Motif has upscale touches and nearby DC’s bustling Kennedy Street

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Bello Realty Partners had several goals when planning Motif, a condominium building around the corner from the revitalized Kennedy Street corridor in northwest Washington. The company wanted to take advantage of the bustling commercial atmosphere of Kennedy Street, offer luxury amenities and offer condos at an attractive price.

Higher than the adjacent buildings on Seventh Street, the 30-unit Motif has six levels, including a semi-basement lower level and a penthouse level above. Floor plans for studios and units with one bedroom or one bedroom and a den have one bathroom. Two-bedroom units have two bathrooms.

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Ground should be ready to occupy in July.

The cheapest condo is a 555-square-foot one-bedroom junior unit, at $309,900. The most expensive is the 834-square-foot penthouse, at $629,900. Sales manager Jay Zelaska of Smith Schnider said the units are designed to appeal to a range of buyers, such as new homeowners and people who want an urban lifestyle with a sense of community.

Each of the two penthouses has a private rooftop terrace and all condos have access to a common rooftop area. “A big selling point” of Motif, Zelaska said, “are the rooftop amenities,” which include an outdoor lounge and furnished terrace. In addition to the terraces, the building has a green roof, with plantings to reduce stormwater runoff and heat while improving air quality.

On the ground floor, there is a hall furnished with porcelain tile flooring, bespoke millwork and contemporary lighting. The building has a closed space for bicycles and a parcel room secured by a Package Concierge smart locker system. Motif has a ramp and stairs at the front, and it has an elevator that serves all levels. It has 10 parking spaces for sale in the back, listed at $30,000 each.

Zelaska said architects, Torti Gallas + Partners, and designers, ADG (Akseizer Design Group), incorporated high-end styling and finishes throughout all units. They have nine-foot ceilings, six-inch European oak abalone flooring in the living areas, recessed LED lighting, and a full-size GE stacked washer and dryer.

All units receive “an enormous amount of light” through floor-to-ceiling windows, Zelaska said. The energy-efficient Intus windows “have been very attractive to visitors,” he said.

Kitchens have Calacatta quartz countertops, two-tone flat panel cabinetry, subway tile backsplash, Moen high arc chrome faucet, under cabinet lighting, and a suite of GE Energy Saver stainless steel appliances. The microwave range hood exhausts to the outdoors.

Bathrooms have a contemporary style, with quartz countertops, Waterworks chrome fixtures, and full-height porcelain tubs and showers that incorporate tiled niches.

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Depending on size, configuration, and location, units may have a kitchen island with storage, walk-in closets, and a patio or balcony.

“The needs of the city’s buyers have evolved over the past few years,” Zelaska said. “Accessible outdoor spaces at home have become a necessity for many, along with the ability to work from home. Thoughtful use of space, inside and out, allows Motif to meet these needs.

Because it’s located just steps from Kennedy Street, Motif taps into the excitement of the bustling commercial corridor, with its many shops and restaurants, Zelaska said. Still, the Seventh Street block has a more residential feel. Motif offers “urban luxury and lifestyle at a more relaxed and uptown pace,” he said.

Schools: Truesdell Elementary, MacFarland Middle, Roosevelt High

Transit: The area is served by many bus routes, including lines 70/79 and E4 on Seventh Street. Fort Totten subway station, on the red, yellow and green lines, is approximately one mile away. A Capital Bikeshare stand is one block away. The building is a few blocks east of Georgia Avenue (Route 29) and south of Missouri Avenue. Beach Drive at Rock Creek Park is about two miles away.

Nearby: The Kennedy Street corridor has many shops and restaurants. Walmart Supercenter is about half a mile away on Georgia Avenue. Nearby recreation sites include Fort Slocum Park, Rock Creek Park and Brightwood Recreation Area.

5508 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C.

The building has 30 units, with prices ranging from $309,900 to $629,900. Estimated delivery is July.

Builder: Bello real estate partners

Features: Hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, stainless steel GE appliances, quartz countertops.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2/1 or 2

Square feet: 550 to 880

Condominium charge: $380 to $470

See the model: On appointment

Sales: Jay Zelaska at Smith Schnider, 202-900-9430, [email protected]

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