Pop Up Finished on New Hampshire Ave by Petworth Metro, Two 3 bed/3 bath units called Petworth Commons


The pop up on New Hampshire Ave just north of the Petworth metro had it’s first open house on Sunday. Anyone stop in?

One of the 3 bed/3 bath units is listed at $649,999:

“Petworth Commons ~ Modern design & elegance to Petworth in the form of 2 unique 2 level townhome style condos. 3/3 beams abundance of light from every direction. Private balconies, backyard, & rooftop deck. 1700 sqft open interior space. All the bells & Whitles! Look no further for your city oasis! OPEN SUN 3/23 1-4pm”

Check out a virtual tour here.


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  • It seems that the upper unit has no access to the rear yard or to a fire escape. I thought each separate unit had to have two entry/exit points. So, I’m wondering if the upper unit is even legal.

  • Oh wait. Never mind. I’m guessing that the roof deck counts as an exit point. Got it!
    That said, I think it looks good – but geez what is the neighborhood coming to when condos are priced at 650k.

  • Id love to talk to one of these builders about putting a similar pop up and roof deck on our place. Looks pretty tastefully done with regards to the block.

  • Looks like a great job. The Petworth market is sizzling right now. The last three houses a friend put a bid in all went well over listing price (the lowest sold for $700,000 and needed major renovation) and she waived all contingencies. Craziness. I hear a lot of people say they want to get in before the Safeway opens.

    • Not to be the doubting Thomas here, but I would love some details (as in the listing) on the $700k home that needed “major renovations.” Very few fully renovated places in Petworth are going for $700k. I find it hard to believe one that needs major renovations would go for that much, unless you are talking about a property that a developer is going to convert into a multi-unit building. And even that would be a stretch.

  • Is it really necessary to name a 2 unit building?

  • Major props for making this pop-up classy and fit in with the block. They made the windows on the top floor match and I think that makes all the difference.

  • Looks like the extended the mansard roofline facade upwards to conceal the roof deck a bit. Also appreciated by this neighbor.

  • I agree with others, this is a really tastefully done popup. Not cheap, I imagine. Popups can be great if developers take the time to build something that matches the surroundings.

    • Indeed. Does anyone know if there is actually a developer/contractor who specializes in just pop-ups? There should be.

  • We stopped in. Good floor plans — they found space for lots of nice things.
    And the roof deck view is epic. Good light in the lower unit. Funky trash collection system, but I guess that’s one of the ways you have to be creative when squeezing $1.35M out of the footprint of a Petworth rowhouse. Nice job, and compliments to the developers.

  • I remember when two years ago the yellow house next door sold for above $600 and I thought it was too much. Now you can only get half a house for that.

  • This pop-up is more tastefully done than many others we’ve seen, and I appreciate that the developer has made some effort to make it blend in… but it still creates an uneven roofline, as the 3rd level is noticeably higher than those on either side.

    • an uneven roofline? Oh, the horror!

      • When there used to be an even roofline, yes, it IS a horror. This one isn’t as egregious as many of the others we’ve seen, but it still breaks up the block.

        • It’s on a hill. The roofline was already uneven. If you want to stop pop ups, work to get the zoning limits changed to remove the 60% lot coverage limit. Then you’ll get pop-backs instead of pop-ups.

          • It’s on a hill, but other than the rooflines being very slightly staggered to accommodate that, the roofline is even.
            I call BS on the idea that changing the lot coverage limit would result in bump-outs rather than pop-ups. Unless such a zoning change ALSO banned pop-ups, the result would be that developers would just do both, the way they did with 2714 Ontario Road NW.

    • i prefer it to those original fake 3rd floors

  • Most of this looks nice, but those kitchens have precious little cabinet space.

  • I’ve never understood how it works when there are just two units in a building. Aren’t you essentially buying a house with a stranger? Do the two of you form an HOA? Do you both have veto power? Some of these places look amazing and it really seems like one of the only ways to get to live in a decent-sized house rather than a condo building, but I can’t help thinking it’s a recipe for a disaster if you and your neighbor don’t see eye to eye on everything. Anyone have any experience with this?

    • I believe that the seller has to “form” the HOA before they can sell the units. This effectively just means getting a small business license + filing a bunch of other paperwork. Yes, working with others takes work, but this is still true if you’re in a 100 unit condo building. Someone will indeed have veto power – likely the upstairs unit. It could, in theory, turn out poorly, but then there aren’t really that many collective decisions to make at this point (assuming that the new construction is in tip-top shape). If you’re the sort of person who is unable to compromise, such “boutique” units may not be for you.

      • I just purchased a unit in a similar “boutique” condo that was a conversion of a row-house to two units. The condo by-laws were already formed by the developer, and were pretty basic. As someone else mentioned, at this point there really aren’t many decisions to make. The condo fee is pretty low with half of it going towards opex and the other half covering reserves for replacement of things like the roof, repainting the exterior (though as all of these are brand new, the expected life is quite long, and therefore the yearly set-aside is quite low). I haven’t met the people that purchased the lower unit yet as it hasn’t closed, but I’m not too concerned. It was a way to get into a great place that lives more like a row-house, and within my budget.

        • Two-unit condos can be a nightmare, especially if one of the owners will not pay the condo fee, or if the other owner decides to rent. Your condo fee covers insurance as well as water and exterior upkeep. I’ve owned a unit in a two-unit building for eight years, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • I think it looks great and it totally blends in. I walk by twice a day and thought the pop up would onerous, but barely noticed the house after they painted it. Very well done.

    Only criticism is is that it’s difficult to distinguish the two units from the photos. They went from basement bedroom to an upper level living room and then there are two consecutive photos of that back wall of windows–though one has a balcony and the other doesn’t. Very confusing.

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