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Lafayette at Penn Quarter Condos For Sale
Located at 631 D Street, Washington, DC 20004
One of the most fascinating condominium complexes in Washington, DC is the Lafayette at Penn Quarter. It is also commonly known as the Lafayette for short, and is connected to a sister building, the Clara Barton. These huge, impressive structures are part of an ambitious adaptive reuse project that began with the historic 1926 Central Armature Building. The original footing is in front, with the larger structures melding behind for an overall look of traditional Victorian grandeur.
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Located at 631 D Street NW in the District’s 20004 zip code, the Lafayette at Penn Quarter is just steps from the National Mall and easy walking distance to all the all that is synonymous with the corridors of power—the White House, the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court of the United States. With all three branches of the federal government close by, the Penn Quarter community is prime residential territory for those who toil tirelessly in the government sector. And while the Lafayette looks elegant and traditional from the outside, it’s all about modern luxury condos for sale once you step through the front doors.
There are 173 residences here, ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms and from flats to townhouse style. Square footage generally runs between 540 and 1800. Prices start in the $300s for the smallest units and climb into the very high six figures for the largest two-story penthouse city homes with private roof terraces.
Whether small or large, condos for sale at the Lafayette offer beautiful hardwood floors, recessed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and in many cases, balconies. There are a number of different models, all of which include gourmet kitchens that are open to the living area, with granite countertops, oversized custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
There are plenty of common amenities as well, starting with the fabulous Art Deco-inspired lobby with twenty-four hour front desk and concierge service There’s also two state of the art fitness centers, a community pub room, a business center and a media and game room. Continuing up to the top of the 12-story pet-friendly building, you’ll find a roof deck with swimming pool, lounges, gas grilles, eating areas and wonderful park-like landscaping.
In addition to all the nearby government offices, there’s the world famous museums on the mall, multiple theaters, wonderful shops and five Metro Stations all within a few blocks. Also worth mentioning are the businesses in the original ground level row house spaces, including bars and restaurants like the Partisan and Rasika. Of course, this is the heart of downtown DC which means plenty more great pubs and eateries, all within easy walking distance.
The Penn Quarter Emergence
While the area that Penn Quarter is in dates back to the earliest days of the District, the neighborhood’s name emerged in the modern era. The busy urban territory used to be known as Old Downtown and occupies an area north of Pennsylvania Avenue between around 3rd and 12th Street that is in the eastern part of Downtown DC. It’s also an area that hadn’t seen any significant residential population in nearly a century. Until the late 1990s, it was a place that became something of a ghost town after dark, once all the law firms, lobbyist offices and government buildings closed for the day. Even a handful of cavernous nightclubs from the go-go ‘80s were finding it hard to stay in business. But that is no longer the case.
A series of revitalization initiatives that followed the 1990s recession took root in the area and that progress continues unabated two decades later. The Penn Quarter moniker became official in the early 2000s, and the neighborhood now feels as if it has come full circle in a sense. After all, this was once a thriving entertainment district back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with live theatre and music as well as a string of early 20th century movie palaces near the corner of 9th and E Streets, such as Crandall’s Joy Theater, the Metropolitan, Lowe’s Palace and the Empress. Those places and the majestic buildings they were in are long gone now. There are still historic landmarks like Ford's Theatre where President Lincoln was shot, still in operation with legit theatre and other live performances.
These days, Penn Quarter is a vibrant community that is lively during the day and night, with upscale retailers, restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, salons, a farmers market and more. One of most noteworthy difference makers has been Capital One Arena which opened as MCI Center and was then known as Verizon Center before being rebranded once again. Sitting on top of the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station in the tiny but lively Chinatown district (which is within the bounds of Penn Quarter), Capital One Arena is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. It’s also a popular concert venue with some of the top acts in the country visiting on a regular basis. As for the lack of residents a few decades ago, that too has changed—this is now one of the hottest real estate markets in Washington. To learn more about condos for sale at The Lafayette, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.