- The Washington Times - Friday, January 9, 2009

New York City’s urban lofts — converted spaces with exposed brick walls, open floor plans, walls of windows and ductwork revealed along a soaring ceiling - -are rarely replicated in the more traditional Washington area. Buyers looking for this hip home style may want to check out the penthouse loft home now on the market at the Wooster and Mercer Lofts, an Arlington development by Jim Abdo and Abdo Development LLC.

The last penthouse available is priced at $989,000 with a monthly condominium fee of $289. It can be sold fully furnished, if desired. Built in 2007, the Wooster and Mercer Lofts, at 1600 Clarendon Blvd., offers residents an opportunity to live within walking distance of two Metro stations (Rosslyn and Court House), restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and shops in Arlington. More opportunities for enjoying downtown Washington are a short Metro ride away.

Amenities in the building include an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool with a sunning terrace, a private green space/garden, an exercise room, a party room, concierge services, underground parking, extra storage, bike storage and full security. The two buildings, bound by Clarendon, Queen, Pierce and 16th streets, are constructed of concrete with a brick facade and a central courtyard. Each building has five stories.

Mr. Abdo reused 130- and 140-year-old bricks from the former Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, which has been converted into residences.

The two-level penthouse, which has been decorated and furnished by an interior designer, has one bedroom and one full bath, plus a powder room. The open floor plan has walls of windows, mahogany floors, exposed brick walls and 22-foot ceilings. The home features 1,150 square feet, along with a private 420-square-foot terrace with east-facing views.

The home’s upgraded designer finishes include granite counters in the kitchen along with Wolfe and Sub-Zero upgraded stainless steel appliances (a six-burner range and a side-by-side refrigerator). The master bath has limestone tile floors and a limestone counter with a double vanity and an oversized glass-enclosed shower. Additional amenities include a gas fireplace, recessed electronically controlled shades and a Bose indoor/outdoor surround-sound system that is wired throughout the loft and the rooftop terrace.

The main level includes exposed ductwork overhead, with a living room with walls of windows and a fireplace. The adjacent dining area is close to the kitchen, which has plenty of additional seating space along the sleek center island. A metal staircase with wood treads leads to the second level where the loft overlooks the kitchen and provides additional living space as well as access to the roof terrace.

The main level also has a powder room off the foyer, along with a closet and a laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer.

The master bedroom has dramatic blue walls with oversized windows and a walk-in closet.

The home has gas heat, gas hot water and electric central air conditioning.

For more information or to view this penthouse, contact Realtor Michelle Sagatov of Fall Properties at 703/402-9361 or visit www.homevisit.com/tour/vtour.asp?id=35537.

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