EXCERPT: On a sunny morning, patrons of Bread & Chocolate on 23rd Street NW, next to West End Cinema, spilled onto the sidewalk. On nearby streets, you could hear the click of high heels, collide with runners and laugh at a gaggle of 3-year-olds tied together with rope, gently herded across the street by minders.
This is a typical scene in West End, a Northwest Washington neighborhood ensconced between Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and Pennsylvania Avenue and in the midst of a facelift.
“In the early 1970s, West End was industrial, with a lot of surface parking lots and mechanics shops,” said Rebecca Coder, a resident and an Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative.
“Today it’s a livable neighborhood that’s near everything,” she said. There’s an energetic vibe on the streets and a pulsing mix of stores, offices, hotels, restaurants, embassies, residences and green space.
“Last year, 2016, West End properties sold for the highest price per square foot in D.C. and we had the highest number of cash transactions,” said Patrick Chauvin, resident and an executive vice president at realty firm Compass, Georgetown. “That starts with what West End is all about.”
“Everything we need is right here,” said Frank Sciacca, a commercial real estate businessman and Anita’s husband. Amenities include cleaners, a flower shop, banks, a pharmacy, medical offices and fitness venues — Soul Cycle, Solidcore, Equinox, Blast and Squash on Fire. There also are ample grocery shopping options — Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Whole Foods Market.
Chauvin, the Compass executive vice president, said 90 percent of the residences are condos and the rest are single-family homes and rowhouses. He said 21 properties are for sale, ranging from a studio condo for $364,900 to a three-bedroom, five-bathroom single-family home for $7,695,000.