GDoN? “Across street are Red Hen/District Yoga” edition

1839 1st Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1839 1st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Renovated Penthouse in Bloomingdale! Light throughout. Open living area with gas fireplace, hdwd floors in all rooms. open kitchen with skylight w/ SS .Huge master and west-facing bay windows and en suite bath. 2BR has desk nook and dual access full bath. Private balcony. Across street are Red Hen/District Yoga. 4 huge closets+storage room.W/D in unit. Blocks to shaw metro. Pets ok LOW CONDO FEE”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $469,000 ($257 monthly fee.)

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  • This apartment sold within the last year and a half. I take it the buyer got tired of living on top of a restaurant? (Though there are a million other possible reasons as well.) I’d definitely live here if I were in the market. Price seems solid.

    • Looks like it last sold for $415,000 in Dec. 2013–which would have been quite inexpensive for then, too. I have to wonder if there’s a problem we can’t see (or hear).

  • HaileUnlikely

    I’m conflicted. I really like this unit a lot, and the price seems very good for what one gets even before taking into account the location.being I suspect that for many the location will be a draw. For me it isn’t (would rather be closer to a supermarket than to Red Hen and Yoga District), but still a really nice unit and given the price and fees, I’m still inclined to call it a deal. For somebody who is more into the Bloomingdale scene than I am, this would be an awesome deal. Finally, I note that it is already listed as Pending.

    • The new City Market Giant is pretty close, and a grocery store is supposedly coming with the McMillan development. At any rate, I don’t usually make a separate trip for groceries (I get them on the way home from work) and can have them delivered in the worst case – so while it’s nice to have one within a few blocks, I’d much rather have cafes, restaurants, farmer’s markets, transit, etc. I don’t think I’d be keen on being right above several restaurants so I probably would pass on this – but I totally get why people are drawn to Bloomingdale. It’s kind of like the poor man’s Logan Circle.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Sure. I get why people are drawn to it, I’m just not one of those who is drawn to it (and I might go looney if I lived in Logan Circle!). I eat out a couple times a month – buying somewhere for the purpose of being close to restaurants just isn’t for me. In any event, even though Bloomingdale isn’t the selling point for me that it is for others, I still find this rather desirable, and on its face, a good deal. I wonder if the restaurant downstairs is the albatross of this particular unit or if there is some other problem, as I would have expected the price for such a nice unit this large to be quite a bit higher.

        • You’re correct in that this is priced well-below what seems to be the going rate for a 2br apartment in Bloomingdale, likely because it’s located right above a restaurant. I personally wouldn’t be too worried about this though, as Rustik is a great place and it doesn’t get too loud on the patio.

      • That Giant is nearly a mile from this apartment. I guess “pretty close” means different things to different people.

        • The Giant is .9 miles away. If a grocery is ever built at McMillian Park (the developer requested “retail” at the zoning hearing because they have not been able to identify a grocer) it would be 1 mile, so the Giant would actuallt be closer.

  • binpetworth

    I agree with others that the price seems good. Nice sized unit and location. But like Anonymous noted, I’d be a little wary about the noise living above a restaurant (Costa Brava?), especially if my master bedroom was right over an outdoor patio.

    • That would definitely be my concern. Also, the living room has a really odd layout, where if you’re facing the fireplace you’re facing the kitchen? I love a good fireplace, but if that’s a self-contained gas unit I would be tempted to take it out and put in counter seating instead.

      • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The fireplace is a nice touch, but where the heck would you put a TV??

    • The restaurant underneath this condo is called Rustik. It’s been there longer than Costa Brava, Red Hen, El Camino, and Boundary Stone. And it’s quite good. You should check it out.

  • Agree with others, this seems like a good deal. 2br/2ba condo conversions with less awesome surroundings go for more.

    Interesting layout, btw. I haven’t seen the fireplace set up like that before–I guess a ventless under a vent.

    • I thought the same thing – the exhaust hood is for the stove which is right behind the fireplace. Looks out of place.

  • I’d be wary of living above a restaurant, mostly due to the increased chance of dealing with mice and roaches.

  • Anonomnom

    *sigh* This place. I went to see this when I was looking for my current condo, and my fiance and I both fell in love with it. It is a quirky layout (in a good and bad way), and the kitchen felt smaller than it looks in the pictures, but overall was very well done. Ended up getting snatched up the day we looked at it but it has always lingered in the back of my mind (though it didn’t have enough outside potential for us anyway, need a grill!).

    That said, this is a rather hefty price increase from when we saw it. I know Bloomingdale is desirable, but this was pretty far from any metro or real grocery.

    • Its just a little over a half mile to the Shaw Metro and a straight shot on RIA. Or grab a bus.

      • RIA has odd bus service–you can’t get from Logan Circle to Home Depot on a Sunday. It’s in an area that’s frankly a bit of a no mans land, except for the nearby restaurants. the layout is odd and I’m not surprised the kitchen was smaller than it looked–the perspective in the pics is odd.

        • Bloomingdale is “no-man’s land” because you can’t get to Home Depot from Logan on a Sunday? Well, okay then.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I don’t mind walking some distance to get to/from the metro or a single bus that gets me where I’m going without a transfer, but I often get home from work at about 9-10 PM, and walking from the Shaw or RI Ave Metro to this vicinity late at night, long stretches of RI Ave do have a bit of a no-man’s-land feel to them. I wouldn’t exactly relish the prospect of having that walk become an integral part of my daily routine.

        • There are quite a few buses that go from this location however to the Giant at the RIA Metro or the Harris Teeter in NOMA down North Cap. By car, it’s pretty close to both frankly. Otherwise I agree about not wanting a daily walk from a Metro at 9pm from any of the closes Metro stops. I think walking from NOMA or Shaw metro stops wouldn’t be awful, but still not the best trip to take. I’d probably still do that over walking down RIA.

  • That brick oven baking pizza for 18 hours a day must have some impact on the unit. I can smell that thing when I jog by on a breezy day.

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