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A New Lease for Your Life

There’s a little something to fit every personality in the area’s new buildings

Good news for renters: There are thousands of new units on their way this year.

Developers and banks are sloughing off their recession-era mindset and realizing there’s money to be made in the booming D.C. rental market.

A wave of new buildings will begin opening this year — many part of mixed-use developments where rentals sit alongside stores, offices and condos — and each comes with its own personality.

So whether you want to live above artists’ lofts, a restaurant enclave or a Walmart, there’s a new building out there that can make it happen.

We’ve put together a selection of the rental projects slated for 2013 in some of the area’s up-and-coming neighborhoods.



825 and 875 10th St. NW;

Number of rental units: 458

Available: Fall

Types of units: Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units

Price range: $2,200 to $6,000 a month

Coolest feature: A lounge next to the pool deck can open up as the need arises — for nice weather, events or sudden screwball comedy shenanigans in which black-tie partygoers fall in the pool.

Neighborhood perks: This place is smack downtown, with access to Chinatown, Penn Quarter and all the great restaurants, museums and theaters contained therein. The CityCenter project also comprises its own little neighborhood, with the two rental buildings sitting alongside two high-end condo buildings and two office buildings. Shops and restaurants will fill the ground floors, and pedestrian walkways will run among all of them.

Who should live here: Those with a little disposable income: empty nesters looking for a swinging downtown pied-à-terre; trust-funded do-gooders with jobs on the Hill; two-career couples with no kids.


CityMarket at O

P Street NW between 7th and 9th streets NW;

Number of rental units: 400 market rate, 90 affordable senior housing

Available: October

Types of units: Studios, junior one-bedrooms, one- and two-bedrooms

Price range: Not yet available

Part of the solution: The $320 million mixed-use project is billed as the jewel in the crown of Shaw’s development. It was one of 14 projects nationwide that the White House fast-tracked in 2011 to spur economic development.

Living history: Developers completely rehabbed the historic O Street Market, where a giant Giant supermarket (75,000 square feet) will take up residence. So your new fish guy could be working on the former spot of an old-timey fishmonger’s stall. There’s a lot more retail space planned, including a large restaurant space, for which developers are courting a local chef. Oh, and 500 precious parking spots.

Who should live here: Maturing hipsters who can’t bear to leave Shaw but kind of want to live near a Giant.



77 H St. NW;

Number of rental units: 303 market rate and 26 affordable

Available: End of year

Price range: Not yet available

Most famous feature: The Big Thing about 77H is its location atop one of the District’s first Walmarts. The big-box behemoth has six stores planned for D.C., and this will be the closest to downtown. The store will include a full grocery section, in addition to the usual selection of tube socks and water guns. Bonus: Walmart greeter is now a realistic job option for retiring senators.

We should mention: It’s not just Walmart. There will be 10,000 square feet of additional retail.

Feature with most potential: 77H’s two-story fitness center and yoga room will be a sprawling 2,400 square feet.

It’s the little things: A monitor in the lobby will display the next times the trains and buses are arriving.

Who should live here: This one’s tricky. You have to be hip enough to move to NoMa but also unhip enough to live above a Walmart (not just ironically tumblr about it). It’s a real catch-22.


Monroe Street Market

701 Monroe St. NE, 202-652-4701;

Available: The first units are expected to open in June

Number of units: 562 (in three different buildings)

Types of units: Studios, one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms plus den, two-bedrooms

Price range: Prices will be available in March, when the leasing office opens

Brooklandia: Each of this mixed-use development’s three rental buildings is crazily hip in its own way: Brookland Works advertises concrete floors and exposed ceilings; Portland Flats is billed as a “one-of-a-kind flatiron building”; and Cornerstone has “warehouse inspired finishes and eclectic touches.”

Coolest feature: Playing up the area’s artsy reputation, the developers have plans for an arts plaza with 27 artist studios and space for open-air markets. Another building will have 3,000 square feet of space for art, events, performances and, one assumes, the filming of an IFC original series.

Who should live here: Not-so-starving artists looking for D.C.’s next up-and-coming neighborhood.


Sedona and Slate

1510 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington;

Number of rental units: 474

Types of units: Studios, one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms plus den, two-bedrooms

Price range: Studios start at $1,655, two-bedrooms at $2,475 a month

Available: Sedona will open in April; Slate will open this summer

Location, location, etc.: In Rosslyn, older houses have been giving way to too-tall-for-D.C. high-rises for years, and the trend continues with these new buildings, which bring more ground-level retail to the area.

Twins! Slate and Sedona are neighboring buildings run by the same company. The biggest difference between the two is that the former is decorated in a contemporary style, and the latter in what developers call a “transitional” style.

Going green: The development is on track to be the first LEED New Construction Gold registered residential building in Arlington County.

Who should live here: Virginians who want to be asclose to D.C. as possible without having to cross the Potomac.

Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.



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