Frazier’s Funeral Home For Sale in Ledroit Park

Frazier’s Funeral Home is located at 391 Rhode Island Ave, NW.

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The flier says:

“This sale includes two parcels. One is vacant and is used for parking buy zoned residential and is approximately 1362 Sq. Ft. and the other is 2,748 Sq. Ft. with a building on it that is approximately 5,552 Sq. Ft. The larger parcel is zoned C2A. Shown by appointment with the listing agent. Proof of ability to purchase required to showing. HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! SUBMIT AN OFFER! Also in Commercial”

More info found here. It’s yours for $799,000.

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  • The website says:
    Basement Information
    – Has Basement

    They don’t mention any, um, interesting qualities about said basement…

  • I sure hope the buyer bulldozes that eyesore to the ground. Those blue awnings and white sign are so dated. This building gives the wrong impression of the whole neighborhood. Get rid of it and more people will want to live there.

  • For what it’s worth…

    My real estate agent once told me never to buy a property that had been used as a funeral home. He said that because regulation/enforcement by the D.C. government had been lax until relatively recently, there was no accounting for what kind of chemicals might have been allowed to soak into the ground over the decades.

  • I heard the Hilton brothers are going to buy it and turn it into a funeral home for hipsters. Hey, hipsters die, too!

  • Looks like a cheap Home Depot renovation to me, and it’s too far from the metro, even if you’re dead.

    Despite those flaws (and the overpriceyness of Ledroit Park and the fact that it’s only worth about $120,000 given the $150,000 I paid for my 6 bedroom house in Dupont), I think it’s a nice building. It looks to me like it may have had pointy roof thingys at one time.

    It’s unfortunate it was a funeral home, though. No way I could live in it after that.

    • the ikea looking coffins really make it look like a horrible flip.

      8 years ago i bought my house in Ashburn for $175,000. this place is way overpriced. $90K max.

    • any idea what went on in your 6 bedroom in Dupont before you moved in? Your walls might have some interesting stories…

    • …given the $150,000 I paid for my 6 bedroom house in Dupont…

      Been here since ’85 have ya? Nice to be you.

    • AND – it’s a MAJOR intersection with Rhode Island, New Jersey and Florida Avenues all whizzing by. Not a lot of quiet at that corner. Not to mention the decrepit post office across the street which, if I’m not mistaken, probably is on the list of USPS offices to be closed. With how the government works and disposes of excess property, it might be decades before anything becomes of that.

      • I acutally live right accross from this building on the other side of Rhode Island and it really isn’t that loud. You get used to the noise of the street/ambulances in about a day. It is sad that a business that dates back to 1917 is closing it’s doors.

  • Wow! Good luck with that! That is a building only the Addams Family would love. And I say ghosts? Yes!!

  • I hear people are dying to get into that place.

  • given the commercial zoning, maybe someone oughta just go the RNR route and turn this into a huge bar. would be cash cow in that location.

    Rock and Roll Hotel II? Twice as haunted!

  • Worst Virtual Tour Ever. What a gyp!

    • I actually microwaved some popcorn to setttle in for my first virtual haunted house tour. What a letdown!

    • I’ll say! What a disappointment! They’d get a lot more interest in the place if they posted inside pics. Even if the place is a mess, it would be interesting.

  • Someone into necrophelia might pay well over asking. I’m not supporting or condemning, just sayin’.

    You know who you are.

  • A funeral home would make a nice residential building. No worries about ghosts – they seem to mostly occur where people actually died traumatically. People don’t actually die or are killed IN funeral homes, their lifeless bodies are simply stored there for a few days until burial. The departed spirits wouldn’t haunt the funeral home…

    Not that I believe in ghosts anyway. 😉

    • HA! This is always what I’ve thought. There’s an awesome old mansion, now funeral home in my hometown, and I always thought that it would be a great place for me to live if the place closed and I could afford it.

  • Now get rid of the “future home of the Bacon Funeral Home”!

  • I wonder whats under that ugly formstone.

  • I think this is one of the original houses of LeDroit Park.

