When Christopher Hanson and his fiance, John Stabile, started looking for their first home to buy, location was a top priority.
The couple, renting an apartment in the Northwest Washington neighborhood of Shaw, "both walk to work and wanted to be able to continue to walk after we moved," says Stabile. "We looked at two-bedroom resales and new construction in the Logan Circle and Shaw neighborhoods before we found 11Park."
11Park, 1628 11th St. NW, matches another of their priorities: They wanted to be in a boutique building where they could get to know their neighbors, rather than a large, impersonal building.
"We like the idea of being in a new building because everyone who moves in will be part of a newly invented community instead of a preexisting one," says Hanson.
Monument and cathedral views: Converted from a former office building, the 32 condos at 11Park include 24 flats and eight townhouses. The two-level townhouses are accessible only from an interior corridor, not the street. The original lower floors of the building were preserved. Three additional levels were added, along with an elevator and an underground garage.
Despite its relatively small size, the condo includes multiple amenities.
"We wanted to make this building stand out a little from others in the city, so we decided to include the kind of amenities that you usually see only in larger buildings," says George Chopivsky, managing principal of the Fortis Cos., the developer of 11Park. "The entire penthouse level is community space."
Residents have access to a roof terrace with a grill and seating, a clubroom with a bar and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. Views from the windows and terrace encompass the Washington Monument, Washington National Cathedral, nearby rooftops and a dog park across the street. Half of the roof will be planted as green space, with the seating areas on the east side of the roof on top of an ipe wood deck. The pet-friendly building has a dog-washing station. The garage also has a bike repair area and storage.
Chopivsky says he was drawn to the building because of its location.
"You can walk for five minutes and get to U Street or to Le Diplomate or to the 9:30 Club or to Logan Circle or the Whole Foods on P Street," he says. "At the same time, this is a residential street, so you don't get the noise from all the bars and restaurants."
Living there: Hanson and Stabile picked a top-floor corner unit because they like the views facing west and north through the floor-to-ceiling windows. They were looking for a place with plenty of natural light.
"Every unit has floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings," says Chopivsky. "We also decided to upgrade the level of finishes, so the kitchens and bathrooms have Bosch appliances and Waterworks fixtures, plus Caesarstone counters and full-height backsplashes."
Each unit has a coat closet and additional closets and niches. The bathrooms have tall medicine cabinets and shelves for linens.
The one-bedroom, 751-square foot Unit 402 is priced at $639,900, with a monthly condo fee of $287. This condo has an open floor plan with a kitchen, a niche for a dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a living area with a glass door to a balcony. The bedroom is in the interior of the unit and has a narrow window to bring in light from the living area, plus a sliding barn door with frosted glass. Adjacent to the kitchen are a pantry, a coat closet, a laundry closet and the full bathroom, which has a glass-enclosed shower with a bench, a floating vanity and an adjustable LED light above the sink and mirror.
The two-bedroom, 1,200-square foot Unit 409 is priced at $1,199,900, with a monthly condo fee of $458. This unit has an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the living and dining area, a large kitchen island with seating, and a balcony. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a combination tub and shower. The second bedroom has two closets and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower across the hall. The unit also has a coat closet and a laundry closet.
The two-level, two bedroom, 1,633-square-foot Unit 106 is priced at $1,339,900 with a monthly condo fee of $653. This condo has an open floor plan with a large peninsula in the kitchen, a coat closet and a powder room on the main level. A private terrace with planters for trees and shrubs extends from the living area. The lower level has a den with glass doors to a second terrace open to the terrace above. This level has two bedrooms, each with double closets. The master bathroom has a shower with a window, and the second bathroom has a combination tub and shower. A laundry closet is also on this level.
What's nearby: Residents can easily walk to restaurants, shops and nightlife on 14th Street NW, to a park across the street from the building, to nightlife on U Street, to the 9:30 Club and other venues in Shaw, and to Logan Circle. A few blocks to the west are Le Diplomate and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, and a few blocks to the south are El Sol, a well-reviewed Mexican taqueria; and numerous restaurants and galleries near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
"After looking for places to live between Seventh and 15th streets NW, we were both surprised to find this modern new construction in a historic part of the city," says Hanson. "We feel like we're at the crossroads of the city because we're in the middle of so many great neighborhoods."
Schools: Garrison Elementary, Cardozo Education Campus for Middle and High.
Transit: Residents can walk in less than 10 minutes to three Metro stations for Green and Yellow Line service: Shaw, U Street and Mount Vernon Square. The neighborhood is also served by numerous bus lines.
1628 11th St. NW, Washington
The flat condos are priced from $549,000, and the duplexes are priced from $1,314,900. Two of the flats are reserved as affordable housing units available through the D.C. government's inclusionary zoning lottery system.
Builder: Fortis Cos.
Features: Each unit has an open floor plan, high ceilings, wide-plank flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-size washer and dryer, imported European cabinets in a light or dark palette, Caesarstone counters, glass-enclosed showers and upgraded appliances. Some units have a balcony or terrace. Each of the duplex units includes two private terraces. The building has 20 garage parking spaces, priced at $40,000 to $50,000, accessed by an auto lift elevator from the alley behind the condo.
Bedrooms /bathrooms: 1 to 3 / 1 to 3
Square footage: Approximately 675 to 1,750
Condominium association fees: $249 to $458 for the flats and $638 to $702 for the townhouses per month
View models: Open daily by appointment
Contact: Timur Loynab of McWilliams Ballard at 571-215-6554 or visit liveat11park.com .