GDoN? “7” wide plank floors throughout” edition

3205 Georgia Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 3205 Georgia Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“31 NEW LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS in vibrant Columbia Heights & walking distance to Metro. Featuring 1BRs, 1BR/Lofts & 2BRs w/designer kitchens, 7″ wide plank floors throughout, walls of windows boasting east, west and south. exposures many w/views of Monument, Cathedral, Basilica. Elevator in building & Secure, Gated, Sep. Deeded Parking Avail. for $30k. LOW FEES. GRAND OPEN this weekend (3/28 & 3/29)”

3205 Georgia Avenue Northwest kitchen

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This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $454,900 ($209 monthly fee.)

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  • Conflicting feelings, a lot of pros and cons here. I expect the neighborhood to improve a lot soon as the Park Morton project gets off the ground, but it’s not a nice block for now. Some of the finishes are nice, but the blacksplash crazy terrible. Condo fees are low, but so are the ceilings. Overall I guess the deal is… fine?

    • maxwell smart

      Was thinking the same thing – I love the floors… I wish I had gray wash wide plank in my own apartment. But the kitchen backsplash is AWFUL. Honestly – just put up subway tile. It’s clean, simple and will never be subject to trend (like the installed backsplash is). Also it looks like one of the walls has some weird 80’s faux-marble sponge paint thing going on? I’m hoping that’s not becoming cool again.

      Agree with others that it looks nice in photos but not very practical.

      • Wide plank? These things aren’t even real wood. They’re a crappy laminate.

        • maxwell smart

          Well… they are probably an engineered wood floor so it is a real wood laminate over an engineered substrate. TBH most “hard-wood” floors you see are not actually solid wood.

      • 100% on board with you except the grey flooring. I like planks, but what’s the appeal of grey? Lots of brownish colored wood grains bring a lot of warmth to the room, what does grey get you? To me it is a little too close to concrete.

        • maxwell smart

          It’s definitely a matter of preference and there is still an element of warmth in gray-toned wood floors, depending on what you select. For me, I would prefer this then the Ikea Birch that I currently have.

          • By the way, I’m pretty sure the flooring is porcelain tile that is made to look like wood. I was in there last weekend and every apartment has the same flooring.

          • maxwell smart

            Oh… well that changes everything. That’s fine for hospitality work where you need the flooring to be as durable as possible but in a residential setting… terrible.

  • I walk by another condo building called the Gibson in Foggy Bottom/West End every once in a while. This makes me wonder how many condo buildings are called the Gibson…

  • The finishes in the kitchen are pretty, but you would be hard pressed to cook decent sized meals there given the lack of counter space for prep and cabinet space for food and cook/glassware storage. A rolling island could fix it!

  • I went and saw these units two weeks ago at the preview open house, and I looked at every single floorplan they offered. Don’t waste your time.
    They are all small-ish to start with, but the deal-breakers for me were the pitifully small bedrooms in every single condo (so small that if you have a queen bed, it will be touching walls on three of the four sides – even a full size is impractical. You really have to commit to a twin bed in these things), the combo washer/dryer all-in-one in the kitchens (what’s the point of a machine that takes four hours to was three pairs of socks and a t shirt per load?), and the painfully tiny closets. I had already accepted the iffy location on a loud major road that’s pretty far from the Metro.
    These are great apartments for minimalists who can move 100% of their belongings in a standard SUV, but if you would have to rent even a small UHaul to move, don’t bother. The only decent floorplans are the four loft units on the first floor, and those have street-level windows up against the Georgia Avenue sidewalk, so you’re either living with your blinds permanently closed or in a fishbowl. And, they’re the most expensive ones in the whole building. I’d consider one of the one-bedrooms as a starter condo at $249k, but I’d never pay anything near what they are asking for something I can’t fit a real grown-up bed in.

    • Far from the metro? It’s 0.6 miles from Columbia Heights metro and about 0.4 miles from Petworth…

      • That’s far by DC standards.

        • epric002

          i get that this is an individual perspective, but i live almost that exact distance (.4 mi) and it’s less than a 10 minute walk. to me, it’s not far. i walk it every day to/from metro.

          • I agree. To me anything 0.7 miles or less is close to metro. I have had everything from a 30 second walk to a 15 minute walk to metro and I considered it all close, but obviously the 30 second walk was best.

          • It was commentary on some Dc folks being lazy. I had numerous turndowns on my well priced second room for being too far from metro at .6mi, 10-12 walk tops. More than a few blocks seems too far for many ppl. I think it’s usually a younger, spoiled crowd but ppl from out of town who are not used to walking places fall into that category too.

          • Haven’t we had this discussion before? Saying that x distance is “too far” from the Metro doesn’t mean that someone is “lazy.” People value their time, and for those who commute by Metro, not everyone wants to spend large chunks of time walking/biking to Metro.

          • Not to mention that if your potential tenants/roommates could tell that you thought they were “lazy,” that too could’ve factored into their deciding not to take the room.

