- - Thursday, October 6, 2011

While many Washingtonians know all about the revitalization of 14th Street Northwest and Columbia Heights, not everyone has heard that nearby 11th Street Northwest is being touted as the “Hip Strip” by local bloggers and local and national media outlets.

Proximity to the shops and restaurants of Columbia Heights and the Columbia Heights Metro station are part of this street’s appeal, but 11th Street also offers its own mix of restaurants, retail and nightlife.

On the corner of Monroe and 11th streets, at 1020 Monroe St. NW, Madison Investments and Ellisdale Construction are converting a historic building into 28 sleek, contemporary-style condominiums.

This four-story building has retail on the street level, including a restaurant and coffee lounge developed by the same group that owns the popular cafes Tryst, the Diner and Open City. Just three blocks from 1020 Monroe are more restaurants, the Tivoli Theatre and shops both large and small along 14th Street.

The condominiums at 1020 Monroe include one- and two-bedroom homes with one or two baths. The homes are base-priced from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s. Condominium fees have not yet been established.

The building includes a 750-square-foot roof deck with built-in lighting and an iPod entertainment system, along with sweeping city skyline views. The custom-designed common areas include designer lighting, high-end fixtures and wall coverings meant to evoke the feel of an exclusive boutique hotel.

In addition, 1020 Monroe has security cameras with online storage capabilities and accessibility by all residents, plus an intercom system that can be programmed to work with any land line or cellphone to activate access to the main door.

The individual homes feature solid-core doors, dark and white oak options for flooring, modern electrical outlets and switches, spacious closets, and a washer and dryer. The kitchens include high-end European cabinets, Silestone and Caesarstone counters, high-end appliances, recessed refrigerators and slow-closing drawer mechanisms.

The bathrooms have custom-designed vanities with quartz counters, modern vessel-style sinks and Porcelanosa ceramic tile flooring. Each home comes with a three-year homeowners warranty, a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system, and low-E energy-efficient windows.

Unit 205, priced at $329,900, is a one-bedroom, one-bath home. This home has an open living and dining area and a breakfast bar in the kitchen. The washer and dryer also are located in the kitchen. In addition, this home has a walk-in closet near the front door, a full bath and a bedroom with a double-door closet.

Unit 209, priced at $454,900, is a two-bedroom, two-bath home. This home has a closet off the foyer, an open living and dining area and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. The master bedroom has a double-door closet and a private full bath. The second bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath off the hall. The washer and dryer are in a closet near the front door.

For more information about 1020 Monroe, call sales manager Matt Dewey at 202/580-6015 or visit www.1020Monroe.com.

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