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 2029 connecticut ave - kalorama triangle real estate

With a mix of historic properties, Kalorama Triangle continues to thrive, enjoying the reputation as a walkable, quiet urban neighborhood. Bordered by Columbia Road, Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue, the residential neighborhood of Kalorama Triangle is part of DC’s Northwest Quadrant.

While once known simply as Kalorama, the area was later split off into the more urban Kalorama Triangle and the more residential, Sheridan-Kalorama. While more modest in nature than some of its Sheridan-Kalorama residential counterparts, the homes of Kalorama Triangle retain the charm of yesteryear, with even new development designed to blend in with the neighborhood’s early 20th century architecture.

It’s common to find a variety of styles and building types

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kingle valley trail

It’s taken more than a quarter of a century, but the Klingle Valley Trail is now open, giving people a new option to replace the long ago closed stretch of Klingle Road NW. Not even a mile in length, the old stretch of roadway, running from Cleveland Park to Mount Pleasant through Rock Creek Park was prone to drainage and maintenance problems, eventually closed to traffic when a storm washed out a large section of it in the early 1990s.

Political leaders, environmentalists and locals then debated the best way to fix the problem for well more than two decades. While at one time more than an estimated 3,000 vehicles drove Klingle Road, the debate raged for years on how to best serve the public and the environment in the future.

Eventually, crews

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DMV Rooftop Bars

Is there anything better on a hot summer night than hanging out and catching the breeze on a rooftop bar?  This interactive map details the locations of these establishments throughout the DMV region.


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old town north

A plan is now pushing ahead to redevelop more than 200 acres in Old Town North. Dubbed the Old Town North Small Area Plan, the Alexandria City Council recently gave unanimous approval to turning an old power plant site into a more pedestrian-friendly and artistically inspired neighborhood.

It’s taken a year and a half to come up with the most recent plan, with the idea of turning much of the old Potomac River Generating Station property into more than two million square feet of mixed-use development, including a waterfront park. The entire plan, though, takes into account a location bordered by the Potomac River and North Washington Street, Oronoco Street and Slaters Lane.

The larger scale project includes transforming North Old Town into a more

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emblem at barracks row

Progress is moving ahead in Barracks Row where ground was recently broken for the Emblem at Barracks Row development. This new, 20-unit condo community will eventually also include several thousand square feet of ground level retail space, with the first condos expected to go up for sale in 2018.

Future residents can expect to find uniquely designed homes, each with its own individual layout and design. The upper levels of the complex will additionally feature six penthouse units, with most offering their own private outdoor living space.

A short stroll from the US Capitol, Barracks Row is known mostly for its early 20th century townhomes, along with some single-story homes. Running for five-blocks along Eighth Street SE, current residential

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dupont circle condos for sale

Routinely ranked as one of the nation’s most walkable cities, DC prides itself on neighborhoods that allow residents to live within an easy walk of area grocery stores, shops, restaurants and even jobs. While DC already boasts many of these neighborhoods, a strong demand continues to drive new development in locations such as Navy Yard, soon be filled with thousands of new residences, retail space, parks and hotel rooms.

It’s a trend that’s been repeated across DC as local leaders aim new mixed-use development at bringing new life to certain neighborhoods. By transforming certain areas with new residential units, green space, walkways, grocery stores and shops, developers aim to capitalize on the high premium for walkable neighborhoods, even in a

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crystal city map

While celebrating recent improvements already made to Crystal City, area leaders are looking ahead to even larger, longer-term goals. Ranging from improved infrastructure to more residential units, there’s plenty in the forecast, collectively designed to transform the area into a more walk-able and more inviting community.

After nearly 100 public meetings and four years worth of planning, Crystal City leaders presented and adopted a 40-year plan in 2010 to help entice more housing, a better quality of office space and additional ground floor retail space to the area. The grand plan calls for the eventual construction of 7,600 new housing units, 9.7 million square feet of office space and 1.5 million square feet of retail.

More specifically, some

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From enviable outdoor living space to contemporary luxury, there are several impressive options when it comes to 13th Street condos.

Solo Piazza

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Starting off just a block and a half south of Logan Circle, Solo Piazza provides luxurious units, where every home comes with at least one private balcony, plus supplies access to a private outdoor piazza and a rooftop deck, with views of the city.

Within walking distance of area restaurants, shops, entertainment and metros, the designs of Solo Piazza call for European cabinetry, granite countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows and many offer gas fireplaces. A two-story lobby greets guests, while residents also enjoy concierge service, extra storage and secure, garage parking.

Logan 13

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the adele - 1108 16th St NW

With some of the most luxurious home features, top amenities and highlighted by exceptional views overlooking the White House and the city, The Adele rises to new heights when it comes to a true DC power address. The site is simply a short walk away from Georgetown, the West End, Logan Circle and Dupont Circle, a place where history abounds. Just across Lafayette Park is the Oval Office too, while legislators and traditional tourist sites sit just steps away.

Starting upwards of $1.5 million for a two-bedroom home, the Estate Collection at The Adele offers a half dozen different floor plans. Treated with private secure access to each residence, the homes open up to elegant features and finishes throughout. Expect to find heated bathroom floors,

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C & O Canal Georgetown

A study is now underway to reimagine a one-mile stretch of the Georgetown Canal. Right now designers are working with the National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage, a local nonprofit, to gain input from the public, asking area residents and city leaders for ideas, while offering some conceptual elements of their own.

Project goals include not only improving access to the canal for everyone, but also repairing some of the infrastructure. Designers also hope to preserve and highlight the canal’s historical significance while at the same time giving people a place to take a leisurely stroll.

At a recent public meeting designers presented their findings, while those in attendance expressed the importance of preserving nature and green space

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