Good Deal or Not? “1st Multi-family LEED Platinum (candidate) in DC!” edition

This home is located at 4114 New Hampshire Ave, NW:

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The flier says:

“1st Multi-family LEED Platinum (candidate) in DC! 2BR/2BA + den is both luxurious & ultra sustainable w/ numerous features designed to use less energy. Orig hardwood flooring & great ceiling height. Granite counter tops, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, & magnificent cabinetry in kitchen. Priv rooftop deck w/ priv spiral staircase access. All native landscaping.”

You can find more info here and here and a virtual tour here.

I’m 99% sure I once featured this as a house of the day because of the two front doors. What do you think of the reno? This 2 bed/2bath (Unit#3) is going for $399,000 ($238 monthly fee), sound right? Unit 2 is going for $349,000 and Unit 1 is going for $299,000.

Ed. Note: The listing agent is a PoP advertiser. I’m told that there will be a Petworth Neighbors only open house from 11-1pm this Sunday and then a public open house from 1-4pm.

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  • It sounds about right, and the inside looks great! I’d take a look for sure if I was house hunting.

  • Looks amazig. I’d have to see how the whole building comes together though.

  • Who certified you and what were the salient features that make you leed certifiable?

    • I’ve been told that there isn’t a LEED certification yet for single family homes. Only condos and office bldgs

    • LEED for Homes applies to SFHs, but it has to be a major gut or new construction to be feasible. There are, however other green building guidelines that homeowners can use, such as REGREEN:

      As for the salient features, they are listed on the project’s web page. I don’t agree with the choice to use granite countertops (virgin quarried stone, large carbon footprint, potential radon hazard, potential bacteria trap), but their marketing passes the greenwashing sniff test. I’m impressed.

  • Kind of an odd floor plan, but I love some of the mod (Danish?) touches. I (personally… just me) wouldn’t buy in that exact location, but I’m sure it will be a nice fit for someone else.

  • Is it half as wide as a normal rowhouse? Does that make it only 8′ wide? It’s the width of an loveseat and 2 tiny endtables.

    • I share the alley with this house and while I can’t speak to the floor plan, it’s actually an extra wide rowhouse and had plenty of space when I saw it before the renovation. I look forward to actually seeing it finished on Sunday, but I’m confident that this is much better than the many Home Depot flips.

      Also, I’ve lived here for 9 years this month and think it’s a great location. Three blocks from the metro, two blocks from Yes! and the hopefully soon-to-be revamped Safeway, easy to walk to businesses in Columbia Heights without all the traffic and whatnot, close to Rock Creek Park, and most importantly we’ve found it to be a nice friendly neighborhood.

      We can wave to whoever moves in from roofdeck to roofdeck, so only nice people!

  • Not quite sure why one would want to spend so much money on a unit in a row house when you could get an entire row house for those amounts?

    Yes, PoP you should be 100% sure you covered it, I remember it well. I walk by this place often and was pleased to see they decided to liven up the drab neighborhood with some colors. They just put up a huge sign in front clearly stating the green-ness of this place.

    • Regarding buying a house or one of these condo units, you could get a complete fixer-upper for about $300K, but these are nicely renovated units. Also at 1,000 sq ft, they aren’t small – the house must have an addition on the back for each unit to be this large. A typical rowhouse in Petworth with an unfinished basement is about $1500 sq ft, so on a price per sq ft basis compares nicely with renovated houses, which have been selling for $550K+ in this part of the neighborhood.

      Plus I really like the photos of the insulation and other details – I think you’re getting much better quality work than you likely get on the whole house flip jobs around here.

      Regarding LEED, you can apply for certifcation according to their standards. Our office space is LEED-certified. There are few LEED-certified homes in DC so far, so if this interests you, it’s a great opportunity.

      • You are not getting an upgraded rowhouse in Petworth for $350k. Shells are selling for $200-250k, and good luck beating the developers (who will pay all cash and close yesterday) to these properties. Completed renovations are about $500-600k. Imagine $350k would get you something between a shell and a completed renovation but even at that price point, you’d probably lose out to a developer.
        I think the more appropriate comp is a condo in a multi-unit building. If I was going to hitch my wagon to additional property owners, I’d probably go for the condo in the multi-unit building, but different strokes for different folks.

