- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2011

More than 100 years ago, local architects Ernest C. Hunter and G. Neal Bell designed and built the Warrington and Wilmington apartment buildings at 1801 and 1811 Wyoming Ave. NW. These two detached four-story buildings are almost identical in design, although the Warrington has alternating projecting bay windows. Part of the Washington Heights Historic District in the heart of Adams Morgan, these buildings have been renovated recently and converted to condominiums by Urban Investment Partners and are known as WY18.

The Washington Heights Historic District, bordered by 18th Street, Columbia Road and Florida Avenue in Northwest Washington, features 19th- and early-20th-century row houses, 20th-century apartment houses and commercial buildings in a wide range of styles. The Warrington and the Wilmington, with Classic Revival-style brick exteriors, have been restored with many period details, such as terrazzo and marble flooring in the lobby, a marble staircase with iron railings, plaster walls and ceilings, wood flooring and wood window casings.

The area surrounding WY18 has evolved from its original development as a suburb on a streetcar line into an urban destination with shops, night life and restaurants mixed with residential streets. Residents can walk to visit friends, cafes, music venues and shops in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and U Street or take a bus or the Metro from the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle Metro stations.

The 43 WY18 condominiums range in size from 518 to 1,316 square feet, with base prices beginning in the $300,000s for one-bedroom homes and $500,000s for two-bedroom homes. Monthly condominium fees range from $200 to $450.

Renovations on the homes include modernized floor plans; new electrical, plumbing and fire-alarm systems; new balconies; restored wood floors; two-tone kitchen cabinets; undercabinet lighting; kitchen pantries with glass pocket doors; and full-size stacked washers and dryers. The homes have 11-foot ceilings, quartz counters, new windows and an iPod docking station. The building, which has a new roof, includes communal gardens with a water feature and roof decks with misters, wet bars and electricity.

Unit 31 in the Wilmington, a two-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,316 square feet, is priced from $629,000. This third-floor home has an open floor plan with a living and dining area open to the kitchen, a double-door closet and a glass door to the balcony. Near the kitchen are a walk-in pantry and a closet with a washer and dryer.

The master bedroom has a double-door closet and a private full bath. The second bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath.

Unit 43 in the Warrington, a fourth-floor home with one bedroom, a den and 1 1/2 baths, has 817 square feet. The home, priced from $489,000, has an open kitchen, living and dining area with a closet, and a pantry. The bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath. Nearby are the den, a powder room and a closet with a washer and dryer.

Unit 44, a fourth-floor home in the Wilmington, has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,035 square feet. This home is priced from $609,900. This model has an open kitchen, living and dining area with a closet and a glass door to a balcony. The master bedroom has a private full bath and a double-door closet, while the second bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath. The home also has a walk-in pantry and a closet with a washer and dryer.

For more information or directions, call the Mattison Group at 301/215-7653 or visit www.wy18condos.com.