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  • They look great.

  • ah

    Yeah, having lived on that street, I could see the concern, but they are a lot less imposing than I was expecting, and they look decent.

    Now, I can’t see myself ever paying $2M for a house that has basically zero yard and half of which looks directly at the wall of another house that’s 10 feet away, but apparently at least two people in DC were willing to do just that.

  • What makes me angry about this is that this developer got all kinds of waivers from the very same person who refuses to even give me the time of day to entertain the idea of granting a waiver, or even an option less drastic, to allow me to replace a part of my house that was long sense taken off.

    At DCRA, there are definitely 2 different sets of rules.

    • I think that’s what angered nearby residents the most. This project definitely looked like some palms were being greased, and anybody who’s lived here more than a week is well aware of how often this happens.

    • Agree, if you are going to let this kind of thing happen (I approve, wish it would have gone from 1 hour, to 10 apartments, or 6 townhouses, but 1 house-2 houses, is better than sticking with 1 house) then people in the neighborhood should be able to make changes as well.

      As a resident from several miles away, I am quite happy with the change. Two 2-million dollar houses, and the accompanying well-off residents is WAY better for the district tax rolls than the previous house. Transfer taxes alone on these two houses should be ~$130,000.

    • Yikes. I obviously dont do my best proof reading after midnight – but what I meant was a part of my house was removed years before I purchased it, there is proof it existed, but the guy who granted all the zoning for this project is stonewalling me over something relatively minor, that everyone else at his agency who has reviewed it seems to think is fairly benign.

      Then this developer comes along and gets to go through a process of getting waivers and meetings and all types of treatment that are completely closed off to me. I am sure DCRA would jump at the opportunity to tell me that the process exists for me, too – but I dont have an unlimited amount of resources (time or money) to pursue appeals, hearings, community forums, ANC meetings, and all the other red tape that has been suggested to me to get around the stonewalling from a single administrator with far too much power.

      DCRA should be renamed The Embassy of Gotham in DC. I am positive that the entities that are in DCRA all day long and have relationships with all of these people get what they need immediately. The cost of hiring one of those people is about twice the total cost of the project I am proposing.

  • They look okay but what a photo showing how it fits in to the rest of the neighborhood is needed. The don’t fit in as well as they could have.
    Also second anon’s comment.

  • Fine overall, but I think the front door entrance is awful. it’s like it is missing a front porch, but probably couldn’t add one due to lot coverage requirements. The whole things looks built to maximize sq footage, and ends up like a well adorned block without texture.

  • They aren’t that bad, although the one on the right is much better than the one on the left (I hate when garage doors dominate most of the facade).

    I agree with others though that I wouldn’t want to sacrifice that much yard space for a giant house unless I had a million kids or some very large-scale indoor hobbies (whatever that might be?). Although apparently I am un-American in that I don’t understand the appeal of giant houses in general.

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