The Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church at 3431 13th St. NW in the District has been transformed into a shared-living residence with 46 bedrooms in eight apartments. Outlier Realty Capital and Common, a property management company, hired StudioMB to take on the adaptive reuse project in Columbia Heights known as Common Monroe.

Built in 1917, the church was damaged during the 2011 earthquake and sold in 2014. Much of the original structure was preserved in the transformation of the building, including a suspended staircase in the church tower that is the main entrance and main staircase for the residences. The original roof and spire, stained-glass windows and old church walls were saved. Extra roof insulation, low-E glazing on the windows and thermal improvements to the walls brought the building up to today’s standards for energy efficiency.

The four-story building has a rooftop, a garden and a cellar shared by residents, who are “members” of the Common community. An app for residents keeps them updated on meetups and events. The apartments have keyless entry systems.

Common Monroe’s residents rent a room in a furnished apartment shared with several other roommates, each with a private bedroom. Rent at Common Monroe starts at $1,585, which includes the furnishings and all utilities such as heat, hot water, gas and electricity. In addition, the monthly rent includes free WiFi. A weekly cleaning of the apartment is also covered by the rent.

On the first three floors, there are two apartments on each level, each with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Some of the bedrooms have a private bathroom and some share a bathroom. On the fourth floor, one apartment has six bedrooms and three bathrooms, and another apartment has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The furnishings include not only a sofa and dining table, but also household essentials such as pots and pans and utensils. Bedrooms are also furnished with a bed, lamp and nightstand. The apartments have hardwood floors and an open kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, including a dishwasher, a microwave and a stove. Each apartment suite has a washer and dryer.

Common also has co-living apartments, micro-units and traditional apartments in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle. Common Monroe is the company’s fourth project in the District.

Common’s leases are flexible and at Common Monroe start at six months. Common members can also transfer easily from one apartment to another in the same city or a different city.

For more information about Common Monroe, click here.

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