Joe Devito was living in a condo in the District’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood, not thinking of moving, until he saw a rendering of the units in the new Lofts at 1111 W.
“My condo was fine but it was one-third of the size of the unit I own now. Now I have a multilevel unit with 21/2 floors,” says Devito, who recently moved into the Lofts at 1111 W. Also, his condo “was in a huge building with more than 100 units, and I like the idea of living in a boutique building where you can actually know your neighbors.”
There are 14 condos at the building on W St. NW, with just four remaining units available. The units range from 1,518 to 1,630 square feet, larger than many of the new units being built in the city. Two of the nine parking spaces are still available, priced at $35,000 each.
Peter Bonnell, a principal at Urban Investment Partners, the developer of the Lofts at 1111 W, opted to purchase one of the units.
“I was living in LeDroit Park, but I wanted more space. So when we started developing these, I realized that it was what I had been looking for,” Bonnell says. “The units serve a segment of people who want a larger unit because they are more affordable than a townhouse but bigger than a flat.”
Four of the units, all of them already sold, have a private balcony or patio. The building also has a patio that all residents can use.
Sleek features: The lobby features dramatic modern art, an industrial-looking mail area with lights encased in iron cages and an open wood staircase with an iron railing.
The most distinctive characteristic about each of the units is that they offer a true loft style with a completely open main level and a ladder that leads to an open loft with about 200 square feet. The black iron ladders in the lofts are matched with black iron stair rails and a minimalist kitchen with sleek cabinets. Each open living area includes a gas fireplace with a concrete surrounding. Light fixtures in the units and in the common areas are a mix of modern and industrial styles.
“The loft and the 18-foot-high ceilings particularly appealed to me,” says Bonnell, who plans to furnish his loft as a library with a reading chair.
Three of the remaining units, Nos. 1, 2 and 3, are all on the main level and are priced from $779,900 to $879,900. The fourth available unit, No. 14, is on the upper level and is priced from the mid-$900,000s.
Unit 1, priced at $879,900, has 1,630 square feet. This long and narrow end unit extends 45 feet from the front of the building to the back and is 13.5 feet wide. The living area at the front of the unit has a wall of windows facing W Street as well as side windows and a gas fireplace. This level also has a powder room and a coat closet near the kitchen, which has a wall of windows facing a parking area and a brick alley. A ladder leads from the kitchen to the loft, which has iron railings and overlooks the kitchen and living area. Downstairs are a closet with a stacked washer-and-dryer unit and two bedrooms. The front bedroom, with windows partially obstructed by a brick wall, has a full bathroom and a walk-in closet with extra storage under the stairs. The second bedroom has a walk-in closet and a full bathroom.
Units 2 and 3, each with 1,518 square feet, are priced at $779,900. These units have a powder room and a coat closet along with a fireplace and kitchen in the open floor plan, with a loft above the kitchen. The lower level has two bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and a full bathroom.
The 1,518-square-foot Unit 14 has a laundry closet and a powder room on the main level, along with a fireplace and a kitchen. The back of this unit has a wall of windows with rooftop views. The loft is above the kitchen, and the bedrooms in this unit are upstairs. A storage closet has been built at the top of the stairs to the bedrooms, each of which has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom.
What’s nearby: Residents can walk easily to numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife venues in several neighborhoods, including the U Street Corridor, 14th Street, Shaw, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights. The Howard Theatre, the Studio Theatre, the Source Theatre, the 9:30 Club and the Landmark movie theater at the Atlantic Plumbing building are all within walking distance.
“The best thing about this building is the location near 14th and U,” Devito says. “I can walk everywhere, and I only use my car once a month or so.”
Schools: Garrison Elementary School, Cardozo Education Campus.
Transit: Residents can walk a couple of blocks to the U Street Metro station for Green and Yellow line service. Numerous Metrobus routes serve the area, along with the Circulator bus. Capital Bikeshare stations are also nearby.
1111 W St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $779,900 to the mid-$900,000s.
Builder: Urban Investment Partners (UIP)
Features: Each two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit includes a den on a loft overlooking the living area, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, quartz counters, a subway-tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances including a gas range in the kitchen. There are Silestone countertops and tile flooring in the bathrooms, 18-foot ceilings and ceiling fans in the bedrooms, and a stacked washer and dryer.
Square footage: Approximately 1,518 to 1,630
Homeowner association fees: $264 per month
View models: Open by appointment.
Contact: Steve Swank at 202-841-7965 or Kate Hanley at 202-774-6022 at Urban Pace or visit 1111wstreet.com.