Housing Complex

Chancellor’s Row Continues to Grow

Much of the coming wave of residential development in D.C. is focused on condos, with high-priced shiny buildings coming to transit-rich areas like downtown (CityCenterDC) and the U Street NW corridor (too many to count). But one element that sets D.C. real estate apart is single-family rowhouses, and it would be a mistake to think that they're in finite supply in centrally located neighborhoods as higher-density condos continue to boom. In the Capitol Riverfront, we've seen the development of attractive rowhouses just blocks from the Navy Yard Metro. But the biggest thing coming on this front is Chancellor's Row.

It hasn't gotten a lot of attention on this blog, but the planned 237-home development near the Brookland Metro will—along with the nearby Monroe Street Market, with its 45 townhomes and multifamily buildings—give a big population boost to a neighborhood with plenty of charm and a good location but not much in the way of amenities (especially since the beloved Colonel Brooks Tavern closed). And the project continues to move steadily forward. Just yesterday, according to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer data, the city issues permits for the latest batch of 11 single-family dwellings along Chancellor's Way NE, three- and four-story homes, each with a one-car garage. That follows 12 permits issued last week.

Rhode Island Avenue NE is getting a nudge toward more retail development, and Fort Totten will get a boost—for better or worse—from the planned Walmart there. But Brookland, nestled in between, offers more of a tranquil, campus-filled, almost small-town environment than its neighbors, and it's likely to see increasing demand to meet the increasing supply as these projects come online.

  • DC resident

    " not much in the way of amenities"

    Have you see the new Monroe Street Market (MSM)? New businesses on 12th St. NE? The upgrade plans for Turkey Thicket Rec Center?

    This area is booming. When MSM fills in and the last of Chancellor's Row sells, the demand for retail will drive growth here to be faster than anywhere in the city outside U St. and Atlas District.

  • Typical DC BS

    Very nice to see this happening! Too many condos / apartments and not enough single family housing being built.

  • Tom in Michigan Park

    Overall, a pathetically weak puff-piece-of-an-article when it comes to the specifics of real estate development.

    Did you interview the developer? How about data on unit pricing? Monthly unit absorption? The community benefits package? You didn't even identify the developer!

    Chancellor's Row (EYA is the developer BTW), has sold incredibly well; in fact, faster than the developer's initial pro forma forecasts. As part of its community benefits package, EYA was required to invest $300,000 in improvements to the triangle park at Franklin/Lincoln/4th St. NE; improvements were completed in the fall, and this neglected park is now quite handsome!

    As for the "beloved" Col. Brooks Tavern, we went once 10 years ago-after moving to Michigan Park from Adams-Morgan. The food was so dreadful we never went back. We bid good riddance, and are hopeful that both Monroe St. Market and 901 Monroe will deliver high-quality, sit-down restaurants as part of their combined 95,000+ sq. ft. of new retail uses.

    Do your homework, Aaron!

  • Dumplin’

    Of course, what Tom in Michigan Park and Aaron also forget to note is all the fabulous homosexual couples filling those townhouses and hosting rooftop cocktail parties. Hello, boys!

    Plus, we've already gotten some new amenities like Menomale (although slightly soggy pizza isn't to this lady's taste) and Little Ricky's An American Paladar (which is super cute and has excellent food, inexpensive drink specials and a fun staff (Love you Lola, mean it!)). There are some old stand-bys too, like San Antonio Bar and Grill (best happy hour in the city, if you ask me) and Melissa working the counter at Pizza Kingdom.

  • Bob See

    "As for the "beloved" Col. Brooks Tavern"

    I didn't like it, therefore no one did.

    "Do your homework, Aaron!"

    Reiterate information I read in other articles!


  • New Resident of DC

    The horrible crime wave (the muggings, shot-gun robberies, mail theft, car break-ins, physical harm on walking trails, kids being followed by strangers when they are on their way to school, etc.) that are now ever-present in the "new" Brookland will continue to escalate in this "newly affluent" area and the traffic congestion will get even worse. Wow! I thought that most people move to Brookland to get away from living in downtown and its hectic environment. I guess I was wrong. Hello Adams-Morgan and Columbia Heights new, adopted sister area: Brookland, a new borough of NYC. Goodbye to the small-town feel, the safe streets and neighborhood and friendly residents.

