Thursday, July 12, 2012

One of the many pleasures of urban living is the ability to walk to work, restaurants, nightlife, cultural activities, sporting events and to visit friends. Few locations in the District are as close to a variety of hot neighborhoods as the new condominiums at the Standard Eleven on M Street Northwest between 11th and 12th streets.

The WalkScore website gives this community a “Walkers Paradise” rating, in part because the Convention Center Metro station is just three blocks away and residents also can walk to Metro Center and Gallery Place within 10 minutes to access additional Metro lines.

At the confluence of Logan Circle, Shaw and the District’s downtown, the Standard Eleven is positioned within walking distance of the City Center DC development on the old convention center site, slated to open in 2013. Also within walking distance are the shops, restaurants and theaters along 14th Street and P Street, including the Studio Theatre, and a wide variety of cafes and bars.

The Standard Eleven, designed and built by Cas Riegler, Snead Construction and PGN Architects, is a complete renovation of a 1920s-era Edwardian-style town home with a newly constructed rear addition. The architect, inspired by hip, boutique-style hotels, incorporated custom vintage lighting in the interior corridors and historically accurate wood replacement windows with low-E glass on the front of the building. The original iron front door opens into the lobby, which has vintage mailboxes.

The building previously was a museum for the Laogai Research Fund.

The 11 homes include flats, duplexes and loft-style penthouses with one or two bedrooms and 1½ or two baths. The homes have 990 to 1,600 square feet and are priced from $529,900 to $799,900, with monthly condo fees ranging from $251 to $396.

The homes have ceilings that are 9 to 11 feet high, oversized windows, and private balconies and terraces. Each unit has white-oak flooring, Berber carpet in the bedrooms, recessed lighting, five-panel doors with custom molding, prewiring for cable and Internet, USB ports for iPhone/iPad charging, and an individually controlled thermostat that can be set to learn your heating and cooling patterns, plus a mobile app to control heating when you are away from home. Buyers can choose an upgraded audio option with a sound system and speakers that can be controlled from a mobile device.

Each kitchen has Bosch appliances, solid-surface quartz countertops, undercabinet lighting and painted maple cabinets. Some of the open kitchens include an island. Each home also has a washer and dryer. The baths have vintage-inspired vanities, wainscoting on the walls, subway tile in the showers and penny-round or mosaic-style vintage-looking floor tile.

Unit 4, a two-bedroom home with a sunroom, has 1,100 square feet over two levels. Priced from $599,900, this home has the bedrooms on the lower level along with a full bath and a laundry room. Upstairs, the living and dining room is open to the center-island kitchen. The sunroom is adjacent to the living and dining room. This level also has a closet and a powder room.

Unit 11, a two-bedroom home with a den, has a private parking space. This home, which has 1,600 square feet, is priced from $799,900. The lower level has an open living and dining room and a center-island kitchen with an adjacent closet for laundry equipment. In addition, this level has a bedroom and a full bath. Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath. Two steps up from the master-suite is a home office or den.

For more information or directions to the Standard Eleven, contact sales manager Matt Dewey of Urban Pace at 202/580-6005 or visit www.thestandardeleven.com.

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