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  • I’d say it’s a McMansion.

  • Wow, that’s a beautiful home being built. I wish I could afford a place like that in Woodley Park Northwest Ward 3.

  • ah

    I love all the windows that will be facing . . . the other house to be built.

    It’s not attractive, and if I had the money they’re asking this isn’t what I’d buy, but it’s less bad than the neighbors described it as being. It seems somewhat set into the hillside and less imposing.

  • McUgly.

  • it’s not ugly as much as boring. def qualifies for a mcmansion.

  • This is ONE house? I’m pretty sure my whole apartment could fit into one of their closets…

  • I don’t get what everyone is complaining about. There are uglier houses around the corner from this one. But the lot really isn’t big enough for two houses of this size.

    • we aren’t talking about the uglier homes around the corner. we can complain about those too if you would prefer. start a blog. post a picture.

      personally i think the lot is big enough for two house that size. i wish more people would maximize out there lots.

    • I’m not a part of that community – but I think that is why they are complaining. IMO, a key characteristic of a McMansion is straining to fill every possible inch of the lot, no matter how overwhelming or disproportionate.

      I understand wanting to make the most out of available land, but I DON’T understand spending so much money on a home that will have a view into your neighbor’s.

  • Ugly.
    Yes there are uglier houses around the corner – but they are on appropriate sized lots and use common material. These could have been stolen from a suburb in Anywhere, USA and plopped down in Woodley Park. If anyone else tries to do this in the future – at least be respectful of the architecture of the neighborhood. No need to match but compliment!

  • well, it’s big. has the appearance of being well made. if you’re going to go with beige, i guess that’a s good one to choose.
    and at least the side will be obscured by the house next to it. at least they went with double hung windows.
    great neighborhood.

  • Looks like a good house and is just a big house, no mansion.. neighbors will always be complaining about new construction.

    As far as someone said about windows.. does your rowhouse not have windows facing the house next door on one of your sides, and which is like 10 ft apart?

    The second house that would be built would probably have its back or a side without windows facing those windows.

    • ah

      I don’t live in a rowhouse, but my point isn’t about less expensive houses (which rowhouses usually are). Obviously there are always sacrifices in a house, and the less you can afford the more sacrifices you make. But if you’re paying $2M or more for a house, I’m surprised buyers are willing to sacrifice looking right at someone else’s house on the long side.

      Here the views are: left side: hillside; rear: hillside/house; right side: mcmansion; front: street. For $2M+ I’d personally opt for something a little more open in views. Granted, in DC, I’m going to be looking at someone’s house for that, but not 10 feet away blocking pretty much all light.

  • Why are the window so small? I hope they’re bigger on the other side.

  • McMansionrific!

  • Unless you have 10 people in your family living with you, why does someone need a house this size?

    I mean I have a typical DC row house 3 bdroom, 2 bath, etc. and I rattle around in there. If 2 adults, 1-2 kids live in that house it’s still too big. Why? tell me why you need such a big place?

    • Why? Why do you care so much?

    • That mindset is frustrating, I agree. I live in a Victorian rowhouse (3 levels, 2 beds, 3 baths, kitchen, dining, living and family room). The size is more than sufficient for my partner and I, but we are constantly getting negative comments from suburban visitors about its size. Go to any city, or any other part of the world, and you’ll see people living in much smaller dwellings. Plus it is more environmentally responsible to not have all that extra space.

    • Presumably people need all that extra space so they never have to see each other.

    • is a large lawn better?

  • I’m not so sure why the neighbors are complaining so loudly. Once you get a couple blocks in from Connecticut or Wisconsin, Woodley Park is very suburban in nature. And that’s where all the McMansions pop up, in the suburbs. I can’t imagine it’s going to affect their property values. Just a couple more big ugly Range Rovers to dodge on the way to the office every morning.

  • Strange… I think it looks really good, and fits into the neighborhood well. I also think Woodley is one of the nicest parts of the city. I’d surely live in one of those houses rather than my rowhouse in the ‘hood if I had the money…

  • It’s a big and pretty unimaginatively-designed house but my definition of a mcmansion is something in the burbs. At least these folks are in the city. And I doubt it has that much more square footage than some of the bigger houses in Logan Circle and Dupont.

  • It’s big and it’s a raw – the fresh paint is very stark – but give it a few years for the color to mellow and the plantings to grow up around it. Then it will look much better and will fit in better and I imagine people will wonder what the fuss was all about. It’s not great but since we want to increase the density of already-developed land, as opposed to pushing ever further out into the countryside, I think it’s fine (or, will be in a few years’ time.)

  • The neighbors were upset by this house for several reasons. First, the coherence of architecture in Woodley Park would be hurt since these houses were much larger than others in the community and their style was different. Also, since they are on a corner, they are very visible and can’t be overlooked. Second, the density of the development was much higher than almost all other plots in the surrounding neighborhood, thus, reducing the green space that existed before. Third, and perhaps most importantly this development has dramatically changed the topography in this area since literally the bottom of the hill was removed and dug out to make room for 40 foot high houses. There were also environmental issues such as drainage and run-off that disturbed neighbors. Finally, it was clear go the neighbors that the developers only cared about making a quick profit rather than finding ways to preserve the character if the neighborhood. This was sad that short-term gains were being made at the expense of the public good.

    • Are they also trying to get the huge old apartment building down the street torn down? It definitely doesn’t match the scale of architecture on that street.

      And I find it amusing that they’re upset about the developers are only concerned about making money, when the root of their complaints comes down to their own property values, despite the ways they might spin things.

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