Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Connecticut condominiums

The Connecticut, 3883 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington DC
This 158-unit, 9-story condominium was slipped into the backyard of an apartment building just off Connecticut Avenue, sitting on the edge of Rock Creek Park, offering bucolic views from the rear. The Connecticut is only 3 blocks to Van Ness and Cleveland Park Metro stations, within short range of diverse retail. Layouts and finishes were very standard for its era of development, but the lobby was sufficiently redesigned to make it modern and attractive, and the building does offer a small rooftop deck with pool, fitness center, business center, and 3-level underground garage. Built in 2003 by Clark Realty Capital as a rental building, the brick and zinc-paneled building was designed by Weihe Design Group (now WDG Architecture), using New York based ShoP Architects for the "minimalist" interior design, and built by Clark Construction. The Connecticut was partially rented, but the condo conversion numbers were too good to pass up, and the project was purchased and rebranded by Monument Realty, interior renovation by Coakley & Williams Construction. Individual condos were sold as tenants vacated beginning in early 2005. The Connecticut condos sold out in Spring, 2006.

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