Good Deal or Not? “Classic & exceptional” edition

1419 R Street Northwest, Washington

This unit is located at 1419 R Street, NW:


The Listing says:

“Best Address! Classic & exceptional value per SF in Logan Circle. HI Clgs, HWFs, exposd brick. Light & bright!. Beautiful Kit w cherry cabinets & SS. Storage unit. Private gardens for bldg residents. Pet friendly, low monthly fee (RE taxes, H2O, heat, & no underlying mort. Heart of the vibrant Logan Circle & 14th St. Dupont Metro (red) and U St (green/yellow)!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $675,000 ($600 monthly fee.)

Ed. Note: I love this building.

74 Comment

  • I would walk into that pole in the middle of the kitchen constantly.

  • Beautiful place, looks like an OK price but that is one of the few “bad” (everything is relative) blocks on 14th street. No way jose am I spending money there.

    • I thought it was way underpriced until I saw the location and thought the same thing – it must be because it’s on that block.

  • I wonder where they got that fireplace insert? I’d love to get one for my currently empty, narrow fireplace.

  • When I lived around the corner on 15th, this was one of the sketchiest blocks around. I wonder how much it has changed and not just because I moved to Adams Morgan? Heh heh.

  • I definitely like it. I would wrap that pole in twine and my cats would go apeshit. I worry about maintaining heating and cooling with all of that brick though. It’s not like when you expose brick on a party wall with another residence. That’s all that’s between your place and outside.

  • Love that they included a picture of Tortilla Coast — would anyone include Tortilla Coast in their Top 20 restaurants within a 5-block radius of this apartment?

  • Great deal; too bad about the neighbors across the street.

    • Ugghh. I get so mad when people say bad things about my neighbors. I’ve lived on R St for 3 years, and when I moved in, I was determined to be as anti-racist as possible. I decided to treat my neighbors like human beings, and lo and behold, they are human beings (duh!)! My neighbors have a very real reason to be skeptical of white people’s actions and intentions and act guarded around them: they’ve been the victims of the racism of police, poverty, and politics for decades in DC (centuries, even!). Here’s a novel idea: try making eye contact and saying hello with a nice smile when you walk past a group of people on the sidewalk. If they cat call you, feel free to respond with “I’m not your baby” or “Why’d you have to go and do that?” or “Dude, I don’t consider that a compliment” with a smile on your face and respect in your heart. If they accuse you of being scared of them, look them in the eye and say “I’m definitely not afraid of you, why would I be?” I had to remind myself constantly that their culture is different than mine (congregating outside for large amounts of time, shouting at the windows to let someone know they’re outside waiting, etc. there’s nothing wrong with those things!), that any negativity towards me is probably not about me, but about past (almost always negative) experiences with white people. It never ceases to amaze me how terrible white people on R St can be to the black residents. I’d love to see that change.

      So get over your fears of the scary black people on R St because even the drug dealers are surprisingly nice!

      • Ok you had me till you said I should have a smile on my face when being sexually harassed in the street. No, this is not ever acceptable. I don’t care if you’re black or white or whatever other race. It is NOT acceptable to harass someone on the street by making lewd remarks about their appearance or sexual gestures. I make this clear in no uncertain terms when it happens to me that it’s unwelcome, and no I do not smile politely while doing so.

        • I agree that harassment is never acceptable, but being angry about it made me feel unsafe because they (the men) definitely got defensive. They stopped harassing me the second time I told them nicely to knock it off, and now they just nicely say hello and how’s it going.

        • You had me at hello.

      • try giving this advice to the gay man who was savagely beaten in this location

      • i love the assumption that a distaste for crime is somehow racist. do you listen to yourself talk?
        anyway, welcome to the city.

        • Don’t act like when people talk about crime on this block they aren’t talking about the people who live on this block…

          • you’re still not getting it.

          • No, I get it. I definitely do. I know that crime doesn’t equal black people, but that sure is what people mean when they write “too bad about the neighbors across the street”

            I have a distaste for crime, too. I’m just not scared of “the neighbors across the street.”

