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NoMa's Loree Grand Steps Into The Spotlight; Offers Beautiful Views, Artistic Neighbors & Delicious Eats!

By Daniel Swartz on October 20, 2010
Hello, neighbors?
Hello, neighbors?
Be sure to check out all 68 of our photographs from this event HERE and tell us what you were wearing that night!

NORTHEAST -- With a planned build-out of more than 20 million square feet of new residential/retail/commercial space over the next 20 years, Washington's NoMa neighborhood is on the fast track to becoming one of the city's more popular new communities.

With the summertime opening of the new Loree Grand at Union Place, NoMa achieved yet another milestone in its on-going efforts to step into the spotlight.

And last night, with dozens of new residents happily already moved-in, the new luxury apartment complex threw open its doors to the city for a crowded grand unveiling party.

With colored spotlights tastefully projected onto the building's pristine facade, guests and families alike were invited to step inside the building for an evening of music, art, and, of course, tasty food!

The courtyard served as the evening’s base of operations with DJ Neekola spinning an enthusiastic soundtrack as guests mingled and familiarized themselves with the layout of the The Loree Grand.

Fresh off the success of a wildly popular Groupon deal, Michael Clements’ ArtJamz venture had also setup a series of interactive art stations throughout the heated patio area, where attendees were free to “unleash their inner artist.”

And while we saw some cool kids jump at such a chance, it was the “big kids” that really took it upon themselves to get creative! Mental note: Paint + Canvas + Tunes = Awesome Date Night!

Guests faced not one, but three complimentary menu options from which to sample last night – all from nearby eateries and all very cleverly scattered throughout the building so as to afford everyone the opportunity to explore its many amenities.

On the far side of the courtyard, former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s We, The Pizza had setup shop serving up delicious slices of piping hot cheese and pepperoni pizza.

For those looking for something from the deli, the Atlas District location of Taylor Gourmet had taken over the lounge area, with platters layered with a variety of different specialty hoagies. The “Church Street” sandwich that we tasted (sausage/peppers and onions/sharp provolone) was indeed heavenly.

Finally, for those with a sweet tooth (we think we have 10, really), Dangerously Delicious Pies occupied the Loree Grand’s gorgeous rooftop deck. And let’s face it, digging into a slice of (dangerous) cherry pie while admiring D.C.’s skyline made for a pretty awesome experience.

Dangerous desserts, gourmet sandwiches, and democratic pizza aside though, if you’re looking for a new place in the city, consider checking out the Loree Grand at Union Place. It’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of what looks to be an amazing new neighborhood!

Special thanks to Jessica James Golden and Nelson Lewis for contributing to this story.

Be sure to check out all 68 of our photographs from this event HERE and tell us what you were wearing that night!

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