Ontario 17 Condominiums

Located at 2550 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Once one of Washington, DC’s iconic movie palaces, Ontario 17 is now a mixed-use luxury condominium building. The name Ontario 17 was taken both from the building’s past use as well as its location, at the corner of 17th Street and Columbia Road, and formerly designated as 1700 Columbia Road. The six-story structure includes businesses at the street level and 80 condo residences spread across the five upper stories. Other condos in the Adams Morgan neighborhood include Moda 17, Delancey Lofts, and Lot 33.

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The shuttering of old movie theaters across the country has been evident and newsworthy for decades now, from major coastal cities to small midwestern towns. The Ontario Theatre was just another cautionary tale, a cinematic treasure that opened in 1951 and began losing customers by the 1970s. It was a venue for punk bands like Blondie and the Clash until the mid-80s. The building was eventually subdivided for discount retail outlets and ultimately became abandoned and neglected altogether. But the low-rise mid-century modern structure originally designed by John J. Zink found new life in 2015 through the Peterson Companies along with Ellisdale Construction. The $30 million project reconstructed key components such as the original canopy and the building’s curvilinear shape, while adding upper stories, detailed brick and metalwork, and balconies.

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In order to get the maximum number of condo units into the revamped movie house, the developer opted for fairly modestly sized floorplans. The layouts range from studio to two bedrooms, and from around 350 to 1,400 square feet. The largest two-bedroom models, including penthouses, are a bit of a rarity, with the majority of apartments falling into the studio and one bedroom configurations. But the designs are certainly not lacking in style or imagination with open living concepts, pale hardwood floors, and Euro-style gourmet kitchens that hug the walls, with upscale stainless steel appliances recessed into panelized modern cabinetry. Each unit has its own private balcony, with penthouses having the added bonus of spiral floating staircases leading to wooden roof level decks.

The pet-friendly Ontario 17 has a stylish lobby with a staffed front desk and concierge service. There is also a package room, bike storage, extra storage lockers, and a common roof deck featuring Monument views. There is secure underground parking, but not every condo unit comes with a space. The location at the triangular corner of 17th Street and Columbia Road is in the northern part of Adams Morgan, and is very walkable. Shops, restaurants, and groceries are conveniently close, including Federalist Pig, Tail Up Goat, Soleluna coffee shops, Safeway, and Harris Teeter. Current street level businesses at Ontario 17 include Adams Morgan Ace Hardware and the Banfield Pet Hospital.

To learn more about condos for sale at Ontario 17, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040

Ontario 17, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Is there parking at Ontario 17?

A: There is underground parking at the building, but you will have to check individual condo listings to see if a space is included.

Q: Do any of the residences at Ontario 17 include private outdoor spaces?

A: Yes, virtually all units have a balcony or terrace.

Q: Is Ontario 17 a pet-friendly building?

A: Yes, your dogs and cats will be welcome.

Q: Are there any Metrorail stations near Ontario 17?

A: The Columbia Heights station is about half a mile away and the Woodley Park/Zoo-Adams Morgan station is less than a mile away.

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