          • when someone writes one sentence and you write a two paragraph retort, it’s usually a good indication that you’re still trying to work things out in your own mind.
            just be careful how you cast your judgement in your thought process.

          • Thanks for the advice. I wrote what I did because this is not the first time I’ve seen disparaging remarks made against the residents of that block. I just got worked up.

      • Exactly! Do you remember Sesame Street – Who are the People in Your Neighborhood? Some might be scary to you because they aren’t like the neighbors you knew growing up but everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

      • wow, you are out of your mind. You think you’re complimenting those people, but really you’re saying that their CULTURE is to be disrespectful and harassing. I think what you wrote is the worst racism I’ve ever heard of.

        Also, no. I will not respectfully engage someone catcalling me that could potentially harm me. Thanks.

        • I’m not complementing them. I’m trying not to apply my values to their interactions with each other. I’m living in their neighborhood. I have to respect that just because I would never congregate, doesn’t mean there’s something inherently wrong with congregating. I don’t put up with the harassment. I said that I tell them it’s not cool, I just don’t call the cops or not make eye contact with them. People aren’t likely to harm you if you politely tell them that you don’t appreciate comments like that.

      • Anon 1:49, if someone took your statement “any negativity towards me is probably not about me, but about past (almost always negative) experiences with white people” and replaced the word “white” with “black,” what would you think?
        Trying to understand your neighbors and their culture is commendable, but if a neighbor approaches someone for no reason and “accuse[s] you of being scared of them,” how is that OK?

        • Well, that there would be called racism because it has a system of oppression as power behind the words. It’s not racist, but is still discriminatory, when black people distrust or dislike white people (based solely their race) because the white people still have all the privilege this society affords them.

      • “With a smile on your face and respect in your heart.” Anon 1;49, you are wonderful and should be an inspiration to us all. But I offer you one word of caution: don’t let the fact that you value cultural tolerance blind you to seeing things for what they are. I learned this lesson in college when I met a ton of international friends — in the name of tolerance I was always like, “she just acted like that because of cultural differences, no biggie.” Then finally I learned that, no, she’s just crazy, and crazy (or rude) people exist in all cultures, lol. If someone screams outside your neighbor’s window they are being inconsiderate of their neighbors, period. Culture does not excuse this – I am black and that crap pisses me off! That person should think to show you the same respect you work to show them. Not calling their action wrong because it’s their “culture” runs dangerously close to lowering your expectations, and that doesn’t help anybody. I hope you (politely) demand from others the exact same respect you give! You deserve it.

        • gopetworthgo,
          you have a sane perspective. thank you.

        • I appreciate your comment. I try to walk that fine line between putting up with bad behavior and understanding that some people just live life differently than me.

          • I like to joke that if we weren’t at least a little confused about navigating the race/cultural hodgepodge of our cities, then we wouldn’t be American 😉 your heart is in the right place – respect for all people – and that’s what counts, thanks for reminding us all to do the same. I just wanted to remind you that it includes you, too.

        • GoPetworthGo—Perfectly stated. Thank you.

      • you will feel this way until your first mugging. then you’ll change your mind.

        • I carry pepper spray in my hand when I walk alone in DC (everywhere, not just on R St). I might be nice, but I’m not a fool. It likely wouldn’t happen on that block anyway. People are much more likely to be mugged on 14th or 17th st.

      • WOW! The tenants in that building must be really really old to have endured centuries of abuse.

        • Did this comment serve any purpose at all?

          • Maybe it was intended as a response to Anon 1:49’s “they’ve been the victims of the racism of police, poverty, and politics for decades in DC (centuries, even!)”?

          • I get that. I meant that it was a facetious remark unnecessarily thrown into a serious conversation that added nothing to any side of the argument. The fact that the tenants are not centuries old does not negate the history of oppression the OP referenced. While that history should never be an excuse that justifies bad behavior, that history is a fact and it does provide a relevant context. The flippant comment above about the tenants’ age seems to imply that the tenants don’t get to reference this history since they weren’t around for it, without intelligently making the argument.

