Nine-foot ceilings, walnut hardwood flooring, and white quartz counters with waterfall edging are just some of the standard features inside 13|U’s apartment units, designed by David M. Schwarz Architects, BBGM, and interior designer Champalimaud. The elegant rooms, located at 13th and U streets in the nation’s capital, were designed to accommodate boutique-style living for residents looking for sophistication and luxury.
Offered in one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den floor plans, the units range from 635 square feet to 1,400 square feet and include more than just high-end interior finishes. In the kitchens, stainless steel appliances, separate cooktops and ovens, soft-close walnut cabinets, and undercabinet LED lighting make the space both attractive and highly functional.
The kitchens look to a living area with floor-to-ceiling windows with black frames and Mechoshade coverings. Sixty percent of the 129 units have either a balcony or terrace connected to the living space or the bedroom for views of Washington, D.C., and its up-and-coming U Street neighborhood.
In the bathrooms, the shower and bathtubs were constructed with floor-to-ceiling, large slab, book-matched porcelain marble tiles and a frameless glass enclosure. The space mirrors the style of the kitchen by including walnut cabinetry and white quartz countertops. Above the double-sink floating vanity, an illuminated mirror with frosted edges gives residents additional lighting and another touch of luxury.
Each of the apartments also includes a fully equipped laundry room with a front-loading washer/dryer and its own electronic key system.
The multifamily building offers community-style amenities, as well. From two rooftop terraces to the fitness studio equipped with its own personal trainer, developer JBG SMITH aimed for luxury all around. The building also has an outdoor kitchen, resident lounge, 24/7 concierge, and below-grade parking.
Services in 13|U don’t stop with trainers and concierges: Residents also have access to dog walkers, grocery services, car detailing, personal organization services, and relocation help.
The building’s location takes advantage of numerous public transit options, including several bus lines and a nearby Metrorail station. Plus, bicycle storage is available in the community.
On the exterior of the building, the architects took cues from other local apartment buildings. On the U Street façade, portions are set back above the second floor in order to create interest from the street below. The center pavilion is projected to mark the entrance to the lobby, and curving corners frame another front on 13th Street.