Building Rehabbed and Units for sale on Girard St, NW

“Dear PoP,

Looks like they are redoing a building at 1461 Girard St NW, between 14th and 15th.
I talked to the broker this weekend and sounds like they have 9 units, with 1 and 2 bedrooms. 2 bedrooms are 1000 + sq ft, 1 bath and in the $400s. They had a model unit open this weekend and hope to have the project wrapped in a month or so.

It’s an UrbanLand Company project they’re calling “The Chelsea”.

Nice to see these vacant buildings getting fixed up. Do you think it is a positive or a negative that this building sits across from the Girard Park?

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  • Great location for small family that gets thier toddler off the waitlist and into AppleTree (the well regarded free DC charter preschool at corner of 14th and Girard.)

  • $400,000 for a block that still has a permanent police car and big bright flood lights?

  • I think it’s a positive for the neighborhood that there will be $400k condos there; that area needs market rate housing. I think it’s a negative for the people who end up buying these things. It would take a very steep discount for me to even consider living at Columbia Heights’ ground zero for crime.

  • Assuming the interior details are nice, $400K for 1,000+ squre feet sounds reasonable. If I had the cash I’d consider it.

  • Hey folks – is this area really that bad? I am thinking of buying a place on University place between Clifton and Euclid. I know there is a project near there but it has always seemed safe and I spend/have spent a lot of time in CoHi. I even made an offer today! Yikes!

    • So I just bought in the neighborhood and I really like it. True, some areas do have their problems, but I feel very safe. Police presence is really reassuring.

    • The crime in Columbia Heights is, for the most part, block by block. 14th and Girard saw several prime time shootings a few years back, so that block in particular has a reputation as being very unsafe. I have lived on Euclid for the last 5 years and have never been a victim of crime, although I have heard shots on a couple of occasions. The usual rules for city living apply: use common sense, don’t wander around drunk in the middle of the night, don’t leave anything of value visible in your car, etc. I have generally been very happy in the neighborhood and I bet you will love it too.

    • I’ve lived on this block for almost a year now and haven’t had any problems. It’s true there are always police, but at this point it seems to be preventative. There are no floodlights. Perhaps there used to be, but not anymore.

  • where is anyone reading that the 2 br condos will be $400,000?. they’ll probably be more in the neighborhood of $495k

  • I live on 14th and Girard. Yes police is there everyday and I wish I could burn down the section 8 buildings surrounding me, but honestly with so much police present I haven’t felt unsafe. Only time will tell

  • I live right next door. I’m single, female, 28 years old and 5’2” and no one messes with me (they know better).

  • Lived on this block for 3 1/2 years, the crime/ general harassment used to be terrible, but is much better now. As other posts say, Columbia Heights has it’s block-by-block sections to look out for. Ours happens to have alot of bad owners owning section 8 housing and a half-way house where if you don’t get in by a certain time, you don’t get in at all. In general, it is getting much much better, no Mt. Pleasant tree-lined yuppie filled back street for sure!! I’ve seen more and more different people walking up/down our street, more different people at the parks and I am quite happy to see all the change, especially a re-done building certainly improves things.

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