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Best Condo Conversion: View 14

by Mark Wellborn

This week UrbanTurf is taking a look back at the best that DC’s residential real estate market had to offer in 2009. From the best deals to the best trends to, of course, the best listings, we believe we have sussed out the cream of the crop.

Best Condo Conversion: View 14: Figure 1
Rendering of View 14

For far too long, View 14 sat empty and under construction on the corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW. Despite being one of the first projects in the District to have the foresight to convert to apartments rather than deliver as condos before the housing crisis was in full swing, unfinished construction seemed to result in perpetual delays.

In late October, the City Paper’s Housing Complex blog reported that the development’s leasing office would open on November 1st, and shortly after that, we dropped by to take a look. We liked what we saw.

Best Condo Conversion: View 14: Figure 2
Monument views from atop View 14.

The 184-unit property is an impressive if expensive apartment complex (monthly rents start around $1,750). Amenities are plentiful: a game room with billiards and Nintendo Wii; a fitness center; Zipcar vehicles on site; guest suites; and a quiet garden in back. Its location is hard to beat, and, true to its name, View 14 offers some of the best views of downtown DC in the city. The units are spacious for new construction, many coming with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the building’s views.

View 14 is also considering a policy that UrbanTurf fully endorses: no-smoking for the entire building, including the units themselves. Extreme as it may sound, David Blum, one of the developers, conducted an informal survey of the tour group that UrbanTurf visited with as to whether individuals would choose not to rent in a building that had such a policy. Only one person in 25 raised his hand, evidence that in fact a comprehensive no-smoking rule might not be so extreme after all.


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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best_condo_conversion_view_14/1609

3 Comments

  1. jj said at 4:33 pm on Thursday December 17, 2009:
    Monthly rents at both the barclay and ravenel apartment buildings at 16th and corcoran at 1900 bucks - and their elevator (note...only one elevator) isn't operational all the time. With the pending condo shortage, perhaps this building should consider returning to the sales rather than rental arena. It's not too late.
  1. Peter said at 4:45 pm on Thursday December 17, 2009:
    Agree, I 'd be the first one to take a good look if these are condos. It's hard to go back from rental property. Too bad. Maybe they reconsider ?
  1. dmt said at 3:03 am on Friday December 18, 2009:
    meanwhile, the view is better from the building than looking at it. what was the architect thinking with the cinder blocks on the first level? for a luxury building the design is horrendous...

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