- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2007

The Logan Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington has seen its share of renovation projects. Once-dilapidated Victorian buildings have been restored to reinvigorate this now-chic community.

Within walking distance of theaters, restaurants, shops and night life, Logan Circle has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, particularly for those who value the blend of historic and contemporary buildings that make it a vibrant place to walk and live.

A recent addition to Logan Circle’s roster of restored buildings is the Vedado, a historic Victorian-style town home that has been transformed into four condominium homes.

Located at 1306 Rhode Island Ave. NW, the Vedado was originally built in 1885 and recently transformed by Washington-based designer Lori Graham.

The Lori Graham Design Team carefully retained original details such as ornate moldings, fireplace mantels, stairway balustrades and generously proportioned rooms. At the same time, contemporary tastes were accommodated with kitchens that include Italian Cucine cabinetry, Carrera marble counters and Sub-Zero and Wolf stainless steel appliances.

The bathrooms have been upgraded with Italian vanities, striped brown field tiles, polished marble, Italian ceramic vessel sinks and lever-handled wall faucets. The homes have hardwood flooring and a security system.

Three of the homes are available at the Vedado, each including parking and a private deck with sweeping urban views of Washington and its monuments. The upscale condominiums range in price from $629,000 to $1,495,000, with monthly condominium fees of $395 to $790.

Unit 1, a two-bedroom home priced from $629,000, has about 1,250 square feet and a monthly condominium fee of $395. This home has open living and dining rooms, espresso-stained hardwood flooring throughout and 8.3-foot ceilings.

The master bedroom includes two walk-in closets and a bath with a walk-in shower with Italian marble tile walls and a free-standing glass wall.

The second bedroom has a large closet and an adjacent bath with a tub that has a frameless glass shower door, Michael Graves-designed lighting sconces and a metallic-glazed tile floor.

This home has a gas fireplace, an intercom system, custom-designed recessed lighting, halogen sconces and a stacked washer and dryer.

Unit 2, a two-bedroom home priced from $794,000, has about 1,100 finished square feet and a monthly condominium fee of $325. This home has soaring 11.8-foot ceilings throughout, along with espresso-stained hardwood floors, an intercom system, recessed lighting, halogen sconces, a stacked washer and dryer and a gas fireplace with the original mantel.

The master bedroom suite includes a den, home office or media area, a large walk-in closet and a bath with a walk-in shower with Italian marble walls. The second bedroom has a large closet and an adjacent bath that has a tub with a frameless glass shower door and metallic-glazed tile flooring.

Unit 4, a duplex penthouse with about 2,450 finished square feet, is base-priced at $1,495,000, with a monthly condominium fee of $790. This home features an entry foyer with 9-foot ceilings and a spectacular living room with a vaulted ceiling rising to 28 feet high, panoramic bay windows, chestnut hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace with the original mantel.

The separate formal dining room has 9-foot ceilings, matching chestnut hardwood flooring and oversized windows. Nearby is the center-island kitchen, which is open to the family room and informal dining area, all of which feature chestnut hardwood flooring.

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