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“I’m wondering whether you know anything about the funny little building?”

by Prince Of Petworth May 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm 14 Comments

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“Dear PoPville-

I’m wondering whether you know anything about the funny little building at 640 Columbia Rd NW. I pass this every day and I’m always curious. Looks like it may be some sort of garage-to-apartment conversion? Is that sort of thing legal in DC? Attaching a photo from Google Maps.”

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  • Philippe Lecheval

    I don’t see why it wouldn’t be legal. There are dozens of old carriage houses/garages throughout town that have been converted to residential units.

  • Jill

    It reminds me of a similar one I saw in Anacostia when were were looking at houses. Someone had once operated a small barbershop out of it. That one was in the front of the house, which, needless to say, is presently hurting the resale value of the property.

  • derp derp

    Just check on PIVS

  • K

    I had realtor.com open in another tab and just typed in the address. Its a little 1 bedroom/ 1 bath. It is definitely a separate lot from either adjacent house. Probably an old carriage house or shotgun. These types of houses were often old barbershops or neighborhood drs or dentists.

  • anon

    is it a tiny house?

  • jcm

    Once upon a time it was a corner store/deli. It was vacant and blighted when I moved to the neighborhood in 2008. Someone bought it and fixed it up. His original plan was to rent it to someone as an office or workspace, but I think someone lives there now.

    • Angry Parakeet

      Yes, I remember the picture of it in PoP back then too when it was blighted. There are two more of those around the corner up a block on Warder.

  • TinkerTaylor

    Should pop it up and convert to condos to increase density.

    • Bloomy


    • annonny

      4 stories so the penthouse looms over the other houses on the block!!! :D

  • V

    kind of curious why OP is asking if it’s legal…


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