- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2011

When potential homebuyers begin searching for a condominium within the District’s city limits, they learn quickly that a location close to a Metro station instantly increases the listing price.

Finding an affordable condominium may take a little extra work and some time spent learning to use buses in addition to the subway, but buyers often find they are rewarded with new amenities or a larger home when they choose a home in an area farther from a Metro stop.

At the Christina Condominiums in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest Washington, residents can take a bus south on nearby Georgia Avenue and reach the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station within a few minutes.

The Christina, at 922 Madison Ave. NW, is a boutique condominium building with 14 renovated apartments. The developer is John Formant.

Residents can walk to the Emery Recreation Center, the Georgia Avenue Food Barn and a Safeway, along with other shops along Georgia Avenue. The rec center includes a playground, a lighted basketball court, a fitness room and rooms for classes and activities, including homework help, teen clubs, indoor soccer and a cooperative preschool.

The neighborhood also is the site of a proposed Walmart store at Georgia and Missouri avenues, which would be within walking distance of the Christina. Walkscore.com, which rates neighborhoods based on the ability of residents to walk to shops, schools, restaurants and other amenities, rates the area surrounding the Christina at 71 out of 100, which is considered “very walkable.”

The Christina Condominiums is an FHA-approved development, which makes it easier for potential buyers to qualify for a government-insured loan with a down-payment requirement of 3.5 percent. The condominiums range in price from $198,900 to $269,900, with a monthly condominium fee of $163 to $208.

Each home includes two bedrooms with hardwood flooring throughout the home, recessed lighting, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, custom-designed closet systems and an upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas cooking and granite counters. Each home has a washer and dryer and a security system. The building also has a video-monitoring system and a room for extra storage for residents.

A typical home, such as unit 202, has 738 square feet and is priced at $214,900. This model has an open floor plan with a living and dining area set into a corner with windows on two sides. The living and dining area is open to the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar and a door to a closet with laundry equipment. A coat closet is nearby.

One bedroom is adjacent the living area, while the second bedroom is privately located at the end of the hall. Each bedroom has a double-door closet. This home also has a powder room near the living area and a full bath off the hall between the two bedrooms.

Some of the homes have laundry equipment nearer the bedrooms, but all have an open floor plan with a center-island kitchen and breakfast bar. Two lower-level homes each have a private fenced patio.

For more information, contact Realtor Jeremy Aldridge with Urban Pace at 202/303-3444 or visit www.thechristinadc.com.