When developer Mehari Sequar acquired the parking lot and decrepit buildings that sat on the triangular lot at 14th and H streets NE in the District, he knew that building on the land would be a challenge. He was also inspired by the opportunity to create what he hoped would become a landmark condominium at a gateway intersection into the H Street corridor.
"We wanted to create something eye-catching and unique," says Sequar. "With the triangular lot, we knew we wouldn't be building condos with square rooms, so we took the opportunity to make every unit interesting."
Bound by 14th Street, H Street and Florida Avenue NE, the Constellation on H is a 28-unit condo building with a contemporary style and industrial accents.
"We decided we wanted the brickwork to be unusual, so we had bricks that look like reclaimed brick imported from California," says Sequar. "We used black metal trim around the doors and windows and black metal balconies for contrast with the bricks."
Astronomical appointments: Sequar opted for a $12,000 kitchen package for each unit that includes black-stainless-steel appliances, a black faucet, a white subway tile backsplash with bronze accents, white Shaker-style cabinets and Carrara marble counters.
Sequar, who was inspired by the adjacent starburst-patterned intersection to name the building the Constellation, says he doesn't want his building to be boring. The Constellation theme will continue inside, with a mosaic of constellations on the lobby level and each level featuring decorative accents tied to a specific constellation.
"This is an arts district, so I want our building to be a part of a neighborhood that's like the Brooklyn of D.C.," says Sequar.
Sequar is organizing a competition for a local artist to design a sculpture for the front of the building.
Building amenities include storage units and bike storage. Many of the units have views of the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.
Unusual floor plans: The Constellation on H offers a variety of floor plans at different price points, from $399,450 to $1.3 million. There are also two inclusionary zoning units available for buyers who earn 80 percent or less of the median family income, which is $110,300 for a family of four. Seven of the units are already under contract.
"We tried to have a good balance, with 12 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units, seven of which are penthouses," says Sequar.
The one-bedroom units have Juliet balconies in the living areas, while the two-bedroom units have balconies. The penthouse units have balconies, and three of them also have a private rooftop terrace.
Unit 207, a one-bedroom with 660 square feet, is priced at $399,450. This unit has floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the living area and two sides of the bedroom to bring in natural light and frame views of H Street. The open floor plan in the main living area includes a kitchen along one wall and a dining and living area with a Juliet balcony. Nearby are a full bathroom with tile flooring, subway tiles in the combination tub and shower and bronze faucets and fixtures, as well as a laundry closet and a coat closet.
Unit 201, a two-bedroom with 1,087 square feet, is priced at $699,450. This unit has an open living and dining area with an open kitchen and a center island with a waterfall side. The condo has two balconies, both accessible from the living area. The two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, have angled walls and two sides with floor-to-ceiling windows. A coat closet and a laundry closet are near the front door.
Unit 501, a penthouse duplex with 1,544 square feet, is priced at $1.049 million. This unit has an open living and dining area with a center island kitchen on the main level with double-height ceilings. Two balconies flank either side of the living area. This unit has a coat closet, a laundry closet and a powder room on the lower level, along with a full bathroom. Two bedrooms are on this level, including a sharply angled bedroom with a walk-in closet and two walls of windows, plus a second bedroom with windows on two sides. Upstairs are a private rooftop deck and a second balcony. The upper level also has a bedroom, a den or office, and a bathroom with a double-sink vanity and a shower.
What's nearby: The H Street corridor, also known as the Atlas District, has been attracting people for years to the dozens of interesting restaurants, bars, music venues and entertainment options. The Constellation on H sits within blocks of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Rock & Roll Hotel, the H Street Country Club, Toki Underground, Maketto and more. The H Street Festival, which features art exhibits, musical performances and multicultural events, takes place this year on Saturday.
"We don't need a lot of amenities in the building because the neighborhood has so much to offer," says Alex Edwards, a sales manager with Urban Pace.
The H Street neighborhood has a Walk Score of 95 out of 100, which means you can walk to almost anything. The community has a transit score of 82 out of 100 and a bike score of 91 out of 100 for its easy transportation options.
Schools: Miner Elementary, Eliot-Hine Middle and Eastern High.
Transit: This neighborhood is served by numerous bus lines. A DC Streetcar stop is across the street from the Constellation on H. A Capital Bikeshare location is nearby.
1402 H St. NE, Washington
The condos are priced from $399,450 to $1.3 million. Two inclusionary zoning units, which are two-bedroom units priced at $119,800 and $243,400, are available through the D.C. government program.
Builder: 14th and H LLC
Features: The units include nine-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, five-inch-wide plank-wood flooring, subway and mosaic tiles in the bathrooms, bronze fixtures and faucets in the bathrooms and kitchens, a washer and dryer, black-stainless-steel appliances, gas ranges, white Shaker cabinets, Carrara marble counters and a subway tile backsplash in the kitchens.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 to 3
Square footage: Approximately 660 to 1,774
Condominium association fees: $240 to $641 per month
View models: Open by appointment
Contact: Sales manager Alex Edwards with Urban Pace at 202-329-2247 or visit constellationonhdc.com .