Philip Simon and Lee Simon are brothers and co-owners of S2 Development, a small, local development company.
The Lucille, one of their new condominiums, went on the market last fall. Named for Philip Simon’s 2-year-old daughter, it’s at 13th and H streets NE, near the eastern end of the H Street corridor in the District.
The building has an imposing but not overwhelming presence. “We wanted to make a brand-new building look like it’s been there a long time. The red brick facade and black window frames have a classic look and the feel of an older structure that has lasted throughout time,” Philip Simon said.
When you step into the lobby, walk the short hallway to the elevator and ride upstairs to see the units, you know that you’ve entered urban-luxury territory.
Nine units, three penthouses: There are nine units — three per level — on the second, third and fourth floors. Prices range from $734,900 to $819,900. The top three units are penthouses. Street-level storefronts are for lease.
The entry, on the H Street side, leads into a small lobby decorated with three large abstract paintings on wallpaper that has dark blue spirals on a white background. “We tried to make it look like you’re walking into a hotel,” Simon said.
Anna Kahoe, co-owner of GoodWood, a home furnishings store on U Street NW, worked with the developer to design the interiors. “She was involved and made the final decisions on all of the finish selections,” Simon said.
In a Lucille kitchen, the stove is cobalt blue, cabinets and backsplash are glossy black, and faucets and hardware are shiny brass. A pot-filler faucet is mounted over the stove. “We really went crazy with the finishes, appliances and accessories,” Simon said. “The sink faucet cost $1,000.”
The kitchen has a pantry closet, and a nearby utility room has a stacked washer-dryer. The cabinetry is solid wood, custom designed and handmade. “You’ll never walk into someone’s house and see those cabinets,” Simon said.
Bathroom floors have tiles in a black basket-weave motif on a white background, and the walls are covered with three-by-six-inch white subway tile with black edging that complements the marble-topped black wood vanities. All the bathrooms have the same decor. “We don’t downplay the guest bathroom. We put the same effort into the master and second bathrooms,” Simon said. Built-in wall niches over the tub and inside the shower provide a place for shampoo, conditioner and soap.
Noise is usually a concern of prospective buyers poking around the city for a home. “We did a lot to counter that problem with sound-attenuation features between walls and between floors. When you walk into a unit it’s quiet,” Simon said.
Community roof deck: The interior staircase between floors is attractive, especially if you want exercise and don’t want to wait for the elevator. The cinder-block walls are embellished by horizontal lines of red brick, and the steps and landings are fully covered with the same red carpet as the hallways.
“When I get here in the mornings, I feel like the red carpet is rolled out for me,” said Caroline Lott, the sales associate with McWilliams Ballard, the company handling sales for the developer.
A community roof deck — built with a maintenance-free composite — offers views of the city, including the Washington Monument. An adjacent “green” area of the roof, with low-rise vegetation, should be lush in the summer. A gas grill has been installed, and it is expected that owners of the nine units will collectively buy such things as lawn furniture, Lott said.
Bicycle storage and equipment to change or inflate a tire are in the basement.
Three parking spaces are for sale, first come, first served. One, on site, is $40,000; two, off site and a block and a half away, are $30,000 each.
Shopping: The H Street corridor is home to shops, restaurants, bars, service businesses, galleries and entertainment venues. They include a Whole Foods Market, Capitol Tailors and Cleaners, the Daily Rider (a bike shop), Fare Well (a diner, bar and bakery), Atlas Performing Arts Center and Joy of Motion Dance Center. Solid State Books hosts a book club.
Schools: Miner Elementary, Eliot-Hine Middle, Eastern Senior High.
Transit: The H Street corridor is served by D.C. Streetcar and bus routes. Union Station, on the Red Line, is the closest Metro stop. Neighborhood parking is restricted to residents on one side of the surrounding residential streets and is metered on the other side. New York Avenue, Florida Avenue and Maryland Avenue are nearby traffic corridors.
1301 H St. NE, Washington
There are nine condominium units ranging from $734,900 to $819,900. Five have been sold.
Builder: S2 Development
Features: Ceiling height ranges from nine to 10 feet. Pella windows are double-hung (both sashes in the window frame move up and down). In the kitchen, the Viking stove hood vents to the outside; there is under-cabinet lighting, Baldwin solid brass cabinet hardware, a Newport brass faucet, marble counters and herringbone backsplash. The master bathroom has a shower and a tub. Condos have floor-to-ceiling and unit-to-unit sound proofing.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 or 3 / 2
Square-footage: 1,115 to 1,180
Condominium association fee: $153 a month
View models: Monday to Friday by appointment; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact: Caroline Lott at 202-350-2080 or http://www.1301h.com .