Solving the Mystery of 3504 13th St NW (Is it a Hostel?)

by Prince Of Petworth July 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm 20 Comments


“Dear PoP,

I live on the 3500 block of 13th Street NW, and I’ve noticed that 3504 13th St NW seems to function as a guesthouse/hotel. On the weekends, there are always families coming and going, and this past week, a number of monks who were in town for the Dalai Lama event were staying there. I’ve looked all over google trying to find out more information on the property, but to no avail. Can you or your readers help me solve this mystery?”

Hmm, looks like it sold for $1,900,000 back on Oct. 30, 2009. Anyone know if they are a hostel/hotel? Maybe some residents are doing airbnb or a similar service that we talked about yesterday?

Before reno

  • tess271

    They turned the building into vacation rental type condos. See http://www.vrbo.com/300245 for one of the listings.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t the writer just walk next door and ask?

    • TaylorStreetMan

      Took the words right out of my keyboard.

    • El Vecino Gringo

      How would that work exactly?

      Tap on the front window to get a resident’s attention?

      Ring all the units on the call box until someone answers?

      Or maybe just stake out the front steps until someone enters/exits?

      Get real.It’s a hell of a lot easier to write a 2 min email to PoP and get the scoop from this community….which still works many times, despite the snark factor.

      • KT

        Ask the residents he already mentioned seeing?

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of Hostels, can anyone offer some insight into what the story is with the “Tourist Hostel” on 14th street between Spring and Parkwood? I have never seen a tourist go in or come out in 7 years.

    • blur

      A few of the long time residents in my neck of the woods (a block away from the Tourist Hotel) claim it is (or has been) a brothel. I’ve never seen anything to convince me of that, but there you go.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a well known ( to MPDC, anyhow) brothel.

  • Tobias

    I live on that block too and always see people with luggage coming and going. One Saturday morning my wife and I were walking the dog past that place when a mustachioed/heavyset man who appeared to be from flyover territory loudly farted. True story.

    • Bongo

      and ofcourse you never fart.

  • jjdarling

    Can I buy the rights to that movie?

    • andy

      isn’t this the basis of a horror movie or something?

  • El Vecino Gringo

    I have met the son of the owner (who I beleive lives in the building) while he was walking his dog, possibly last summer.

    At the time he mentioned renovating around a few “original” tenants who have not moved out yet. I got the sense that this was holding up the “flip”, but maybe at this point it is only even going to be apartments. The work seems to be done piecemeal as if by a family of investors, rather than a wholesale renovation by a development company.

    In any case there has been periodic, but very slow progress over the past 4 years.

  • The real mystery: why paint the entire building (in attractive fashion, kudos) but omit one tiny segment? Never understood that … was there a sudden run on forest green at the paint store?

    • Anonymous

      Ha, drive by the building every day and always wondered that myself. Bizarre!

    • El Gringo

      Now *that* I have wondered about countless times!

      It’s like they ran out of paint on a Sunday, but the super-long ladder rental(?) expired that day or the painter quit, or…I just don’t know what!


      • KT

        Gah. My neighbors have left the top left corner of their house unpainted (fleshy peach otherwise repainted cool teal) for more than a year. Maybe they can have a contest with this building owner regarding who can leave their eyesore up longest. Ugh.

    • McSalterson

      That paint is the neighborhood joke. I used to live in the 3600 block and every time I would walk south with me mates, “WOW, they really did a number on the building! Paint looks amazing… [start to pass building] …oh… but… they didn’t finish that top left corner”

  • Daphne

    I live in the building and have lived here for past 7 months. The units are rented out as furnished apartments, some long and some short term. My lease is for 12 months but I know, there are options for shorter terms.
    I agree, the paint job needs to be finished but than, it is really, really high and I would not even begin to think how to get up there :-)

  • K-Dub

    I’m not sure what’s going on with 3504 and their piecemeal reno, but I’m glad the capped the river of raw sewage that was running in the alley for weeks.


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