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First Look: 22 West
This luxury condominium building in the West End opens at the end of next month. We got a sneak peak during last night’s preview party. By Emily Leaman
A view of the living and dining space in the three-bedroom model. All photographs by Kate Nerenberg.
Comments () | Published May 29, 2008

The latest creation of Anthony Lanier—whose firm Eastbanc built the Ritz-Carlton Residences, the VIP-filled Water Street condo, and Cady’s Alley in Georgetown—22 West houses 92 condos, an underground parking garage, fitness center, street-level convenience store, a to-be-announced restaurant with room service, and rooftop pool and deck. The 11-story building at 22nd and M streets has 71 floorplan options, including one-, two-, and three-bedrooms, some with dens. They range in size from 948 square feet to 3,629, with price tags between $783,500 and $3,898,500. About 30 percent of the units have been sold.

Two models were open at last night’s preview party—a two-bedroom and den unit with about 1,600 square feet of space, and a three-bedroom unit with about 1,900 square feet. The first thing we noticed was the closets—they’re everywhere. Each includes adjustable (or removable) shelves to optimize storage space.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the units with natural light, and since the building is free-standing, light pours in from all angles. Natural white oak floors and nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings brighten the spaces even more. The kitchens are airy and open, separated from the living space by a granite-top island with space for stools. The refrigerator and dishwasher are integrated into the cabinetry. The master bathrooms include stand-up showers, double sinks, and soaking tubs. The secondary bathrooms have showers and single sinks. The den space makes for a perfect spot for an office or small sitting area.

Our complaints? The hallways are poorly lit and have dark walls and floors—­a bit foreboding. The doors to each unit are painted black. The bedrooms aren’t as spacious as we would’ve liked. In the two-bedroom unit, a full-size bed, two bedside tables, and a dresser made up the master bedroom, and that was pretty much all that would comfortably fit; the master in the three-bedroom unit was similarly furnished, but with a queen-size bed. In the other bedrooms, we counted full-size beds, a night table, and a dresser. On the plus side, there was plenty of closet space, so maybe the spartan furnishing would be sufficient—at least for the non-Carrie Bradshaw-types among us.

In the two-bedroom unit, we thought the island in the kitchen looked small. Aside from a small section between the sink and the range, it was the only counterspace in the kitchen. For serious cooks, that could be a problem.

Then there’s the roofdeck and pool—both great amenities, at least on paper, but poorly executed at 22 West. The lap pool is three-feet, ten-inches deep and at first glance appears to be roomy enough for two swimmers. Looking closer, you notice that built-in steps in one corner take up most of one side, meaning there’s probably only space for one swimmer at a time. For residents looking to lounge by the pool, there may be competition for spots on the deck—there wasn’t much sunning room.

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