A common complaint about some new condos being built in the District is their lack of closet space and, despite their open floor plans, a lack of living space, particularly given the high prices for the units.
The boutique condos in the seven-unit Columbia 13 building at 3556 13th St. NW, developed by Capital City Real Estate, are larger and offer more storage.
“The zoning for that location allowed us to design larger units, plus we know there’s demand for larger units and a limited number available,” says Scott Zimmerman, president of Capital City Real Estate. “We designed these units to feel more like a house than a condo, with high ceilings, big living spaces, big bedrooms and big closets, plus they are configured to have as much natural light as possible.”
There are just two units on each of the buildings’ upper three levels and one unit on the lower level. The units have 1,379 to 1,662 square feet, with high ceilings, open floor plans and oversize windows enhancing the space. Two of the seven units are sold, with the remaining units priced from $749,900 to $874,900. Five parking spaces are available for $30,000 each.
Formerly a house: While Columbia 13 is a modern-style building, it actually was converted from a single-family house that was on the property. Zimmerman says they kept some of the structural elements of the house, which also dictated the number of units and their shape.
“We often try to preserve a building’s facade, but in this case it wasn’t a historic structure, it was just basic wood siding,” Zimmerman says.
To address the storage issues, every unit at Columbia 13 has a large private storage room on the lower level of the building where you might expect to find additional units. Besides the private storage units, the lower level has a bike storage room.
All seven units at Columbia 13 have a balcony, a terrace or a private roof deck for outdoor access. All the units have coat closets with extra storage above and walk-in closets in both the master bedroom and the secondary bedroom.
Unit 3, the model, has 1,530 square feet and is priced at $764,900 with a $310 monthly condo fee. This unit has a large open great room with a wall of windows overlooking 13th Street, high ceilings and an open kitchen with a large center island and a pantry. Nearby are a closet with a washer and dryer and a mechanical closet. A pocket door can be used to close off the second bathroom and bedroom or left open so that guests can access the bathroom. This bedroom has a large walk-in closet.
At the back of this unit is a master bedroom with a large walk-in closet, glass doors to a private deck and an adjacent bathroom with a double-sink vanity and a glass-enclosed shower with a seat.
Views of Washington National Cathedral: Unit 7, a penthouse with 1,662 square feet, is priced at $874,900 with a $337 monthly condo fee. This unit has a similar floor plan to the model unit, with the addition of a second storage closet off the great room tucked under the stairs to the loft level. In addition to the deck off the master bedroom, this unit has a 132-square-foot loft adjacent to the roof deck. The loft has a window with a view of the Washington National Cathedral along with a sliding-glass door to the deck and could be used for a small home office, a sitting room or buyers can add a bar for entertaining. The roof terrace also has a view of the Cathedral.
What’s nearby: Columbia 13 is part of a residential section of Columbia Heights within a short walk of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and entertainment. The neighborhood has a Walk Score of 93 out of 100 and a Bike Score of 86, which means it is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-friendly areas of the city. The neighborhood borders Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Petworth.
Schools: Raymond Education Campus and Roosevelt High.
Transit: Columbia 13 is within a half-mile of the Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue Metro stations for Green and Yellow line service. Numerous bus routes also serve the neighborhood.
3566 13th St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $749,900 to $874,900.
Builder: Capital City Real Estate
Features: The units have hardwood flooring, 10- and 11-foot-high ceilings, quartz countertops, white Shaker-style cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and a custom-designed tile backsplash in the kitchen. They also have an oversized shower with a seat in the master bathroom, walk-in closets with additional storage above the closets and a balcony, terrace or roof deck for each unit. Five parking spaces are available for purchase at $30,000 each.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 / 2
Square footage: Approximately 1,379 to 1,662
Homeowner association fees: $279 to $355 per month
View models: By appointment and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Contact: Chris Blakemore of Capital City Sales at 703-338-9014 or columbia13condos.com .