Spurred on by the strong demand for housing in the nation’s capital, developers are racing to unlock the value of Washington’s alleys, the shadowy passageways that run for hundreds of miles between and behind its streets.

Among them is Monarch Urban, which recently completed four brick townhouses as part of a mixed-use redevelopment project — including a commercial building — at Linden Court NE, an alley off H Street. The model home is at 1315 Linden Court.

“Linden Court was a diamond in the rough, a unique find,” said Matt Kennerknecht, vice president of Monarch Urban, a division of Monarch Building & Development Corp. “The building originally had 10 rowhouses, six of which were converted into a workshop and then later into a body shop.”

To reconfigure the body shop for the residential-commercial project, Kennerknecht and others from Monarch Urban talked to neighbors in the alley and asked them to support several zoning variances providing relief from height and other regulations.

“It’s a cool little community in the alley, with neighbors who are working to beautify the space, make it pedestrian-friendly and add some interesting housing,” Kennerknecht said.

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Four townhouses were recently completed at 1315 Linden Court NE, in an alley off H Street. The townhouses were carved out of a body shop that occupied the greater part of a brick structure that once held 10 rowhouses. (Benjamin C Tankersley)

For people and pets: Each of the resulting four townhouses has a one-car garage, a private vestibule entrance with an iron gate for added security, and about 1,600 square feet of living space on four levels. The townhouses are priced at $1.195 million each.

At the end of the row is the commercial building, which has a one-bedroom apartment on the top level that could be used as office or residential space. An online florist leased the commercial space to sell plants and other household items and to hold classes and community events on growing flowers and similar subjects.

“We wanted to put the commercial building on the end closest to H Street because of noise and safety considerations,” Kennerknecht said. Bars, restaurants and theaters — including the H Street Country Club, Maketto and the Atlas Performing Arts Center — are within a block or two of Linden Court.

The alley location also drove design decisions, such as the planning done to maximize light and privacy in the townhouses’ outdoor spaces.

“Each rowhouse has a small fenced-in backyard that we already planted with ivy and a raised vegetable garden to make it look inviting,” Kennerknecht said. “We also put permeable turf in one area for pets so that dog-owners don’t have to walk their dogs in the alley. They can just hose off the AstroTurf.”

In addition to the tiny yard, each townhouse has a narrow balcony off the kitchen, accessed by two glass doors, one on either side of the center island. Upstairs, off the master bedroom suite, is a roof deck.

“In the winter, when the leaves are gone from the trees, you can see the Capitol dome from the roof deck,” said Robbie Cook, vice president of McWilliams | Ballard, the project’s sales and marketing firm.

Level by level: The vestibule entrance has decorative woodwork and cove (indirect) lighting inside. Within the vestibule, there is a door to the adjoining garage. The garage, which includes a storage closet, is heated because of the living space directly above it.

Beyond the vestibule, the ground level has a den with glass doors to the backyard. The den space can also function as a playroom, a home office or a guest room, and a pocket door leads to a full bathroom with a tile shower.

An open-tread staircase, with white oak stairs and wrought-iron balusters, leads to the second level, which, at the front of the house, has an open living and dining area with two large windows.

At the back of the house is a kitchen with a wall of windows and two glass doors leading to a shallow, Juliette balcony. The kitchen has white quartz counters and a large center island with a waterfall edge (extending the counter top material down the sides). The Miele appliances include an induction cooktop, a microwave drawer and a refrigerator with freezer drawers on the bottom.The custom-designed kitchen cabinets include a pantry with pullout shelves. The kitchen has under-cabinet lighting and under-cabinet electrical outlets.

The second level also has a large double-door closet with a stacked washer and dryer and a coat closet.

On the third level, the master bedroom suite has a vaulted ceiling with skylights and a double-door closet. A pocket door leads to the bathroom, which has a floating vanity and a glass-enclosed shower with multiple shower heads.

A staircase leads to the master bedroom loft, on the fourth level, a space that could be used as an exercise room, a nursery, an office or a sitting room. The loft has a wet bar with a refrigerator, and there are two closets. A glass door leads to the roof deck.

The third level also has a bedroom at the back of the home. The bedroom has a closet and a private full bath with a tile shower.

What’s nearby: Linden Court’s secluded alley is half a block from H Street. Popular restaurants such as Toki Underground, Sticky Rice, Sally’s Middle Name, Smith Commons and Pow Pow are within blocks of the townhouses. Nearby bars include RedRocks on H Street, the Pursuit Wine Bar, Biergarten Haus, Granville Moore’s, Avery’s Bar and Lounge, and the Queen Vic. Nearby entertainment venues include Little Miss Whiskey’s and the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Schools: Miner Elementary, Eliot-Hine Middle and Eastern High.

Transit: From H Street NE, you can ride the D.C. Streetcar to Union Station for Metro, MARC and Amtrak service. The neighborhood is also served by buses and Capital Bikeshare.

1315 Linden Court NE

1315 Linden Court NE, Washington

Four townhouses priced at $1.195 million

Builder: Monarch Urban

Features: The brick townhouses each have four levels, with a floating white oak staircase, stone floors on the lower level, white oak floors on the upper levels, and recessed lighting, marble tile in the master bathroom, a security system, a Nest energy-saving thermostat, dual-zone heating and air-conditioning systems, and a closet with a stacked washer and dryer. The kitchens have quartz counters, a center island, Miele appliances and custom-built cabinets. Each townhouse also has a one-car garage with storage, a small patio, a Juliet balcony and a roof deck.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 / 3

Square-footage: About 1,600

Homeowner association fees: N/A

View models: Open 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: Kevin Ward with McWilliams Ballard at 202-247-0521 or visit www.LindenCourtDC.com.