Motif has upscale touches and close to DC’s bustling Kennedy Street


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Bello Realty Partners had multiple goals in planning Motif, a condominium building around the corner from the revitalized Kennedy Street corridor in Northwest Washington. The company wanted to take advantage of Kennedy Street’s bustling commercial scene, offer luxury amenities, and make condominiums available at an attractive price.

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

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Motif is expected to be ready for occupancy in July.

The lowest-priced condo is a 555-square-foot junior one-bedroom unit at $309,900. The most expensive is the 834-square-foot penthouse at $629,900. Smith Schnider sales manager Jay Zelaska said the units are designed to appeal to a variety of buyers, such as first-time 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 space. “A big selling point” of Motif, Zelaska said, “is the rooftop amenities,” which include an outdoor lounge and furnished terrace. In addition to the terraces, the building has a green roof, with plants to reduce stormwater runoff and heat while improving air quality.

On the main floor, there is a foyer furnished with porcelain tile flooring, custom millwork, and contemporary lighting. The building has a locked area for bikes and a package room secured by a Package Concierge smart locker system. Motif is accessible by ramp and stairs to the front, and has an elevator that services all levels. It has 10 parking spaces for sale in the back, listed at $30,000 each.

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

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

Kitchens feature Calacatta quartz countertops, two-tone flat-panel cabinetry, a subway tile backsplash, Moen high-arch chrome faucet, under-cabinet lighting, and a GE Energy Saver stainless steel appliance suite. The microwave extractor hood vents to the outside.

Bathrooms are contemporary in style, with quartz countertops, Waterworks chrome fixtures, and full-height porcelain-tiled tub and shower surrounds that incorporate tile 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 city shoppers have evolved in recent years,” Zelaska said. “Accessible outdoor spaces at home have become a necessity for many, along with the ability to work from home. Careful use of space, interior and exterior, allows Motif to adapt to these needs.”

Located just steps from Kennedy Street, Motif takes advantage of the bustle of the vibrant commercial corridor, with its many shops and places to eat, Zelaska said. However, the Seventh Street block has a more residential feel. Motif offers “urban luxury and lifestyle at a more relaxed, residential pace,” she said.

schools: Truesdell Elementary, MacFarland Middle School, Roosevelt High School

Transit: The neighborhood is served by numerous bus routes, including lines 70/79 and E4 on Seventh Street. The Fort Totten Metro Station, on the red, yellow, and green lines, is 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 in Rock Creek Park is about two miles away.

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

5508 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC

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

Builder: Bello Realty Partners

CharacteristicFeatures: Hardwood Floors, Floor to Ceiling Windows, GE Stainless Steel Appliances, Quartz Countertops.

bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2/1 or 2

Square feet: 550 to 880

condo fee: $380 to $470

see model: by appointment

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