- - Thursday, November 10, 2011

Imagine deciding on the spur of the moment to host an elegant dinner party for 10 of your closest friends. You notice your marble floors could use a little polish, so while housekeeping attends to your home, you peruse the room-service menu to select gourmet food and wine for your guests.

Once dinner is ordered, you take the elevator down, past the glass-enclosed courtyard with its splashing waterfall, to the spa and hair salon, where you can relax with a massage and a pedicure and arrive at your own party freshly manicured, with new highlights and a flattering haircut.

This may sound like a fantasy to most people, but homeowners at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton at 1111 23rd St. NW can enjoy these amenities and more. Monthly condominium fees cover garage parking, 24-hour on-site security, valet parking, porter service, a doorman and concierge services. Residents also can join the Sports Club/LA, a 100,000-square-foot luxury sports and fitness complex in the building, at a rate discounted for homeowners.

Because the residences are part of the upscale Ritz-Carlton hotel, homeowners can pay for housekeeping services, 24-hour in-room dining, catering services and laundry services. The building includes a spa, a hair salon, a dry-cleaning and laundry business, two restaurants and a bar.

While all this pampering may make residents less likely to venture out of their luxurious cocoon, the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton are within steps of the Foggy Bottom Metro station and the new restaurants and shops at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Residents can walk to Georgetown and Dupont Circle for more shops, restaurants and nightlife and can reach the Kennedy Center and downtown Washington in minutes. For practical needs, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods grocery stores are within walking distance, along with the West End public library and multiple banks and drugstores.

The elegance of the Ritz-Carlton hotel is matched by the home in unit S5A, a three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath residence with more than 2,770 finished square feet. This corner home, on the market for $2,000,000, has an abundance of space for formal entertaining, two balconies and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that face south and west for maximum sunlight.

Guests can be welcomed in the foyer, which has marble flooring and openings to the marble-floored gallery, the bedroom wing and the kitchen. The gallery includes picture-rail molding and provides an elegant setting for a reception along with the large living room. The corner living room, wrapped in windows on two sides with city views, has picture-rail molding and herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring.

The adjacent formal dining room has a wall of windows, a tray ceiling, crown and picture-rail molding, custom-designed track lighting, and herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. A glass door leads from the dining room to a balcony.

Just beyond the dining room, also with a glass door to the balcony, is a breakfast room with a half wall of windows, picture-rail molding and herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. Adjacent to the breakfast room is the kitchen, which has ceramic tile flooring, overhead and under-cabinet lighting, maple cabinets and granite counters. The top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances include dual wall ovens, a four-burner cooktop, a refrigerator with freezer, a microwave, a wine cooler and a dishwasher.

On the opposite side of the living room from the dining and breakfast rooms is a library with a wall of windows, built-in cabinets and wall-to-wall carpet. A powder room is next to the library and has marble flooring, a pedestal sink and wall sconces.

The gallery and foyer provide separation from the living areas and the bedroom wing of this home, with the master suite accessible only from a hallway off the foyer. The hallway to the suite has wall-to-wall carpet and includes recessed lighting, a coat closet, a storage closet and a laundry closet with a washer and dryer.

The master bedroom has recessed lighting, picture-rail molding, a half wall of windows and a glass door leading to the second balcony. The bedroom also has herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet and a double-door closet. The luxurious master bath has marble flooring, separate vanities with sinks, a soaking tub with a marble surround and a separate marble shower with a glass door.

The second bedroom includes wall-to-wall carpeting, a wall of windows, a double-door closet and a second closet in the hall. This bedroom has a private full bath with marble flooring, marble counters and a combination tub and shower with a marble surround.

The third bedroom has a half wall of windows and a glass door opening onto the second balcony. This room has wall-to-wall carpeting, a double-door closet and a private full bath with marble flooring, marble counters and a combination tub and shower with a marble surround.

This home comes with two garage parking spaces, and pets are allowed.


Address: 1111 23rd St. NW, No. S5A, Washington, DC 20037

Community: Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in West End

Age: Built in 2000

Price: $2,000,000

Size: Approximately 2,775 finished square feet

Taxes: $15,101 in 2010

Homeowners association fee: $3,068 per month

Exterior features: Fifth-floor unit in a brick-and-glass contemporary-style high-rise, two balconies, two garage parking spaces

Interior features: Three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, marble foyer, formal dining room, formal living room, eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, library, master suite with balcony and marble bath, two additional bedrooms with private baths

Amenities: Valet parking, porter, doorman, 24-hour security, concierge services, gourmet in-residence dining

Close by: Walk to Foggy Bottom Metro station, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, library, shops, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Ben Roth at 202/243-1619, Ellen Morrell at 202/243-1616 and Matthew McCormick at 202/243-1651with Washington Fine Properties or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com

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