- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2009

While some revitalization projects have slowed a bit (along with the economy), Northwest Washington’s U Street corridor and Logan Circle neighborhoods continue to thrive with new restaurants, boutiques and night spots. Development continues near the Washington Convention Center and new restaurants seem to open overnight in the Penn Quarter neighborhood downtown.

New homes in this part of the city are few and far between, but Willco Residential renovated a 1920s building and converted the space into eight chic, upscale condominiums with one or two bedrooms.

Known as the Providence, the building at 1511 11th St. NW, includes contemporary-style open floor plans, a state-of-the-art security system, audio visual and home-entertainment technology and “eco-chic” finishes.

Each home has prewiring for cable and satellite television, high-speed Internet service, flat-panel televisions and home entertainment systems. The homes have natural oak-wood floors, high ceilings, crown moldings, “floating glass” (high-gloss glass-front) or stainless steel appliances, maple kitchen cabinets, Zodiaq quartz counters and vanity tops, and natural stone floors in the baths.

Green features include double-paned low-E windows; energy-efficient, individually controlled heating and air conditioning systems; low-VOC materials; and ventless energy-efficient washers and dryers.

The homes include one-bedroom flats and two-bedroom loft-style units. The loft-style residences have three floors of living space with around 1,500 square feet, private roof terraces with views of the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, and on-site parking for one car.

Six of the eight homes have been sold, with original prices from $299,990 to $679,000. The building includes one- and two-bedroom homes with 841 to 1,553 finished square feet. The one-bedroom homes have one or 1 1/2 baths, while the two-bedroom homes have 2 1/2 baths.

The two remaining homes, both loft-style units with roof terraces, are priced in the upper $600,000s.

Unit 2-1, with 1,495 square feet, has an open floor plan on the first level that includes a living room with a bay window and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. This level also has a closet and a utility closet.

The second level includes a half bath with a linen closet, and a bedroom or home office with an adjacent walk-in closet and private full bath with a combination tub and shower.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a double-sink vanity and an oversized shower. A staircase leads from the master bedroom to the private roof terrace.

Unit 2-2, with 1,501 square feet, has the same floor plan as unit 2-1 except that the kitchen is on the opposite side of the entrance to the home.

For information or directions to the Providence, call sales manager Jeremy Aldridge at 202/306-3437 or visit www.theprovidencelofts.com.

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