Three new homes – Naylor Court Stables – Planned for Naylor Court

Photo courtesy of OPaL

First Rogue 24 and now this – alley living continues to kick it up a notch.

From a press release:

Naylor Court Stables will revive part of one of DC’s rarest and most unique historic districts with three new carriage homes on Naylor Court. Known for building unique townhomes and single-family homes from Fells Point in Baltimore City to Alexandria, VA, OPaL announces plans for their first project in the District.

Naylor Court and Blagden Alley make up one of only two remaining H-shaped alleys in the District. Bound by 9th, 10th, M and O Streets, NW, this alley is part of a historic plat that dates from the late 1700s and gained significance as a diverse neighborhood during and after the Civil War. At that time, alley dwellings shared the space with carriage homes, workshops, stables and other buildings.

In partnership with KB Developers, OPaL plans to build three new homes designed to seamlessly blend in with the existing carriage homes and stables previously renovated and currently occupied on Naylor. Designed by noted Seattle architect, Gregory Sparhawk, the new residences will complement the architecture the surrounding neighborhood is known for, while also reflecting the totally unique design OPaL has come to be known for.

“The partnership considers ourselves stewards of this historic area of DC and looks forward to contributing to the revival of the alley” states Sean Ruppert, President of OPaL. “OPaL hopes to be an asset to this close-knit neighborhood and places great importance on the historic preservation of the block.”

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  • sounds expensive.

  • ledroittiger

    Where is the other H-style alleyway? Isn’t there one over by 12th Pl. just south of Cardozo?

  • it’s also not technically an “Alley” but a “Court” with major legal differences.

  • Is there any concept art for these yet? I wonder what permitting hoops they had to jump through to build residences in an alley, or perhaps this is a different situation than other areas because of the specific historic district…

  • It would be impossible to enforce the no elbows on the table rule when you live in a stable.

  • Yay. I want to live in an old garage in an alley. AND I want to pay several hundred thousand dollars for the privilege. Where do I sign up?

    • Sorry to dissapoint you but it will cost you more than just a few hundred thousand dollars for the privilege ot living in the historic Blagden Alley / Naylor Court. The rowhouses in the neighborhood already go for upwards of over a million. A skinny empty lot with a small carriage house in the alley sold for $8,000,000. Not sure where you live but you won’t get much in DC for only a few hundred thousand. Time to get real dude or move back to Squaresville.

      • oops…my bad….the lots for for 800,000. d

      • Relax, dude. He said “several.” In my mind that means 4,5,6,7. No one’s trying to underestimate your property value.

      • If you want to pay a million dollars to live in a converted shack in an “historic alley,” then more power to ya, dude.

        And I’m wondering if you might want to brush up on your history. These alleys have a history of squalor and misery. A wonderful place to raise a family.

  • The re gentrification process of the District continues. I’m personally for it. It moves the “riff raff” out and brings back some respectability. The opposing argument is “well where will the poor go?” My response is: “Not here for sure”. You’ve had your chance to do something with it and nothing was done; its time to move on.

    The DMV area could use a major face lift. If you can’t afford the area, move out. Plain and simple. I’d rather see row houses in that alley than looking at what looks like a set on a western movie.

  • I’m so over people like V. What “riff raff” lives in that alley? There’s no one there. And just because a person has millions doesn’t mean he brings respectability with him/her.

  • I don’t get it. People would rather see a run down shack with a roof that’s fallen in than a new building/townhomes? Why do you care if you (or I) won’t be able to afford them. Whatever goes there will be an improvement to the existing building and the hood it is in.

  • What I don’t get is the gall these people have to call themselves stewards of this historic area. What about the people who have lived there for years, rehabbed buildings, invested incredible resources in improving their neighborhoods? Then these johnny come lately’s sweep in as the stewards to save the neighborhood. Give me a break!

    • “What about the people who have lived there for years, rehabbed buildings, invested incredible resources…”

      Um, you just described one of the developers. He’s one of the pioneers of the revitalization of this block.

  • $8M comment. The 26 foot wide residential lot, 100 feet deep, that is a pretty big lot with a commercially zoned carriage house for an additional 35 feet of depth on Blagden Alley is on the market for around $800K not $8 Million. It was under contract, fell through, now under contract again. Max utililization of this R4 zoned lot is two units, three total including the carriage house.

    Naylor Court is 30 feet wide and because of that it is a legal street and a matter of right to live there. So these townhouses can be built there as a matter of right however they will require zoning relief due to lot width requirements (18′ minimum) and height set back requirements on an alley. These are the type of changes that are usually granted and are supported by the neighborhood. The problem with so many other alleys, including Blagden Alley and many others within Shaw is that the alley must connect direct to a street with a 30 foot width to live there as a matter of right (or have a direct connection to the street via a walkway or similar). Fire code driven is the answer that is given but unclear that anyone knows why.

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