Capitol Hill Condominium and Cooperative Buildings

Home to the seat of federal government including the domed Capitol building, the Capitol Hill neighborhood offers an ideal Washington, DC location as well as numerous uniquely appealing condominium and cooperative buildings. The nature and backstory to these varied properties is intrinsically linked to the Hill’s status as Washington’s largest and oldest historic district. You’re not apt to find a lot of new glass and steel high-rises, but you will be treated to lovingly renovated antiques.

Rowhouses and older apartment buildings that have been converted into condos are one element of the multifamily housing stock on Capitol Hill. But another fascinating piece of the real estate pie has to do with buildings that were never intended for residential use, until the modern era. The watchful folks at the Historic Preservation Office are loath to let developers tear down pretty much any old building these days. That opened the door to the repurposing of a smorgasbord of structures, with exteriors left largely intact save for faithful restoration, and interiors that blend original details such as exposed brick walls, with all the modern lifestyle accoutrements associated with today’s upscale condominiums.

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Capitol Hill is often regarded as the oldest residential neighborhood in the District, leading to some confusion amongst those who believe that Georgetown is the oldest. In this case, both parties are right. Georgetown is an older community in general, but it didn’t relinquish its independent charter until 1871. As for examples of adaptive reuse condominiums on the Hill, some great examples include Carolina on the Hill (once known as St. Catherine’s Home for Working Girls), the C&P Telephone Company (where early phone operators were once stationed), Grace Church (an early house of worship), the Car Barn (once home to street cars), and a number of former schoolhouses including the Carbery School Lofts, the Edmonds School, the Bryan School Lofts, and the Lenox School.

The practice of turning old nonresidential buildings into viable places to live in style is not confined to Capitol Hill itself. You’ll find unique treasures throughout Washington, a place that values its past as well as it’s present. The Columbia in the West End neighborhood is a former hospital for women, Rainbow Lofts in Logan Circle was once a car body and paint shop, and the Yale Steam Laundry in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood where linens for the White House were once cleaned. There are countless other examples including livery stables, former embassies, and even a former convent. The Capitol Hill neighborhood does offer one particular advantage that other Washington communities might not. It’s conveniently close to numerous federal buildings including House and Senate offices, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol building itself. For those who work on the Hill, living nearby is a nice perk. You can also toss in great restaurants, markets, parks, and commuter convenience via the I-395 and multiple Metro stations.

To learn more about condos for sale on Capitol Hill, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

Capitol Hill Condominiums, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: What neighborhoods border Capitol Hill?

A: Stanton Park, NoMa and the H Street Corridor are to the north, Hill East is to the East, Navy Yard is to the south, the Southwest Waterfront including the new Wharf development is to the southwest, and Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Triangle are to the northwest.

Q: What neighborhood is directly west of Capitol Hill?

A: Directly west of the Capitol Hill residential neighborhood are government offices, museums and other federal agencies and buildings, as well as large greenspaces and memorials such as the United States Botanical Garden, and the National Mall.

Q: Are all of the condominium buildings on Capitol Hill historic in nature?

A: No, not all of the buildings are original to the area. But the Capitol Hill neighborhood was designated as a historic district in 1976, largely halting the complete razing of old structures by commercial developers.

Q: What grocery stores are in the area?

A: Trader Joe’s, Amazon Fresh, Safeway, Union Kitchen, Capitol Hill Supermarket, DC Supermarket, and the historic Eastern Market with its independent food vendors are all in the area.

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