The Lindsay is a narrow, four-level charcoal brick rowhouse with white trim on a little one-way, tree-lined street in the heart of the District’s Dupont Circle. Workers as recently as last week were still inside trimming moldings and sanding rough spots on the freshly painted walls.
The house at 1817 Riggs Pl. NW was built in 1916 and for the past 30 years had one owner, who sold it to the developer, Lock 7 Development, for $1.1 million.
The building is named for the wives of Lock 7 Development principals David Gorman and Patrick Conway. Both women are named Lindsay, as is, coincidentally, the male real estate agent listing the property, Lindsay Reishman.
The former single-family building has been refurbished and redesigned into three contemporary condominium residences that are light and airy with a compact urban sensibility. Shortly after a May 18 open house, three contracts were signed.
“In this market, if a property is priced right and shows well, it will sell immediately,” Reishman said.
“This place is unique,” he added. “There aren’t a lot of boutique projects in Dupont Circle left, and the developer did a beautiful job.”
High-end features: Open layouts feature a shared kitchen, living and dining space so that you can chop vegetables on the white quartz countertop and converse with your guest on the couch.
Each kitchen has a large Kitchen Aid refrigerator, Thermador Professional four-burner stove, a large sink and maple cabinets. Porcelanosa tiles line the backsplash.
Bathrooms are fitted with Kohler and Speakman fixtures, glass shower doors, and stone and tile walls. Dark hardwood floors span the units; abundant moldings decorate the walls; and round medallions dot the ceilings, hinting at the building’s age.
“The developers wanted to give an actual sense that the building has been redone,” said Reishman. “A lot of condos start to look the same, so they did some unique things to stand out.”
Behind the walls, everything is new — electricity, pipes and mechanical systems. The Lindsay is an example of the kind of development that is attractive to Washingtonians, he said. “A lot of people gravitate toward renovated buildings where the exterior facade is old and in the interior everything is brand new. It’s a winning combination.”
Streets are lively: Flowers brighten miniature front yards. Sidewalks are wide enough for dogs, strollers and bicycles. Cars are parked bumper-to-bumper, and it’s hard to find a spot. The vibe is eclectic and alive.
On a recent visit, three women and a man were chatting and drinking iced tea around an outdoor table next door. Ryan Taggett, a young lawyer, lives around the corner and often visits his girlfriend at the rowhouse next door. “I love living here. I don’t own a car and can walk everywhere,” he said. “If I had a zillion dollars, I’d still live in this neighborhood.”
Young professionals are buying here and mixing it up with longtime locals who live in the Victorian-style townhouses across the neighborhood. Streets are alive on a Sunday morning with sandal-clad locals lugging fresh fruits and vegetables from the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, and Kramer Books-labeled white tote bags with summer reading materials and odds and ends from myriad boutiques.
Shopping and outdoor activities: Whole Foods Market is on P Street NW. The Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April to December. Boutique shops with fashion, interior design, gifts, jewelry, cosmetics, books and other sundries dot Connecticut Avenue NW. Restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and hotels abound.
Even in urban downtown, green space beckons. The Dupont Circle fountain and park are the city’s equivalent of Washington Square Park in New York’s Greenwich Village. A diverse collection of folk can often be seen lying on the grass in the circular park, lounging on benches or dipping feet into the pool at the fountain.
Half a block south of the circle is the beautiful, private and gated but free-and-open-to-the-public Christian Heurich Garden. Stead Park, Mitchell Park and Harrison Playground are small neighborhood parks within walking distance of the circle.
Living there: The Lindsay comprises three homes, all under contract. The 900-square-foot Unit 1, on the basement/garden level, was offered at $549,000. The 870-square-foot Unit 2, on the first level, was $649,000. And the 1,700-square-foot Unit 3, the penthouse on the second and third levels, was offered at $1.395 million. The penthouse has a parking space. One additional parking space is for sale for $45,000.
Schools: Ross and Garrison elementaries; Francis-Stevens Education Campus and Oyster-Adams Bilingual Schools (elementary and middle); School Without Walls and Cardozo senior high schools.
Transit: Dupont Circle is a focal point of several public transportation options: Dupont Circle Metro station on the Red Line; and Metro buses, Georgetown University shuttle, DC Circulator buses and express coaches to cities on the East Coast.
Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.
1817 Riggs Pl. NW, Washington.
The condominium units range from $549,000 to $1.395 million.
Builder: Lock 7 Development
Features: The units have open floor plans, luxury bathrooms and kitchens with high-end appliances. The units also have hardwood floors, Nest Learning Thermostat, Airphone intercom system and touch-screen alarm system. Each unit has a front door and back door.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2/2; 2/2; 3/3.
Square footage: 870 to 1,700
Homeowner association fees: $239
to $444.25 per month
Sales: Real estate agents Lindsay Reishman and Sean Aalai at 202-491-1275 or www. reishmanrealestate.com .