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17 solar condos kingman park

One of the area’s most affordable neighborhoods, Kingman Park is filled with brick row houses, a walk-able DC neighborhood close to downtown and to outdoor recreation. From its convenient proximity to Capitol Hill to its many trails and even a community garden, Kingman Park offers an eclectic mix of opportunities for its residents.

Once a mostly African American community, this family-friendly neighborhood is now more diverse, with young professionals and working class residents coming together as neighbors. It’s common to see residents meet up on front porches or work together to grow flowers and vegetables in the flourishing community garden.

With mostly well-maintained properties, much of the real estate within Kingman Park still consists of

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teardownPhoto: Bill Rosenfeld

Arlington real estate is booming, as more and more developers and homeowners choose to replace some of the area’s older homes with much larger and more modern designs. While a half-century ago the smaller, single-story homes popular in Arlington were more than adequate, these days many homebuyers are searching for two-story homes with even more square footage, and for many neighborhoods that means tearing down the old and starting from scratch.

It’s led to hundreds of homes being torn down and virtually just as many new homes going up on the now empty lots. The new homes do have to follow rules in terms of setbacks, lot coverage and height, but that’s not always enough to please everyone.

Some area residents have complained

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georgetown real estate

From gondolas to cable cars, Georgetown leaders and residents have their eyes set on the future, and its one that could look very different than the Georgetown of today. Both are just a couple of concepts that have been floated by locals and officials, hoping to reenergize one of DC’s finest neighborhoods.

While still one of the most desirable areas, local leaders know that redevelopment projects in other nearby neighborhoods are drawing a lot of interest, and that for Georgetown to stay relevant it needs to stay ahead of the curve. Already, the city’s lost some notable retailers, boutiques and restaurants over the past several years, and that means a concerted effort to help not only help retain existing businesses, but drive new opportunities and

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deanwood map

An up-and-coming DC neighborhood, prospective buyers can currently find real value in Deanwood, an area some deem one of the hottest neighborhoods in the nation. This predominately African American neighborhood enjoys a mix of available home styles, from colonials and craftsman-style homes to Victorian and prairie designs. While many properties contain yard space they are also often close to gardens and parks, plus outdoor events.

In fact, Redfin, a real estate brokerage, considers Deanwood to be one of the nation’s most desirable. Coming in at number seven on the list of ‘Hottest Neighborhoods’, agents credit the neighborhood’s easy access to two Metro stations, making it simple to reach downtown or Capitol Hill.

As well, the report also makes

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dumbarton oaks washington dcPhoto: DC Gardens

The historically significant Dumbarton Oaks is a true Georgetown gem, filled with gardens, artwork and generations of world history. Once owned by a US diplomat, the property is now open to the public, offering a rich selection of collectibles, artwork, rare books and, of course, gardens.

Gifted to Harvard University by its former owners, the old mansion and its grounds house a generous private collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian artwork. As the site’s now earmarked as a research library for artists, students and scholars, people come here to further study the property’s documents, images, books and rare objects.

Opened up not long after the start of WWII, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection acts to support

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The watergate coops for sale

Infused with history and overflowing with high-end appeal, The Watergate generates exclusivity, security and more. This luxury DC development is one of the most highly sought after in the area, with an impressive three upscale buildings that come together in one grand showing.

Watergate West, East and South collectively include more than 600 high-end residential units, some offering the added luxury of spacious townhouse or penthouse designs. From private balconies to generous views of the river and area landmarks, the prestigious address of The Watergate is easily one of the most coveted in the region.

A full ten-acres in size, the complex is a virtual city in itself, complete with open-air shopping, promenades, fountains and a park. The

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the wharf washington dc

As the DC area’s newest destination, The Wharf aims to entice visitors with an inspirational setting, including exciting new restaurants, shops, recreational opportunities and entertainment. Set to officially open this October with phase 1, the first residents of The Wharf move in next month.

With a bountiful selection of well-known retailers and local boutiques, The Wharf generates a new and vibrant selection of shopping options. As well, the site also boasts a concert hall, with the planned addition of live music, outdoor movies, boat parades and art shows, with a range of other additional planned activities and events. Meanwhile, planned dining options range from casual cafes to gourmet, fine dining establishments.

For recreation, there are

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rhode island avenue

One of the original streets planned out for the capital, Rhode Island Avenue is now well known as a commuting route, taking drivers from Prince George’s County and US Route 1 into the city. It’s also quickly emerging though as something else, thanks to new and proposed development in the area.

Starting in Downtown Washington in the west, the avenue takes drivers past the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the Apostle, intersects roads such as Massachusetts Avenue, and heads into the neighborhood of Logan Circle. It then goes through several mostly residential neighborhoods, like Brentwood and Shaw. Serviced by the Metro’s red and green lines at different points, Rhode Island Avenue eventually merges with Baltimore Avenue, continuing with US Highway 1.

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11park - 1628 11th st nw dc

An intriguing new selection of flats and town homes is now selling in Logan, where 11Park opens up prospective residents to exciting new residential opportunities. The new construction homes total nearly three-dozen unique offerings, each with luxurious features and individual style.

The boutique development includes flats priced starting in the $500,000s and town homes priced starting upwards of $1 million. While the flats come in one- and two-bedroom designs, there are also two-level town homes, mostly with two-bedrooms and 2.5 baths plus a den. In addition, there is also a triplex model with three-bedrooms, a den and 2.5-baths.

With high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, the units of 11Park allow for plentiful natural light to flow

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2501 m st nw dc

At home within a design originally constructed in the early 1980s for office space, the new 2501 M development is proving extremely popular in the West End, even before the first residents move in. Set for an early Fall 2017 delivery, the condos will soon top the DC area’s first Nobu restaurant on the building’s ground floor, already touted by some as perhaps the priciest restaurant ever constructed in DC.

The 59 luxury residences range from around 1,000 square feet to some of around 2,200 square feet in size, highlighted by high-end features, from white oak flooring to sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition, the units offer the graceful distinction of either a large balcony or a private terrace.

With floor plans starting at one-bedroom

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