- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2009

The name “Watergate” resonates politically with most Americans, but the actual Watergate complex evokes an image of luxury and elegance to Washingtonians. The landmark complex, built on the shores of the Potomac River in the late 1960s, is the only American development by Italian architect Luigi Moretti.

The buildings in the Watergate complex are wrapped with balconies and terraces that offer sweeping views of the Potomac River, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Rosslyn skyline, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Georgetown’s waterfront and the Key Bridge.

Easy access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Union Station make the location appealing for frequent travelers. Residents can walk to Georgetown and to Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The complex has 24-hour security and underground or covered walkways to a grocery store, a post office, a dry cleaner, shops and restaurants. Concierge services are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Residents can reserve a lounge for entertaining. The grounds feature a swimming pool, fountains and landscaped courtyards.

One of the Watergate’s most sought-after floor plans is on the market for $1,795,000. Located in the Watergate West building at 2700 Virginia Ave. NW, Unit 901 has about 2,700 to 2,900 finished square feet. This co-op home has three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and spectacular views. It features floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and sliding glass doors to the terrace, which wraps around the home to offer panoramic vistas of the Potomac River from the Kennedy Center to the Key Bridge.



The foyer has marble flooring, recessed lighting and crown moldings. A wet bar connects the foyer with the living room and family room, a 30-by-18.5-foot space angled to face the Potomac views. This spacious room has parquet flooring, crown moldings, built-in speakers and sliding doors to the terrace. The dining room also includes parquet flooring, a ceiling light fixture, crown moldings, brass wall sconces and built-in speakers.

A swing door links the dining room with the updated gourmet kitchen, which has recessed lighting, crown moldings, custom cabinets and a pantry. The kitchen includes granite counters, built-in speakers, two wall ovens, a gas range, a dishwasher and a hidden upgraded washer and dryer.

Near the kitchen and dining room is the third bedroom, which can easily be converted to office space. The bedroom has parquet flooring, a ceiling light fixture and walls of glass with a sliding glass door to the balcony. The bedroom includes a closet with built-ins and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting and a sliding glass shower door.

On the opposite side of the foyer, a gallery leads to the master suite and second bedroom. The gallery features marble flooring, recessed lighting, a linen closet and a walk-in storage closet. The full bath off this hall includes a “waterfall” fixture in the pedestal sink, marble flooring, marble subway tile walls, recessed lighting and a clear glass shower door.

The second bedroom includes a walk-in closet with custom-designed shelving and a wall of glass with a sliding glass door to the balcony.

The master suite also has a wall of windows facing the river, with a sliding glass door for balcony access. The bedroom has an updated luxurious bath with an oversized, seamless glass shower, marble flooring, recessed lighting and two separate vanities with Silestone counters. The suite includes a private linen closet and two walk-in closets with custom built-ins.

The home comes with an additional storage unit, and buyers can opt for a reserved parking space in the garage for $475 per month or an unreserved space for $275 per month.

Sparkling water views and the sophisticated Watergate lifestyle are sure to attract residents and guests to this upscale residence.

Address: 2700 Virginia Ave. NW, Unit 901, Washington, DC 20037

Community: Watergate West

Age: Built in 1969

Price: $1,795,000

Size: Around 2,700 to 2,900 finished square feet

Additional fees: $3,072 per month includes maintenance, all utilities and co-op real estate fees; monthly parking ranges from $275 to $475

Exterior features: Landmark contemporary-style condominium building overlooking the Potomac River; this unit features a balcony that wraps around the entire home with views of the Potomac River, the Georgetown waterfront and Key Bridge.

Interior features: Three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths; entry foyer with marble flooring and walk-in closet; powder room with marble flooring; large angled living room/family room with walls of windows, parquet flooring and wet bar; dining room with parquet flooring; crown moldings; recessed lighting; built-in speakers; brass wall sconces; sliding glass doors; updated kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, breakfast bar and upgraded appliances; hidden washer and dryer; gallery with marble flooring leading to two bedrooms with walk-in storage closet; master suite with two walk-in closets, walls of glass and an updated luxury bath with marble floor, Silestone vanities and seamless glass-enclosed shower; second bedroom and nearby bath with ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting and a sliding glass shower door; third bedroom or home office with walls of glass and full bath with a “waterfall” fixture in the pedestal sink, marble flooring, marble subway tile walls, recessed lighting and a clear glass shower door; walk-in closets with built-ins and an additional storage unit

Amenities: Swimming pool and fountains are part of the landscaped grounds of the Watergate, which has 24-hour security, concierge services and a private lounge for entertaining.

Close by: On-site stores and restaurants; short walk to Foggy Bottom Metro station; adjacent to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which has shuttle to Foggy Bottom Metro station; minutes to Georgetown, Dupont Circle and downtown Washington and Virginia suburbs

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620

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