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The Condo Conversion

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The Condo Conversion

The lobby at Baltimore’s Silo Point reveals some of
the architectural detail that distinguishes this new
condominium complex located in a renovated 1920s
grain elevator. The community overlooks the city’s
Inner Harbor.

We can’t say exactly when it happened, but the Washington/Baltimore region has become first-class condo country. Luxurious new condominium communities are transforming the way homeowners live from Baltimore to Bethesda to Ballston.

We can at least agree on why it’s happening. As the two cities and their close-in suburbs become increasingly cosmopolitan and sophisticated, they are attracting a new kind of homebuyer. This new breed recognizes that DC and Baltimore today are embracing many of the same urban amenities other world-class cities have long enjoyed. Some of the nation’s finest restaurants are thriving in local neighborhoods, and pedestrian-friendly urban hot spots are gaining critical mass. They offer everything from fine dining to boutique shopping, from galleries to nightclubs, from live music venues to organic farmers markets. There’s a hip sense of style on these streets that makes home buyers eager to join in and be close to the action.

It’s little wonder that when a neighborhood is transformed by new development—restaurants, cafes, a new Grand Marriott Hotel and high-end retail shops—people want to live there. That’s why DC’s Ten Ten Mass is one of our region’s best-selling luxury condominium communities.

Likewise, the Southwest waterfront neighborhood is about to explode with new energy, thanks largely to the opening of the Washington Nationals new baseball stadium. In steps Velocity, meeting the demand for luxury contemporary condominium homes just a short walk from the ballpark.

Even the most casual observer would take note of the incredible growth in the new urban centers of Ballston, Bethesda and Potomac, where Liberty Center, Lionsgate and Park Potomac Place, respectively, are making it easy for home buyers to choose a luxurious low-maintenance home in the heart of it all.

The Baltimore market is also coming on strong with several new condominium communities taking full advantage of the magnetic pull that the burgeoning Inner Harbor neighborhood has on home buyers. The combination of the water, the lively street life, the fine restaurants and shops and the nearby Orioles Park at Camden Yards is hard to beat. And so is the one-of-a-kind luxury condominium community of Silo Point, built in a renovated 85-year-old former grain elevator which overlooks all of the Inner Harbor and beyond.

Aside from first-class locations, the residents of these new condominium communities can expect high-quality design and materials and the finest in community amenities. Kitchens are showplaces of granite and stainless steel, walls of glass take in fantastic views and opulent master suites provide the perfect retreat. Finally, concierge services, wellness centers, rooftop pools and cozy clubrooms put the finishing touches on a world-class luxury lifestyle.

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