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The Pennsylvania Condos For Sale | Penn Quarter
Located at 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
As you would probably guess, the Pennsylvania is located on Pennsylvania Avenue. The building is also in a part of Washington, DC known as the Penn Quarter. But if you were also to guess by its name that this is some grand old Victorian structure from yesteryear, you would be wrong! While the 14-story gray monolith does present something of a throwback Art Deco/Mayan style, it was actually born in 1991.
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The actual street address is 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW at the corner of 6th Street in Washington, DC’s 20004 zip code. This is the heart of the city’s power belt—between the Capitol Building and the White House. You don’t have to be a politico to live at the Pennsylvania—but it’s okay if you are. There are 99 one and two-bedroom luxury residences here, with open floor plans, private balconies, and super big windows. And while not all of the condos for sale have updated gourmet kitchens with all the modern stainless steel-type things, many of them do. There’s washers and dryers in every unit, and underground parking as well, although that will cost you extra.
Condos for sale at the Pennsylvania usually start in the mid-to-high $400s and climb from there. The building has 24-hour concierge service, a state of the art fitness center with sauna, a party room, a bike room, and a tiled rooftop terrace with commanding views of the Capitol dome and other landmarks. There is also commercial space on the ground floor, including one of DC’s favorite watering holes and eateries for the political set—the Capitol Grille.
Also nearby are such well known places as Market Square, the wonderful museums at the National Mall, historic theaters, and several close by Metro stations, including the Archives which is only a half-block away. And if you don’t want to dine immediately downstairs, you can stroll to any number of other fine places, like 701 Restaurant with live jazz, Central Michel Richard, or Plan B Burger Bar where you can sip bourbon with your burger. How DC is that?
The Penn Quarter Story
The Pennsylvania may have a very retro vintage look, but its construction in 1991 represents the very beginning of the Penn Quarter neighborhood’s modern revitalization era. In fact, the neighborhood wasn’t even known as Penn Quarter until the modern era. Before that it was just considered part of Downtown DC, and sometimes referred to as Old Downtown. It’s an area that has gone through a number of changes over the years.
During the late 180os and early 1900s, the place now known as the Penn Quarter was an entertainment mecca with live music and theatre. There was also a string of grand movie palaces around 9th and E Streets including Crandall’s Joy Theater and others built by Harry Crandall, a Washington businessman who once owned 18 theaters in the Washington Metro region. The arrival of streetcars helped make the Old Downtown area accessible for those who lived in other communities. It was a time of great vitality in DC, as well as a construction boom era for businesses, government offices and residential buildings.
But by the 1960s, Washington’s inner city neighborhoods were struggling, including the Downtown area. There wasn’t a lot of activity after dark and residents had moved out in droves. The 1980s brought something of a resurgence with discos and music venues, and the following decades ushered in new revitalization initiatives. The Pennsylvania was one of projects leading the new movement and it was followed by numerous other condominium, apartment and office buildings.
Today, Penn Quarter is roughly defined as the area north of Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 12th Streets (depending on who’s doing the defining). The tiny Chinatown enclave, which itself moved from an earlier location) is within the northern part of Penn Quarter. The neighborhood is once again brimming with energy, a place home to upscale shopping boutiques, top bars and restaurants, art galleries, museums, yoga studios and packed nightclubs. And while much is new, there are also still plenty of historic buildings and landmarks.
From old to new, there’s plenty of things to see and do in the Penn Quarter. The historic Ford’s Theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated is still open, offering tours as well as a full calendar of theatrical and music performances. You can also catch the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and top concert acts at Capital One Arena (formerly MCI and Verizon Center).
The neighborhood is also a “Walker’s Paradise” with a Walk Score of 97, a Bike Score of 90 and a Transit Score of 100. To learn more about condos for sale at The Pennsylvania, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.