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Town Square | New luxury high-rise coming to Crystal City

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Real estate development company Kettler is starting construction on m.flats Crystal City, a LEED Silver-designed 11-story luxury high rise one block from the Crystal City Metro station.

The building is anticipated to be complete in October 2016. The 198-unit building will be marketed to single renters, young professionals and couples looking for a smaller yet luxurious apartment.

The apartments will mostly be one- and two-bedroom units with oak flooring, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Building amenities will include a two-level clubhouse on the upper two floors with multiple outdoor seating and dining areas, outdoor kitchens with grills, a fireplace and a sundeck next to a swimming pool.

Other amenities include underground garage parking, a lounge with a game area, a fitness center, a bike room and a landscaped all-season courtyard. Rents have yet to be determined.

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Construction starts on low-income housing in Southeast

Transitional Housing Corporation recently broke ground on the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Commons, a project that will transform three blighted buildings in Southeast Washington into affordable apartments for low- and moderate-income families.

When completed by mid-2015, the buildings at 5010 Southern Ave. SE will provide apartments for 36 families including 12 formerly homeless families at below-market rents.

Employment services and other support for youth and families will also be provided on site. One-third of the units will be reserved for families with more intensive needs.

The Weinberg Commons are the first “passive house” apartment project in the city, which means the buildings will receive an energy retrofit that includes super-insulation, an airtight building shell and balanced energy recovery ventilation that provides extreme energy-efficiency to reduce utility bills by as much as 90 percent for residents and protect the environment.

Transitional Housing Corporation is a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to more than 500 homeless and at-risk families in Washington.

New life for foreclosed apartment building near 14th Street

Urban Investment Partners (UIP) recently completed renovations of an apartment building at 1430 W St. NW, on a quiet side street within a block of the multiple restaurants and entertainment venues along 14th Street.

UIP acquired the building, formerly known as the Madeira, in a 2010 foreclosure auction and has spend $3.8 million on a complete renovation that added new apartments including seven terrace-level units.

The building’s façade was restored, while all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, the roof and windows were replaced. Two stairwells and sprinkler systems were added while the lobby and hallways were modernized.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, which rent from $1,600 and up, include hardwood floors, controlled access, digital thermostats and smoke detectors, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, tile bathrooms, gas ranges and a washer and dryer in each home.

The apartments have USB charging outlets for modern technology. Sixteen of the apartments have balconies, some with a view of the Washington Monument.

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Want to live near Metro? It will cost you.

RadPad, a mobile rental marketplace, reviewed current listed rentals around the 40 most popular Metro stations for renters to look at which ones are the most costly and where you may find a bargain. Not surprisingly, the most costly rentals are found near Metro stations in the city.

The average rent for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment near Foggy Bottom topped the list at $2,723 in September, followed by $2,443 at Dupont Circle and $2,402 at Mount Vernon Square. The NoMa station, which has lots of new luxury buildings nearby, is also near the top of the list, but RadPad found that switching to an older building near the Brookland station could save as much as $700 per month compared to living near NoMa.

Rents were lower near Congress Heights ($1,041) and Fort Totten ($1,543), neighborhoods that are a little farther from downtown.

For an infographic on rents and Metro stations, click here.

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