DC to Auction Off 18 Vacant Properties on June 30th

by Mark Wellborn

1713 New Jersey Ave. NW (map),
one of the 18 to be auctioned

In a sequel to its successful auction last year, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) yesterday announced that it will hold an auction of DC government-owned vacant property on June 30th at the Convention Center.

According to a press release, “eighteen properties, including single-family and multi-family buildings and vacant lots, will be sold at the one-day auction to the highest bidder for the purpose of redeveloping the properties into habitable residences.”

The properties are located in Wards 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The full list of properties, including photos, is available on auctioneer Alex Cooper’s website.

The auction will only be open to the following types of bidders: homeowners who intend to make the property a primary residence; non-profits; and DC Certified Business Entities.

UrbanTurf took in the scene at last year’s auction. Here is an excerpt from our report:

When UrbanTurf arrived at the auction site five minutes before it was set to begin, the line was over 130 people long, packing the building’s lobby. It inched forward slowly, and thirty minutes later, the line still had over 100 people in it. Coordinators eventually announced that only actual bidders would be allowed in (no sightseers), so unless you had a certified check for $10,000, you wouldn’t be making it in. Only a few people left following the announcement, suggesting that most people had the appropriate funds in hand.

We were sightseers but stayed in line anyway, having met someone with a certified check who generously offered to claim us as his business partner. However, when we finally reached the security entrance at 3pm, only check-holders themselves were allowed in.

Following a few conversations that UrbanTurf had with people in line, it became clear that many were eyeing the same properties. A handful of row houses in Ledroit Park and Columbia Heights had potential to be restored to beautiful properties.

The scene and targeted property types will likely be fairly similar this year. Here is a look at the properties that were auctioned off last year.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dc_to_auction_off_18_vacant_properties_on_june_30th/2114


  1. Shaw Guy said at 4:45 pm on Thursday June 3, 2010:

    From the link at the end of the article it seems that the property in the picture was auctioned off at least years auction for 260k did that fall through?

  1. Matthew Cooper said at 4:47 pm on Tuesday June 15, 2010:

    It did indeed.  The purchaser defaulted and it is being resold at this years auction.

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