The new luxurious apartment creating 1331 Maryland. Photograph by Peter Aaron.

Cranes lording more than luxury condominium design have been a common sight in the District for several years. And with every single new developing that is opened, the rents have seemed to climb increased and higher. That is, until Covid-19 strike. The pandemic has led to improved vacancy rates and decreased rents throughout the metropolis. Soon after all, massive structures stuffed with strangers touching the same elevator buttons are a tougher promote throughout a general public wellbeing disaster.

Even so, just one of Washington’s most recent luxe condominium communities, 1331 Maryland, is making an attempt to buck the craze. The 14-story building that not long ago opened around the Southwest waterfront has 12 penthouse apartments—one of which leases for $20,000 a thirty day period. It could nicely be the priciest rental device in the complete metropolis.

The building’s developer says he’s assured that the type of particular person who would shell out $20,000 for a penthouse in ordinary situations is nevertheless going to do so in a pandemic. “The individuals that are heading to be leasing our really high-priced models have the excellent fortune, or have gained the superior fortune, of not being as involved with the momentary economic scenario,” claims Steven Grigg, president and CEO of Republic Houses Company. The organization would not share how many of the penthouses have been rented so significantly. Of 1331 Maryland’s 373 whole models, Grigg states about 50 percent are leased.

A popular home in the developing that opens onto the rooftop terrace. Photograph by Laura Metzler Photography.
The lobby of 1331 Maryland Avenue. Photograph by Laura Metzler Photography.
A rooftop infinity pool overlooks the Washington Monument. Photograph by Nomoi Images.

Going into the challenge, he says he understood it would acquire a while to lease the most costly apartments. But due to the fact of coronavirus, he states it may possibly really be more durable to come across renters for the units that expense $2,000 to $5,000 per month. “[Covid] has experienced an influence on the center sector units and the upper industry units that are down below that [ultra high-end] tier, since these folks are additional tied to the present-day financial circumstance,” suggests Grigg. 

DC’s rental market has been particularly impacted in Southwest, which is residence to 1331 Maryland, according to true estate investigation group Delta Associates. Its next quarter report exhibits that luxurious buildings there had been discounting rents by an regular of 5.7 %, owing to a 7.7 per cent vacancy price (up from a vacancy rate of significantly less than 5 percent in 2019).

The kitchen area in a person of the penthouse models. Photograph by Laura Metzler Pictures.
A living space in just one of the penthouses. Photograph by Laura Metzler Images.
A lavatory in one of the penthouses overlooks the Tidal Basin. Photograph by Laura Metzler Images.

At 1331 Maryland, a person-bedroom residences on lower flooring start off at about $2,400 a month—which is in line with other substantial-finish properties. It has 80 units selected as “Sky Suites,” which are located on the leading 4 floors and commence around $3,450 for a a single-bed room. Twelve of those are selected as penthouses, which get started at all around $4,000 for a one particular-bedroom, and go up to $20,000 for the 3-bed room with a den. For that price, you will get perks like personal elevator access, quartz counter tops, nine-foot ceilings, Italian wooden cupboards, and Thermador appliances.

All residents, regardless of what floor they stay on, get entry to swanky communal features, these kinds of as a pet spa and pet park, an infinity pool, a concierge, an on-internet site professional medical support that offers flu shots, a 4,000 square-foot health and fitness heart with a fleet of Pelotons, rooftop sights of the Washington Monument and Potomac, and entry to the close by Mandarin Oriental hotel’s spa and restaurants. (And the building isn’t charging an amenity payment in the course of the pandemic.)

Alternatively of fixating on lease-up, Grigg suggests his team is alternatively focusing on maintaining the health and fitness of residents and staff members by ramping up cleaning protocols and lowering potential in widespread areas. “I assume, indeed, we would prefer that it leased up a lot quicker,” he suggests. “It would have leased up a large amount more quickly if we didn’t have a Covid situation, but which is something we have occur to accept. It’s just the reality of the place we are right now.”

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

Associate Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. Her perform has appeared in Outside the house Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. At first from North Carolina, she now life in Petworth.