2101 Connecticut Avenue Cooperative

Located at 2101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008 | Kalorama

2101 Connecticut Avenue is a historic residential building located in the heart of Washington DC's vibrant Kalorama neighborhood. One of the most striking buildings in a neighborhood celebrated for its grand old structures, the imposing edifice is one of just a handful of co-ops in the area. Most of the other nearby grand dame structures, such as The Dresden, 2029 Connecticut, and The Carthage, are now luxury condominiums. There are approximately 64 co-op apartments at the nine-story building, with layouts that can boast up to 6,400 square feet of living space.

Developed by Harry Bralove and designed by the team of Joseph Abel and George Santmyers, 2101 Connecticut was known at the time of its completion in 1928 simply as “2101.” The looming walls and stark right angles of the building were inspired by The Shelton in New York City. Apartment rentals at 2101 started at $175 per month back in the day, and it was advertised in the Washington Post as “Washington’s Most Distinctive Apartment.” With recent sales at this address routinely topping a million dollars, it is safe to say the times have certainly changed.

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The footprint of 2101 Connecticut Avenue is larger than some of the neighboring buildings, and that has manifested in a greater number of apartments and very spacious floorplans that typically range from 2,600 to 3,200 square feet. There are exceptions, such as select upper floor units that have been combined in order to make supersized, two-level penthouses. Many of the apartments had staff quarters when the building was initially introduced. The original cost of construction was a reported $2 million, a princely sum at the time. It was the end of the Roaring Twenties and a time of rapidly rising interest rates, just prior to the Great Depression. The massive development boom in Washington, DC was quickly slowing down. There was a sense of public unease with causes ranging from a smallpox epidemic to shifting world politics and wars. One of the more unusual aspects of 2101 Connecticut’s design was a series of five-foot-tall terracotta gargoyles along the roofline, holding boulders above their heads. The developer described them as protective guardians, intended to reassure residents or prospective residents. Other extraordinary architectural details include huge archways, sculpted parrots, lion heads, griffins, and even pineapples.

Stepping inside the spacious cooperative residences, the sense of remodeled grandeur is evident. Foyers and extended galleries typically serve as introductions to the spacious layouts, with inlaid herringbone floor accents, plaster moldings, large window bays and wainscoting, merging with more modern renovations. Ornate stone fireplaces are not unusual, and kitchens have often been opened up to offer an airier flow. The building’s lobby is jaw-dropping, with soaring 16-foot ceilings adorned with exquisite relief, and marble floors. There is a staffed front desk, concierge service, a roof deck with expansive views, and both garage and surface parking. The building is prominently mentioned in James Goode’s “Best Addresses,” a book about DC’s most notable old apartment buildings.

To learn more about co-op apartments at 2101 Connecticut, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is 2101 Connecticut a condominium or a cooperative, and what is the difference?

A: 2101 Connecticut is a cooperative building. In condominiums, the buyer purchases the physical unit. By comparison, co-op residents purchase shares in the building’s corporation along with the right to live in a chosen apartment.

Q: What is the price range of coops at 2101 Connecticut?

A: While there is no guarantee of future prices, recent sales have ranged from around $1.5 million to approximately $4 million.

Q: Is 2101 Connecticut a pet-friendly building?

A: Cats and dogs are allowed at 2101 Connecticut, but you will have to check for size restrictions.

Q: Are there any restaurants within walking distance of 2101 Connecticut?

A: You can find numerous popular restaurants along 18th Street NW to the east, as well as Connecticut Avenue itself.

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