          • I couldn’t designate anyone as lazy in mind until AFTER they informed me the distance to the metro was an issue while declining, but nice try. They could have disliked me or my dog or the cabinets, but a reason isn’t required to decline, so I tend to believe the one they give & I kept in touch with 1 person even after they found a place. I appreciate wanting a reasonable commute, but I generally don’t put a block or 2 into the significant difference category. My opinion of laziness relative to a 10 minute walk being too far doesn’t require your validation, textdoc. Please respect my rant.

          • I have to be at my desk, in VA, at 6:30 am. .6 miles is too far for my commute. Everything is relative.

          • You’re certainly free to stick to your rigid definition of what constitutes “laziness.” As epric002 and CHGal have alluded, however, people’s perspectives vary as to what counts as “far” and as to how much time they’re willing to spend on their commute.

          • OMG will you two ever stop bickering?

        • Yeah, maybe it wasn’t actually the distance to Metro. . .

        • And particularly far when you’re walking in the dead of a swampy summer or blustery winter.

    • I agree that the counter space is pitiful for what you’re paying, that alone would be the deal breaker for me here.
      But, I have one of those combo washer dryers and it’s pretty awesome for one person and would probably also work for two. I wouldn’t have one with three or more people, but I can put my laundry in in the morning, delay the start ’til the afternoon, and get home just as it’s finishing. When you don’t need to move things from the washer to the dryer you don’t need to worry about how long it takes.

      • can it handle your bedsheets?

        • Yes, though it has challenges drying the flannel set. I usually run the whole cycle, take one out and dry the other for half an hour, then put the damp one in by itself for half an hour.

      • How long are wash and dry cycles? I guess a separate would be 2 hrs total maybe less.

        • It ranges and I honestly don’t always pay attention because I’m not moving it from one to the other. I think it can be as little as 3ish hours to almost 5. It will extend the cycle if you choose “more dry” and it is not more dry. In the 4 hours after it finishes it will periodically spin in a somewhat pathetic effort to keep the clothes from wrinkling.
          When you put in a load it spins it to assess it and gives some estimations. The wash cycle on its own is about an hour I believe.
          It’s an LG so it sings me a nice song when it’s done.

  • Overall, I’m happy this building is here. Nice building beats vacant, overgrown lot. I kinda wish there were retail or a new post office at street level (a fella can dream). Seems pricey but what else is new. I think it’s a good looking building in contrast to several other new ones on GA Ave.

  • First 4 blocks from the Columbia Heights metro is walking distance from the metro!
    Second — look at the bed that’s shown in the bedroom, it’s not full length! We got swindled by that in our house too, they had one of those show beds that’s almost full length, but not quite, like the ones you see at Macy’s. We didn’t realize until we put our actual full size bed in the bedroom and then wondered why we also could not fit a dresser like they did when it was staged.

    • The small size makes a lot more sense. They built these things as rentals.
      Compare this to the new condo building up next to the Woodlands vegan restaurant. Those apartments are significantly larger, as they were intended for home owners from the get-go. Those apartments are also a lot cheaper than these on a per square foot basis.
      The people behind the Gibson sound like a bunch of amateurs.

  • I had high hopes for this place when it was under construction. These things look miniscule for the price point.
    That said, I’m very bull’ish on Georgia Avenue between U Street and the Metro station. Great place to buy, should see some decent equity gains in the medium term.

  • I stopped in this building last weekend and got a tour from one of the rental agents. She said that 11 of the 31 unites are already under contract. They have 16 parking spaces available for $30K each. None of the 11 purchasers have opted to buy the parking, as well (I suppose parking on the street is too easy at the moment to incentivize a purchased space). The units are definitely small (especially the bedrooms) but the finishes are nice and the windows are really big. Lots of units have views of either the Basilica or the Washington Monument.

  • I kind of like the busy backsplash. I wouldn’t want to see 100 sq ft of it, but in that small amount I think it looks interesting. I couldn’t live with that small a kitchen without adding an island.
    I’m happy living in this neighborhood, though. I think it’s really convenient, and still somewhat reasonably priced, though no longer the steal it was when I bought here.

    • Good on you for getting in early.

      • I wish I could claim some kind of real estate savvy, but it was just dumb luck. It’s crazy to me though that five years ago renovated rowhouses in Park View were going for well under $400K. It’s still cheaper than Petworth, but obviously that no longer means cheap.

        • My old realtor gets all the credit. I bought in near ne under 200k for a 2 bedroom around the same time period, and places are going well above now. I hope my next place is as good a find.

  • For nearly half a million dollars there is literally no counterspace in the kitchen.

  • I live a block away and my parking space appraised at $18k.

    • epric002

      how do you get a parking space, or garage, appraised???

      • I guess as long as it’s separately deeded, an appraiser can probably appraise it the same way they’d appraise a house.
        Interesting to see that the asking price for a parking space in this building is so much higher than what a neighbor reports his (separately deeded?) parking space having appraised for. Isn’t there a risk that if a property — in this case, the parking space — appraises for much below what the buyer is offering for it, the bank won’t give the buyer the loan? (Or will lend only up to the appraised value and no further?)

        • justinbc

          Can you even finance that part? I just assumed they would have to pay cash for it. I’ve never had to buy a parking space before so never looked into it.

          • I’d imagine you could finance it — it’s real property just like a (much larger) empty lot is, and if you don’t keep up the payments, the bank could take possession and sell it to someone else.

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