The intersection of Ninth and U streets NW in the District’s Shaw neighborhood may be the epicenter of cool in the city.
Within blocks are countless clubs, music venues and bars from the hip Brixton to the beloved 9:30 Club and the Howard Theatre; restaurants for every palate; and retailers like Warby Parker. The arts scene in the area includes the Hamilton Gallery, the first project by PT2SO Investments, led by Paul So, a painter and physics professor who founded Hamiltonian Artists in 2007.
So’s latest venture in the area, ArtView at 1932 Ninth St. NW, is a mixed-use development with live-work studios for artists, a multidisciplinary project area for showcasing artists’ work and six condos designed by Inscape Studio.
“I gave the architects at Inscape a general framework of what I wanted in the building, but then I let them make all the artistic and aesthetic choices,” says So. “I think creative people like architects should be treated like artists.”
Four of the six condos have sold. The remaining two one- and two-bedroom units are priced from $769,900 to $1.1 million. The building also has retail space where a Sugar Shack doughnuts location will open this summer.
“D.C. always lacks enough good workspace and exhibition space for artists,” says So. “We can help finance that space for artists by developing the condos in the front of the building. In the back of the building, we have discounted live-work space that artists can rent for 60 percent of the market rate.”
Sustainable design: Despite the building’s connection with art, the first resident to move in, Feras Karadsheh, says he chose his unit because of the location and interesting architecture.
“I was living in a small one-bedroom condo in Chinatown and I wanted more space,” says Karadsheh. “I also like the idea that the finishes look different from most of the other condos in the city.”
Karadsheh purchased a one-bedroom and den unit with two bathrooms and 1,145 square feet.
ArtView is LEED Gold certified and includes a green roof, solar panels that generate electricity for the common areas and highly energy-efficient air-conditioning systems.
“The materials we chose were locally sourced and have the least possible chemical impact,” says So. “For instance, the flooring is made from recycled oak from local Virginia farms.”
So says the courtyard is made of permeable concrete so that rainwater and melted snow drain into the ground.
“We set up a rainwater collection and filtration system to provide nonpotable water for the building for things like flushing toilets,” says So.
Sleek and rustic: The condos have contemporary style architecture with high ceilings, sleek modern features and rustic touches in the hardwood flooring and oak spiral staircases. Two of the remaining units have private roof terraces. Unit 401, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with a den, has 1,145 square feet and is priced at $999,900 with a monthly condo fee of $340. This unit has an open floor plan with a living area, a dining area and a kitchen with access to a private terrace from the living area and the master bedroom.
The master suite, accessed through translucent doors, includes a dressing room with a laundry closet and a large bathroom with an oversize shower. This unit also has a full bathroom near the kitchen and a den with a closet and a spiral staircase to the upper level. The upper level has a small sitting area or office with glass doors that open onto a large private roof terrace with views of the city.
The largest unit, number 402, has 1,426 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This unit, priced at $1.1 million with a monthly condo fee of $445, has an open floor plan, a living and dining area and center-island kitchen.
The front of the unit has floor-to-ceiling windows facing Ninth Street. A spiral staircase links this level to the second level, which has a small office or sitting area lined with glass doors to a roof terrace with views of the Washington Monument and the city skyline. Near the front door is a coat closet, full bathroom and translucent doors that open onto a bedroom with a large closet.
The master bedroom, on the opposite side of the living area, has translucent doors and windows on two sides. Next to the bedroom is a dressing room, a closet with laundry equipment and a large bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower, a soaking tub and a double-sink vanity.
Unit 301, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a den, has 1,119 square feet and is priced at $769,900 with a monthly condo fee of $310. This unit has a similar layout to unit 401 but is on one level with a smaller balcony.
What’s nearby: Karadsheh says he picked ArtView in part because it sits in the midst of bars and clubs that he enjoys.
“Some people might think the location is too noisy or busy, but this is exactly what I love about it, being surrounded by city life,” he says.
The neighborhood surrounding ArtView includes numerous bars, restaurants and clubs. Residents can walk along U Street to 14th Street or to 11th Street for even more restaurants or see performances at the Lincoln Theater, the Howard Theatre, the Source Theater or the Studio Theater.
Schools: Garrison Elementary, Cardozo Education Campus
Transit: Residents can walk to both the Shaw and U Street Metro stations for Green and Yellow line service. The neighborhood is also served by the DC Circulator bus and several Metrobus routes.
1932 9th St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $769,900 to $1.1 million.
Builder: PT2SO Investments LLC
Features: Each unit has reclaimed wide-plank oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-size stacked washer and dryer, translucent pocket doors for the bedrooms and bathrooms. Bathrooms also have custom-designed vanities, frameless glass shower enclosures and contemporary style tiles. Each kitchen has upgraded stainless-steel appliances, including a gas stove and a microwave drawer, custom-designed cabinets, full-height subway tile backsplashes and an oversized Caesarstone island with a waterfall side. The building also has a private storage space for each unit and indoor bike racks.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 2
Square footage: Approximately 1,119 to 1,426
Condominium association fees: $310 to $445 per month
View models: Open Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Contact: Urban Pace sales representatives Jennifer Harper at 202-774-0101 or Gabrielle Equale Grante at 202-302-6754 or visit www.artviewdc.com.