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  • No idea about the roof deck permits, but that house looks like a great deal.

      • Have you seen real estate prices lately?

        Although something must be off if it’s been on the market for 19 days. The lack of a basement might keep it from going for this much.

        • There aren’t a lot of basements in this part of the Hill. There was a very similar house a few doors down that just sold at this price. That one had a garage instead of this truncated backyard and a better bathroom but didn’t have the third bedroom/sitting room or the roof deck. Seems like a good price.

  • you must be thinking about historic districts.

  • depends on where it is. it’s not like you aren’t allowed in the whole district, but after i looked on the map seems questionable that historic would allow this, but maybe they did…

  • i would paint the wood white so it blends in with the cornice.

  • It’s not in the historic district so this is fine.

    Also agree it’s priced well though the stairs in the third bedroom to the roof seem awkward.

  • As was mentioned by others, it depends on the neighborhood designation as historical or not, they add rules on top of the general DCRA rules. Why do so many go the plain cheap route with the balusters? There are many other inexpensive options to make it look much more unique. There is a roof deck in Bloomingdale (Covered previously by POP http://www.popville.com/2011/04/dear-pop-getting-a-roof-deck/ )that used black rods with the wrought iron type twist baskets instead of the plain wood balusters. It really stands out.

  • The one bathroom was small. But all around nice digs.

  • Why is this place so cheap? There is no parking so that’s a minus, but the roof deck makes up for the lack of yard space…

    • justinbc

      It’s still $450 / sqft, so it’s not THAT cheap.

    • It’s under a million and it’s in Capitol Hill. That’s cheap.

      • justinbc

        Capitol Hill is the largest residential neighborhood in the whole District. There are dozens of properties available for under a million dollars.

        • justinbc

          (and that’s ignoring the fact that with this being on 15th St it’s actually outside the bounds of what would be classified as Capitol Hill)

          • It’s an entire house, it’s on the corner, it has a lot of yard and the roofdeck, and the inside looks spacious and nice. True, it’s just outside the bounds of Capitol Hill, but the location’s still good. Very convenient to the metro, Lincoln Park, and grocery shopping. And you can probably smell the freshly baked pretzels from here!

      • It’s a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath. That means there is only one real full bath for the entire house. That’s dreadful, any way you slice it. And if you went 15 blocks north of the Capitol, I doubt you’d be calling that Capitol Hill. Or paying anywhere near that.

        • You’d call it southern Bloomingdale and be paying a lot more than this.

          I don’t get how 1.5 baths is dreadful for a 3BR house. I grew up in a house where 6 people shared 1.5 baths. I lived in a group house for three years with 1.5 and it was never an issue. I don’t get why you need 1 bath per bedroom. I’d rather have the extra living space.

      • is not in Capitol Hill. Realtors will tell you it’s in Capitol Hill, but that’s by the Stadium.

  • Regardless, it’s s great way to perpetually annoy your neighbors. I would think one would not be eager to do this.

  • want to see some ridiculous roof decks – look up 136 Quincy Place NE.

    I’m not sure this will work, but here’s a link: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/136-Quincy-Pl-Ne–2_Washington_DC_20002_M61582-34210?ex=DC564158858

  • Well, roof decks can be great places and be done in a way that is respectful of neighbors, but this isn’t one of them. I feel sure that this was done by a “flipper” who just wanted to add value to the house. I don’t think that someone who owned it and lived there and knew the neighbors would have pulled this sort of stunt. This is a visual insult.

  • Its sort of extreme to change the architecture of an entire row of 120 year old flat front federals by sticking a hideously conspicuous roof deck on the front of it. It’s like the pop ups we see throughout the city… awful.

    • we live in a wonderful world when a newly constructed clean roof deck is considered hideous.

  • Hi-

    Former owner, resident and primary renovator here. I added this roofdeck – an homage to Baltimore and to neighborhoods where people actually hang out in their houses. I added the roofeeck which is wasily removable to this house at a time when half the people reading and commenting on this blog were too scared to travel past Lincoln Park let alone live on a block where gunfire was still a part of the soundscape.

    I also replaced the rotten floor and otherwise renovated the kitchen, replaced most of the main bath, added a half bath, added central air and added hardwood to the second floor, etc, etc. What I didn’t do was interfere with many of the (remaining) historic details within the house…even though there were not restrictions. Take the roofdeck off if needed, but spare me the preachy comments about what amounts to temporary decking being a big issue. At the time, before this block had flipped, most of my neighbors were just thrilled to see someone fixing up a house.

    • I guess you bought this house for 75K in 1998. Dang. If only I had a time machine…

      And this totally reminded me of Baltimore, where every other house has one of these (usually with a crazy zig-zag stairway). Outside of the historic district, people can and should do whatever they want.

  • can mosquitos make it up there?

    • justinbc

      Generally one of the perks of roof decks is that they put you out of mosquito level, which tends to be much closer to the ground. I don’t know about this specific deck, but I would guess yes.

  • spare me that comments about pioneering gentrification in that part of town… i moved to bloomingdale when people were getting murdered on my street too. Big deal it was happening everywhere in the 90s. We have lots of great roofdecks, but we don’t stick them in people’s faces. We also have pop ups that totally ruin the flow of the rooflines and mar the historic archtechture. Why didn’t you just stick it on the rear and elevate it if you still wanted a view? Obviously the reason is because you can do whatever you want…. obviously.

    • why the animosity? This roof deck is NOT ugly (especially considering the neighborhood now and more so when the neighborhood when it was built), and the owner/renovator has built it within the law. Who the heck do you think you are to dictate your taste?

      • Dictating taste? no… he obviously can do what he wants as can you….but if you do so, expect that others are also going to state their opinion without sparing your feelings.

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