Homes on 13th St. Getting Renovated and Looking Good


These two homes, 3004 13th St. above and 2719 13th St. below, have been shells/eyesores for a quite a while. They are looking really good now. Making one of my favorite streets in the city even nicer. Which style do you like better?


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  • Hmm… Overall I definitely like the top one better, but the porch on the bottom one is sweeeeet!

  • Agreed, I like the top one better, but the bottom one feels more home-y with the porch and slightly warmer colors. The top one seems a bit austere…especially if you compare the staircases, but the ornate top gives it a lot more character.

    Props to the (re)developers of both, though.

  • Looks nice!

    God I wish that the winds of change would blow to the 3600 block of 13th Street (near where I live) which has the eternal shell at the corner of Otis, and at least a half-dozen houses that look on the verge of collapse.

    Having talked about the shells before I am pretty sure the owners are simply not willing to sell for a realistic price. I don’t know why the 10% vacant tax rate isn’t getting them, they probably found a way around it.

    But that whole block needs some SERIOUS chain link fence removal and renovations.

    • I don’t know how long you’ve lived here, but we’ve been in the 3600 block for 3.5 years. There has been a lot of change during that time. The shell on the corner of Otis, 3601, is the worst of the bunch and the last one standing. 3600 was renovated and is for sale. 3603 is for sale. 3648 got fixed up and sold. 3661 is being renovated. The possibly gang-affiliated, always super loud kids at the northwest end of the block have moved out and taken their block-shaking parties with them. The other problem character at the end of the block seems to be taking his meds and has been on his best behavior.

      It can’t happen all at once, but I can assure you that there has been a lot of change on this block. And renovations and fence removal cost money, which a lot of people don’t have in this economy.

  • Ugh slate steps are so last decade.

  • the ones with the porches are late 20’s and 1930’s construction. i prefer the early 1900s construction. the older the better. construction just gets worse and more ugly, the newer it gets.

    i’ve paid a premium on my three homes because they were all pre 1900.

    and they all sold well because of that. oh, and they sold well because i actually went to archives and LOC to do some history on the properties. old places tend to have a much richer history than the \newer\ places, which buyers find attractive – and for good reason.

    my first home in georgetown was a ‘horse and carriage factory’. you’d never guess it buy looking at it. funny. in 2000 i got a tax update request from DC asking if i was still fabricating carriages. houses in dc during the 30s was early ‘sprawl’. the dawn of urban suburbanites. the accomodations are quaint, but layout, etc. is boring as hell.

  • The dark window frames seem to make a huge impact. Other than the windows they are not much different from the houses next door. I love 13th Street too. The view from the top of the hill – priceless

  • Shell on the corner of Otis belongs to the Robinsons. I think you will find they are willing to sell for a fair price. I toured one of their properties, and they did indeed end up selling it (as a shell) for a low price, not to me though.

  • Great to see that these properties are being redone and redone right. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a 2010 that will see lots of progress throughout DC real estate. I’m hoping to see condo buildings that have struggled battle back this year, but we will see. What do you think about your property? Were doing a rating review system on DC condos here so let others know how your place stacks up:

  • are they being turned into condos? sad, not against the density but definetely against changing the fabric of the original design – single family home. Once they are turned into condos there is no going back.

    • Oh I don’t know. Depends, it won’t happen in your lifetime, no. But buildings combined and uncombined over long periods of time. Personally, no architect designs a building and doesn’t expect it to be modified. Especially in the era that these buildings are built. So I wouldn’t say this was unexpected of the design at all. Buildings should change and are built to adjust to changing needs. That’s what makes cities and structures vital and their history’s rich.

  • Vonstallin

    Love the slate walkway…
    Im on Quebec near spring road/13th street… I would love to see this trend all the way down the block. looks nice.

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