- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2011

The renaissance of Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington has been so thoroughly accomplished that this once transitional neighborhood has been transformed into a sought-after urban center.

A plethora of shops and restaurants have opened in the area near the Columbia Heights Metro station, including the DC USA shopping center with megastores including Target, Best Buy, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. The restored Tivoli theater and plenty of night life in places such as the Wonderland Ballroom, Social and Commonwealth keep the neighborhood active at all hours.

The residential options in Columbia Heights increased recently with the opening of the Crest at Columbia Heights condominium, a boutique building with nine homes on four floors priced from the $200,000s to the $500,000s. The historic facade of the building, located at 3517 13th St. NW, is complemented by contemporary-style interiors.

The exterior of the building is painted stucco with wrought-iron railings and detailing. Flagstone walkways at the front and side of the building are flanked by raised garden beds and lead to the front vestibule. Located within steps of the Columbia Heights Metro station, the building has four units that include garage parking. An interior courtyard with flagstone tiles has an outdoor kitchen for barbecues and a gas fireplace.

The lobby of the Crest includes a tiled vestibule with a Palladian window and contemporary light fixtures. The interior common areas have hardwood flooring on the stairs and landings, five-piece molding surrounding each unit’s entry door and oversized frosted windows on the upper floors that provide natural light to the stairwell.

Ceilings are all at least 9 feet high, with some homes featuring vaulted ceilings up to 15 feet high. The homes have 8-foot-tall solid wood doors, hardwood flooring in the living areas, recessed lighting, oversized windows and private balconies with approximately 45 square feet of space with flagstone tile flooring and wrought-iron railings. Some of the homes include exposed-brick walls, bay windows and beamed, vaulted ceilings. The penthouse homes include loft-style open floor plans, expansive rooms with extra windows, and spiral staircases to private rooftop terraces.

Standard features of these homes include stainless steel appliances, such as a five-burner range and an oven, a second undercounter combination microwave and oven, a refrigerator and a dishwasher; an undermount sink; maple cabinets; Silestone counters; undercabinet lighting and a subway-style glass-tile backsplash in the kitchen. The homes have porcelain floor tiles in the baths, Silestone bathroom vanity tops, an oversized frameless glass shower in the master bath and a walk-in closet in each master suite.

Each home has individually supplied and metered hot water, heat and air conditioning; multiple cable and high-speed data outlets; sound system pre-wiring; and wall-mount outlets for flat-panel television installation in the family-room areas.

Unit 302, a penthouse home, has 1,102 finished square feet. This home includes an open two-story living and dining room with a bay window at one end and an open kitchen at the opposite end. The master bedroom includes windows on two sides, a walk-in closet and a private bath with a double-sink vanity and oversized shower. The second bedroom has a bay window and a full bath across the hall. In addition, this level has a walk-in closet and a closet for a washer and dryer. A spiral staircase leads upstairs to an attic storage area and a 288-square-foot rooftop deck.

Condominium fees at the Crest at Columbia Heights range from $173 to $332, with an average monthly fee of $287. The Crest has been approved for FHA loans, which can make obtaining financing easier for buyers. In addition, the developer has a list of preferred lenders that can help arrange financing.

For more information or directions to the Crest, contact Michael Yarnell at 202/580-6004 or visit www.TheCrestDC.com.

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