Multifamily building with 25,000 sf of amenities rises on the shore of the Potomac River

The building is part of the National Gateway mixed-use development at Potomac yard.

February 22, 2018 |
The Sur multifamily development

The National Gateway mixed-use development at Potomac Yard, the 295-acre site of a former railroad switch yard, is about to receive a new 12-story, 360-unit residential building. Dubbed The Sur, the new building will occupy a 1.67-acre site at 3400 Potomac Avenue.

The design for The Sur was inspired by Big Sur, a rugged stretch of California’s central coast. The Sur will meld sustainable and rustic features with more modern elements. Units will feature high-end finishes and range in size from 557-sf studios to 1,419-sf three-bedroom units.

Additionally, The Sur will comprise 16,500 sf of retail space and 25,000 sf of amenities. Amenities include:


— Outdoor landscaped oasis meant to mimic the feel of a national park with large boulders, moss, forest trees, a fire pit, and seating areas.

— An eighth floor Party Room with a fireplace, bar, and a large table, all of which is connected to a spacious outdoor terrace with Potomac River and National Monument views.

— Rooftop spa oasis with cabanas, natural landscaping, and a water element that surround seating areas and fire pits.

— Fitness center and adjacent outdoor lawn for Yoga and an area to gather for movie nights.

— Floating fire place and lounge with “worm hole” seating in the south lobby

— Dog spa and wash area

— Conference room/business center enclosed in a wood and glass structure in the north lobby


The Sur sits on the shore of the Potomac River and is just minutes from Reagan National Airport. Erkiletian is the project’s developer and Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design is leading the interior architecture and design development of the 25,000 sf of amenities. The building is slated for completion in April 2020.

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