At New Condominium Building in Southeast Washington, ‘Every Time I Turn a Corner, I See a Monument’


Capitol Hill East is a small neighborhood tucked between Navy Yard and Barney Circle. The Anacostia River is nearby, and seagulls squawk overhead.

Housing there includes older rowhouses and low-rise apartment buildings, spot renovations and new construction. The brand-new white and dark gray building — a 13-unit condominium — at 1331 K St. SE fits right in.

The building has five levels above ground, including part of the penthouse that is not visible from K Street. Most units have already been sold. The city is expected to grant a certificate of occupancy soon, and then move-ins can begin. Trent & Co., a team of Compass, is handling sales.

John McCarthy moved from Rochester, N.Y., to the District to be closer to his children — one at American University in the District, the other at Drexel University in Philadelphia — and “to get away from the snow,” he said.

Buying New | 1331 K St. SE in Washington

The condominium building, center, at 1331 K St. SE is in the Capitol Hill East neighborhood, between Navy Yard and Barney Circle, in the District. The Anacostia River is nearby. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
He said he was attracted to 1331 K because it’s new, modern and low-maintenance. He was drawn to the neighborhood, he said, because it’s close to the Capitol, “and every time I turn a corner, I see a monument.”

So he put in an offer and headed to a nearby restaurant — Trattoria Alberto on Eighth Street SE — to celebrate. Minutes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked in, former House speaker John A. Boehner came “down the stairs to say hello to McConnell,” McCarthy said. “Secret Service sat at the table next to me. The moment was very reflective of what I expected D.C. to be like.”

‘Indoor-outdoor living on every level’

Great views: Another buyer, April Gillens, is moving to 1331 from a building just two doors away. She has one bedroom now and will be upgrading to a larger unit with one-bedroom plus a den. “I’m expecting a baby in May and plan to make the den a nursery,” she said.

“I’ll be on the fourth floor and have a terrific view,” Gillens said. “From one window, I’ll see the Washington Monument, and from another, I’ll see 395 and the traffic and think of all the reasons people here don’t want a car. But I admit I’ll be looking into getting one for the needs of my child.”

The kitchens have stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops and a gas stove. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Model unit 103 is on two levels, with the open-plan living area and kitchen on the unit’s upper level. The living area is on one side of the kitchen island and the kitchen appliances are on the other. The back wall has a lot of window.

Near the entry door is a bathroom and a spiral staircase. The black metal staircase leads down to a small hallway with a bathroom, a laundry closet and two bedrooms. Unit 103’s lower level is below ground level, and two other units, 001 and 002, are below ground level entirely.

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The penthouse, 403, has a lot of roof deck and offers views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Anacostia River. The entrance to the penthouse unit is on its bottom level, along with a bedroom, a full bathroom, a closet and stairs to the main level above.

At the top of the stairs, there is a hallway with windows on one side. At the end of the hallway is the open-plan living area, with the kitchen and the living and dining rooms. On one side of the living area is a small hallway — with a powder room and a den — leading to the master bedroom and the en suite bathroom.
The downstairs master bedroom in penthouse unit 403 is shown. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
The master bathroom in penthouse unit 403 is shown. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Nearby: The Anacostia waterfront in the Navy Yard neighborhood has green space and restaurants with outdoor seating. Across the river, Anacostia Park, a national park, has green space and trails running along the water.

Lincoln Park, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, is bookended by bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. The 35-acre Congressional Cemetery is open to the public daily.

Schools: Tyler Elementary, Jefferson Middle School Academy, Eastern High.

Transit: The Potomac Avenue station, on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, is the closest Metro station. It has 10 bike racks. The area is served by a number of bus routes. The Sousa Bridge and the 11th Street Bridge cross the Anacostia River on the way to other parts of Southeast Washington and to the suburbs.

The penthouse unit 403 has views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Anacostia River. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

1331 K St. SE, Washington

There are 13 condominium units in the building. Three are for sale ranging in price from $300,000 to $800,000.

Builder: Sanjay Bajaj

Features: Wood floors and recessed lighting are installed throughout the units. The kitchens have stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops and a gas stove. The closets have built-in shelving. The stacked washer and dryer are behind a closet door. Three outdoor parking spaces behind the building can be bought for $35,000, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is one electric charging station. The lower level has a dog-washing tub. Each unit has a “virtual doorman” panel next to the entry door that enables residents to see, talk to and admit visitors.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 to 2 plus den /1 to 3

Square-footage: 400 to 1,350

Condominium association fee: $180 to $554

Contacts: Trent Heminger at 202-210-6448 or D’Ann Lanning at 951-315-6534

View model: By appointment.