The Portsmouth Condominiums

Located at 1735 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 | Dupont Circle

If it’s classic architecture and a prime location you are seeking, look no further than the Portsmouth. Constructed in 1908 and designed by Thomas Franklin Schneider, this six-story Beaux-Arts treasure can be found at 1735 New Hampshire Avenue, one door down from the corner of S Street. As a contributing member of the Dupont Circle Historic District, the Portsmouth with its three-sided bays and exquisite detail work is surrounded by numerous other notable buildings, each with their own unique characteristics.

The Portsmouth was originally built as an upper class apartment house and is listed in James Goode’s “Best Addresses.” The landmark building was renovated and converted to condominium usage in 1981, with 33 residences in a variety of one and two-bedroom floorplans, ranging in size from around 570 to 1,250 square feet. Other historic condo and co-op buildings in the neighborhood include the Northumberland, the Cairo, the Avondale, and the Analoston.


More About the Portsmouth, Washington, DC

Stepping through the Portsmouth’s two sets of double doors feels a bit like time travel, with marble stairs and walls, and a lovely lobby with terrazzo tile and original mailboxes. The hallways are just as ornate, with red doors opening into the apartments with their beautiful hardwood floors, built-ins, fireplaces, and in some cases, interior pillars. There are certainly some nods to the modern age. After all, this building is more than a century old. But even the upgraded kitchens with stone counters and other bells and whistles still retain some charming original details, as do the bathrooms with combinations of vintage tile and new counters and designer fixtures that often have a classic flavor. Many of the units have been remodeled to some extent by individual owners, but by and large, these condos offer a tasteful combination of new and old.

Residents at the pet-friendly building enjoy extra storage, an elevator, a bike room, and a shared fenced patio. The Portsmouth is on a tree-lined street in a very walkable area, close to multiple neighborhood parks, Dupont Market with its great deli, Freedom Market, Café Chino for morning coffee, and the Spooky Action Theater for imaginative performance art. Nearby restaurants include Lauriol Plaza, Anju, Dupont Italian Kitchen, and Annie’s Paramount Steak House. The Dupont Circle Metro Station with its Red Line service is about a half dozen blocks away.

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

The Portsmouth, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Does the Portsmouth have a parking garage?

A: No, the building dates to 1908, before automobiles were readily available. There is on street parking, and some tenants either purchase or rent spaces in nearby parking lots.

Q: Does the building allow dogs?

A: Yes, it’s a pet-friendly condominium. The S Street dog park is just steps away.

Q: What other neighborhoods are nearby?

A: Adams Morgan and Kalorama are both nearby, to the north and northwest.

Q: Are laundry machines allowed inside individual condos at the Portsmouth?

A: Yes, the units have washer and dryer hookups.

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