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  • Linc Park SE

    What happens when you soak it in water

  • Oh, I feel bad for the neighbors.

  • How are they allowed Windows on the wall that’s directly along the property line?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Pretty cool looking.

  • I like the house, but not in that space, and I sure wouldn’t want big windows like that facing the street. And yeah, poor neighbors.

  • theres also a new structure a couple of houses to the north that has a similar look to the Oslo. Its on the market now (2 units)

  • Lion of LeDroit

    I think this remains (at least, in terms of its aesthetic appeal) my favorite Ditto development, along with his rowhouse conversion on the 1300 block of T Street (in which he also resides), and one of the better “new construction” builds in the area to date. For an example of the absolute worst new construction in Shaw, please see 441 Rhode Island Ave NW, which actually hurts my (Lion)heart each time I walk by it. Roar.

    • @Lion none of Ditto’s buildings are appealing in any sense of the word. Guy makes monstrosities that don’t fit into the overall look of Shaw or surrounding neighborhoods. The above isn’t even top 5 ugly. Let’s have huge windows on a very small residential street. Privacy is a plus!

      • You state that like it’s a fact. In my opinion, this isn’t the coolest of Ditto’s designs, but I do think they’ve built some pretty cool looking homes that add a to the attractiveness of so many DC streets. To each his own.

      • If the buyer’s don’t care about the large windows, why do you? I actually think it is nice to break up the monotony of the streetscapes in Shaw. I think they are generally hugely overpriced, but I love the huge windows and would kill for all the natural light flooding into my condo/townhouse. They do make these things that you can buy to put on the windows if you want privacy. I think they refer to them as shades.

        • All I know is that someone is moving out of the condo’s they built on 5th and Q already (prob lived there less than 6 mos). I spoke with the seller who claimed having the open windows was more curse than blessing. At least the 5th and Q ones are on the end of a block, not in the middle. Cute how you refer to it as “monotony” rather than having a harmonious sight-line. Don’t move to historic neighborhoods if you want modern buildings. The pic above looks like it belongs in an industrial park.

          • I have huge windows in my place and I love it. So much light! And my place is hyper modern in a historic neighborhood. Good thing I moved here!

      • I disagree with you. I like what Ditto’s doing MUCH more so than all these half-baked developers making hideous pop-ups.

  • Discussion here makes me think that people should take a look at what was on this lot before this building was built. No gem.

  • Love the design – diversity of architecture is a welcome addition to DC.

  • I didn’t know “air conditioner chic” was the new architectural fad. Woof.
    I also agree with the “poor neighbors” sentiment.

  • Ditto is doing a great thing for DC, to bring contemporary and GOOD design to the District. I am so sick of NIMBYs that think the only things that are aesthetically pleasing are Victorian rowhouses and stone buildings with white columns. I think the scale of this is in line with the neighborhood and the design complements it’s surroundings without copying it. There is so much bad “new” buildings in DC that are trying to look older, like those new rowhouses at Vermont and T which are so fake looking.

    I agree that a lot of Martin Ditto’s houses are extremely expensive, but someone is paying for these. If you have ever been in one of the projects, everything is absolutely custom, including beautiful millwork and cabinetry. Also, this particular building is a rental with four bedrooms per units, which had an aim to make close-in neighborhoods accessible for younger people with smaller incomes who might need to live with roommates.

    • Stone buildings with white columns, who is mentioning those? Sounds like you’re on the payroll PetworthArch. Love the false equivalency argument that this growth of a building is somehow alright when compared to bad new buildings. No one is saying they are alright either. The fact you can look at the picture above and say the scale is in line with the neighborhood make me very impressed that someone with that bad of eyesight can enjoy all that the internet has to offer.

    • “[A]ccessible for younger people with smaller incomes who might need to live with roommates”? I can’t find the rental rates on the Oslo’s website, but I bet that new construction by a highly regarded designer doesn’t come cheap.
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      This makes close-in neighborhoods “accessible” the same way that pop-ups do — i.e., it doesn’t. It just makes things more expensive.

    • Some of their custom millwork is kooky — like the powder room door hidden in cabinets right opposite the dining room table. We toured the house at 1202 T Street NW and my husband went into the powder room and passed me a note out the door — it was hilarious. Somebody liked it well enough though to pay $1.49 million. Go figure.

  • Nine large units, sounds like someone didn’t want to have inclusionary zoning obligations, which kick in at ten units.

  • I am one of the homeowner neighbors on this block with the Oslo and all those “poor neighbor” comments smack of NIMBYism. This is an architecturally interesting building in the midst of an architecturally diverse section of Shaw. The residents are renters, not condo owners, and full of young professionals and students. They have been very good neighbors thus far and having higher density in the area means more activity and people on the street, which makes the area feel safer. I never would have shipped packages to my house before, but do so now knowing the street activity makes it less likely someone would steal the package. And this is not a small residential street that is overwhelmed by the building; this is 6th street, which sees a decent amount of traffic and just one block in either direction from restaurants and bars. Though the construction period on this place (2 years ago now) was not without annoyances, Ditto managed it well and has been a good manager since.

    I wish DC allowed more higher density building, especially in currently empty lots or where there is decaying housing. Though the Oslo is not priced for lower income residents, the more supply we have, the less price pressure there will be on low income residents of the city. I am happy to live on a block where we have homes owned by longtime, middle class residents, newer homebuyers, and higher density housing for both low income and high income renters. That’s how cities have to develop to be inclusive for all.