DC Condo Boutique

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Question: What is hot in DC real estate? 

Answer: 2 BR Lofts on the 1400 block of Church Street

DC's loft district is centered in Logan Circle on the 1400 block of Church Street.  Former industrial buildings in this neighborhood, that were originally automobile showrooms, have been converted to residential loft space.  Many of the condos in these buildings are true industrial lofts with high ceilings, exposed ductwork, concrete and brick walls and floor to ceiling windows.

Residents of Church Street lofts enjoy the easy access to Logan neighborhood favorites including Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS and  Logan Tavern on P Street and dining at Bar Pilar, Birch & Barley, Masa 14 and many other inspiring restaurants around the corner on 14th Street. 

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Cecil Place which runs a mere block in Georgetown between Grace Street and Water Street ranks at the top of the list of charming DC streets.  Adding to the enchantment and reminiscent of San Francisco, the grade of Cecil is very steep and traffic flows one way downhill towards Water Street

The west side of Cecil Place is dominated by the Papermill Condo development and the east side is home to 12 historic row houses. These quaint row houses date back to the late 19th century when Georgetown was an industrial neighborhood and home to many of the District's tradesmen.

Currently, one Cecil Place row house is listed for sale.  It features a renovated kitchen, fireplace and a rear courtyard.   This three level,  2 BR / 1.5 BA  row house is listed for

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The West End and Logan Have Top Luxury Sales   22-west_400  

The most expensive condo to sell in the District during March 2011 was in the West End at 22 West, located at 1177 22nd Street NW #7E, Washington, DC.  This 3 BR / 3 BA, 2,480 SF condo also includes two parking spaces.  The selling price was $2.14M / $863 SF which was 97% of asking price.

Congratulations to Timothy Pierson of Weichert Realtors for closing the most expensive condo sale in the District in March 2011.

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Honorable mention for the 2nd most expensive DC condo sold in March 2011 was in Logan Circle at the Metropole, located at 1515 15th Street NW #222, Washington, DC. This 2 BR / 3 BA, 1,995 SF condo includes a parking space.  The selling price was $1.36M / $682 SF which was 91% of asking

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DC condos developed or renovated by Abdo Development usually elicit a wow from a potential buyer during a visit.  Abdo has left their mark across several DC neighborhoods including the Willison in Logan Circle, which they renovated in 2002.  Prior to the restoration, 1425 Rhode Island Ave was a circa 1928 apartment building known as the Chamberlin.  

To create desirable 21st century condos, Abdo reconfigured the interior layout of the Willison reducing the original 71 apartments to 23 luxury condos.  The restored condos feature large open floor plans ranging in size from 1,500 SF to 1,900 SF.  Front units at the Willison overlook tree-lined Rhode Island Avenue and rear units feature dramatic floor-to-ceiling walls of glass in the living room.  Willison

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3.5% Down Opportunities in DC's West End


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DC condo buyers can qualify for 3.5% down mortgages at FHA approved buildings.  This represents a major savings over the 20% or more down payments required for condos with conventional financing.



The FHA maintains a website with a list of FHA approved projects.  We have extrapolated a list of FHA approved projects for the West End neighborhood and offer 1-click access to all the available MLS listings in these buildings.  If the West End isn't your neighborhood of choice, we have previously highlighted FHA approved buildings in other neighborhoods.



The FHA approval list changes routinely, these are selected West End developments that are currently approved at the time of this posting:

  • 22 West
  • Columbia
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Washingtonians who have chosen to live on Q Street in the District enjoy some of the finest property in the entire city.   This venerable east-west corridor which runs from Eckington in the east through Shaw, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Georgetown before terminating in the Palisades.  Much of Q Street runs one-way in the easterly direction and it is not continuous through the Georgetown University campus.

Q Street in Georgetown traverses both the East and West Villages, home to some grand homes including historic Cooke's Row.  Condo developments in Georgetown include Sheridan Garage, Gateway Georgetown and Lyons Mill Condos.

After crossing over Rock Creek Park via the historic Dumbarton Bridge with its iconic buffalo sculptures, Q Street continues

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The Q14, named for its location at the corner of 14th and Q Streets NW, delivers contemporary elegance in DC's hottest residential corridor.  With just 28 units, Q14 has a boutique feel, yet melds wonderfully with the historic row houses on tree-lined Q Street.

Bonstra/Haresign Architects designed the units at Q14 with highly-desirable, modern, open interiors.  Luxury appointments include floor-to-ceiling walls of glass with sweeping city views, private balconies and designer kitchens.  Building amenities include underground parking, club room and roof-top deck.

Currently, one unit is available for sale at Q14.  It is a 2 BR / 2.5 BA, 1678 SF duplex penthouse listed for $1.295M.  Here is a resource to view active Q14 real estate listings.

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It has been a while since a new condo development was delivered in Adams Morgan.   Adams Morgan was one of the first NW District neighborhoods to see industrial conversions to residential lofts, but much of this activity has been completed for over a decade.  Also, there are fewer large infill parcels in this neighborhood as the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King did not impact Adams Morgan nearly as much as neighboring communities.

Located at the corner of Wyoming Avenue and 18th Street, WY18 is the complete renovation and conversion of the Warrington and Wilmington apartment buildings.  These twin buildings were built in 1909 as the Adams Morgan neighborhood expanded with the street car service from two trolley lines.

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While it doesn't always get the recognition of some of its neighbors on the 1400 block of Church Street, The Matrix definitely deserves a seat at the table of awesome Logan developments.  The Matrix shares its heritage with Lofts 14 and Lofts 14 Two, previously serving as a car dealership for the first half of the 20th century along DC's famed Auto Row.  The Matrix building housed a Nash dealership and the Matrix developers originally called the project the Phaeton as a tribute to this popular Nash touring sedan.

The marrying of an early 20th century industrial building with modern finishes at the Matrix creates a truly unique and cosmopolitan living experience.  Original concrete high ceilings, exposed ductwork and concrete block showroom walls

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While the Potomac River flows several miles through DC, condos in the District with views of the river are hard to find and command huge price tags.

A significant portion of the Potomac's shoreline borders the Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin where there are no residential neighborhoods.  The river does front residential neighborhoods in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.  In Georgetown, the elevated Whitehurst Freeway further obstructs views of the the Potomac from many condos.  All this ads up to very few vantage points in the city with residential river views.

Yes, Potomac view are rare, but there are a few buildings with amazing Potomac views.  Included in this list are buildings where the majority of the condos have a view, omitted are buildings where

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