- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

In Northwest Washington, Logan Circle’s transformation into a hip part of town continues with the addition of clubs, theaters and restaurants that build on the already lively night life in the area.

An eclectic mix of shops contributes to the neighborhood’s appeal, while an upscale supermarket, a hardware store and drugstore provide the basics for local residents.

Housing options in Logan Circle range from renovated Victorian-style row houses to sleek new urban condominiums. A recent addition to the neighborhood, the Metropole, is anticipated to be complete by December. The seven-story glass tower on the corner of 15th and P streets Northwest is under development by Metropolis Development Co. RTKL Associates Inc. are the architects who designed the building, with the interior design handled by Cecconi Simone Inc.

The Metropole includes underground parking for residents with a public garage for guests, a landscaped courtyard and private roof decks with sweeping views of Washington and its monuments.

The property includes 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space and a 25,000-square-foot combination health club, salon and spa.

Buyers at the Metropole will have a one-year free membership in the health club and spa.

Concierge services will be provided for residents, and two on-site guest suites are available to Metropole owners. Many of the units include a storage unit, and all have a dedicated television channel for the front-door security camera in addition to electronic security access to the building.

The 90 homes range from studios starting in the mid-$400,000s to penthouses priced from $1,600,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $285 to $385 for the one-bedroom homes, $430 to $650 for the two-bedroom homes to $950 for the three-bedroom homes.

The studio homes do not have a condominium fee. The homes range from 630 to 2,400 finished square feet, in more than 30 different floor plans.

The homes have one- or two-story floor plans, most with a private terrace or balcony. The modern designs include open layouts with ceiling heights of up to 20 feet with floor-to-ceiling windows and oak floors.

Buyers can choose between several color-coordinated finish packages that include bathroom tiles, flooring, kitchen finishes and wall finishes. The custom kitchens feature Energy Star appliances, including Bosch and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances and Bosch washing machines. The homes have walk-in closets, recessed and track lighting and prewiring for high-speed Internet access and cable television.

Some homes include a fireplace and/or a platform bed or platform den that can be used for sleep, relaxation or work.

Residence 427, with 1,155 square feet, has a two-story living room with a balcony on the lower level, along with a dining area open to the kitchen, a powder room and a closet. On the upper level, each of two bedroomshas a walk-in closet and a private full bath.

Residence 604, with 1,170 square feet, is a one-level home with a powder room and two closets off the foyer. This home has a completely open kitchen, dining area and living area with double doors opening onto a private balcony.

A two-sided fireplace warms the living room and the bedroom. The bedroom includes a walk-in closet, a closet with a washer and dryer and a private full bath.

Residence 711, with 1,320 square feet, has an art niche, a closet, a laundry closet and a full bath accessible from the foyer. This open home has a kitchen, dining area and living area with a wall of windows and a two-sided fireplace shared with the master bedroom.

The master bedroom also has a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The second bedroom, on the opposite side of the living area, has a double-door closet. This home has a curving staircase to a spacious private terrace.

For information about the Metropole at 1515 15th St. NW, call 202/667-3776 or visit www.metropolis-dc.com/metropole.

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