Lenox School Lofts

Located at 725 5th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 | Capitol Hill

With its arched windows, blocky red brick exterior and central tower, the Lenox School Lofts has something in common with a number of other condominium buildings in Washington, DC. That, of course, is its educational background. Former schoolhouse condo conversions are common in the national’s capital, including on Capitol Hill itself. Others in the neighborhood include the Edmonds School, and the Carbery School Lofts. There are several others throughout the District, as well as other unusual adaptations such as churches, autobody shops, warehouses, a steam laundry, and even a former women’s hospital.

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The reason for these adaptive reuse projects lies in the many historic districts within Washington, DC in which older buildings are protected, while the need for housing continues to grow. In the case of the Lenox School Lofts, a spacious building in a coveted location was simply too tempting to pass up for two developers who purchased the property. The outdoor schoolyard became the site for 13 new townhouses that had period-correct exteriors, and the old school itself was turned into 14 condominium units. Lee McAllister was the architect for each of the two endeavors. Each condo has its own unique floorplan. The next-door townhomes look very similar to the schoolhouse building, with up to five bedrooms in each residence.

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The Walter Lenox Elementary School was built around 1898 and was named for a one-term Mayor of Washington, DC who advocated for the public school system. The building became a vocational school from 1914 to 1931, and later housed various non-profits. It was sold in the late 1990s and was subsequently redeveloped. The project was completed in 2004. The condo units are all quite spacious, with two bedrooms and two baths, and typically range from around 1,085 to 1,800 square feet. Many of the loft residences also have bonus dens. The entire school building was utilized, starting at the partially below ground basement level with four single-level apartments, each of which has a patio, and ascending to the first floor and second floors with two-level true dwellings. The attic space was used for two penthouse units, one of which incorporates the schoolhouse tower as a bedroom with cathedral ceilings.

Residences at the Lenox School Lofts come in various interior designs, some with hardwood floors and others with polished concrete heated floors. Some have exposed brick walls while others opt for more modern, white finishes. High ceilings are common, with the true loft layouts being especially airy. Vintage style fixtures often merge with more modern finishes. The open kitchens typically feature dark stone counters and islands, wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. Some of the condos have exposed overhead ductwork. The building is very accessible for commuters with gated parking and a close proximity to the I-695. For those who prefer public transit, the Eastern Market Metro station is within walking distance. Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods are nearby, as are numerous bakeries, restaurants, and pubs along 8th Street.

To learn more about condos for sale at the Lenox School Lofts, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

Lenox School Lofts, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Is the Lenox School Lofts a pet-friendly condominium?

A: Yes, the building allows pets. Both Garfield Park and Marion Park are nearby and are great places to take your dog.

Q: How far is it from the Lennox School Lofts to the Navy Yard neighborhood?

A: The condos are in the Capitol Hill neighborhood but are also just a few blocks from the Navy Yard neighborhood on the south side of the I-695.

Q: Are all the condos at the Lenox School actual lofts?

A: No, there are eight true loft residences at the building.

Q: Is there parking at the Lennox School?

A: Yes, the building has assigned, gated parking.

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