“DC’s Church-to-Condo Craze Moves Eastward”

by Prince Of Petworth August 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm 11 Comments

courtesy Pecar Properties

From a press release:

“Boutique developer Pecar Properties is developing two condominium buildings, with a total of 46 units, on former church-owned property just two blocks from the Potomac Avenue Metro station in Washington, DC.

Stone Flats at 1337 K Street, SE and Stone Hill condos at 1345 K Street represent the eastward march of church-to-condo transformation as developers and home buyers seek out some of the city’s quieter established neighborhoods.

Presales have begun for Stone Flats’ ten luxury condominiums, ranging from highly functional one-bedroom homes to a one-of-a-kind penthouse loft with a private sun deck and monumental city views. Residents are expected to start moving in this fall. At the same time, Pecar has started site work for Stone Hill, an adjacent 36-unit condominium building scheduled to deliver in Fall 2017, on the site of the former Mount Paran Baptist Church.

This new community is situated in a pocket of new condominium complexes just south of the new Atlas District and the H Street Corridor, and directly east of Barracks Row and Eastern Market. “I was attracted to this neighborhood because it offers an ideal location on Capitol Hill,” said developer Gene Pecar. “It offers immediate access to Metrorail, Harris Teeter, and major highways. At the same time, our site is on a quiet residential street a block and a half from Pennsylvania Avenue, creating a very comfortable environment for condominium ownership. Given the development pipeline, this is an area where buyers’ investments can realize genuine upside.”

After finding the perfect development site, Pecar went on to create some of the city’s most unique condominium homes, with ten-foot ceilings, oversized bedrooms and closets, soaking tubs, and oversized energy-efficient Pella windows. Luxury finishes and features include wide-plank hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, Danze plumbing fixtures, Bosch and Samsung Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, and the ButterflyMX smartphone-based access security platform. The building will feature an EV car charging station and 24/7 secure controlled access.

Two of Stone Flats’ spectacular penthouse units have 18-foot living room ceilings, additional exterior storage space, heated bathroom floors, and other high-end features. The largest penthouse offers 1,025 square feet of living space plus 892 SF of private rooftop deck space providing panoramic city views punctuated by the US Capitol and Washington Monument.

One-bedroom units at Stone Flats are priced from the high $300,000s; two-bedrooms begin in the mid-$600,000s. For sales information, visit http://www.stoneflatsdc.com/.

HRG Design Build provided design and construction services for Stone Flats. Monument Bank provided construction financing.

Stone Flats’ residents will enjoy easy access to historic Eastern Market and Barracks Row, home to such wildly popular restaurants as Rose’s Luxury, named Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant in the US in 2014, along with its new and already highly acclaimed sister destination Pineapple and Pearls. And those are just two of the numerous restaurants lining 8th Street south of Eastern Market, including Ted’s Bulletin, Ambar, Cava Mezze, Garrison, Lavagna, and Matchbox.

After developing condominiums in the Shaw/Truxton Circle and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, Pecar acquired the Mount Paran Baptist Church and several adjacent properties from 2013 through 2015. Founded in 1917 in southwest Washington, the church has moved to a new and larger home in Clinton, MD.”

  • textdoc

    Am I seeing cinder blocks for the entire ground floor?

    • [rrrrr]

      Was giving the benefit of the doubt that it might be some sort of cobblestone or tile design, but went to the website to see more renderings — definitely cinder blocks. Looks pretty bad to me.

  • neighbor

    Are apartment dwellers who live in former churches afforded special parking privileges? Or is that right revoked with the conversion?

    • KingmanParkRes

      I see what you did there. Kudos.

  • shaw

    They have two “one-bedrooms” that, based on the floorplans, looks like they are in the basement, with a “light well” that goes down to the ONLY windows, that are in the bedroom. There are NO WINDOWS in the living room, kitchen, or bathroom. And, they want almost $400k to live in a damn hole in the ground!!
    Jesus Christ. Even PRISON CELLS get windows. Just saying.

    • Rich

      It looks like there are basement windows in the drawing. Regardless, I guess “functional” 1 bedroom means basement 1 bedroom. Does the fancy penthouse mean no one else has roof access?

      Was the church torn down? This doesn’t look like a church to condo conversion.

      • James W.

        It says was a church-owned property, which doesn’t necessarily mean it was a church. I have no idea why that is somehow even remotely a selling point.

  • ShawLives

    Looks like the kind of church-to-condo prison-like buildings that Suzanne Reatig is building in Shaw. Maybe the churches like cinder-block industrial look? Does not seem to fit the historic context.

  • CS

    It would be one thing to call it a church to condo “conversion” if they were actually going to incorporate the church into it or develop the condos into the church. I live on this block, and it’s my understanding that they are razing the church (along with the 3 homes next to it). That’s not a church to condo conversion, that’s a church to condo bulldozing. It would make me happy if they ~were~ actually using the church in the development. Bye bye cute little neighborhood church.

    • CS

      Ok, so it doesn’t actually say “conversion”, but I think it implies it, trying to compare it to some of the other developments in the city where churches were turned into condos, where that’s just not the case here.

  • anon

    “the city’s quieter established neighborhoods”
    Dunno how Hill East qualifies. Don’t know why anybody insists on trying to pass their neighborhood off as quiet when it’s always more of a wish than a reality.


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