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A DC Developer Takes Us Inside Kite House at The Parks

David Plotz
Posted on September 20
A wide view of a cleanly furnish condo with a large French door-style stainless steel fridge and matching appliances, a bar with high-backed seating, and a living room with a gold and marble coffee table.

A view from inside one of the newly completed condos in the Kite House building in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Jeff Cornett)

This "3 Questions With" comes from a sponsored interview in partnership with Urban Pace.

I hopped on the phone with developer Jonathon Quince to learn more about Kite House, a new condo building in Takoma, D.C. Kite House is situated on the original site of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center that is now within The Parks community.

How does The Parks community pay tribute to Walter Reed’s history?

“Honoring the history of the site was probably our core design philosophy. It drove every decision that we made before we even commenced designing any of the buildings that were on site. This philosophy extends through to the use of open space to maintain the views of the historic buildings that we’re honoring as the landmarks that they are in the city.”

What are some of the benefits to living in The Parks community?

“The campus is unique in D.C. The Great Lawn, in particular, is a historic element that has survived from the original hospital, and we have really lent that as our event space. There’s year-round programming, including concerts, theatrical performances and holiday celebrations, and smaller-scale events like our complimentary yoga classes offered spring through the fall. We’re only half a mile from Takoma and the Takoma Metro station and the fantastic downtown that is Takoma.

“We have a bunch of really exciting restaurants coming to the campus. I particularly love ramen. I’m very excited for when Junior opens. Then, of course, nothing beats the convenience of having a Whole Foods at your front door.”

A photo of an empty courtyard featuring brightly colored tables and chairs, with young trees and a brick and glass building in the background.

An exterior of the communal courtyard at Kite House at The Parks condo development. The complex of new condos sits at the former site of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and preserves some amenities from that historic development. (Jeff Cornett)

Aside from the cool neighborhood, why should City Cast DC listeners choose to buy at Kite House?

“All the residences have particular sophisticated finishes. We have herringbone backsplashes, Bosch appliances, wide-plan flooring. The design element I particularly enjoy is the abundance of natural light. Within the residences we have lofty 6-foot windows, and then most of the residences have either a private terrace or a private balcony.

“Within the building, there's a hospitality-inspired lobby with a separate coworking space. There's a premium fitness studio with a separate yoga and meditation room. There's a club room that's outfitted with some soft seating, cafe tables, library. That club room actually opens up onto our outdoor entertaining terrace, which has its own dining area, grill stations, lounge seating, and a great location for hosting an outdoor party.”

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