Judging Buildings – 4th and L St, SE

I thought these were interesting because of the garages in the back. They’re definitely reminiscent of the ones on 13th and V St, NW. What do you think – thumbs up or down?

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  • Looks good to me.

  • “They’re definitely reminiscent of the ones on 13th and V St, NW”

    Yep – both are EYA developments



    I like their houses – some say they’re a little too plain and identikit.

  • I believe that is the case because these appear to be the houses that were developed by EYA. The houses that you are referring to on 13th & V were developed by EYA as well.

  • Like to see new development thats traditional…
    Looks good to me.

  • Somewhat generic, but I do love to see development on the other side of 395/ SE/SW Freeway.

  • Blah-zooooo. Not a fan of these or the ones on 13th and V. Looks like they took classic DC row houses and erased all character details.

    The garage is an interesting idea.

  • Love the fronts, hate the backs.

  • my friend lives here. these homes are beautiful on the inside.

  • better looking then a lot of cookie-cuter condo building.

  • This is exactly what Eya has planned for the old Bruce Monroe school.

  • hate the whole thing (and the other EYA development in NW). this is the urban answer to insipid suburban townhouse concept.

  • reminds me of the neighborhood edward scissorhands moved to.

  • EYA builds too many homes on the land, but that helps either keep them less expensive or adds to EYA’s profit. The houses almost look like older rows of DC houses, but I agree with someone above that they have not innteresting detail, again this keeps them less expensive or adds to profits. EYA also builds almost the same thing in all their developments so the architects get sliced out of the process. There is no land around the houses other than a postage sized front yard. I am not impressed.

  • They just started the big new project in NE at St. Paul’s College too…they are everywhere in this city.

  • Arts District (MD) has a little more exterior design ‘edge.’

    No you are not getting pocket doors w/ EYA but the roof deck and interior layout / space are nice. My biggest problem is EYA ofers zero yard.
    Question: Why is tha PVC pipe (left side) running out of the wall?

    • “question: Why is tha PVC pipe (left side) running out of the wall?”

      looks like a drainage pipe.

      • Correct. I live in one of these and it is the drainage from the roof deck. I’m a little partial to these as I own one and I love them. EYA is a solid builder. People are right, there isn’t much yard, but you get a rood deck which is pretty sweet. There are also 4 parks within as many blocks. Less yard mean less to take care of. 🙂 They do pack a bunch of houses into these blocks, but its good for urban development because you get more houses/higher density into a smaller space. You have to remember that DC city limits are not going to grow so building up on a lot instead of out will fit more people in.

    • I like the look of the Hyattsville Arts District townhomes by EYA more than these Capitol Quarter townhomes. It’s basically the same homes on the inside with different exteriors. But the “Main Street USA” look in Hyattsville appeals more to me than the faux-Victorian. Perhaps if EYA could have put a little more detail into their Victorian design it would tilt the edge the other way. But this is a mixed income HOPE IV project so some value engineering was probably necessary.

      Personally I wouldn’t want to call one of these my home unless it was a model with the roof deck upgrade. These small balconies of the back are useless for anything but a grill.

  • are these individually owned fee simple rowhouses? or are they considered condos with condo or HOA fees?

    i see what looks like a community mailbox.. do they not get doorfront mail service?

    For the detractors, what new developments do you like?

    also, as an aside, EYA is the developer for the old sand filtration site.

  • i would love these with more detail as well but then they would be super expensive and everyone would bitch about how they are overpriced.

    EYA does nice work. As an old rowhouse owner I often wish we had all-new construction, though I do love the charm of the old house many parts of it are a huge PITA.

    • i believe there is a very detailed ye olde designed EYA project out where the beltway meets 270. absolutely gorgeous rowhouses, but i think they were over a million each.

    • Agreed. There are many homes on the Hill with gorgeous period details if that’s what you’re going for. I think it’s nice that there’s a more affordable option in the area besides condos. Sure, they’re boring, but I imagine the lure of a garage would attract people from the suburbs, or city car owners that are fed up with street parking.

  • Digging the affordable housing. Not digging the blah architecture. So I guess this is what a trade-off looks like.

  • I live in the blue house… these places are pretty bad ass… there was no value engineering in the market rate homes, as DCHA pays for all of the mixed income housing, while EYA acts as the contrater. All three of these houses have roof decks. Let me tell you, they’re bad ass.

    Dan, if you want to come by and take a look inside, let me know. The roof decks make a nice place for a morning cup of coffee…

    • ar they fee simple houses? or a condo? hoa?

      • There is an HOA that takes care of yards and common space and snow removal, etc. It’s no where near as much as a condo fee, it is quite reasonable.

        Also, these houses are LEED certified so compared to an old row house the utilities are peanuts.

  • That looks like modular construction. Was it? Anybody know?

    This construction at 12th and K NE was modular, It makes it a little more difficult to customize, but it is an efficient (and somewhat green) construction method.


    • I’m not sure you would call it modular. They build them on-site, but they build the frames off site so a lot of the work is done in a controlled environment which reduces waste. Once they truck in the frames they houses go up real quick. You are limited to their upgrades only, no customization beyond that.

    • They are pre-fabricated off site.

  • I personally was a big fan of EYA at some of their earlier developments, but they seem to be turning into a more typical production builder using the same low cost plans in every neighborhood. I give them credit for at least varying the facades and employing decent urban design principles, but for whatever reason the product doesn’t look like it used to on the outside. I think a big part of this is that they are not targeting the luxury buyer like they did in the past and they are moving into more edgy areas.

    For those that don’t know, they also did the Bryan Square townhomes at Independence and 14th SE and in my opinion these are much nicer than their work at 13th & V and at Capitol Quarter. Do others agree that the level of detail is much nicer there? See photos below:


    I’m not an architect so I don’t know what it is, but my theory is that the cheap vinyl windows and visible rooftop deck are 2 of the biggest problems with their newer projects.

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