There’s a sense of opening-night excitement as you enter the grand lobby of 2501 M St. NW. Backstage, construction continues at an intense pace, but the front of the house all is serenity and sophistication. Lofty ceilings; walls of light; rich furnishings clad in velvet, wood or marble; and soothing shades of taupe, gray and muted saffron all set the stage for what promises to be an elegant living experience.
In its previous life, the Residences on M Street was a 1980s-era mixed-use building, with condominiums on the top three floors and commercial space on the bottom five. D.C. developer PRP Real Estate Investment Management teamed up with CORE Architecture and Design to reimagine the office floors, converting them into 59 sumptuous condos with every detail curated for maximum luxury and visual appeal. They also gave the exterior a dramatic facelift and silhouette, bumping out the walls to create more expansive living space in each unit and to bring in more light through floor-to-ceiling windows and sizable balconies.
Currently, there are 13 condos still on offer. They range from a one-bedroom, two-bath and den unit with 1,020 square feet ($796,000 with $635 per month condo fees) to a two-bedroom, three-bath unit with a den and 2,325 square feet, which runs $2,456,000 with $1,446 in monthly fees.
The building’s stunning new lobby was designed by HapstakDemetriou+, which also styled the first-floor rooms. The entry flows into a vast entertaining space encompassing a clubroom and bar, private dining/meeting room, catering kitchen and quiet lounge. There is also a fully equipped fitness center and yoga/Pilates studio where everything is illuminated by the bumped-out windows.
On the other side of the concierge desk is a nondescript door leading to Nobu, the celebrated restaurant known for its “genre-defining” cuisine and devoted foodie following. If you’re so inclined, it will even deliver your “takeout” order to the front desk.
Other building amenities include 24-hour staffed services, valet parking and a landscaped rooftop terrace with space for grilling and outdoor entertaining. Parking spaces and storage units are also available. And, yes, 2501 M welcomes pets.
The model units were designed and furnished by Sharon Dougherty Trifilo Interiors, and each has its own distinctive style. However, all the apartments feature the same sleek, high-end finishes and design elements, including Stile Italian wide-plank white oak flooring; halo lighting set in coffered ceilings; wall-to-wall windows seemingly inspired by Mondrian, with geometrically placed glass panes and mullions; gourmet kitchens with artisanal solid wood cabinetry, quartz countertops and top-of-the-line appliances; and spa-like bathrooms, with flatteringly placed lighting, Porcelanosa and Daltile tile, and contemporary fixtures from Hansgrohe, Toto, Duravit and Kohler. Depending on the location, the apartments have either an urban view (M Street) or a more pastoral one (Francis Field and Rock Creek Park beyond).
Unit 204 is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit offering approximately 1,200 square feet of living space. It is listed for $1,226,000 with a monthly condo fee of $797.
To the left as you enter the foyer is a den/second bedroom with a glass wall. To the right is a full guest bath with travertine tile flooring, Duravit pedestal sink and subway tile backsplash.
The gallery hallway continues past the laundry room with its Electrolux washer/dryer to the open-design kitchen seasoned with extensive cabinets (Cuisine Idéale) and a large island with a white Caesarstone quartz waterfall counter. Pale blue frosted tile backsplash adds a subtle pop of color. Appliances, mostly integrated, include a Bosch gas cooktop, oven, microwave and dishwasher and Thermador refrigerator and freezer. (Larger units also have a GE Monogram under-counter wine fridge.)
Looking out over the island is the living room and dining area with walls of glass that are soundproofed, insulated (for energy efficiency) and accessorized with customized solar shades.
Opposite the living room is the master suite. The bedroom, which could easily accommodate a king bed, opens onto a large balcony and features two spacious closets (one walk-in with a pocket door that reveals all your clothes in one glance). The en-suite bath includes a 7-foot two-sink floating white lacquer vanity; frameless glass shower with bench; and unique horizontal linear drain, built-in linen closet/medicine cabinet and compartmentalized water closet.
We also visited Unit 202 (units on this tier are approximately 1,920 square feet, ranging in price by floor from $2.9 million to $3.1 million, with $1,194 to $1,207 monthly condo fee) and Unit 210 (approximately 2,100 square feet, $2.9 million, $1,295 monthly condo fee). Like the two-bedroom Unit 204, they are exceptionally luxurious, open and thoughtfully designed to meet every taste and need.
The building is not quite “move-in ready.” While the amenities are complete, the apartments and corridors are still being readied for prime time. Completion is expected by late November.
The Residences on M Street is a LEED-certified building with energy-efficient features such as a green roof, smart VRF (variant refrigerant flow) HVAC systems and Nest thermostats.
Located in the heart of the vibrant West End, 2501 M St. NW is literally steps away from the retail, restaurant and cultural attractions of Georgetown and Dupont Circle. It adjoins the athletic facilities, public pool and dog park at Francis Field and is within a block of Trader Joe’s.