Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn “Hedonists & chefs will be in heaven” edition

This house is located at 1915 Biltmore St,NW:


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The listing says:

“Check out the VIRTUAL TOUR w/ 45 pix of this fabulous, 5400 sq ft, circa 1916, Georgian Revival gem. Hedonists & chefs will be in heaven w/ two truly kitchens & grand living spaces & baths in & out. 4 BRS, incl 2 Masters, 4.5 lavish BA, den/ofc, library, 3 fpls, 2 car garage, copious closet & storage, blt-in cabinetry galore, new Pella windows & so much more. Metro, restaurants & shopping closeby!”

You can see the virtual tour here (though I only see 9 photos.)

This 4 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,599,000.

If anyone can find the real virtual tour please post in the comments. Thanks.

I knew someone would find it! Here’s the full virtual tour.

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  • Love the kitchen, but I’d be pretty mad if I paid $2.6 million and got parquet floors.

    • I haven’t looked at the photos but I wanted to ask what is wrong with parquet floors? Were you thinking of pergot flooring?

      • I was wondering the same thing when someone (maybe the same Anonymous?) was dissing parquet floors the other week:

        http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2012/03/wed-afternoon-rental-option-woodley-park-2/

        • Anonymous here – nope, I’m not on a parquet-infused rage (ie: I didn’t leave the other comment). I just don’t like parquet flooring – it reminds me too much of every cheaply-appointed rental apartment I’ve ever stepped foot inside. Granted, the darker wood of these parquet floors are nicer, but still.

          • Still haven’t looked at the photos. I think parquet floors can be lovely when properly treated/maintained. It’s hard to find well cared for wood parquet floors but I guess our experiences have been different. If you associate parquet floors with cheaply-appointed rentals, I get your dislike then. I have seen them in older Victorian homes and they were stunning.

          • Yeah, I’ve lived in the Carrollsburg, and since I had previous wonderful experiences with parquet floors, I found that the parquet in that cheap rental really dressed it up.

            I’m not a fan of dark wood, but I do love the inset wood I see around the edges of the rooms in this house.

  • I’m feeling some kind of way about those black velvet dining room chairs.

  • I love this house.

  • There are too many types of floors here–cherry, oak, parquet, dark stain. There is no unifying look throughout. And that first floor/ground floor space is bad. You shouldn’t walk into a 2.6m Kalorama row house and look right into a kitchen, like the rest of us do in our small houses/condos. All this and other things point to this being a flipper/decorator house rather than one designed by someone with a serious design education, i.e, an architect or interior designer. For something over a million I’d expect a designer with a quality education, not someone who likes making houses pretty.

  • Am I moron – or does the full virtual tour show two different kitchens?

    The bedroom with the two twin beds with flower sheets is creepy. For some reason it looks like the bedroom the little girls from ‘The Shining’ would sleep in.

    • Yes, two kitchens. One upstairs, probably behind the DR and under the master bath. The other is in view just as you walk in the front door and look across the ground floor living room, which is under the more formal living room above. But you may still be a moron. I can’t really say.

  • In that neighborhood, I’d say the 2-car garage is worth about $1M, so I’m going to say good deal.

  • How exactly is a hedonist supposed to enjoy this house? There’s no Vietnamese Spin-F_k chair, no vomit trough, barely enough room for blood orgies and do you know what an Ocelot does to wood floors?!! LOVE the staircase though.

    • This really is the most important point that’s been made about this house—I’m speaking about the puke, blood, etc bit, not the stair critique.

  • Q: Yesterday, I think, there was a house on the Hill that was listed with a price of about $625/sq ft and people were calling that a good deal (priced fairly) because it was $619m for a 2 bed/1.5 bath. Here is a home listed with a price of $481/sq ft; granted, this one is priced at over 2.5M. How can the one listed yesterday be a good price? Is it because someone could potentially afford 619m as opposed to 2.5M?

    • Yes, and I would also say this location is less convenient (although I realize that depends on a lot of factors that vary from individual to individual).

    • I think it has to do with supply and demand. Lots of people are looking for houses in the $500-700k range, but not so many in the multi-million dollar range. The median priced homes can fetch a little more per square foot because more people are competing for them.

      Also, you’re comparing two very different locations here. My guess is that being a block away from the blue/orange line is more in demand than being all the way in the upper NW corner of the city. Maybe I’m biased because I work in SE DC, but it seems like more of us work downtown, in the VA suburbs, or near the Capitol than over there.

      • I would not call this “all the way in the upper NW corner of the city.” It’s an easy walk to the Dupont and Woodley Park metro stops, as well as Adams Morgan, U Street, Columbia Heights… seems like a pretty ideal location to me.

        • Yeah, but would someone in the market for a house porn house really be concerned about being near the nightlife?

      • You might want to invest in a map. This house is practically in the center of the city, not in a far-flung corner, and near the Woodley Park Metro station.

        • +1

          You’re on a roll today…
          I don’t understand the perspective of thinking Dupont/Kalorama/Adams Morgan is way up there and is a really inconvenient part of the city, away from everything, when compared to the Hill or Eastern Market.

          • On a roll today…?

