Garden Style Condos in Washington DC Metro Area
Originally, garden style homes in Washington Metro had a fairly specific definition. They tended to be communities built during the World War II era, designed for affordable living options at a time when the need for homes was ever increasing. Often made up of a series of brick low-rise buildings (1-4 floors) with connecting paths through and around landscaped areas, these apartment rentals were ripe for condo conversions during the post-war era. More recently, garden-style homes have become more of a general catch phrase and can include almost any multi-unit building within shouting distance of a blade of grass. For more information on Garden style condos in Washington DC, call District Partners at Compass at (202) 798-3600 for more information.
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One of the acknowledged fathers of the garden-style trend was Gustave Ring, a noted DC developer who recognized the growing need for housing during the lead-up to WWII. In 1935, Ring secured FHA funding and built Colonial Village in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. With over 1,000 eventual units, this pleasant community with trails and walkways became the model for many subsequent garden-style developments. Garden communities often combined multi-level structures with side-by-side two-story duplexes that were later suitable as affordable townhouse conversions.
Over time, the term garden-style came to mean different things in the Washington metropolitan area. It could be a huge complex or a single building, it could indicate a shrub-lined walkway from the street or a central courtyard. Some garden-style buildings included community vegetable gardens and some simply offered ground level patios for individual units. Some of today's luxury condos have rooftop gardens and some old row house condos offer a spot outside the door with room for a chair and a plant or two – voila, you have your garden style home.
If you browse Washington Metro listings it will become apparent that garden style homes make up a large segment of available properties. In fact, of all the subtypes, only Colonial homes offer a larger slice of the pie. Garden style homes can be found in most neighborhoods in some form or fashion and also come with a very wide range of prices. From monthly rentals to entire buildings for sale, and from starter condos a seven-figure three-bedroom unit at Alexandria's exclusive Liberty Row, garden style homes represent an enduring Washington tradition.
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Listing information last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 3:03am EDT.