Our Favorite DC Co-op Buildings

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 centrally located one block east of Connecticut Avenue at the intersection of 20th Street, NW and Kalorama Road within walking distance of 2 Metro Stations, including the Woodley Park Metro Station.  Built in 1901, The Mendota presented a new upscale housing ownership alternative as a co-op building catering to busy professional Washingtonians compared to owning a DC row house.

Today, The Mendota resident owners praise the 7-story building for its gracious lobby and vintage manually operated elevator, which gives residents a taste of the past.  The 48 co-op residences feature many elegant architectural touches, such as 10’ ceilings, generous floor plans, tall windows, original crown moldings, Victorian-tiled fireplaces, and heart of pine wood floors.  Amenities include 24/7 staffed front desk, parlor, courtyard garden, and bicycle storage room. View Mendota listings

The Chastleton 

In the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, The Chastleton is one of DC’s most prominent historic buildings featured in Goode’s “Best Addresses” and perched on the corner of 16th Street, NW and R Street.  The 8-story building, renovated in 2007, offers 300 condo residences.  Amenities consist of a 24-hour staffed front desk, rooftop terrace, fitness center, assigned parking with some units, extra storage, ballroom and interior courtyard.  The Chastleton is conveniently located within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and U Street Metro Stations.  The ornate Gothic-Revival architectural design features elaborate carved limestone and glazed terra-cotta details.  Built in 1920 and renovated in 2007, The Chastleton units feature granite and stainless kitchens, hardwood floors, washers/dryers, recessed lighting and modern open floor plans.  Some units include private balconies with views of the monuments. View Chastleton listings

The Watergate

Just say the name, Watergate, and it conjures up historic images as you recall past events, including a certain President.  But there’s no denying that the Watergate stands tall today as a prestigious 13-story  complex located on Virginia Avenue near New Hampshire Avenue in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.  The Watergate is conveniently accessible to the White House, World Bank, K Street, George Washington University and Georgetown.  It is also minutes to Northern Virginia destinations like Rosslyn, National Airport, The Pentagon and Old Town Alexandria.  The Watergate is ideally located within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Harbour, Trader Joe’s, and a local farmer’s market. 

The Watergate, completed in 1971, is still one of the most desirable addresses to live in DC, and includes a hotel (currently closed) as well as 3 luxury residential buildings designed to provide a total environment in which residents can live, work and relax.  The Watergate South, East and West Buildings together have 600 luxury residences---some with penthouse and townhouse-style floor plans.  Residences feature private balconies with magnificent views across the Potomac River and other landmarks.  First-class amenities at the Watergate include a 24-hour concierge service, doorman, outdoor heated pool, onsite pharmacy, post office, bank, and a wide variety of restaurants, shops, boutiques and medical and dental offices.  Over the years, The Watergate has enjoyed many Washington dignitaries as residents, especially because of the high security measures it employs to keep its residents safe, such as closed-circuit television cameras and security guards.  The Watergate complex includes 7 gardens, a multi-level park as well as fountains and walkways connecting the buildings.  View Watergate listings

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