correction: In an earlier version of the story, the developer was misidentified. It is Gallatin Development, not Yalcin Inc.
Heidi Challe was unloading boxes from the back of her car a couple of weeks ago. A brother, Mark, had set some furniture on the sidewalk outside the Gallatin, a condominium development in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington.
“I’m coming from a furnished rental by the Old Soldiers Home, only a mile away. I’m just starting to move in here,” Challe said.
She was parked at 5024 Ninth St., a renovated four-story brick building, painted gray, with white window frames and a small black awning shadowing the front entrance. Around the corner, at 906 Gallatin St., there is a matching building, and together, the two buildings make up the Gallatin.
Together, the two buildings, about a block from Georgia Avenue, have 30 condominium units, each of them a corner unit and each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Three floor plans — named for nearby streets, Gallatin, Kennedy and Georgia — offer open-concept living. Gallatin Development is the developer. Smith Schnider is handling marketing and sales.
Challe said she saw the Gallatin advertised in the Prince of Petworth blog, a local news site. “I liked that it’s a small condo building and brand-new,” she said. “Coming from a furnished apartment, this home with its built-ins is perfect. It was an easy sell for me. And I really wanted to buy a place that I felt confident would appreciate in value.”
The model unit’s living room has built-in media, shelving and cabinet space along one wall, with lots of room for displaying and storing books, CDs, DVDs, TV monitor and art objects. The bedrooms have built-in closets, drawers and shelves. “First-time buyers don’t need to buy much in the furnishings department,” said Jay Zelaska, sales manager for Smith Schnider.
Jonathan Taylor and his wife, Rebecca Rishty, expect to move in a couple of weeks. They saw the same ad Challe did.
“What struck both of us is the generous layout of the unit and the closets,” Taylor said. “We liked the open steel beams [painted black] in the living area. It almost seemed like a loft. We thought how reduced the space would be if those beams had been enclosed. We turned to each other and said, ‘Wow. There’s no reason not to put in an offer before the units are all gone.’ ”
Amenities: The property is attractively landscaped, with boxwood shrubs, a wide grass border and young cypress trees along a black wrought-iron fence. A courtyard, with a lounging couch and a couple of chairs, is set between the two buildings. The courtyard has a grill for shared use under a wooden pergola.
Nearby: The Brightwood neighborhood is to the north, and 16th Street Heights is to the west, across Georgia Avenue. The neighborhood includes ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar on Kennedy Street and Timber Pizza and the Himitsu restaurant on Upshur Street. Two farmers markets are within walking distance.
The Gallatin looks out over Larry’s Park, at Illinois Avenue and Ninth Street, one of the largest triangle parks in the city. The city has allocated $100,000 for the park’s restoration, said Jamie Barden, an advisory neighborhood commissioner. “I recently learned that a designer has been assigned to place five benches, a park sign and do landscaping,” Barden said. Ornamental and shade trees were planted there last year.
Barden lives with his wife, Elitza, 10-month-old daughter, Nina, and dog, Marko, at Seventh and Gallatin streets. He described the neighborhood, where Petworth shades into Brightwood and vice versa, as a friendly place to live. “You go out for two minutes to walk the dog and come back an hour later because you’ve run into so many people you know,” he said.
Schools: Truesdell Education Campus (prekindergarten through eighth grade), Theodore Roosevelt High.
Transit: The closest Metro station is Georgia Avenue-Petworth on the Yellow and Green lines. The Gallatin is near Sherman Circle and the Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue traffic corridors.
5024 Ninth St. NW and 906 Gallatin St. NW, Washington
There are 30 condominium apartments. Nine are sold. About 20 are still for sale at prices ranging from $460,000 to $499,000.
Builder: Gallatin Development.
Features: Every unit is a corner unit. Units have wood-like plank flooring. Kitchens are outfitted with Samsung stainless-steel appliances, a movable island with a Brazilian walnut surface, white Shaker-style cabinets, quartz counters and a two-in-one Samsung washer and drier. Built-in shelving and drawers are installed in bedrooms and the living room. The two bathrooms are marble-floored; one has a tub and the other a shower. Each unit is assigned one floor-to-ceiling, lower-level storage space, and there’s a bicycle storage shed behind the buildings.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 / 2
Square-footage: 880 to 1,130
Condominium association fee: $270 to $355 a month
View model: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekdays by appointment.
Contact: Jay Zelaska at 202-792-0070 or thegallatindc.com.