Home and Design Magazine: Living on High


Living on high

The Lauren in Bethesda brings elegant design to a prime location

By Julie Sanders

A recent addition to Bethesda’s ever-growing array of high-end condominiums, The Lauren is ideally situated on the (relatively) quiet corner of two one-way streets near Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues—home to Bethesda Row’s abundance of shops and restaurants.

This spot was exactly what developer 1788 Holdings was looking for when the company decided to build in Bethesda. “We wanted the property to raise the standard for high-end condos in the DC area,” says principal Larry Goodwin. The Lauren, he says, “is a cut above what is typical for DC’s high-end condominium market.”

Miami-based Robert M. Swedroe Architects & Planners designed the two-tone granite building, which was built by Davis Construction. Alexandria-based interiors firm Akseizer Design Group was responsible for all the public spaces as well as one of the models.

In keeping with the developer’s vision for the property, the design team selected luxurious materials and finishes throughout. “We mixed modern materials with organic textures for timeless appeal,” explains principal Jeff Akseizer. The two-story lobby is clad in limestone with ebony macassar panels and illuminated by a custom chandelier with 300 hand-blown glass tubes. The wine lounge/screening room, with walnut panels and onyx accents, features individual wine lockers, custom furniture and a large, flat-screen TV. The expansive roof deck offers “amenity zones” delineated by stone pavers and îpe flooring, with seating areas furnished by JANUS et Cie and Dedon.

The fitness lounge is a cardio-intensive space “designed to dress up fitness to a luxury level,“ says Akseizer. Anti-microbial carpet tiles and a walnut accent wall impart a high-end feel, while personalized cubbies, towels and water are available.

The Lauren offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units starting at 1,440 square feet for a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath residence with a den and a private terrace. The top three floors house penthouse units, with the seventh-floor penthouse spanning 5,750 square feet with a 1,600-square-foot terrace.

Akseizer and his team created a transitional look for the model, which encompasses two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a den. It features an open-plan living/dining area and an adjoining kitchen with an island. Wide-plank walnut floors unify the rooms and a vented gas fireplace creates a focal point in the living area. In the kitchen, custom cabinetry is paired with Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplash, while appliances by Sub-Zero/Wolf are concealed behind panels. Calacatta Gold marble also clads the spa-like master bath, complementing a white custom vanity; alternatively, some units offer baths with dark-stained cabinetry and limestone. All bath fixtures are from Waterworks.

Other features in the units include floor-to-ceiling windows, home-automation systems and automated shades. Some residences boast direct-access elevators. Twenty-four-hour concierge, valet parking, guest suites and a porter service are among the perks available to residents.


The Lauren encompasses 29 units on seven floors. Floors five, six and seven house penthouse units with large private terraces. At press time, 14 of the building’s units had been sold. Prices begin at $1.475 million for a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit with a den and a terrace. The furnished model is available for $2.55 million and the top-floor penthouse is priced at $10 million.

1788 Holdings also developed The Estate Condominums at Quarry Springs, which is located on the border of Bethesda and Potomac.

INQUIRIES: The Lauren, 4901 Hampden Lane, Bethesda,
Maryland 20814 • 301-273-1164 •