The Columbia Residences takes a back seat to no one when it comes to unique condominium communities in Washington, DC. Founded in Thomas Circle in 1866, the Columbia Hospital for Women was dedicated to serving wives and widows of Civil War soldiers. The hospital subsequently moved to the West End neighborhood in 1876, and was rebuilt a decade later under the supervision of famed architect Nathan C. Wyeth. The hospital remained open until 2006, when it closed, renovated and expanded as luxury condos. The property is also home to a Trader Joe’s.
New to the market in July is a bright and airy Life At The Top listing, Unit #423. Originally listed for $629,000, it has since been reduced down to $598,000. This extraordinary West End value includes one bedroom, one bath and over 765 square feet of living space under impossibly tall ceilings. Sunlight filters through plantation shutters, bathing the hardwood floors in a warm glow. An open gourmet kitchen with granite counters is set into one wall, with Viking and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, and hanging pendant lights over the island. Steps lead up to a lovely loft bedroom with hardwood floors and a cutout at the top of one wall. The marble bath has an extended vanity, frameless shower and organizers. The front-loading washer/dryer, one parking space and extra storage convey.
Also new in July is Unit #342 with two bedrooms, two baths and 1,184 square feet of space. Listed at $950,000, the handsome apartment has hardwood floors throughout and French doors leading out to a large balcony overlooking the courtyard. From the chef’s kitchen with its Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, to an oversized owner’s suite, this residence presents an impressive package. The unit comes with one parking space.
Additionally, Unit #408 entered the fray in July, with one bedroom, one bath, 719 square feet of space and an asking price of $630,000. The open design includes a main living area with wide-plank flooring and an upscale kitchen that is tucked along one wall and augmented by a dark granite breakfast bar. The carpeted bedroom is quite roomy, and includes a deep walk-on closet and sliders leading out to a fun little balcony. Also of note is the marble dual-entry bath, a washer/dryer closet, storage and parking.
While Unit #203 is the most expensive active listing at the Columbia, it also boasts a new price reduction from $1,895,000 down to $1,750,000. That’s a cut of $124K! The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath apartment measures out at 1,915 square feet and includes a den large enough to use as a third bedroom. Additionally, the ground floor residence has French doors leading out to a large patio and private yard. Other features include hardwood floors, custom wall treatments, a gourmet kitchen and an owner’s suite with huge walk-in closet and a spa bath.
Unit #405 is fully available again after previously being in active-under-contract status. Listed at $1,100,000, the apartment offers two bedrooms, two baths and a 1,316 square foot floorplan. The open living area is complemented by a large window bay that allows plenty of sun to bathe blonde hardwood floors. Adding to the appeal is a large master bedroom with en-suite bath, a balcony with city views and an open gourmet kitchen with black granite counters, and Sub-Zero, Viking and Bosch appliances.
Unit #430 has been reduced from $950,000 to $930,000. With two bedrooms, two baths and 1,220 square feet of space, the front-facing flat gets tons of natural light from its oversized windows. Richly hued hardwood floors run throughout, while an open gourmet kitchen is set into a single wall, boasting granite counters, Poggenpohl cabinets and Viking and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances. A private balcony is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee and sunshine!
Unit #237 remains active at $929,000. The two bedroom, two bath residence has 1,163 square feet of living space and an open layout with hardwood floors, a balcony and east-facing windows. The chef’s kitchen has Viking gas range, Sub-Zero fridge, granite counters and Poggenpohl cabinets are among the features. Underground parking is included.
After relisting in July for $699,000, Unit #619 is now in active-under-contract status. The 928 square foot apartment has one bedroom, one bath and a loft den that makes the ultimate home office. Located on the top floor of the historic building, the unit offers classic hardwood floors throughout plus an open gourmet kitchen with Poggenpohl cabinets, a Viking range, a Sub-Zero fridge and granite counters. The bedroom is spacious, the marble bathroom has been restored and there’s also a fun balcony.
Unit #422 remains pending after going under contract in June, after just two days on market. The two-bedroom, two-bath loft-style residence as a 1,001 square foot layout, and was offered at $759,000. Located in the original building, this charmer has a sliding door to the owner’s suite, with a short set of stairs leading up to the smaller loft bedroom.
Unit #241 closed in July for its full asking price of $998,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath corner residence with 1,286 square feet of living space has been listed for just one day before going under contract. Richly hued wide-plank floors, an open gourmet kitchen and a lovely owner’s suite are among the features. There are multiple exits leading out to terraces plus a private yard.
Also closing in July was Unit #534. The one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a den had been reduced down to $599,000, prompting a full-priced offer. Classic strip hardwood floors run throughout the living area and the oversized bedroom with its walk-in closet and dual entry marble bath. Also of note is the gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero, Viking and Bosch stainless steel appliances.
Unit #240 has been withdrawn. The 1,915 square foot residence had been priced at $1,850,000, with two bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a den with custom built-ins. A welcoming foyer leads into a huge main living area with an open chef’s kitchen. Gleaming hardwoods run throughout. Both bedrooms have en-suite baths. Also of note is the peaceful ground level patio.
In addition to having its own on-site Trader Joe’s market, the Columbia boasts a fabulous rooftop swimming pool, three furnished guest suites for visitors, a fitness center, front desk and concierge, club room, billiards room, a dry cleaners and an Urban Boxing location. The transition from hospital to popular condo community has made this one of Life At The Top’s favorites!
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