Unlike new suburban neighborhoods, which often are transformed in great swathes over the course of a year or so as subdivisions are designed and built, urban redevelopment typically happens one building at a time.
In an unusual coincidence, four condominium buildings are complete or nearly complete around an alley in the Park View neighborhood in Northwest Washington, and they’re set to bring about 30 new residents to the community in the coming months.
“This happened completely organically, and each of the four developments has a different architect, but each took similar advantage of an extra deep lot to build a street front building connected to a building facing an alley with a courtyard in the middle,” says Eric Hirshfield, owner of Intown Development. “The designs with the courtyard allow for more windows and natural light into the homes.”
While the two condos at Hirshfield’s development at 511 Kenyon St. NW are under contract, six condos are under construction at 3222 Warder St. NW, two are built at 513 Kenyon St. NW, and six more are nearly complete at 526 Lamont St. NW. The Lamont Street residences are townhouse-style condos with four attached units facing the alley and two facing Lamont Street with an open courtyard in between.
“When we started researching the area, we realized that there isn’t a lot on the market that could work for a family or for people who want to buy a home and then rent out rooms to roommates to pay the mortgage,” says Jud Allen, founder of ExpressHomeBuyers and the developer of 526 Lamont St. NW “We deliberately designed two master bedrooms, each on a separate level, and made the other bedroom larger than most secondary bedrooms.”
Allen says the homes average 2,200 square feet, plus, each has a private roof deck. Priced in the upper $700,000s to the mid-$800,000s, he says buyers will find that resale competition in that price range has about 1,400 square feet.
Bigger closets, bigger baths: Allen says the residences are designed for the way people live today, so they include bigger closets, bigger bathrooms and more storage space than older city rowhouses.
“We opted to put all the space into the homes, so we don’t have any common-area spaces or community amenities other than reserved parking spaces in the alley,” Allen says.
Each parking space costs $20,000.
The model home, Unit No. 2, has 2,363 square feet and is priced at $824,900. The residence has four finished levels and a rooftop terrace.
“We designed the inside with more upscale finishes than we’ve used in some of our other developments and went with a transitional interior,” Allen says.
The main level has an open floor plan with the kitchen at one end that includes quartz counters, stainless-steel appliances, cabinetry with soft-close drawers and doors, and a breakfast bar. This level also has an open dining area and living area, two closets and a powder room.
The second and third level each has a master suite. The second level includes a bedroom, a walk-in closet and a luxurious tile bath with an oversize shower and a double-sink vanity. Nearby is a laundry room. The third level includes an open loft area for use as a home office, a sitting room or a family room. Nearby are a walk-in closet, a larger bedroom and a full bath with a combination tub and shower.
The top level of the residence has a door-to-the-roof terrace, which has a built-in wet bar. The views from the roof deck and from many of the rooms extend across the city and include the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The finished lower level includes a family room, a bedroom and a full bath with a combination tub and shower. Allen says the lower level, like the rest of the home, has nine-foot-high ceilings.
What’s nearby: The Park View neighborhood is between Petworth to the north and Columbia Heights to the west, each of which offers Metro access and plenty of bus service.
But residents may want to stay right in the neighborhood to explore restaurants, cafes and local yoga studios and fitness centers. Within Park View itself are the Colony Club, where locals can sip coffee or bourbon and enjoy table tennis and a patio; Fish in the Hood for seafood; the Woodlands Vegan Bistro; DC Reynolds for Southern-inspired food; and DC Born and Raised for local food.
Along 11th Street are more bars and restaurants, including The Coupe and Room 11; in Petworth are a farmers market, a library, and Petworth Citizen, a combination bar, cafe and bookstore with a reading room. Columbia Heights offers more restaurants, the Gala Hispanic Theatre and big-box retail stores such as Target; Best Buy; Bed, Bath & Beyond; and Marshalls.
Schools: Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View, Raymond Education Campus, Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland.
Transit: The neighborhood is about half a mile to the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station for Green and Yellow line service; it is less than one mile to the Columbia Heights Metro station for Green and Yellow line service. Numerous bus lines serve the community, including H1, H2, H3, H4 and 70.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
526 Lamont St. NW, Washington
The six condos are priced from the upper $700,000s to the mid-$800,000s.
Builder: Landmark Construction
Features: Each residence has four finished levels with an open floor plan on the main level and a bedroom and full bath on each of the other three levels. The units have nine-foot-high ceilings, wide-plank hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, walk-in closets, dual-sink vanities and oversize showers in the bathrooms and a washer and dryer. Each unit also has a private roof deck with a wet bar.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 / 4
Square footage: Approximately 2,200 square feet
Condominium association fees: Approximately $200 per month
View models: Open by appointment
Contact: Roger Cornell with McWilliams Ballard at 202-846-8014 or visit www.live526lamont.com .