The Maples Condos Selling Well on Capitol Hill
All eyes are on The Maples on Capitol Hill -- one of the city's newest condo residences -- and one that is expected to deliver any day now. Approximately 70% of the project has been pre-sold, setting neighborhood records at an average price of $725/per square foot, according to sales and marketing firm, Urban Pace.
A Colorful History
Built in 1797 as a Georgian manor, The Maples is Capitol Hill's oldest residence and hosted both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as well as serving as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the War of 1812. Beginning in 1904, the manor became known as "Friendship House," operating as a community center providing a food bank, child care and other aid for DC youth. Altus Realty purchased the property out of bankruptcy in 2010 and soon announced plans to turn the property into a boutique condo building. Its location on D Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, is key to its appeal with close proximity to Eastern Market, Barracks Row, the Metro and the new Anacostia Riverfront Park.
After restoring the home's historic Georgian facade, Altus has transformed the former main house and stables into a intimate community of 22 flats and duplexes across three stories. All of these contemporary homes feature distinct floor plans appropriately named "School House Row" and "Manor House," among others, with separate entrances and unique features. Configurations range from 785 sf to upwards of 3552 sf for a four bedroom, four bathroom townhouse with direct elevator access from an underground parking garage. Custom finishes go well beyond the standard granite countertops in a luxury home -- the kitchens employ quartz countertops with white glass backsplashes and stainless steel Jenn-Air professional kitchen appliances. The bathrooms in the new town homes draw inspiration from a Mediterranean spa with Carrera bath tile, a resort-style soaking tub, oversize porcelain floor tile and gleaming walnut flooring.
The Maples Web site extolls the opportunity to "own your own piece of iconic history" and to date, eager buyers seem to be doing just that.