Former Frazier’s Funeral Home Transformation Completed at Rhode Island and Florida Ave, NW – Apartments Now For Rent

by Prince Of Petworth January 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm 45 Comments

389 Rhode Island Ave, NW

It’s been fun watching the transformation of the former Frazier’s Funeral Home.


From Craigslist:

“6 brand new apartments waiting for you to call home in beautifully renovated boutique building! All 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartments with unique and spacious floorplans. Hardwood floors, exposed brick, high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, chefs kitchens w/ dishwashers, W/D in unit and security. No detail has been overlooked

Some more photos of the inside here

Great location at 389 Rhode Island Ave- short walk to the Shaw Metro. Close to Howard University and Hospital, restaurants, shops and more- this location has much to offer to an array of lifestyles. Available immediately. Rents start at $2300 per month + electric. Sorry no pets.”




  • Erin

    I know they were working with a very finite space, but only having 2br/2ba seems like it could really alienate a lot of potential renters in this area (I live in LeDroit Park and am familiar).

    • AG

      I think it could also attract a lot of renters. It’s doable for a small family with a baby or toddler, young professional roommates who can’t afford to live on their own but are past group houses, or young couples who want more space. It’d be nice to see more 3 bedroom apartments in DC, but I prefer this over 1 bedrooms or studios that are only affordable for wealthier singles.

    • Jack5

      Yes, the prices do indeed look a bit… stiff. (Cue CSI Music).

  • Anonymous

    the developer did an incredible job with this place. I watched them remove all that horrible formstone and repoint the entire building. Glad to see some photos of the inside. Looks amazing, great addition to the neighborhood.
    In a similar vein the big house (?) at 1740 New Jersey NW was recently sold… there are now green construction fences up around the property. I hope this developer takes some cues from these guys. Very excited to see this old beauty get some new life.

  • Anonymous

    I see dead people

    • Anonymous

      And your master suite was a room where they put em on ICE!

  • brookland_rez

    I bet people will be dying to rent there.

  • Lonnie Smothers

    yup… definitely haunted.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Anonymous

    I mentioned to a friend that I thought it would be creepy to live here. Her clever response- “well at least you know no one died there…”

    Despite the dead people aspect, I’ve wondered about the noise. It’s the intersection of a couple major roads plus there are constantly ambulances going by with the hospital so close.

    • Anonymous

      Good point. Never mind the former funeral home aspect, your building is basically right up against a highway.

    • Truxton Thomas

      We live right around the corner on 4th, and I can attest that there is plenty of ambulance noise from Howard hospital. The redesign is very nice, but light sleepers will want to keep that in mind.

  • wylie coyote

    Those apartments are to die for!

    Get it? Funeral home —> to die for?

    Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Please try the meatloaf.

    • wylie coyote

      Oops. I’m the second person to make that bad joke in this thread. Darn, foiled again.

      *disappears into the shadows*

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually love it. Really really nice job both on the interior and exterior.

  • annonny

    Whoa, incredible renovation inside and out, from the look of the photos. Such a nice investment in this part of Bloomingdale! One minor criticism – why is there a fire extinguisher in the “fireplace” photo? Kinda funny, but also kinda sloppy looking. :)

    • Anonymous

      not technically “Bloomingdale” ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly roommate-friendly price point for such nice apartments. I bet these get snatched up.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a pretty good price. Smart on the owners to rent, not sell. They will have a very nice stream of income ($13K per month) for a long time.
    How much do you think it cost to renovate this place? $1 million?

    • Anonymous

      Those are pretty good prices. So yeah, it’s definitely haunted.

      • Anonymous

        I think these prices reflect the fact that it is surrounded on all sides by the urban equivalent of highways.

    • Anonymous

      I’m guessing that the developer will rent this place out until they either need equity for another project or until the housing value rises to a high enough point.

  • Shawn

    Wow, I remember wondering a long, long time ago if something like this would happen with this space!

  • Anonymous

    That kitchen doesn’t look so functional. To have the stovetop directly abutting the way makes your right hand burners not that useful if you have pots with handles on them. It looks like they had really limited space, but that’s not the photo I’d use to advertise “no detail has been overlooked!”

    • Anonymous

      My stove is situated like that and it is not a problem – you just turn the handles inward or to the front. I don’t have any issues (and I cook a lot!), and my stove is not even full-sized like that one. And at least the fridge door opens the right way!

      • ExWalbridgeGuy

        Yeah, my old apartment had a stove like this. It was really no problem at all if you are clever enough to figure out how to rotate a pan. The only annoying thing was you had to occasionally clean splatter off the wall, but honestly it’s not that much additional work than cleaning splatter off a counter except I used a different cleaning product on the wall.

  • mia

    I guess i am the only one who don’t love it. from the outside it looks great, but hate the bathroom, cabinets are mismatched in color (espresso and brown?), and it looks very old fashion. I guess i have different taste. Btw the sign in the front says for SALE/RENT, wonder if some will be condos and other rentals. Anyway nice addition, it looks so much better than before.

  • Anonymous

    This looks great! I hope these developers find more houses to work on in this neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    $2,300 for a 2BR fairly close to a Metro station is reasonable. They won’t have any problems filling the space. However, getting someone to renew the lease for more than the 1-year may be a challenge. You expect/deal with noise in the city, but that area may be a bit too much for a renter.

  • brookland_rez

    I’ll bet people are dying to rent there.

    • brookland_rez

      Whoops. Forgot that I posted this already. ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    it does make me wonder what the future of the funeral home business in DC will be. any thoughts on that?

    • Anonymous

      It will be fine until people either stop dying or the housing value appreciates to the point where it’s silly, at which point the parlor will simply sell and move elsewhere.

    • Rich

      They move to the suburbs as they need more space or their clientele moves away. They also tend to be family businesses and if there’s no one in succession or their is a schisms in the family (happened in a family with whom I grew-up), they often go out of business or someone builds a new one elsewhere or buys/marries into another one and takes away the main part of the business.

  • Anonymous

    The noise & pollution from the backed up cars is enough to keep me away even though they did a great job! It’s beautiful!

  • ontarioroader

    I wonder if they had to do any kind of environmental remediation to turn the building from a funeral home into a residence. Aren’t there some really nasty chemicals used in the embalming/corpse prep process?

    • Anonymous

      They likely had some serious clean-up to do, but I doubt it was as serious as what you seem to imply. Common type of environmental remediation involves cleaning up old/rusty/leaky in-ground storage tanks. I’d think that funeral parlors don’t use enough chemicals to necessitate in-ground tanks, etc. This is all speculation, though. ;-)

  • Elisa

    I wonder if they’re renting because it might be tough to sell a former funeral home as condos. I was actually wondering about this during the renovation and maybe someone on the forum knows. Do they have to disclose if a property was a funeral home before selling it to you? I know they have to disclose if someone died in a home/building, but I’m not sure about declaring it was a funeral home. Personally, as nice as it is, I still find the former funeral home aspect too creepy.

    • saf

      ” I know they have to disclose if someone died in a home/building”

      No they don’t.

      • Anonymous

        Pretty much every older house in the world has had someone born and someone die in it.

      • Anonymous

        If the last tenant died in the house, they legally have to disclose that the person died there.

  • Anonymous

    This place should have been turned into a community center of some sort. I think turning the Old Naval Hospital into Hill Center was a pretty brilliant idea. It’s just too creepy….for me at least….to live in a former funeral parlor or an old hospital that was turned into an urban living space. I bet Halloween parties there will be epic!


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