Developers in Washington need to make a decision with every new project: design multiple small homes to fill a building with as many residents as possible or create larger units with the space some buyers crave.
At Whitney Row, a new modern condo building in Park View near the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station, the principals at Lock 7 Development opted to create just nine units in the building, seven of which have two levels of living space.
The three small row houses located at 703, 705 and 707 Newton Place NW were beyond repair when David Gorman, founder and principal of Lock 7 Development, first saw them.
“Since we were able to buy all three homes at the same time, it gave us an opportunity to design an all-new building,” Gorman says. “We razed the homes and ended up with a nine-unit building that has three penthouses, each with two levels and a private roof deck.”
The modern exterior of the building is a mix of painted brick, stucco and wood punctuated with tall windows.
Gorman worked with interior designer Will McGovern, principal of Will McGovern Studios, to match the contemporary style exterior with sleek modern interior features.
“We wanted a very clean aesthetic, with lots of natural light and high ceilings,” Gorman says. “Will put in distressed oak floors, white quartz counters in the kitchens and sleek European-style cabinets.”
The residences have ample closet space, which is increased because the heating and air conditioning system has been installed in the ceiling of each unit rather than in a space that could be used for storage, says Anne Savage, a real estate agent with Washington Fine Properties.
Two-level living: Just three of the original nine units are still available, Savage says. The smallest residences in the building, each with just one bedroom and one bath, sold first.
“Will McGovern designed the interiors with three complimentary color palettes, a light one, a gray one and a dark one,” Savage says. “For example, the homes with the lightest cabinets have a dark gray floor.”
The remaining units for sale each have two bedrooms and two baths.
“Each home has one bathroom with tub and one with a glass-enclosed larger shower so the home will work for owners who have a baby,” Savage says.
A two-level on the first floor and ground floor, Unit 1 is the largest residence with 1,296 square feet and is priced at $599,900. This unit has a dark gray color scheme and a large open kitchen, living and dining area with a picture window facing Newton Place on the main level, along with a half bath, a coat closet and a full-size laundry room with a window, a bike rack and storage space. The lower level has a larger master bedroom with two large closets and a private full bath with a glass-enclosed shower. The second bedroom has a large closet and an adjacent full bath.
Unit 5, another two-level residence on the first floor and ground floor priced at $449,900, has 889 finished square feet. It has an open floor plan on the main level with a center island kitchen and a dining and living area. Downstairs are two bedrooms, each with a full bath, and a closet with a stacked washer and dryer.
The last remaining penthouse residence, Unit 8, has 1,170 finished square feet and is priced at $699,900. This dwelling has an open kitchen, dining area and living area on the main level along with closets, a full bath and a bedroom with a glass door to a private deck. Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet, a full bath and a private deck.
Whitney Row has five parking spaces in the back of the building. The spaces cost $35,000 each. The building also has secured access with video at the front and back entrances to the building.
What’s nearby: Whitney Row is in the Park View neighborhood just south of Petworth and close to Columbia Heights. Restaurants, cafes and bars nearby include Meridian Pint, DC Reynolds, the Looking Glass Lounge, the Colony Club and The Coupe.
For music, residents can head to the 9:30 Club for nightly concerts or to the U Street Music Hall, the Howard Theatre and the Lincoln Theatre. More restaurants and bars can be found in Columbia Heights, along with big box stores such as Target, Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The Washington Sports Club also has a Columbia Heights location and the Yoga Heights studio is one block from Whitney Row.
Schools: Raymond Education Campus, Roosevelt High School at MacFarland
Transit: The development is two blocks from the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station for Green and Yellow line service. It is in walking distance to a Capital Bikeshare station and numerous Metrobus routes, including 70, 63, 64 and H8.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
703 – 707 Newton Place NW, Washington
The three remaining condo units are priced from $449,900 to $699,900.
Builder: Lock 7 Development
Features: The units have five-inch wide oak plank flooring, recessed lighting, large picture windows from Pella, stainless steel appliances, white quartz counters and Porcelanosa backsplash.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2/2 or 3
Square footage: approximately 889 to 1,296
Condominium association fees: $180 to $234 per month
View models: Open by appointment
Contact: Washington Fine Properties real estate agents Nate Guggenheim at 202-333-5905 or Anne Savage at 202-342-0409, or go to http://whitneyrowcondos.com .