GDoN “copious closets” edition

1475 Girard Street Northwest

This house is located at 1475 Girard Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“FIRST OPEN HOUSE 6/26 2-4pm. Fabulous new renovation, Enormous home, open floor plan, sensational finishes, all the bells and whistles! Two master suites, copious closets, decks, garage plus off street parking. Check out photos to really see beauty of renovation. Total SF just under 3000. Buyer should measure if important.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $995,000.

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  • “Total SF just under 3000. Buyer should measure if important.” WTF? Uh, yeah, I should think SF is important! Why won’t the seller put the actual SF in the ad? Seems shady to me.

  • staging is so bad and, I hate vessel sinks!

    • I don’t get the dining chairs in the living room. And I’ve never cared either way about vessel sinks (beyond the functionality if you’re washing your face), but I am starting to dislike them. I don’t get it. Is there some sort of aversion to just a normal sink?

      • I don’t get it either. I’ve always thought vessel sinks are OK in clubs and restaurants, but look weird in private homes.
        And in another 5-10 years they’re going to look extremely dated.

        • I Dont Get It

          And after 5-10 years, they’re starting to look extremely dated.

          There I fixed it for ya textdoc. 😉

  • Some thoughts: It abuts a much larger structure, reducing further what already figures to be a limited amount of light. It’s not really an open floor plan — it has neither the charm of the standard floor plan nor the feeling of space and light that the open one offers. It just feels weird and cut up. The kitchen feels cramped. Not per se deal breaking, but for $1M I want a freaking nice kitchen. There are staircases and fireplaces in weird places. Minimal to no greenspace in either the front or backyard. Off-street parking is nice, I kind of like the basement.

    Proximity to metro will obviously prop up the price, even though you have to walk past a fairly violent and drug infested block to get there via 14th St.

  • So I figured out which “bedroom” is the basement in-law suite. Now what’s up with the other “bedroom” with a staircase leading out of it that your guests could see you from? Is there no privacy in this place?

    • I was about to remark on the same thing. Periodically we’ve seen GDoN listings where a bedroom is open to a stairwell that goes into a living area… but I think this might be the first time I’ve seen one where a bedroom is open to a stairwell that goes into another bedroom.
      How are people supposed to have sexytimes with this kind of arrangement?? If people want any privacy, the attic “bedroom” can’t be used as a bedroom.

      • The other thing is, it that even a legal bedroom? I thought there were very specific egress requirements for something to qualify as a bedroom?

        • Yeah, I was wondering about that too. I thought if you have a bedroom where entry/exit is only through another bedroom, you can count only one of them as a bedroom. (You see this most often in the “sun rooms” in rear additions to rowhouses.)
          I also wonder if the ceiling height meets the required minimum, and whether that little door in the corner is a closet.

    • They finished the attic and called it a bedroom. Those stairs lead up there. It’s kind of stupid to have one bedroom that can only be accessed through another – they should’ve configured the walls a little differently to preserve separate access to the attic, as the house (probably) had pre-renovation.

    • On the bedroom count: Originally I misjudged which bedrooms were the “two master bedrooms” the listing was referring to. One is the one with the the floral-patterned bedspread and the open stairwell. The other has an ivory bedspread and a folded brownish-grey throw blanket at the foot of the bed
      Bedroom #3 is apparently the one with the chaise longue. Bedroom #4 is the dubious attic bedroom.

      • Really a loft up there, not a bedroom. I wouldn’t want to sleep up there – is that an AC to blow cold air right on your face over that bed? Ok as bonus space, but not for sleeping in.

  • SilverSpringGal

    I love everything about this place. Especially the fact that even though its a SFH its not really designed with young kids in mind. It’s perfect for a 30-something who has a lot of guests come by.

  • Absolutely hate vessel sinks and the layout looks a little awkward, but still think this is a good deal if it even approaches 3k square feet.

  • I think I’ve figured out the target market for this house: a married (or otherwise partnered) couple who don’t like sleeping in the same bed as each other, and where each party wants his/her own walk-in closet.
    Honestly, it’s kind of a weird setup. I guess if each “master bedroom” has its own bathroom, it would work well as a roommate setup… but who wants to have a roommate if you’re paying $1M for the house??

    • Someone under 30 whose wealthy parents can afford to buy this as an “investment” in their kid’s future. This happens quite a bit in high priced areas.

  • Looking at the picture of the struggling sod I want ask readers: does anyone know where I can buy a small amount of sod like that rather than a whole pallet?

    • Several sod farms in around MD that you can actually cut the size you need. Lowes also sells small sections of sod but it goes really fast. May want to call in advance and check inventory.

  • Could have been a nice renovation, but they made many bad choices here. Who could prefer this narrow bowling-alley-like living/dining room to the rooms that were there before, with a fireplace in the living room and a doorway between the rooms trimmed with woodwork (and perhaps holding pocket or french doors)? Keeping that setup – and having a style of AC that was minimally intrusive, rather than that long soffit all through up by the ceiling and that tower between the living and dining rooms – would have been nice.

    And the kitchen needs a window on the back wall so there is natural light in that workspace – with the sink centered under it. And having a window in a closet is mainly a waste, as you need to keep it closed off with an opaque blind almost all the time to keep the sun from damaging your clothing. But a window in a bathroom is really nice – adds natural light, ventilation, and views.

  • The attic bedroom seems awfully claustrophobic. Hopefully there’s a big storage shed to compensate for the storage they’ve renovated out of this house. The open floor plan just seems like the worst of both worlds—accentuating the the narrowness and making me wonder what’s holding up the place.

  • I looks to me as if there used to be a window in the back of the main floor, and they got rid of it to have that weird cave-like kitchen. What a disastrous choice. And as usual, the open floor plan is hideous and uninspiring. I actually kinda like the attic bedroom though.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Plenty to like here, but lots of weird stuff (noted above) as well. I could probably overlook the weird stuff and call it a decent deal if the quality of construction seemed up to snuff, which cannot be verified by looking at the listing photos. This is a lot of money to live this close to frequent brazen daytime gunfire, though.

    • I wonder though – does it really comfort owners who live near “frequent brazen daytime gunfire” to know that at least they bought cheap and will make a huge profit when they do eventually sell and move? Is that really the motivation behind buying a house in many DC neighborhoods? I doubt it … people buy houses to live in where they can afford to. And I think that everybody deserves a safe neighborhood, no matter how much or how little they pay for their place, and yes, even if they rent.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I agree completely. Just saying, though – if I could afford this, I could also afford lots of other places with less gunfire. I’d pick one of those other places, not this one.

      • I think Haile’s point was probably more that if you’re spending $1M, you have a lot of choice as far as neighborhoods.
        People who bought several years ago in many of transitioning D.C. neighborhoods were at a price point where the more “established” neighborhoods were out of their financial reach.

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