      • By studying the pictures it appears that on the first floor unit there are two bedrooms on the left side (one facing front, one facing back). In between are the two bathrooms. Along the right side from front to back are the living room, kitchen, another living room-something-or-other, and a dining room. The only part I don’t really like is that useless second living space at the back of the house. For 1000 square feet, I think you would be better off with one larger and more flexible living space, with the kitchen immediately adjacent to the dining room.

        The narrow rooms are just par for the course in an up-down multi-unit rowhouse like this. You could get a wider feel by putting the two bedrooms at the back and a combined living room, kitchen, dining room in the front, but then you would have to walk through a bedroom to get to the back yard.

        That kitchen is nice, but it seems disproportionately large for the size of the unit. But it’s great if you like to cook.

  • Very happy to hear about the LEED certification, and that someone actually went the extra effort to renovate with that in mind. As a neighbor, I’m looking forward to seeing it on Sunday.

    And agree with Laurie – its a great neighborhood. I’ve been here 4 years now.

  • I’m glad to see that this house is moving. I hope the owner makes back her investment, she’s put a lot into it. I want to echo the other comments here that this is a great neighborhood. I’ll be there too on Sunday asking questions about the solar panels. Would love to meet you Laurie and PetworthRes.

  • I live in Petworth. On a different subject, how or where can I find a contractor to do this to my house? It’s the same floor plan. I think I would want some one to come in and do the damn thing.



  • And a roof deck too. Love this place.

    Also, not so sure about contractors paying cash for houses. There is one 2 over from me that’s about $220K or so and it’s been for sale for a bit (well, a short bit).

    I’ll keep an eye out and let you know if it goes.

  • Just to confirm what PoP heard…The Petworth Neighbors Only Grand Opening is indeed this Sunday (2/13) from 11-1pm! We are looking forward to meeting everyone that lives in the neighborhood!

    The public open house follows from 1-4pm

    This is an amazing property!

  • I walk past this house on the way home every day — it’s just a few doors down from my place. I’m torn between what is obviously a very nice renovation and preferring to have single family homes on my block… but nice job and eco-friendly is certainly a plus.

  • Hi Cliff,

    We can help. My business partner and I are both LEED accredited residential contractors. LEED for Homes is relatively new, and we haven’t had any multi-unit clients ask to get LEED certification, but we have helped several commercial clients achieve LEED.

    If it’s just the multi-unit conversion that interests you, that works, too. Even without a LEED certification goal, we endeavor to be as efficient, healthy, and sustainable as possible with our construction practices and material selections. I own a 4-unit row house in Columbia Heights that I rehabbed in a similar fashion in 2008.

    Compared to any other quality job, “green” building doesn’t have to cost more. Even if it does, operating costs pay back the additional first costs due to the building’s efficient use of resources. That said, be prepared to spend a lot of money for any 3-unit renovation. 3 kitchens and 5 baths add up quickly, and you still haven’t touched anything else in the house. I imagine the renovation budget for this house was somewhere between the asking price of unit 2 and unit 3. Maybe more.

    If you want to discuss further, check us out at!


    Impact Construction & Consulting

  • Property is still classified as a residential/row single family by the office of property and tax. I would be curious to see how DC assesses the new taxes on the property.

    Very interesting and very creative on turning a single family house into a condo. It is a new spin on the old idea of a boarding house (in a good way). Get ready for a couple of more cars to be added to the parking mix.

    • FWIW, my 4 unit building has 8 tenants, 1 car, and 2 off-street parking spaces. I’m actually reducing street parking demand by renting a space to a neighbor.

  • Hello all-

    This is Tanya, the owner/developer of The Solidago.

    I would like to thank everyone who came to the open house events of yesterday! It was great to see so many of my neighbors who had seen the “before” get to see the “after”. I also enjoyed meeting many new neighbors and so many others who came to see and learn what a green building can look like!

    Thank you all for the compliments and warm reception to the project.

    Best regards,


  • This is Tanya again,

    I would like to point out that this was not a single family to multi-unit conversion.

    Upon researching the history of this building prior to construction, I obtained the original 1917 building permits. This building was built as a 2-unit building. Uniquely, the top floor was designed and built as a separate unit. My neighbors to the south was built at the same time as mine and have this same configuration.

    I understand the desire to have this community remain single family homes. However, this building wasn’t a single family home.

    Best regards,


  • We went to the Neighbor’s Open House – loved the units, and the top floor was our fave. We got an email from the Realtor that there’s already an offer. Not surprised at all – someone lucky is getting a great place!

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