GDoN? “private balcony overlooking Kalorama Park” edition

1854 Mintwood Place Northwest

This unit is located at 1854 Mintwood Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Impeccable 1BR/1.5BA condo on picturesque Mintwood Place. Complete renovation in 2011 to the studs of this Victorian building – like new! Carrera marble, stainless appliances, w/d in unit, open layout, 10ft ceilings. Windows on 3 sides plus French doors to private balcony overlooking Kalorama Park! Fab roof deck. Peaceful block steps to restaurants, markets, bike share, bus & Metro. 97 walk score!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1.5 bath is going for $449,900 ($163 monthly fee.)

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  • I don’t know if it’s a good deal because I don’t know the area, but it’s a very nice apartment with low condo fees (always a good thing)

    • Low fees = likely to have assessments. Should be a red flag.

      Not a great value for the square footage. Some people may like the half-bath, but to me it seems like a waste of scarce space and it has the potential to be costly (plumbing problems, future renovation). No building amenities beyond the roof deck, and parking is practically non-existent in this area. Marble is a very impractical material for a countertop (porous and soft).

      • Seeing how this is just a condo conversion from what was previously a SFH, those assessments wouldn’t be any different than if you were a homeowner here without any fees. It’s not like they installed fancy elevators, pools, etc.

      • I would hate to not have a half-bath, forcing guests to use the master bath. I don’t care about parking. I love marble countertops.
        Basically I’m saying that you and I will never be happy living together.

      • to counter, I own a unit in a large condo building with significantly higher fees (smaller unit than this) and have had massive assessments since purchasing (the only feature is a front desk person but they are only there 9-5, so useless if you work and want your packages). So it’s not always a red flag. A smaller building can have a greater chance at preventative work and has smaller repairs (no elevator, smaller roof). Having a 1/2 bath is nice when your full bath is attached to your bedroom (guests aren’t entering your bedroom when you entertain).

        • Low fees usually don’t last. They get established to help lower the monthly payment and allow people to charge more for the unit. You’ve drunk the kool-aid of it won’t be any different.

          Yes high fee buildings can charge assessments, too, but so what. It’s more of a given that $100/mo won’t last or rfelect costs even within a few years.

          As for marble, you’ve had to take care of it. You won’t like it after the first red wine spill discolors it, permanently.

  • justinbc

    I expected more based on the description, but there’s nothing really bad about it. Why no pictures of the “fab roof deck” though?

  • Nice place and a good price for that neighborhood. Only drawback I’d see is that the basketball court gets lots of use, which may make for a noisy bedroom.

    • niceflipflop

      This. We live around the corner and every time we start to feel jealous of those people with the nice decks overlooking the park, we remind ourselves just how loud it gets on that court. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for the people in that tall apt building directly over it.

      • I lived in the building right behind the court. It was noisy sometimes but not real bad, and our deck door was not insulated. But, I was younger, living with my buddies, we drank a lot, we used the courts and the noise may bother me more now.
        This is one of my favorite blocks in DC. Great access to transportation, the park, and bars and restaurants.

  • Looks very nice.
    The only thing I don’t get is why the stager used (or didn’t remove) the enormous armoire adjacent to the kitchen and living room — in all the pictures that show it, it makes the space look small.

  • This looks nice. I think the price is right.

  • The space IS small, and would look small no matter how it was furnished. Love the area, but wouldn’t pay this for 640 sq. ft. of living space that feels cramped. And basketballs ARE noisy – always avoid living by courts, even without outdoor space – the sound expands as it rises.

    • “The space IS small, and would look small no matter how it was furnished.” To an extent, yes… but when the place looks small even in the professional photos provided by the real estate agent, that’s not good.

      • Hence, my comment about wasting space with a half bath.This is the kind of place where you need the balcony to avoid claustrophobia. I looked at a similar sized place with a similar layout in ColHi–it just seemed too confining. It’s a shame, because Mintwood is one of my favorite streets in Adams Morgan, but this just isn’t a good deal.

  • washington20009

    Apparently it was a good deal. Went under contract this weekend.

    • The fact that it went under contract quickly (I think? — not sure how long this one was on the market before it appeared in GDoN) suggests that the offer price was probably at or near the list price… but we won’t know until closing whether it actually went for list price, more, or less.

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