- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

While some retiring adults prefer to move to an area where they can golf, fish or sunbathe at the beach, others want to take advantage of the entertainment amenities of the city.

The Residences at Thomas Circle, a new luxury condominium community for seniors at 1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW, offers a location within two blocks of the McPherson Square Metro station and about a mile from such attractions as the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Museum, the Warner Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the MCI Center, the International Spy Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.

Residents of Thomas Circle can enjoy exploring the city’s museums, theaters, shops and restaurants, but they can also be pampered within their home, enjoying maintenance-free living.

The development includes a bistro, a theater room, a library and a living room, plus a private dining room to reserve for special events. Residents can enjoy a card and game room, an arts center, computer labs, a lecture hall, a hair salon and a nondenominational chapel.

Thomas Circle also includes a fitness center, an outdoor barbecue area and a heated rooftop swimming pool with a patio.

Concierge services make life easier for the homeowners at Thomas Circle, and daily social, cultural and recreational activities are available, along with exercise and wellness programs and dining service.

Weekly housekeeping and linen services are provided, along with coffee and newspapers in the morning, a convenience store, an on-site ATM and scheduled transportation services.

The Residences at Thomas Circle also offers services provided by Sunrise Senior Living, so that residents can age in place, getting personalized service when they need it.

On-site security and a 24-hour medical alert system provide an extra measure of safety for residents, who can also take advantage of an on-site wellness center and professional staff.

Studio homes are priced from the mid-$250,000s, and one-bedroom homes are base-priced from the low $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s. Two-bedroom homes are base priced from the upper $400,000s to the low $600,000s, and three-bedroom homes priced from the mid-$600,000s to the low $700,000s.

Condominium fees range from $300 to $1,000 per month.

In addition, residents pay $1,300 per month for one meal a day, housekeeping services, the medical alert system and transportation services. The second member of a household pays $700 per month for these services.

For additional fees, residents can have extra meals, beauty and barber services, therapy services, the use of overnight guest rooms, dry cleaning and personal laundry services, a garage space and additional transportation services.

Standard features in the homes include open kitchens with granite counters, ceramic tile flooring and maple cabinets; individually controlled heating and air conditioning, window treatments, a washer and dryer and prewiring for cable and telephones.

Buyers can upgrade with stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring and wainscoting.

Residence No. 720, a one-bedroom home, has a deep walk-in closet off the foyer, an open living and dining room, a kitchen, a full bath and a bedroom.

Residence No. 914, a one-bedroom home, has an entrance into the kitchen, an open living and dining room with a sliding glass door to a balcony, a full bath and a bedroom with a walk-in closet.

Residence No. 522/523 features a foyer entrance with a closet and a door to a full bath. Nearby are an open living and dining room and a kitchen. The two bedrooms are located on either side of the living area for privacy, and each includes a walk-in closet. One bedroom has a private full bath, while the other uses the hall bath.

Residence No. 15/16 is a three-bedroom home with a galley-style kitchen with a breakfast bar, an open living and dining room, and two full baths. One bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a double-sink vanity.

For information or directions, call 202/626-5799 or visit www.thomascircle.com.

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