As with most large cities, there are a lot of alleys throughout D.C. But some alleys are better than others, and they can vary as drastically as the neighborhoods of the city where they are located. I often ride through alleys when I’m riding my bike. But the alleys are usually there to simply to provide a narrow passageway between or behind buildings, or for off-street parking and storage space for trash cans. But on this bike ride I happened upon an alley which had recently been renovated into some trendy living spaces. And being able to imagine myself living there quickly made it one of my favorite alleys in the city. Located at the corner of 14th Street and V Street (MAP) in northwest D.C.’s U Street corridor in the Shaw/Uptown neighborhood, the residences are known as The Warehouses at Union Row.
Union Row is a contemporary housing and business complex developed in 2007 by the P.N. Hoffman real estate development firm. The Warehouses at Union Row were previously used for car storage, but were transformed into modern, industrial-looking three-level town homes that feature open floor plans with high ceilings and oversize windows to maximize natural light, and include private terraces on two sides of the home. European kitchens with stainless appliances and granite countertops flow into spacious living and dining areas. Additional amenities include a concierge, elevators, a courtyard, community meeting and party rooms, and off-street parking for cars (or bicycles).
The Warehouses at Union Row are within walking distance of the U Street Metro Station, and is conveniently located near a number of neighborhood cultural attractions. These include the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, the Howard and Lincoln Theaters, Meridian Hill Park, as well as some of the city’s best jazz clubs and dance halls, the 14th & U Streets Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants, including Busboys and Poets across the street, and the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl.
As I wrote earlier, I could easily imagine myself living in one of town homes that make up the Warehouses at Union Row. However, for two reasons I am fairly certain that changing my address to Union Row will not be happening anytime soon. First, there are no units available at the present time. And the other reason is because units can sell in the half a million to million dollar range. So absent winning the Powerball lottery, I think there are a lot of other alleys I could wind up living in before I become a resident of Union Row.