Town Square | New condos coming to Mount Vernon Triangle

February 18

(Bozzuto Group)

Residents of D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle have plenty of options when it comes to new and renovated apartments and row houses. Now the neighborhood will be home to a high-rise condominium under development by Bozzuto Homes.

The development, called 460 New York Avenue, is an 11-story high-rise with 63 homes at the corner of 5th Street NW and New York Avenue.
The lower levels of the building were created from a converted brick loft-style warehouse, while the upper levels are constructed of metal and glass designed by WDG Architecture.

An innovative vertical lift parking system will provide 36 garage spaces. Building amenities include a marble lobby with a concierge desk, 24-hour controlled access and a 3,500-square-foot rooftop penthouse with a community lounge and a rooftop patio with panoramic views of the skyline.

The homes have tall windows, wide-plank hardwood flooring, stainless steel Energy Star appliances, European cabinets, European tile and quartz countertops. Each home has a balcony.

The condominiums include efficiencies, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den  and two bedroom units. Sales are anticipated to begin this spring with prices starting in the upper $300,000s.

Visit www.460NYA.com or call 202-350-2808 for more information.

Web site redesign pays off for realty firm

Darrin Friedman, broker of Real Living at Home Real Estate in Washington, says he wanted to create a “pretty and functional” Web site for potential home buyers, but he wasn’t satisfied with the first version of the new site even though he paid several thousand dollars for it.

“On Christmas Eve, I just trashed everything we had done and started over to build the site myself with videos and content that our agents had been developing all year,” says Friedman. “We want a radically different Web site than other companies because we want to show people that we’re living in real time and are focused on providing the information buyers really want.”

Instead of providing bits of information about 900 communities, Friedman says they decided to zero in on about 20 D.C.-area neighborhoods. “We have videos and easy-to-digest information about those neighborhoods, including the WalkScore, crime statistics, school reports and what makes each neighborhood special,” he says.

The strategy has apparently worked. The site’s traffic has grown four-fold, Friedman said. Their statistics show that people linger longer on the site, too, for an average of six minutes, a long time in the world of Web sites. Eventually the site – at www.rlathome.com – will cover more communities.


The Stealth Kitchen with its cabinets open. (Resource Furniture)

Hide-away kitchen helps people with a small space

Many homeowners opt for a showplace kitchen even if they mostly order in. But if you’re short on space or just want a uniquely clutter-free home, the “Stealth Kitchen Module” could be your answer.

Recently introduced by Resource Furniture after six years of research, this unusual product allows a kitchen with full-size appliances, counter space and storage to become completely invisible when not in use. The Stealth Kitchen can be built in new and existing homes and works in a small home, a studio apartment, a guest or in-law suite or a pool house.

The Stealth Kitchen, which needs as little as six linear feet, includes space for a refrigerator and freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave, an oven, a cooktop, a sink, counter space and storage. It can be entirely concealed behind a wall of cabinetry when not in use. Stealth Modules can be configured to accommodate pantries, double ovens, island units, dry and wet bars and a laundry center with a washer and dryer.

The six-foot modular kitchen unit starts at $15,500, which doesn’t include appliances.

For more information call 212-753-2039, e-mail info@resourcefurniture.com or visit www.resourcefurniture.com.


The Stealth Kitchen with its cabinets closed. (Resource Furniture)

Before-transformation peak of Design House offered

If you want a sneak peak at the before version of this year’s DC Design House prior to its transformation by local interior designers, you can attend the “Bare Bones” tour on Saturday, March 1.

This major fundraiser for the Children’s National Health System, which takes place at 4600 Linnean Way NW, will feature the work of 24 local interior designers.

The Bare Bones Tour, which costs $5, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also go for free if you purchase a $25 ticket to the finished DC Design House, scheduled from April 13 to May 11.

For more information or tickets, visit www.dcdesignhouse.com.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this column said that the 460 New York Avenue development is at 4th Street and New York Avenue. It is actually at 5th Street and New York Avenue.

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.

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