One of the hottest invites a couple of weeks ago was the opening-night reception at District, an upscale 125-unit apartment building at 14th and S streets NW near Logan Circle. The model home, decorated by renowned designers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, enticed some would-be residents, while others enjoyed the spectacular views from the penthouse suite and rooftop.

“District has a very cool vibe, especially on the roof deck, which has panoramic city views and an outdoor living area with a fountain, a bar, a fire pit and gas grills,” says Drew Wadsworth, District’s property manager. “The apartments have really unique details that separate us from other buildings, such as hardwood floors, custom millwork, built-in closet organizers, big terraces and balconies, and walls of windows.”

The first level of District’s seven stories features 18,000 square feet of retail space. Residents can head downstairs when they’re hungry and choose between Ted’s Bulletin, an offshoot of the popular Capitol Hill restaurant, and Doi Moi, which will feature Southeast Asian cuisine from the restaurateurs who developed Estadio and Proof.

About 55 percent of District is leased. Rents range from $2,050 for a studio to $4,634 for a two-bedroom home. The splashy two-story penthouse, which has two private outdoor terraces and a fireplace, rents for $10,000.

Building amenities include a fitness center, bike storage, underground parking, WiFi and a loungelike lobby with a fireplace.

Idyllic in Charles isfor sale for $1.8 million

A little more than an hour from downtown Washington lies a 27-acre property with 1,000 feet of shoreline and a sandy beach along the Wicomico River.

Although the Charles County property has been the site of hundreds of weddings over the years, Idyllic is a private home with sweeping views of the river and surrounding meadows. On the market for $1.8 million, it has been featured on Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage tours in 1989 and 1998.

The grounds have a historic tobacco barn and stripping shed from the era when the property was farmed as part of the Charleston Plantation. In addition, the property includes a lighted tennis court that doubles as a dance floor during weddings and other events; a gazebo that functions as a bar during events; and a riverfront cabana with a hot tub. The all-brick home includes a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

Homeowner Nancy Gasparovic, who has lived at Idyllic for 30 years, says she’s interested in finding the right people or organization who will appreciate the natural setting, shoreline, and the property’s array of animals and waterfowl. For more information, contact Gasparovic at

Beazer Homes buys Wincopia Farms

One of the largest land deals in Howard County took place this week when Beazer Homes finalized its purchase of the 127-acre Wincopia Farms.

According to Fraser Forbes Real Estate Services, which represented the seller, G&G Land, the property on Gorman Road in Laurel sold for $41 million and included a deferred compensation plan.

Plans for Wincopia Farms call for 171 single-family houses and 49 townhomes. Eighty-eight of the single-family houses will be “executive homes” with 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of living space, and 83 others will be newly designed models with more than 4,000 square feet.

The townhomes will have more than 2,000 square feet and two-car garages.

“The property has a really beautiful rolling terrain that backs to the Patuxent River, so many of the larger homes will be on lots that back to the river,” says Ed Gold, division president for Maryland and Delaware for Beazer Homes. “A lot of the homes will back to natural woods.”

Sales are expected to begin in January, with the first settlements taking place in the fall of 2014.

Landmark Mall to look more like its 1970s self

It’s back to the future for Landmark Mall in Alexandria.

In the mid-1960s, Landmark opened as the first mall in the area with an open-air design. In the 1990s, the shopping center was enclosed as part of an upgrade. Now it’s slated for transformation back into an open-air design.

The Howard Hughes Corp. was granted rezoning approval by the Alexandria City Council this month to create a mixed-used development including 285,000 square feet of retail space for shops and restaurants, an upscale movie theater and 400 apartments.

Landmark Mall will continue to be anchored by Sears and Macy’s. Howard Hughes owns the two-story central section of the mall, which will be demolished and replaced. The redeveloped area will have a traditional street grid, sidewalks, trees and open space. Construction is expected to begin next spring, with the first phase expected to open by the spring of 2016.

As part of the redevelopment, Howard Hughes will contribute $4.5 million to projects in Alexandria, including the Landmark Transit Center, pedestrian and bike paths, public art projects, “bus rapid transit” and pedestrian access improvements, the Landmark Mall flyover ramp and the city’s affordable housing fund.

Michele Lerner

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