    • Not in its current form, it isn’t. Most of the historic houses were built in the 1870’s, and formstone wasn’t patented until the late 1930’s.

      Maybe there is a modest but beautiful brick structure underneath, but we’ll never see it.

  • Good price for a great building with the extra lot IF you get someone knowledgeable to check it out and make sure the place is not polluted terrible. Years of embalming fluids possibly being spilled, left around or so on could be a nightmare to clean up.

  • That’s a huge lot with a curb cut, and priced right to be torn down and replaced by a large, awesome residential project. Hallelujah.

    • Amen. Wouldn’t mind office around the way either… get some daytime foot traffic around.

      • Either would be an improvement.

        In fact, an office at that location makes a lot of sense for commuters….maybe a quick project for Doug Jemal?

  • Rhode Island from the metro to north capital is REALLY hitting its stride

  • Lots of typical disrespect here for the history of a neighborhood some of you feel entitled to claim.. Ironically, much of the well-kept real estate in this part of DC belongs to funeral parlors. Because segregation extended to death, the mortuary business was a guaranteed success in good times and bad for black business people for more than a 150 years, and passesd down from generation to to generation. These were always among the wealthiest in the community. Look around and you’ll notice some of the best property–beautifully preserved brownstones and mansions–are funeral parlors. There must be at least 20 within a half mile of Petworth metro.

    They’re slowly going out of business and I expect some of you will be fighting to pay 800K for tiny piece of one in a few short years.

    • your tone is amusing.

    • what disrespect are you talking about?
      what entitlement? people say “my neighborhood” for where ever they live. is that really a problem? and who that lives here doesn’t like it? just some trolls.

      walk around and talk to your entitled neighbors, i guarantee you’ll find more respectful opinions that you are suggesting.

      and yes, funeral homes were historically a good business. all over the nation, not just dc.

    • I take your point about the historical role funeral homes have played District communities, and also about the quality of some of the buildings.

      On the other hand, this building is hideous and lots of people would be generally skeeved about moving into a funeral home. It isn’t disrespectful to make either point. Also, nothing that’s been said here is more disrespectful to any community than what Bacon’s been doing to a couple of original Wardmans up on 14th Street.

      • Quick question – – I wonder if this was BUILT as a funeral home, or was it built as a single family home??? I would imagine with all the lovely homes on corner lots in that neighborhood, it might just have originally been a grand home. Would love to see old pics of those intersections.

    • Um, who’s being disrespectful here?

      • Maybe the folks throwing around the words “hideous”, “ghetto”, and generally complaining that the building is a blight on the neighborhood simply because it hasn’t undergone an expensive renovation. It was a successful business that served real people for over 85 years and the building appears to have been well maintained. Just because something isn’t gentrified doesn’t mean it’s worthless.

    • It was also a guaranteed way to soak people on the tragedy of their family losses.

  • wow. i’ve been driving past that place for years. will be surreal to see it replaced by a condo development. or whatever. there goes another landmark. i remember when there was a giant on florida ave near there too.

  • this is in the historic district right? unlikely it will be torn down.

    • it’s not contributing to the historic district. will be no problem to get it torn down. this is just like the Juniper condos which replaced a garishly out of place modernist church addition.

      • A building that’s over 100 years old, with some pretty unique and impressive architectural details, standing on one of the neighborhood’s most prominent corners… “not contributing to the historic district” just because you personally think it’s ugly?

        Historic districts, at least in theory, are about actually preserving history, not turning every neighborhood in DC into Old Town Alexandria.

      • You have no clue what you’re talking about. This will be one of the grandest buildings IF someone restores it’s original features.

  • Does anyone know when Frazier’s vacated – how long it’s been vacant?

  • Someone call the owner of ruff n ready!

  • some of these comments are both ignorant and sad. this was a prominent and well respected business in the dc community for generations. it’s architecture and well maintained awnings and grounds were a treasured landmark for anyone entering dc. it’s sad that the business didn’t survive. hopefully the new owner will show the property and the respect it deserves in whatever new form it takes.

  • This is the greatest landmark building in the whole FRINJ.

  • it will be torn down and turned into a CVS

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