GDoN? “Kitchen has tin ceiling” edition

1010 K Street Northeast

This house is located at 1010 K Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Newly renovated 4 bed/3.5 bath. Exposed brick, designer lighting, wood floors, high ceilings, recessed lights, double-pane windows, lighted closets. Kitchen has “tin ceiling”, gas, slow-close custom cabinets. Master with vaulted ceiling, walk-in shower. Carrara marble baths, vintage claw foot tub. New HVAC/electrical/plumbing. Lower level suite. Parking, 2 decks & front garden with brick patio.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $899,000.

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  • epric002

    uncertain. beautifully redone, but hard to tell size of bedrooms, and what is the backyard/parking situation? also a bit far of walk to metro for me.

  • I always admire this row of houses. For the most part I think the renovation is nice, but I question the taste in some of the light fixtures/finishes. That dangly thing in the kitchen in particular doesn’t go with the rest of it- especially the tin ceiling. That said, I’m guessing this will go at or close to this price.

  • Nice renovation–the kitchen seems a little dark (should have gone for lighter wood) and the tin ceiling seems like a “so what”. OTOH, they didn’t overdo in the manner of some people. It is difficult to guage the room sizes.

    • Yeah, the kitchen design just seems odd to me. Or at best, trendy, which means you’ll have to update it in a few years.

      • HaileUnlikely

        This is an odd use of “have to,” though I could see somebody who pays $900K for a house perceiving the situation as such.

        • I mean someone who is drawn to the trendiness of this kitchen would probably to want to update it when it goes out of style.
          My house happens to be worth $900k, but part of what drew me to it is that the finishes are timeless. Updating a kitchen to keep up with the trends strikes me as pointless, exhausting, expensive, and wasteful. So I guess you assumed wrong about people like me.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I’m confused. You said you’d “have to update it in a few years” because it’s “trendy.” Then you said you find updating to keep up with trends wasteful. I agree with your latter comment, that updating to keep up with trends is wasteful. Thus, I do not understand why you said one would have to update it in a few years. It sounds like you assumed the same thing that I did, even though you yourself don’t agree with it, i.e., that the buyer would perceive the need to update, even though you find that wasteful.

          • People who like stuff that’s trendy want whatever the latest trend is. People who don’t like trendy stuff choose things that are timeless. Unless they have a particular affinity for a certain decade’s style and plan to keep it that way forever.
            Why is that hard to understand?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Somebody might buy the house for some other reason, not because they’re in love with the kitchen, but still be sufficiently ok with it that they don’t feel compelled to update it. Is that hard to understand?

          • So why bring the price into the discussion at all?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Fair enough – no good reason. I guess my bad reason was that I can’t identify with feeling an overwhelming need to update something just because it has gone out of style, but maybe that’s because I can’t identify with people who can afford a house that costs this much.

        • This is at least the second instance where you made snarky (and wildly off-base) assumptions about the people who would buy homes that are out of your price range.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Not jealous in the least. I like this house quite a bit. You “have to” update something when it doesn’t meet your needs from a functional standpoint. You don’t “have to” update something because it isn’t in style any more.

          • I was referring to this part: “though I could see somebody who pays $900K for a house perceiving the situation as such”.
            And the other day you were going on about how someone who pays a whopping $675k for their house would be too prissy or old to take the bus or walk few blocks to the metro.
            Guess what: There are lots of young, transit-loving people in DC who buy houses for over half a million but don’t spend money like it’s water.

          • HaileUnlikely

            The previous commenter introduced the notion that the buyer would “have to update” because it’s “trendy,” already invoking a certain set of assumptions about the buyer-to-be’s spending-habits and trend-chasing, all before I even commented. What I said, albeit admittedly in a rather snarky manner, is that I disagree with that statement, but I guess I can see why a certain kind of person might feel compelled to update. You seem to be interpreting that as my saying that whoever would buy this house will certainly want to, which is not what I said and definitely is not what I meant. I said “somebody who pays $900K,” not “everybody who pays $900K”.

          • Can we just agree that the kitchen is kind of weird?

          • HaileUnlikely

            I agree. If I were to buy this house, one of the first things I’d do is replace the light fixture in the kitchen. That would cost me somewhere between $50 and $200 and would take me about 20 minutes unless the wiring is weird. Once I was done with that, I’d be ok with it. I wouldn’t buy the house *because of* the kitchen, but it wouldn’t even occur to me to spend big money redoing it either.

  • LOVE pretty much all of this – yard, decks, parking, high ceilings, all the finishes, all the old charm. Not sure on the location – that’s pretty close to Trinidad.

  • That kitchen is fabulous.

  • So it’s not really a tin ceiling?

    • Do they have to do air quotes when they’re showing the house?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Can’t tell from the pic of course, but it looks quite a bit like the PVC stuff that Home Depot sells for backsplashes that is intended to look like tin.

  • I also really like this, give or take a few small things. I’m curious how the kitchen looks/is in person, though. Wide galley kitchens can be a pain in the neck for food prep if the counters are too far apart, but it’s hard to tell how far apart they would feel from the photos.

    • Yes, really impossibly narrow galley kitchens are the easiest (for one person) to cook in – I’ve had a few so narrow that I could reach the sink, range and fridge in one step max from one spot, and ended up loving cooking in them – too wide ones present problems, too. I’d remedy that here with a fairly small, narrow island, on locking casters so I could move it when wanted) to provide a spot to set things down on between the two counters.

      • I agree with all of this. I had a narrow galley kitchen that sounds a lot like yours and really enjoyed cooking in it.
        It’s hard to tell dimensions from listing photos — they’re usually distorted to make rooms look bigger — but this looks like it could be too wide to be comfortable for one and too narrow for even a mobile island.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if this went for ask or even a little more depending on the room sizes… finishes look nice. Personally I’d rather be further west, if on K Street, between H Street, Union Market, Uline, and Union Station but still a solid location. Not sure what parking looks like.

  • Love it. Love that they chose to restore some characteristics that were common in early 1900s homes (tin ceiling, light subway tile/dark grout)

  • My comments are on the blue house in the far right of the first picture. Lot’s of fun stuff:

    1) your stolen bicycle has a 20% chance of being in their back yard.
    2) you can buy weed there at most any time of the day.
    3) the guy there used to ride one of those mini motor bikes around the neighborhood like a crazy man. He’d blow through the 11th and K intersection without even slowing down. One day he miss-timed it and got t-boned by a car and was laid out in the intersection. We all thought that he died for sure. He didn’t, thankfully, and now walks around with a permanent limp. I haven’t seen him on a mini-bike since though.

    The interior of the house in question though is beautiful and has a lot more to it than most of the other listings in the neighborhood that around the same price. I say buy it.

  • Love almost everything about it. If one of those decks were a screen porch, it’d be perfect (seriously, amazed that’s not a more common feature given the voracity of DC mosquitos). I think this will go above list – maybe well above if that basement is a legal rental.

    • I agree. We have a double decker porch on the back of our row house and we are extending the bottom part and turning it into a screen porch. It really isn’t usable in the summer otherwise!

    • I’m pretty sure it’s an in-law suite, not a legal rental — there are connecting stairs to the upstairs, IIRC.

  • I Dont Get It

    I like the kitchen!

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