The Columbia Residences condominium complex is proof that there really are second acts in American life. Or, at least, in real estate. The legacy century-old structure, which started life as the Columbia Hospital for Women, was stunningly reinvigorated in 2006. The addition of two new wings, redesigned residential layouts and a host of new amenities evoke apartment living at its most refined.
The Columbia, which pays homage to its past with vintage photos in the main lobby, also features 24/7 security, a rooftop pool and sun deck, a fully equipped fitness center and three separate entertainment spaces with a catering kitchen.
Unit 340 offers 2,000 square feet of bright and airy living space with two bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half baths, a 150-square-foot terrace and exceptional views to the south, east and west. The apartment also comes with two parking spaces. It is now on the market for $2,400,000 with a monthly condo fee of $1,624.
Walls of oversized windows framing the trees and overlooking the manicured grounds of the complex are the first thing you see walking through the apartment’s entry hall into the main living and entertaining area. The open plan features a sleek, modern kitchen to the left and a dining/living room on the right. Its flexible layout allows a variety of furniture groupings.
Off the far end of the living room and the adjacent den are French doors that lead to the private terrace facing east — providing extra room that’s ideal for container gardening or al fresco dining.
The demonstration chef’s kitchen anchors the loft-like space with Poggenpohl soft-close cherry wood cabinetry topped with dramatically veined Delicatus granite. A separate island with seating for two provides additional storage, prep or dining space.
Stainless top-of-the-line appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator with bottom freezer, a Miele dishwasher, and a Viking Professional six-burner gas range, hood, microwave, wall oven with warmer drawer and 18-bottle wine cooler. There’s an array of lighting choices here — undercabinet, recessed, and ET2 threaded glass pendants over the bar and in the dining area.
Off the kitchen is a hallway leading to the bedrooms, with a half-bath and a large closet enclosing a stacked Whirlpool washer/dryer. Both bedrooms feature carpeting (for added soundproofing and comfort), deep closets with custom built-ins and en-suite baths.
All the baths — full and half — have been newly renovated and feature Grohe chrome fixtures, marble finishes and Poggenpohl vanities. The Crema marble-tiled master bath includes large windows with plantation shutters, a serious soaking platform tub with tile surround, and a glass-enclosed spa shower with a bench and two showerheads.
The apartment has energy-efficient NEST 3G thermostats and new low-sheen light oak flooring in the living/dining rooms and kitchen. The den, like the bedrooms, is carpeted.
The Columbia Residences is located in the heart of the very desirable West End neighborhood. In addition to its own ground-floor Trader Joe’s, the building is in walking distance to the George Washington University and its hospital, the Kennedy Center, and other amenities like Whole Foods and a SoulCycle studio. The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station offers access to the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, and Georgetown is nearby.
Unit 340 is a two-bedroom, two-and-a half-bath condominium at 2425 L St. NW that is listed for $2,400,000 with Keller Williams Realty. For more information, contact Megan Motherway at email@example.com or 202-642-3318. For a video tour, visit spws.homevisit.com/hvid/195071.