GDoN “UNIQUE ECO Driveway” edition

GDoN

This house is located at 3128 Birch Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“STUNNING 7BD, 6.5BA in HAWTHRONE! UNIQUE ECO Driveway! Amazing Gourmet Kitchen w/ OODLES of Storage, SS Appl & Granite Counter-tops. Spacious Family Rm w/ FP & Gleaming HW thruout Main & Upper Lvl. Spectacular Master w/ FP, Sitting Rm & SPA BA! & LL Au-pair/In-Law Suite. Expansive Multi-tiered Backyard, Perfect for a Pool or English Garden! Capital Title et al for Settlement.”

inside

You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/6.5 bath is going for $1,500,000.

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  • Blah. Looks like one of those big brown ugly apartment buildings along U street. Definitely NO curb appeal and the inside is equally a snooze fest. Deal or No deal – I’d pass.

  • while this seems like a lot of space for the money, it’s boring inside and is pretty unappealing from the outside. if all someone cares about is square footage and # of bedrooms, then this is it.

    • Square footage, number of bedrooms, AND the perks of living in this neighborhood, whatever those are. Essentially living in Montgomery County but having a vote for mayor, maybe?

  • ah

    Trying to figure out what an “eco” driveway is. . . looks like it’s grass, presumably with some sort of rigid grid system in ground so it doesn’t mud out? Sure would be fun to shovel in the winter . . . and deal with in the summer (“honey, I’m going to go mow the driveway . . . “)

    • Lion of LeDroit

      Lol yeah, I was trying to figure out the same. Oddly, no photos to show off the lauded “eco” driveway.

      I gather that “eco” driveway is the developer equivalent to the little placard in your hotel bathroom informing you that your towels will not be washed by staff in order to save mother Earth.

    • DC has a water runoff problem and permeable driveways (which can be accomplished several ways; just give’er a Googling) is both very helpful and subsidized by the DC government through the Riversmart Homes program. Dumb realtor-speak aside, there is nothing surprising or confusing about the notion of an environmentally friendly driveway. Trying to force this issue may very well have cost Democrats the 2014 Maryland Gubernatorial (this time, Google “Maryland” and “rain tax”).

  • Tagline should be “exurban mcmansion in the city!” Also, it appears the eco driveway is just a lawn? I’m going to start using that in reference to my parent’s neighbors with rusted out cars on their lawns. They’re not hicks, it’s an eco driveway!

  • ha these GDON reviewers are harder critics than the fashion police. I honestly don’t think it’s that bad, and to answer the simple question of GDON, I’d say its right down the middle. Not the most beautiful piece of residential architecture I’ve seen (nor my personal style), but it’s not awful – and you can see there was some thought in the design and quality of build-out. Only thing i think is sort of silly is the decision to build up/level (and “cage in”) the backyard with the retaining wall. If they were going for the eco friendly / natural approach, this seems sort of counter-intuitive.

  • Lion of LeDroit

    Lol yeah, I was trying to figure out the same. Oddly, no photos to show off the lauded “eco” driveway.

    I gather that “eco” driveway is the developer equivalent to the little placard in your hotel bathroom informing you that your towels will not be washed by staff in order to save mother Earth.

  • Looks like someone plopped an extremely poorly conceived McMansion on an under-sized plot. It’s a short sale, so I’m assuming the prior homeowners took out a sizable home equity loan to pay for this new building (or something else). Eh, just another example that money can’t buy taste.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Holy cow, you’re right, they bought for $855K, and now somehow owe some unknown amount more than $1.5M.

      • Confirmed: looks like the previous $855k sale was in 2005, but this house was built in 2012. Can’t win them all?

  • They should have sucked it up and paid for staging and mowed the lawn before taking photos.

  • I saw this right after I saw Allison’s link on RRRR about a McMansion in McLean. “Beige count: 8”

  • Someone (not me) is going to make a killing on this property. The front needs some curb appeal: high-end garage doors (ideally, you’d find a way to make it a two-car garage), plantings and a bench on the front porch. Maybe remove the eco-driveway.

    In the back, remove the retaining wall and put in a pool and hot tub. You’d still have a good size lawn remaining. I’d probably even convert the corner under the deck into a half-open pool house.

    Sink 125k in and turn-around and sell for $2m. This is a no-brainer.

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