D.C. Condo Developers Race to Get Out of the Ground

For the last 12 years, developers have been drawn to Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street corridor, which features many cutting-edge boutiques, restaurants, and theaters.

Many recent-vintage projects, such as 1401 designed by Bonstra Haresign, feature traditional massing with contemporary flourishes. Resales pricing held up well through the housing downturn.

Architect Bill Bonstra explains the design concept for Aston, a 31-unit condo building with prices starting in the 300s, low for this neighborhood. Penthouse units, though, will command more than $1 million. A decorative canopy will project over the sidewalk.

Crews and cranes are hard at work doing excavation and shoring work for UDR’s large 2400 14th Street project, a 255-unit apartment and mixed-use building. UDR, a public REIT, is the third owner in recent years of this property, the former home of the Nehemiah Shopping Center.

District Condos, with seven stories of new construction and the renovation of an historic building, will span nearly the entire block of 14th Street from Swann to S Street. A rooftop terrace will offer outdoor living rooms, an outdoor kitchen and bar, a fire pit, a water feature, and a sundeck.

JBG plans to deliver 125 condos on this spot next year.

Bikesharing is big around D.C.’s urban neighborhood. Bikes can be rented one place and dropped off another.

PN Hoffman plans to design 34 lofts at an average of 600 square feet in what used to be a telephone switching station. The building features 12- and 16-foot ceilings. Ground-floor retail is planned.

A rooftop provides an excellent vantage point to see the new condo buildings along Church Street, which runs perpendicular to 14th street. Most new buildings feature rooftop terraces with great views of low-slung Washington, D.C.

One of the biggest downtown developments, 14W is a 300,000-square-foot project that includes 231 rental apartments, a new 44,000 square foot YMCA, and more than 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A joint venture between Perseus Realty and Jefferson Apartment Group, the first apartments will deliver next summer.

PN Hoffman’s Union Square, developed in 2007, is a landmark along the 14th street corridor. The mixed-used project, which included the adaptation of former warehouse into lofts, won a grand award in our Builder’s Choice design competition.

View 14 is a luxury apartment building with views down 14th street. The building features a fitness center, onsite valet dry cleaning, 24 hour concierge service, and ZipCar sharing.

Commercial space may be the next new development along 14th, where most of the action in the last 10 years has been residential.

Contemporary structures attempt to blend in with traditional row houses along the side streets.

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