“The apartments will offer dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious layouts and open kitchens”

Rendering courtesy Hines

From a press release:

Hines and the TFI US Real Estate Fund, sponsors of CityCenterDC, announced today that they have chosen prominent real estate services firm Bozzuto Management Company to market and manage the apartment community at the landmark, mixed-use CityCenterDC development in Downtown Washington, D.C.

The Apartments at CityCenter, comprised of 458 residences, respond to the District’s growing demand for well-appointed apartment homes in convenient locations, featuring meaningful amenities that will enhance the daily living experience. With restaurants, shops, major employers and Metro rail stops within a short walk, The Apartments at CityCenter will set a new standard for urban living in D.C. The Apartments at CityCenter will be introduced to the market later this summer and will be available for occupancy in the fall 2013.

The apartments will offer dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious layouts and open kitchens, along with amenities that include a rooftop swimming pool, lounge, gardens and terraces, a clubroom with billiards and televisions for entertaining, a dog-walk area, and a two-story, 5,500-square-foot fitness facility with a yoga room. The Apartments at CityCenter will be served by an underground parking garage.

The Apartments at CityCenter have been designed by the well-respected architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates. Landscape architect Lee and Associates had responsibility for the design of rooftop amenities, terraces and other common areas.

The Apartments at CityCenter are one of five major components of CityCenterDC. The mixed-use development also includes 216 luxury condominium residences, 520,000-square feet of Class A office space, and more than 60 shops and restaurants, in properties designed by internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners and the D.C.-based Shalom Baranes Associates. In addition, CityCenterDC will also feature a 370-room hotel.

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  • For those that are curious where CityCenter is:
    “CityCenterDC’s boundaries are New York Avenue NW, 9th Street NW, H Street NW, and 11th Street NW.”


  • Ugh. More expansive, useless, condos with shit architectural designs and worthless shops downstairs. Christ, DC is starting to look like a planned city, not one with some actual history!

    • Sometimes I think my outlook is a bit pessimistic. Then I see a post like the above. WHOA!!

      • Yoga Room! Give me a break. By bad design I just feel like they all look the same and all the neighborhoods are blending together and will sooner or later lose all distinction. I walk and bike the city for a decade and love moving through all the little weir pockets. These monstrous things are undesirable.

        • this is right in the middle of downtown and surrounded by similar buildings. what would you have them build there if not this?

          • Something that’s not a glass box with wood glued on? Seriously though, can’t we get just a little bit of flair? Not 15 buttons on suspenders flair, but maybe some cool masonry work? Gargoyles?

      • don’t worry. if this guy was around in 1880, he would have been whining about all the rowhouses being built and how they are ruining the character of the neighborhoods.

    • Yeah, that hack L’Enfant started a really bad trend for planned cities.

      • Original Anonymous ranter here. I’m talking planned economically planned and homogeneous, obviously not as an actual layout of a city. Think Malibu. That place sucks.

    • Let’s make sure we hate on this for the right reasons:

      1. This post is talking about the rental apartments, not the condos. These apartments will probably suck because they will be ridiculously expensive, but they’ll probably have subpar finishes.
      2. The shops that will be connected to it. Do we know what’s going in yet? I’m not sure, but they’ll probably suck because the rent will be too [email protected] high for anything cool to go in.
      3. The look. The rendering looks 1,000 times better than this behemoth looks in real life. As of now, it looks like a cheap glass box with some weird boards glued on the outside to break up the monotony.

    • Don’t see any history being lost here. City Center replaces the old convention center, which was an ugly POS. Is this development my ideal? No. But it has the potential to bring some nice stores and bring more residents downtown, which seems like a desirable goal.

  • I am actually excited for this to open, but coming from personal experience, Bozzuto is a terrible management company. Good luck to those folks.

    • I’ve had very good experiences with the Bozzuto management folks at my apartment. I think it makes sense that they were chosen to manage the new CityCenterDC apartments, seeing as their niche seems to be managing upscale apartments in DC (often near Metro stops).

    • i have a hard time believing that your experience is the norm. they wouldn’t have gotten the contract unless they had some experience here.

    • Bozzuto seems fine to me except for the prices, but people rent them so the price must be what the market supports. Nevertheless, what I don’t like is their policies on month-to-month renting after the lease expires.

  • Do you remember what was there before? This is 100 times better. Maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s much better than the falling down O St Market shell and the huge parking lot where people panhandled, drank, pissed, and slept, and the stinky Giant with long lines and bad food….

    • Wrong city center. This is the one closer to downtown and not the o street market.

    • You’re thinking of “City Market at O” (yes apparently the official name is just O, not O Street), but nevertheless you’re are correct that that will be better than what came before it, just like CityCenterDC will be better than the old convention center.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Bozzuto is an okay management company, but on the greedy side. They tried to raise my all ready high rent by $300 but I was able to talk them down a bit. Still gave me incentive to buy. And notice the amount of retail space going idle at Park Place – still no restaurant or coffee shop which were promised when I moved in 2010. (Also the smoke alarms were so sensitive I could not cook in my kitchen 🙂 )

  • What is “dramatic” about a floor-to-ceiling window?

    • the view through it

      • Does the view of the other buildings in the area really qualify though? I don’t remember ever seeing anything impressive in the area.

    • There’s the dramatic backs of couches that people dramatically push up against them, also the dramatic backs of television sets, the dramatic backs of desks, dramatic ten speeds, and dramatic other odds and ends people typically stick up against walls.

    • An architect friend of mine told me that floor-to-ceiling windows aren’t dramatic, they’re just a trick to make you forget about how small the rooms are in most modern construction.

    • Your electric bill.

    • The amount you’ll spend on custom window treatments so you can wander your over priced apartment in your undies.

      • haha…perfect excuse for a nudist/exhibitionist to skip the window treatments and provide drama for the whole neighborhood!! DRAMA!!! 🙂

  • At what point does Bozzuto become a monopoly? Anecdotally, They seem to be managing any property with more than 20 units.

  • justinbc

    Bozzuto took over a property I was renting that had previously been managed by Kettler and managed to royally screw it up beyond repair. It was so bad they wound up changing the name a year or two later to try to rebrand the place. Glad I got out just as the transition was happening, but the friends I had who stayed behind had nightmarish stories for a place with skyrocketing rents.

  • http://www.gulfbase.com/news/tfi-us-real-estate-fund-closes-on-citycenterdc-financing/238553

    Mum’s been the word on retail since the beginning. Seems to be some give-and-take between the U.S.-based investors who want to cater to up-scale DC big spender (i.e. fancy bars and shoppes) and the TFI group (i.e., some rich Qatari prince) who are actively selling this to their investors back home as a safe, Sharia-aligned investment (read: no booze). I think I remember something about a compromise? No small grocers selling booze, but maybe some restaurants selling wine? Will be interesting to see how it turns out…

    The Bozzuto selection may derive from this being TFI’s first U.S. investment, and not having had much time to do local market research about who does and doesn’t suck. Looks like they’re very interested in doing more…um…”investing” in the future, so we can expect more plastic-clad boxes.

    • It’s been stated several times that there is no restriction on normal booze being served in the restaurants or shops. There just can’t be a restaurant or store devoted purely to booze. This means no dive bars, but bar & grills seem fine. Similarly, there won’t be a wine store or liquor store, but there can be wine in a grocery store.

  • No square footage of the units, and no price means sucker deal ahead.

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