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Cooper Lewis - The Definitive Logan Circle Urban Lifestyles Condo




When searching for a new home in the District, it is tough to find a better spot to call home than the location of the Cooper Lewis Condominiums located at 1413 P Street, NW.  Within a couple of hundred steps from your front door you can caffeinate at Starbucks....shop at Whole Foods and CVS....chow at the Logan Tavern and party at Vegas Lounge!

It only gets better when you return to the your Cooper Lewis condo. High end finishes, coupled with walls of glass, European kitchens and generous outdoor terraces deliver one of the best luxury experiences in Logan Circle.  Cooper Lewis magically joins the historic Pelz Building at the corner of 14th Street.  Units in the Pelz Building

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.....Columbia Heights might be the answer

With 2/2 condos in popular Logan Circle buildings like Cooper Lewis, Metropole and Solo Piazza currently selling in the $700s and $800s, buying in one of these buildings may be a stretch for some budgets.  If this is the case, it may be time to venture north on 14th Street and see what Columbia Heights has to offer.


Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Wikipedia defines the boundaries of Columbia Heights as 16th Street to the west; Spring Road to the north; Sherman Avenue to the east and Florida Avenue and Barry Place to the south.  Anchoring the Columbia Heights community is the Metro Station, which serves both the Green and Yellow lines and is located at the intersection of 14th and Irving.

At present in

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The  District is home to several wonderful condo developments whose buildings had a prior life as a DC public school.  With very limited vacant land, height restrictions and an ever-growing demand for upscale lofty condos, these school conversions are a concept that works well in the District for both the city as well as the developer.  In other parts of the country, many old and underutilized school buildings end up on the losing end of an encounter with the wrecking ball.

Common attributes of DC schoolhouse conversion projects include high ceilings, over-sized windows, exposed brick and outdoor courtyard areas.  Many school conversion projects have taken advantage of the ceiling height to create a loft environment.

Schoolhouse conversion

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The inventory of DC condo foreclosures is a bit light right now, but there are a couple of interesting options on the market in newer upscale developments.

Alta at Thomas Circle - 1133 14th St NW #403.  1 BR/ 1BA.  Asking price of $245,000 / $432 SF.  This asking price of  $432 SF does represent an 18.7%  discount off an Alta foreclosure unit that sold on 01/22/10 for $532 SF.  This asking price is a slight premium over a short sale listing that is now under agreement with an asking price of $422 SF.   Lofts 11 - 1125 11th St NW #101 in  Logan Circle. 2BR / 2BA.  Asking price of $639,900 / $449 SF.  This asking price represents a 10.7% discount off the other units for sale with an average asking price of $504 SF   Rhapsody - 2120 Vermont Ave NW #22 in…
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It only takes a couple of minutes of searching in the Washington DC MLS database to find a multitude of meandering neighborhood borders.  When did the West End become Georgetown?......when did Capitol Hill extend to Nationals Park......did the national army of Kalorama invade Adams Morgan and claim Columbia Road as their own?

Was there a city-wide Realtor training session that I missed on how to juice up the price of a listing by stretching the borders of a neighborhood?  I surely don't understand the logic behind advertising a property in a neighboring community.  Aren't DC buyers just smarter than that?  Armed with tools like Google Maps and GPS units can't most buyers see through this strategy?  Also, with so much searching starting on the web,

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 2501_penn_400The most expensive condo to sell in the District during January 2010 was in the West End at  the new 2501 Penn project located at 2501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #5C, Washington DC. This new construction unit is 2,760 SF and features 3 BR and 2.5BA.  The selling price was $2.2M / $797 SF.

Congratulations to selling Realtor Michele Topel of Urban Pace for closing the most expensive condo sale in the District in January 2010.

Honorable22-west_400 mention for the 2nd most expensive DC condo sold in January 2010 was in the West End at 22 West located at 1177 22nd Street, NW #8D Washington, DC.  This new construction condo is 2,337 SF and features 3 BR and 3 BA.  The selling price was $2.125M / $909 SF.

Congratulations to Mei-Mei Watts-Venners of Eastbanc Marketing, LLC

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Express Night Out reports on the essentials of a gourmet kitchen for DC foodies.  Free-flowing kitchens open to the rest of the living space are a key design requirement.  An oversized island large enough to accomodate food-prep, mixology and socializing is another important element.

DC projects cited in the Express Night Out article for their gourmet kitchens include Harvard Lofts in Columbia Heights and Murano in the U Street Corridor.  Harvard Lofts kitchens are decked out with Porcelanosa cabinets, Bosch appliances and quartz countertops.  Built by Robertson Development, Murano kitchens include a two-tiered black granite-topped island, Sub-Zero fridge, under-counter lights and self-closing doors and drawers.

What is your favorite DC gourmet

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Urban luxury has arrived in Columbia Heights at the Harvard Lofts development, located just two blocks from the Metro at 1466 Harvard Street.  With unique, lofty floor plans, this 12-unit DC new construction project offers an exciting alternative to traditional boxy condo designs.

Voluminous interiors featuring super-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows create a bright, open and airy atmosphere.  Developer Harvard Lofts, LLC delivered the goods with the high-end finishes in these units.  The designer kitchens are decked out with imported Porcelanosa cabinets, quartz counters and Bosch appliances.

With a Walkscore of 89/100, Harvard Lofts is classified as a very walkable address.  Just a quick stroll away are restaurants, coffee shops, a health

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In a city obsessed with fitness and shopping for healthy food at the Eastern Market and Whole Foods, marketing a co-op with a photo of a sirloin steak dinner is definitely a head scratcher.  Maybe this approach would work well in traditionally carnivorous markets like Dallas or Austin, but wouldn't this 17th Street seller be better served by a humous and tabouli spread?

After spending way too much time contemplating the marketing plan associated with this listing, my theory is that this Cavanaugh Court co-op was last listed in late 2000 or early 2001 and this is a photo leftover from the previous listing.  As you recall, George W Bush took office in January of 2001 and brought a team of Texans with him to DC. Is there a better way to attract a

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DC Penthouse Condo View

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Every teenage boy dreams of owning a penthouse condo.......not for the view out the window......but rather for an up-close view of Bob Guccione's clothing-challenged "models."  Unfortunately, by the time most guys can finally afford a DC penthouse condo, the view out the window becomes more of a priority!

Here in the District, the view from many of our penthouse condos is second to none.  Sweeping views of monuments, museums and even the Capitol can take your breath away on a daily basis.  A virtual stroll through the DC property assessment database certainly confirms that penthouse condos are home to many of the District's movers and shakers.

DC penthouse

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