On the Market: Sophistication and serenity find a home in new West End condos

By Susan Bodiker

 

Unit 210 of 2501 M St. NW has a view of Francis Field and Rock Creek Park. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

There’s a sense of opening-night excitement as you enter the grand lobby of 2501 M St. NW. Backstage, construction continues at an intense pace, but the front of the house all is serenity and sophistication. Lofty ceilings; walls of light; rich furnishings clad in velvet, wood or marble; and soothing shades of taupe, gray and muted saffron all set the stage for what promises to be an elegant living experience.

In its previous life, the Residences on M Street was a 1980s-era mixed-use building, with condominiums on the top three floors and commercial space on the bottom five. D.C. developer PRP Real Estate Investment Management teamed up with CORE Architecture and Design to reimagine the office floors, converting them into 59 sumptuous condos with every detail curated for maximum luxury and visual appeal. They also gave the exterior a dramatic facelift and silhouette, bumping out the walls to create more expansive living space in each unit and to bring in more light through floor-to-ceiling windows and sizable balconies.

The renovated lobby of 2501 M St. NW was designed by HapstakDemetriou+. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

Currently, there are 13 condos still on offer. They range from a one-bedroom, two-bath and den unit with 1,020 square feet ($796,000 with $635 per month condo fees) to a two-bedroom, three-bath unit with a den and 2,325 square feet, which runs $2,456,000 with $1,446 in monthly fees.

The building’s stunning new lobby was designed by HapstakDemetriou+, which also styled the first-floor rooms. The entry flows into a vast entertaining space encompassing a clubroom and bar, private dining/meeting room, catering kitchen and quiet lounge. There is also a fully equipped fitness center and yoga/Pilates studio where everything is illuminated by the bumped-out windows.

On the other side of the concierge desk is a nondescript door leading to Nobu, the celebrated restaurant known for its “genre-defining” cuisine and devoted foodie following. If you’re so inclined, it will even deliver your “takeout” order to the front desk.

The new condos, including Unit 210, boast high-end kitchens. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

Other building amenities include 24-hour staffed services, valet parking and a landscaped rooftop terrace with space for grilling and outdoor entertaining. Parking spaces and storage units are also available. And, yes, 2501 M welcomes pets.

The model units were designed and furnished by Sharon Dougherty Trifilo Interiors, and each has its own distinctive style. However, all the apartments feature the same sleek, high-end finishes and design elements, including Stile Italian wide-plank white oak flooring; halo lighting set in coffered ceilings; wall-to-wall windows seemingly inspired by Mondrian, with geometrically placed glass panes and mullions; gourmet kitchens with artisanal solid wood cabinetry, quartz countertops and top-of-the-line appliances; and spa-like bathrooms, with flatteringly placed lighting, Porcelanosa and Daltile tile, and contemporary fixtures from Hansgrohe, Toto, Duravit and Kohler. Depending on the location, the apartments have either an urban view (M Street) or a more pastoral one (Francis Field and Rock Creek Park beyond).

The new units, converted from former office space, feature large windows. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

Unit 204 is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit offering approximately 1,200 square feet of living space. It is listed for $1,226,000 with a monthly condo fee of $797.

To the left as you enter the foyer is a den/second bedroom with a glass wall. To the right is a full guest bath with travertine tile flooring, Duravit pedestal sink and subway tile backsplash.

The gallery hallway continues past the laundry room with its Electrolux washer/dryer to the open-design kitchen seasoned with extensive cabinets (Cuisine Idéale) and a large island with a white Caesarstone quartz waterfall counter. Pale blue frosted tile backsplash adds a subtle pop of color. Appliances, mostly integrated, include a Bosch gas cooktop, oven, microwave and dishwasher and Thermador refrigerator and freezer. (Larger units also have a GE Monogram under-counter wine fridge.)

Looking out over the island is the living room and dining area with walls of glass that are soundproofed, insulated (for energy efficiency) and accessorized with customized solar shades.

The master bathroom in Unit 204 includes a 7-foot-long floating vanity. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

Opposite the living room is the master suite. The bedroom, which could easily accommodate a king bed, opens onto a large balcony and features two spacious closets (one walk-in with a pocket door that reveals all your clothes in one glance). The en-suite bath includes a 7-foot two-sink floating white lacquer vanity; frameless glass shower with bench; and unique horizontal linear drain, built-in linen closet/medicine cabinet and compartmentalized water closet.

We also visited Unit 202 (units on this tier are approximately 1,920 square feet, ranging in price by floor from $2.9 million to $3.1 million, with $1,194 to $1,207 monthly condo fee) and Unit 210 (approximately 2,100 square feet, $2.9 million, $1,295 monthly condo fee). Like the two-bedroom Unit 204, they are exceptionally luxurious, open and thoughtfully designed to meet every taste and need.

