- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Affordable homes can be next-to-impossible to find within the District. Some developers are adding to the supply of homes by converting former apartments into condominiums, which can be priced within reach of first-time buyers.

On Capitol Hill, the Tenacity Group is converting the two-story Regal apartment building into 21 studio and one-bedroom condominiums.

This red brick residential building is designated as historic, and Tenacity is working with architect Dennis Lussier to restore some of its original character, such as soaring arched windows and a marble-floor entrance.

The Regal’s attraction depends not just on its architectural distinctiveness, but also its location. Residents will be able to walk to the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and House and Senate office buildings.

Residents can stroll to the museums on the Mall, Eastern Market and myriad shops and restaurants on Pennsylvania Avenue, a popular night-life destination.

Walking in the opposite direction, residents can easily reach Union Station’s shops and restaurants, along with the Metro station and Amtrak trains. Metrobus stops are also easily accessible from the Regal.

The Regal features a wide front lawn, which provides a setback from the street, along with a rear lawn. The common areas of the building, currently being restored, include marble flooring, arched windows and wood accents.

Inside each home, Tenacity is installing a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and all new flooring. New bathrooms will include upgraded showers, new toilets and ceramic tile flooring. The homes will have new wiring, new plumbing and new fire and home security alarms.

The one-bedroom homes range in size from 436 to 566 square feet, while the studio homes range from 350 to 425 square feet. The studio homes are priced from $199,000, while the one-bedroom homes are priced from $279,000 to $299,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $190 to $260.

The smallest efficiency, Unit 103, has 350 square feet with a closet off the foyer; a central living, dining and sleeping area; a separate kitchen; two closets; and a full bath.

Unit 107, an efficiency home with 414 square feet, has a closet off the foyer and a central living, dining and sleeping area with a closet at one end and a balcony at the other. A kitchen and a bathroom are on either side of the central living space.

Unit 206, the largest one-bedroom home, with 566 square feet, has a closet in the foyer entrance. The central living area includes a doorway into the bedroom and into the dining room. The kitchen is located off the dining room. A walk-in closet links the living room with the full bath.

Unit 208, a one-bedroom home with 487 square feet, has a closet off the foyer entrance. The central living area includes a balcony and doors to the bedroom, the kitchen and a dressing area with a closet and a full bath.

Unit 209, an efficiency home with 372 square feet, has a closet off the foyer. This home has a central living, dining and sleeping room, with an adjacent kitchen and an oversized walk-in closet leading into the full bath.

For information, call Mike Dusiewicz at Tenacity Condo Sales at 202/349-0700, Ext. 1455 or visit www.tenacitygroup.com.

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