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I had a chance to tour the Savoy Court condos this week up in Congress Heights. Located at 210 Oakwood Street SE, the building is literally right on the other side of St. Elizabeth’s from Anacostia, so I consider it to be part of the big picture of what is going on over here. It is so encouraging to see projects like this, because they really speak to the true investment and quality of development that is taking place on this side of the river. Savoy Court is a stone’s throw from the Anacostia Naval Station and Bolling Air Force Base (the original building was first developed as “off-base” housing), which makes it ideal for people working there. It is also extremely accessible because it is just a few blocks up the hill from 295 (but not close enough that you can hear it), which easily zips you into Alexandria, downtown DC, etc.
One thing I usually look for in development projects is the balance between standing out and fitting in with surrounding properties. As my pictures prove, this building has great curb appeal, and achieves it without being the total design outlier of the block.
Named after the Savoy Jazz label, the building is filled with classy black and white photos as well as original works of art – definitely not something I have seen much of in conversion projects over here.
It also has some pretty unique features, as far as offerings this side of the Anacostia go: a gym in the building, one and two-car garages in the building itself, video security on the building’s exterior, and a sweet roof deck. Honestly, if you want my vote on almost any project (generalizing here), slap on a roof deck. They are amazing.
The units themselves are quite nice. There are a handful that are still being built out, so I was able to see the comparison between the old and new. Let’s just say it’s nice to see that so much work has been done to make these condos a whole lot nicer than they were before. I am not the only one that noticed, either. The development was named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the “Best Real Estate Deals of 2007” in the Rehab/Renovation/Re-use category. Finished with great cabinets, cool countertops, and a whole lot of light, the units range in size from efficiency studios to two-bedrooms, and in price from $149,000 to $249,000. If you buy early enough, you have the option of paint colors and hardwood floor stains.
For more information on purchasing, visit www.savoycourt.com or contact Helene Debardeleben of McWilliams / Ballard at 202-561-3644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you should definitely check out the building this Saturday for Jazz, BBQ (Red Hot & Blue), and tours. The music will be by DC-native Nasar Abadey, and the event is from 12-3pm. Click Here to RSVP on the building's website.