Units either look out onto bustling M Street, such as Unit 204, or onto parkland. (photo courtesy of HouseLens)

The building is not quite “move-in ready.” While the amenities are complete, the apartments and corridors are still being readied for prime time. Completion is expected by late November.

The Residences on M Street is a LEED-certified building with energy-efficient features such as a green roof, smart VRF (variant refrigerant flow) HVAC systems and Nest thermostats.

Located in the heart of the vibrant West End, 2501 M St. NW is literally steps away from the retail, restaurant and cultural attractions of Georgetown and Dupont Circle. It adjoins the athletic facilities, public pool and dog park at Francis Field and is within a block of Trader Joe’s.

The new condominium units at 2501 M St. NW are listed with The Mayhood Co. at 202-293-2501 or sales@2501m.com. For a virtual tour, visit 2501m.com.

Look Inside the Condos Above DC’s First Nobu

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Look Inside the Condos Above DCs First Nobu

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The building at 25th and M streets, Northwest in the West End isn’t exactly new. It was built in 1980 as offices, with three floors of condos on top. But it looks a whole lot different now, thanks to an overhaul by CORE Architects and developer PRP Real Estate Investment Management. They’ve converted the old office space into new luxury condos, with DC’s first Nobu destined to take over 13,400 square feet of the ground floor. The existing, top three levels of condos were left intact during the massive renovation, with their owners remaining in place throughout the construction. Though the interiors of those units were not touched, their exteriors are undergoing a facelift to match the rest of the building.

Nobu—the celebrity-magnet Japanese restaurant in New York, LA, Miami, and 20-some other spots around the world—is slated to open in September, says PRP’s president Paul Dougherty. We got a sneak peek of the restaurant space during a recent tour of the building, and it was still very much a construction zone. When it’s done, Dougherty says he believes it will be the most expensive restaurant ever built in DC, coming in at $10 million.

Living upstairs doesn’t come cheap, either.  The 59 new condos should finish in October. They range from the $900,000s to $3.1 million. The most expensive of the 13 units that have already sold went for $3 million, at $1,464 a square foot. That’s more than double the median price-per-square foot in the West End of $725. Dougherty says the building is so far attracting down-sizers from the suburbs, single professionals, international buyers, and even some grad students (presumably with very generous families).

Though most of the building is still under construction, a couple of model units are done. Here’s a look inside.

The living room of a 1,284-square-foot, two-bedroom condo facing M St., NW.
The unit’s second bedroom, staged as a den.
Kitchen and dining area.
Master bedroom.
Master bathroom.
The unit’s private balcony.
Inside a larger unit—this one is a 2,080-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
Dining room.
A partially enclosed den sits off the dining room.
Kitchens include Caesarstone countertops and Bosch appliances.
Master bedroom.
Master bathroom.
Second bedroom.
Guest bath.

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2501 M Street, West End’s Newest Luxury Condos, Selling Fast

  • August 3, 2017

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Light pours into every residence, thanks to dramatic panels of glass.

Just three months after opening, 2501 M Street has sold thirty percent of its stunning condominium homes, which will be ready for move-in this fall. Located in DC’s beautiful and tranquil West End, the fast sales pace is not surprising as 2501 M is a designer’s dream.

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Washington will finally have its own Nobu DC restaurant, located on the first floor of 2501 M.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and brilliant natural light, the condominiums at 2501 M—which range from 1,020 to 2,200 square feet—are impressive. Each residence features sleek cabinetry, the highest-quality stone, customized lighting and white oak flooring, plus generous balconies and oversized private terraces. Style-savvy residents will appreciate the dramatic 18-foot-high lobby and the thoughtful selections of furnishings, fabrics and lighting throughout the entire building.

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The spectacular lobby makes an elegant first impression.

2501 M offers floorplans that include one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den options, and interested buyers can currently tour two beautifully furnished model residences. The building’s ground-level amenities, which include a lobby with a 24-hour front desk, residents’ clubroom, private dining room with catering kitchen, and state-of-the-art fitness center, are set to be complete in September. 

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Residents can connect with friends or host a private party in the richly appointed lounge.

Other luxury amenities include valet service, a landscaped rooftop terrace and yoga studio. Also in September, the world-famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa premieres his newest Nobu restaurant, Nobu DC, on the first floor at 2501 M.

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Clean lines and the highest quality finishes reflect each home’s modern design sensibility.

The building’s ideal location makes it just a short walk from historic Georgetown and beautiful Rock Creek Park. Residents will appreciate the easy access to the Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market, Francis Dog Park and some of Washington’s best restaurants and shopping.

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Elegant wide-plank oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows complement the open design.

Prices at 2501 M start at $800,000 with sales and marketing by the Mayhood Company. For more information and to make an appointment to view the model residences, call the on-site office at 202-293-2501 that is open daily from 11am to 5pm.

 

 

 

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