GDoN? “Loft Style Condo with Walls of Windows” edition

3039 16th Street Northwest

This unit is located at 3039 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular Condo in Heart of Columbia Heights. 97% Walkability Score! 2 Levels, 2 BR, 2 Full BA. Loft Style Condo with Walls of Windows and 18′ Ceilings w/Exposed Vent Work. Direct Elevator Access. Gourmet Kit, Granite, SS. Freshly Painted, Bamboo Floors, W/D, Extra Storage, Rooftop Deck w/Amazing Views. Master BA and Walk-in Closet. Next to Shopping, Restaurants, Metro. Don’t Miss!!”

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This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $695,000 ($485 monthly fee.)

16 Comment

  • justinbc

    Also includes walls of walls.

  • maxwell smart

    I’ve always like the de-stil look of this building, but that’s a terrible layout. Both bathrooms on the bottom floor? The staging is pretty terrible as well, and really only highlights how awkward it will be to actually furnish this unit.

  • Too cold feeling for a family and not enough privacy for a roommate. Not my style to be sure!

  • HaileUnlikely

    Remember that house on the 1600 block of Newton St whose listing described it as a “condo alternative” and people thought that was funny phrasing. Well, that house was comparable in size to this condo, sold for $725K (which is less than this after factoring in the fee), and it was an actual house. Granted, some people like living in buildings like this one. For them, this might be better. For those who would prefer a house, of about the same size, for about the same price, in the same neighborhood, that was your condo alternative.

  • I’ve always thought these looked cool from the outside and wanted to see in. Have to say I’m a little disappointed. I think part of the problem is that they couldn’t have spent less on staging it. The furniture, which looks like it was picked up from Goodwill or the side of the road, brings out the utilitarian and dated aspects of the unit. Not a good deal.

    • I really liked the coffee table, for what it’s worth. Metal curlicues FTW!

    • maxwell smart

      Agreed. Better staging – something a little more then refugee fleeing their homeland – would really help one to envision how to best use this layout.

    • I think it’s not so much the quality of the furniture, but the paucity of it. More furniture could illustrate what one might do with the loft space, or could show that the living room would accommodate more than just a sofa and coffee table.

  • Good friends of mine lived in one of these units a few years ago (maybe even this one, not sure if the layouts are all the same). I agree with the comment that this is poorly staged, and doesn’t set up great for a family, but properly decorated (and it was) they’re really nice. Small kitchen, though.

  • The loft configuration has drawbacks for a lot of buyers–the loft seems more practical as a home office or perhaps nursery than anything else. I really don’t care about the staging furniture. I’ve seen smaller kitchens in condos of comparable size. No parking or concierge services. Up to a point, I like the big windows–probably a big drag on utilities unless you have the right window coverings. I think it’s a little overpriced for what it is.

  • Overall, I kind of like it (I love lofts), but what the hell is happening above the kitchen island?

    • tonyr

      It a metal rack for hanging pots and pans on. They’re pretty common and save a lost of cupboard space.

      • That makes sense. it’s just hard to see. Also odd that all the closets are shelves and baskets. No hanging spaces.

  • Anonomnom

    So… I don’t get why they have the top floor 100% open. I get the lofted area, but from the floorplan it looks like there should be a wall closing off the second bedroom so it is more of a… Ya know… Bedroom.

    I have always been interested by this building on the outside, but everything was so white and overall blah on this one. And that condo fee is quite a lot for just an elevator and rooftop deck.

    • maxwell smart

      Honestly, without a bathroom on the top floor it’s not much a bedroom anyway. Obviously calling it a 2nd bedroom looks better on paper, but functionally it’s really more of an office / study.

  • As I recall, the last time we looked at one of these units the condo fees were very high.

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