2500 & 2510 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
Foggy Bottom, Ward 2, ANC: 2A
24/7 Front Desk, Private Balconies/Roof Terraces & Public Roof Terraces, Assigned Indoor Parking in Private Garage, Outdoor Pool, Assigned Private Storage Rooms, Beautiful Gardens, Updated Laundry Room and Facilities, Cable TV and Internet ready, WiFi hotspots in public areas, Secure Bicycle Rooms, Door Man, Maintenance & Engineering Staff, close proximity to Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Designed by noted Italian architect Luigi Moretti and completed in 1965, Watergate East is a luxury residential cooperative in Washington, DC. Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 2005 and listed in James M. Goode’s book Best Addresses and composed of 240 unique residences, Watergate East is the first of the six buildings comprising the Watergate complex situated on the Potomac River. Residents have easy access to an array of amenities located within the building, on the fashionably landscaped 10-acre grounds, and within the surrounding Foggy Bottom, West End and Georgetown neighborhoods, and the Potomac River walking and biking paths.
Within walking distance are the Kennedy Center and the Metro Orange/Blue/Silver lines (Foggy Bottom/GWU station), and the Georgetown harbor and waterfront. Watergate East’s groundbreaking architectural mid-century design and design elements (building shape, form, details and application of materials), as well as gardens and landscaping provide a uniqueness and luxury unparalleled in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
Landscape architect Boris Timchenko carried Moretti’s vision outdoors with more than 150 modernist planters; fountains tiered like waterfalls; a seven-acre park with outdoor swimming pools; and landscaped roof gardens that offer some of Washington’s most breathtaking views. The gardens are maintained in the New American Garden style of Washington firm Oehme van Sweden.
Apartments range from 800-square-foot studios to 5,000-square-foot penthouses with fireplaces and rooftop terraces. Duplexes fill two of the floors. The typical apartment contains two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, living room, dining room, and kitchen – often with twice as much square footage as comparable units built today. Each apartment has spectacular views of the gardens, the river, the city, the monuments or a combination of all.
Function complements style in the split-level mall and open-air concourse – another Italian echo. Today, the mall’s tenants – including a drug store, dry cleaners, US post office, barber shop, beauty salon, liquor store, fitness center, and several eateries – carry on Moretti’s commitment to the center city while incorporating urban and suburban qualities.
Watergate East continues to build on its innovative roots: modernizing technology and security, greening the building with energy saving projects, and looking forward with reserve studies updated regularly. The complex reflects its ground-breaking architectural impact and its historical importance, but it is not a museum. It is a thriving and exciting community in a quiet location — one that should not be overlooked when considering where to live.