The Building

Let’s start with the standard picture of the Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums. That’s New York Avenue out front. The corner at 4th Street, NW, is ahead to the right. The short red brick building on the left is the original laundry that was converted into loft condos. The tall, light brick, mostly glass building on the right is where Apt. 911 is located on the 9th floor along the right front corner. That’s right, it’s a rare corner studio apartment. The entrance to the complex is between the two buildings.

Here’s that entrance. If you rent Apt. 911, you’ll walk straight ahead, under the “YALE” sign. There’s a security fob scanner to the right of the double exterior doors.

If you’re driving, you’ll pull in on the brick driveway and use your security fob to open the garage door and park in your assigned space under the building. The building has double elevators that you’ll access from inside the garage with your security fob.

This next shot was taken by someone else with his or her back to the front entrance. That’s New York Avenue out front.

If you’re walking, you’ll come in through the double doors, pass the security guard’s station, into the white brick space between the steam laundry on the left and our building lobby on the right.

As you can see, the lobby is large, comfortable and friendly. The elevators up to my apartment, or down to the garage, are through the lobby to the right. There are two elevators. Turn left when you get off the elevator.  Apt. 911 is straight ahead, all the way at the end of the hallway.  You can’t miss it.

There’s a really nice 24 hour gym, free to all tenants of course.

There are pool tables, if you prefer less aerobic exercise.

And you can play the other kind of pool. Here’s a day shot of the lap pool that’s on the roof of the steam laundry building. It’s not a huge pool, but a perfect place to cool off and hang out with friends, or make new ones, after work or on a hot night.

You know what else? I don’t know everyone who lives here, but the people I do know are nice and even the ones I don’t know are friendly.

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