The Schafer Condominiums

Located at 3324 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010 | Mount Pleasant

Now more than a century old, the Schafer Mansion is a historic and architecturally significant single-family home that has been meticulously transformed into 12 condominium residences. Sitting well back from a treelined corner in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, the gracious Queen Anne home was originally designed by Albert Goenner for Charles Schafer in 1909. The three-story brick building and its adjacent carriage house were reimagined by Community 3 Development, with a painstaking restoration process that was completed in 2012.

The Schafer Mansion with its wraparound country porch and tiled mansard roofs, offers a fascinating variety of condo residences with one and two-bedroom floorplans that range from around 500 to 1,872 square feet in size. The individual units are named after the estate’s former rooms, such as the Billiards Room, the Library, and the Conservatory.  The unique property is at the corner of 18th and Monroe Street, about for blocks from Piney Branch Park. Other historic condominium buildings in the Mount Pleasant community include the Argyle, the Northbrook I and II, and the Overlook.

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Honored with the Builder’s Choice Award by Architect Magazine, the Schafer is a prime example of rehabbing a historic building while staying as true to its original character as possible, yet still dividing into individual residences with modern amenities. The condos significantly mirrored the mansion’s original layout, and elements such as original wood casework, tiling, fireplaces, and the grand staircase were preserved and refinished. The rear carriage house was reconstructed to match its original profile, and is now its own separate one-bedroom, two-level condo with 890 square feet of living space and a private yard. Units at the Schafer typically feature lovely hardwood floors, open space layouts, and gourmet kitchens with granite counters, mosaic backsplashes, and stainless steel appliances. The overall effect is a gracious merging of new luxury and vintage details such as dormers, built-ins, and gorgeous bay windows that have been rebuilt to exacting standards.

Condo owners at the Schafer enjoy a unique lifestyle experience, with light-filled residences at a historic estate with lush landscaping, gardens, Adirondak chairs, and a fire pit to sit by on cool evenings. The pet-friendly property is on a quiet, tree-lined street that is close to the Piney Branch greenbelt to both the west and the north. This is the Mount Pleasant Historic District, with numerous architectural treasures and a close-knit community vibe. You’ll have easy access to the local farmers market, with charming shops, bakeries, and restaurants along Mt Pleasant Street which forms the spine of the neighborhood.

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

The Schafer, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Is the Schafer really a former house, and who lived there originally?

A: The Schafer Mansion is a historic estate that was built in 1909 for Charles Schafer, President of the American Fire Insurance Company.

Q: Is there any parking available at the Schafer?

A: Yes, there is off-street parking for some but not all condos.

Q: Is there a Metrorail station in the area?

A: The Columbia Heights Metro Station is less than a mile away.

Q: Are dogs allowed at the Schafer?

A: Yes, the condos are pet friendly. Dogs might enjoy going for a walk at the nearby Piney Branch Park.

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