DC8522452 - Exterior (General)

This unit is located at 1300 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful Studio Unit Available, Recently Remodeled Bathroom & Kitchen, In-Unit Heat/AC, Laundry In Building (Smart Card Operated), Responsive Super, Portable Dishwasher Conveys, Gas Stove, Secure Building Entry, Elevator, Convenient Downtown Location, Close to City Center, Dupont Cir, Logan Cir, McPherson Sq, Gallery Pl, Mt Vernon Sq Metro – LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!”

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This studio is going for $229,900 ($365 monthly fee.)

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  • Seems overpriced, esp for a coop. Condos in my building a couple blocks away (14 and N) with identical square footage are selling closer to $200k. And we have a roofdeck pool.

    • binpetworth

      I’m guessing, based on the reference to the “super”, that this is a co-op, in which case the $46K taxes are for the entire building. Doing a little more research, I see the monthly HOA fee is $365. If that actually covers taxes, utilities and some maintenance, I’d say this is a pretty good deal.

  • Anyone know who owns the giant satellite dish on the adjacent roof? I’ve always wondered when I walk by.

    • It’s for the Associated Press, which has its DC headquarters in the office building just behind the DeSoto. I know because I work in the same building and have inadvertently been in the background for dozens of international news pieces over the years, as many foreign news agencies use the AP offices.

  • The satellite dishes belong to Associated Press who take up several floors in the building. They make a lot of noise when they move.

  • A bit high for the square footage. It looks like the fridge barely fit and the bedroom is probably microscopic. The floors don’t look great and it would show better with nicer drapes. I would guess that noise from the buy corner is a big negative.

  • I used to live in this building. The fee include real estate taxes and all utilities (except cable/Internet). The building is very well run. My only complaint is the noise from the nearby fire station, but it looks like it wouldn’t be a problem in this unit (which faces the alley).

  • I’m of the opinion that apartment of this size are best as rentals until you can afford more space, as a pied a terre (i.e., a hotel room that you own and use occasionally), or as an investment to rent out for profit. I can’t see buying a place of this size to live in on a daily basis longer term (which is what coop living usually is), though I certainly know plenty of others who do. Though I’m a city dweller who gets apartment/condo/coop living, I’m a bit of a space queen myself.

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