- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Condominiums and city living go hand in hand. This style of housing appeals to the same people who want to live in downtown Washington: young professionals or empty nesters looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle with plenty of transportation and entertainment options nearby.

Developers continue to focus on areas near Metro stations, recognizing the importance of the Metro system to potential condominium buyers. These buyers want the convenience of city living along with quick access to neighborhoods beyond their own.

In Northwest, developers are particularly attracted to the revitalizing neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Mount Vernon Square, which have Metro stations and newly energized retail and entertainment locations.

Metro Properties Inc. has developed the Allegro, a condominium with 300 homes on 14th Street near Monroe Street, within easy access of the Columbia Heights Metro station, a gourmet supermarket, the revitalized Tivoli Theater and department-store shopping.

One-bedroom homes are priced from the low $300,000s, and two-bedroom homes start in the mid-$400,000s. Two-level penthouse homes with private terraces also are available. Monthly condominium fees range from $252 to $326.

The development includes a private fitness center, wireless Internet lounge and landscaped courtyards. The condominium homes have maple flooring, ceramic tile baths, a plasma television, 9-foot ceilings, a bay window or balcony, structured wiring and a kitchen with 42-inch maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Call 202/722-7228 or visit www.AllegroSpaces.com.

The Non-Profit Community Development Corp. of Washington D.C. (NPCDC) and Sigal Construction Corp. worked together to build the Lofts at Columbia Heights at 2750 14th St. NW, within two blocks of the Columbia Heights Metro station.

The affordable housing units in this high-rise have been sold to District firefighters, police officers and teachers. Now the market-rate homes are being sold, and the builder is offering free condominium fees for two years for buyers using its designated lender.

Some homes will instead include an incentive of a free lease for a Mercedes for two years or $10,000 cash, again with the use of the designated lender.

These two- and three-bedroom condominiums, ranging from 1,025 to 1,406 square feet, include fireplaces, Jenn-Air appliances, pecan hardwood flooring and whirlpool tubs.

The homes range from $499,900 to $667,900. Condominium fees range from $449 to $512 per month.

Call 202/745-0033 or visit www.loftsofcolumbiaheights.com.

Torti Gallas and Partners Inc. designed both Kenyon Square and Highland Park, two condominiums under development by Donatelli Development Co. above the Columbia Heights Metro station.

Highland Park, on 14th Street at Irving Street, is nearly 50 percent sold out. This building includes retail shops on the first floor and up to 60 different floor plans within the 229 homes.

Highland Park has underground parking, a patio, a lounge and a billiard room. The homes have structured wiring, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, 9-foot ceilings and a washer and dryer. Some include a balcony or terrace.

The homes are priced from $297,000 to $759,900 for a variety of layouts ranging from a one-bedroom home to a two-level home with a loft. Condominium fees average $375 per month.

Call 202/332-2000 or visit www.highlandparkdc.com.

Kenyon Square, also on 14th Street at Irving Street, is 75 percent sold out, with just the top two floors still available. This development includes views of the National Cathedral, the monuments along the Mall and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The building includes a lounge, a great room, a library, underground parking, a 24-hour front desk, a business center and a party room. The homes have stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, 9-foot ceilings, ceramic tile baths and structured wiring packages with high-speed Internet access. Some of the homes include a balcony.

The homes range from $354,000 to $714,000, and floor plans are available with one bedroom, one bedroom with a den or two bedrooms. Some two-level homes with lofts also are available.

Condominium fees average $375 per month.

Call 202/332-2000 or visit www.kenyonsquare.com.

Quadrangle Development Corp. and the Wilkes Co. have developed Madrigal Lofts as part of Mount Vernon Place, at Fourth and I streets Northwest.

The lofts have 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile baths and upgraded kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

Approximately 75 homes are still available out of the 259 total homes in the building.

The one-bedroom homes are priced from $365,000, the one-bedroom-with-den homes from $368,900, two-bedroom homes from $452,900, and two-bedroom-with-den homes from $758,900.

Monthly condominium fees range from $350 to $650, depending on the size of the home.

Call 202/408-0007 or visit www.madrigallofts.com.

TenTen Mass, a joint project of RCP Development and Citigroup Property Investors, occupies a corner at 11th Street and Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, adjacent to the dramatic contemporary-style Cato Institute building and across the street from the Victorian-style Morrison Clark Inn.

