Mather Studios | Beautiful Loft Style Condos in Chinatown, DC

Located at 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

In Washington, DC, so known for its adaptive reuse real estate projects, Mather Studios stands out. Located in vibrant Chinatown (although some will say it’s in the Penn Quarter), this historic 1917 office building with its Gothic Revival influences, has been transformed into 50 luxury loft condos for sale. But that’s not all—the 10-story structure is also home to 12 affordable-rate artist studios as well as a dance studio, a theatre, an art gallery and creative arts office space.

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This all came to pass when developer P.N. Hoffman recognized a need not only for upscale living but for affordable options for the local arts community, especially in light of rising real market rates that have driven many creative types out of the Downtown DC area. The project was completed in 2004 and is now home to a fascinating cross-section of condo residents, artists and other creative types. That includes office space for the Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) which was formed by the Downtown Arts Association to foster growth in the city for painters, dancers, stage actors and more.

Condos for sale at Mather Studios in Washington DC

By this point, the image of Mather Studios as an uber-hip creative community should be evident. So let’s turn to the 50 luxury residential condos which come in a variety of floorplans, from 700 to more than 1,100 square feet. You’ll find these authentic lofts at 916 G Street, NW, between 9th and 10th Streets.

While most of the units are one-bedroom true lofts, many also have an additional den which can be used for extra sleeping space. With polished concrete floors, floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick walls plus ducts and structural support beans, sliding frosted-glass doors, overhead duct work and soaring ceilings, these minimalist modern creations bespeak the industrial chic trend. Add to that, super cool kitchens with granite counters and high end stainless steel appliances. Also worth noting are the extremely spacious penthouse units with private rooftop decks and sweeping views of the city skyline, including the Washington Monument and National Mall.

Common amenities for this pet-friendly building include parking, bicycle storage and an amazing modern lobby with granite floors, original artwork, staffed front desk and concierge service. And don’t forget the gallery, the theatre performances and all the other great stuff that’s happening on the lower floors.

And when you decide to venture outside, you’ll find yourself in the beating heart of Chinatown with amazing food, sights and sounds. Plus, Capital One Arena for concerts and NBA basketball, the Smithsonian and the National Mall with its monuments and incredible array of museums. and the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro are all within easy strolling distance. For more information about Mather Studios lofts for sale, as well as other condos in the area, call District Partners Real Estate at 202-798-3600.

Mather Studios FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Exactly what is Mather Studios in Chinatown?

A: The historic 10-story building was built in 1917 but was abandoned in the 1980s. Redeveloped by PN Hoffman in 2004, the mixed-use building now offers commercial space at the street level, artists loft studios and residences at the second and third floors, and condos on the upper levels.

Q: What do the residences look like inside?

A: While no two condos are exactly alike, the prototypical look is industrial chic, with soaring exposed ceilings, ductwork, and open gourmet kitchens. Floorplans include both single-story and two-story, and select penthouses have private roof decks.

Q: Is this a walkable neighborhood?

A: Yes, Mather Studios is at 916 G Street NW in the heart of Chinatown and at the border of neighboring Penn Quarter. This is Washington’s vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, and historic theaters all around, providing an exciting walk experience in an urban setting.

Q: Is there a Metro station in the area?

A: Yes, the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro with Red, Yellow, and Green Line service, is just one block away.

The Chinatown and Downtown DC Experience

During the late 1800s, Chinatown was a thriving community along Pennsylvania Avenue, home to thousands of immigrants. But the redevelopment of the area during the early part of the 20th century required those same residents to relocate. Chinatown reformed in its present location, between H and I Streets and 5th and 8th Streets. It’s a small enclave with a much smaller population compared to those early days. But it’s still a prime destination place for visitors, as well as home to both Chinese Americans and others seeking both downtown convenience and a unique, vibrant lifestyle.

The massive Friendship Archway with its seven pagoda roofs plus an incredible array of tiles and painted dragons, is the instantly recognizable landmark identifying this lively neighborhood as Chinatown. It is said to be the biggest single-span archway on earth!

There’s lots more to this lively urban neighborhood, with Chinese restaurants and businesses as well as other popular DC bars and restaurants. Just a small sampling includes China Boy, Chinatown Garden, Chinatown Express, Vipiano, CIRCA at Chinatown, Yard House, Jackpot, matchbox, Bar Deco, Freestate and Rocket Bar.

But there is also a wealth of shops, eateries and other attractions in next-door communities like Mount Vernon to the north and Penn Quarter to the south. This super walkable downtown area is as good for upscale shopping as it is for simply wandering and sampling from sidewalk food vendors and other pop-up businesses. There is also an incredible array of world class museums and galleries in the area, including the National Portrait Gallery, Newseum (celebrating journalism), the National Building Museum and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office.

Suffice to say, Chinatown and the Downtown Washington DC experience is an incredible one. The neighborhood is also very close to DC’s corridors of political power, from K Street with its many lobbying firms to the White House, Capitol Hill and Supreme Court. But Mathers Studios is also a condominium for those with a more creative, rather than political, bent.

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