- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Capitol Hill has always had an appeal for politicians and their staffers moving to Washington, drawn by its proximity to congressional and association offices, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, along with a collection of fun and funky bars, restaurants and shops.

Capitol Hill offers breathtaking views of federal buildings and monuments, while at the same time providing an old-fashioned village feel with narrow sidewalks lined with brick and brownstone homes.

While most of Capitol Hill has already experienced revitalization in recent decades, the site of the former Capitol Children’s Museum near Union Station is undergoing a dramatic transformation.

Developer Jim Abdo of Abdo Development is converting the former museum into homes, while Broadway Development is cooperating at the site to develop a new component known as Senate Square.

At Senate Square, residents in the 432 condominiums can walk to Union Station for train and Metro service or just visit the shops and restaurants or attend a movie. Capitol Hill’s offices and restaurants are also within walking distance.

The sales office for Senate Square is at 900 Second St. NE, Suite 107. The 2.2-acre building site is in the block bounded by Second and Third and H and I streets NE.

Senate Square features a circular cobblestone drive with a fountain. Community features also include a landscaped courtyard, a fitness facility, a clubroom, secure underground parking and available storage spaces.

The developers have enhanced the property with a 70-foot lap pool on the roof as well as rooftop gardens.

Inside, each condominium includes hardwood flooring, 9-foot ceilings with 8-foot windows, prewiring for digital cable and high-speed Internet, large walk-in closets, a full-size washer and dryer and granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

Some homes include a center island with pendant lighting in the kitchen, and some include a balcony or terrace.

Condominiums range from studios to one-bedroom homes with one bath or 11/2 baths; one-bedroom-and-den homes with one or two baths; two-bedroom homes with one or two baths; and two-bedroom-with-den homes with two baths or 21/2 baths.

The base prices range widely from the $300,000s to more than $1,000,000, with monthly condominium fees also ranging widely from $200 to $600 depending on the size and location of the home.

Residence LT-01 features a laundry room and utility closet off the foyer, along with a full bath and a den with a closet.

The master bedroom has a wall of windows facing the balcony, a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a shower and a double-sink vanity. The rest of this home is open, with a center-island kitchen and a generously sized living and dining room with a door to the balcony.

Residence CT-10 has a closet and a full bath off the foyer, along with a washer and dryer off the bath. This home includes a den with a walk-in closet, a kitchen with a breakfast bar leading into the open living and dining room, which has a balcony.

The master bedroom had a walk-in closet and a private full bath with an oversized shower and a double-sink vanity.

Residence CT-13 features a den off the foyer, which also leads into a hall flanked by several closets, a full bath and a laundry room. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar open to the dining room, which has a wall of windows and a butler’s pantry.

The living room includes a window along one wall plus a corner cutout that allows for two additional windows.

The master bedroom has a wall closet and a walk-in closet, along with a private full bath with an oversized shower. A second bedroom includes a closet along one wall and two windows.

For information, call Jennifer Felix or Kristen Albert at 202/326-0777 or visit www.senatesquarecondos.com.

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