When D.C. resident Andrew Kline decided he was ready to move away from his Mount Pleasant apartment and into a residence a little closer to his Foggy Bottom workplace, he looked at rental apartments and condos before deciding that a two-bedroom condo at Residence Panache in Adams Morgan in Northwest should be his next home.
“I jumped at the location, the quality of the construction and the price,” Kline says.
Residence Panache, a redevelopment of a former apartment building at 1829 California St. NW, is adjacent to Kalorama, within walking distance of countless restaurants, shops and bars as well as the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle Metro stations.
Developer Guy Prudhomme, founder of Columbia Property Capital, restored the exterior of the building and gutted the interior to replace all the electrical and plumbing systems and to reconfigure the units. The apartment building had been purchased by its tenants. When Prudhomme purchased the building from them, two tenants opted to buy condos there when the renovation is complete while other remaining tenants relocated.
“I decided to keep the building with 16 units, four per floor, but by narrowing the hallways and staircases and redesigning the units, we were able to make them larger when we rebuilt the interior,” Prudhomme says.
Private outdoor spaces: The apartments were all two-bedroom units with one bathroom and have now been reconfigured as two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with an open floor plan.
“The biggest challenge was working around some of the steel support structure,” Prudhomme says. “A couple of the homes have columns in the open kitchen because we couldn’t move the steel supports, and we decided to just make them look decorative instead.”
While the exterior of the building retains its original style, the interior has been modernized to reflect the tastes of today’s home buyers. Prudhomme says the interior design choices, such as modern kitchens with a gray and white color scheme and bathrooms with modern fixtures and glass-enclosed showers, were driven by the presumption that the buyers will be young professional couples or roommates.
The 863- to 996-square-foot units are priced from $569,000 to $739,000.
While not every unit includes private outdoor space, Kline says the deck off his residence persuaded him to buy it.
“While I wasn’t sure whether to rent or buy right now, I knew if I was going to buy I would want some private place to get outside,” Kline says. “I would have been willing to rent a one-bedroom but would only buy if I could get two bedrooms.”
In addition to the decks off the back units, the four penthouse-level units each have a private roof terrace that overlooks the city. The front two terraces have views of the Washington Monument, and many of the units have city views. Two of the lower-level units each have a private fenced back yard.
Lots of closet space: The units at Residence Panache each have a slightly different configuration since the building is a conversion from apartments. In spite of the fact that each has less than 1,000 square feet, the condos have ample closet space.
Unit 201, the smallest residence at 863 square feet, is priced at $599,000. This first-floor unit has three tall windows overlooking California Street. The kitchen is open to the living area, which also has a dining nook. The master bedroom has a private full bath and the second bedroom has a full bath accessible from the hall.
Unit 301, a rear residence with a balcony, has 953 square feet and is priced at $619,000. This unit has an open kitchen, living and dining area, and a bedroom off the living area with a private full bath. The master bedroom has a double-sink vanity and a glass-enclosed shower.
The building does not have shared amenities other than a side yard off the lower level where residents can store bikes if desired. This yard also has an entrance to the parking area behind the building. All parking spaces have been purchased.
What’s nearby: Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle have numerous restaurants, shops and bars within walking distance of Residence Panache. While Adams Morgan has long been known for its nightlife and music scene, new restaurants such as the Jack Rose Dining Saloon, along with old favorites such as Lauriol Plaza, also make it a popular destination. In addition, residents can walk to Meridian Hill Park, Kalorama Park, numerous smaller neighborhood parks and to the Marie Reed Recreation Center, which has a swimming pool and tennis courts.
Schools: Oyster-Adams Bilingual for elementary and middle school; Wilson High.
Transit: Residence Panache has a Walk Score of 97 out of 100, which means the location has excellent transportation options, including walkability and access to numerous bus lines, bike routes and bike-sharing stations. Two Metro stations, Dupont Circle and Woodley Park, both with Red Line service, are within walking distance.
1829 California St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $569,000 to $739,000.
Builder: Columbia Property Capital
Features: Each two-bedroom, two-bath unit has an open floor plan, engineered wood flooring, stainless-steel appliances, a tile backsplash, recessed lighting, high ceilings, an integrated sound system, a washer and dryer, and a glass-enclosed shower and bathtub.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 / 2
Square footage: Approximately 863 to 996
Condominium association fees: $260 per month
View models: Open by appointment
Contact: Redfin agent Kasra Divband at 301-310-6626 or visit www.redfin.com/panache.