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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1000 New Jersey Ave Se #419, WASHINGTON

$579,900

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #419, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2142782

NAVY YARD

New
560 N Street Sw N #n902, WASHINGTON

$999,900

560 N Street Sw N #n902, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,369 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2142174

RLA (SW)

New
4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #830-b, WASHINGTON

$849,000

4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #830-b, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,942 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2138288

CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS

New
2220 20th St Nw #45, WASHINGTON

$510,000

2220 20th St Nw #45, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2142188

KALORAMA

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700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1512, WASHINGTON

$665,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1512, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 852 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2139856

FOGGY BOTTOM

New
1000 New Jersey Ave Se #1115, WASHINGTON

$620,000

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #1115, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,027 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2139854

NAVY YARD

New
3000 Tilden St Nw #203, WASHINGTON

$595,000

3000 Tilden St Nw #203, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,112 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2135120

CLEVELAND PARK

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700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1214, WASHINGTON

$525,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1214, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 904 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2140546

FOGGY BOTTOM

1901 Wyoming Ave Nw #10, WASHINGTON

$899,900

1901 Wyoming Ave Nw #10, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2141754

KALORAMA

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #619, WASHINGTON

$679,000

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #619, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2141728

NAVY YARD

9707 Old Georgetown Rd #2317, BETHESDA

$539,900

9707 Old Georgetown Rd #2317, BETHESDA

2 Beds 2 Baths 992 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC2131202

MAPLEWOOD PARK PLACE

2700 Calvert St Nw #417, WASHINGTON

$2,195,000

2700 Calvert St Nw #417, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,569 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2141528

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEIGHTS

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #320, WASHINGTON

$549,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #320, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 941 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2137426

WATERGATE

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #602, WASHINGTON

$519,900

1000 New Jersey Ave Se #602, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 1 Bath 823 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2140666

NAVY YARD

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #117, WASHINGTON

$845,000

700 New Hampshire Ave Nw #117, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,697 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2140342

FOGGY BOTTOM

1901 Wyoming Ave Nw #75, WASHINGTON

$579,500

↓ $10,015

1901 Wyoming Ave Nw #75, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 904 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2136474

KALORAMA

2220 20th St Nw #32, WASHINGTON

$525,000

2220 20th St Nw #32, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 725 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2139482

KALORAMA

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #401n, WASHINGTON

$775,000

↓ $49,900

2510 Virginia Ave Nw #401n, WASHINGTON

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2140008

WATERGATE


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.


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Listing information last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 9:30am EDT.