by April 17, 2013 at 10:27 am 0


2221 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We received confirmation from Douglas Development that they have begun construction on its new luxury apartment building at 2221 14th Street NW, the site of a former car lot at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 14th Street NW.

Construction is on its early stage and should be finish by the end of 2014, with first move ins by first quarter of 2015. There is still no word on who will occupy the retail space.

The six-story mixed-development building, planned for 2221 14th NW, will feature 30 residential apartment units, underground parking and ground level retail and restaurant space.

“The 30-unit, six story, upscale apartment building will provide residents with top of the line amenities, including high ceilings, balconies, bay windows, and under-ground parking. Occupying a total of 34,000 SF with 2,700 SF of ground-floor retail space, the building is designed to deliver quality and convenience in the heart of Washington, DC.”

The 14th Street corridor keeps on changing.

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by January 16, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]

"For Rent"

DC’s rental prices are among the highest in the country. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Living in Borderstan, near some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, often means sacrificing quality for location.

Leaky faucets, linoleum flooring and window AC units are the trade-offs for living within walking distance of barscoffeeshops, a farmer’s market and DC’s only high heel race. Renters, by nature, need temporary housing, but that doesn’t mean we should all be counting down until the day our lease is up and we have another chance to find that elusive perfect apartment.

Renting can feel like a constant struggle in this high-demand market. Amy Rose Dobson, editor of DC real estate blog Curbed D.C., explained in an email.”It is still hard to find an affordable apartment in a desirable neighborhood because there is so much competition and not enough spaces,” she says.

It might not take an expert to figure that out, but it does help to have one say that rental prices might be easing up in the not-so-distant future.”Right now there are over 2,000 apartment units under construction to deliver in 2013 so the tight rental market should see some easing by the end of this year,” Dobson added. But, be warned that she doesn’t “see a reversal in the current supply-demand trend anytime soon.”

DC real estate trends confirm Dobson’s view. An August 2012 artilce in The Washington Post promised a “renter’s respite”  as thousands of new apartments whose construction had been put on hold during the recession were to be completed by the beginning of this year. A recent post on DC Urbanturf noted: “The ever-growing supply of new apartments in the DC area seems to finally be catching up with demand. After years of increasing, rents are now dropping in many parts of the region.”

But, relief may still be a year or two away for some. The same post goes on to say, “rents did not fall everywhere, however. Capitol Riverfront (3.9 percent) and the sub-market that includes Penn Quarter, Logan Circle and Dupont Circle [a.k.a. much of Borderstan] (2.5 percent) showed rent increases.”

Since apartments are still in scarce supply, renters need to be savvy in their pursuits. After the endless hours spent scouring Craigslist and Padmapper, the countless open houses, the application forms and fees, most renters are desperate to finally move in somewhere — anywhere — before their current lease expires. We have all, wittingly or unwittingly, overlooked a fatal flaw in the apartment itself or with building management that has left us wondering how we ever thought we could live there.

The truth is, you never really know a place until you live in it. But, there are proactive steps renter’s can take to avoid some of the most common pitfalls of renting. Dobson recommends getting a copy of your credit report before the showing or open house and bringing it with you.”It shows you’re motivated to move in, speeds up the process, and slightly cuts down on the likelihood of your social security number being stolen,” she explained in an email.

Another tip from Dobson: When you first enter the unit, take notice of any overwhelming air freshener scent. It’s probably being used to mask something much more unpleasant. Once you decide you like the building, be on the lookout for unexpected fees when you talk to the landlord or leasing office. It might seem obvious to ask about parking space fees, but Dobson mentioned that less obvious costs, like bike fees and storage, often surprise tenants.

Other useful resources on renters’ legal rights include The Washington Post classifieds’ F.A.Q. page and the District of Columbia’s Office of the Tenant Advocate website. There may be no such thing as a “perfect” apartment (although I’m personally holding out hope). Still, knowing what to look for in an apartment and building management make it much easier to find a place you want to call home.

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by September 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,165 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


The Laurence Dunbar apartments at the northeast corner of 15th and U NW. The new residential building will be to the north at 15th and V NW. (Courtesy Greater Greater Washington)

A meeting to discuss updates for the Jair Lynch Development Partners project at 15th and V Streets NW is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (2001 15th Street NW).

Over the past year, the development group has been working with the residents’ association of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments to recapitalize and renovate the building, which holds a status as affordable housing for senior citizens.

In November, 2011, the Historic Preservation Review Board approved the concept design for the renovation that includes 95 residential units in nine-stories with two levels of underground parking. The building will also feature a fitness room, a roof deck and environmentally friendly finishes (the developers are currently seeking Energy Star Certification).

Eighty-seven units in the building will be available at market price; eight units will be affordable homes, with prices and income restrictions determined by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development.

Next steps for the project include quarterly meetings with ANC 1B-04 Deborah Thomas and ANC 1B-05 Mary Streett (and their constituents) to provide an update on the status of the project and to continue the discussion of what can be expected once a building permit is issued and construction commences.

For more information on this week’s project meeting, contact Kaleena Francis at [email protected] or (202) 462-1092.

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by March 5, 2009 at 8:38 am 1,448 0

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

More info about the biiiiigggg project planned for the Whitman-Walker Clinic space on the west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets: First Look at the New Whitman-Walker Site” on DCmud: The Urban Real Estate Digest of Washington DC.

Earlier Borderstan postings here and here on the WWC development project.

by November 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm 1,671 0

14th & You has the goods on what’s happening on a stretch of 14th Street NW:

In spite of the current economic climate, the pace of development along 14th street is letting up.

At an otherwise uneventful ANC2f meeting yesterday evening, the ANC and meeting attendees were treated to a presentation regarding the forthcoming development of the former Whitman-Walker Clinic building, located along 14th St. between S St. and Swann. There have been some changes to the project since it was originally announced and discussed earlier this year. For those not quite up to speed on the project, here’s a brief run-through.

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