The Westchester Cooperative

Located at 4000 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Cathedral Heights

With its majestic castle-like appearance, Westchester is one of Washington, DC’s most impressive cooperative residential communities. The eight-story complex consisting of five buildings is located on high ground in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood. The structures were designed by Harvey Warwick and completed in 1931. Included in James Goode’s classic “Best Addresses” book, the Westchester has long been known for its elegance and numerous amenities, including an on-site restaurant and grocery store.

There are over 500 co-op apartments at Westchester, ranging from studio efficiencies to four-bedroom layouts. Sizes are equally varied, starting around 575 square feet and climbing all the way to 3,800 square feet for a rare residence that is the result of four apartment being combined into one. The interiors can be vastly different from one unit to the next. Original parquet hardwood floors are still in evidence in some cases, while other residences have been renovated with newer wide-plank flooring. You’ll also find lovely old millwork, built-ins, archways, bays, and in some cases, sunken living rooms.

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Developed by Gustave Ring, the Westchester was originally intended to be Washington’s largest apartment complex. However, the advent of the Great Depression threw a monkey wrench into the proceedings. The 1929 plans for a 1,000-unit project were scaled back, and the I-shaped buildings with their Neo-Gothic design wound up housing 556 residences. Today, the number of co-ops is even less, due to units being combined. The brick and limestone edifices loom above a hilltop location, with a long front drive and a massive piece of land with great lawns, stands of trees, and outbuildings, all combining for an imposing fortress like feel.

Although there are five buildings on the property, the main residential addresses are 3900 and 4000 Cathedral Avenue. Residents enjoy a number of full service amenities that give the cooperative complex the feeling of its own self-contained neighborhood. There is a grand Main Lobby that hosts a concert series, an on-site grocery store with specialty and gourmet items that can be delivered to your door, the popular DeCarlo’s Restaurant, a large fitness center, a barber shop for men, a beauty salon for women, a dry cleaners, a library with over 6,000 volumes, valet service, and more than 10 acres of lush grounds including a three-level sunken garden. But while there are picturesque fountains, there is no swimming pool. Perhaps that was one of features that was tossed aside when the original 28-acre development was truncated. Regardless, Westchester is a fascinating time capsule and a very swanky place to live.

To learn more about cooperatives for sale at The Westchester, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

The Westchester, District of Columbia FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there parking at the Westchester cooperatives?

A: Yes, there is a parking lot along with other unassigned areas to park.

Q: Is Westchester a pet-friendly community?

A: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at Westchester.

Q: Is there a park near the Westchester co-op buildings?

A: Yes, the buildings are right next-door to Glover Archbold Park.

Q: What houses of worship are near the Westchester?

A: French Calvin, Church of the Annunciation, Embassy Church, Episcopal Church House-Diocese of Washington, and the Washington National Cathedral are all within walking distance.

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