- - Thursday, May 3, 2012

For many Washingtonians, nothing is as stirring as a glimpse of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol.

For a lucky few residents of the new Congressional Mews development at 21 D St. SE, the flowers and fountains of Congressional Park will be their front yard. The newly built town-home-style condominiums of Congressional Mews are one block from the Capitol South Metro station and steps from the Capitol building.

Capitol Hill residents often describe their community as a village, with close neighborhood ties within the shadow of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and Congress itself. While plenty of community residents work in the government, locals are just as likely to talk about the latest vendor at Eastern Market or the new restaurant opening on Eighth Street as they are to discuss the latest bill being voted on in the House.

The abundance of restaurants, cafes and nightlife has only increased in recent years with the development of Nationals Park not far from Capitol Hill. Official gardens such as the U.S. Botanic Garden and the fountains and gardens surrounding government buildings are open to local residents along with parks such as Garfield Park, Stanton Park and Lincoln Park.

Not only will residents of Congressional Mews be able to walk to countless shops and restaurants, the Eastern Market and Nationals Park, but the museums along the Mall also will be easily accessible. While bus and subway access to other parts of the city make this an ideal location for commuters, each residence includes private parking.

Each of the eight two-bedroom, 2½-bath homes has two levels and a balcony. The homes are priced from $749,900 to $1,249,900. Condominium fees vary according to the size and location of the homes. The upper-level homes have access to a roof deck.

The homes are constructed of brick on block to maximize noise reduction, and the Victorian design, enhanced with custom copper work on the turrets, parapets, cornices, gutters and downspouts, complements the style of nearby historic Capitol Hill homes. A wood front staircase leads from the ground level to a common-area vestibule with security controlled by telephone access in each unit.

Inside, the homes have open floor plans designed for easy entertaining. Each home has hardwood flooring, oak staircases, custom-designed crown molding, recessed lighting and oversized custom-designed windows for plenty of natural light. Each living room has a gas fireplace with a wood mantel and a marble surround.

Buyers can opt to use the living room or the formal dining room space as an office. A strategically placed wet bar adds to the ease of entertaining and includes a wood cabinet, a granite counter, a bar refrigerator and a custom-designed copper sink.

Each kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counters, hardwood flooring, custom-designed crown molding and recessed lighting. Some kitchens also have chandeliers. Stainless steel appliances include a French-door-style refrigerator-freezer, a two-drawer dishwasher and an under-the-counter microwave.

The second-level bedrooms have hardwood flooring, oversized windows, recessed lighting and ample storage and closet space. The master bath has heated marble floors; towel warmers; custom-designed vanities; a tub with mood lighting, aromatherapy and aero-jets; and a hydrotherapy shower with a high-tech control system. The secondary baths have marble flooring, marble counters, a claw-foot tub with a shower, and tile walls.

Each home has a stainless steel washer and dryer and a state-of-the-art telecommunications system with pre-wiring for a security system.

Unit 21-B, with 2,360 square feet, includes a balcony at either end of the lower level, which has a living room with a fireplace, a central dining room and a center-island kitchen. This level has a powder room and a bar. Upstairs, the master suite has a private balcony, two walk-in closets and a luxury bath. The second bedroom has two walk-in closets, a private full bath, and a wooden sleeping porch with windows on three sides.

For more information about Congressional Mews, call Jeremy Aldridge, vice president of Urban Pace, at 202/306-3437 or visit www.CongressionalMews.com.