On November 20, the youngest current US Congressman, Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL) attended Aria Development's ribbon cutting cocktail reception for the newest luxury apartments in DC's West End neighborhood, The Bond (1230 New Hampshire Ave., NW). Murphy joined Aria Development Owner Joshua Benaim, who threw a memorable bash for local VIPs, media and his building's residents to celebrate The Bond's $10 million renovation. Guests made a toast with Moet & Chandon Imperial, and were treated to tunes from a live jazz trio while perusing the apartment building's available homes. Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, Benaim made a speech to announce Aria Development's $5,000 contribution to Martha's Table, just the beginning of the local partnerships he plans to form as they expand in the DC development community.
Aria acquired The Bond in early 2012 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which had used the building for corporate housing; The IMF has since renovated the building next door at 1250 New Hampshire Avenue for this purpose.
The Bond’s renovation has resulted in brand-new interiors for 83 distinctive studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, featuring European kitchens designed by Deborah Kalkstein of Contemporaria in Georgetown, three-inch natural white oak floors, Bosch washer dryers, and all-new systems including an advanced video intercom. The Bond is the first apartment community in the city to offer advanced energy-saving Nest programmable thermostats, which “learn” occupants’ behavior and can be controlled remotely by iPhone.
“We fell in love with Washington’s beautiful historic buildings and neighborhoods, and decided that we wanted to participate in the renaissance of these delightful streetscapes,” says Benaim. “We were attracted to The Bond’s irreplaceable location just a few blocks from Dupont Circle, surrounded by top-rated restaurants, boutiques, embassies, and international institutions.”
Oculus Realty, LLC is providing leasing and ongoing professional management of The Bond.