More About the Residences at Harbourside
Completed in 2008 and located at 2900 K Street NW, the development is comprised of two buildings—North and South, the latte being owned by the country of Sweden. The condominium component is in the North Building along with high-end office space. The South Building is known as the House of Sweden, and is home to the Swedish embassy as well the diplomatic missions for Iceland and Liechtenstein. The DC corporate offices for Volvo are also here. The two buildings are right on the western bank of Rock Creek near the tributary’s mouth at the Potomac River.
Six of the seven condominiums are duplex penthouses with floorplans ranging up to 6,000 square feet of living space, and that’s not counting the amazing 3,000 square foot private roof decks! No wonder one these magnificent city homes recently listed for just shy of $9 million. That particular condo even has its own private swimming pool! But even the condos without their own pools are super swanky, with Brazilian Walnut and Cherry floors, towering floor-to-ceiling window walls, private elevators, Chef’s grade kitchens with Miele appliances and honed granite counters, gas fireplaces and deluxe marble spa baths. The views of the river and Georgetown’s waterfront district alone are priceless.
The creation of the complex was a decade long process, complicated by the relocation of multiple embassies. The architecture was assigned to separate entities through the same developer. Arthur Cotton Moore was responsible for Harbourside with its curvilinear feel. Two decades earlier, Moore presided over development of the next-door Washington Harbour mixed-use project, hence the name “Harbourside” for the new neighbor. Meanwhile, the House of Sweden was the subject of a competition in which participants were invited to submit plans representative of Swedish ideals, such as openness and transparency. Gert Wingardhs and Tomas Hansen came up with the winning design, combining massive belts of glass, stone and backlit wood. Interestingly, the two buildings have a commonality in their presentation, although the South Building utilizes straighter angles while the North Building offers wavy lines along the waterfront edge.
Amenities at the pet-friendly Residences at Harbourside include 24/7 front desk and concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness center, secure parking and storage. There isn’t a general roof deck as six of the seven units have their own private roof spaces. The complex also has a prestigious Events Center that plays host to numerous cultural events including musical performances and art exhibitions. Those owning condos may well find themselves rubbing shoulders with diplomats at black-tie events and film festivals!
The Georgetown Waterfront Experience
It would be difficult to find a more prime location than 2900 K Street NW. K Street is traditionally associated with political lobbyists, financiers and law firms and is sometimes referred to as Washington, DC’s “Main Street.” But the Residences at Harbourside are at the western end of K Street in Georgetown, where it merges with a short stretch of coastal road known as Whitehurst Freeway between Rock Creek and Key Bridge. Further east on the other side of Rock Creek is the community of Foggy Bottom.
Residents at Harbourside will find themselves just a stone’s throw from popular restaurants with river views, including Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, Bangkok Joe’s and Farmers Fishers Bakers. This is one of the oldest parts of Washington, predating the actual formation of the city. The area has been largely redeveloped since the early days of Georgetown, when colonial farmers from Virginia and Maryland would bring their barrels of tobacco to the docks in order to ship them all over the world.
Today, Georgetown Waterfront Park exists where old docks once were. Completed in 2011, the park with its promenade and terraced steps leading down to the water, is part of the National Park Service and is dedicated to preserving the area for the public rather than succumbing to commercial over development. There’s cafes along the water, as well as boating activities at the Key Bridge Boathouse and the Washington Canoe Club.
The Residences at Harbourside are also next to the Thompson Boat Center. In fact, the property stands where other boat sheds on Rock Creek once existed. This spit of land is where the mouth of Rock Creek meets the Potomac, and where the Georgetown Mole Way Station once existed—the District’s first underground Metro system. The old C&O Canal inlet/outlet lock is also here: the first stage of the famous canal that operated from the mid-1800s to 1924. Today, the old tow paths and locks still wind through Georgetown and are wonderful places to stroll and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
To learn more about condos for sale at the Residences at Harbourside, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, (202) 798-3600.