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.

Active Cooperative Residences for Sale

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4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #725-b, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,800 SqFt

4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #725-b, WASHINGTON

$725,000
430 M St Sw #n503, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 0 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 530 SqFt

430 M St Sw #n503, WASHINGTON

$230,000
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5225 Pooks Hill Rd #706s, BETHESDA
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 630 SqFt

5225 Pooks Hill Rd #706s, BETHESDA

$129,999
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20-d Hillside Rd, GREENBELT
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 920 SqFt

20-d Hillside Rd, GREENBELT

$150,000
New
23-c Ridge Rd, GREENBELT
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,080 SqFt

23-c Ridge Rd, GREENBELT

$165,500
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1915 16th St Nw #401, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 750 SqFt

1915 16th St Nw #401, WASHINGTON

$420,000
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4101 Cathedral Ave Nw #708, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 900 SqFt

4101 Cathedral Ave Nw #708, WASHINGTON

$289,000
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14-x Laurel Hill Rd #x, GREENBELT
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 920 SqFt

14-x Laurel Hill Rd #x, GREENBELT

$174,900
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3601 Connecticut Ave Nw #119, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,100 SqFt

3601 Connecticut Ave Nw #119, WASHINGTON

$489,900
New
520 N St Sw #127, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 0 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 585 SqFt

520 N St Sw #127, WASHINGTON

$233,333
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1657 31st St Nw #103, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 600 SqFt

1657 31st St Nw #103, WASHINGTON

$374,000
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1669 Columbia Rd Nw #306, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 846 SqFt

1669 Columbia Rd Nw #306, WASHINGTON

$345,000
New
4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #350-351b, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #350-351b, WASHINGTON

$749,900
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1301 Delaware Ave Sw #n-514, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

1301 Delaware Ave Sw #n-514, WASHINGTON

$309,000
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1300 Massachusetts Ave Nw #505, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 0 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 350 SqFt

1300 Massachusetts Ave Nw #505, WASHINGTON

$189,000
New
560 N St Sw #n-714, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 760 SqFt

560 N St Sw #n-714, WASHINGTON

$380,000
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1820 Clydesdale Pl Nw #402, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 930 SqFt

1820 Clydesdale Pl Nw #402, WASHINGTON

$449,900
New
4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #18/19b, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,650 SqFt

4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #18/19b, WASHINGTON

$719,800


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 September 15th, 2019 at 8:03am EDT.

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