Washington, DC is known for its unusual adaptive reuse projects, such as former schools, churches and auto showrooms that have been converted into condominiums. But none are quite as unique as The Columbia Residences in the West End neighborhood. The former Columbia Hospital for Women dates back to 1866 and was dedicated to serving the wives and widows of Civil War soldiers. Initially established in Thomas Circle, the facility was rebuilt in the West End neighborhood in 1876 with a stunning design from Nathan C. Wyeth). The facility finally closed in 2002 and by 2006, had been converted to condos.
There were no new listings at The Columbia in December. There are still some attractive availabilities, however, including Unit #240 with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and nearly 2,000 square feet of interior space. Offered at $1,645,000, the ground floor apartment has French doors that open to a private slate patio and lawn area. Two bedrooms have gorgeous en-suite baths, while the third is currently used as an office with two custom built-in work stations, and doors leading to the patio. A wonderful Chef’s kitchen boasts granite counters and high-end stainless steel appliances, including a wine fridge.
Unit #636 is still active at $1,129,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath apartment overlooking 24th Street has 1,267 square feet of living space, with a formal entry and foyer, and striking mahogany floors throughout. A large living area features a large, lovely window bay. The open chef’s kitchen has dark granite counters, cocoa-toned cabinets, a Viking range and Sub-Zero fridge. Walk-in closets, luxurious baths and a private balcony add to the appeal.
Offered at $950,000, Unit #442 came to market in November. The layout features two bedrooms, two baths and 1,171 square feet of space. Dark wood floors are in the kitchen and living areas, with carpet in the bedrooms. The open kitchen has granite countertops, a Viking gas range, Viking wine cooler and Sub-Zero fridge. Eat at the island, or take your meals out onto a large private balcony! A washer/dryer combo, one parking space and one storage unit add to the appeal.
Unit #242 is currently listed at $899,900. The cheery two-bedroom, two-bath residence has 1,107 square feet of space and is located at the ground level. Beautiful blonde hardwood floors run throughout the living area and kitchen, with carpets in the bedrooms. The signature open cook space has all the bells and whistles, including dark granite counters, island and hanging pendant lights. French doors open to a private patio overlooking a courtyard.
With one bedroom, a den and one bath, Unit #434 is up for grabs at $629,900. Lovely hardwoods run throughout the common areas with carpeting in the oversized bedroom. There’s a balcony off the master suite, plus a big walk-in closet and a dual entry marble bath. The gourmet kitchen includes nifty sliding doors that open to reveal additional pantry storage.
Competitively priced at $595,000, Unit #309 offers one bedroom, one bath and 755 square feet of living space. Gleaming blonde hardwoods are featured throughout the main living area with its completely open kitchen. You can cook away with stainless steel Viking, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances, and sit at the granite island/bar for breakfast. There’s also a fun little balcony off the bedroom.
Unit #237 expired at the end of the year. The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath apartment exudes architectural charm with its thick crown molding and a sunny window bay. It had been listed at $895,000. We will keep track to see if it pops back up on the market in January.
There was one closing in December. Unit #700, known as “The Belvedare,” is the crown jewel of The Columbia. It sold quickly for $3,050,000, after listing for $3 million. The unique penthouse at the center of the original building has 3,880 square feet of living space and 1,900 square feet of exterior space spread over four separate areas. The front terrace with its distinctive Tuscan columns and flanking towers, are integral parts of the building’s façade.
The amenities at The Columbia are impressive indeed, with a rooftop swimming pool and lounge, fitness center, billiards and club rooms, front desk and concierge, and three furnished guest suites for visitors. The crowning touch is an on-site Trader Joe’s—the ultimate in grocery convenience. There’s also an Urban Boxing on the grounds. From timeless architecture to a terrific location, this is a very attractive place to live.
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