Our Favorite DC Loft Developments

Posted by Mark Washburn on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 8:33am.



We have picked our 3 favorite repurposed loft buildings in DC and they all combine historic charm, contemporary elegance and sophistication.  They are all located in the hotspot neighborhoods of Logan Circle or the Penn Quarter.  These lofts and contemporary urban residential projects led the way in revitalizing the 14th Street neighborhood.  One of DC’s most desirable neighborhoods, Logan Circle is served by the Metro’s Red Line Dupont Circle station.  Residents here enjoy trendy retail shops, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, upscale furniture stores, live theater and nightclubs. 

Cooper Lewis
For a modern, edgy, Cooper Lewis is a sophisticated and contemporary Logan Circle condominium building on DC’s best urban corner at 14th and P Streets, NW.  Delivered in 2006, Cooper Lewis has continued to hold its status over the past 6 years.  Our TTR Sotheby’s International Realty office is located on the same block as the Cooper Lewis.  It’s the best location in the city for upscale urban living.  Outside your front door are Whole Foods, CVS, Logan Hardware, Starbucks, Lululemon, Logan Tavern, VIDA Fitness, The Studio Theatre and a lot of choices for dining and shopping options.

Retail and residential development along 14th Street has boomed in recent years.  Developed by Metropolis Development, Cooper Lewis combines the charm of the historic 1897 Pelz Building with its interior exposed brick walls, with a modern glass and steel exterior.  Amenities include generous private terraces and roof decks for penthouse units, high end finishes, European kitchens with Scavolini cabinets, limestone baths, high ceilings and walls of glass.   The 20-unit Cooper Lewis features 13 different floor plans giving a very unique feel to most units.  Parking spaces are available and extra storage.

Lofts 14
Lofts 14, located at 1401 Church Street, NW, is a 6-story building featuring 85 luxury condos built in 2005.  Staffed by a doorman and concierge, all of the condos are spacious and modern with large wall-to wall windows allowing natural light to flow through the space.  The original brick and exposed concrete retains the historic charm of the original 1920s automobile showroom and renovated warehouse into the first lofts in DC.  Topnotch amenities include bamboo floors, cherry wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, common roof deck, balconies, terrace or patio, open floor plans on one or two levels, limestone façade and underground parking.    Cats and dogs are allowed.

Mather Studios
The cool Penn Quarter Lofts called Mather Studios at 916 G Street, NW, is the first downtown office building in DC converted in 2004 to residences.  The building also includes 12 artist’s studios.  The Gothic Revival façade envelopes modern residences within.  The 10-story building houses 50 lofts featuring the building’s unique exposed structural beams, original brick walls, exposed brick interior and exposed ductwork, polished concrete floors and frosted glass sliding doors.  It is truly an open floor plan with modern living spaces perfect for entertaining.   The penthouses offer private roof decks with spectacular views of the National Mall and Monuments.  A doorman and concierge staff the building.  Mather Studios is pet friendly. 

Amenities include airy 9’ ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and underground parking.  The lobby sets the posh tone for this cool and interesting building with custom artwork, granite flooring, and designer lighting.  Shiny metallic doors lead to each residence and echo chic design elements throughout this building.  Bustling streets below are lined with restaurants, shops, museums, theaters and the Verizon Center sports and concert arena.  5 Metro stations are walkable from Mather Studios, with closest one being Gallery Place.

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