- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

Developers and investors are snapping up town homes, single-family homes and apartment buildings all over the Washington region and renovating them to meet the high standards of today’s urban buyers.

Stainless-steel appliances and granite counters in the modernized kitchens are in demand, along with hardwood flooring, Berber carpeting and a location as close to a Metro station as possible. Developers including CRA Urban are transforming apartment buildings into condominiums that appeal to singles, young couples and empty nesters — all eager to try city life.

CRA Urban’s latest project, Parker Flats at Gage School, is a conversion project of the former Gage School at 2035 Second St. NW, between U and V streets.

The Gage School, built in 1904, has been converted into homes and expanded with two additional buildings.

In the Bloomingdale neighborhood near LeDroit Park, Parker Flats is part of a community in transition from run-down homes to urban sophistication. Residents at Parker Flats will be able to walk to the U Street-Cardozo and Shaw-Howard University Metro stations, to Howard University, and restaurants. Commuting to Catholic University, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center and downtown are a breeze from this location.

The studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom and den, and two-bedroom floor plans at Parker Flats are base-priced from the $200,000s. A controlled-entry system covers the entire complex, and underground parking is available. The building includes pre-wiring for high-speed Internet, cable and telephone service, elevator service, a landscaped courtyard, a private fitness center, and storage units for residents.

Inside, each residence includes contemporary touches such as stainless-steel appliances, Berber carpeting in the bedrooms, ceramic-tile flooring and shower surrounds in the baths, and granite kitchen counters. Sophisticated style is added with exposed brick walls, large windows, hardwood flooring in the living and dining areas and the kitchen, and high ceilings up to 13.5 feet.

Many of the homes include a balcony, patio or terrace.

Unit F301 has an entrance into the living area, which has French doors to a terrace, a breakfast bar off the kitchen and a separate dining area with French doors to a Juliet balcony. The home also has a laundry room, a bedroom and a full bath.

Unit F304 in the Flagler Place building at Parker Flats features an entrance directly into the living and dining room, which has French doors to a terrace. Next to the living and dining area is a kitchen with a breakfast bar and French doors to a second terrace. This home has a bedroom, a laundry room and a full bath.

A two-bedroom home in the Gage School building has a foyer entrance with doors into the laundry room and a full bath, as well as an entrance to the kitchen. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar, which is open to the living and dining area. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a second closet, plus a private full bath. The second bedroom has access to the second full bath.

For information about Parker Flats, call 202/479-0879 or visit www.parkerflats.com.

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