Amenities in this new high-rise include retail shops on the ground level, secure underground parking, a 24-hour front desk, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring and a rooftop swimming pool. It is within walking distance of several Metro stops.

Prices range from the low $300,000s to more than $1,000,000, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/682-0202 or visit www.tentenmass.com.

At the Yale Steam Laundry at Fourth Street and New York Avenue Northwest, IBG Partners has developed one- and two-bedroom loft-style homes with large windows.

The community includes garage parking, a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness center and a billiard lounge. Each home has hardwood flooring, multimedia wiring, a washer and dryer, ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and baths and an open kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The homes are priced from the mid-$250,000s to the upper $600,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/628-0460 or visit www.yalelofts.com.

At the DuMont, developed by Broadway Partners at Massachusetts Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest, condominiums are available in a high-rise building with a rooftop swimming pool surrounded by gardens, a fitness center, underground parking and additional storage space.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot-high ceilings, hardwood flooring, a full-size washer and dryer, walk-in closets, high-speed Internet access and upgraded kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Some of the homes include balconies.

The homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s to more than $1,000,000, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/898-0800 or visit www.dumontcondos.com.

At the Whitman at Mount Vernon Metro, developed by Faison at 910 M St. NW, one- and two-level homes are available.

The development includes a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness room, a billiards room and garage parking. Inside, the homes have hardwood flooring in the living areas, ceramic tile baths, a full-size stacked washer and dryer, and an upgraded kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The homes are priced from the upper $300,000s to more than $1,000,000, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/682-5955 or visit www.thewhitman.com.

JBG Cos. is building condominiums at 555 Massachusetts Ave. NW, known as 555 Mass, in a contemporary-style 14-story building.

Amenities include secure underground parking, a staffed front desk, concierge services, a fitness center, a rooftop deck with a swimming pool and panoramic city views and a lounge with wireless Internet service, a flat-screen television and a fireplace.

Monthly condominium fees range from $220 to $500.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom homes, base-priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $500,000s, include large windows and high ceilings.

Some of the homes have views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument, and some have private balconies or patios. Each home includes hardwood flooring, Berber carpeting, a full-size washer and dryer and high-speed Internet access.

Kitchens feature granite counters, a gas stove and either black-on-black or stainless steel appliances.

Call 202/360-4101 or visit www.555Mass.com.

At the Alta at Thomas Circle, PN Hoffman is building loft-style condominiums with exposed ductwork and stainless steel appliances.

A rooftop terrace and a lounge are available for residents. The studio, one- and two-bedroom homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $500,000s, with penthouse homes priced from the upper $500,000s.

Monthly condominium fees range from $145 to $309.

Call 202/232-1997 or visit www.pnhoffman.com.

PN Hoffman is building two developments at 14th and V streets Northwest, near the U Street corridor and Shaw, known as the Flats at Union Row and the Warehouses at Union Row.

The Flats include loft designs with terraces, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. These are studio, one- and two-bedroom homes. Some include a den.

The studio homes are priced from the upper $200,000s, one-bedroom homes from the low $400,000s, one-bedroom-with-den homes from the upper $400,000s, two-bedroom homes from the mid-$500,000s, and two-bedroom-with-den homes from the mid-$600,000s.

Monthly condominium fees are $226 to $509.

The Warehouses offer a variety of ceiling heights. The homes are gathered around a central courtyard with elevated walkways leading to each private entrance.

The Warehouse includes two-bedroom homes from the upper $400,000s, one-bedroom-with-den homes on 11/2 levels from the upper $500,000s, and 21/2-level two-bedroom loft homes priced from the mid-$800,000s. Monthly condominium fees are $333 to $411.

Call 202/232-1997 or visit www.pnhoffman.com.

On the corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest, Level 2 Development LLC and Centrum Properties Inc. of Chicago are constructing View 14, a nine-story mixed-use project with approximately 170 condominiums as well as street-level retail shops and below-grade parking.

The building’s hilltop location, floor-to-ceiling windows, angled bay windows, balconies and terraces make the most of the city views.

Residents also can enjoy an on-site study, a Zen garden and an observation deck.

Condominium fees range from $180 to $750 per month, with homes ranging from the mid-$200,000s to $1,200,000.

