The Back-Story Behind The Columbia Condos in the West End

Posted by Mark Washburn on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 8:44am.

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It may be one of the ritziest buildings in the West End today, but The Columbia Condos boasts a much different beginning. The stylish condo development actually began as a hospital and is tied to several famous names.

Constructed around the early 1900s, for years the property was known as The Columbia Hospital for Women. Hundreds of thousands of people were born at Columbia Hospital in its time, including jazz great Duke Ellington, former First Daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower, actress Katherine Heigl and former Vice President Al Gore.

In fact, for generations the hospital was considered a top site for women’s and infant’s health. It was one of the very first maternity hospitals with a premature nursery and it provided classes for expectant fathers. In more recent time, though, the old hospital took a very different role as it was transformed into private residences.

Two new wings were added on to the medical building, bringing with them large, upscale floor plans. These days the impressive property offers up the chance to not only live in one of DC’s most famous locations, but also enjoy a number of added luxuries and top amenities.

Priced starting from around the high $400,000s, you will also find condos in The Columbia priced in the multi-million-dollar range. While some of the condos include private balconies, the two-story penthouse units come complete with private rooftop terraces. Other stylish upgrades include marble countertops, upgraded appliances and wood flooring.

With more than 200 luxury condos to choose from, The Columbia is also home to commercial space, including the convenience of a Trader Joe’s. Residents additionally enjoy access to a rooftop deck, underground parking and a swimming pool.

As well, you’ll find a fitness center, a club room and a billiards room, and concierge service at The Columbia. For added convenience, the property sits just a short stroll from the Metro.

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