- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2005

Elegance and sophistication are part of everyday life on Belmont Street and Crescent Place NW, off 16th Street, a cul-de-sac where Meridian House and the White-Meyer mansions have been the scene of formal soirees, art exhibits and informal receptions for decades.

At the top of Meridian Hill, which affords sweeping city views, this sliver of a neighborhood, easily accessible to both Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, includes handsome town homes. It is now home to Meridian Crescent, a new luxury home project by Walnut Street Development.

A brick and cast-stone facade with bay windows, recessed balconies and French doors at Meridian Crescent echo the architectural traditions of the Meridian and White-Meyer houses across the street, evoking classic end-of-the-19th-century style.

The 29 town homes and condominiums of Meridian Crescent, on Belmont Street just off 16th Street, each have a private outdoor entrance. The development includes a gated underground parking garage accessed by an elevator.

The homes range from 900 to 1,900 finished square feet, and many include a balcony. Inside, the homes include hardwood flooring, granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, marble baths and a wireless security system.

One- and two-bedroom homes are available, each with an open floor plan for easy entertaining.

Base prices for the homes range from the $400,000s to the $800,000s, with monthly condominium fees of about $500.

Unit 104 features a living room with a closet, a laundry room off the kitchen, a powder room and a separate dining room. The bedroom includes a wall of windows, a walk-in closet and a full bath.

Unit 106 features a living room, a separate dining room, an open kitchen, a laundry room, a powder room and several closets. The bedroom has a private balcony, a wall of windows, a walk-in closet and a private full bath.

Unit 202, a two-level home, features a powder room on the lower level, along with an open living and dining room with a wall of windows and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. Upstairs, one bedroom includes a deep bay window, two closets and a private full bath.

The master bedroom includes French doors leading to a private balcony, a walk-in closet and a bath with a dual-sink vanity, a corner shower and a tub. In between these two bedrooms are open space and a laundry room.

Unit 213, a two-level home, has an open living and dining room on the main level, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a powder room, a laundry room near the kitchen and one bedroom on the main level with a walk-in closet, walls of windows and a bath. Upstairs are a second bedroom, a walk-in closet and a second full bath.

While the kitchens and city views of these Meridian Crescent homes may tempt their owners to stay home, both Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle are within walking distance and full of shops, restaurants and night life.

For information or directions, call Jane Herrmann in the Meridian Crescent sales office at 202/338-6700 or visit www.wsd.com.

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