High-Rise Condos for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area


Luxury high-rise condos for sale are popular in virtually all major U.S. cities, and the Washington Metro region is no exception. You’ll find some very swanky offerings in many parts of DC, as well as Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Bethesda, Maryland, and Alexandria, Arlington, McLean and Tysons in Virginia.

That said, don’t expect the type of towering monoliths that you’ll find in New York City, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles. This is due to the Height of Buildings Act, passed in 1910 in Washington, DC. High-rise residential and commercial buildings are limited to about 130 feet in the nation’s capital. That limitation doesn’t hold true on the other side of the Potomac River, however. Turnberry Tower in Arlington’s Rosslyn waterfront has long been the tallest residential building in the region at 26 stories and 313 feet. Also in Rosslyn is the aptly-named Waterview, a 31-story complex with Le Meriden Hotel at the base, and condos starting at the 14th floor.

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Exploring DC Metro’s Tall Condo Buildings

It’s worth noting that the island of Manhattan is an outlier in the United States, with some of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Central Park Tower holds the current record at 1,550 feet high and 432 Park Avenue stands 1,397 feet tall. You won’t find anything in that ballpark in the Washington, DC area, but you will find a treasure trove of luxury condominium developments that are as attractive and desirable as any condo communities in the nation.

Washington’s downtown Mount Vernon Triangle is home to CityCenterDC, delivered in 2013 at the site of the former Washington Convention Center. Not only does the mixed-use community feature two 12-story residential towers, but there are also apartments, offices, hotels, and over 40 upscale boutique retailers and restaurants. Spanning five city blocks, 10 acres and including a 1.5-acre park, this is one of the largest developments of its kind.

DC’s Navy Yard/Ballpark area is currently seeing a rash of new high-rise condo construction, including the 14-story Avidian, the 11-story eNvy and the 10-story Bower. You’ll also find tons of new shops, restaurants and other attractions in this fast growing Southeast Waterfront region. The same goes for the stunning new District Wharf, an almost complete transformation of the Southwest Waterfront, a multi-billion dollar mixed use development with new piers, docks, marinas, live music venues, and glamorous high-rise condominiums like VIO, a very modern building overlooking the Washington Channel.

The McLean/Tysons Connection

One of the fastest growing areas in the entire Washington Metro region can be found in Virginia’s Fairfax County, where McLean and Tysons come together. Tysons, formerly known as Tysons Corner, has long been known for its huge upscale shopping malls. There has also been an ambitious push to grow the population up t0 100,000 by the 2050.

Luxury high-rise condo buildings are a key ingredient in the plan, especially in the Tysons/McLean border area near the confluence of I-495 and Dulles Access Road, with upscale mixed-use mini neighborhoods like The Boro. Brand-new condo towers grabbing attention include Monarch with 20 stories, and Verse with 25 stories.

To learn more about high-rise condos for sale throughout the entire region, please contact Andre Perez or another member of the District Partners team at Compass, 202-798-3600.