            I never said it was away from everything, but please realize that not everyone needs to be near Adams Morgan. My (obviously not understood point) is that this house and yesterday’s house are going to attract totally different sets of buyers, both because of the different in location as well as price points.

          • Eastern Market,

            My reply where I comment “…you’re on a roll today…” was to theheights; you’ll see the arrow is in direct response to that PoP poster. The “…on the roll today…” remark makes sense if you knew that there was another comment on a separate PoP entry where I also agreed with what theheights was saying.

            Thank you

          • Yeah, I caught that a second after I replied– I guess it didn’t occur to me that the comment could be considered brilliant. Thanks for taking the time to explain it though. :)

        • You might want to save your babyish comebacks for kindergarten.

        • This is the center of the city?

          Does that mean McNasty’s is the Capitol?

      • There’s now this thing called the red line, along with L, N, S, 50, and 30 busses, all of which now allow the scores of thousands of folks living on the CT, MA, and WI Ave, and 14th and 16th St. corridors to seek employment downtown.

        The downside is that this new, accessible transportation may lead to VA folks seeking convenient homes in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4.

        Nah, that would never happen.

        At least I hope not.

        • VA folks have the Express buses which also get them to their jobs in the city, so I don’t think you have anything to worry about (however they will still go out to Adams Morgan on Saturday nights).

          • So there’s good news and bad news.

          • The neighborhood snobbery on this site really gets to me sometimes. Are VA residents really that different from those in NW DC? Some of us were VA residents at one point.

          • It’s not neighborhood snobbery. We DC folks just wish that MD and VA drivers would learn to drive slower on narrow streets rather than thinking they’re still on Route 50 or the beltway, and wish they’d learn how to navigate a four-way stop. (The secret is: wait your turn.)

            Of course we have our faults, and learn them when friends in VA and MD blast their horns at us when we drive on the other side of the borders.

          • I’ll take it a step further and say that DC residents would like VA and MD neighbors to stay in their respective ‘hoods instead of clogging up our streets and puking in our bushes after one too many on 18th Street.

            Either that or start paying a commuter tax to offset the social cost of treating our home like your playground/high-speed obstacle course.

      • Heck, you’re two blocks from the 42/43, the best bus line EVER. Except I notice that during morning rush, they’re frequently standing room only by the time they get to Biltmore. On the other hand, if you can afford this house, you probably drive limo or Lambo and/or have a driver.

  • Sure seems a bit high to me but I couldn’t find any recent sales of comparable properties in that neighborhood so who knows what it will fetch. Be interesting to find out.

  • novadancer

    I am mixed on this house. I love the kitchens – what I could do with two! I also really like the private deck on top of the garage. However, I too am not a fan of the variety of floorings nor the floor/wall/shower tile.

  • I did not see any books in the library.

    • I’m sure it’s a staged house, and surely they couldn’t find enough Readers Digest Condensed Books to fill the shelves, so gave up.

      But I’d guess the “decorator” can sweep back in and bring lots of yummy books in whatever color the buyer likes.

  • I’m totally OK with the mish-mosh of floors and materials. I hate going into a house to find all the bathrooms look exactly the same. Maybe that’s because it’s usually a cheap flip that’s done by the same company who did the 10 previous houses I had toured.

    I think a house with a unifying theme is a little too much like those Cribs episodes where some designer swooped in and picked everything out. This looks more like the home-owner made the choices, even though some are a little over the top (all the marble and granite).

    The outdoor space looks very cool, but it’s too far from the Metro for me.

    • Not sure what station Cribs is on, but, regardless, the house deserves design far better than what’s delivered via swooping in, as on HGTV, etc. It’s a classic early 20th century row house at a “price point” (hate that phrase) that calls for a seasoned designer who can give it a unifying look that doesn’t actually look cookie cutter, as concerned Anonymous above. Given its bones, it should have a designer who can give it a classic style that looks like it evolved for decades of a family’s ownership, or, strip it all and give it a sleek modern look. No TV designer should be allowed on the property, but I suspect someone with like qualifications did the deed.

  • I call dibs…I’m just going to need some time to pull the funds together…a lot of time.

  • The virtual tour refers to an “owner’s suite,” and other have mentioned two kitchens… but I’m not really clear on how/where this house is divided up.

    On the one hand, someone paying $2.6 million for a house might want a little help with the mortgage… but surely if you’re paying that much for a house, you also don’t want to deal with quasi-housemates (if the house _isn’t_ really divided up) or on-the-premises tenants??

    Usually with an “owner’s suite,” the idea is that you have (say) a four-level row house, and the owner’s suite is the upper two floors and the rental (or rentals) is the lower two floors (one of which would probably be an English basement.

    A couple/family that can afford a $2.6M house might actually have an au pair for the fabled “au pair suite” (a.k.a. “not-quite-legal basement rental”), though. ;)

    Too bad there’s not a Mouse on House tour showing the floor plans for each level.

  • My vision of heaven does not look like this.

  • I like the house a lot and think I’ll put in an offer. Of course, they’ll never accept what I could offer, but I can dream, can’t I?

    I’ll have to paint over that atrocious blue in the hallways though.

    Love the bathroom and bathtub, but would worry about the cats falling in when they perch on the edge during bath time.

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