The Watergate Cooperative

Located at 700 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 90037 | Foggy Bottom

Perched along the banks of the Potomac River in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, The Watergate may be the most famous, and in some ways infamous, mixed-use community in Washington, DC. The ten acre compound houses six buildings in all, including the luxurious Watergate Hotel, two office buildings, and three cooperative residential towers. Developed by SGI and designed by Luigi Moretti in the 1960s, the mid-century modern complex is notable for its distinctive curvatures and long sweeping balconies, many of which offer incredible views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and landmark monuments.

The infamous element of the Watergate’s backstory is so well known that it barely warrants repeating: one of the office buildings was the site of the 1972 break-in by political operatives that would lead to seismic upheaval and a very famous book and movie. But for residents at one of the three residential buildings, a more true and lasting impact is the luxurious lifestyle, with spacious floorplans, exquisite views, and timeless modernity. Full service amenities include staffed front desks with doormen, verdant landscaping, multiple swimming pools and fitness centers, and on-site businesses such as a CVS, drycleaners, salons, and the venerable Watergate Pastry which has been open since 1966 with the best French pastries and cakes that you’re apt to find anywhere.

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Located at the site of the old Washington Gas Light Company, the Watergate went through a lengthy period of development and construction. The land was purchased in 1960 and the final building was completed in 1971. There was a lot of progress and milestones reached during that decade, however, including the opening of three residential buildings between 1965 and 1969. Style has always been a hallmark at the Watergate complex, with original interior designs emblematic of the modernist era with giant windows, curved walls, parquet floors, and metal kitchen cabinets.

A great many apartments have been renovated and remodeled over the years, including redoes from some of Washington’s best-known architects and interior designers. There are some 630 cooperative apartments in all, and spacious floorplans have always been a calling card. While most of the units are single level, there are also some duplexes, including spectacular duplexes. There have also been instances of adjacent units being combined. The elongated concave balconies with their toothy stone walls are another obvious calling card, often overlooking swimming pools, lush lawns, and the river itself.

Ideally situated between the National Mall and the Georgetown waterfront, the Watergate complex sits directly next-door to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is also just west of George Washington University, and a couple blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station. Rock Creek Trail and its accompanying greenbelt winds along the western perimeter of the property, and the Thompson Boat Center with scull, kayak and canoe rentals is within easy walking distance. Yet for all that surrounds the Watergate, its very own campus can be hard to leave, whether it’s lounging by the pool, enjoying evening cocktails at the hotel’s remodeled and very glamourous Next Whiskey Bar, or simply enjoying the airy, modern living experience of the sought-after apartment coops.

To learn more about luxury cooperatives at the Watergate, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many residential units are there at the Watergate?

A: Apart from the hotel, there are approximately 630 apartments between three cooperative buildings. That number is not precise, however, as some owners combine adjacent units in order to have supersized apartments.

Q: What is the difference between condos and cooperatives?

A: A condo owner buys the individual unit while a coop owner purchases a share in the building and is then allowed to live in a chosen unit. HOA fees at luxury cooperatives like the Watergate can be higher than similarly sized condos.

Q: Are there swimming pools at the Watergate?

A: There are three residential buildings at the Watergate, each with its own swimming pool. There is also a pool at the Watergate Hotel.

Q: What are the names of the residential buildings at the Watergate?

A: The three cooperative buildings are known as Watergate East, Watergate West, and Watergate South.

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