High-Rise Condos for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area

With the housing shortage in the Washington Metropolitan area, you would expect to see plenty of high-rise buildings. After all, adding additional stories is a time-tested solution in densely populated areas. Yet, the Washington skyline is noticeably lower than most other major cities in the country.

Just how different is DC and its surrounding areas and how does that affect condos for sale in general? 

A sampling of skyscrapers across the nation would include 432 Park Avenue in New York City—the tallest residential building in the United States at 1,396 feet and 89 stories. It was delivered in 2014.

Commercial high-rise structures include the Willis Tower in Chicago (formerly Sears) at 1,729 feet, and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles at 1,018 feet. There are hundreds of other notable towers across the country, including the fabulous Empire State Building, completed in 1934 and standing 1,454 feet.

By comparison, the tallest DC structure is the Washington Monument, built in 1884 and rising 555 feet into the air. It is only an obelisk, however, and not inhabitable.

Most DC buildings are much shorter, owing to the Height of Buildings Act of 1910. There have been various amendments over the years but basically, commercial buildings are limited to about 130 feet. That’s less than one-tenth of the Empire State Building! But don't let that discourage you. There are some high-rise condos for sale in Washington DC, which you can read about below, or begin viewing by clicking on the active MLS listings below!

High Rise Condos For Sale Around Washington DC

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5630 Wisconsin Ave #1403, CHEVY CHASE

$4,895,000

5630 Wisconsin Ave #1403, CHEVY CHASE

3 Beds 4.5 Baths 5,086 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC746178

Washington Fine Properties, LLC

1155 23rd St Nw #presp3, WASHINGTON

$4,500,000

1155 23rd St Nw #presp3, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 6.5 Baths 6,019 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2005260

Washington Fine Properties, LLC

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

New
7887 Jones Branch Dr #1602, MCLEAN

$4,100,000

7887 Jones Branch Dr #1602, MCLEAN

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX2010800

The Mayhood Company

1111 24th St Nw #ph101, WASHINGTON

$3,975,000

1111 24th St Nw #ph101, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,684 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC494118

Eastbanc Marketing, LLC

1155 23rd St Nw #ph2e, WASHINGTON

$3,795,000

1155 23rd St Nw #ph2e, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,008 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC493526

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

7887 Jones Branch Dr #2002, MCLEAN

$3,746,000

↑ $200,000

7887 Jones Branch Dr #2002, MCLEAN

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,390 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX993832

The Mayhood Company

1111 24th St Nw #ph106, WASHINGTON

$3,650,000

↓ $100,000

1111 24th St Nw #ph106, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,477 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC498980

Compass

1111 24th St Nw #23, WASHINGTON

$3,615,000

1111 24th St Nw #23, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 3,031 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC487370

Eastbanc Marketing, LLC

1881 N Nash St #2311, ARLINGTON

$3,300,000

1881 N Nash St #2311, ARLINGTON

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,278 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR2000742

Lafhal Group

1111 24th St Nw #3-c, WASHINGTON

$3,185,000

1111 24th St Nw #3-c, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,567 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1000186317

Eastbanc Marketing, LLC

1781 Pierce St N #2401, ROSSLYN

$3,090,000

1781 Pierce St N #2401, ROSSLYN

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,289 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR177334

The Mayhood Company

1111 24th St Nw #9f, WASHINGTON

$2,995,000

1111 24th St Nw #9f, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,415 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC517488

Eastbanc Marketing, LLC

1650 Silver Hill Dr #2507, MCLEAN

$2,950,000

1650 Silver Hill Dr #2507, MCLEAN

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,456 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAFX1204742

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

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.

5600 Wisconsin Ave #ph-17c, CHEVY CHASE

$2,895,000

5600 Wisconsin Ave #ph-17c, CHEVY CHASE

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,878 SqFt Residential MLS® # MDMC761732

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1781 Pierce St N #2003, ROSSLYN

$2,879,000

1781 Pierce St N #2003, ROSSLYN

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,382 SqFt Residential MLS® # VAAR164376

The Mayhood Company

920 I St Nw #715, WASHINGTON

$2,749,999

920 I St Nw #715, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,584 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC508148

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

So What About High Rise Condos in Washington DC?

There are some exceptions, such as One Franklin Square which stands 210 feet. But you simply won’t find the type of giants that inhabit the rest of the nation. Washington decided years ago that it wasn’t going down that road. Still, there have been numerous attempts by lawmakers to ease restrictions on developing more Washington DC high rise condos, including quite recently.

But as Commissioner Peter May for the National Park Service noted, “It’s a matter of national interest. It is about quality. It is about human scale and it is about being a welcoming city, not an imposing city.”

Those same height restrictions don’t apply everywhere in the region. For instance, the neighborhood of Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia, is home to some relatively tall buildings. The recently completed 1812 N. Moore building set a Washington Metro record of 384 feet. Also in the works is Central Place in Rosslyn, a mixed-used residential and retail tower which will top out at 390 feet.

But it is quite obvious that these buildings pale in comparison to skyscrapers across the country. In fact, most of the advertised high-rise condos for sale in the Washington Metro area are just a spec on the national horizon.

So what defines a high-rise condo building? The typical standard is anything over 12 stories, so in that regard, you can indeed live in a building with a view in the Washington area. There are plenty of luxury high-rise condos for sale in Washington DC with balconies overlooking the Potomac River or the District’s numerous iconic landmarks.

In fact, you’ll find penthouse condos for sale all over the region—in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, and Maryland. Crystal City, for instance, features a number of gleaming glass and steel spires.

It is true that Washington DC high-rises can’t compete in size with those in New York City or Chicago. On the other hand, Washington Metro makes up for it in other ways, with more fantastic row houses, antique Colonials, cool Craftsman bungalows, custom-built mansions and trendy lofts, than just about anywhere else in the country. To learn more about high rise condos for sale in the Washington DC Metro area, contact District Partners at Compass at 202-798-3600. We'd love to schedule a showing today!