Tune Into The Channel at The Wharf DC
The Channel, an apartment building located at The Wharf offers luxury amenities and some of the greatest views in the nation’s capital. It’s stylish to say the least and the fact that it sits directly above the hottest local music venue, The Anthem, gives it even more cachet.
I was invited to tour one of the apartments at The Channel. Vic Wells, a local real estate developer, has made The Channel his home for the past year telling me that it gives him a homebase and provides everything he could want in an apartment.
Vic lives in a studio apartment in which he chose to give up square footage for remarkable views of the Potomac River, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.
The apartment includes a kitchenette, washer/dryer combo, full bath. The living area includes a couch that converts into a pullout bed and decorative shelving.
The Channel’s tagline is “Live Life Amplified” a reference to music venue that occupies the ground floor of the building. The Anthem seats up to 6,000 screaming fans for mega concerts that get loud, but the occupants of the 501 units rest easy and report no disturbances. The Wharf development team spent considerable time and money ensuring the apartments are sound proofed and completely separated from the venue. Vic often gets questions about the noise and vibrations stemming from The Anthem on concert nights and says that he has never heard any sound or vibration emanating from the rocking at the venue.
The amenities are top notch. The Channel’s common area, situated on a mid-level rooftop, has the much talked about trendy glass bottom pool area from which one can look over the Washington Channel to Hains Point or down into the lobby of The Anthem. Surrounding the pool area are stainless steel grilling areas, flat screen tvs with couches, a dog park, and raised community gardens.
Just off the pool area are four essential resident conveniences. There is a workout room that includes free weights, cardio machines and yoga and aerobic classes. There is a party room that includes a full kitchen, sitting areas and entertainment that can be utilized by residents at any time and can even be rented out for as many as 99 people. Nearby, there is a resident lounge that includes a coffee bar and tea area, tables, lounge chairs and couches. There is an adjacent game room as well with foosball and a shuffleboard table.
Vic loves the convenience of the action at the DC Wharf. Just downstairs is The Brighton where he can grab a bite to eat and drinks. If there’s a big game, it’s likely on one of Brighton’s many tvs. A few steps away is the Water Taxi at Transit Pier, where he could get to Georgetown, Old Town, or National Harbor. Walking out to the Maine Ave. side, the SW Shuttle is convenient as is the DC Circulator.
In just two short years since the Wharf opened, it has become a true community where DC residents can, for the first time in generations, live comfortably near the water. The Channel Apartments are an integral part of the community and a place virtually anyone would be proud to call home.
[Editor’s note] As this story neared its publication, Vic informed me that he had decided not to renew his lease at The Channel. His next address will be somewhere on the Atlantic ocean or Caribbean Sea. Vic is setting sail for the caribbean where he plans to provide relief to hurricane victims in the Bahamas. Fair winds, my friend.
The Channel Apartments
950 Maine Avenue SW, Washington DC
Phone: (202) 919-5669