The Wooster and Mercer Lofts are one of Washington Metro’s perennially popular condominium developments. Designed by Cunningham Quill Architects and complete in 2007, the two-building complex is located at 1600 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood. The look is retro chic with modern upscale amenities. Brick warehouse-style facades are complemented by massive factory-style windows and repurposed 140 year-old bricks from the old Children’s Museum in Washington, now used as interior trim. It should be noted, however, that the turnover here is quite low. In fact, no new units came to market in either January or February.
The lone available listing at Wooster and Mercer is Unit #604. The price has gone up from $929,000 to $950,000 as a result of the owner’s current process of building out the master bedroom, including removing a non-structural wall. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath penthouse loft unit has 1,194 square feet of living space with soaring 22-foot ceilings and two stories of massive windows. Gleaming hardwood floors run throughout, with floating spiral iron stairs leading to a large private deck. The open gourmet kitchen features a Wolfe 6-burner range, a stainless steel glass door fridge and built-in double wine coolers. Exposed ductwork snakes throughout the residence, with antique brick accents in multiple places. The bathroom has a twin sink granite vanity plus a large frameless shower.
There were no sales in February. The most recent was in January, when Unit #208 closed for $1,007,500 after listing for $1 million. This private Life At The Top listing is a corner residence with 2-bedrooms, 2-baths and 1,703 square feet of living space. Among the many features is a beautiful chef’s kitchen set into a single wall with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, black granite counters and hanging pendant lights over the breakfast bar. Square pillars are wrapped with 140 year-old brick and the large master bedroom suite has a honed marble bathroom with twin sink vanity. The second bedroom has direct access to the full hallway bath with marble vanity and tile floor. Parking is included.
There was also one closing in December. Unit #W103 listed at $850,000 and sold for $835,000. The 1 bedroom, 2-bath flat also has a den, with 1,188 square feet of living space and six-inch wide Brazilian Cherry floors throughout. Huge windows, brick accents and exposed overhead ductwork add to the ambience. The open gourmet kitchen has a Wolf range, Sub-Zero fridge, GE Monogram wine cooler and black granite counters. A large owner’s suite has a walk-in closet and spa-style bathroom. The den has a full-sized Murphy bed and built-ins, plus a full guest bath.
The Wooster and Mercer Lofts are ideally located along Clarendon Blvd, between N. Pierce and N. Queens Street in Rosslyn. The Courthouse neighborhood is right next door, and there are numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment within walking distance. Also nearby are two Metro stations. Residents enjoy plenty of condo amenities, including a swimming pool, front desk and concierge, club room, fitness center, courtyard and dog park.
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