- The Washington Times - Friday, May 14, 2010

Friendship Heights may not have the hipness of the Penn Quarter or U Street neighborhoods, but this community in the District’s Northwest quadrant has plenty of shops and restaurants to tempt local residents and visitors from around the city.

Located along Wisconsin Avenue and straddling the border of Maryland, Friendship Heights rests next to Chevy Chase and surrounds the Friendship Heights Metro station.

Upscale shops such as Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany mix easily with retail outlets such as Filene’s Basement, Steinmart and Ann Taylor Loft in the shopping centers that flank Wisconsin Avenue. Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor department stores are free-standing stores close to several shopping centers.

Newly developed Wisconsin Place has added more restaurants and shops to this part of town, including a Capitol Grille, Sephora and the soon-to-open Whole Foods.

Shoppers can find an abundance of stores with books, music, furniture, clothing, sporting goods and more, and restaurants run the gamut from sandwich shops to sophisticated formal restaurants and everything in between, including Chadwicks, a neighborhood favorite for decades.

A Friendship Heights landmark is Rodman’s, an old-fashioned, urban-style two-level grocery store and pharmacy with gourmet foods from around the globe and some of the best wine prices in the city.

Now Robertson Development is building the Harrison at 5201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, a four-story condominium building just two blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro station and a block from Rodman’s. The 49 residences in the Harrison surround a landscaped courtyard with a water feature and benches. The lobby area also includes guest seating. The tin-and-brick building includes an elevator, front-desk services, garage parking and storage and bike racks.

The one- and two-bedroom homes include one or two baths, hardwood flooring in the living areas, 9-foot ceilings, high-speed cable and Internet wiring, porcelain tile flooring in the baths, a frameless glass-enclosed shower with dual shower heads, and a full-size washer and dryer. Each kitchen has a choice of four cabinet styles, quartz counters, undercabinet lighting, and a choice of a slate, glass or marble tile backsplash. Some homes include a patio or terrace.

The homes have 507 to 1,106 finished square feet, with base prices from $289,900 to $599,900. Condominium fees are anticipated to range from the upper $100s to the mid-$500s per month.

Unit 102, with 768 square feet, is priced from $424,900. This home has a den and a full bath off the entrance foyer, which also has a closet and a door to the laundry closet. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar and opens to the combined living and dining room. A bedroom with a walk-in closet is nearby.

Unit 406, with 909 square feet, is priced from $499,900. This home has a foyer entrance with a closet, an open living and dining room and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. A balcony is accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom, which has a walk-in closet and a private bath. The second bedroom has an adjacent full bath and the laundry closet is nearby.

The largest unit, Unit 204, has 1,106 square feet and is priced from $599,900. This home has an open living and dining room with an adjacent kitchen with a breakfast bar. A glass door leads from the living and dining room to the terrace. The master bedroom has a private full bath and two closets, while the second bedroom has one closet and an adjacent bath. Nearby are two more closets and a laundry closet.

For more information or to visit the Harrison, call 202/580-6017 or visit www.theharrisondc.com.

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