Cooperatives For Sale in the Washington Metro 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.

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2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1408-s, WASHINGTON

$4,295,000

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1408-s, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 4,640 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC472232

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1502/3, WASHINGTON

$2,900,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1502/3, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,990 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC525560

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1205-s, WASHINGTON

$2,650,000

↓ $340,000

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1205-s, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,340 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC508266

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #404-n, WASHINGTON

$2,495,000

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #404-n, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,465 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005406

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #24, WASHINGTON

$2,349,995

2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #24, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC525788

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

2700 Calvert St Nw #617, WASHINGTON

$2,300,000

↑ $400,000

2700 Calvert St Nw #617, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,550 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC493692

McClain - Dewey Real Estate

2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #22, WASHINGTON

$2,250,000

2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #22, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC526546

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1102/3-s, WASHINGTON

$1,999,000

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #1102/3-s, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,373 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC513120

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

550 N St Sw #s-502, WASHINGTON

$1,995,900

550 N St Sw #s-502, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC509266

Welcome Home Realty, LLC

2700 Calvert St Nw #117, WASHINGTON

$1,995,000

2700 Calvert St Nw #117, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 0 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC513408

McClain - Dewey Real Estate

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1118, WASHINGTON

$1,995,000

↓ $200,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1118, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,908 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC494892

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #402, WASHINGTON

$1,899,900

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #402, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,214 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002048

Compass

New
2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #66, WASHINGTON

$1,895,000

2101 Connecticut Ave Nw #66, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,900 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2006932

Coldwell Banker Realty

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #717, WASHINGTON

$1,895,000

2500 Virginia Ave Nw #717, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,612 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC512542

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #1407-n, WASHINGTON

$1,690,000

↓ $305,000

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #1407-n, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,698 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC308168

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #705-n, WASHINGTON

$1,650,000

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #705-n, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,850 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002654

Winston Real Estate, Inc.

1661 Crescent Pl Nw #501, WASHINGTON

$1,649,000

↓ $100,000

1661 Crescent Pl Nw #501, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,454 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC525342

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

1661 Crescent Pl Nw #401, WASHINGTON

$1,500,000

1661 Crescent Pl Nw #401, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,450 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC526696

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.


More about Coop Buildings in Washington, Maryland and Virginia

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.


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.