GDoN? “light-filled 2-level layout” edition (reader request)

1207 Lamont Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1207 Lamont Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Renovated ColHts row house boasting one-of-a-kind, light-filled 2-level layout. Gorgeous sun-splashed main living area open to 2nd level catwalk and ceiling of glass. Designer style throughout with exposed brick, gleaming hardwoods, recessed lighting and modern detailing. Open kitchen with stainless, granite and glass faced cabinetry. Private roofdeck. W/D. Parking. Pets ok. Walk to dining & Metro”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $799,555 ($303 monthly fee.)

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  • Pets ok? I should hope so if you’re buying it!

  • HaileUnlikely

    Permits/inspection history makes me nervous. Looks like bulk of reno was done in 2006-2008; permits were applied for and issued, but some inspections were not done (not blank inspection status, but rather notation that inspection was not performed), and others resulted in failures, and multiple stop work orders were issued during renovation.

    • Interesting story, I was using the same general contractor for work to my house, at the same time they were doing this. They would tell me nightmare stories about this project.

      The two guys flipping it were cash flush guys trying to cash in on the crazy real estate of 2000-2007. Their plans for this house called for splitting into two condos, the above ground one (this one thats for sale) and the below grade one (which is pretty nice, nigh ceilings etc. The problem is, you need your neighbors to basically sign off on your work when you are digging out the basement floor because of the shared party wall. The neighbor didn’t want to give it even though the work was appropriately permitted and structurally designed. Not only that, they were calling DCRA and Jim Graham on a daily basis for months, every time they tried to do work to the basement, even though they had all the appropriate permissions. The Graham-stander would go out or send one of his staff members out, raise a ruckus and get a stop work order issued.

      The work dragged on for almost a year longer than planned, and unfortunately for the two guys doing the project, the economy died in 2008. They couldn’t sell it, so they rented the units for a couple years until they could.

      I toured the place during an open house in ~2010. The finishes are nice but it is a huge waste of space in my opinion. The entire center is open. Reminds me more of a dance club than a condo.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Good info, thanks. Other question for you since you checked it out: Is there any way in hell that the lower unit could be 1754 square feet and the upper unit 2150? Just going by the floorplan that the seller generously uploaded and making implausibly-large allowances for spaces whose dimensions aren’t labelled, I can’t see how the lower unit can be larger than about 1200 sqft or the upper unit can be much more than 1800.

    • It kills me- when someone posts stuff about incomplete permits. We all know that DCRA has issues so why are you surprised if some of the permits are not closed out etc? Also- I don’t see the need to look up pivs every time something is posted. Why do you care about the permits- its not like you are interested in buying the place.

      • Who is this — the seller? The real estate agent? Why do YOU care that HaileUnlikely cares about the permits?
        A condo/house having a spotty permit history — or having permits that don’t match up with the work that was performed — is cause for concern, especially in the wake of the Washington Post article on shoddy flips.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Since you asked: I personally know people who were not savvy enough to think of and/or figure out how to look into permit history who have been burned bigtime. That is why I care.
        Also, I think it sparked some interesting discussion here. As you will note if you are willing and able to f*cking read, Becca had first-hand knowledge of the reason for the STOP WORK orders, which I actually find reassuring. I am still troubled by the inspections that were not scheduled and by the failed inspections, though, and I think the fact that some of the work was not inspected and some of the work was inspected and FAILED is relevant to the question of whether this is a good deal or not.

      • HaileUnlikely

        P.S. Although as you correctly note, I am not interested in buying the place, as a general principle, if I discovered that the seller was a developer who had performed work without permits and/or had neglected to get work inspected or that work had failed inspection, I would refuse to buy, and would advise others to do the same, for the express purpose of spiting the developer for having done illegal work.
        Here, however, to the best of my ability to tell, the seller is not the developer, thus I’d be somewhat more willing to overlook technicalities about permitting if I could reasonably ascertain that stuff was all good. (i.e., I’d actively spite a developer who did illegal work. I wouldn’t actively spite an owner who bought something that previously had illegal work done – I’d still care about the work and result, though).

        • justinbc

          I know people who’ve actually made offers based on GDON commentary. While it might not be beneficial to all of us not actually shopping it can be to others.

  • Holy crap. Now that’s a helluva flip. Really interesting use of space and the glass ceiling is something I’ve always wanted. I love it and want it.

  • justinbc

    Wow, what a cool place. It sucks giving up that square footage to do it, but if you don’t need that extra bedroom then the result is quite dramatic. I’m a fan, seems like a good price too.

    • It’s nearly 2200 square feet. I feel like they won’t miss the square footage…unless you want more than 3 kids. Which is not likely when you consider the demographic that would buy such a place. It seems this place also has two large master suites.

      • justinbc

        Yeah it’s hard to believe they’re getting that much sqft after chopping out a whole bedroom and not even being the entire house.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I think the stated square footage is somewhat inflated. Adding up everything shown on the floorplan plus making deliberate highball estimates of the sizes of spaces whose dimensions are not labelled to give them the benefit of the doubt, I get about 1800 square feet. That is still a lot of space, but I’m skeptical of the 2150.
          The lower unit claims to be 1754 sqft. I really wonder how that is possible given the footprint of the house implied by the floorplan shown. Extreme basement digout?

        • Square footage would actually include the 2 story space, even though its not actual floor space. So if that downstairs room floor is about 500 sqft, the total calculation would be 1000 sqft.

          What is interesting is that if there was an unfinished basement, it wouldn’t count..

  • I can’t imagine the utility bill in summer with that glass roof.

    • If you can afford an $800k condo, I’m sure you can afford the utility bills.

      I wonder if it’s really any worse than an older, poorly insulated house.

  • I can’t believe no one’s complained about the vessel sink yet. You’re failing me, Popville!

  • The main living area looks more like a converted office lobby to me than a home. Also, as anyone with skylights can tell you they are not self-cleaning so that creates another layer of upkeep/cost if a glass ceiling with dirt, bird poop, etc. will bother you. And I agree with previously mentioned insulation concerns. This is even a little different than floor-to-ceiling windows in that respect because during the summer you’re getting the direct overhead sunlight heating things up in there. It’s one of those things that I think is a cool feature but not really practical for day-to-day if this is your primary residence. But I am into lower maintenance requirements, while I know that’s not the priority for everyone.

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