate Condos at 8430 Baltimore Ave. in College Park as part of a mixed-use development.

To be placed on a preview list or for information, visit www.thenorthgatecondo.com.

While condominiums are being converted from older apartments and built in new developments both small and large in every neighborhood of Washington, developers are particularly focusing on Capitol Hill in both Northeast and Southeast Washington, and near the planned stadium in Southeast.

Butterfield House, a new condominium development by SGA Magellan built in a red brick Victorian-style building, will blend with the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located at 1020 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, this community near the Eastern Market Metro station will include 28 condominiums in an elevator building.

The Web site reports that the studio, one- and two-bedroom homes will be priced from $350,000, with underground parking and a rooftop deck with views of the Capitol. Fees and other information are not yet available.

Each home will have stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, moldings, cable and Internet access, cherry flooring and a washer and dryer. Visit www.butterfieldhouse.com.

Macy Development LLC is building three new condominium projects on Capitol Hill.

The Constitution, at 1333 Constitution Ave. NE, consists of two new buildings, each with two, two-level condominiums.

These 24-foot-wide homes include 1,700 to 1,850 finished square feet, with hardwood floors, gas fireplaces and kitchens with granite counters, a granite backsplash and upgraded appliances.

The upper-level homes have rooftop decks with sweeping views of the Capitol and the monuments. The lower-level homes each have a private patio and garden.

These homes are priced from the upper $700,000s, with condominium fees of $200 per month. Call 202/327-4682 or visit www.MacyDC.com.

At 15th and C streets SE, Macy Development is building two condominium projects.

The Gaslight, which has eight homes, is an elevator building with one- and two-bedroom homes with about 825 to 1,000 square feet.

The building includes a five-car parking garage, a common deck on the back of the home, and a party room off the lobby.

The homes are base-priced from the low $300,000s to the $500,000s, with condominium fees of $175 to $200 per month.

Call 202/327-4682 or visit www.MacyDC.com.

The Venetian, across the street from the Gaslight, is a 20-unit building over a 12-car garage. The building has a common-area rooftop terrace with city views.

These one- and two-bedroom homes have 730 to 1,100 finished square feet, each with a private balcony, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

The two penthouse units each include a private rooftop deck.

The homes are priced from the $300,000s to the $600,000s.

Call 202/327-4682 or visit www.MacyDC.com.

Capitol Hill Tower, at the Navy Yard Metro at 1000 New Jersey Ave. SE, is a 13-story, 300-unit cooperative community near the Southeast waterfront.

Capitol Hill Tower, a development by the Valhal Corp., includes an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool tub, a fitness center, a billiard room, concierge services and a clubroom with a kitchen.

Garage parking is available.

The one- and two-bedroom homes include hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and living areas, a kitchen with granite counters and maple cabinets, porcelain tile in the baths, walk-in closets and a washer and dryer in each home.

The homes are priced from the $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s.

While prices for homes are fairly low in a cooperative, the monthly fees are generally higher than a condominium. For a typical one-bedroom home on a middle floor, the 700-square-foot home is priced at $206,000, with a monthly cooperative fee of $990.

Call 202/554-1945 or visit www.capitolhilltower.com.

Thornton Row will be the newest development of JPI Development, which recently sold out Jenkins Row.

Thornton Row will be built at 1220 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Visit www.capitolhillcondo.com for updates.

Broadway Partners is building two new condominiums known as Senate Square, adjacent to the condominium project, which will convert the former Children’s Museum to homes.

Senate Square, between 2nd and 3rd streets NE and between H and I streets, will include underground parking, storage spaces and a rooftop pool.

The homes range from 700 to 1,850 square feet, including studios, one bedrooms, one bedrooms with a den, two bedrooms and two bedrooms with a den.

Each home will have hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen, a full-size washer and dryer, cable and high-speed Internet wiring, high ceilings and large windows.

Prices range from $350,000 to $1,100,000 for the homes, with condominium fees from $200 to $600 per month.

Call 202/326-0777 or visit www.senatesquarecondos.com.

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