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The rich history of the Northumberland cooperative building oozes splendor and has housed many from Washington’s political and financial elite, not to mention the building has appeared in three Hollywood blockbuster films.  The Northumberland is one of the Best Addresses in the Dupont Circle neighborhood located at 2039 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.

The Classical Revival building was constructed in 1910 by the famous local developer Harry Wardman and architect Albert H. Beers.  A fine example of Washington architecture, the Northumberland is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Northumberland sits on a unique, irregularly shaped lot and has an eclectic classical façade but blends harmoniously with the buildings in the neighborhood and

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While a great deal of information is written about DC's sexy and exciting condo and loft buildings, the District's cooperatives do not garner nearly as much ink from the DC real estate community.  We thought it would be interesting to provide readers with a glimpse into three of our favorite co-op buildings, each of which offers true urban convenience with the city’s most walkable addresses.  These buildings are steeped in history and offer upscale modern city living and the fun and excitement of nearby Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, U Street and Georgetown. 

The Mendota

DC’s oldest luxury apartment building is The Mendota, a stately building in the prestigious Kalorama neighborhood featured in James Goode’s “Best Addresses.”  The Mendota is

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Home builders, architects and developers are taking pet-friendly luxury design to a new level as they try to please a growing number of residents and future buyers who scout new condos and single-family homes with their dogs and cats in mind.

With their family pets’ comforts a priority and logistical challenges like doggie-doors, yard space and pet washing stations, many future buyers are considering where to live based in part on ease and conveniences for their four-legged family members.  Some are looking at special pet built-ins and cabinetry in rooms that their pet may live in to make sure it blends in with the home as well as doggy-eating and dressing stations.

Pet ownership is at an all-time high, in part as a result of Americans delaying marriage

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While gated communities are found throughout the DC suburbs, they are very rare in the District.  An alternative to gated communities that can be found in several neighborhoods in DC are  mews-style developments.  “Mews” is a small development of townhouse-style units clustered together and often gated.  It is a British term describing a row of carriage homes below and living quarters above, built around a paved yard or court, or along a street, usually behind large city homes.  DC's mews-style developments have proven to be quite popular with listings often selling within days of hitting the market.  Mews developments in the District include:

Decatur Mews
Decatur Mews is a 3-story development featuring 11 units located at 1725 20th Street NW between

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A new trend is starting to take shape as multifamily housing spurs high demand: many office property owners are renovating old office buildings into residences that appeal to folks who want to live in the city.  It’s a trend being seen in many metro areas around the U. S.   Many young urban professionals prefer to live in cities to be near their jobs as well as enjoy urban cultural amenities and a vibrant nightlife. 

The demographics point to very strong multifamily properties: growth in single-family heads of households; unrelated people living together as a result of the recent housing downturn and high unemployment rates; and baby boomers downsizing to apartments.  The key factor driving the conversion of office buildings to residential condos is

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Steps away from the White House and the museums on the National Mall is an area in DC called the “Golden Triangle.”  This stretch of 43 blocks is prime DC real estate where businesses thrive due to a constant stream of workers, residents and visitors.  The Golden Triangle runs from 16th Street to New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. and Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  The Golden Triangle is known as both a neighborhood and business improvement district that encompasses most of DC’s central business district. 

In addition to businesses and top office space, there is an extraordinary abundance of restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world.  Seven of the top restaurants listed in the Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants 2012 guide are in

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The popular HGTV show Income Property with affable host Scott McGillivray has helped numerous home owners in the Toronto area create income producing suites in their residences.  As the cost of housing in DC continues to rise into the stratosphere, many considering homeownership are searching for creative ways to afford "more house."  With much of our housing stock in the form of three and four-story row houses, one of the best options for prospective DC home-owners is to turn the lower level into an income producing unit.

If you are considering buying a DC row house with an existing rental unit, it is very important to check and make sure this unit has the appropriate approvals from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).  The DCRA

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DC Condo Boutique team member Melanie Hayes represented the buyer of a co-op at The Chastleton, located at 1701 16th Street NW #730, Washington, DC 20009 in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood.  This unit features 1 BR / 1 BA / 518 SF.  It closed on November 15th, 2013 for $307,000 / $593 SF.

This updated 7th-floor unit features a private balcony overlooking the Chastleton courtyard and a modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances.  The Chastleton is featured in James Goode's Best Addresses and the 2008 renovations to this ornate Gothic-Revival building allow for modern living in a truly historic building.  Weighing in with a WalkScore of 98/100, the Dupont location of The Chastleton is one of the most walkable addresses in the District.

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DC comes in at #7 in a list of the 10 most walkable cities and neighborhoods in the U.S.  The list, put together by Walk Score, measures how walkable a city is based on access to public transportation, commute times, bike friendliness and proximity to amenities.  DC’s most walkable neighborhoods, according to Walk Score, include Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Downtown, Chinatown, and the U Street Corridor.

DC’s transit score, graded by how well a location is served by public transportation, ranks 4th on the national ranking of major cities across the country.  DC only trails New York, San Francisco, and Boston.  In addition, DC comes in at #6 for bike friendliness---measured by whether a city is good for biking.  A bike-friendly city is defined by its bike

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The Strivers’ Section is a historic district located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest DC.  It was historically an upper middle class African American neighborhood, with many community leaders living there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The name, Strivers’ Section, was taken from Strivers’ Row in Harlem, a New York City historic neighborhood of black professionals.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Strivers’ Section is bounded by Swann Street on the south, Florida Avenue on the north and west, the 16th Street Historical District on the east, and 19th Street on the west.

Architecturally, the Strivers’ Section is characterized by late 19th and early 20th century row houses and a variety of condominium and

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