Carriage Style Homes in Washington DC Metro Area
Carriage houses, also known as coach houses, are one of many fun niche historic home styles in the Washington Metro area. While their traditional roots go back to the horse and buggy days, the design has also carved out a spot in the new custom-built luxury marketplace. The name is pretty self-explanatory – they were originally built to house horse-drawn pleasure vehicles including carriages and sleighs, and often featured second-story living quarters for household staff. Carriage houses were more prevalent in cities and affluent suburbs than prairie and frontier communities, though not exclusively so.
There aren't nearly as many carriage houses in the DC area as there once were – many didn't survive the ravages of time and still others were torn down as existing main houses were expanded. The fact that older carriage houses were secondary structures also means that surviving examples often can't be sold without subdividing the property. Recently, developers in Mount Pleasant turned a Victorian mansion into 12 upscale condos units and converted the accompanying carriage house into its own unique residence. A new rewriting of longtime zoning codes in DC may make it easier for developers to convert old carriage houses, stables and alley structures into viable residential space. For more information on Carriage style homes in Washington DC Metro area, start browsing the active MLS listings below:
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While carriage houses in Washington Metro don't frequently come up for sale on their own, there are numerous examples of substantial redesign projects that use them in a way that's organic to the larger property. A good example is the work done recently by acclaimed architectural firm Treacey & Eagleburger, building and connecting a new custom carriage house to an existing Mount Vernon-style Colonial home in Potomac, Maryland. The new structure includes garage space, potting shed and second-floor living quarters and features traditional exterior design. It is linked to the main house via a two-story colonnaded veneer.
Whether old or new, carriage houses in Washington Metro seem to be attracting increased attention lately. Stories about renovation projects, condo configurations and custom-builds keep popping up in media outlets and the question is whether buyer demand will increase or whether the centuries-old designation will remain something of a luxury novelty. For now, these charming homes continue to exist somewhat at the fringe of the market, whether it's a one-bedroom 1830's loft with exposed brick walls in Alexandria listed for $450,000 or a six-bedroom, 7200 square-foot custom Carriage house in Falls Church for just under $1.6 million.
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Listing information last updated on April 21st, 2019 at 12:45am EDT.