McLean Gardens is an interesting possibility if you are looking for a condo in the District of Columbia.
The complex, constructed on a 23 acre tract that was once part of the estate built by former Washington Post owner, John McLean. The estate passes to his only son, Ned, and his wife Evelyn Walsh McLean, famous for her history with the Hope Diamond.
In 1942, the trustees of what remained of the estate, sold to the federal government, and they erected dormitory style living accommodations for the many war workers who were flooding into the District. After the war, the complex was turned into apartments, and after a really messy conversion to condos, it's become a popular place for people who want to be close, but not too close, to the action in the city.
The units come in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, from duplex first floor and lower level units that have lots of living space, to the top floor 1 and 2 bedrooms with sunny lofts. During the 30-some years of condominium use, indiviual owners have made interesting improvements, so you can never be too sure what you'll walk into when you show up to view one of these units. And the well-kept grounds have lots of amenities, including a community garden and a pool that is really popular with residents right about now.
Right now, there are 11 units for sale throughout the entire complex. They range in price from a low of $334,000 for a 681 square foot 1-bedroom flat up to $599,000 for a 3-bedroom two level unit with a coveted parking space.
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