Good Deal or Not? “Massive 1bd in Historic Castle” edition

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This unit is located at 2201 Massachusetts Ave, NW:

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The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 1-4. Massive 1bd in Historic Castle. 825sf, 14ft Ceilings, HWF, Tons of Windows, Amazing Views, Separate Dining Room,Wood Burning FP, Classic 8in Moldings. Kitchen: SS Appliances & Lots of Storage. Bathroom: Double Vanity, Soaking Tub, Porcelain Tile, Dual Entry. 2 Blocks to Dupont Metro. Best Location in the City.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $524,900 ($535 monthly fee.)

16 Comment

  • If it had a renovated kitchen, I could see them getting this price. But I think it’s probably $40K overpriced.
    Great place to buy, if you’re a State Dept employee and other people will be paying your mortgage. This is right on embassy row, it will be very easy to get a renter.

    • Nothing wrong with the kitchen. Stone is as cliched as Formica and no more durable. The bedroom seems small, though. Nice living room.

    • 825 sq ft is nice, but certainly not massive. Though, those tall ceilings are awesome. So much light.

  • The bathroom and kitchen look livable but could use extensive renovation.

  • Well, the shower is situated behind floor to ceiling curtains, so I’d say yes. Definitely worth almost half-a-million dollars.

  • justinbc

    If I were ever even going to consider buying a condo instead of a rowhouse it would most definitely be in an awesome old residence like this. So it gets bonus points for that, to me.

  • I looked at a unit in this building last year. The kitchen in that unit was identical to the unit in question. The problem with it is the oven. If you look, the galley kitchen is so narrow that you can’t stand in front of the oven and open it at the same time; you have to stand to the side. First thing came to mind was cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and trying to get that out of the oven from an awkward position.

    For $524,000 for a 1BR, you should not have to move an opposing wall on a galley kitchen just to use the oven. Overpriced even if the building is a gem. Plus $525 condo fee for a 9-unit building with no parking is a little ridiculous, no?

    • how big of a turkey would you cook in such a small place?

    • My kitchen (though renovated) is the same layout as this one, and it’s really not that big a deal to not be able to stand directly in front of the oven. I’ve cooked a Thanksgiving turkey, roasted a whole chicken, baked, etc., and never had a problem. The biggest problem I had was when I renovated – it was hell on my contractor installing the oven because it was a cabinet style (not a slide-in range), and it was hard for him to be able to lift it into place since he couldn’t get in front of it, and it’s against a wall.

  • From the looks of the outside I was expecting some spectacular original details. However, it looks pretty generic on the inside and the kitchen and bath are nothing special.

  • So I don’t really care about all the mentioned drawbacks. I WANT TO LIVE IN A CASTLE!

  • why does a 825 sq ft unit need 2 sinks?

  • My mother lived in this building in the early 1950s when she first came to DC as a governemnt employee, so I’d buy it for sentiment’s sake, if I had tons of cash.

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