Commercial Style Homes in the Washington DC Metro Area

What does commercial property in Washington Metro mean? There's no simple answer – it's a matter of zoning, intent, purpose and a myriad of other factors. There's around three dozen zoning districts in the District of Columbia alone and countless others specific to states, counties or local municipalities. Confusing? You bet it is, especially in a region of the country that dates back to early settler days. Addendums and amendments are constantly being proposed and considered and questions over commercial development versus conservation or historical preservation are often bandied about.

For the sake of ease, let's consider a commercial property in Washington Metro to be a lot of land that whether vacant or developed, poses the potential for further use. In other words, anything from a simple suburban lot that meets the requirements to build a new home on, to a large parcel of pristine land. It could be a half-acre or a hundred acres, an industrial lot or an old tobacco plantation. Many commercial properties are estates with existing homes with subdivision potential. Still others are very strict in their usage. Somehow, the sake of ease doesn't seem all that easy. For more information about commercial style homes for sale in Washington DC Metro area, contact District Partners at Compass today!

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Photo of Listing #DC10211168

1720 Massachusetts Ave Nw


MLS#: DC10211168
0.07 Acres

Photo of Listing #DC9957265

2384-2386 Champlain St Nw


MLS#: DC9957265
0.17 Acres


Commercial Style Homes in Washington DC Metro AreaOne of the zoning terms you'll hear a lot in Washington Metro is “matter-of-right”. Basically, this establishes certain automatic rights of development by zone. In other words, an R-1-A zone in the District of Columbia permits matter-of-right development for a single-family dwelling as long as the lot is 75 feet wide. That seems pretty simple. There's a lot of gray area however, especially as you start getting into interpretations of mixed commercial and residential developments and density definitions. When it comes down to it, building can pose challenges, even when you think you have the right.

When exploring the possibilities for commercial properties in Washington Metro it's good to have the assistance of a realtor or other qualified professional. You wouldn't to buy the picture perfect location for a lakeside B&B and discover that it's only zoned for a one-bathroom cabin would you? People have been building homes and businesses in Maryland, Virginia and DC itself for hundreds of years and as you might imagine, there's not as much available property as there once was. On the other hand, we have the internet and the early settlers did not. Feel free to surf more than 700 commercial property listings and perchance to dream.


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Listing information last updated on July 22nd, 2018 at 12:21am EDT.