$5,999,999
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
9,450 SqFt
Acre Lot
Sqft Lot
Status Active
Property Type Condominium
Price Type
Year Built 1960
Neighborhood Wesley Heights
Days on Website 80

Property Map

$5,999,999 – 4201 Cathedral Avenue Nw Unit Ph1215e, Washington, DC 20016

Street View

Courtesy of Carroll Dey, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Description

In 1960, visionary real estate developer and philanthropist, Melvin Gelman, built The Towers Condominium overlooking Glover Archbold Park in Northwest Washington. Determined to create the most spectacular penthouse residence, in the city, rivaling the finest apartments in New York, Mr. Gelman carved-out over 9,000 square feet on the top two floors of the East Tower for his personal residence. In the decades that followed, Mr. Gelman and his wife raised their family and hosted lavish cultural and philanthropic events for Washington’s elite. In James M. Goode’s book BEST ADDRESSES, this glorious residence was later described as the largest Penthouse in Washington, D.C. that featured a grand foyer with a curved staircase and drawing room where the ceiling commands 16 feet in height. Notable guests often referred to the penthouse as the Palace in the Sky. Guests arrive through double mahogany wood doors to a soaring entry hall with a sweeping staircase centered under a magnificent crystal chandelier. Beyond the entry hall, an elegant salon with 16 foot ceilings centers on a fireplace and a wall of glass revealing an expansive terrace and with views looking over Washington and beyond to Virginia. Adjoining the grand salon is an elegant dining room that easily accommodates 24 guests and features a richly appointed 19th century Chinese screen which reveals ample storage for crystal, porcelain, and linens. The adjacent media room reflects an Art Deco theme and is equipped with a separate wet bar to provide further options for large-scale entertaining. Reminiscent of the finest private clubs of New York and London, the mahogany paneled library provides an elegant retreat centering on a fireplace with custom crafted built-in shelves. An exceptionally large professionally equipped kitchen, breakfast room, impressive powder room, laundry room, 2 bedrooms, and one full bath completes this level. Ascending the grand staircase or via the private elevator, the second-floor family quarters includes an expansive primary suite with stunning views of the National Cathedral, two separate marble baths, and two large dressing rooms with abundant closets, built-in storage and private balcony, two bedrooms with en-suite baths [one bedroom with a private balcony], one additional bedroom and one full bath, second laundry room, family room with a private balcony and second kitchen complete this level. Four reserved parking spaces are included in the sale. The Towers offers a complete range of amenities and services including 24-hour front desk and door attendants, valet parking, fitness center, sauna, gourmet market, hair salon, tennis court and swimming pool. With an ideal location just minutes to the downtown business district, and the shops and restaurants of Georgetown, Penthouse 1215E is unquestionably the most unique and glamorous residence currently offered for sale in the Nation’s Capital.

Property Details and Features

Bathrooms

  • 7 total bathrooms
  • 5 bathrooms on all upper levels
  • 2 bathrooms on main level
  • 6 full bathrooms
  • 1 full bathroom on main level
  • 1 half bathroom
  • 1 half bathroom on main level

Bedrooms

  • 4 bedrooms on upper levels
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 2 bedrooms on main level

House

  • 9,450 sqft living area
  • 9,450 sqft above grade (finished)
  • Built in 1960
  • Structure Type: Penthouse Unit/Flat/Apartment
  • 2 levels
  • Contemporary
  • Brick

Cooling

  • Central Air
  • Electric
  • Central A/C

Disability Features

  • Elevator

Fireplaces

  • 2 fireplaces

Garage

  • 4 garage spaces

Heating

  • Natural Gas
  • Central

Home Owner’s Association

  • Condo/Coop Association
  • Condo/Coop Fee : $9,063
  • Condo/Coop Fee Freq: Monthly
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Convenience Store
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center
  • Party Room
  • Sauna
  • Security
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Air Conditioning
  • Common Area Maintenance
  • Electricity
  • Ext Bldg Maint
  • Gas
  • Heat
  • Insurance
  • Lawn Maintenance
  • Management
  • Parking Fee
  • Reserve Funds
  • Sewer
  • Snow Removal
  • Trash
  • Water

Listing

  • 82 days on market
  • $635 per sqft

Location

  • County: Washington
  • Subdivision: Wesley Heights

Parking

  • 4 assigned parking spaces
  • Assigned

Property

  • Other Structures: Above Grade,Below Grade
  • Soil Types: Urban Land-Manor-Glenelg

Schools

  • School District: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Sewer

  • Public Sewer

Taxes

  • City/Town Tax: $14,147
  • City/Town Tax Pymnt Freq: Annually
  • County Tax Pymnt Freq: Annually
  • Tax Annual Amount: $14,147
  • Tax Year: 2021

Utilities

  • Hot Water: Natural Gas

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