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Somerset House Condominium in Friendship Village
Located Between 5600 and 5630 Wisconsin Avenue
Representing class and elegance in condominium living, Somerset House is located in Maryland's Friendship Village community. The massive 17-acre complex with its impeccable landscaping is home to three different high-rise structures: Somerset House I, Somerset House II and Parc Somerset. There are 405 upscale residences between the three buildings.
Situated along the 5600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the development was built in three phases, from 1988 to 1999. Surrounding the Somerset buildings is an incredibly lush country club-like setting with a vast array of amenities.
The three buildings are quite contemporary with multi-faceted facades, huge windows and long terraces. Inside, you’ll find flooring in combinations of marble, hardwood, tile and carpet. The floor plans are extremely spacious, ranging from around 1,053 to 4,212 square feet. The kitchens are beautifully appointed, as are the baths. Luxury condos for sale at Somerset House have recently been listing between $525,000 and $8.65 million.
Residents are pampered with an incredible array of services and conveniences. For example, doormen, valet parking and fully staffed front lobbies. Each building has its own community room with a kitchen and bar, as well as both indoor and outdoor lounges. There are also tennis courts and tennis pros, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Add to that, spas, saunas, fitness rooms, indoor squash and handball courts, craft rooms, card rooms, billiards and several party rooms. Who would ever want to leave this place?
But of course, the outside world also beckons. Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase combine to form a seamless high-end shopping and dining experience along Wisconsin Avenue, often referred to as the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.” From grocery shopping at Whole Foods to boutiques like Jimmy Choo, Barney’s, Cartier and Gucci, this is indeed part of a lavish lifestyle experience. And in case you don’t feel like driving the Bentley to Capitol Hill, the Friendship Heights Metro is close at hand.
The Sister Communities of Friendship Heights and Friendship Village
Friendship Heights began as a large “friendship grant” given to early colonists circa 1715. Back then, the area was considered to be in Maryland. But in 1790, the Residence Act was signed, approving a capital district that would become the seat of federal government. Both Maryland and Virginia contributed land for the formation of the new district. As it so happened, the new Maryland/DC border cut through the middle of the 3,000-acre community, which was then farm country.
Around 1900, a trolley line from Georgetown arrived, prompting development. Unlike next-door Chevy Chase in Maryland, the Washington portion of Friendship Heights was free from restrictive zoning rules. This allowed businesses, homes and apartment buildings to start springing up quickly. Land on the other side of the Maryland border was slower to develop. But around 1914, the Maryland half of the community was renamed the Village of Friendship Heights. Locals eventually started calling it by the simpler handle of Friendship Village.
During the early part of the 20th Century, both neighborhoods were known for their Victorian-style homes, including a number of original Sears Roebuck Craftsman cottages. The tenor of the area began changing after World War II as more apartment buildings were constructed. In more recent years, Friendship Heights and Friendship Village have become part of an exciting period of growth along the Wisconsin Avenue and Connecticut Avenue corridors. That development boom also includes Chevy Chase, South Bethesda and Downtown Bethesda.
In addition to the posh Somerset gated community, other exclusive condominiums in the Friendship Heights and Friendship Village area include Chase Point. Heading further north, there are a number of new luxury condos such as The Lauren, Adagio, Hampden Row and The Darcy.
There’s plenty of quality local restaurants very close to Somerset House, such as Range by Bryan Voltaggio, Tartufo Italian Restaurant, Le Chat Noir and Chatter (which has taken over the site of Chad’s Friendship Heights). Not far to the south along Wisconsin Avenue are staples like Tenley Bar & Grill, Guapo’s and Kitty O’Shea. Further north you’ll find Clyde’s of Chevy Chase, Capital Grille, Kobo and Sushiko Chevy Chase. Continue a bit further to Downtown Bethesda and you’ll find plenty more options, like Jaleo, Olazzo, Barrel and Crow, PassionFish, Persimmon and the fun Gringos & Mariachis, just to name a few.
In short, Somerset House is located in a fascinating community that is starting to meld with others around it. Transit-oriented development is in the urban vogue at present, as is the appeal of nearby shops, restaurants and entertainment—not to mention simpler outdoor pleasures like golf and tennis at nearby Rock Creek Park. To learn more about condos for sale at Somerset, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass (202) 798-3600.