The developer bought a townhouse on the site in 2020 and replaced it with the seven-unit boutique condo building, which has a brick facade in a classic style common on Capitol Hill. It features a pair of two-story bay windows that align with the details of the neighboring facades. The Session’s frontage was raised to accommodate a third story, and a four-story addition was placed at the rear, where it does not alter the streetscape.
The Session contains four one-level condos and three two-level units. More than half of the units are under contract and prices in the building range from $675,000 to $1,350,000.
One of the two-level units — the largest unit in the building, at 1,837 square feet and the only three-bedroom floor plan — has a rooftop terrace at the front of the structure. All units have a private outdoor space, which can be a terrace or a balcony.
The Session’s location in the Barney Circle/Hill East neighborhood provides easy access to schools, shopping, transportation and recreation.
Inside, the building combines modern comforts and conveniences with traditional styling and features, including nine- to 10-foot high ceilings, site-sanded hardwood floors, crown and base moldings and solid core doors.
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The kitchens have custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, an island or peninsula, as well as high-end appliances, fixtures and fittings. All units feature energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, tankless water heater, insulated exterior windows and doors, LED lighting and smart thermostat.
After two years of development, the session was completed early this year. The first open house, in mid-March, drew nearly 50 people, Masters said, and by the end of the weekend four units had buyers. Masters said there’s been pent-up demand from people who “want to live on Capitol Hill and are looking for convenience, quality, and a place that feels like a house, not an apartment.”
Michael James, a California-based IT consultant, picked up his two-story unit after spotting the session on Redfin on March 15. He reached out to Monarch Urban on Instagram that day for more information and made an offer of $849,900, the list price, on March 16. He had a sales contract two days later.
James, 38, nearly bought another Capitol Hill condo in 2020 but reversed course because of the pandemic. He was drawn to Session by the building’s design, finishes, and location, just three blocks from his parents’ house. He said a video sold him on the two-story, 1,044-square-foot condo. “It has a gorgeous floating staircase,” he said, “a clean color palette, high-quality chrome finishes, and a gorgeous range hood over the six-burner stove.”
He added that the condo has large, light-filled windows and a large private deck with water, electric and gas hookups for outdoor entertaining.
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James said he would be living at Session during his frequent family visits and that he “wanted somewhere big enough that I could move in full time if I decided to.”
Schools: Payne Elementary, Eliot-Hine Middle, Eastern Senior High
Transit: The building is three blocks from the Potomac Avenue subway station (blue, orange and silver lines) and about 2.5 km from Union Station (and the red line of the subway). It is one block from Independence Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue SE. It’s not far from Pennsylvania Avenue or Southeastern Freeway access (I-695).
Nearby:The Session is located in the Barney Circle/Hill East neighborhood, approximately one mile from the United States Capitol, one block from the Payne Recreation Center and a few blocks from Lincoln Park. The Congressional Cemetery is several blocks away. Session is a convenient distance to Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Frager’s Hardware, Eastern Market, and the shops and restaurants of Capitol Hill.
270 15th Street SE, Washington.
The building has seven condos, including three two-story units and four one-story units. Four units are under contract. Prices range from $675,000 to $1,350,000.
Features: Condos have custom cabinetry, Hansgrohe fixtures and fittings, and Baldwin door and cabinet hardware. The suite of Bosch kitchen appliances includes a five- or six-burner gas range, a panel refrigerator and dishwasher (with fronts to match the cabinetry), and a built-in undercounter microwave. Units have high-efficiency stacked washers and dryers, walk-in closets or large closets, and side-by-side sinks in master bathrooms.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 or 3/2 to 4
Square feet: 865 to 1,837
Association of co-owners contribution: $335 to $700 per month, depending on the unit
See the model:On appointment
Sales:Chris Masters, 202-360-2426, [email protected]