January 2014

Found 14 blog entries for January 2014.


DC Condo Boutique team member Donna Mank represented the buyer of a Browns Court row house, located at 10 Browns Court, SE, Washington, DC 20003 in DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  This home features 2 BR / 1 BA / 624 SF.  It closed on January 21, 2014 for $475,000 / $761 SF.

This unique home features original woodwork, hardwood floors, a fireplace and a private patio.  Historic Browns Court is one of the unique and charming alley neighborhoods on Capitol Hill.  Located just steps from Eastern Market, the brick-paved alley runs between A Street SE and Independence Avenue.

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While a great deal of information is written about DC's sexy and exciting condo and loft buildings, the District's cooperatives do not garner nearly as much ink from the DC real estate community.  We thought it would be interesting to provide readers with a glimpse into three of our favorite co-op buildings, each of which offers true urban convenience with the city’s most walkable addresses.  These buildings are steeped in history and offer upscale modern city living and the fun and excitement of nearby Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, U Street and Georgetown. 

The Mendota

DC’s oldest luxury apartment building is The Mendota, a stately building in the prestigious Kalorama neighborhood featured in James Goode’s “Best Addresses.”  The Mendota is

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DC Condo Boutique team member Donna Mank represented the buyer of a condo at the Residences at CityCenter, located at 920 I Street NW #604, Washington, DC 20005 in DC's Penn Quarter neighborhood.  This unit features 1 BR / 1.5 BA / 905 SF.  It closed on January 16, 2014 for $617,000 / $682 SF.

This brand new unit featured modern European finishes including Molteni Cabinets and closets, Grohe Faucets, Bosch and Miele Appliances. Building amenities at the Residences at CityCenter include 24-hour security, concierge, fitness center, yoga studio, resident lounge and a guest suite in a location just three blocks from the Metro.

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The push to be politically correct has real estate agents avoiding certain words in their descriptions in real estate advertising.  Anything considered even possibly insensitive is being edited out with a fine-tooth comb as real estate agents do not want to use wording that may offend anyone.

Some real estate agents are avoiding once-popular language as “master bedroom” and “handyman’s dream.”  According to a Washington Business Journal survey last year, major homebuilders in the D.C. region have phased out  “master bedroom” in its ads because of racist undertones, and instead prefer to use “owner’s suite.”  Anything gender-specific like “his-and-her’s closets” or baths is to be avoided as well.  Ten major Washington-area homebuilders, including

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The Edmonds School located at 901 D Street, NE, was closed in the 1990s.  It has been restored and is now being converted into luxury condominiums and townhouses in the heart of the Capitol Hill historic neighborhood.  Rich in century old Colonial Revival style---built 100 years ago---meets modern comfort in one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods.  The development features 4 town homes (ranging in size from 3,700 square feet to 4,100 square feet) and 20 condos ranging in size from 500-1,800 square feet.  Scheduled for delivery in 2014, the Edmonds School project is located within walking distance of the Union Station Metro Stop.  The 1-3 bedroom residences range in price from the $300,000s to $1.8 million.

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is a very central,

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The National Zoo’s Panda cub Bao Bao made her public debut this week.  Bao Bao and her mother are on exhibit each day for public viewing.  The National Zoo is located in a residential neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of DC in Woodley Park, steps from the Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station Red Line and served by multiple city buses and the popular circulator bus.  Vibrant Connecticut Avenue is well known not just for the zoo but also for its international restaurants, red brick condos, and residential neighborhood.

One of the best things about Woodley Park is its very central location to the rest of DC---close walking distance to Adams Morgan, Cleveland Park and Rock Creek Park.  Dupont Circle is a 20-minute walk.  Just off Connecticut

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Home builders, architects and developers are taking pet-friendly luxury design to a new level as they try to please a growing number of residents and future buyers who scout new condos and single-family homes with their dogs and cats in mind.

With their family pets’ comforts a priority and logistical challenges like doggie-doors, yard space and pet washing stations, many future buyers are considering where to live based in part on ease and conveniences for their four-legged family members.  Some are looking at special pet built-ins and cabinetry in rooms that their pet may live in to make sure it blends in with the home as well as doggy-eating and dressing stations.

Pet ownership is at an all-time high, in part as a result of Americans delaying marriage

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Virginia Square has a little bit of everything.  It is a residential neighborhood, a work destination with offices, and an educational and commercial hub with a little history as well.  Virginia Square is centered at the Virginia Square Metro Station on the Orange Line in Arlington, Virginia between Clarendon and Ballston.  It is located on the Wilson Boulevard-Clarendon Boulevard corridor, which was named one of 10 “Great Streets” in the U.S. by the American Planning Association.

The Virginia Square neighborhood is home to a Giant supermarket; a local restaurant called Mario’s Pizza---a neighborhood fixture since the 1950’s; an outdoor clothing and shoe store; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which opened a building across the street

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Discover The Carthage, a distinctive 1920’s Beaux Arts condominium building on Connecticut Avenue tucked between the premier neighborhoods of Dupont Circle and Georgetown.  Moments from the area’s best shopping and dining, this coveted building has been named one of the “Best Addresses” in DC in the prestigious Kalorama neighborhood.  The Carthage offers the serenity of a quiet lifestyle and the very best of city living.

The Carthage is an 8-story luxury building offering an intimate living experience with just 28 units.  The condos are large with 9’ ceilings, original hardwood floors and distinctive moldings, fireplaces and private outdoor terraces.  Building amenities include a roof top deck with panoramic views, garage parking, on-site doorman and a

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More than 1,000 new residents are moving to DC each month. This growth presents a major challenge to have enough housing to accommodate all of these new people over the course of the coming decades.  New homes need to be built in the city and region to keep up with population trends, according to a study by George Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis.  In DC, residential units at a rate more than four times what are built now will need to be constructed in order to keep up with demand as the Millennial generation comes to DC for jobs.

The study reveals over the next 20 years, there will be 857,334 new jobs in the DC metro region and almost 150,000 in DC alone that requires creating more than 540,000 new units of housing in the metro area.  If people

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