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The Columbia Residences For Sale in West End, DC
2425 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Washington, DC is well known for its unusual condominium conversions. A case in point is the Columbia Residences—originally a women’s hospital! Delivered in 1866, the facilities were moved to their present location in DC’s West End in 1870. Originally built for wives and widows and other family members of Civil War soldiers, the hospital eventually went private. The facility closed down in 2002 and by 2006 it had been transformed into luxury condos for sale.
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Located at 2425 L Street NW at the corner of 25th Street in DC’s West End community, this striking Italianate complex is also commonly associated with the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The large mixed-use project is home to 225 condos along with four commercial spaces covering 28,000 square feet. Why is the retail space so big? Because it includes a Trader Joe’s! Can you imagine just going downstairs to purchase your wine and peanut butter pretzels?
The nine-story complex has residences in three buildings with a wide range of very roomy floor plans. Square footage runs from 700 all the way to 2500 square feet. Condos for sale at Columbia Residences have recently listed from around $500,000 to well over a million dollars. Yes, these are pricy units. But don’t forget, there’s a Trader Joe’s downstairs?
The condo conversion process resulted in lovely residences with hardwood floors, large windows and in many cases, balconies. The designs are open and airy, with exquisite modern kitchens that come in a variety of shapes, with granite counters, stainless steel appliances that are recessed into custom cabinetry, and pendant lighting. Some units have massive floor-to-ceiling window walls where former hospital hallways became incorporated into living space.
There are plenty of common amenities here, including a state of the art fitness center, roof deck with swimming pool, billiards room, a community room, twenty-four hour staffed front desk, parking and extra storage. And there’s more than just a Trader Joe’s downstairs—this awesome condo community also has its own Starbucks! Plus, there’s a hardware store and a Fed Ex/Kinko’s.
In case you decide that you ever want to venture outside, the Foggy Bottom Metro is within walking distance. There’s also a nearby Whole Foods, George Washington University, the Kennedy Center and more bars and restaurants than you can count. In summation, the hospital where so many famous Washingtonians were born is now home to luxury condos for sale—plus a Starbucks and Trader Joe’s!
More About the West End Neighborhood
Washington’s West End neighborhood has a long history dating back the District’s initial planning. At the time, the community represented the westernmost reaches of the nascent capital. That would ultimately change as the District pushed its boundaries further. But the neighborhood has evolved its own geographic bounds as well. The West End used to include a portion of what is now Foggy Bottom. The Old West End Historic District extends into what is generally assumed to be Foggy Bottom, including the land that George Washington University sits on.
The modern era has seen considerable redevelopment in the West End. It began with Washington city planners issuing a “New Town for the West End” report in 1973, aimed at enhancing residential appeal for a prime location. But it would take decades to transition commercial usage into new condominiums, especially given periods of recession and/or urban blight. Once the Columbia Hospital closed its doors in 2002, it presented a rare opportunity: to repurpose a large scale property in a desirable location into luxury residences for sale. The iconic architecture was also a huge advantage for the project’s appeal.
Today, the West End is truly a transformative community, bringing the decades-old aim for a “new town” in the heart of DC to a successful reality. The landscape is a combination of stunning new glass and steel modernism and old classic traditional designs. Among recent additions is the new West End Library which forms the base of an extremely modern structure, with the upscale Westlight condos comprising the upper floors. There’s a great walking trail in the area, the Rock Creek Trail. And those seeking to take in a movie can check out the nearby Landmark West End Theatres.
There are also bars and restaurants aplenty in the West End, including Quadrant Bar & Lounge, Marshall’s Bar & Grille, Café Deluxe, Ris, Baked & Wired, Blue Duck Tavern, Rasika West End, Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier and Boveda - A Latin Speakeasy Restaurant, just to name a few. To learn more about The Columbia Residences, or other luxury condos for sale in Washington, DC, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.