- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

The focus of redevelopment of Washington’s neighborhoods shifts from one community to the next as each area gradually improves.

While construction equipment once filled the streets of Logan Circle and Penn Quarter, more recent redevelopment efforts are focused on areas near the Washington Convention Center, in NoMa — North of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, near the Southwest waterfront and particularly in Southeast Washington.

The rising walls of the new Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium are nearly surrounded by building sites in varying states of completion. In years to come, this neighborhood near the Navy Yard Metro station will be home to thousands of square feet of retail, office, hotel and residential space, drawing baseball fans and other visitors to restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.

Not far from the new stadium, redevelopment is taking place near the Potomac Avenue Metro station. Shops, including a new supermarket, have been added to this Capitol Hill community not far from Eastern Market and the trendy shops and restaurants along Eighth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.

The Tenacity Group is converting apartments at 1361, 1363 and 1367 K St. SE into the Carlyle Condominiums, just 1½ blocks from the Potomac Avenue Metro station and one block from the supermarket.

The buildings will be completed and sold in three phases. Six of the 11 homes in the first phase have been sold.

The Tenacity Group, which has completed conversion projects across the city, has renovated the Carlyle with a new roof, new landscaping, new plumbing, new windows, new mailboxes and all-new common-area fixtures and lighting. The building also has a new entrance canopy, a new front door and an entry security system. The development has a landscaped community garden behind the building. Parking is available for sale.

Inside this pet-friendly building, the homes have new open kitchens with mission-style cherry cabinets, black granite counters, contemporary hardware, stainless steel appliances and new lighting. The homes have crown moldings, a marble shower or tub, updated electrical systems and a European-style washer-and-dryer combination.

Each home has a choice of refinished hardwood and bamboo flooring and carpet, along with an individual heating and air-conditioning unit in each room.

The one-bedroom homes have about 447 to 619 finished square feet. Base prices for the available homes in the first phase range from $249,500 to $269,500, with monthly combined condominium and utility fees of $151 to $166.

The ground-floor-tier homes have a foyer entrance with a step-down into the living area, which has a second door into the home. The living area also has a closet and an entrance to the kitchen, which has a closet and space for a dining table. On the opposite side of the foyer is a bedroom with a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath.

The tier-one homes have a more open floor plan, with an entrance directly into the combined living and dining room and kitchen. Past the kitchen is the bedroom, which has a standard closet and a full bath.

The tier-two homes have a closet and a storage room off the foyer, which leads into the living area. The kitchen is in a separate alcove from the living area. The bedroom has a standard closet and an adjacent full bath.

The third-tier homes have a hallway entrance into the living area, which is open to the kitchen and breakfast bar. Nearby is a closet, a full bath and a bedroom with a standard closet.

The fourth-tier homes have an entrance directly into the living area, which has a breakfast bar linked with the kitchen. Nearby are a closet, a full bath with a linen closet and a bedroom with a standard closet.

For information or directions to the Carlyle, call Mike Dusiewicz of Tenacity Condo Sales at 202/680-3335 or visit www.tenacitygroup.com.

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