The Avondale Cooperatives

Located at 1734 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 | Dupont Circle

With its blocky shape and jutting Beaux-Arts roof, the Avondale is a historic cooperative building in the very heart of Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. This true treasure was designed by prolific architect Frank White and built by developer Harry Wardman. Delivered in 1914, the building was one of literally thousands from the team of Wardman and White. It was an era of rapid expansion by the federal workforce, with many new arrivals to the city not wanting the burden or upkeep of a larger home. Listed in James Goode’s Best Addresses, the Avondale was initially an apartment house, converting to cooperative ownership in 1949.


There are 39 residences in this grand old five-story landmark. Floorplans are unusually varied for a smaller to mid-sized building, with an almost equal divide of one, two, and three-bedroom configurations. The living spaces are generous, ranging from around 600 to 1,600 square feet, with numerous original architectural details lovingly preserved as well as the introduction of newer renovations. The building is well positioned on P Street between 17th and 18th Streets, and about a block and a half from the eponymously named traffic circle with an inner park and a famous fountain in the middle. Residents at the Avondale are strolling distance from everything in this vibrant neighborhood!

More About the Avondale, Washington, DC

Although originally built in 1914, the Avondale converted to cooperative status in 1949. This was a period of rapid growth in the nation’s capital and and co-ops were starting to become more common. Other well-known cooperatives in the federal city include 1661 Crescent Place in Adams Morgan, the Westchester in Cathedral Heights, Tilden Gardens in Cleveland Park, 2101 Connecticut Avenue in Kalorama, and the iconic midcentury Watergate in Foggy Bottom.

Entering the Avondale through the double doorways, you’ll be greeted by a lovely lobby with black and white tile floors, full height wainscoting, and fine ceiling plaster detailing. There is a staffed front desk during normal working hours. Here, as in other buildings, owners can remodel their units to reflect their own needs and style preferences. That said, these timeless co-op apartments often feature restored original hardwood floors along with tall built-ins, French doors, and in some cases, wood-burning fireplaces. The old galley kitchens have usually been updated, whether that involves structural makeovers such as removing walls, or keeping the original frameworks and replacing counters and appliances. The bathrooms often have a mixture of new and old, with original white wall tiles and newer sinks, showers, and tubs.

There’s a pretty, mossy English garden outdoors, and some units have their own private balconies or terraces. There is also extra storage, secure bicycle storage, and off-street rental parking that is subject to availability. If you prefer public transit to driving, the Dupont Circle Metro Station with Red Line service is within easy walking distance. In fact, pretty much everything is within walking distance, including Whole Foods Market a few blocks away and numerous restaurants such as Floriana, the Pembroke, Mission Dupont Circle, Agora DC, and Hanks Oyster Bar just to name a few.

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

The Avondale, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Are washer and dryer hookups permitted at the Avondale cooperative apartments?

A: Most apartments are fitted for hookups, typically in the kitchen areas.

Q: Is the Avondale a pet-friendly building?

A: Pets are allowed with approval of the board.

Q: How far is it from the Avondale to the White House?

A: It’s less than a mile. Just head east on P Street, turn right on 16th Street, and you’ll be there soon.

Q: How are cooperative monthly fees determined?

A: The fees are calculated based on the number of square feet in each unit.

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