City Center: A Photo Tour


City Center is getting super close to delivery! I took a walking tour of the site yesterday and am amazed at how they’ve transformed what was once a giant, nonsensical parking space in the middle of the city. A mix of residences, retail, and office space, the complex is the height of luxury. High-tech touches like the interactive touchscreen directories and the large, ever-changing digital art archway bring the complex into the 21st century.

The office space will be occupied by Covington & Burling (one of the area’s largest corporate law firms) and the American Hospital Association’s lobbying arm. Retailers will all be on the higher end, and will include names like Kate Spade and Hugo Boss. Expect a number of great dining options as well, like Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro and Magnolia Bakery veteran Meredith Tomason’s RareSweets bakeshop. Residences are mixed between rentals and condos, and there are still about 30% of the condos available for sale. Want to learn more? Email me!

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Water features and dancing fountains spring from the ground in the complex’s central plaza area, which will be surrounded by patio seating for the restaurants.



Interior shots of one of the restaurant spaces. The wall of windows opens up accordion-style when weather permits, and the high ceilings and huge picture windows flood the place with light.

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This two-story black archway is actually a giant digital screen that will be constantly streaming “digital art installations.” No advertising allowed. The goal is for this to be the iconic spot in the complex – this is where you’ll want to take that group photo so everyone will know you’ve been to City Center DC.


Petworth’s Big Summer Opening


Courtesy of Duball LLC

Curious about the construction happening in Petworth? Here’s a rendering of the forthcoming mixed-use development just one block north of the Petworth Metro. The upper floors will house a 218-apartment complex from Bozzuto, which will include a concierge, gym, and rooftop terrace. Apartments come in studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom.

The ground-level retail will be anchored by a newly renovated, 64,000-square-foot Safeway. Yup, 64,000. The Petworth Safeway closed up shop in fall of 2012 so that construction could commence; the entire development is slated to open early this summer.

Find out more at the Bozzuto site for The Swift. 

Needless to say, this development will definitely help speed this neighborhood along its upward climb. Click here to see listings in the the Petworth area, or shoot me an email if you want to learn more about the area and what it has to offer to homeowners!

City Center’s Affordable Housing

City Center Affordable

The gargantuan CityCenterDC development that has replaced the inexplicable gigantic parking lot that  for so long covered the swath of land spanning from 9th to 11th, and NY Ave to H is getting closer and closer to opening day. The push to fill the rental units at The Apartments at CityCenter has begun, and 92 of the building’s 458 rental units have been set aside for affordable housing. While they haven’t disclosed how much the affordable units will rent for, the eligible income range is $36,000-$94,424. Here’s hoping the rental rates will truly be affordable for people in those income brackets, as the price of living in DC is slowly creeping towards unreasonable. (Of course, some folks believe it’s been there for awhile now.)

Deadline to apply for the affordable housing lottery has been extended to September 12, 2013. Find out more and download the application here.