“All kind of feeling is different and welcome,” said Michele, who is an attorney at a DC law firm. She and her husband purchased a large one-bedroom unit with a den and patio. They moved there in April.
The Pearces were among the first residents to move into the Muse, which occupies an eight-story building near the Potomac River waterfront. Its builder, Carr Cos., expects construction to be completed in July.
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The location at 1201 N. Royal St. once housed Bastille, a French restaurant. Later, for nearly 20 years, occupants included MetroStage, a theater troupe that would move to a Carr Cos. at the corner of North Fairfax Street.
The North Royal Street location will always have room for the arts. Within the Muse development, space has been set aside – on the ground floor of a new three-storey building – for art studios and for classes, workshops and other events organized by the Art League.
The presence of the Art League “provides an elevated cultural experience within our community that our residents crave,” said Kami Kraft, vice president of Mayhood Co., which is responsible for sales and marketing. “It’s a little different.”
It also inspired the name of the condominium. “The Muse was the name derived to give that artistic nod,” Kraft said.
The units available at the Muse are equipped with one or two bedrooms.
The largest, with an area of 1,863 square feet, has two bedrooms, a boudoir, two full bathrooms, a powder room (or powder room) and a balcony. This is one of six models offering two bedrooms plus a boudoir or loft. The smallest of the six, at 1,655 square feet, also has two balconies. Prices for units with two bedrooms plus a den start at $1.85 million.
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with no boudoir or loft come in seven configurations and range from 1,114 to 1,576 square feet; the largest has a balcony. Prices start at $950,000.
Units with one bedroom plus a den or loft come in five varieties. They either have two full bathrooms or one bath and one powder room, and sizes range from 952 to 1,398 square feet. Prices start at $860,000.
Prices for all luxury loft units start at $1.15 million.
About half of the units have been sold, and most early sales were for larger units priced at $2 million to $3 million, Kraft said. Mid-size units make up most of the remaining inventory for sale.
Units have open-concept floor plans, gourmet kitchens, spalike bathrooms, nine-foot-tall windows, and 7.5-inch engineered oak floors throughout. Finishes include Snaidero cabinets, quartz countertops, and Bosch and Thermador appliances.
Floor plans were designed with an emphasis on “the way we expected people to live”, which is reflected in features such as a walk-in laundry room and linen closets and pantries for storage, Kraft said. Additional storage is also available for purchase, in ranges from 8,000 to 20,000 square feet.
All units come with one or two underground parking spaces which are included in the price of the house. Additional parking spaces are for sale, as well as electric vehicle chargers.
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The Muse offers a 24-hour concierge service and has a property manager and engineer on site. An additional attendant in the lobby is available to assist with shopping and provide other assistance Monday through Friday. Kraft said the Muse “aims to provide a higher level of service than what was offered in Alexandria.”
Community facilities include a penthouse-level fitness center with yoga studios and an outdoor fitness deck.
An indoor-outdoor rooftop clubroom offers panoramic views of the Potomac. It has a party kitchen and informal and formal seating inside. Outside, a wraparound deck has a private dining area, fire pits, and a grilling station.
In the garage there is a pet wash and a bicycle storage room with a repair center.
On the Mount Vernon Trail, residents can cycle for miles along the Potomac. They can drive to Old Town for dinner without having to worry about parking, Kraft said.
The Muse is within walking distance of Tide Lock Park and a few blocks from a cluster of stores, including Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s, cafes, and fast food restaurants. It is about 10 blocks from the commercial activity of King Street.
The river remains a huge draw for people, Kraft said.
“Water is magic,” Kraft said. “Every buyer comes in and says they want a view. They want the river. They want the trees and our whole artistic living theme.
Schools: IB School Jefferson-Houston PreK-8; George Washington College; Alexandria City High School
Transit: The Muse is about three-quarters of a mile from Braddock Road tube station (on the blue and yellow lines) and Potomac Yard station (also on the blue and yellow lines), which is under construction and expected to be completed this year. Residents can take the Dash bus to Braddock Road station. Nearby freeways include George Washington Memorial Parkway and Interstate 395. The building is on the Mount Vernon Trail.
Nearby: Mount Vernon Trail, Tide Lock Park and Oronoco Bay Park; a cluster of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants within walking distance; shops and restaurants on King Street about 10 blocks away.
1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Virginia.
The plan calls for 72 condominiums, and about half remain for sale. Prices for available units start at $860,000 for a bedroom with a boudoir; $950,000 for two bedrooms; $1.85 million for two bedrooms with a boudoir; $1.15 million for units with lofts.
Features: Snaidero cabinets in kitchens, owner’s suites and guest bathrooms; quartz countertops in kitchens and bathrooms; Bosch and Thermador kitchen appliances; 7.5 inch engineered oak floors throughout; nine-foot high windows; custom lighting. One or two underground parking spaces are included in the price of the house. Additional storage is available for purchase.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 plus den to 2 plus den/1.5 to 2.5 (in available units)
Square feet: 952 to 1,863
Condominium charge: $900 to $1,800 per month, depending on unit size
See the model: On appointment
Sales: The Mayhood Co. at 571-771-MUSE (6873) or [email protected]