Rock the Boat

It’s Thursday evening, and Laneyse Hooks, 54, climbs the stairs to her roof deck, where she grows corn and other vegetables, along with a variety of potted flowers. Below, water laps at the base of her house, as the ebb and flow of the Washington Channel washes past the boats that the residents of a […]

Marina Faces an Uncertain Future

In the first quarter of 2013, construction on expansive new development The Wharf is slated to change the face of the Southwest Waterfront. Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront plans to rehabilitate the underdeveloped and underused stretch with a $2 billion mixed-use development. It will include residential, retail and office buildings, plus park, cultural and public pier spaces. […]

Price Point: $350,000 to $400,000

Friendship Heights: $378,900 Condo: 5201-B Wisconsin Ave. NW #310 Crisp, cute and new, this two-year-old one-bedroom, one-bath is located 0.3 miles from the Friendship Heights Metro. Despite its busy-street locale, the unit’s ample windows and small balcony overlook a quiet lot, albeit where construction is about to begin. The 646-square-foot condo has all the standard […]

Price Point: $750,000 to $800,000

  Detached house: 5212 MacArthur Blvd. NW This pre-Civil War two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home blends old and new. Just renovated, the house retains little of its rustic past except an old-timey exterior and the original front door. Crown molding and espresso-colored hardwood floors frame creamy white walls laden with windows that give the 1,174-square-foot space a […]

Price Point: $289,000 to $300,000

Adams Morgan: $289,000 Condo: 2456 20th St. NW #502 Up a rickety elevator on the fifth and highest floor lies this charming corner apartment, which exudes an understated, 1920s character. Original hardwood floors and moldings, large south- and east-facing windows with latticework and dark wooden doors are ideal for a first-time buyer with shabby-chic or […]

Tight Space, Abundant Ideas

In the middle of his 400-square-foot studio, in a small space carved out between a bookshelf, sundry chairs and a bed, Jeff Watkinson, who is 6 feet 1 inch tall, balances on a 2 1/2-foot imitation surfboard with a roller underneath it, lurching back and forth across the floor. “This is a very strong workout; […]

Price Point: $990,000 to $999,000

Rosslyn: $990,000 Condo penthouse: 1111 19th St. N. #1802 Enjoy the benefits of the Potomac with none of the cold water and splashing — plus room service! This 1,239-square-foot unit sits atop Rosslyn’s Hotel Palomar, so residents enjoy the same amenities as hotel guests, such as spa treatments and the gym. The view from this […]

Price Point: $450,000 to $460,000

Adams Morgan: $459,000 Co-op: 1840 Biltmore St. NW, #23 An original claw-foot bathtub is only the tip-of-the conversation-piece iceberg in this museum-like co-op. The foyer includes part of a confessional from a 19th-century Baltimore cathedral, though the structure serves a coat-storage rather than clerical role today, and complements the bathroom floor and its walls, which […]

Reborn as Residences

In the 1920s, families traveled to the corner of 14th and Church streets NW, a hub of auto showrooms, to buy Cadillacs and Chrysler DeSotos. Today, the buildings at that intersection — which haven’t functioned as dealerships in decades — have nonetheless aged to perfection under a common denominator: People (still) want to fill them […]

Price Point: $749,000 to $775,000

Bloomingdale: $774,900 Rowhouse: 1817 First St. NW This gutted D.C. rowhouse has all the classic attributes that buyers might expect from a brand-new home located in a turn-of-the-20th-century building. Spacious and well-lit with hardwood oak floors and granite countertops, the approximately 2,500-square-foot home has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms (one of each in the tiled […]