Gerard DiRuggiero, broker and managing member at UrbanLand Company, has sold hundreds of condominiums in the Eckington neighborhood of Northeast Washington during the past decade, so he knows what buyers are looking for and why they choose the community.
“A few years ago, a lot of buyers thought they wanted to buy a condo in the U Street corridor, and then they found themselves priced out so they ended up in Eckington,” DiRuggiero said. “They were surprised to find homes with a ‘wow factor’ that they could also afford. Now this neighborhood has come around more, and it’s easier for people to think about living here.”
One of the options for buyers in the area, the Randolph, at 1714 to 1716 Third St. NE, offers four two-level condominiums with expansive contemporary floorplans with approximately 1,750 square feet.
The neighborhood offers easy access to Metro stations and is within walking distance of Union Market and multiple restaurants and bars.
Sunlight-bathed loft: Each of the four units at the Randolph, a newly constructed brick building, has a two-story wall of windows in the front of the living area. The open floorplan features a sleek contemporary kitchen, a dining and living area and a dramatic open-riser staircase of industrial steel with reclaimed wood steps.
Dark hardwood floors throughout the living areas and bedrooms are complemented by the white kitchen, which has high-gloss white European-style cabinets, white quartz counters, stainless steel appliances with gas cooking and pendant lighting above the oversized island. The main level includes a large bedroom with two double-door closets and a hall bath with contemporary-style marble flooring and a marble tile tub and shower surround.
Upstairs is a loft wrapped in windows that can function as a reading area, a workspace or a sitting area for entertaining friends. Adjacent to the loft is a bedroom, den or study with glass doors. At the back of this level is the master suite, which has large windows, two large closets and glass doors to a balcony. The master bath features contemporary-style marble flooring and an oversized shower with marble tile walls and glass doors. This bath also has double sinks and a full-size washer and dryer in a closet. Nearby is a large linen closet.
The lower level units each have a private front patio and a private rear patio. The upper level units have a balcony off the first level bedroom and one off the master bedroom, as well as a skylight above the loft.
Restaurants are plentiful: Residents of the Randolph can walk to Union Market, the Big Bear Cafe, Boundary Stone D.C., Rustik Tavern, Aroi Thai Sushi Bar and Windows Cafe. Future eateries include Mexicana Restaurant, Firehouse Restaurant and the Pub and the People.
Restaurants and shops are also nearby in the adjacent neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and NoMa. SiriusXM Radio’s headquarters is in the area.
Schools: Langley Elementary School, McKinley Middle School, Cardozo Education Campus, Dunbar High School
Transit: Less than a half mile to NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station (formerly the New York Avenue station) on the Red Line and 0.62 miles to Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station on the Red Line. Multiple bus routes serve the area, including the P6 on the corner adjacent to the Randolph.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
1714 to 1716 Third St. NE., Washington
The four condos range in price from $549,650 to $579,299. Two parking spaces are available for purchase, each for $30,000.
Builder: Ken Birnbaum
Features: The two-level homes include a two-story wall of windows in the living room, hardwood flooring in all living areas, an industrial-steel open riser staircase with reclaimed wood stairs, marble floors and wall tiles in the baths, a washer and dryer in the master bath, and sleek white quartz counters, high gloss white European-style cabinets and an oversized island in the kitchen.
Square footage: About 1,750
Homeowner-association fees: $225 a month
View models: By appointment
Sales: Contact Gerard DiRuggiero, broker and managing member at UrbanLand Company, at 202-299-9223, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://therandolphdc.com .