Monday, February 23, 2009

Q-5 Townhomes Double Up In Shaw

Once just one of the many corner parcels crying out for redevelopment in the District's Shaw neighborhood, the intersection of Q and 5th Streets, NW, is currently in the midst of its first upgrade in over fifty years. It is there that local developer Patrick Vailes has christened a traditional rowhouse and adjoining vacant lot as the site of the Q-5 Townhomes.

Designed by McDonald Williams Banks Architects, the Q-5 Consists of two homes at 503 and 505 Q Street, NW. 505 Q is a complete renovation of a historic home at the site, while the corner home at 503 Q was built from the ground up on the the site of a former gas station.

Despite the difference in ages, the design of both homes will be thematically consistent, but with slightly different interiors. 505 Q will measure in at 1,885 square feet and sport three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a third-story terrace. 503 will be significantly larger at 2,545 s.f., with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and large roofdeck with downtown DC views. Both will feature the ubiquitous stainless steel accouterments, granite countertops and gated, rear parking.

This is Vailes third such redevelopment project in the immediate area; he previously undertook similar projects at 146 W Street, NW in LeDroit Park, and 4127 8th Street, NW in Petworth. Work on the Q-5 is slated for completion this coming April.


IMGoph on Feb 23, 2009, 1:16:00 PM said...

awesome, does this mean the curb cut on q street will be eliminated?

Anonymous said...

Good question. Curb cut stays but kinda goes nowhere. Let me know if you want to see inside--we will begin showing the houses in a few weeks. Diana at

Anonymous said...

What is meant by "curb cut"?

IMGoph on Feb 25, 2009, 9:40:00 AM said...

the curb cut is the spot where there used to be a driveway, and they've cut a gap in the curb to allow cars to drive up. now that the gas station is gone, and there's a house front there, there's no need for it anymore.

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