- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2009

While some people think of condominiums as “starter homes,” available at lower prices than town homes and single-family homes, that is not always the case in the Washington area. Many condominiums have lavish amenities and sophisticated appointments that come with an equally lavish price tag.

Mostly located within the city limits or in the close-in suburbs of Bethesda and Arlington, these upscale developments pamper residents with concierge services and guest suites for visitors, fitness centers, doormen, security, roof decks and more. Some even have restaurants in the building, which provide room service and catering to residents.

Many of the larger condominium buildings in Washington have homes that range from moderately priced homes on the lower floors to superexpensive penthouses, but this article features buildings with homes priced at $500,000 or higher.

Washington

Luxurious amenities can be found in abundance at 22 West, located between New Hampshire Avenue and 22nd Street NW. This prime location is within walking distance of Georgetown, Dupont Circle and the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The sleek, contemporary high-rise building has both curving and sharply angled walls of glass. The building also has a uniformed doorman, optional valet parking, a 24-hour desk staff, an on-site manager, concierge and engineer. Residents in the 92 homes have indoor parking spaces and a storage unit. Amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant offering room service, a common room with city views and a garden terrace.

Nearly two dozen different floor plans are available, ranging in size from 948 to 3,600 square feet with one to three bedrooms, some with a den. Base prices range from $783,500 for a one-bedroom home to $3,438,500 for a three-bedroom home with a den. Penthouses are priced from $1,839,500 to $3,898,500. Monthly condominium fees range from $700 to $2,800, which includes all utilities. The homes have floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, oak floors, balconies, terraces, French doors and high-tech wiring, along with a gourmet kitchen and a marble master bath. Call 202/333-3313 or visit www.22west-dc.com.

At 2501 Pennsylvania Ave., Intrepid Residential, a subsidiary of Intrepid Real Estate LLC, is building 16 sophisticated condominium homes. Depending on the floor plan, these lavish homes will include such features as a private elevator lobby, a circular foyer, an outdoor terrace with a separate, enclosed indoor terrace room, a media room or a formal dining room. The developers are saving the 19th-century brick facade of the Luzon, an apartment building on the site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building includes two reserved underground parking spaces for each residence, a 24-hour lobby attendant and wiring for a personal security system for each home. The prime location is within walking distance of Georgetown, Dupont Circle, the Kennedy Center, George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom Metro. A Trader Joe’s specialty grocery store is across the street from the building.

Standard features include marble counters and custom Italian cabinets in the kitchen, marble master baths, upgraded appliances and a choice of wide-plank exotic hardwood floors in teak, Brazilian cherry or oak. The homes have 10-foot ceilings, walls of windows, recessed lighting, multizone heating and air conditioning and high-speed Internet access. The homes are priced from $1,800,000 to over $4,000,000. Condominium fees range from $1,800 to $2,000 per month. Call 202/659-2501 or visit www.2501penn.com.

Metropolis Development Co. is building the Metropole in Logan Circle, a seven-story glass tower on the corner of 15th and P streets at 1515 15th St. NW. 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 the monuments.

The property includes street-level retail space and a 25,000-square-foot Vida Fitness health club, which includes the Band 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. The 90 homes range in price from studios priced around $453,900 to penthouses priced from $2,100,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $285 to $950.

The homes range in size from 630 to 2,400 finished square feet. There are more than 30 different floor plans, including one- and two-story floor plans, most with a private terrace or balcony. The modern, open designs have 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 and wall finishes. The homes feature Energy Star appliances, including Bosch and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, and Bosch washing machines. The homes have oversized walk-in closets, recessed and track lighting and prewiring for high-speed Internet access and cable television.

Some homes include a fireplace and “platform” bedrooms or dens (built a couple feet above the main level surrounded by a low privacy wall) that can be used for sleep, relaxation or work. Call 202/667-3776 or visit www.metropolisdc.com/metropole.

Bethesda

Luxury condominium homes are available now in the Adagio, a high-rise building at Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley Boulevard within walking distance of the Bethesda Metro, Bethesda Row shops, movie theaters, live theater and plenty of restaurants and specialty stores. The building includes garage parking and the 35,000-square-foot Washington Sports Club.

The homes are priced from the $600,000s to $1,600,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $535 to $1,200. The homes have hardwood floors, an open gourmet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows, and many include a private balcony or terrace with city views.

Some homes have gas fireplaces, and the penthouse-level homes have a rooftop terrace. The homes have from one to three bedrooms, with two or three baths, and some include a den. Call 301/652-1911 or visit www.adagiobethesda.com.

Duball Woodmont LLC is developing Lionsgate, a condominium community at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda at 7710 Woodmont Ave. Lionsgate is one block from the Bethesda Metro and a Safeway store and within walking distance of upscale shops and restaurants.

The building has a doorman, valet parking, a 24-hour front desk, a fitness center and a clubroom. Each home has hardwood floors, stone flooring in the baths, Viking stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen, and many include bay windows and balconies. Homes are available with one to three bedrooms, including some with a den.

Base prices for the homes range from $635,500 to $1,770,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $550 to $1,200. Call 301/986-0066 or visit www.lionsgatebethesda.com.

Foulger-Pratt Cos. are building luxurious condominiums at Park Potomac Place, a high-rise complex with upscale amenities at Interstate 270 and Montrose Road. The community includes retail stores, urban-style brownstones, restaurants and mature trees in addition to the two high-rise towers.

