December 2013

Found 9 blog entries for December 2013.



The Greater Greater Washington (GGW) blog recently declared the corner of 14th and P to be DC's best urban corner.  The DC Condo Boutique team was delighted with this proclamation as our office at TTR Sotheby's International Realty is just two doors down from this magical urban corner.  The long-standing grittiness of this corner has been washed away as millions of dollars of capital improvements have radically altered this and nearly every other corner in the 14th Street Corridor.

The argument GGW makes for 14th and P as DC's best urban corner includes the fact that it is within walking distance of all five Metro Lines, is at the intersection of two commercial main streets, is within 1/2 a block of a supermarket, offers a wide-variety of shopping and

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A new trend is starting to take shape as multifamily housing spurs high demand: many office property owners are renovating old office buildings into residences that appeal to folks who want to live in the city.  It’s a trend being seen in many metro areas around the U. S.   Many young urban professionals prefer to live in cities to be near their jobs as well as enjoy urban cultural amenities and a vibrant nightlife. 

The demographics point to very strong multifamily properties: growth in single-family heads of households; unrelated people living together as a result of the recent housing downturn and high unemployment rates; and baby boomers downsizing to apartments.  The key factor driving the conversion of office buildings to residential condos is

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Harry Wardman was one of the most influential real estate developers in DC during the early 20th century.  He is responsible for developing many neighborhoods in Northwest DC encompassing an architectural style seen in row houses in Columbia Heights to luxury apartment buildings in Dupont Circle.  The ubiquitous “front-porch row house” style is a signature Wardman design feature.  That was a new design element that can be seen throughout Columbia Heights along the 900 block of Longfellow Street.

Wardman is the face behind a few thousand row houses in Northwest DC neighborhoods, including Bloomingdale, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights and Petworth.  His homes are well known for their high-quality construction and materials.  Wardman also developed

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On the site of DC’s former Convention Center, CityCenter brings the sophistication of modern city living to the heart of downtown DC in a nearly $1 billion mixed-use project near the White House.  The downtown development, upon completion, will offer a pedestrian-friendly living/shopping/office complex in the middle of DC’s commercial, cultural, arts, and entertainment center.  Located within a couple of blocks of 2 popular Metro stations (Metro Center and Gallery Place) and the new Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Phase I of this development includes 2 condominium buildings, 2 apartment buildings and 2 office buildings with retail stores on the street level as well as an underground parking garage for residents.

Expected to fully open on

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The Foxhall Condominium delivers a full slate of amenities in a gracious building of sophisticated condos at the top of Massachusetts Avenue NW in DC between Wisconsin Avenue and American University.  Wonderfully convenient, the Foxhall is close to the Tenleytown Metro Station and an ideal location for people who enjoy walking in the city.  The beauty of a park setting in the exclusive Wesley Heights neighborhood and convenience of a 15 minute commute from downtown DC and 5 minutes from Georgetown makes this a truly appealing place to live.  The Foxhall Condominium is located at 4200 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Grand balconies encircle the Foxhall with spectacular views of the National Cathedral and DC.  Sliding exterior window walls let in natural sunlight

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One of the finest luxury cooperative buildings in DC today, the 8-story brick Shoreham West Cooperative is one of the best addresses in DC with easy comfortable living in this very exclusive building.  With only 58 total units, the elegant cooperative apartments offer in-town living at its finest.  You can find the Shoreham West at the corner of Calvert Street NW and 28th Street.

The Shoreham West coops feature a formal reception foyer, a large separate dining room, 9-foot ceiling and most have private balconies.  Every bedroom suite has a big dressing room, a wall of closets and private bath.  There is a guest powder room in the foyer.  The large kitchens in each unit were designed for entertaining. There is plentiful free guest parking at the

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What could be better than living 2 blocks away from the Metro Station---only 1 stop to DC--- in a luxury condominium with full-service amenities?  One of the most picturesque buildings in the Courthouse neighborhood, the award-winning Odyssey Condominium in nearby Arlington features 273 units ranging from studio to 3-bedrooms plus den, and many with city views.  There are a limited number of penthouse suites on floors 10-16 offering generous floor plans, top grade finishes and appliances like Viking, Sub Zero, Wolf, Bosch, and Miele, custom milled cabinetry, hardwood floors throughout, and breathtaking views of the Potomac River and DC.  It is convenient to Northern Virginia, downtown DC, National Airport and the suburbs.

A stunningly modern property of

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It’s no secret that salaries are high in DC---just take a look at the lawyers on K Street toting designer handbags and lobbyists downtown walking to work in their Gucci loafers.  Area restaurants are packed at lunchtime with government contractors and professionals.  DC’s per capita income is the 4th highest in the U.S. among the 50 largest metro areas, despite last year’s slowdown in income growth in the Washington region.  The DC metro’s per capita income in 2012 was $61,743, a rise of 1.5% from the previous year.

Bridgeport, Connecticut had the country’s highest per capita income last year among large metro areas, followed by San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., and DC.  Washingtonians’ salaries are leading the nation at #6 in a survey of workers in 10

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Steps away from the White House and the museums on the National Mall is an area in DC called the “Golden Triangle.”  This stretch of 43 blocks is prime DC real estate where businesses thrive due to a constant stream of workers, residents and visitors.  The Golden Triangle runs from 16th Street to New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. and Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  The Golden Triangle is known as both a neighborhood and business improvement district that encompasses most of DC’s central business district. 

In addition to businesses and top office space, there is an extraordinary abundance of restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world.  Seven of the top restaurants listed in the Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants 2012 guide are in

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