First Smoke Free Apt. Building in DC at 425 Mass. Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm 21 Comments

I personally like the look of this building but for this post I’m more intrigued by the description of the building from Mynewplace:

“Brand new apartments now available! Live at Downtown Washington DC’s first smoke-free apartment community, 425 Mass offers apartments with the perfect location in DC. Whether you have business at The Capitol, Judiciary Square, Federal Triangle, or on K Street our downtown DC apartments put you in an ideal position. Your home is also just a few blocks from an endless array of shopping, dining, and entertaining. A downtown power lunch, an evening of theater, a stylish night out in Penn Quarter, or a basketball game at the Verizon Center it’s all within walking distance from 425 Mass.”

Do you think a smoke-free apartment community will be a big draw?

  • Anonymous

    Not that I would live there but why does anyone care if i smoke in my own apartment. Are they really that insane that they think my smoking two floors below them will cause them health problems?

    I can see maybe if they don’t like the smell but then I expect they don’t : Make “ethnic food”, fart, go number two, lite incense, or use glade plug ins or scented candles or wear AXE spray because I hate all those smells.

    Seems like a moronic thing to enforce on all tenants.

  • Ronald Fricken Reagan

    I think the issue might be that some people are severely allergic to cigarette smoke, or have bad asthma. I figure that’s who this place will appeal to.

  • MT

    I’ve lived in many smoke-free apartment buildings, including in DC. Not sure why they think it’s so unique.

  • Anonymous

    i lived in an apartment building and someone smoked below me on their balcony. the smoke would drift up and into my apartment. very disgusting.

  • GDopplerXT

    Don’t know if it’s a *big* draw, but it might tip the balance in some cases. I mean when you’re living in close proximity to others you have to put up with stuff – but if you knew there were certain things you wouldn’t have to put up with, sure, that could be a plus.

    For example, I would be more inclined to move into a pet-free building. Not a huge deal, but given the choice I’d take it.

  • Just sayin’

    All I know is that that building is going to look really outdated in about 25 years, and that will probably do more to hurt future appeal for tenants than some tar stains in one or two apartments.

  • This building is across the street from me. I’ve got a few more details about the property from talking with the property manager:

    425 Mass: Beyond the Fact Sheet

  • cbr

    Hello, where do I sign??

    I care when you smoke in your apartment because it drifts down the hall and into my apartment, and then I have to put towels in front of my door to try and abate the smell. Your farts, number twos, Glade Plug Ins, scented candles, body sprays, your “ethnic” (couldn’t you have just said “smelly”?) foods don’t have near the amount of potency that cigs do. Also, you’re not doing all of those things 10-40 times a day, nor do any of those things cause cancer. Some of them are bodily functions (ew) and you *can’t* stop doing them. To summarize: Duh.

    So yeah. I love the idea.

    • +1

    • Banksy


    • Eli


      • grumpy


  • it’s great that this building is opening in the first place as it will bring more residents to our neck of the woods. it’s a +10 in my book.

  • Davester

    Glad to see that this “condo building gone bust” finally is getting some purpose. All the finishes are above apartment quality as it was intended to be a Condo development. At one point this building was on the market for 750 million. So I assume all the lawsuits from owners who put down large deposits have been resolved.

    • ET

      Wasn’t this the building that went into foreclosure just about the time it was finishing?

  • ogden

    I think its just part of the sustainable design/living trend. Tobacco smoke is easily absorbed by interior finishes–carpet, drywall, window shades, et cetera and can continue to release those particulates back into the air in measurable quantities for as much as ten years. Not only does that have health implications but it affects the marketability of the property, should Equity Residential ever want to sell.

    But I do think the claim is rather dubious. Non-smoking buildings are pretty common.

  • Ben

    I personally like the idea of a smoke free building. Especially if I’m owning. As far as renting… I would think the owners of the building would prefer non-smoking as it protects their investment. I won’t move into an apartment that had a smoker living in it prior. The odor never goes away.
    So now onto the more offensive topic… the building. When was this designed? 1970? How hideous! Talk about drab and uninteresting.

    • The Rickster

      It was built just a few years ago.

    • charlie

      undulating facade, mixed materials, rhythm, texture, color

      What about it is drab?

      What would make it not drab?

  • Shawn

    FYI this is the Dumont building that recently sold for $167 million.


  • Pennyworth

    Ha! Smoke Free!?!?!?! I cant smoke in my own home?!?!! NO THANKS!!!


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