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beekman place - washington dc

It may be home to upscale townhomes today, but Beekman Place traces its history to an even more prestigious setting. In fact, a look inside this gated property will lead you to the origins of an actual castle.

The old stone wall is still evident on the property, but instead of townhomes a castle once rose up from the hill. Commonly referred to as Boundary Castle, Henderson Castle, or even Prospect Castle, the property once belonged to a politician and his socialite wife. It’s said the imposing three-story castle had a total of 30 rooms and two towers. It also had a servant’s wing and a stable.

The couple built it there in hopes of making the location into DC’s center of society. With incredible views overlooking the entire area, the couple

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the valencia - 2812 georgia ave nw dc

New luxury condos are headed to Columbia Heights, with the introduction of The Valencia. This new boutique property makes way for just 10 exclusive residences constructed in a contemporary design.

Buyers at The Valencia are treated to an impressive five different floor plans in the building, including a one-bedroom plus a den with two-baths and a two-bedroom, one-bath floor plan. Other options for new buyers include a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with a private balcony off the master bedroom.

There is also a large two-level floor plan with two-bedrooms and a balcony on its lower level, topped off by a private master bedroom and roof deck on its upper level. The smallest condo in The Valencia offers around 730 square feet of living space.

The

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lee-fendall house - alexandria vaPhoto: Craig Fildes

It may sit a long way from the fictional Downton Abbey, but the historic Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria has real ties to the popular TV show’s set. Downton Abbey is filmed at Highclere Castle, and its current owner is said to be a direct descendant of the original owner of the Lee-Fendall House.

In response to the upcoming Downton Abbey movie release, the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is hosting a movie release party. It’s planned for September 28, which activities including a scavenger hunt and a trivia contest.

Guests will also get to learn more about all of the connections between the Old Town site and the movie site, including some characters who were actually based on Fendall family members. For those unable

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Photo: DC Gardens

Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown is getting a new greenhouse. The new project is part of an effort to further improve energy savings and sustainability of the campus and its gardens.

A New York-based architectural firm is spearheading construction of the new greenhouse. Crews plan to use energy efficient climate control and solar panels in its construction. They also aim to improve irrigation. It’s all reportedly part of a three-year plan to help benefit the estate and increase its offerings.

In phase two of the project, architects are additionally planning to renovate the property’s existing greenhouse. Constructed in the mid 1920s, it’s said the old greenhouse will retain its original design but be updated to help support the

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rosedale - washington dc

As DC’s new hot neighborhood, Rosedale continues to attract interest from new buyers eager to find property in the community. Home to a mix of old rowhomes and sleek new condos, home prices are only going up in Rosedale.

New buyers are particularly attracted to the single-family homes of Rosedale, many of which are being renovated. It’s no secret that many of Rosedale’s newest residents have been drawn in by its affordability and value. Of course, that’s also brought developers to Rosedale, and in some cases home prices have increased substantially over what they were just a few years back.

While mostly residential development, some developers are eyeing property near the edge of the neighborhood with great interest. In particular, developers

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 hill east row houses - washington dc

Once primarily residential, the Hill East neighborhood is finally coming of age. This community of 20th-century rowhomes and low-rise apartments is beginning to see the first signs of new growth, as developers make plans to add in more restaurants, apartments and retail space to the neighborhood.

It’s something some longtime residents have been waiting for, as the neighborhood grows and expands to provide even more options for neighbors. While new restaurants are set to open, the future also includes new plans for Reservation 13. The DC General Health Campus land is being developed into thousands of square feet of new retail space and hundreds of new apartments.

Plans call for using redeveloped land on the waterfront to connect up Hill East

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 tilden gardens - washington dc

Perhaps the greenest complex in town, Tilden Gardens truly lives up to its name. Set in DC’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, the property consists of a full three acres of landscaped gardens alone, joined by six buildings connected via walkways.

Originally constructed in the late 1920s as one of DC’s largest apartment co-ops, Tilden Gardens remains one of the most visually attractive communities in the city today. On the list of Goode’s Best Addresses, the property is more the exception than the norm when it comes to multi-family residences.

While many properties of the same time period were designed to devote a much larger percentage of the land to actual buildings than green space, at Tilden Gardens much of the land was preserved for open space.

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 ivy city - washington dc

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It may not be one of DC’s largest neighborhoods, but Ivy City is certainly gaining in popularity. Much of the recent transformation consists of turning the once industrial area into a hip industrial neighborhood with family appeal.

Sure you’ll find luxury apartments, fitness centers, organic markets and nightlife in the redeveloped Hecht Warehouse, but you’ll also find a true sense of community when it comes to living in Ivy City. Area residents were the force behind constructing the Ivy City Basketball Court.

There’s also the attraction of the US National Arboretum. This family-friendly site is just a short distance from the neighborhood, and it’s free to enter.

Still more affordable than other neighborhoods in the DC

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 Avidian - 1211 Van St SE DC

New condos are now selling in the Capitol Riverfront, where the Avidian condos recently entered the market. Phase one of the project is already about 70-percent sold out, with private appointments still available for those hoping to purchase one of the remaining units.

Close to Nationals Park, the property offers a total of around 170 condos, including everything from studios and one-bedroom floor plans to two-bedroom condos, walk-up townhomes and even some penthouse units. With more than 50 floor plans to choose from in all, however, current options include everything from a cozy 440 square foot condo priced in the low $300,000s to a much larger unit containing two-bedrooms and around 1,100 square feet of living space.

No matter the floor

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hawthorne - washington dc

Filled with parks and more, the quiet residential neighborhood of Hawthorne offers a desirable setting for those searching for a new place to call home in Northwest DC. Bounded by Rock Creek Park on two of its sides, the neighborhood provides easy access to paved trails for outdoor recreation, plus many of the homeowners additionally enjoy the privacy of wooded views.

In fact, the name itself pays tribute to the Washington Hawthorn tree. Despite its inner tranquility, the neighborhood is also convenient enough to Downtown DC. The Hawthorne neighborhood sits only about 10 to 15 minutes away from downtown yet is able to retain the appeal of a small community.

The neighborhood routinely hosts community events, such as the annual Hawthorne Block

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