GDoN? “perfect home to entertain” edition

15 Evarts Street Northeast

This house is located at 15 Evarts Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“STUNNING & WELL APPOINTED OPEN FLOOR PLAN – Master w/ on-suite include pocket doors! Gorgeous hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, skylight, recessed lighting & sunny breakfast nook..perfect home to entertain. Lower level suite w/ full ba, marble floor w/sep. entrance. Enjoy private parking for 2. Beautiful finishes thru-out. Mins to subway, Capital Hill, Downtown & 395 to VA.”

15 Evarts Street Northeast inside

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $724,900.

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  • A little boring. I understand why they do it, but I really wish developers would stop turning backyards into concrete slabs.

  • That first floor layout depresses me.

    • What layout?

      • For some reason, that open plan is particularly egregious. It looks like a basement layout with those two tiny support posts. Just awful how this house has been completely denuded of any character. And I totally agree about the backyard. It just doesn’t look like a fun place to have a cookout.

  • You could turn that entry hallway into a bowling alley. Perfect for entertaining.

  • Seems a little optimistic for Stronghold, but with the crazy prices happening just on the other side of North Cap who knows. I like the little micro-blocks on that stretch bordering the cemetery. I hate that fake wood tile flooring, though. Unless you’re laying it on top of in-floor heat just use engineered wood at the very least.

  • west_egg

    I will admit that I am indeed stunned. (By the sheer quantity of cheap-looking laminate.)

    • Hard to tell from the photos, but I think that’s the ceramic stuff that apes hardwood.

      • It might just be wide-plank hardwood. The question is whether it’s solid hardwood, or an engineered floating hardwood.

  • Nice, but I can’t wait for open floor plans to be over. I don’t want one gigantic room. I want rooms with specific purposes. Like the house in Clue.

    • +1000

    • The purpose for all of the rooms in Clue was murdering people.

    • I agree, but apparently the market doesn’t. Two places on Bryant (closer to downtown and bigger yards) sold last year in the 600 range. Several open floor plan gut jobs have sold up near Evarts for closer to 700 or more. Perhaps there are other differences I don’t see, but for whatever reason people want to throw money at these houses.

      • SouthwestDC

        In my experience (shopping for a house in Capitol Hill a few years ago) the open floor plans sat on the market longer and sold for less. I think there’s a big demand for traditional floor plans, and they’re becoming more rare as developers continue to gut everything.

      • It’s not that “the market” is demanding open floor plans. It’s that (often young) families are buying ANY house they can get their hands on that’s been recently renovated. And those just happen to have open floor plans. SFH supply is really low and many buyers don’t have the time/inclination/knowlege to deal with a house that needs major improvements.
        I’d love to hear from a professional flipper if an open floor plans somehow pads their bottom line or makes for an easier renovation. Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

        • Not a professional flipper, but I think I saw someone post on PoP once that it does make it easier to rip out the existing floor plan. Why do so many developers turn the backyards into complete concrete? So ugly.

          • How can you replace hardwood floors without ripping out existing baseboards etc? Is it possible?

          • Ugh yeah it’s possible. You replace the hardwood floors and shoe molding. In some cases you may replace the baseboards too, but it’s not like you have to rip out the walls to do that.

          • HaileUnlikely

            add: nor the big pile of cash to outbid the flippers and score an unrenovated house to begin with.

        • Accountering

          I flipped my house, and totally don’t understand the hatred for them. I love it, I think its beautiful, and thoroughly enjoy the extra space I gained by not having a ton of walls and small rooms on the first floor.

    • What I don’t like about this version of open plan is that someone standing at the front door can practically see the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink. A little visual bread from the front door to the kitchen would not impede the open but might make this feel like a cozy place to live in and not just a big open space that is just as hard to deal with as a space that has too many walls.

      • SouthwestDC

        It’s a pet peeve of mine if you can see the back door when you enter through the front. Makes the house look really small.

  • I hate support posts. They look ugly. And perhaps it is just me, but I tend to bump into them. If they can’t be engineered around – and really, they can be in a space this narrow, it is all about adding head beams – at least make them into a wall with numerous holes for doorways.

    • My rental property has the individual rooms, but I made the openings wider and taller. I hope when I see people find that attractive. Living room with walk through to dining room with walk through to sun room.

      • Emmaleigh504

        That’s how I would open up rooms, make doorways wider or put in arches. That way you have open space, but structured space. I would never ever ever take down the walls to my kitchen. My kitchen needs to be it’s own space.

  • “Perfect home to entertain” – Yes, I like to entertain my home – it needs to be kept happy, I guess.

    • houseintherear

      Thank you. I pictured a breathless tap dancer on the sidewalk out front when I read that headline. UGH.

  • Gotta love the listing:
    “Capital Hill”

  • So the flipper is marketing the property for $300K more than they purchased it for last November but they couldn’t have invested $5-8K to do a beam or two to make the first floor a proper open plan w/o posts. Pretty greedy…

    • Accountering

      I agree with this. I had to put a beam in front to back, and we did one post, that we lined up at the end of the peninsula in the kitchen. This is crappy effort, and them just trying to save some bucks.

  • Open floor plans are popular with young families because parents can keep their eyes on their kids from many areas of the open layout.

    • Yes, we have an open layout and a toddler and it is really convenient. It’s nice being able to monitor my kid in the living room while I’m cooking.

    • That seems like a shortsighted solution. Toddlers are but a very short span in the ownership of a house. But what happens when the kid hits age 14 and (inevitably) starts to hate the parents?
      I bet we’ll see people re-enclosing their bowling alley frankenrooms!

      • A lot of young families (or couples looking to start young families) don’t plan to stay in the District forever – unless you can afford private school tuition, fleeing to the ‘burbs once the kids hit school-age is still the go-to option.

  • I like my open floor plan, but I don’t have support columns, and I have some separation of the kitchen due to a fireplace. I wouldn’t want my living room to be two separate rooms though. It’s a middle row house, so I’m desperate for light. Putting up walls and closing off rooms is the last thing I’d want to do to my main floor.

  • Kind of underwhelming, but given that one could (illegally?) rent out the basement, the price doesn’t seem totally out of line.

  • Not much upper cabinet space in that main-floor kitchen.

  • I own one of those elusive traditional floor plan homes and while I love it and feel lucky we found it, I will say that in long skinny rowhouses it can get dark in the middle “room”. So, that’s another reason why people like open floor plans and it totally makes sense to me.

    • I love the dark middle room. Great room for movies, reading in the winter or taking a nap in the summer.

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