At the new Adams Terrace condominium in the Northwest Washington neighborhood of Cleveland Park, the past and future intersect.

Neighborhood residents vigorously defend the historical character of the community, to which President Grover Cleveland escaped from the White House during steamy days of July and August in the late 19th century. (Even today, during summer’s swelter, the shady streets of Cleveland Park, which took the president’s name, are usually 10 degrees cooler than downtown.)

At the same time, Adams Terrace has features that may be ahead of the curve. The three-story red-brick building, originally rental apartments, has been converted into 23 one- and two-bedroom units, and each unit comes with a patio that has a built-in grill and a small outdoor refrigerator. Residents also have a choice of cable companies, rather than having to settle for one that serves the entire building.

Several contracts on Adams Terrace units have been signed, though settlements have not taken place. They will begin shortly, followed immediately by move-ins.


Each unit’s kitchen is situated near the entry door and adjoins the dining and living areas in the open floor plan. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Leafy Porter Street: Cleveland Park has maximum walkability. Residents have a reputation for urban activism, and a newsy community e-mail group dishes on subjects ranging from home repair to dining to local gossip.

Location is “everything here and definitely a big attraction,” said Timur Loynab, vice president of McWilliams Ballard, the company selling the units. “You turn the corner and you’re literally steps from the Metro station.”

The Adams Terrace building sits on Porter Street, a traffic corridor notorious among local drivers for the speed camera that enforces the 25 mph limit. Like much of Cleveland Park, Porter Street is characterized by mature hardwood trees, including many oaks and tulip poplars.

Cleveland Park housing is a mix of single-family structures — many built between 1890 and 1930 — duplexes, triplexes, rental apartment buildings, co-ops and condos. Spacious front porches on homes set back from the sidewalk are common.

The Cleveland Park Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cleveland Park Historical Society, founded in 1985, diligently maintains the character and aesthetics of the historic district by upholding stringent guidelines for renovation and reconstruction. There are no pop-ups or McMansions in the Cleveland Park Historic District. Although the interior of Adams Terrace was completely redesigned, the exterior wasn’t altered.


Windows on three sides flood the living area with natural light in unit 306 at Adams Terrace. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Marble is standard: A standout feature at Adams Terrace is the patio with the gas grill and refrigerator. There is one for every unit. “From the cheapest one-bedroom to the most expensive two-bedroom, every unit comes with an outdoor area,” Loynab said. “We wanted to create an outdoor living room so that people could have a glass of wine there, cook and relax.” The patios, extending along one side of the building, are separated by wood fencing for privacy.

Each unit’s kitchen is situated near the entry door and adjoins the dining and living areas in the open floor plan. The kitchen appliances are arranged along one wall. A full-length backsplash and light-colored marble counters — accompanied by a first-year maintenance program — are standard. “We want to provide the training wheels and guidance for care” of the marble, Loynab said. LED lights are hidden under the cabinets and are easy to clean.

The bathroom floor and walls are marble, too. Rain showerheads are standard; hand-held showerheads are an option. All master bathrooms in second- and third-floor units have a window.

Bedrooms are carpeted, and living-space floors are hardwood. Windows are outfitted with custom shades. Bosch laundry appliances are hidden behind a closet door.

Units are wired for Comcast, RCN and Verizon FiOS for TV service. Two-bedroom units come with a parking space. Storage spaces on the first floor are available for purchase.


Every unit has an outdoor grill and refrigerator. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Foot trails and retail: Melvin C. Hazen Park, extending across Connecticut Avenue, has foot trails that dog walkers follow year-round and cross-country skiers glide along in winter. Melvin Hazen Community Garden is open to all neighborhood residents, but there is a one- to two-year waiting list to get a garden spot.

The community has a library, a post office and a recently refurbished firehouse with fire-engine-red doors. The nearly 80-year-old Uptown Theater has the largest movie screen in the District, measuring 32 by 70 feet, and still hosts red carpet VIP entrances on preview nights.

Retail establishments include Brookville Supermarket, Yes! Organic Market, Cleveland Park Liquor, Firehook Bakery, the Wake Up Little Suzie shop, Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond shop, Uptown Vision, and many eating establishments.


Restaurants along Connecticut Avenue are within walking distance of Adams Terrace. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Schools: John Eaton Elementary, Alice Deal Middle, Woodrow Wilson High.

Transit: Adams Terrace is in the heart of the Cleveland Park commercial district. Everything is within walking distance; it’s not necessary to own a car. Cleveland Park Metro station on the Red Line is around the corner. The Connecticut Avenue bus runs downtown; the Porter Street bus goes to Adams Morgan. A Capital Bikeshare station is on Connecticut Avenue by the library.

Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.

Adams Terrace

2926 Porter St. NW, Washington

The 23 one- and-two-bedroom condominium apartments range from $399,900 to $799,900.

Builder: Adams Investment Group

Features: All residents will have a private patio with a built-in grill and outdoor refrigerator. Second- and third-floor units come with a parking spot. Kitchens feature marble counters, under-cabinet LED lighting and KitchenAid appliances. Master bathrooms have rain showerheads, marble floors and walls. Smart Nest thermostats will connect to cellphones.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 2/1 to 2

Square footage: 650 to 1,070

Condo fee: $270 to $420 per month.

View models: By appointment.

Sales: Timur Loynab, 571-215-6554 or www.adamsinvestment.com .