The condominiums offer an elegant lobby with a 24-hour desk, a fitness center, a circular pool, a landscaped courtyard with a grill island, a clubroom with a wet bar, fireplace and catering kitchen, controlled-access parking, direct transit service to Metro and overnight guest suites.

Each of the homes includes upgraded appliances, granite countertops, an island or peninsula workstation in the kitchen, marble flooring in the master bath, high ceilings, full-size washer and dryer, prewiring for Internet service, and hardwood floors in the foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen. The corner homes include an oversized balcony, and most residences have a fireplace option.

The homes are priced from the $800,000s to more than $2,000,000, with monthly condominium fees ranging from $600 to $1,500. Call 301/251-7723 or visit www.parkpotomacplace.com.

The Patrinely Group is building 173 condominium homes in three towers at Trillium Bethesda in Bethesda, within walking distance of two Metro stations, restaurants, shops, art galleries and theaters.

The Trillium Bethesda has valet parking and concierge services, a party room with a bar and courtyard, a pool, spa services, a fitness facility, an artist work space and storage units.

Each level of these nine-story towers has been designed to accommodate 14 corner rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. The development has glass balcony guardrails, secure underground parking and landscaped courtyards.

The homes have one to three bedrooms; 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths; 9-foot ceilings; traditional or modern kitchen cabinets imported from Italy, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele appliances in the kitchen; and a luxury master bath with a soaking tub and separate shower.

The homes have about 1,000 to more than 3,000 finished square feet, with base prices from $642,000 to $2,699,000. Condominium association fees are $600 per month and above. Call 877/293-2500 or visit www.trillium-bethesda.com.

Arlington

Monument Realty LLC is building 135 condominium homes at the Hawthorn at 820 North Pollard St., a development with ground-floor shops and restaurants, a business center, a fitness center, a landscaped courtyard and assigned garage parking. The Hawthorn is two blocks from the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations and near shops, restaurants and night life.

The one- or two-bedroom homes have one or two baths, a balcony and a gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, Energy Star appliances and granite counters. Some homes have a den.

The homes have about 1,094 to 1,502 finished square feet, with base prices from the low $500,000s. Just five homes are still available. Condominium association fees are $444 per month. Call 703/294-6611 or visit www.hawthorncondo.com.

Turnberry Associates is building Turnberry Tower, a condominium community at 1850 North Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn with panoramic views of Georgetown, Washington’s monuments and landmarks and the Potomac River.

Turnberry Tower features direct-entry private elevators into the homes, 24-hour valet, concierge and front desk services and Smart Home technology. The condominium includes a spa and fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, a media room, social rooms and a cafe. The multilevel garage will include assigned spaces and have some individual garages available for cars and motorcycles.

Inside, each of the homes will have 9- to 11-foot ceilings, Italian cabinets, granite countertops, Miele-brand European appliances, Jacuzzi hydrotherapy tubs, marble baths and floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies.

The 26-story building will include 247 homes with one to four bedrooms and prices from the $800,000s to more than $4,000,000. The majority of the homes are priced in the $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 range. Condominium fees are estimated to be 40 cents per square foot, which comes to about $525 to $2,121 per month and includes all the building services.

The homes range in size from 1,312 square feet for a one-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home to 5,304 finished square feet for the tower suite, which includes three bedrooms, a formal dining room, a library, a lounge, a staff suite and a total of 5 1/2 baths. Call 877/872-7589 or visit www.turnberrytowerarlington.com.

At the Vista on Courthouse, town-home-style condominiums and duplexes will be built two blocks from the Court House Metro. The homes will have views of the monuments of Washington and the development will include a clubroom, a private bar, a fitness center, a move theater, a game room and a swimming pool with a hot tub. The brick-front homes have wrought-iron railings and private terraces.

Inside, the homes have hardwood floors, a luxury master bath, 9-foot ceilings, high-tech wiring and granite counters with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

The homes are priced from the $800,000s with monthly condominium fees of $212 for the duplexes and $331 for the town homes. Call 703/253-8001 or visit www.vistaoncourthouse.com.

JBG Cos. and Trizec Properties Inc. are building Waterview, a 17-floor condominium near the base of the Key Bridge at 1925 North Lynn St.

The condominiums are being built above the 12 floors of the Palomar Hotel, and residents will have private access to the hotel and can request room service, housekeeping and valet services.

The condominium will include a spa, a fitness center, garage parking, concierge services, high-tech wiring and a rooftop deck with sweeping views of Georgetown and Washington.

Inside, the homes will include upscale appointments such as hardwood floors, granite or stone counters and glass-enclosed showers and stone floors in the bath. The homes are priced from the upper $400,000s to more than $5,000,000, with condominium fees ranging from about $391 per month to $2,898 per month. Call 703/879-6138 or visit www.waterviewresidences.com.

Abdo Development’s the Wooster Lofts and the Mercer Lofts, a group of 87 condominiums in two buildings, offer a distinctively luxurious and sophisticated style.

Flats are available with open floor plans and 10-foot ceilings, along with lofts and penthouses with 17- and 21-foot ceilings, some with roof terraces.

The development includes a courtyard with open space and a swimming pool, concierge services, a fitness room, a club room and parking.

The buildings are 90 percent sold, with the remaining homes priced from $1,200,000 to over $2,000,000. Monthly condominium fees range from $263 to $761. Call 202/296-2236 or visit www.abdo.com.


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