- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2005

Sophisticated parties once filled the elegant halls of the former Italian Embassy in Adams Morgan, and those rooms will soon ring again with clinking glasses, music and happy voices when buyers move into the condominiums being created in the former diplomatic spaces.

A joint venture of Spaulding & Slye Colliers and Castleton Holdings LLC, working with architects at Shalom Baranes Associates PC, is converting the existing embassy building and adding two more buildings to create the IlPalazzo condominium.

Il Palazzo residents will live in the heart of one of Washington’s most interesting neighborhoods, just three blocks from the Adams Morgan retail district, where shops, restaurants and nightclubs attract locals and visitors from all over the city.

The condominium is one block from Meridian Hill Park, two blocks from a new Harris Teeter grocery store and within walking distance of the Columbia Heights and the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro stations.

Located at 1601 Fuller St. NW, Il Palazzo will include 75 residences in its three buildings, each with a private terrace or balcony and below-grade parking.

One building will be nine stories, with 33 homes, while another building, a four-story structure, will have 27 homes. More than 40 floor plans will be available, with prices ranging from the $500,000s to more than $2,000,000.

The 15 residences in the former embassy structure will have spectacular views, 12- to 24-foot ceilings, and moldings and finishes reminiscent of Renaissance buildings. These “trophy” and penthouse homes will include views of the courtyard and terraces.

Most of the residences will have 900 to 1,400 finished square feet, with a few homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet.

Standard features include hardwood flooring in the living, dining and kitchen areas; stainless-steel European-style appliances in the kitchens; a washer and dryer; and a full bath with stone flooring and countertops paired with each bedroom.

Large tubs and luxurious fixtures will be placed in each bath, and some homes will include a whirlpool tub. Gas fireplaces are available in some residences.

Unit 121, a first-floor residence in Il Palazzo, has a main entrance off the lobby into a foyer with a closet and powder room.

The living room has a fireplace; access to a private terrace; and double doors leading into the open kitchen and dining area, which also has a fireplace and access to a second terrace.

Beyond the dining area are two bedrooms, the first with a private full bath. The master bedroom has a private full bath with a separate soaking tub and shower, a double-sink vanity, and a generously sized walk-in closet. Double doors lead from the hall between the bedrooms to another terrace.

Unit 402, on the fourth floor, has a combined living and dining area and an open kitchen, with windows on two sides and a private terrace.

This home includes a master-bedroom suite with a private full bath and a walk-in closet, plus a second bedroom and a full bath off the hall.

Unit 912, on the ninth floor, has a powder room off the foyer and a combined living and dining room open to the kitchen. A private terrace is off the living area.

This home has a laundry room; a smaller bedroom with a private full bath and a walk-in closet; and a master suite with a walk-in closet, a bath and a private terrace.

For information or directions, call 202/822-009 or visit www.ilpalazzocondos.com.

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