Cooperatives For Sale in The Washington Metropolitan Area

Cooperative is a real estate term you don’t hear as much anymore, although you can still find examples in Washington Metro, including the District itself and parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland. Although not exclusively so, you most commonly find them in older high-density urban areas, usually with larger residential buildings.

Cooperatives or co-ops date back as far as Babylon and ancient Rome, with the movement gaining widespread popularity in Great Britain and France in the 1800s. In its simplest of terms, cooperatives differ from condominiums in that co-ops are formed from member-based corporations who pool their resources. Whereas a condo owner purchases a unit, a co-op buyer purchases a share of the organization that owns the entire building or complex, and is thereby granted the right to live in a selected unit. Also, co-op boards screen and select who may buy into the organization.

Cooperatives for Sale in the Washinton Metropolitan Area

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700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1206/1207

WASHINGTON, DC
$3,990,000

MLS#: DC9011847
2 Bed, 4 Bath
3007 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10174090

2700 Virginia Ave Nw #801/806

WASHINGTON, DC
$2,499,000

MLS#: DC10174090
3 Bed, 3½ Bath
3654 Sqft
Residential

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2510 Virginia Ave Nw #1204-n

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,999,500

MLS#: DC10146089
4 Bed, 5 Bath
3755 Sqft
Residential

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2510 Virginia Ave Nw #702/703n

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,995,000

MLS#: DC10186033
4 Bed, 4 Bath
3675 Sqft
Residential

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #318

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,850,000

MLS#: DC10311996
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2336 Sqft
Residential

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #904-n

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,595,000

MLS#: DC10310900
4 Bed, 2½ Bath
2220 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10201022

1315 4th Sw #th-7

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,250,000

MLS#: DC10201022
3 Bed, 4 Bath
3406 Sqft
Residential

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #120

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,250,000

MLS#: DC10298090
3 Bed, 2½ Bath
2294 Sqft
Residential

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2475 Virginia Ave Nw #500/501/531

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,145,000

MLS#: DC10265530
3 Bed, 3 Bath
2430 Sqft
Residential

3900 Watson Pl Nw #a -g1b/c

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,100,000

MLS#: DC10252513
3 Bed, 3 Bath
2400 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10252372

1026 16th St Nw #502/503

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,100,000

MLS#: DC10252372
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1700 Sqft
Residential

1870 Wyoming Ave Nw #402

WASHINGTON, DC
$1,100,000

MLS#: DC10303770
3 Bed, 2 Bath
2200 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10286235

2500 Virginia Nw #703-s

WASHINGTON, DC
$949,000

MLS#: DC10286235
2 Bed, 2½ Bath
1700 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10161746

3900 Cathedral Ave Nw #804a

WASHINGTON, DC
$899,000

MLS#: DC10161746
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1625 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10301300

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1417

WASHINGTON, DC
$899,000

MLS#: DC10301300
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1652 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10289723

4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #810-811b

WASHINGTON, DC
$890,000

MLS#: DC10289723
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1850 Sqft
Residential

2475 Virginia Ave Nw #602-603

WASHINGTON, DC
$835,000

MLS#: DC10297542
3 Bed, 3 Bath
1850 Sqft
Residential

Photo of Listing #DC10214963

2540 Massachusetts Ave Nw #209

WASHINGTON, DC
$739,000

MLS#: DC10214963
2 Bed, 2 Bath
1300 Sqft
Residential



The first cooperative in DC was the Concord in 1891. In the early days, banks would not finance cooperatives and condos did not yet exist. By pooling resources, those with wealth could buy entire buildings and control the tenancy. During the 1920s, a developer named Edmund Flynn began converting grand old apartment buildings into cooperatives. Among the city’s historic co-ops are The Broadmoor and The Chesterfield. The Watergate is also one of the better-known cooperatives, although the I.M. Pei-designed curvilinear structure is decidedly modern.

Cooperative ownership is typically more affordable than buying a condo. On the other hand, monthly fees are usually more expensive. One reason is that co-ops often offer extra amenities, such as concierge service, etc. A good example of a high-end cooperative is the 16-story Van Ness North building with 446 units, a doorman and fully-staffed front desk, valet service, dry-cleaning and two swimming pools. Co-ops at the highest end of the scale can run well over a million dollars for fabulous penthouse apartments, while the entry-level units can start around $100,000.

While the metropolitan area’s largest cache of co-ops is in DC itself, they can also be found in Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia, as well as Bethesda, Maryland and other communities. One of the more unique and interesting real estate options, this longstanding tradition of power through sharing, also has many other applications, such as food cooperatives and artist and gallery co-ops.

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Listing information last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 12:08am EDT.