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VIDA Penthouse Pool Opening; Archstone Unloads Another

U STREET—The Penthouse Pool Club that is a part of VIDA fitness is opening this weekend. There are some membership requirements, but hurry so you can reserve your own cabana this weekend. [CurbedInbox]

CRYSTAL CITY—Archstone has sold their Buchanan apartment building to Dweck Properties for about $395,928 per unit (there's a total of 442 units, total sale price was $175 million). [CoStar]

Photo from Greg Powers

Urban Adventures Companies to Unveil Third Phase

of Flagship Fitness and Lifestyle Complex With Launch Private Rooftop Pool and Lounge in U Street Corridor

Washington, DC – The private rooftop pool and lounge at VIDA Fitness-U Street is set to open this weekend. Urban Adventures Companies, Inc., the umbrella corporation for VIDA Fitness, announced today that the Penthouse Pool Club ( is now complete and will open to members on Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. The $2 million, 12,000-square-foot rooftop area includes a 60-foot pool, private sun deck, resort cabanas, communal fire pits and a membership lounge offering full food and beverage service featuring beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers, salads flat bread pizzas and sandwiches.

With a lounge and pool capacity of 299, members and guests will enjoy the relaxing vibe, socialize and unwind in a sophisticated setting and appreciate panoramic capital views. The membership roster to the Penthouse Pool Club is now filled, however Urban Adventures Companies has established a waiting list for those wishing to become future members. Membership to the pool club also includes full access to all five DC-area VIDA Fitness locations.

“The Penthouse Pool Club offers a desirable urban resort in a highly-stylized atmosphere, says David von Storch, president of Urban Adventures Companies. “This amenity compliments and expands the VIDA Fitness, wellness and lifestyle brand.”

Designed by Stoneking-von Storch Architects of Charlottesville, VA and Hallock Design Group of Miami, FL, the rooftop area features ten private cabanas and one larger VIP cabana punctuated with custom Moroccan fixtures floating over large crimson beds and surrounded by billowing sheers. Continuing the Moroccan theme are platinum colored lounge chairs with thick red cushions and red and white zebra print daybeds circling the pool, all situated on top of synthetic green grass. At night the Penthouse mood is enhanced with glowing stone fire pits and changing colored lighting that illuminate the pool waters.

In addition, the Penthouse showcases a sunken 2,500-square-foot Sun Deck with rows of comfortable red cushioned chaise lounges where members and guests can mingle and rest in a secluded environment.

Last July, VIDA Fitness-U Street opened its doors for business. After a four-month intensified renovation, Urban Adventures unveiled more than 40,000 square feet of fitness space with four levels devoted to cardio, strength, group and personal training making VIDA Fitness-U Street the company’s largest, most fully equipped location and the flagship site. The opening of the Penthouse Pool Club finishes VIDA’s vast development expansion on U Street.

Renovation of the entire 51,000-square-foot fitness and lifestyle complex on U Street, which has been delivering in phases over the last nine months, also includes the recently opened and modernized Bang Salon that opened in late June. The revitalizing Aura Spa will also debut on the first floor, which is slated to open late summer 2012.

In January, Urban Adventures Companies opened VIDA’s fifth facility at the City Vista mixed-use residential complex in DC’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

By 2015, von Storch plans to have a total of eight VIDA Fitness locations opened and operating throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Completion of VIDA Fitness-U Street and opening of City Vista brings the company more than halfway toward that goal.

Vida Fitness

1612 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 202 299 0925 Visit Website

The Buchanan

320 23rd St., Arlington, VA