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Judging New Buildings – Trilogy

by Prince Of Petworth July 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm 41 Comments

Trilogy’s Website says:

Trilogy NoMa is home to three buildings, each with its own unique personality and architectural angle. Whichever you choose, you’ll be impressed by our style and attention to detail.

Prime NoMa location with tree-lined streets and neighborhood charm
Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and 42″ cabinets
Trilogy Lounge + Media Café + Zone Game Room + Screening Room
Two Pools + Pavilion with grills and seating
Lush courtyards + Bark park
Underground garage parking
24-Hour Energy Fitness Center

It is located at 151 Q Street, NE near Sirius XM Radio.

Do you like the way it turned out?

  • bb

    This place is massive. Can demand in that area meet up with the huge amount of supply they’re about to put on the market? I wonder.

  • Anonymous

    i like it, but it needs balconies

    • Sydney

      What it needs is trees.

      • Anonymous

        there weren’t trees there before, and they take a long time to grow. if they are added to this site, they hopefully will be planted after all construction is done.

        balconies won’t be added. ever.

  • Bloomingdude

    I’ve been through NOMA a bunch of times and never saw these. I think they look great but agree that they need balconies.

    • Howard Roark would disagree.

      • Anonymous

        cuz ayn rand is someone to look to for answers? no thanks.

    • That’s because they’re actually in Eckington. But, of course, no one knows where Eckington is, and there’s a bunch of press about NoMa, so gotta tie yourself to the “cool” name.

      • Anonymous

        people will come to call everything south of r and not an old rowhouse “noma”. the proximity to the metro station now with the noma name will stick, especially for new residents in brand new spaces that have no relationship to eckington’s past.

      • Tony G

        Well, technically it’s both Eckington *and* NoMa…

        This will be a good addition to the area, and as part of the PUD approval process they have a little corner park at the SE corner. I agree that balconies would be an improvement. Of course, it could also use more than its paltry 1200 sf retail space!

        • BloomingdaleWill

          It can’t be *both* Eckington and Noma.

          Eckington was a neighborhood built just outside the Washington City Limits as a suburb with easy proximity to rail for industry and access to Downtown.

          The boundary of Washington back then was Boundary Street, now Florida Avenue. Eckington’s borders are well established as the area north of Florida, south of Rhode Island, East of North Capitol, and West of the railroad tracks.

          Noma occupies a neighborhood formally known as Swampoodle (south of Florida), but that neighborhood sort of ceased to exist after Union Station was built, and after all the industries that knocked down the homes that USED to be there, were themselves shuttered and knocked down.

          Sorry to be such a pedant, but I believe that many neighborhoods are actually very well defined, as many were built on former estates by various developers, and thus have set boundaries.

  • Rebecca

    These look pretty good from the outside. Hopefully the “attention to detail” means the developer included some serious soundproofing between units, since in wood-framed buildings like this one you can often hear everything your neighbors are doing. And if I was paying $2200+ for a one bedroom here (b/c you know they will be at least that expensive) I’d want to be damn sure I wasn’t going to be hearing people walking around above me.

    • rockcreekrunner

      I’m always amazed at how people get lured in by stainless steel and granite countertops without considering the bones of the building. If you’re going to live in multi-family housing, you better find a concrete building. You’re better off with linoleum and particle board counter-tops in a structurally sound building then a POS wood frame structure. At least you can always change the aesthetic parts.

      • Yeah, but if you’re renting, are you going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to redo the kitchen?

        (It looks from the website like these are rental units, not condo units.)

  • Anon5

    That looks exactly like Rockville Town Square.

    • Anonymous

      which, btw, is the most attractive thing in rockville.

    • Anonymous

      So glad that the condo developers have NoMa as their sandbox. It may keep them away from my neighborhood for a while.

  • Boris

    Is there going to be any retail in there? You cant tell from the pictures at all. You have to cross Florida and New York Ave to get to Harris Teeter and I don’t think just the Wendy’s on the corner is gonna be enough for all the new residents. Does anybody know about additional restaurants, retail, etc?

    • geography

      You’d have to cross Florida to get to Wendy’s as well.

      The lights at the Florida and New York intersection are timed fairly well for pedestrians, I’m sure they’ll be fine.

    • Anonymous
    • JohnDC

      You can actually take the Metropolitan Branch Trail to Harris Teeter and avoid crossing any streets. Hopefully the increase traffic will help the few safety issues that segment has been having.

    • Resident

      I live across the street from these new units. It’s easy to walk to Harris Teeter and the restaurants and retail down that way. It’s like 3 blocks. No big deal.

  • Brian Kraft

    Oversized turrets are creepy.

  • Anonymous

    Bark park?! For the ‘hood or just for them?!

  • I don’t see the different and unique architectural style. It looks like typical Silver Spring/Rockville construction style to me.

  • ShawGuy

    Interesting that the PR materials say “Prime NoMa location with tree-lined streets and neighborhood charm”, but there’s not a single blade of grass, much less any trees, in the photos. And I’m sorry, but a street with a bunch of saplings in tree boxes can’t be legitimately called a “tree-lined street” for the first ten years until they start to mature.

  • Truxton K

    Selfishly, I liked it better as a big, unregulated dog park.

  • Distrix

    This is one of the rare occasions where I like the final result better than the renderings. That doesn’t mean I love it, just that it’s better than what I thought it would it turn out:

  • Grand Funk

    Agreeing with bb is this overwhelming supply in NoMa going to match demand? There are a lot of apartments in that new area

  • Rich

    Reminds me of Atlanta’s horrible faux new urbanism development, Atlantic Station.

  • More apartments that regular people can’t afford.

  • Anonymous

    One big ole grown up dorm….

  • I think it looks nice. Being right at the metro, I’m sure it will do well.

  • Are these the units you can see from the Red Line from around the Florida Ave station?? I’ve been wondering about them… If this is the same thing, I’ve been wondering who is going to live here. It reminds me a little of the construction around Columbia Town Center, except without the grass and trees.

    • JohnDC

      Yup. You can see this from the redline next to the fedex building.

  • Nolo

    I think it looks really good. I don’t understand all the “it looks like Sliver Spring” and “I hate faux urbanism” comments . When most of DC’s housing stock was built 80-100 yrs ago there were probably the same kinds of criticisms — too generic, it all looks the same, etc. And time has proved those people wrong.

  • Q Streeter

    get ready for an even more crowded Big Bear

  • Anonymous

    Too bad that XM building has been operating with a skeleton crew since the merger with Sirius went through. I would expect a new tenant in there eventually, as operations are consolidated in New York.

  • Resident

    I live across the street from this new unit and it is very nice. A grassy empty lot sat there before. I was a little surprised it was a wood frame at first, but the end result looks better by the day. They’ve also begun nice street-scape with the new old-fashioned looking street lights facing Eckington Street.


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