30 JUNE 2023

Grosvenor delivers premium apartment residences and new public park to D.C.'s vibrant Union Market

Grosvenor has announced the opening of Margarite, a new, best-in-class mixed-use rental community in Washington, D.C.’s lively Union Market neighborhood. This new development provides contemporary residences across 13 stories along with a new 6,000-square-foot community park. 

“We feel very fortunate to play a part in the next chapter of the Union Market neighborhood by delivering Margarite to the community.,” said Jon Carr, Grosvenor’s Senior Vice President of Development in Washington, D.C. “The building is a culmination of more than eight years of design and construction collaboration, and we are very hopeful our future residents and neighbors will enjoy all of the thoughtfulness that our team of talented collaborators have brought to the project.”

Designed by an internationally renowned design team led by architectural firm ParkFowler Plus in collaboration with SCAPE Landscape Architecture, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers and Centric Lab, the project incorporates a number of elements and  spaces meant to promote physical and mental wellbeing. 

Those elements include:

  •  Neal Place Park, a 6,000 square-foot pocket park located at the building’s entrance which provides a serene setting for both residents and neighbors
  • Material choices throughout the residences and common spaces including felt wall coverings, integrated appliances, fully exhausted (non-recirculated air) kitchens, black-out bedroom window shades, and best-in-class envelope performance. These materials were selected to specifically address common urban living stressors including light, air and noise pollution 
  • A diverse set of unit plans from efficient studios through multi-story three bedroom homes where more than 50% of the units have access to private outdoor space
  • Thoughtfully detailed common spaces that provide a variety of social and work-from- home opportunities for residents
  • An innovative structural design that provides expansive open spaces throughout the building in order to maximize access to natural light and enhance space planning flexibility

“Each home has been carefully crafted to offer residents an elevated living experience, with a focus on comfort, functionality and style,” said Brad Fowler, Principal at ParkFowler Plus. “With private outdoor space in over 50 percent of residences, including expansive outdoor entertainment areas in the Penthouse collection, open-concept layouts and floor-to-ceiling windows, Margarite’s design places a premium on natural light to create warm and inviting spaces.”

“Our research for Margarite aimed to ensure that a diversity of development and design decisions met the needs of incoming residents and existing locals alike. We paid particular attention to demographics such as expecting parents, young children, and older people in the design and placemaking ambitions.”, said Josh Artus, Urban Strategy & Healthy Places Lead at Centric Lab, a London-based research partner who specializes in understanding how a building’s design and placemaking efforts can impact the health and well-being of its residents.  

Margarite’s serene environment is a welcome respite within the bustling Union Market neighborhood, which has quickly become one of the most vibrant, walkable neighborhoods in the city.  Future Margarite residents can easily walk to Michelin-star restaurants, entertainment venues, an eclectic mix of local, regional and national retailers such as Trader Joe’s, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Scotch & Soda, as well as easily accessible public transportation options. Less than half a mile from the NoMa-Gallaudet Red Line Metro station, residents can easily access Downtown D.C. and all top attractions in the city, including the US Capitol Grounds, Capital One Arena and the diverse dining and shopping options at the Shops at City Center.

In addition to unparalleled outdoor space, wellness-minded amenities and interiors, Margarite is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and Net Zero Carbon Neutral status, aligning with Grosvenor’s World Green Building Council commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The building is also built to provide exceptional standards for digital connectivity through its WiredScore Premium certification.

Margarite is the latest project in Grosvenor’s long history of owning and operating property across the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1986, Grosvenor has added impactful residential and mixed-use projects to the region, including CityHomes in Eckington, F1RST in Navy Yard, District Apartments in the U Street Corridor, and Central in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Located at 1280 Union Street NE, Washington, D.C., Margarite has begun leasing with move-ins slated for early July. 

For more information and to book a tour, please visit www.margaritedc.com

For more information, please contact:


Bethany Katwinkel: bethany@thebrandguild.com

Meredith Foster: meredith@thebrandguild.com

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