What is Going on at Axis Condos?

by Mark Wellborn

A home buyer looking for an unfinished penthouse in DC recently contacted UrbanTurf after a trip to AXIS condos in Capitol Hill to take a look at the development’s top floor units. He noted that there were a few construction and maintenance issues with the 20-unit project, so we took his questions to the folks behind marketing and selling the development to get some answers.

Penthouse Buyer: I was just at AXIS condos and was wondering what is going on there. It looks like there is still a fair amount of work to be done and we talked to a couple owners who said that the roof deck is unfinished and there are some leak issues in the parking garage. An ownership or condo board has not been established though only four units of the twenty remain unsold. Just wondering if Macy is still managing the building, and if so, when this work will be done. AXIS is a good looking building with a terrific small lobby, attractive corridors, and some upscale finishes. Still with all the pluses, I’m too afraid to commit to this condominium boutique building without knowing the answers to these questions.


We reached out to DCRealEstate’s Ken Johnson whose team is in charge of marketing and sales for AXIS. Here is his response that seems to cover all the bases.

The AXIS condos is nearly complete. Because of a construction financing shortage, the developer was unable to finish out the last few units, as well as the roof deck, which has yet to be built out. We expect those to be completed shortly. Out of the 20 units in the building, 15 have sold or are under contract, with one unit rented. The two largest penthouse units in the building are ideal ‘designer-ready’ condominiums for someone that wants their own shot at interior design. The remaining two units are complete except for the punch-out, and are available for purchase and immediate settlement.

The building is now managed by NM Management of Alexandria, VA. As for the water leak issues, there were some initial leaks that the developer has worked to address, as in almost all new buildings. We hope the initial problems have been fully resolved.

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  1. John said at 12:00 pm on Wednesday September 16, 2009:

    No one knows what is going on with Macy’s projects but they have others in the same semi-abandonded state.  Macy’s non-responsive reputation on Capitol Hill goes back a ways to their Constitution Ave project.  Lots of unsatisfied buyers and failing to correct problems.  Don’t forget, this was the company that received that maximum fine allowable when they “accidentially” cut down a 60 year old oak during construction of the Axis.  Can any Axis owners shed more light?

  1. lookingtobuy said at 12:29 pm on Wednesday September 16, 2009:

    John, it sounds like Macy is no longer handling this project, though. It also sounds like the new developer is fixing issues and completing construction. I agree that i would like to hear what unit owners have to say.

  1. RBDD said at 4:27 pm on Wednesday September 16, 2009:

    What about the question of no condo association to address these issues or represent the owner-residents?

  1. Will Smith said at 6:37 pm on Thursday September 17, 2009:

    “there were some initial leaks that the developer has worked to address, as in almost all new buildings.”

    Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of water leaks as par for the course in new construction.

  1. denise said at 11:38 pm on Thursday September 17, 2009:

    Agreed.  Why would anyone consider the Axis when the Carry Lofts are a half-clock away?

  1. John said at 4:35 pm on Monday September 21, 2009:

    Axis Condo’s is a great building filled with outstanding people.  The developers were non-responsive for awhile but it appears as though they are now beginning to be receptive to the minor complaints that still need to be addressed.  The largest “unfinished” part of the building is the roof deck, however it is usable in its current state.  In fact, many of the residents viewed the 4th of July fireworks from this location.

    As for the comment “why would anyone consider Axis when the Carry Lofts are a half-clock (who knows what a clock is) away”.  Well, the answer to that is simple the Carry Lofts start above $500k.  Axis offers condos starting at $320k and having seen both buildings, I believe the floor plans at Axis are more functional and provide a better layout.

  1. Eric said at 6:55 pm on Monday September 21, 2009:

    I live in the Axis and echo John’s comments regarding both the minor complaints and comparison to the Carry Lofts.  Though Macy was non-responsive for a few months, the complaints are now being addressed and I am confident that the problems will soon be resolved.

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