The Northumberland, Washington, DC

In a city known for its history and traditions, the Northumberland stands as an enduring homage to that bygone era. Built in 1909, the famed structure is located at 2039 New Hampshire Avenue in popular Dupont Circle, and enjoys the status of being one of the “Best Addresses” in James Goode’s book of the same name.

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2039 New Hampshire Ave Nw #406, WASHINGTON
  • Residential
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,850 SqFt

2039 New Hampshire Ave Nw #406, WASHINGTON


While people often talk about condos for sale at the Northumberland, the building is actually a cooperative and has existed under continuous self-management since converting from luxury apartments to co-ops way back in 1920. In fact, it is Washington DC’s second-oldest cooperative, and helped usher in that unique trend of residence ownership.

The building was designed by Albert Beers for renowned DC developer Harry Wardman and features a blend of Georgian Revival and Italian Renaissance architecture. What that translates into is a big, blocky seven-story rectangular design with three distinct bands, transitioning from light-colored tapestry brick to traditional red brick with limestone trim and detailed cornice work along the crown. The front portico is graced by multiple columns leading into a grand marble lobby with huge pillars, a 24-hour front desk and wide sweeping staircases. From its earliest days, the Northumberland has been home to Washington’s elite, from politicians to business leaders.

Units at this great old Washington DC building—which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places—range from efficiencies to three-bedroom floorplans with 1,900 square feet. Some of the original details include wonderful old floors combining parquet with intriguing inlay work, thick crown molding, subway tile in the baths and even the old wall safes! But there are also residences with newer flooring, and most kitchens have been substantially upgraded over time with stone counters, stainless steel appliances and more.

The Northumberland has been featured in numerous movies over the years and also enjoys a prime location between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle in the city’s popular 20009 zip code. The building is also right at the western fringe of the U Street Corridor, and easy walking distance to both Meridian Hill Park and the 14th Street restaurant row.

Residents at this historic address can stroll to Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Yes! Organic Groceries to get stuff to cook for dinner. There’s also a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays. The again, with so many great places to drink and dine, why bother cooking? There are also close-by Metro rail stations, fun retailers, entertainment, art galleries and so much more. Real estate prices here range from the low six figures to over a million dollars. But getting owners to part with these legendary co-ops can be challenging.

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Listing information last updated on April 20th, 2019 at 1:03pm EDT.