Condos Above Petworth Metro Watch


Once again for the expats. This thing flying up. It is going to totally change the feel of that intersection, for the better I believe. So does anyone have an opinion if they will remain condos or go rental?

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  • I’ll be happy either way as long as they aren’t affordable housing.

  • I love pretty much everything Torti Gallas designs in DC.

  • It’s great to finally see some real progress over there.


  • if Columbia Heights metro area is any indication, most “affordable housing” eventually is where all the shootings happen

  • You guys are confusing affordable housing with public housing. Affordable housing is for people with jobs and ok credit, people just out of college or teachers, firsttime buyers, etc.

    I’m ok with affordable, but I think this area needs more median income owners. You have to diversify to attract businesses and you need people with disposible income.

    Not bragging, but I bought my first home through an affordable housing program when I made 30,000 per year (ten years ago). Now I’m in the 100,000+ income bracket and remeber what it was like when I wanted to buy my first place and felt trapped into not purchasing until I learned about what was then called the “challenge fund”.

  • Nate – you know how to stir the pot! I wonder what the folks on the back side of that thing think? I wonder what the view to the west from the 1st and 2nd floors will be like into that alley?

  • Groan. Some of these condos will be SOLD at affordable prices. So maybe this means a 1BR is $200,000 instead of $300,000. The person still has to be able to qualify for a mortgage. This means, for example, maybe a couple that teaches school can afford to buy something, despite the fact that their combined income is “only” $70,000 per year. This is not public housing folks!!!!! Maybe you (Nate, Anonymous 2:26pm) should actually go to some of these meetings to find out what affordable housing means, before ranting online.

    BTW, when I bought my first condo I qualified for the DC Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP). I had a master’s degree and I was working for an nonprofit and was making under $40K. I was awarded an interest free loan to buy my first home. Best yet, I haven’t shot anyone yet!!

  • What’s the ground floor? A mocha hut..and what else??

  • I talk to a lot of my section 8 tenants. Evidently there are a lot of programs for Section 8 people to buy affordable housing using their vouchers. That is what I am against. I am all for teacher and other workforce housing.

    The better way to look at it is that I hope there are no apartments set aside for low income people. But even that is not much of a concern considering that most of the units will not be suitable for a family. That is the biggest deterrent to be keeping bad elements out. 1 & 2 BR apartments don’t attract many of the problem tenants with bigger families.

  • nate, it sounds as if a) you rent to section 8 tenants, and b) oppose letting them use vouchers to purchase housing of their own. Is that right?

  • While I know it’s surely meant to be crooked, that one post (5th from the left on the bottom floor), would make me think twice before jumping up and down on the bed with Lil’ Gal on the second floor of that place. It just seems a little too much like a Jenga pile just before your cousin Festus pulls out the wrong block.

  • Nate has a slew of section 8 renters that he holds in very low esteem… but not quite low enough to refuse the money.

  • Just putting it out there, but if a nathanboggs blog (maybe nathanbloggs???) popped up, I’d definitely read that site every day.

  • the slightly angled post acts as a brace. if they were all right angles the building’s ability to resist lateral force (wind etc) w/o collapsing would be diminished. you will notice several angled vertical members on most multistory poured concrete construction.

  • well, I know of no programs to give housing away. All are different levels of workforce housing such as apts at Georgia and Taylor. Or condos where a certain % of units offered at below market rates. And given something like 400 houses sold in zip 20011 last year at a median price of $425K, I think no need to worried that the neighborhood might become poorer. that’s crazy. I am all for the workforce housing, it’s great. I’m actually trying to help a friend who works for a nonprofit qualify to buy one.

  • nate: “…most of the units will not be suitable for a family. That is the biggest deterrent to be keeping bad elements out.”

    Families are bad elements in a neighborhood? Must be a lesson I missed out on when I skipped Slumlord School.

    God forbid anyone should have to deal with poor people and their poor people problems.

    If you don’t want to deal with people, or the problems inherent in a society of people, then you need to live in a cottage in the woods, not a condo in the city.

  • Lay off Nate people, he’s entitled to his opinion and it sounds as though he’s drawing from his own experience with Section 8 tenants. Have any of you rented to/lived in Section 8 housing? You’ll have your own point of view too.

  • I think that this country should stop pretending it doesn’t strongly dislike poor people- and officially cordon them off . Officially… After that is done… Finally. We can continue going on and on about how great and just “we” are..

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