Something I noticed recently is that Columbia Heights condos and apartments seem to win a lot of awards.
For example, Kenyon Square won best mid-rise condo in the nation in the Pillars of the Industry awards given by the National Association of Home Builders in 2008 (as pictured here). Highland Park won the same award, but for apartments, in 2009.
The Allegro (which also went bankrupt) won two awards: "Most Innovative Design - Mid-Atlantic: 2009" and Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine's Best of honors Award of Merit.
Now either there are a lot of really great condos and apartments around here, or there are a lot of awards to go around. I do think most of them are nice looking, however.