Kristen Wojcik, a musician who has been living in the Washington area for several years in one rental after another, recently decided that it was time for her to put down roots in the city and become a homeowner. She chose a one-bedroom unit at the McCoy, a new condo at 1516 K St. SE in the Hill East neighborhood.
“I started looking at places last November and had put a deposit down on a condo in Eckington,” says Wojcik. “It was nicely renovated and I liked the layout, but the area was a little like its own corner without a lot of places I could walk to. I found the McCoy almost by accident and switched to a unit there instead.”
The McCoy is one of several new condos already built or under construction within a two-block radius, says Trent Heminger, a real estate agent with Compass.
“It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s changing,” Heminger says, “so that helps keep it affordable.”
Andrew Rubin, principal of the Rubin Group, developer of the McCoy, says the McCoy was carefully designed to be affordable to entry-level buyers.
“We conceptualized this building to make sure the units cost the same or less than renting in the city,” says Rubin.
The one- and two-bedroom condos are priced from $324,900 to $434,900. Condo fees range from $262 to $279 per month.
Former church: The 14-unit McCoy was built on a site formerly owned by the Word of God Baptist Church. Rubin says the church leadership, including Pastor John McCoy, wanted to move to a new location to accommodate its growing congregation.
“After we signed a contract, they realized they didn’t know where they were going to move, so we reworked the deal so they wouldn’t have to move until they found a new church,” says Rubin. “I helped them find a beautiful Colonial revival-style church in University Park [in Prince George’s County, Md.] and represented them in the deal to buy it. So the church ended up with a great new building, cash from the sale of their previous one and some room to grow in their new location.”
Rubin says he spent about 1,000 hours on the transactions and decided to name the new condo the McCoy in honor of the pastor who had been with his church since 1977.
“Pastor McCoy joined us when we demolished a warehouse that had been used by the church and I was honored to be invited by him to speak at the dedication of their new church,” says Rubin.
Natural light, water views: Rubin’s concept for the McCoy was to build one- and two-bedroom units that are designed to maximize their square footage. All the units have 680 to 723 square feet, which means that the one-bedroom units feel relatively large for a city condo. The two-bedroom units have galley-style kitchens that increase efficiency in the open living, dining and kitchen area. The one-bedroom units have more space in the living areas and have center-island kitchens with a breakfast bar, open to the living and dining area.
“Building units with small square feet requires a lot of attention to the configuration of the rooms,” says Rubin. “You can’t have any wasted space. A poorly designed 1,000-square foot unit can feel smaller than a well-designed 700-square-foot unit.”
Five of the units are under contract. Some of the one-bedroom units include a den that can be used as a home office or guest space.
“The units at the front of the building have unobstructed views of the Anacostia River,” says Rubin.
Some of the units on one side of the building look onto a McDonald’s parking lot, with a small grassy area providing greenery in between the McCoy and the lot. Others have urban views of adjacent rooftops and buildings.
Wojcik purchased a one-bedroom unit with windows on two sides that frame wide views of the Anacostia River.
“I feel like I snagged the best unit in the building, especially because the open kitchen and living area has tons of natural light and water views,” she says.
Each unit has hardwood flooring, quartz kitchen counters, gas cooking with stainless-steel appliances, white-painted wood cabinets and a glass tile backsplash in the kitchen. The bedrooms have large closets, and each unit has stacked washers and dryers. Each unit has one bathroom with a floating vanity and white subway tile walls with charcoal-gray grout.
The building doesn’t have any parking spaces, but it does have a roof access shared by all residents.
“I like the idea of the roof [access] because it will be a nice communal space for socializing and getting to know my neighbors,” says Wojcik. “It has a gorgeous view of the Anacostia River, too.”
What’s nearby: Residents of the McCoy can walk to the Potomac Avenue Metro station, a Harris Teeter grocery store and restaurants, shops and bars at Barrack’s Row.
“One of the reasons I chose the McCoy is that it’s a short walk or bike ride to Eastern Market, Barrack’s Row and the Navy Yard,” says Wojcik.
Schools: Tyler Elementary, Jefferson Middle and Eastern High.
Transit: The McCoy is less than one-fourth mile from the Potomac Avenue Metro stop for Orange, Blue and Silver line service and a Capitol Bikeshare station. Numerous bus lines serve the neighborhood.
1516 K St. SE, Washington
The condos are priced from $324,900 to $434,900.
Builder: The Rubin Group
Features: Each unit has hardwood floors, an open floor plan, large windows, stainless- steel appliances with gas cooking, white-painted wood kitchen cabinets, a glass tile backsplash and Quartz counters. Condos also have an in-unit washer and dryer, solid wood interior doors and recessed lighting.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1
Square footage: Approximately 680 to 723.
Condo association fees: $262 to $279 per month.
View models: By appointment at email@example.com.
Contact: Trent Heminger at 202-210-6448 or D’Ann Lanning at 951-315-6534 of the Trent & Co. team of Compass or visit www.themccoydc.com .