Washington, DC inner suburb townhouses are walkable, adaptable, and neighborly

From Washington Post writer Lea Winerman: "For James Foley, moving back to Warwick Village 10 years ago meant getting his weekends back.  Foley, a chef, didn’t like having to drive everywhere, and he didn’t like spending his weekends mowing his lawn and tending to a house that felt too big.  'We love the neighborhood,' he said. 'You can walk to everything . . . and something about the townhouse setup seems to encourage neighborliness. You see people sitting on their front steps talking.' "Warwick Village includes more than 600 nearly identical brick townhouses built beginning in 1953 on what had been the country home of a wealthy D.C. businessman named Frank Hume.  The townhouses were originally built as rentals. In 1970, they were converted to individual properties.  From the outside, the neighborhood’s homes are almost indistinguishable from one another, save for some different paint choices.

"But inside, residents have reconfigured the two-story-plus-basement brick boxes in every possible way, sometimes combining three small bedrooms into two larger ones, opening up kitchens and adding bathrooms.  'One of the nice things about the houses is that there are no interior load-bearing walls, so you can really do whatever you want,' said Jen Walker, a real estate agent with McEnearney & Associates.

"The neighborhood is an easy commute downtown by bus and Metro.  Mount Vernon Avenue — Del Ray’s lively main street, lined with shops and restaurants — is about a 10-minute walk away.  Residents can also walk to five neighborhood parks, two farmers markets and other amenities."  Full article here.