Preview of Renovations at 622 Rock Creek Church Road

Back in July I included 622 Rock Creek Church Road in a post on the many houses in the neighborhood that were in the process of being gutted and rehabbed. Readers may recall that it was built in 1911 as a three-story five bedroom, three bath house. It had a total of 2,034 sq. ft. of living space and an unfinished basement. It sold on April 20, 2012, for $460,000.

While I personally think the smarter way to go would have been to renovate the structure as a three story single family home with a rentable basement, the developer chose to chop the house into two, 2-level condos. According to the pre-listing, “each unit is 2-Levels and approximately 1,500 square feet each and feature an expansive 2BR.2.5BA open floor plan.” Below are the listed features.

– Oak Hardwood Floors Throughout
– Recessed Lighting
– High Ceilings
– Gourmet Kitchens Stainless Steel Appl, Granite Counters & Gas Cooking
– iPod/iPhone Speaker Integration and Sound System
– Video Intercom
– Bedrooms on Separate Level – Both Master Bedrooms w/En Suite Baths
– Baths w/Contemporary Tile & Glass Showers
– Washer/Dryer
– Outdoor Space
– Secure Garage Parking

So, what do you think?  Below is a video going through the upper level space.

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8 Comments on “Preview of Renovations at 622 Rock Creek Church Road”

  1. Dave Says:

    It looks okay for new construction, but it appears that every original architectural detail has been removed from the home’s 100-year-old interior, which is a shame. Regarding the landscaping . . . I would have went with a low-maintenance, turf-free approach for that small of a front yard . . . it would have looked much better and wouldn’t require weekly mowing during the growing season.

  2. IMGoph Says:

    kind of shocked they didn’t take the time to clean up the piles of junk in the backyard before filming this.

    (also, the fact that they turned the entire yard into concrete is disheartening. just one more point towards the problems of the urban heat island, runoff, etc.)

  3. neb Says:

    I like it, very nice, but I agree that it is not a good thing for people to be paving over the entire back yard if possible.

  4. Steve Davis Says:

    Yeah, turning yards into 100% concrete at the same time that DC is paying homeowners to remove their concrete and replace it with rain gardens, permeable pavers, bayscaping, etc. through the RiverSmart program makes no sense. With any luck we’ll be breaking even on impervious surface in the neighborhood — though that’s probably too optimistic of me.

    Our neighbors across our alley who bought a totally renovated house ended up with a giant concrete pad (including parking) in their entire back yard that they don’t want. The builders left a cutout for plants, but they put it on the side where the sun doesn’t shine. D’oh. They park their car in front and use it as a patio, but they’re planning on removing it at some point at their own expense. Made me thankful we had the un-renovated house and could do it all our way the first time.

    • julesONPrinceton Says:

      Just a comment on the RiverSmart program – we tried to qualify for it and after weeks of waiting for an interview only disappointment. Our concrete that was not technically a driveway but instead a wide walkway did not qualify for permeable pavers – even though we said we were going to redo the yard to include a driveway. I guess one must first exist. The yard was too small for a rain garden or bayscaping. So we ended up with a discounted water barrel that took many more weeks to arrive.

      • Steve Davis Says:

        Yeah, as best as I’ve been able to tell, there’s only one or two people running the program for the entire city, so there’s always a bit of a wait. We had to wait about 6 months for our rain barrel, but that’s because of the DC Greenworks or whomever being a little backed up on installs. Bummer you didn’t get the pavers.

  5. Steve Davis Says:

    And oh god the cheap bannister. Ouch. A house that surely once had a gorgeous old detailed wooden bannister now has a home depot special on it. Well done!


  6. […] since September 2012. Last weekend, after long wait, the building had its first open house. I posted earlier about some of its listed features, and you can see the online listing with additional interior […]


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