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Dear PoPville – 2725 13th Street, NW to become 4 apartments

by Prince Of Petworth — February 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm 15 Comments

2725 13th Street, NW

Dear PoPville,

Plans have been posted on the DC.gov website for 2725 13th Street NW.

They plan on turning the building into four apartments.

Looks like they will destroy the front entrance and the cool original staircase. They will add a basic box to the back and sink a garage below grade.

Overall a shame, I think – this is one of the nicest homes in Columbia Heights.

We looked at 2725 13th St, NW as a good deal or not? post back in July 2012. Kinda reminds me of the great house at 13th and Euclid St, NW that also was split into condos.

  • We need more apartments in the area. Already plenty of group homes. It’s not a complete tear down based on the drawings. Adaptive reuse. I like it.

  • I’m looking at the photos (http://slideshow.mris.com/slideshow/slideshow.htm?ListingKey=97657138583) from the July 2012 GDoN post.

    That house had some really nice original details (pocket doors, woodwork, etc.); I hope the apartment conversion manages to retain many of them.

  • Ben

    As much as I want to agree with the OP – chop ups are the result of high demand, low apartment options, and high prices for space in this city.

    Even with high salaries in this area, not everyone can afford to purchase a 600k+ home and spend another 100~300k in renovations. However a 300k condo is more doable.

    • Stand-Up Developer: “Density! Density! Density! Density!”

    • Identified

      300K? This is not 2004 sir!

      And a developer doesn’t make a bag of $ on a SFH of this size in Columbia Heights. Flipping 4 condo units much more $ for the “hassle”.

    • Marcus Aurelius

      Check the plans my friend:
      3 2BR/2Ba at ~1100 sf; 1 2BR/2BA at ~900 sf.
      These units are going to be priced much closer to $600k than $300k – not that there is anything wrong with that.
      Kudos to the developer for limiting the chop up to 1 apartment per floor. I would not have been surprised to see someone try to squeeze a couple of additional units into that building.

      • Ben

        Fair point – but my original point still stands.

        The original price of this unit was 1m and probably needed another few hundred k in renovations. Who has that money that’s looking to buy in CH?

        If I had 1.4m+ to spend I’d be looking in other areas. Granted for 600k+ for a condo I’d be looking elsewhere as well so I’m curious what the developer is thinking.

  • Anonymous

    4 apartments? Guess I’m priced out then 🙁

  • Well what can you do? Who’s got the money and desire to live in a place like that? I’d bet that the house needs some work and, the only way to put in the money and make it economical is to convert it to apartments. At the end of the day, it’s probably a better use of the space and a nice addition to the neighborhood.

  • So, OP demands a mansion for multimillionaires as opposed to four units for 10 cent millionaires. I wish i could afford to buy this house and restore it to it’s original charm.

  • Anonymous

    I get that people don’t want to tear down old row houses to replace them with newer mid-rise housing.

    I sort of get that people don’t want to even tweak the high limit to allow taller residential development downtown.

    But, now people are getting upset that developers are dividing houses build for large families into smaller units for singles/smaller families.

    Seems like a recipe for more NoVa/MD sprawl.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t read the original post as a dig at the conversion to condos, just that it’s being done in a way that includes some poor aesthetic choices, like destroying the way the front entrance looks from the street.

  • That’s great news — it’s such a pretty house.

  • EH

    So I’m the one who submitted this.

    I never said i was against a condo or apartment conversion – I live in one. What I think is a shame is that this one appears to be designed, in my humble opinion, in an unfortunate way. Enclosing the front porch, destroying the double door entrance, a basic box attached to the rear – I just think as a whole it could have been more thoughtfully done. Maybe we will be proved wrong by the final product.

    This is a pretty special house – yes it needed a lot of work. Yes there is demand. But the answer to increasing density, in my opinion, should weigh many factors. Part of the value on CH is the building stock. Muck around with it too much and you lose what makes it an attractive place to live.

  • 13thnEuclid

    Another single family home being converted into several condos with only 1 parking spot. As if resident parking in that neighborhood was not already bad enough…sigh… (and yes, some of us do need cars to get to work).


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