- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The H Street corridor near 13th Street in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington represents another example of community revitalization.

Just a few years ago, few visitors would venture into the neighborhood. In recent months, however, restaurants, night spots and theaters have opened, and newly renovated homes are enticing buyers to the area.

Now known as the Atlas District, this community is home to the Rock & Roll Hotel, which features live music, a variety of restaurants and other bars, including the Argonaut.

The Atlas theater, renamed the Atlas Performing Arts Center, has been renovated and expanded with rehearsal and theater space, and the H Street Playhouse has been hosting live theater and dance performances for several years.

The Atlas center offers performance space for the African Continuum Theatre Company and the Joy of Motion Dance Company, among other groups.

For visitors considering living in the area, the Courson is a newly converted condominium with four homes available.

Located at 1233 Raum St. NE, the Courson is within walking distance of the H Street corridor, the New York Avenue Metro station, Gallaudet University, the National Arboretum, grocery stores and a home improvement center. RFK Stadium and Eastern Market are within a short drive of the building.

The Courson has been renovated with fresh paint, new windows, a privacy fence in the back yard, new decks and an intercom system on the outside.

Inside, each of the four homes has bamboo flooring in the living room and bedroom, crown moldings and recessed lighting, ceiling fans, a washer and dryer and an open floor plan. The kitchens have been upgraded with stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile flooring, granite counters and a built-in microwave in addition to the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator.

Each bath includes ceramic tile flooring and a whirlpool tub.

The homes are base-priced from $204,990 to $214,990 and have 691 to 698 finished square feet, each with one bedroom and a den.

The monthly condominium fee is $175. The seller will pay $5,000 in closing costs for buyers of each home.

Units 1 and 2, the lower-level homes, have entrances directly into the living room, which has a closet and an alcove that can be used as a reading area or a computer area.

The washer and dryer are stacked in a closet off the kitchen, which also has doors to the full bath.

The bedroom is accessible from the kitchen and the family room and includes a walk-in closet. The family room can be reached from the bedroom and the hall off the kitchen and includes two windows along with a door to the private deck.

In Units 3 and 4, the upper-level homes, a closet and a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer are off the vestibule. The kitchen is open to the living room, which has a set of double doors opening into the family room.

A pass-through from the kitchen with a breakfast bar also opens into the family room, which has two windows and a door to the private deck. A utility closet with storage space is accessible from the family room. An alcove off the living room can be used as a computer space or reading nook.

On the opposite side of the vestibule is the bedroom, which has two walk-in closets and space for a king-size bed, if desired. A full bath is adjacent to the bedroom.

For information, call Realtor Marie Waldo with RE/MAX 2000 Realtors at 301/229-0898 or 301/881-1700. Photographs of the Courson can be viewed at www.mariewaldo.com.

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