Here's Why The Laundry Is Selling Well on Capitol Hill
Recently, the DC area has seen a spate of church and school sites repurposed as part of innovative new redevelopment programs. The Maples and The Bryan School on Capitol Hill and the Northern Exchange on Logan Circle are great examples of developments that have preserved the charm and authenticity of the original structure while delivering new urban spaces with modern conveniences. More recently, developers have proposed creating an 11th Street Bridge Park on the pillars of the old 11th Street Bridge over the river. The Laundry, a former commercial laundry built in 1926 on Capitol Hill, follows in this tradition. And, while it's hard not to snicker about "living at the laundry," PGN Architects have taken pains to preserve the facade of the original laundromat. The development builds upward to create a boutique condo with just six contemporary condominium units available in one- and two-bedroom configurations.
The Laundry Features Clean Lines
The developer, Wilco Residential, pays homage to the building's original livelihood with exposed ductwork and clean lines in the fixtures and finishes. Ceilings are exceptionally high to optimize window space, natural light, and provide an overall grand sense of space. The units also take into account urban living challenges by maximizing storage in every possible way with pocket and sliding doors as well as additional closet and shelf space. The condos measure between 593 and 977 square feet with open floor plans and balconies overlooking the street. Select floor plans feature glass doors leading to a private patio. The interiors feature high-tech touches such as a blue-tooth-synced shower speaker and Nest thermostats throughout. Kitchens are sleek works of art with quartz counters and Bosch stainless steel appliances. The two-bedroom units in The Laundry are each on the penthouse level. 20 foot ceilings bolster a loft bedroom on the second level as well as stairs to a private roof deck with views of the Capitol, the monuments and the Anacostia River.
Located at 732 15th Street, SE, The Laundry is off Pennsylvania Avenue, SE., within walking distance of a Harris Teeter and a wealth of neighborhood bars and shops. While many of the units have been sold or are under contract, be sure to check listings if living "clean" or living in a laundry is on your bucket list.