- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 8, 2006

Many potential home buyers become frustrated by the high cost of housing in the Washington area, not realizing that condominium conversion projects are a potential source of affordable but desirable homes.

Federal Capital Partners recently converted apartments at 1005 Chillum Road in Hyattsville to condominiums, with homes priced from the $90,000s to the low $200,000s.

Known as the Fairmont, this condo project is located within blocks of the District line, with access to the Beltway, Interstate 295 and Maryland Route 410.

The community is less than two miles from the Fort Totten and West Hyattsville Metro stations. Not far away are RFK Stadium, FedEx Field and Six Flags America.

New and planned amenities in the area include University Town Center near College Park and the Prince George’s County Sports Complex in Landover.

The gated and landscaped Fairmont condominium community includes four buildings and offers its residents assigned parking, elevators, a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool.

Inside, the homes have new interiors with all new appliances, including a range, a microwave and dishwasher. Each of the studio, one- and two-bedroom homes includes a private balcony.

Studio condominiums are priced from $91,900, one-bedroom homes from $167,900 and two-bedroom homes from $207,900.

Monthly condominium fees range from $97 to $128 for the studio homes, $201 to $237 per month for the one-bedroom homes and $252 to $317 for the two-bedroom homes.

The Aspen model, a studio, has a long closet off the foyer, opposite the full bath. The bedroom area is open to the living and dining area, with the kitchen at one end of the home.

The Bradford model, also a studio, features a large walk-in closet, a full bath and an open bedroom, living and dining area with the kitchen placed in the corner.

The Cedar model includes an open living area with an adjacent dining area and kitchen. This one-bedroom home has one bath, with a wall of closets in the bedroom, a wall of closets in the hall and a linen closet.

The Dogwood model has an open living and dining area, a kitchen and a full bath. This one-bedroom home has a walk-in closet and a second closet in the bedroom, plus another closet off the hall.

The Juniper floor plan has a wall of closets along the hall, including a linen closet; a living and dining area open to the kitchen. The larger bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom has a wall closet. The home has one full bath.

The Magnolia model has a living area with a sliding glass door to the balcony and a dining area open to the kitchen. This home has a wall of closets, including a linen closet, along the hall, plus two bedrooms and a full bath. One bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the second has a wall closet.

The Mulberry model features a walk-in closet off the foyer and an L-shaped living and dining area open to the kitchen. This two-bedroom home has a full bath, a linen closet, a walk-in closet in one bedroom and a wall closet in the second bedroom.

The Redwood model includes a walk-in closet off the foyer entrance, a living area with a sliding glass door to the balcony and a dining area open to the kitchen. One bedroom has a walk-in closet; the second bedroom has a wall closet. A linen closet is opposite the full bath.

For information or directions, call 301/853-8888 or visit www.fairmontcondos.com.


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