Townhouses in DC away from the “hustle and bustle”

Eighty townhouses make a splash in a quiet location in Northeast Washington’s Michigan Park neighborhood.

The site was once part of the St. Joseph Seminary grounds, said Nadia Purvis, director of sales for EYA, the marketing arm of JO Associates LLC. Purvis said EYA worked with the Josephites and the DC Historic Preservation Review Board to obtain a protective historic landmark designation for the seminary. Some of the land around the seminary has been set aside as open space accessible to the public, including a new neighborhood playground.

Most of the townhouses have already been sold. Ten “affordable” low-income townhouses have been made available through DC’s inclusive zoning program.

Two floor plans are available. The Buchanan starts at $824,900 for 1,610 square feet and a two-car garage. The Buchanan 2 starts at $988,760 for 2,010 square feet, a private backyard, and reserved street parking, not a garage. Both types have three levels with three or four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and a powder room (half bath). Neither has a basement; both offer an optional roof terrace.

Adam and Jessica Vicks have been living with their one-year-old daughter in a new townhouse in Michigan Park since May. They bought a condo in 16th Street Heights in northwest Washington in 2019 and sold it less than two years later after learning a baby was on the way, said Adam, 38 and manager program for a technology company.

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They had no trouble selling the condo, Adam said. (“It was the height of the housing bubble, so our house was only on the market for a few days,” he said.) But the townhouse wasn’t ready when the condo s was sold, and the family stayed with relatives in Bowie, Maryland, until it was.

Adam already knew Michigan Park. He says he grew up in the neighborhood and there is family. He and Jessica, who is 33 and works as a program manager in financial services, knew what they wanted, he said. “We wanted a place in the city, but away from all the hustle and bustle,” he said. “We also wanted a family neighborhood where our daughter could grow up surrounded by lots of kids her own age.”

The appeal of the townhouse community for families is aided by the playground and 2½ acres of gardens and other green space. Townhouses offer traditional styling on the exterior, including porches, gables, and cornices that blend in with the surrounding dwellings. Modern interiors have open-concept floor plans and contemporary finishes.

The Vicks family chose the Buchanan 2 floor plan for the extra space and quickly moved into the new digs. Adam described Michigan Park as “like a hidden gem” and remarked that it’s “just a stone’s throw from all the action, but with all the serenity of the suburbs”. He also said many young families are moving into the community, “which is a wonderful thing for our family and especially for our daughter.”

The family, he said, “have only been here a few months, but to me it feels like I never left.”

Townhouses with expandable floor plan in Bowie, Md.

Schools: Bunker Hill Elementary, Brookland Middle, Dunbar High

Transit: Brookland-CUA Metrorail station (on the red line) is about a mile southwest and Fort Totten Metrorail station (on the red, yellow and green lines) is about a mile northwest.

Nearby: Josephite Seminary Park, Michigan Park Community Playground, Providence Urgent Care Center, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, Catholic University.

Townhouses in Michigan Park

1201 Allison St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

The 80 townhouse development still has units available for purchase. Starting prices range from $824,900 to $988,760.

Builder: JO Associates LLC

Features: Townhouses have wide plank floors, open concept floor plans, European style kitchens with an island, quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The master bathrooms have quartz vanity tops and an elongated toilet.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 4 / 2.5 to 3.5

Square feet: 1610 to 2010

Homeowners Association Fee: $150 per month

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