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Step into a piece of history with our distinguished selection of historic condos and co-op buildings in the Washington metropolitan area. These residences are more than just homes; they are living testaments to the rich heritage and architectural grandeur of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Blending classic charm with modern amenities, our historic properties offer unique character, intricate designs, and a profound sense of belonging. For those who cherish the allure of the past, District Partners at Compass invites you to explore these timeless treasures, where each home tells a story steeped in history.

Historic Buildings Stats

Average Price $949K
Lowest Price $100K
Highest Price $60M
Total Listings 16,130
Avg. Price/SQFT $803

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Washington, DC is nothing if not historic and the same goes for surrounding areas in Northern Virginia and Maryland. These are among the oldest places in the country, and huge portions that were residentially developed over time date back to early English land grants. Farm crops like tobacco were shipped out of ports such as Old Town Alexandria which was officially founded in 1749 with roots dating back even further, and Georgetown, founded in 1751 and predating the creation of the federal district.

Washington, DC itself was established in 1790, followed by a period of development and construction that continues to the present day. As Washington grew and flourished, so did the need for housing. Many of the grand hotels and apartment buildings that sprung up during the 19th and early 20th centuries, ultimately converted to condominiums in the modern era. But today’s historic residential buildings also have some surprising backstories.

There are few places in this country boasting a wider variety of historic architecture than Washington Metro. You’ll find boxy Federal and stately Colonial Revival in very old neighborhoods like Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown. Beaux-Arts is prevalent throughout the District, as well as Victorian and subsets like Queen Anne, Eastlake, and Richardsonian Romanesque. Neoclassical, Georgian Revival, Italianate, and Gothic are also common, as well as Art Deco, Tudor, International, and early Modernism.

One of the first things that visitors often notice when visiting the nation’s capital is the confluence of very old and very new buildings. This is due to the presence of some 70 different historic districts in DC, preserving original structures while also guiding just where new construction can occur. A sizeable number of protected buildings were not originally intended for residential use, which has led to a lot of creative solutions over the years by developers and local planning authorities. You’ll find numerous “adaptive reuse” condominiums on Capitol Hill including the Car Barn (once home to streetcars), the C&P Telephone Company, Grace Church, Carolina on the Hill (formerly St. Catherine’s Home for Working Girls), and old schoolhouses like Carbery School Lofts, and Edmonds School.

Logan Circle was once home to numerous early automobile showrooms and garages, and the old Auto Row is now replete with industrial chic condos like Rainbow Lofts, Lofts 14, and the Matrix. The Adams Morgan neighborhood is best known for its colorful rowhouses, but it also offers fascinating condo transformations like the Chinese Embassy (a former diplomatic legation dating to 1902), and Adams Alley at the old Colortone Building. Georgetown is home to the Wormley School as well as former factories-turned-condos, and Washington’s West End features the Columbia Residences, formerly the Columbia Hospital for Women with roots dating back to the Civil War.

Former hotels have played a role in DC’s redevelopment craze, with one notable example being Wardman Tower in Woodley Park. The iconic address built by Harry Wardman was recently reimagined by Deborah Burke and Partners, resulting in a seamless blend of vintage design and today’s luxury lifestyles. But the greatest number of “old stock” opportunities has been grand apartment buildings that eventually converted to either condominium or cooperative ownership. Many of these are chronicled in James M. Goode’s “Best Addresses: A Century of Washington’s Distinguished Apartment Houses.” Just a tiny sampling includes the Westmoreland in Kalorama, the Westchester in Cathedral Heights, the Iowa in Logan Circle, and the Broadmoor in Cleveland Park.

To learn more about historic condo and co-op buildings in Washington Metro, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

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