A prelude to the massive redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus is nearing completion: New town home-style condominiums have opened as Georgia Row at Walter Reed and are selling quickly. Visitors were allowed to tour the homes during an open house this past weekend.
Craftmark Homes is building the 60-unit condo project with consumer needs in mind, including sunlit rooms and spacious kitchens. Each home incorporates energy-efficient LED lighting and includes a stacked washer and dryer, and the building has brick facades with natural stone accents.
“One of the things that really attracts people to this area is that it’s undergoing rapid change,” said Daniel Robinson, sales assistant for Craftmark Homes.
Across from the Georgia Row homes, the expansive Walter Reed campus is being redeveloped for a mix of retail, hotel, restaurant, residential and educational uses, as part of a project that will include substantial open space. The Georgia Row town houses, located on Georgia Avenue between Fern Place and Elder Street NW, will offer easy access to the site’s planned amenities, but Craftmark Homes was mindful of keeping costs down for buyers when designing its project.
“We wanted to provide affordable living,” so buyers can choose standard design elements in the base price or pay for upgraded features, said Laina Lee, a lead sales manager for Georgia Row and vice president of McWilliams Ballard.
The condos come in three options — The Adams (A), The Blair (B) and The Carter (C) — and range in price from $379,900 to $744,900. The Adams units, located on the building’s lower level, open into a combination living room/kitchen and has a staircase leading down to a bedroom, den and bath. The Blair option allows for two or three bedrooms with a den and two-and-a-half baths. It is located on the mid-level floor, with a walk upstairs to a larger kitchen/living room combination. On the top level is The Carter: a two- or three-bedroom option with two-and-a-half baths that also includes a large roof deck with space for an outdoor table and couch.
Previously, buyers could choose “upgraded” options for the design and style of their homes. But according to McWilliams Ballard marketing coordinator Rachel Hughes, “we are pretty far along in construction at this stage, so most of the options are standard.”
Phase 1 of Georgia Row constituted 24 homes that have already been sold, and about 75 percent of the homes in the second phase are claimed as well. Phase 3 offers design options in pre-selected packages. Lee said that buyers who truly want to customize can do so in Phase 4, which is expected to be completed by the end of August.
“Right now when you purchase a unit you get solid wood cabinets; dovetail drawers; high-efficiency, stainless steel appliances; quartz countertops; and hardwood floors,” Lee said. The stairs for each unit come with carpet. A couple prospective buyers at the open house did express concern about the walk from the front door to The Carter unit, which is on the uppermost floor.
Robinson said the community response to the new housing has been great. “We have had a couple neighbors … come through that were just floored,” he said. “The developers are working so closely with the rest of the city in terms of bringing something that is representative of the city and the optimism the community holds.”
Georgia Row is about a 0.6-mile walk to the Silver Spring Metrorail station, but has a bus stop immediately in front. Optional on-site parking is available, as is bicycle storage.