GDoN “Nest thermostat, built-in speakers” edition

1601 Hobart Street

This unit is located at 1601 Hobart Street, NW. The listing says:

“2BR/2BA in a superb location in Historic Mt. Pleasant. Large living/kitchen combination w/ fantastic views. Oak HW floors, Carrara Marble Kitchens w/SS appliances, Nest thermostat, built-in speakers. Parking included. Close to Columbia Heights Metro.”


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This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $595,000 ($253 monthly fee.)

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  • Do people not realize you can install your own Nest thermostat for $200?

  • Phil @ GreenLineRE

    OPEN SUNDAY 1-4PM – We also have 2BRs from $525,000 and a premier 1BR/1.5BA for $475,000.

  • I never understood why realtors so highly tout a $200 gadget as a marketable amenity in a $500,000 condo.

    • I would completely agree except I’ve wanted one in my house for the last 8 months since I bought it and still haven’t bothered to order or install one. Granted, I doubt I would have made a decision to buy or not buy something because of it, but damn I wish the seller of my house has installed one before I moved in.

      • It took me 5 minutes to install, most of which involved trying to figure out which circuit breaker to shut off. Assuming you already have a thermostat wired, there’s a good chance this would be among the simpler things you do that day.

      • justinbc

        I was able to walk my mom through it in about 5-10 minutes, and she still uses written instructions for how to download music and burn CDs that I dictated to her 15-20 years ago. So yeah, basically anyone who can read English and has 2 arms can accomplish this.

    • It makes me think that the house doesn’t have much else to offer, since they’re using precious listing space describing a $200 item.

    • I think it just signals to prospective buyers that they considered the details when renovating.

  • All that white makes me feel weird.

    • It’s deliberate- white and light neutrals make it easier for the new homeowner to paint.

      • Or, if you’re like me, you’d seriously consider doing this intentionally once you move in. My favorite DC apartment was almost all bright white and it made the space feel very open, sunny and expansive. I just loved it and might try to replicate that in my new condo.

        • To each her own. But this place reminds me of the mental hospital in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

          I expect to see Nurse Ratched whipping up a kale salad in the kitchen.

        • I’m with you. I love bright and airy spaces, and very much prefer lots of light and light-neutral colors. I’m slowly in the process of switching all our furniture to white/cream/light greys.

  • binpetworth

    Wow–this entire building sold for $620,000 two years ago and now they’re trying to sell 1/4 of it for nearly that price.

    • I don’t think the entire building sold for that. The old listing that sold for $620,000 says “condo home” so I’m guessing it is a part of the building and not the entire thing.

      Also, two years ago, a building that large in Mt. Pleasant should have sold for a lot more than that, no matter what condition it was in. I find it hard to believe the entire building was sold for $620K.

      • binpetworth

        No, it was the whole building…if you look at the sale records, you can see that it included 2,675 sq ft as well as the unfinished basement (924 sq ft). I believe the “condo home” was simply used to indicate to the buyer that it could be redeveloped as such.

        • I live on the street and have been watching the renovation. They gutted the house, put in new windows, did extensive remodeling on the back of the house, replaced the retaining wall, I’m sure the redid the electrical and plumbing systems, put in central A/C. I have no beef with the price in this market.

    • In January 2013, a gutted building behind me (literally just a brick shell with a concrete slab) on 18th and Lamont sold for $670k. The reno has almost completed and I’m expecting each unit to sell for $650k-$800k.

      The construction on this house seemed to stall for a long time, but I imagine it was a total gut. $600k on the most expensive unit doesn’t seem unreasonable.

    • justinbc

      The price that someone was able to acquire something for isn’t necessarily the best indicator for it’s current actual market value.

  • Unsure why they didn’t install kitchen cabinetry that goes all the way to the ceiling. I always think in places where that makes sense (not too tall to make cabinets un-usable) and they don’t do it, that it looks cheap. Like here.

    • “it looks cheap” – seems like you answered your own question 🙂

    • I think a soffit would be appropriate especially where the cabinets are sitting a couple inches below the bulkhead, give the soffit the same profile as the bulkhead, pop a couple puck lights in there and you’ve got a bonafide architectural feature as opposed to a bulkhead and some floating cabinets.

  • No doubt it’ll sell for over asking. I just hope they put some trees, shrubs or something green to replace what the construction cleared out of the front and side yard since it it takes up so much curb space on Mt Pleasant street…. oh, who I am I kidding.

  • nest thermostat’s don’t work with HomeKit, which means you won’t be able to natively control it via your iphone.. you’ll always have to open the app. Plus most net thermostats are installed over that ugly piece of plastic… no though to actually fix the drywall and make it look good.

    • justinbc

      I don’t know what HomeKit is since I don’t use an iPhone, but the recently updated Nest app is incredibly user friendly.

    • iPhone user and gadget geek here. I bought and installed a HomeKit enabled Ecobee3 the day after it was available. Garbage interface and no 24/7 customer support when the installation didn’t go smoothly. Returned it and got a Nest. Great interface on the Nest but it mostly controls itself, so I rarely use the app anyway.

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