- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2008

The revitalization of Southeast Washington may have started with the building of the new Washington Nationals Stadium, but it has not stopped there. Restaurants, shops, condominiums and town homes are all part of this now bustling part of town, with plans for continued development extending over the next several years.

Developer Donald Day, working with PGN Architects PLLC, has built five new town homes known as Monogram Towns at 1114-1122 K St. SE. Three of the five homes are completely new construction, while the other two homes have new interiors but retain their existing historic Federal-style facade. The Monogram Towns are within the Capitol Hill Historic District, so Mr. Day worked closely with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board to create a modern style that blends with the existing structures along the block.

Residents of these five town homes will have the city at their feet, with a Metro station and a new Harris Teeter grocery store two blocks from the row of homes. Three blocks from the Monogram Towns is Barracks Row, the cluster of restaurants and shops along Eighth Street Southeast that include such popular destinations as Tapatini´s, Belga Cafe, Levi’s Port Cafe, Jordan’s 8 and the Banana Cafe & Piano Bar.

The shops and restaurants along Pennsylvania Avenue and the Eastern Market are also within walking distance, along with the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the museums along the Mall.

Future plans for Southeast include improving the waterfront with parks to link eventually with the Southwest waterfront redevelopment.

Residents of the Monogram Towns will have the advantage of access to all these city amenities and will also have the freedom of living in a community with no homeowner or condominium association fees.

The two original row houses have been expanded by one level and have about 1,800 finished square feet with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. These homes have solid brick walls, a private terrace, a fenced front yard and a roof deck off the master suite.

The kitchens have space for casual dining, wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The homes have wood floors throughout and are base-priced at $549,950.

The three new homes are larger, with five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, off-street parking in the back and more than 3,500 finished square feet.

These homes are base-priced from $799,950. They have brick fronts with HardiePlank siding in the back, a wood rear deck, a fenced front yard and a roof deck accessible from the master suite.

The homes have 22-foot ceilings in the living room and kitchen-dining area, a mezzanine level with an office, and Brazilian cherry floors. The kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counters, a granite breakfast bar, ceramic tile floors and stainless steel appliances.

There is a video-intercom security system, three-zone heating and cooling, and a bedroom-level laundry room. The master suite has a sitting room, a private roof deck and a luxury bath with a whirlpool tub, a separate shower and double sinks. These homes also have a separate English-basement apartment.

For more information on the Monogram Towns call EYA Urban Properties at 202/580-6003.

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