Call 202/387-1110 or visit www.level2development.com.

Urban Land Co., a real estate sales office that handles new construction projects, represents the Floridian on Florida Avenue near the corner of Ninth and U streets Northwest.

The Floridian has studio homes from the low $200,000s, one-bedroom homes from the $400,000s and two-bedroom homes for a little less than $500,000. A few larger two-bedroom homes with lofts are priced in the upper $700,000s to the $800,000s.

Condominium fees are $300 to $450 per month.

The views from many of these homes go down Vermont Avenue to the White House, and the building, near the U Street Metro stop, also includes two levels of underground parking.

Call 202/299-9923 or visit www.urbanlandcompany.com.

Urban Realty Advisors is building studio, one- and two-bedroom homes, some with a den, at Parker Flats at Gage School at 2035 Second St. NW in the Bloomingdale part of Northwest, within walking distance of the U Street Metro station.

The homes include structured wiring; hardwood flooring; and kitchens with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and maple cabinets. The building includes a landscaped courtyard and a fitness room. The homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the $500,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Visit www.parkerflats.com.

Urban Land Co. also handles sales for the Monique, a new building of 12 one- and two-bedroom homes in the Shaw neighborhood at Fifth and R streets Northwest.

Sales will begin later this year or early next year at the Monique, with condominium fees yet to be determined.

The one-bedroom homes are expected to be priced in the mid-$300,000s and the two-bedroom homes to start in the $400,000s.

Call 202/299-9923 or visit www.urbanlandcompany.com.

In the Logan Circle area at Logan Station, near Vermont Avenue and R Street Northwest, Bogdan Builders Inc. is selling studio, one- and two-bedroom homes, some including a den.

The building includes underground parking, 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the living areas, ceramic tile flooring in the baths and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Each home comes with a flat-panel television.

The studios are priced from the mid- to upper $200,000s, one-bedroom homes from the mid-$300,000s to the low $400,000s, one-bedrooms with a den from the mid-$400,000s, and two-bedrooms in the $500,000s. Two-bedroom-and-den homes are priced from the mid-$600,000s to the mid-$700,000s.

A penthouse is priced at more than $1,000,000.

Monthly condominium fees range from approximately $150 to $450.

Call 202/265-0668 or visit www.loganstationcondo.com.

Holladay Construction LLC is building the Matrix, a collection of lofts and flats at 1529 14th St. NW. The building will include retail shops on the first floor, and each home will include hardwood flooring, 9- to 11-foot ceilings, large windows, ceramic tile flooring in the baths, a full size washer and dryer, track and recessed lighting and an upgraded kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The homes are priced from the low $300,000s to the upper $700,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/462-0191 or visit www.matrixcondo.com.

At Logan Row at 1425 11th St. NW, Ellis Denning Construction LLC has developed one- and two-bedroom homes, including some two-level models.

The homes share a rooftop deck, but penthouse units have private rooftop decks.

The homes are base-priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $500,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/575-1160 or visit www.loganrow.com.

At the Fennessy Lofts at 1209 13th St. NW, two-story condominiums have been developed by Ellis Denning and Holland & Knight. The homes have kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile baths, a powder room and wiring for digital cable and Internet access.

The one- and two-bedroom homes are priced from the mid-$300,000s to the upper $700,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500.

Call 202/575-0522 or visit www.fennessylofts.com.

Castle Development is building 23 one- and two-bedroom condominium homes at Kalorama Court at 2412 17th St. NW.

Each home has maple kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances and stone counters, plus hardwood flooring, Category Five wiring and an individual security system in addition to the building security.

The homes are priced from the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$500,000s, with monthly condominium fees ranging from more than $200 to more than $500. Call 202/744-7907.

PN Hoffman is building 107 luxury homes at Chase Point on Military Road at the Friendship Heights Metro station.

This traditional, elegant building includes 24-hour front-desk services and a fitness center along with a location within walking distance of the Metro station, upscale shops and restaurants.

The homes, with 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, include Viking appliances, granite and marble surfaces, natural stone floors and showers in the baths, and each has a balcony or terrace.

Prices for the homes, which have two bedrooms and a den or three bedrooms and a den, begin in the mid-$900,000s. Monthly condominium fees range from $488 to $1,010.

Call 202/966-2100 or visit www.pnhoffman.com.

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