Andrew Chappell, a federal government contractor, wanted to leave behind his commute from Woodbridge, Va., to Alexandria and to try city living for a change. He set out to buy something newly made in the District, and after he checked out Capitol Hill and Columbia Heights, his real estate agent showed him Stone Hill, a 36-unit condo building at 1345 K St. SE, scheduled to open in the early fall.
He found what he was looking for. “The location is great for me because it’s close to 395 so I can get to work in Alexandria,” Chappell said. “I wanted to find a nice building in that location so I could enjoy the city but also have an easy commute.”
The site, southeast of Capitol Hill, had been occupied by Mount Paran Baptist Church. The congregation, established in the District in 1917, bought the location on K Street in the late 1950s. The congregation moved to a larger location in suburban Clinton, Md., after selling the church and adjacent property to Pecar Properties, the company developing Stone Hill.
Gene Pecar, president of Pecar Properties, said the congregation’s original K Street church had been torn down and replaced in the 1980s. “We worked with the pastor over several years and lots of discussions to assemble the land for this project and for Stone Flats, our 10-unit condo next door, which has sold out,” Pecar said. “The sale of the church made it possible for the church to move to a much nicer facility with great space.”
Pecar said Stone Hill’s 36 units occupy a 41,000-square-foot building. “Our focus was to make homes for people, not a building jam-packed with cookie-cutter condos,” Pecar said. “It’s a good location because even though it’s less than two blocks from Pennsylvania Avenue, the street is really quiet and residential.”
The mid-rise building has five levels above ground and a terrace level with units that are partially below ground. Each of the two penthouses, on the fifth level above ground, has a private roof terrace.
“I wanted a classically modern building,” said Chappell, an aspiring architect. “My condo has about 750 square feet and is laid out really well for furniture and storage.”
The condo units have high-tech features such as a security system with video conferencing. There is an app that residents can use to let people into their units, and the doors have digital locks for keyless entry. The parking lot has charging stations for electric vehicles.
About half the units have private outdoor space, and every resident has access to a communal roof deck and to an enclosed courtyard in the middle of the building.
The units have hardwood flooring in a herringbone pattern, a glass backsplash in the kitchen, stainless-steel appliances, quartz kitchen counters, Italian tile floors in the bathrooms and recessed LED lights.
Mix of floor plans: Nearly half the units are sold, including many of the one-bedroom units, which have been bought by first-time home buyers. One-bedroom units of 600 to 710 square feet are priced from $399,000 to $499,000. One-bedroom units with a den, which have 965 square feet, are priced from $589,000 to $609,000. The two-bedroom units, which have 965 to 1,150 square feet, are priced from $609,000 to $725,000.
Pecar said the building is approved for financing through both the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, “which is important to me because I was in the Air Force for the past 17 years and continue to serve part-time.”
“Members of the military can get 100 percent financing for a condo here,” he said.
The model unit has two bedrooms and an open living and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows facing K Street. The kitchen has a large island and cabinets in a two-tone pattern, with white cabinets above and darker cabinets below. There is a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the living area. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower. The other has a pocket door to a bathroom that is also accessible from the living room. That bathroom has a tub with a shower.
The unit also has a stacked washer and dryer.
The two penthouse units each have 1,536 square feet, with private roof decks of 1,350 square feet. They are priced at $1.25 million each.
“The penthouses are unusual because they have almost as much space outdoors as inside,” Pecar said. “Their private roof decks have views of the Capitol building, the Library of Congress and the Washington Monument.”
Parking was also a priority for Chappell when he was home hunting. Stone Hill has 18 parking spaces, priced at $30,000 each. The building has storage units for sale at $3,000 for a smaller space and $6,000 for a larger space. The building has an automated package-concierge service and a room to store larger packages.
What’s nearby: Stone Hill is part of a fast-developing area southeast of Capitol Hill , which is close to Barracks Row and the Eastern Market for shops, restaurants and entertainment.
A Harris Teeter grocery store, a fitness center and a few restaurants are located within a few blocks, and residents can bike or walk to Capitol Hill. The Navy Yard, the Wharf and the Atlas District are easily accessible.
Schools: Assigned schools are Tyler Elementary, Jefferson Middle School Academy and Eastern High
Transit: Stone Hill is less than a mile from three Metro stations with Blue, Orange and Silver line service. The closest is Potomac Avenue. Numerous bus routes and Capital Bikeshare stations are available.
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1345 K St. SE, Washington
The condo units are priced from $399,000 to $1.25 million.
Builder: Pecar Properties and Marcus Asset Group
Features: The units have hickory herringbone floors and floor-to-ceiling windows; stainless-steel appliances, gas cooking, quartz counters and walnut cabinets in the kitchen; ceramic tile floors and frameless glass shower doors in the bathrooms; digital door locks, recessed lighting and a stacked washer-and-dryer with steam functions.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 3
Square-footage: 512 to 1,536
Condominium association fees: $184 to $587 a month
View models: Open by appointment
Contact: Alex Edwards with Urban Pace at 202-315-5435 or visit http://stonehilldc.com/