  • Gary Karr

    DC resident -- the reference is to current amenities, not ones that are coming.

    And Tom, wow, a little strong, no? It's just a short blog item that references the continued development. I'm sure if Aaron had more space he'd add more into it.

    As for Col. Brooks, I think it was more beloved for character than for quality. You went once 10 years ago, so it's not likely you have any recent perspective on whether it was beloved when it went away. I went a couple of times before it closed, and I'm actually sorry to see it go. But like you, I am hopeful that what comes in its place, both at 901 and at Monroe St. Market, will be even better replacements.

  • Dumplin’

    PS, the sales guys at Chancellors Row are super cute.

  • Baby Jane

    Chancellor's Row is wonderful! The community is quite charming and I love my neighbors. Kudos to EYA for incorporating many green spaces into the community. And yes, the sales guys are cute!

    The homes have been appreciating steadily and the pace of appreciation will likely accelerate once the Monroe Street Market is complete. Buying into Chancellor's Row was one of the wisest financial decisions of my life.

  • Tom in Michigan Park

    Perhaps my initial reaction was a tad harsh, but this was the first article in over two years (in either Housing Complex or DCMud) to review the incredibly exciting new developments in Brookland/Michigan Park. So, I was pretty disappointed at Aaron's simplistic coverage and lack-of-depth.

    Let's hope there will be additional positive, detailed articles in the near future. While Brookland has its share of naysayers, many of us are VERY excited at the prospect of high-quality retail, artists studios, and restaurants opening in the neighborhood!

  • Jane Berstein

    New Resident of DC, you raise some very valid points that should not and can not be ignored by anyone who is currently living in or moving to the Brookland area. I am so amazed that no one else on this blog commented on the validity of the issues you've raised, which we as a community can not afford to ignore. What's the point of having a Chancellor's Row if it is unsafe to live there. I guess this is not important to the ones who see $$$$$ and nothing else.

  • Frustrated

    Brookland had a crime problem long before Chancellor's Row and other developments arrived. I suspect that more business, better street lighting and more people walking the streets will result in increased police patrols and lower violent crime.

  • Lee

    Most neighborhoods in DC had -- and still have -- crime problems as wealthier households moved into them to be near centers of employment, entertainment and transportation. Not too long ago, the 14th Street NW corridor and Logan Circle was full of derelict buildings, drug dealers, prostitutes and homeless. Same goes for all the other redeveloping neighborhoods. There is a surprising lack of density around the relatively close-in Brookland metro station and, like it or not, current trends in urban and city planning emphasize greater density at public transportation points. Moreover, I'd be willing to bet that most people buying homes in Chancellors Row are not doing so to get away from "downtown and its hectic environment" but, quite the opposite, are doing so in anticipation of current and future development that will deliver more amenities within walking distance and more foot traffic on the streets. Soon, a late night walk home from the Metro won't feel so lonely with so many more neighbors watching your back.

  • I Live There

    I currently live at Chancellor's Row. One recent evening I was coming home from the Metro station and got mugged by several individuals. There were many other people walking on the street near me when this happened and no one did anything to help me. I moved to the community because I was told that is was a quiet and safe place. Now I wonder if I made the right decision.

  • Rob

    Prove it. Let's see the police report. Sounds more like some of these posters are the typical naysayers against any growth or change that just want to dissuade growth.

  • Debra Diva


    You are such an asshole!!!! No one has to prove to you that they were mugged! If you are so on top of things in that area you would know that muggings by hand gun and shotgun have been happening all over that area all of last year and several have already been reported this year. Face it, Chancellor's Row (which is in the boundaries of Edgewood, not Brookland) and the Brookland area are now facing a crime wave that exceeds what it ever experienced in ths pass (and current crime data support this). Assholes like you need to learn to be more compassionate! You need to apologize to the victim, you asshole!