3900 Watson Place Cooperatives

Located at 3900 Watson Place NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Cathedral Heights

Perched on lush and slightly hilly grounds, 3900 Watson Place is a cooperative community named for its street address in Washington, DC’s desirable Cathedral Heights neighborhood. Built in 1960 with a mid-century modern ethos, the complex with its two nine-story buildings is situated on five acres of its own along with an additional 10 acres that are shared with the adjacent Westchester complex. The 3900 Watson Place co-op complex was initially known simply as Watson Place and is still referred to as such by many of its residents. Other notable residential buildings in Cathedral Heights include the Towers, 3110 Wisconsin, 4200 Cathedral, the Westchester, Alban Towers, and several others.


At the time of its construction, 3900 Watson Place was sometimes looked at askance by its next-door neighbors at the Westchester, a five-building complex dating to 1931 with looming Moorish facades. After all, the sprawling landscape now had to be shared. Additionally, the cubist Watson Place structures with their clean lines and huge windows looked quite different. But this was a new era in architecture and lifestyles, and the developers of Watson Place were eager to market their new city residences to a post-War populace eager for change and convenience. The sales pamphlet touted the new modernity with snappy catch phrases such as “outstanding innovations in the scientifically coordinated Hot Point electric kitchens.”

More About 3900 Watson Place, Washington, DC

There have been a number of renovations at Watson Place, including an extensive makeover around 2010 that included the lobby, hallways, doors, new elevators with textured glass panels, and other common property. The units themselves range from one to four bedrooms, and from about 800 to over 2,600 square feet. Many still have the original parquet floors while others have been remodeled with strip hardwood or wide-plank floorings. Original modernist concepts such as extra-wide windows in connected series, and clean linear room angles are often complemented by revamped gourmet kitchens and updated baths. Most of the units have rectangular balconies, often looking out over the verdant, leafy grounds.

Residents at 3900 Watson Place enjoy a great location abutting Glover Archbold Park and its popular walking trail. A circular front drive leading up to the staffed front lobby with 24/7 desk and concierge. There is a fitness center, common laundry facilities, garage parking as well as guest parking, and extra storage as well as the convenience of the onsite restaurant, convenience store, dry cleaners, and salon at the next-door Westchester. Watson Place is also a pet-friendly community, which isn’t always the case with cooperatives. There are lots of lawns and other grassy areas to walk your dog, as well as the adjacent parkland and trails. The grounds are about three blocks from the famous Washington National Cathedral and walking distance from local restaurants such as Chef Geoff’s, and Al Dente.

To learn more about co-ops for sale at 3900 Watson Place, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 400-202-3040.

3900 Watson Place Cooperatives, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Does 3900 Watson Place allow pets?

A: Yes, pets are allowed, and there are lots of great places to walk your dog. By contrast, the next-door Westchester, which shares land with Watson Place, does not allow pets.

Q: What other neighborhoods are close to Cathedral Heights?

A: American University Park, Cleveland Park, Observatory Circle, and Wesley Heights are neighboring communities.

Q: Is there a farmers market in the area?

A: The Dodson’s Farm Market is open Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM and Sundays from 9AM to 3PM. It is located at the Embassy Church parking lot in Cathedral Heights.

Q: How far is it from 3900 Watson Place to Downtown DC?

A: The distance is roughly 3.5 miles, depending on which roads you take. Wisconsin Ave leads to Georgetown, and drivers will often take K Street from there to the downtown area.

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