UrbanTurf usually avoids publishing rankings or lists…except at the end of the year, when we look back at what DC’s residential real estate scene had to offer during the previous 12 months. This week, we revisit some of the best, most intriguing and peculiar things we came across over the course of 2018. Enjoy.
The gradual development of DC created web-like intersections in many pockets of the city, their oddly-shaped offshoots frequently serving as de facto neighborhood parks despite often being privately-owned.
This spring, one of those plots -- a vacant triangular lot on the outskirts of Adams Morgan -- hit the market for $70,000, one of a handful of fallow pieces of land in the city being sold as part of an estate. The plot at 1706 Florida Avenue NW (map) sold for $65,000 above its asking price and prompted questions about what would undoubtedly be built on the site. The actual plans were somewhat of a pleasant surprise.
Sean Ruppert of OPaL plans to construct a semi-detached single-family home on the triangular site. The exterior of the house, as designed with architect GPS Designs, complements the character of the Strivers Section Historic District where it is located.
As he told UrbanTurf in July, the proposed home draws less attention to the geometry of the lot than this triangular house in Shaw.
"It's not so much the shape as the size of the lot," Ruppert told UrbanTurf. "The house we have designed is about 1,200 square feet on four levels so each level has its own use, while the only circulation space is the actual staircase."
After securing approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board in October, the exterior design will be refined further based on feedback. Ruppert expects to secure permits over the next few months and break ground next summer.
UrbanTurf's 2018 in Review Articles:
- The Year of the $40 Million Home
- The Best DC Legislation That Didn't Get Passed in 2018
- The Most Ambitious Transportation Plan Pitched in 2018
- The Best History of a House to Hit the Market in 2018: Where JFK Met Jackie
- The Best Listing of 2018 (For the Mere Mortal)
- The Most Peculiar Tool Used to Fight a New Development in 2018
- The Best New Apartment Amenity Coming to DC: The Trail Lobby
- The Most Impactful Legislation for DC Renters and Homeowners Passed in 2018
- The Best Listing of 2018 (For the Well Paid Lobbyist)
- The Most Creative Responses to PUDs
See other articles related to: best of 2018
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best-use-for-a-vacant-triangle/14822
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
Landmark Theatres is in the final stages of negotiations that would have it operating... read »
The planned 8-unit development would be located on K Street right along the Potomac R... read »
The next phase on the Center Block would deliver 166 apartments and 221 hotel rooms.... read »
DC's crane count still ranks as one of the highest among U.S. cities despite a declin... read »
The latest installment of Above Asking revisits two recently-featured listings in the... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
The preferred mortgage product among most home buyers is the fixed-rate mortgage. How... read »
STAY DC provides rental aid and utility payment grants to at-risk District residents ... read »
The yet-to-be-built home may set a new bar for luxury in the residential real estate ... read »
Federal Realty plans to eventually file a planned unit development application for th... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro