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The list of pretty DC Streets would not be complete without including Newport Place.  Lined with mature trees and historic colorful row houses, Newport Place is a beautiful one-block street in the Dupont West neighborhood. 

Newport place runs east-west between 21st Street and 22nd Street on the block bounded by N Street and O street.  Located just .26 miles from the Dupont Metro Station, homes on Newport Place weigh in with a WalkScore of 97/100 and a TransitScore of 93/100.

Currently, one home is available for sale on Newport Place, a 2 BR 1 BA row house listed for $499,000.

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Have you heard about the new mezzanine-level people watching perch at the P Street Whole Foods?  Now you can sit high above the action and watch health-conscious mid-city-ites shake melons, squeeze oranges and occasionally sneak a grape or two. People watching doesn't get any better than this!

For those who like to people watch.....and who doesn't in DC...how about a DC condo with a prime-time people watching balcony?  What could be better than checking out the scenery from your private balcony?

Much of the DC housing stock has outdoor balconies and space orientated away from the action towards the rear property.  After much introspective thought, here are our picks for the best people watching balconies in the District:

Q14 - Tough to top a balcony

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The West End and Dupont Circle Top DC Luxury Market


The most expensive condo to sell in the District during September 2010 was in the West End at 22 West, located at 1177 22nd Street, NW #9H Washington, DC.  This duplex 2 BR / 2 BA, 1,869 SF penthouse condo also includes two parking spaces and a 530 SF roof terrace.  The selling price was $1.7375M / $930 SF.

Congratulations to selling broker Bill Hounshell of Hounshell Real Estate for closing the most expensive condo sale in the District in September 2010.

Honorable mention for the 2nd most expensive DC condo sold in September 2010 was in Dupont Circle at The Duncan, located at 1701 18th Street, NW #202 Washington, DC.  This 2 BR + den / 2.5 BA, 1,886 SF condo with original floor-to-ceiling stained glass

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CNNMoney reports that the DC metro area ranks first in the nation for the percentage of residents with a college degree.  A whopping 47.3% of our residents, aged 25 or older hold college degrees.  Nationally, the average percentage of residents with a college degree is 25%. 

The DC area has topped the national charts several times this past year including leading the nation for inbound migration, #2 city for young people and #2 city for working moms.

Our smart residents looking to make a real estate investment can take advantage of the ongoing DC first time buyer tax credit as well the opportunities available for 3.5% down payments in our FHA approved condo developments.

Really smart DC residents surf over to DC Condo Boutique to look for a new

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Most interesting blog post on the Streets of Washington blog about the colorful past of the parcel in Mount Vernon Triangle where City Vista is now located.  This parcel was previously home to the District's first convention center.  The first auto show in Washington's history was held at this location in 1900.  In 1925, the second floor of this building was converted into 50 bowling alleys, thought to be one of the largest in the world at that time.  Other interesting uses included an international food market and housing the National Historical Wax Museum.  The old building had a date with the wrecking ball in 1985.

City Vista now proudly sits on this historic block bounded by K, L, 4th and 5th Streets.  The size and scope of City Vista, made possible

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Hidden behind a conservative gothic revival terra cotta facade, is one of the coolest and most interesting residential buildings in Downtown DC.  Mather Studios made history in 2003 as the first Downtown office building to be converted to residential use.  PN Hoffman partnered with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to deliver both market-rate lofts as well as 12 affordable artist studios.  The artist studios are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Mather Studios with market-rate units on floor 4-10.

The lobby of Mather Studios sets the tone for the building with custom artwork, granite flooring and designer lighting.  Shiny metallic doors leading to each residence help to define the unique style of this building.  Chic

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Harrison Square Townhomes is a community of modern DC row houses with a commanding presence on the block bounded by 12th, 13th, V and W Streets NW.  This location just a block north of Ben's Chili Bowl is very convenient to the entertainment, dining and transportation of U Street.  Harrison Square is truly a walker's paradise with a WalkScore rating of 97/100.

The Harrison Square community consists of 98 three-story townhomes designed to seamlessly blend with the existing architecture in this historic neighborhood.  The community was developed by EYA on the site of the former DC Children's Hospital.  EYA has developed other large scale townhouse projects in the District including Bryan Square Townhomes, Capital Quarter Townhouses and Hillandale.

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701 Penn & 801 Penn Attract the Famous and Powerful


With views that rival any in the district, the Residences at Market Square have had their share of famous residents over the years including: Fred Thompson; Bob Novak; Geraldine Ferraro and Scott Brown.  These twin buildings located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave (Market Square East) and 801 Pennsylvania (Market Square West) are exactly halfway between the White House and the Capitol. 

Market Square condos offer stunning views of Pennsylvania Avenue and nearby Federal buildings including The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation Building and the National Archives.  Every four years, residents of these twin buildings have a front row seat for the inauguration parade.

Both Market Square

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With a stellar track record for bringing older structures back to life in an exciting manner, Robertson Development has a star on our virtual DC Developer wall of fame.  Standout projects by Robertson Development include: The Beauregard; Moderno; and Visio.

Just hitting the MLS is a Robertson Development resale in the U Street Corridor. 1918 12th Street #1 is a loft-like 2 BR / 2 BA offering 1,545 SF of living space. This condo is tricked out with Pogenpohl Cabinets, concrete counters, low voltage lighting, 20-foot ceilings, a private patio with a spa and secured parking.  Located on 12th St NW between T and U,  this location weighs in with a WalkScore of 98/100. The asking price is $849,000.

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A couple of recent Logan Circle condo price reductions to take note of:

Logan Mansions - 27 Logan Circle NW # 12
4 BR / 2.5 BA - 1,757 SF
Reduced to $949,000 from $975,000

Q14 - 1401 Q St NW #303
2 BR / 2.5 BA - 1,339 SF
Reduced to $899,000 from $919,000

The Babylon - 1411 N St NW #3
2 BR / 2 BA - 1,257 SF
Reduced to $669,000 from $699,555

Here is a resource from DC Condo Boutique to stay on top of the Logan Circle condo market. 


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