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  • Up. Love the red doors. Not the paint scheme I’d choose but what a dramatic improvement for that corner. Nice work.

  • any look is better than “vacant”

  • Thumbs way up. Not the scheme I would pick either, but looks great and dramatically changes the character of that intersection and block. It’s the first house on that part of Florida Ave to send the message that the area between U Street/9th and Bloomingdale is gentrifying. If I were in the housing market, I’d buy one of these places on Florida.

    • To clarify, I think it’s beautiful. I just would’ve picked something a little lighter than the dark purple or whatever. Love the light blue and yellow accents.

  • looks kinda jokey.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I love it, thumbs way up!

  • I love it. there is another blue one on florida and 7th (?) i have always loved. I think the colors are stunning. but AC costs are probably unnecessarily high with such a dark house! love it

  • I like it! It’s fun and interesting. And pretty bold.

    But since we’re talking color, is it wrong that I’m laughing at the “blind pedestrians” sign?

  • I love it. HUGE improvement over before (though what wouldn’t be), nicely painted, (even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea), and a definite landmark…imagine telling people “I live at the corner of 5th and Florida, in the purple house, you can’t miss it”?

  • Just threw up a little in my mouth. I wonder if a wizard (not a Washington Wizard)will be living there?

  • IMO, too many colors (looks to me like purple, teal, a medium blue, and a lighter blue) and overly bright colors.

    Glad to see that it’s being renovated, though.

  • Purple, FTW

  • I love it! The bright colors are nicely balanced.

  • It looks better in person than in the pic. The scheme may be a touch overwhelming, but it is a quality paint job. It give a fresh look to the corner.

  • looks fantastic to me. i hate seeing all these conservative posts about too many colors.

  • Love the colors. Wish I could pick ’em like that. I think they work really well together.

  • Looks lovely

  • Love.

  • That place was in terrible shape. Purple isn’t the best color, but beats being floorless and roof-less like it was before. Kudos to the people that took the initiative to rehab.

  • Oh wow. I am conflicted. A definite improvement but so unfortunate about the terrible colors. Reminds me of that awful blue house on R and 15th.

    Perhaps I am old-fashioned at 29 🙂 but I can’t be alone in feeling that renovations should bring out the best in their surroundings – not overwhelm them. The houses to either side seem to be more traditionally colored, and I would have like to see a more traditional pop of color to keep the historic feel.

    Renovation or not – if I were the neighbor who’s house looked in on this, I’d be pretty upset.

    • conservative isn’t the same as old fashioned. at all.

    • The difference between this house and the one on R and 15th is that here they are using a bold color choice as the icing on top of a tasteful and well done restoration. On 15th the clashing color explosion is meant to draw your attention away from the crumbling architecture and failing retaining wall about to spill onto the sidewalk.

  • This is gorgeous. One of my favorite things about my neighborhood is the colorful houses. Gorgeous renovation in a hugely visible location.

  • Purple houses are soooo much better in New York.

  • bfinpetworth

    I think it would be better received if the other houses around it were painted, rather than natural red brick. I suspect that will happen over time and this will be the start of a lovely and colorful block.

    I personally love the scheme and the house. The brickwork is fantastic.

  • love it!

    go colors!!!

  • I love it. One of my favorite things about DC is the variety of exteriors, and I think this one is joyously but tastefully done. Really, really nice.

    (Also I love purple. So sue me.)

  • street view has another angle on the shell it is replacing. wow.

  • Love it. Tasteful use of many colors. Fun! Fabulous!

  • Fantastic! Good things going on in LeDroit. 🙂

  • Love it! Very New Orleans-esque choice of colors!

  • saf

    Like the colors, but HATE that they painted a brick house.

    • houseintherear

      The brick was a mess, better to paint it and seal the existing brick (though it looked like they did some brick repair work)… there were like 4 different colors of brick going on before, not pretty.

      I think it’s fantastic!

  • Guys – enough about the color!
    The fact that they didn’t raze the house given it’s start condition is amazing and very surprising (given how many horrible restoration/renovations you see around town). I used to always feel sorry for all the people who lived on this stretch because it used to always get MASSIVE flooding everytime it rained.
    Also – can we talk about how fast they turned this baby around??? Unheard of and very impressive (at least on the exterior).

  • It looks less purple and more slate grey to me in real life. I think it looks great.

  • Looks SO much better! I used to live a couple houses down from this place, and it was so sketchy (had a broken computer screen outside for months). Glad it’s gotten a transformation.

  • It’s good that it’s repaired, but I don’t like painted brick, and I particularly don’t like this color scheme. I actually like the look of a nice red brick, and whole row of red brick houses. Sure the places where the brick was repaired would show, but that never bothers me – like lines on an old face, they tell the story. But again, repaired and painted is better than decrepit and unpainted.

  • Enthusiastic thumbs up from a neighbor. These folks have put a lot of time, and frankly, money, into this renovation. So glad they were able to save so much (at least of the exterior) and keep true to the other “painted ladies” in Ledroit.

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