Unique Spaces: Logan Circle’s Most Intriguing Garage

by UrbanTurf Staff

Unique Spaces: Logan Circle's Most Intriguing Garage: Figure 1
1413-1415 Swann Street NW

This article was originally published in 2012.

Gregg Schultz and Joe Riddle live in one of Logan Circle's most eye-catching homes. But the former garage turned two-bedroom carriage house that the couple will put on the market this Thursday did not always look the way it does now.

Seven years ago, Riddle and Schultz were living near what is now NoMa. The neighborhood at that time was devoid of any retail or restaurants, so the two regularly rode bicycles over to 14th Street to take advantage of the strip's growing options. On one trip, they passed by a garage in an alley just off the intersection of Swann Street and 14th Street NW that had a for-sale sign in the window. They called and learned that the property was serving as a storage space for Georgetown Furniture, a furniture store that used to be located where El Centro now sits.

Unique Spaces: Logan Circle's Most Intriguing Garage: Figure 2

"One of the store owner's sons was living in the garage," Schultz told UrbanTurf. "But if you went inside, you would never imagine that someone could live there."

The listing price for the garage, which was essentially a shell, was around $700,000, fairly high even given the housing boom that the country was experiencing at the time. After some negotiating, Schultz and Riddle purchased the property at a heavily discounted price, and then went about transforming the space into a home.

Unique Spaces: Logan Circle's Most Intriguing Garage: Figure 3

Seven years later, the property feels much more like a New York City loft than a former garage. The front (or rather side) door leads into a large living area and kitchen where industrial elements of the property's former life hang from the ceiling. Behind the kitchen is the main bedroom with an attached bathroom that the current owners helped design. The kitchen consists of a long polished concrete counter, and cabinets that Schultz built and installed himself. (The built-in coffee and espresso maker conveys.) Off the kitchen is a smaller second bedroom with a Murphy bed and an attached bathroom.

Unique Spaces: Logan Circle's Most Intriguing Garage: Figure 4

Stairs in the living room go up to the home office, as well as a custom-built walnut ladder that swings down from the ceiling and leads to the home's most unique feature.

In 2008, Schultz and Riddle installed one of DC's first residential green roofs. In addition to providing energy efficient insulation, the roof has a garden with various herbs and even a few beehives that an area beekeeper periodically comes and harvests honey from. (Allergic buyers needn't worry; the beehives will be gone by the time the home hits the market.)

Unique Spaces: Logan Circle's Most Intriguing Garage: Figure 5

Address: 1413-1415 Swann Street NW, Carriage House (map)

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/unique_spaces_garage_turned_carriage_house_on_swann_street/5974


  1. Beth said at 8:27 pm on Tuesday September 4, 2012:
    I. Want. This. House!
  1. Taco said at 9:08 pm on Tuesday September 4, 2012:
    I have seriously coveted this house for years. I had no idea that was a full on garden on the roof. Is the other black door a garage for a parking space? Hopefully there will be an open house and I can go skulk.
  1. AV said at 12:27 am on Wednesday September 5, 2012:
    Can UrbanTurf share more of the pictures from your visit?
  1. Sean Ganey said at 7:04 pm on Wednesday September 5, 2012:
    How does that roof top garden meet code without some kind of guard rail? I love the look but it seems like it woudl be impossinle ot get approved.
  1. danielle said at 8:15 pm on Tuesday September 4, 2012:
    I cannot wait to see the listing on Thursday! What an amazing space. I've always wondered what the deal with that place was when i saw it's roof from inside Room and Board.
  1. Sean Ganey said at 6:04 pm on Monday September 10, 2012:
    Max, understand the green roof concept very well. My question arises from the fact that you have a walk up access to that roof and seating up there. By code, that makes it a habitable space, and requires guard rails. Having walked the roof i can say two things...very cool, and very dangerous.
  1. Max said at 10:51 pm on Thursday September 6, 2012:
    A greenroof is just an engineered roof with succulent pants on it. It doesn't need a railing anymore than your normal roof needs one.

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