Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C. Condo That Could Be a Museum, $2.4M

475 H St., Washington, D.C.A $2,495,000 price tag for a condo is steep. Even in downtown Washington, D.C., you'd think the price would include some artwork to enjoy while knocking around its 3,700 square feet.

The condo at 475 H St. NW in downtown Washington is painted and designed as if you were walking into a piece of art, or at least one of the nearby museums -- such as the National Building Museum that's only two blocks away.
The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo in Penn Quarter is also near the Verizon Center, home to the playoff-bound Washington Capitals of the NHL and the woeful Washington Wizards of the NBA. There's also a full roster of entertainers appearing at the Verizon Center throughout the year, giving you plenty to see other than sports.

The condo is also less than a mile from the White House and the National Mall, giving you opportunity to explore the history of the area. Penn Quarter is a revitalized historic neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.C. The area is also called Old Downtown, and has become an arts and entertainment district with new restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters and trendy stores.

The ultra-modern condo unit was designed by local architect Robert M. Gurney, who has designed many stylish homes in the area.

From the outside the condo is a row house like many others. But inside everything throughout it looks sleek and contemporary enough to make you believe you're either living in an Ikea store or museum. And I mean that as a compliment. The upper level of the three-level unit has an indoor-outdoor loft with bi-fold electric doors opening to front and rear roof gardens.

What also makes it a fun place to live is that a commercial unit, offered separately for $1,295,000, on the first floor is leased to a boutique coffee shop. You don't have to buy it, leaving you with the warm smell of fresh coffee throughout the day. I'll let you and your taste in coffee determine if that's a bonus. If not, then buy the 1,600-square-foot shop and turn it into a candy store, or whatever you want. Or leave it empty.

Comparable homes in the neighborhood are for sale for an average price of $2,048,000. I assume that's without a coffee shop below.

See more great homes in the downtown Washington, D.C. neighborhood at AOL Real Estate.

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