  • Attractive-looking place. Too bad it’s on that particular block and on the ground floor (though I have to say the window bars are gorgeous, with the little circles).
    The fact that there’s a huge armoire in the master bedroom makes me think the existing closet space must be inadequate. (Is there even an existing closet? I know it’s an older building, so maybe there isn’t.)
    Usually I’m not a fan of exposed brick, but somehow it actually looks nice here. As Anonymous 1:12 pointed out, though, exposing brick on an outside wall might not be such a practical idea.

  • Love this building too but very dangerous block. I see a cop sitting right beside that building half the time.

  • Can someone help me out here? I don’t know what the “monthly fee” means…

    • It’s the condo fee, for general upkeep and maintenance of the building.

    • almost all condos have a monthly condo fee that covers expenses related to the building as a whole… like common area maintenance and cleaning, landscaping, sometimes some of your utilities, etc.

      • This is a co-op fee, not a condo fee, I believe. The reason it’s a good deal is that it includes your taxes. This wouldn’t be a good deal as a condo fee.

    • This one also covers taxes and some utilities, I think.

  • Gorgeous unit!

  • That flowery red chair has GOT to go honey! lol

  • I’m really really impressed… I would definitely consider this if I was in the market (still saving while renting for cheap)… I feel like that block has improved a lot. I walked it recently (not alone) and felt almost 100% safe. Are there still a lot of issues that maybe I don’t hear about?

  • So the bars tell me this is either the basement or the first floor. Nice inside but I wouldn’t want to be that low. Especially on that block, no matter how much better it has gotten.

  • The main area is beautiful. I love all the wood and exposed brick.

  • I was so psyched for this apartment until I saw the comment about bars on the window. I went back and looked… yep, bars. So the only units with bars on the windows seem to be the basement units. Did I miss something in the description? Now I’m bummed.

    • Not sure, but I think this unit is above-ground and first floor. My guess is that the building doesn’t have bars on the first-floor front windows but has them on the first-floor windows on one or both sides.

  • Too much exposed brick and I’ve always thought the exterior was ugly. Given that it’s right off 14th, the whining about the block seems overdone. there are a couple regulars who regularly chime in hysterically and sometimes, it’s the wrong block!

    The price can be matched or beaten with other, primarily condo buildings in the area. Usually coops are a little cheaper than comparable condos, because they’re a little more expensive to finance.

    • Very pretty and flashy renovation in an otherwise poorly maintained building. I’ve looked at a few units in this building over the years and while it appears there’s been a nice re-do of the common hallways, the buyer should be very careful in going over the co-op financials and maintenance plans. Previously there appeared to be some very large deferred maintenance issues (i.e., severe water damage in upper units, need to replace windows, questionable heating and plumbing systems). That may explain a modestly high fee for a co-op (although the $600 presumably also includes property taxes) but I would warn caveat emptor on this place.

  • A cool old building, but who want’s to have to point the brick on **the inside* of one’s unit?

  • everyone needs a toaster in their laundry room!

  • I live on the 1400 block of Corcoran St (one block south) and often have to park on this block of R. It’s high foot traffic and fairly safe. No problems with my car (knock on wood). There’s also a ton of CCTV cameras on this block, which may prevent crime or be in response to past incidents. But anyway, it’s not that bad of a location people…

  • Gorgeous apartment, but does it have central AC? I didn’t see any vents. Not that that’s an issue for me.

  • I am in 100 percent agreement with annony. I looked at a unit for sale in this building about two years ago. It was also a ground floor. I loved the old world charm in the details like unpainted woodwork and those cool transoms, but it was also obvious that there were structural issues that needed attention that would hinder the quality of life. The windows were one, those exposed brick walls were another. I do not know whether this block is any worse than any surrounding it, but it has a reputation. The pictures are very nice.

  • The comments about my block make me laugh. I’m sure these people remember the block in the early 00’s and haven’t been by recently. Come take a walk down my street sometime, you’ll be surprised….it has changed a great deal.

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