At 278 Square Feet, DC’s Original Micro-Unit Hits Market

by UrbanTurf Staff

At 278 Square Feet, DC's Original Micro-Unit Hits Market: Figure 1

Developers designing true micro-units should take note of a Columbia Heights studio that hit the market late Wednesday. At 278 square feet, it is the smallest unit on the market in DC. And at $99,000, it is one of the least expensive.

Unit #305 at the Parkade at 1457 Park Road NW (map) is what is being called “a bachelor efficiency” which means not only is it quite small, but it also has no kitchen. The unit has been staged with a combination fridge-sink-oven-two-burner stove, which can be purchased at Ikea for about $600.

At 278 Square Feet, DC's Original Micro-Unit Hits Market: Figure 2

The listing must be owner occupied, and the building has a high investor ratio so it could be difficult to obtain financing because many lenders require a certain number of owner-occupants in a building versus renters (typically more of the former than the latter). The Parkade was built in 1928.

But, owner occupied just means that it can’t be rented out. Oh the possibilities we see with this little guy. An in-town crash pad? A place to play poker and watch football on the weekend? An apartment for the in-laws when they visit?

More photos are below and here is a full virtual tour. The unit is being listed by Brittany Barsky of Long & Foster.

At 278 Square Feet, DC's Original Micro-Unit Hits Market: Figure 3

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At 278 Square Feet, DC's Original Micro-Unit Hits Market: Figure 5

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  1. Diana said at 3:53 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    So many options! I would just use it as guest room (if I had the money). Of course, I also live about two blocks away.
  1. m said at 7:47 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    Ok, it's staged with sink combo unit but is the "kitchen" area even plumbed for water and waste?
  1. rich said at 8:55 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    pretty uninteresting…takes so little to make it much more …
  1. RunJacksonRun said at 9:30 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    I agree with "m" - is this a faux sink for decoration? More important than a kitchen, where is the closet? Cute though and such a good deal that one could be inspired to make it more functional.
  1. B said at 9:59 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    Isn't this the real argument for the murphy bed? It looks like the "kitchen" sink might well be the bathroom sink? in which case it is plumbed for water.
  1. The Editors said at 10:04 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    m, Yes, the owner just told us that the unit is plumbed for a kitchen. The Editors
  1. Bryant said at 11:56 pm on Friday January 17, 2014:
    I can see how renting micro units can assist easing the strain on housing affordability in DC. If this were for rent it would probably be like 500-750.
  1. commenting said at 4:46 am on Saturday January 18, 2014:
    I think D.C. has much to offer and reasonably sized apartments and condos use to be--use to be--one of those things. Housing like that featured above is ridiculous, and a terrible NYC characteristic to embrace. D.C. has space to grow in a respectful manner--NW, SW, NE, SE. The city is more than Northwest Capitol Hill. My property taxes will be going to VA or MD because they offer real space you can truly live in--even at the basic, small condo level.
  1. Brittany Barsky said at 1:12 am on Sunday January 19, 2014:
    The seller, my client, is plumbing the kitchen unit into the property and it will convey. Problem solved! There is a very large walk in closet. Thank you for your comments!

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