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Penthouse in D.C. School Conversion Asks $20K a Month

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Location: Washington, D.C.
Price: $20,000 a month
The Skinny: Though Washington, D.C. has its share of school-to-condo conversions, one of the most historically significant (and pricey!) is the Wormley Row complex in Georgetown, whose penthouse, officially asking nearly $5.2M, has recently hit the rental market. Built in 1885 and named for prominent African-American hotelier James Wormley, the building served the black residents of Georgetown until school segregation in the District ended in the 1950s, after which it began a long, tortuous journey (more on that here) from schoolhouse to luxury condominiums and townhomes. The penthouse itself is a custom-built luxury duplex with a color scheme that's mostly white. Plentiful windows and skylights combined with 11-foot ceilings help give the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom unit an airy feel, and yes, all those white walls (and strategically placed mirrors) do help open the place up. And maybe accent walls are just over? Price-wise, the 5,000-square-foot condo asks $20 K a month, which is roughly double the D.C. metro average of $1.97 a square foot.
—Scott Garner

· 3329 Prospect St NW Unit #7, Washington DC [Zillow]
· Wildly Luxe Condo Alert: Georgetown Penthouse Asks $5.2M [Curbed DC]
· Class in Session: Mapping D.C.'s Schoolhouse Conversions [Curbed DC}
· All Renters Week 2013 posts [Curbed National]