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Soon you can actually rent an apartment at National Harbor

Leasing is set to begin Saturday on the first rental units coming up at National Harbor.
The Esplanade, a Bozzuto project with 262 units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, will encompass roughly 486,00 square feet, including garage parking and retail space.
“This is our first venture with [real estate development firm] Peterson Companies,” says Doris Gantos, senior vice president at Buzzuto, based in Greenbelt, Md. The project, four years in the planning and building, will add another layer of living options to this corner of Prince George’s County, she says, beyond the condos and townhomes that pepper National Harbor.
Gantos, who estimates that construction on the six-story building is nearly three-quarters complete, says that a soft opening is scheduled for Saturday. Prospective tenants can inspect unit floor plans and learn more about planned amenities ranging from a two-tiered courtyard, a swimming pool and virtual golf and fitness-class systems.
Landscape architecture is being led by RTKL, while Hartman Design Group is handling the project’s interiors. Heffner Architects, based in Alexandria, is the architectural firm of record.
Available apartments are slated to include 630-square-foot studios to 1,575-square-foot three-bedrooms, says Gantos. Other options will include junior one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms. All will feature stainless-steel Energy Star-rated appliances and bathrooms Gantos describes as “spa-like.”
Monthly rents will likely span a range from $1,600 for a studio to $3,000 for a three-bedroom apartment, she adds. The first units are likely to be available for leasing by the end of 2014.
Bozzuto is billing the pet-friendly Esplanade’s central location between Virginia and D.C. as a selling point for two-commuter couples. If one spouse works in Alexandria and the other in Capitol Hill, for example, “each can be at their destination in 15 minutes or so,” Gantos says.
Granite City Food & Brewery, which will offer tours of its brewery facilities, is planned for the building’s ground floor.
In May, the Capital Wheel opened at National Harbor, which is also the home of the National Children’s Museum and many stores and eateries. 

Read more articles by Amy Rogers Nazarov.

Amy Rogers Nazarov is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist with more than 25 years experience as a staff reporter and a freelance writer, covering technology, adoption, real estate, and lifestyle topics from food & drink to home organizing. Her byline has appeared in Cooking Light, The Washington Post, Slate, Washingtonian, The Writer, Smithsonian, The Washington Post Express, The Baltimore Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, Cure, The Washington Times, Museum, and many other outlets. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and tweets at @WordKitchenDC.
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