The Northumberland Condominiums - Washington DC

The Northumberland is one of Washington DC’s true grande dames, an enduring monument to stylish living. And while it is often referred to in the same breath as luxury condos for sale, the building is actually the second-oldest cooperative in the District. Located at 2039 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, the structure is listed in James Goode’s notable “Best Addresses” book.

Designed by Albert Beers for famed DC builder Harry Wardman, the Northumberland was completed in 1909 in the Georgian Revival style, along with Italian Renaissance influences. It stands seven stories tall and boasts 67 residences ranging from 511 to 1,900 square feet. Built as an apartment building for government officials and other upper-crust society types, the Northumberland transitioned to co-op ownership in 1920. The end result is that nearly a century of dedicated care under continuous self-management has helped keep this gem in fantastic condition.

The Northumberland was designed with unusually large windows for its day, and sports a façade of tapestry brick and pressed brick along with limestone trim accentuating its three distinctive band-like sections. An eight- columned portico graces the front entrance, with a jutting, heavily ornamented cornice along the roofline. The building also has a magnificent front lobby with large pillars, marble floors, a grand dual-sided staircase and 24-hour front desk with concierge service. This is truly a reminder of the Gilded Age.

These days, units at the Northumberland still have a number of original architectural details, such as incredibly thick crown molding and even the old wall safes! Many units also have their old parquet and inlaid floors while some have transitioned to strip hardwood over the years. You’ll also find that many owners have upgraded their kitchens, while baths typically combine beautiful old tilework with new fixtures.

The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was also bestowed with an honor for its faithful historic preservation in 2009. Shown prominently in several motion pictures and television shows, this is one of DC’s true treasures. Residents enjoy an accommodating staff and a great roof deck with views of the city. But you won’t be able to have a dog here—it’s cats only.

The Northumberland is right in the middle of an exciting urban environment, positioned between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle and also at the western edge of the U Street Corridor, and just a few blocks from Meridian Hill Park and the Adams Morgan neighborhood. What a perfect location!

Residents can stroll to Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, Yes! Organic Groceries, Vida Fitness and so much more? There’s more bars and restaurants in the immediate area than can be fairly recognized, and two Metro stations within easy walking distance—U Street and Dupont Circle. There’s also a great Sunday Farmer’s Market and wonderful boutique retailers.

Real estate prices at the Northumberland start in the affordable low six figures for efficiencies and zoom up to over a million dollars for spacious three-bedroom city homes. The only catch is that owners seldom give up their legendary cooperatives.