The Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast Washington, roughly bordered by West Virginia Avenue NE, Mount Olivet Road NE, Bladensburg Road NE and Florida Avenue NE, lies adjacent to the hip H Street corridor and not far from Union Market, a destination for D.C. foodies.
The quiet neighborhood of rowhouses and single-family homes reminds Andrew Rubin, a principal with the Rubin Group, of Glover Park in Northwest, particularly because most of the solid brick homes have front porches.
The Rubin Group recently converted an end-unit rowhouse at 1123 Staples St. NE into a condominium with three distinctive homes. Two of the units are already under contract. The Rubin Group has converted dwellings in Dupont Circle and Petworth into condos and built additions to expand those buildings to create additional living space.
“This is our first project in Trinidad,” Rubin said. “We’re very interested in this neighborhood because it’s changing so rapidly along with the adjacent H Street corridor. The coming of the streetcar should make this neighborhood even more appealing and will make it more accessible to the Union Station Metro station, too.”
The first buyer at the Staples Street building plans to commute between home and a job at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., a journey that is expected to be simplified when the streetcar starts running.
“We were careful to make sure that the home continues to complement the neighborhood, so we restored the front porch and the awning above the porch and even added some decorative elements that match one of the homes across the street,” Rubin said.
The company restored the bay window along the side of the house and added a three-story box bay window. In the back is parking for three cars.
Ample storage: The conversion of this rowhouse resulted in three condos, each with 1,100 to 1,350 square feet and an individual layout. Two of the homes are two-level units, while the upper level is a one-level home with an expansive private roof deck.
All the units have two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an open floor plan in the living area, high ceilings and maximized lighting from windows. Designer Mimi Tygier, a principal with the Rubin Group, was careful to add storage space and closets in every possible place in each unit along with a closet with a full-size stacked washer and dryer.
While the units are relatively affordable at $459,900 to $569,900, the materials, fixtures and finishes are of high quality, with hardwood flooring throughout the living areas and bedrooms, marble flooring and counters in the bathrooms and “white fantasy” granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchens. Each kitchen has gas cooking, a gray glass backsplash and careful detailing such as soft-close drawers and a built-in double-trash receptacle for recycling.
Room-size walk-in closet: Unit 1, which is not yet under contract and is priced at $459,900, has an open living and dining room with an open kitchen at one end with a large island that includes space for informal dining as well as multiple storage drawers. Near the kitchen is a small powder room with a tiny sink tucked into the corner. This includes a miniature storage cabinet below the sink and a small mirrored cabinet above. This entire level has plenty of natural light from a bay window, a triple window along one wall and multiple tall windows facing the front porch.
An exposed brick wall against the staircase connects the two levels of this unit. The larger of its two bedrooms includes a step up to a room-size walk-in closet; the second bedroom has a double-door closet and extra storage under the staircase.
Unit 3, priced at $569,900 and one of the two units under contract, has an open kitchen, living and dining area with French doors and a transom window, four additional tall windows and two smaller windows near the kitchen. This unit has one bedroom with a double-door closet and a pocket door to the standard marble-finished bathroom. Guests also have access to this bathroom from the hall. The bathroom has a double-sink vanity and a glass-enclosed shower with seat. Across from this bathroom are a coat closet and a second closet for a washer and dryer. The second bedroom has two double-door closets and a bathroom with a combination tub and shower, and the standard marble floors and counters. Hardwood stairs lead from the living area to the large private roof deck, which has views of the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the D.C. skyline as well as the H Street corridor.
Walk to H Street: Residents can walk to shops, restaurants and nightlife on H Street, including the Joy of Motion dance studio, the H Street Country Club, the Atlas Room and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. A new Whole Foods grocery store is under construction nearby as part of a mixed-use development known as the Apollo; the Giant and Safeway grocery chains already operate stores on H Street, and convenience stores are also available on nearby Bladensburg Road.
Schools: Wheatley Education Campus and Browne Education Campus for elementary and middle school; Woodson, Eastern and Dunbar high schools.
Transit: The community is served by multiple Metro bus lines including the X1, X2, X3, X8 and X9, B2 and D3, D4 and D8. A planned streetcar stop is nearby on H Street NE.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
The condos range from $459,900 to $569,900.
Builder: The Rubin Group
Features: Each unit has an open floor plan with hardwood flooring, extensive closet space, recessed lighting, marble floors and counters in the bathrooms, and one parking space.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 /2 or 3
Square footage: 1,100 to 1,350
Condominium association fees: $204 to $255 per month
View models: By appointment.
Contact: Ellen Lima of Fairfax Realty at 240-426-3971 or 301-881-9800. An open house is scheduled for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.