I don't often write about real estate, but this is pretty awesome: a friend forwarded a listing on Redfin for a 4000 square foot garage located in an alley off the 1000 block of Irving Street NW. Formerly an automotive garage, the place has a lot of really awesome-looking murals (including a Chuck Brown one) and graffiti is wide open inside. As my friend said: "this is the coolest house I've ever seen."
It's listed at $849,900 and I'm sure it would cost a fair amount to make it a liveable space (and to bring it up to code to get whatever permits you'd need) but it looks like it could make for a really amazing warehouse-type living space. The listing says it has 1 1/2 bathrooms, which presumably means there was a shower and toilet in this garage -- I guess that makes sense, mechanics can get messy. It looks like it used to be a business called JC Auto & Frame Repair, but I don't remember ever seeing it open.
It looks like earlier in the year, developers asked to add two more stories and make it a multi-family residence, and the city said no -- this is the result. Imagine the possibilities for your place -- art studio, band practice space, your own bowling alley or bocce court or mini-golf course, or Josh's loft from the movie Big. Or you know, something tasteful and refined.
So, anybody got $900,000 they want to give a local blogger to make a sweet house? What would you do if this were your place?