Cathedral West Condominiums

Located at 4100 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Cathedral Heights

Cathedral West is a large and well-known mid-century residential building in the quiet and leafy Cathedral Heights neighborhood. Built in 1965 and listed in James M. Goode’s notable “Best Addresses” book, the six-story structure has a distinctive T-shaped modernist design with protruding cubist bays at the top level. It’s unusual in that it sits down in a gully off the road, and backs right up to Glover Archbold Park. There are several other well-known buildings in the area, including the Westchester across the street, and the nearby 3900 Watson Place.

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A driveway bridge curves down from Cathedral Ave to the building’s split-level lobby with its curved front desk and flagstone walls. There are numerous other eye-popping details throughout the property, from the lush and hilly grounds to the 92 residences with huge windows that seem to invite the outdoors right into the residences themselves. It’s yet another example of post-war modernism, in which developers and architects strove to incorporate nature into living environments. First introduced as luxury rentals, Cathedral West converted to condominium usage in the mid-1970s. The majority of apartments have either one or two-bedroom layouts with sizes ranging up to more than 2,000 square feet. There are also a handful of junior one-bedrooms, as well as some very impressive penthouses.

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While many of the condos at Cathedral West have been remodeled over the years, there are still many original mid-century modern aspects. Vintage parquet wood floors are still present in a large number of units, along with glass window walls, interior pillars, half-walls, large boxy balconies, and even some unusual atriums. Select penthouses also have skylights. The building amenities also stand out, with an atomic age lobby, staffed front desk, 24-hour concierge service, a doorman, onsite building manager, a library, conference room, an impressive fitness center, a large yoga studio, sauna, and a giant indoor heated swimming pool with towering glass windows overhead. The outdoor grounds and gardens are also notable, while secure parking adds even further to the appeal.

The quiet and leafy Cathedral Heights neighborhood can feel like its own hilly oasis, removed from the urban hustle and bustle yet still quite accessible. Residents at Cathedral West can walk outside to the popular Glover Archbold Park Trail, they can also stroll to the Washington National Cathedral as well as local restaurants like Chef Geoff’s, Al Dente Ristorante, and 2 Amy’s, as well as DeCarlo’s Restaurant on the grounds of the Westchester. There’s a local farmer’s market, coffee shops, and numerous surrounding greenspaces. Bordering neighborhoods include American University Park, McLean Gardens, Cleveland Park, Observatory Circle, and Wesley Heights.

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

Cathedral West Condominiums, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Is Cathedral West a pet friendly condominium?

A: Yes, Cathedral West welcomes pets but some breed and size restrictions may apply so check with the management to be sure. There are lots of great places to walk your dog, both on the property as well as the parkland next-door.

Q: Is parking available at Cathedral West?

A: Yes, there is onsite garage parking as well as guest parking.

Q: Does Cathedral West have a swimming pool?

A: The heated indoor swimming pool at Cathedral West is quite large, with atrium-like windows overhead and a sunny lounge area.

Q: How close is American University to Cathedral West?

A: The distance is approximately half a mile, if driving from Cathedral Ave to New Mexico Ave, to the American University East Campus.

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