- - Thursday, May 26, 2011

Few people long to live in a police station or even a firehouse, no matter how good the chili is. After visiting the transformed structures known as the Station and the Engine House on Capitol Hill, however, they may change their minds.

Hamel Builders and the Argos Group, a real estate development group with LEED-accredited green professionals, have converted a historic police station at 525 Ninth St. NE and a Victorian-era fire station at 1341 Maryland Ave. NE into condominiums.

Residents of these two distinctive buildings can walk to the rejuvenated H Street corridor, where they can enjoy theater, music, nightlife and restaurants. Also known as the Atlas District, this area of Northeast Washington includes the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the H Street Playhouse, art galleries and the Joy of Motion dance studio.

An eclectic mix of bars and nightclubs includes the Rock &Roll Hotel, Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, the Red Palace, several pubs, and the H Street Country Club, complete with its indoor miniature golf course. Also a draw for this neighborhood is Stanton Park, a green space where residents can walk their dogs and bring their children to the playground.

Both the Station and the Engine House have been converted into contemporary condominium lofts with open floor plans, but the developers also restored vintage details, including the brick exteriors; arched double-paned, double-hung windows; iron fencing; and a wrought-iron entry staircase. Each home has a private patio.

In the Station, homes have ceilings ranging from 12 to 18 feet high, exposed-brick walls, recessed lighting, 8-foot-tall solid wood doors, decorative trim around interior doors and windows, and baseboard molding. Each home has a two-story master suite and an open kitchen with upgraded appliances, honed-granite counters, custom-designed wood cabinets and undercabinet lighting.

The baths have marble tile flooring, a frameless glass shower with subway-style marble tiling and multiple spray options, and elevated wood vanities with undermount sinks.

In the Engine House, each home has an open kitchen with honed-granite counters, a staggered subway-style tile backsplash, upgraded appliances, undercabinet lighting, and mocha-stained custom-designed wood cabinets. The baths have frameless glass showers with subway-style marble tile, marble tile flooring, elevated wood vanities and undermount sinks.

The open-floor-plan homes have 11-foot ceilings, exposed-brick walls, recessed lighting, 8-foot-tall solid wood doors with contemporary-style chrome hardware, decorative trim around the doors and windows, and baseboard molding.

Both buildings include assigned private parking, prewired high-speed cable and data outlets, individual water heaters, and a full-size stackable washer and dryer for each unit.

The renovation process is still under way at the Station. At the Engine House, Unit 103, with three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room, is available for $779,900. This home has 1,942 square feet. Unit 104, with 1,858 square feet, also has three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room. This home is listed at $749,900.

The homes at the Station and the Engine House have been approved for FHA-insured financing.

For more information about these homes, call sales manager Jeremy Aldridge at 202/580-6009 or visit www.EngineHouseDC.com.