In the 15 years since Scott Zimmerman, president of Capital City Real Estate, started developing condominiums in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, he has watched it transform with dozens of new restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Capital City Real Estate recently completed construction on the Apex, a 20-unit condo building at 3035 15th St. NW, the company’s 20th development in that community.
“Every urban development has challenges because you have to design for an infill lot, meet community desires and follow zoning rules,” Zimmerman says. “The Apex sits on a pie-shaped lot tucked in between other buildings, so we needed to design units that would have plenty of light and air. We ended up with a variety of floor plans so buyers have a choice of the style they like.”
Ten of the units are still available. The one- and two-bedroom units are priced from $434,900 for the smallest one-bedroom, with 628 square feet, to $748,000 for the largest penthouse unit, with 1,178 square feet. Most of the units are priced in the mid-$600,000s.
“All of the two-bedroom units have at least 1,000 square feet, which is something that a lot of buyers ask for,” says Chris Blakemore, sales manager at the Apex.
Every unit has outdoor space, whether it is a patio, deck or balcony. In addition, residents can access a rooftop deck and a courtyard behind the building.
First-time and empty-nest buyers: Almost every residence at the Apex is different, including some with a long foyer entrance that makes the unit feel almost like a single-family house, others with an entrance directly into the open kitchen and living area and four two-level penthouses with 20-foot-high ceilings, spiral staircases, a loft and a private rooftop deck.
“We were able to be creative in this building because of the odd-shaped infill lot, and we wanted to offer buyers something unusual,” Zimmerman says. “These units are a little bigger than in some other buildings, and we’ve found a mix of buyers are purchasing here, from first-time buyers to empty-nesters.”
Blakemore says they are also seeing out-of-town buyers who are grandparents purchasing a place in the city to be closer to their grandkids.
Unit 201, a two-bedroom, two-bath residence priced at $659,900, has 1,066 square feet. This model has a long hallway entrance with a coat closet, a laundry closet and a full bathroom. The open kitchen, living area and dining area has a wall of windows and a private deck. A secondary bedroom is adjacent to the living area and has a wall of closets. The master bedroom has a wall of windows in the bedroom, a wall of closets and a private full bath with a glass-enclosed shower.
Blakemore says Capital City’s experience with buyers at other buildings led them to take sound-attenuation features in the windows, floors and walls.
Wall of closets: Unit 204, a two-bedroom, two-bath residence priced at $639,900, has 1,036 square feet. This unit opens directly into a large open kitchen and living and dining area with a balcony at the end of the room. Near the kitchen is a coat closet. The bedrooms are on either side of the living area. The master bedroom has a box bay window with a view of a mural painted on an adjacent building. The second bedroom has a two walls of windows and the second bathroom has a linen closet and a bathtub.
Unit 205, priced at $624,900, has 1,040 square feet. This unit has a long corridor lined with oversized windows on one side and closets on the other. The corridor opens into the living and dining area and kitchen, which have a wide wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. In this unit the bedrooms are at the back, each with a wall of closets. The master bedroom has a private full bath and a private balcony, while the second bedroom is adjacent to another full bathroom.
Penthouse Unit 401, priced at $749,000, has 1,178 square feet. This unit has a similar floor plan as Unit 201 except that it has 20-foot-high ceilings in the main living area and a dramatic metal spiral staircase leading to the upper level loft and private roof terrace.
What’s nearby: The Apex is on the western end of Columbia Heights within a short walk of the heart of Columbia Heights, which has the Metro station, big box stores such as Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond, a Giant grocery store and the Tivoli Theatre. Bars, coffee shops and restaurants are abundant in the neighborhood. Residents can also walk across 16th Street to reach Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant, two other vibrant neighborhoods with shops, restaurants, bars and music venues.
Schools: H.D. Cooke Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo High.
Transit: The Apex is one block from the Columbia Heights Metro station with Green and Yellow Line service and near numerous Metrobus and DC Circulator routes on 16th and other nearby streets.
3035 15th St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $434,900 to $749,000.
Features: The building includes an elevator to all four levels. Each home has an open floor plan with wide plank oak hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, transom windows above the bedroom doors, nine- and 10-foot high ceilings, a front-loading washer and dryer, closets with built-in Elfa organizing systems, a glass-enclosed shower and quartz counters in the bathroom and an open kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, white cabinets with under-cabinet lighting and a glass tile backsplash. Every home has a private outdoor space. Buyers can purchase one of the 10 parking spaces in the garage for $40,000.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2
Square footage: Approximately 628 to 1,178
Condo association fees: $262 to $408 per month
View models: Open by appointment and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: Chris Blakemore of Capital City Sales at 703-338-9014 or visit http://theapexcondos.com/.