By Buzz McClain
The Adams Morgan location is certainly a strong selling point for the new boutique condo development called Ontario 17. And to be sure, having a residence walking distance from two Metro stations, more than 30 eateries and who knows how many nightclubs and other cultural amenities is, decidedly, an important benefit.
But the standard of living is not to be overlooked, either.
The newly constructed 80 units, which boast sleek European finishes and clean, contemporary styling, have been designed for maximum air and light, with oversized windows and balconies–in some cases, two balconies–bringing the outdoors in in the middle of Adams Morgan.
The rooftop terrace common area, with its warming fire pit and panoramic views of Washington’s signature sights is another source of natural inspiration.
The best part of that location? The residences of the seven-level, key-controlled, dual-elevator building are on the quiet side of Columbia Road, said Brenda Moreno, the McWilliams Ballard sales manager for the property. “It’s great being in an established neighborhood and having everything very convenient, but you’re on the quiet side of the neighborhood,” she said.
She also pointed out that Ontario 17 has been built to accommodate a pedestrian lifestyle, if that’s what the resident desires. The location scores an enviable 94 point “walk score” from Walkscore.com, which measures pedestrian access for major urban centers. (A 94 means “daily errands do not need an automobile.”) Walkscore also gives the area an 82 for ease of transit and a 90 for bicycle living.
Although there is a covered garage, many of the current residents–the building is enjoying 70 percent occupancy since opening at the end of August–are taking advantage of the secure bicycle racks and the built-in bike pump.
In addition, the building is on convenient bus lines and the nearby Metro stops are Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights.
Ontario 17 gets its name from the historic Ontario Theatre. The original façade has been incorporated in the design of the new building. Check it out here.
Ontario 17 is at 1700 Columbia Rd. NW. Open house hours are from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Contact Brenda Moreno at 202-297-7610 or [email protected]