Roof terraces dot the tops of many residential buildings in the District, in private homes, boutique condos and larger rental apartments, but these typically communal spaces lack privacy and do not always have amenities such as water, electricity or a gas line for grilling.
At the Morgan, Capital City Real Estate’s new Adams Morgan condo at 2337 Champlain St. NW, the roof has been transformed into seven private spaces for buyers, each with a cabana room and an open-air deck.
“This is the first time we’ve tried something like this, and as far as we know, this is unique to D.C.,” says Scott Zimmerman, president of Capital City Real Estate, the developer of the Morgan. “Each space has a room with about 100 to 300 square feet with a wet bar and a little kitchenette, heat and air conditioning, and glass doors to a private roof terrace. People can furnish the cabanas for entertaining or even a home office or just use it as indoor-outdoor space for relaxing.”
Most of the cabanas have sold for $35,000 to $50,000, but two are still available, says Chris Blakemore, sales manager at the Morgan. He says the roof terraces have electricity, built-in speakers and a gas line for buyers who want to install a gas grill. The cabanas have keyless entry systems.
The views from the terraces encompass the Washington Monument and the eclectic architectural styles of the residential and commercial buildings of Adams Morgan, Kalorama, Dupont Circle and Logan Circle.
Those views and those neighborhoods are part of what drew Don Mullikin to buy a two-bedroom unit at the Morgan.
“I grew up in this area and then moved back here in 2012 to run a school,” Mullikin says. “I’ve been renting in Bethesda and getting reoriented to the city. I like Adams Morgan because it’s got the right blend of activity and energy and yet it’s still comfortable to live there with grocery stores and conveniences around. It’s in the middle of so many great neighborhoods that I can walk to. It’s still a little gritty, too, not too fancy.”
Mullikin said he looked at modern condos, either newly built or almost new, because the home he still owns in California has a yard and he was ready for a completely different type of residence in Washington. His priority was to find a unit with an open floor plan and lots of light.
“One of the biggest challenges of designing a new infill building in an urban neighborhood like Adams Morgan is how to make sure all the units get natural light and air,” Zimmerman says. “We pulled the building away from the adjacent buildings so we could put in big windows in every unit.”
Dens and balconies: Twenty-two of the residences in the Morgan are still available, including a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, some with a den and some with balconies.
Unit 303, priced at $635,000 with a monthly condo fee of $339, has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of Adams Morgan and the Washington Monument. The open floor plan includes a living and dining area and a center-island kitchen with pale gray quartz counters, solid maple cabinets that have been painted white, a glass-tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances, including a five-burner gas stove. One bedroom is off the living area, along with a full bathroom accessible from the bedroom and the living area. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bathroom, as well as a private balcony. A closet with a stacked washer and dryer is in the foyer.
Unit 306, priced at $625,000 with a monthly condo fee of $312, has a long foyer entrance with a built-in shelf and cabinets. This unit has a balcony off the open living and dining area, two walls of windows, a walk-in closet and a private full bathroom in the master suite, and a smaller bedroom off the living room with a private entrance into the second full bathroom.
Unit 309, priced at $410,000 with a monthly condo fee of $190, is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence. This unit has an open floor plan and large windows that face an adjacent building. The bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the washer and dryer are in a closet in the foyer.
The building has an elevator and a secured entrance, but it does not have a front desk, to keep condo fees low, Blakemore says.
What’s nearby: Residents of the Morgan can walk to bars, music venues, art galleries, bookstores, vintage clothing shops and restaurants offering an eclectic mix of cuisines in Adams Morgan, Shaw, Kalorama, Dupont Circle and the U Street Corridor.
“We wanted to build in this location because of all that Adams Morgan has to offer but also because Champlain Street is relatively quiet even though it’s only a block off 18th Street,” Zimmerman says.
Schools: Marie Reed Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus and Cardozo Education Campus. Residents can also enter the lottery for charter schools and out-of-boundary schools.
Transit: Adams Morgan has a Walk Score of 98 out of 100, meaning residents can run errands and socialize without a car. Residents can walk approximately one mile to the Woodley Park, Dupont Circle or U Street Metro stations or access several Metrobus routes, the Circulator bus or Capital Bikeshare.
2337 Champlain St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from $400,000 to $635,000.
Builder: Capital City Real Estate
Features: The building includes an elevator to all four levels. Each unit has an open floor plan with wide-plank hardwood flooring; floor-to-ceiling windows; transom windows above the bedroom doors; nine-foot ceilings; a front-loading washer and dryer; closets with built-in Elfa organizing systems; a glass-enclosed shower and quartz counters in the bathroom; and an open kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, white cabinets and a glass tile backsplash. Some units include a balcony. Buyers can purchase a parking space in the garage or in an adjacent alley.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2
Square footage: Approximately 566 to 985
Condo association fees: $190 to $343 per month
View models: Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment
Contact: Chris Blakemore of Capital City Sales at 703-338-9014 or visit themorgancondos.com.