Housing Complex

What $4.25 Million Buys You in the Watergate

Mary Brooks thought her apartment was looking "a little bit '80s." So she hired a contractor and fixed the place up, and this week it's hitting the market. For $4.25 million.

1204 Watergate South has everything a well-heeled Washingtonian might want: a famous address, 3,000 square feet of floor space, an endlessly long wraparound balcony with views over the Potomac and the Kennedy Center, a sound system wired throughout the apartment, three spacious bathrooms, two kitchens, the largest walk-in closet you've ever seen, and even—this the contractor demonstrated with a flourish—a nine-foot sliding glass door to turn the second living room into an isolated entertainment center.

And the biggest perk? If you live in the Watergate, you don't have to look out your window at the monstrous thing. (Plus you get to eavesdrop on conversations like this one I heard in the elevator: "You have by far the largest hat collection I've ever seen." "Oh, thank you. You know, the queen wears this same hat.")

Brooks dropped $20,000 on showing furniture and opened her doors (and Rieslings) to a few lucky visitors on Friday. Here's what we got to see. Click on the photo below to view the slideshow:

  • Franklin Schneider

    Hey Aaron!

    Fawning over rich people's houses is my beat!

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/ Aaron Wiener

    Sorry, didn't mean to step on any well-heeled toes!

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  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    seems like there's enough bougie in DC these days for both of you to do this!

    but you gotta step up the snark, aaron, if you're going to compete with franklin on this front. he's mighty good at this.

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