Good Deal or Not? “3 wet bars” edition

1319 T Street Northwest

Since everything’s all screwed up with the shutdown, I just felt like some more house porn. Hope you enjoy this one as much I do.

This house is located at 1319 T Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“Absolutely stunning renovation carefully preserving rare 100+ year old heart of pine floors, pocket doors, and many other historic details. Features include a chef’s kitchen with high end SS appliances, chauffeured ceiling, dual zone AC, 3 wet bars, basement in-law suite with separate entrance and 2 car parking on a quiet street in the heart of all the action just 1 block to the metro.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,389,900.

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  • Is it weird that I think this looks too updated? I realize they preserved original woodwork and floors, but it looks pretty generic to me. I was expecting to see the dark woodwork, old light fixtures, grand staircase, etc. This is too modern for my tastes, but I love a good historically intact house 🙂

  • Can we have extra Animals today too?? Please??

  • Reasonably nice, but as Anonymous 1:06 pm was saying, it’s pretty generic.
    I don’t get the three wet bars. I don’t really even see the need for one, let alone three.
    Shouldn’t the range in the basement apartment have a range hood?
    The labeling of rooms as “THRONE” and “BATH” seems awfully tacky to me — I’m surprised the agent didn’t get those removed before staging the house.

    • epric002

      ok i didn’t see the “throne” at first, and i don’t like that one, but i do like “bath”

    • I think it’s the same stager’s gray walls and beige artwork in each and every room that makes it seem so bland. Painting some walls to add some color is a cheap and easy fix.
      But yeah, 3 wet bars screams “an alcoholic remodeled this house!”

      • I don’t think it’s the paint color that’s making it seem so generic. I’m actually a fan of neutral paint colors, but this still feels really generic to me.
        I think it’s more the furniture, the way things are arranged, finishes in the kitchen and bathrooms, etc. And maybe something about the photos themselves — the wide angles and all.

        • I agree, all of the furniture and fixtures and choice of materials are safe and like every other renovation that involve more money than style. But other than the horrible backsplashes in some of the wet bars, I don’t think it would be that hard or expensive to make the place seem more inviting. I prefer houses with more innate charm than this one, but perhaps better to start from generic than have to tone down something non-generic that doesn’t suit your tastes?
          Something about the lighting in a couple of shots made it look like the furniture was photoshopped in.

    • I agree on all points. Also, you can see in one picture that one of the three wet bars is right off the kitchen. What purpose does that serve? I thought the concept of a wet bar was so that you don’t have to run up and down to the kitchen if you’re entertaining say, in the basement or on your roof deck. Why would you need one right next to the kitchen? Weird.

    • justinbc

      One wetbar is nice for making cocktails, but having 3 in such close proximity to each other does seem excessive.

    • Because, no matter which level of the house you’re on you’ll never have to go up or down stairs to freshen your cocktail. Duh….

  • epric002

    love the bathroom transom. totally stealing that idea.

  • justinbc

    I really like some of the architectural cut-outs, like the ones in the dining room ceiling and the window in the master bedroom. And it’s nice to see a “chef’s kitchen” which actually looks the part.

  • Wipe down the fridge door, please.

  • Yea, I totally want this.

    • While I agree with everyone above that it seems cold and generic as staged and 3 wet bars is probably 3 too many, it does seem like a decent price for that kind of space (plus 2 parking spots!) in that part of town. Turn the basement into a rental unit and it’s an even better deal.

  • Stunning. I want it.

  • I like the renovation:

    1) They didn’t tear out all the walls
    2) They kept the operable (can prove that) pocket doors – very nice
    3) The light fixtures look like reproductions, which are of high quality – and these are repro gas fixtures, which are appropriate for the time period
    4) Sadly, the woodwork would have all been medium to dark stain, rather than painted. However, who knows how they found the place. It would cost megabucks to strip existing layers of paint, and refinish. I wish that they had done that, at least for the first floor. However, who would pay for that? Note that it could include removal of the doors from their pockets to really do it right – possibly a hugely complicated and expensive process.
    5) Bland colors seem to be they norm nowadays. I have a deep maroon 9×10 entrance foyer, which I love, and most people comments on positively. I would be willing to bet, though, that a real estate agent would recommend that I repaint it a generic cream. For a buyer, it is easy to change wall colors.

    • 99 out of 100 real estate agents will tell you to go with neutral colors. Anybody seriously looking at this place will tell themselves “I can live with these colors for now.” That’s not the case with bright colors, as others have suggested. It’s a mistake to personalize houses too much before putting them on the market.

    • When you’re selling a house, you’re generally playing down to the lowest common denominator, hence the neutral tones. Paint it however you wish once you buy it.

  • I love this reno!

  • Great house. But staged within inches of its life. Good example of virtual tour photos taken with some kind of distorting lens to – I guess – make rooms look roomier. The chairs always give it away, when one looks normal and the one closer to the camera looks almost like a loveseat. But great house.

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