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What's For Sale in McLean Gardens

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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Comment balloon 5 commentsPatricia Kennedy • July 13 2014 12:06PM


From your description, I already love McLean Gardens! It's rare (probably non-existent) here to get a community garden! For professional representation, buyers and sellers will rely on your expertise in the McLean Gardens neighborhood!

Posted by Kathy Smiley, Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!" (Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village) over 6 years ago

Hi Pat, great description of what seem to be a wonderful complex that seem to has stand the test of time.

Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070) over 6 years ago

Kathy, the community garden is fun for the owners and I'm wondering when someone will say that it's not the highest and best use of the land!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Stacy,  the history of the place has always been interesting.  They had a very testy and difficult transition to condominium ownership, but once over the hump, the owners turned it into a great place to live


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hello Pat ... McLean Gardens sounds wonderful, some great info on the community and love the photo! Your post has been featured to the group:


Sir Vegas Bob 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 6 years ago