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Good Deal or Not? “Windows on 3 exposures” edition (owner request)

by Prince Of Petworth July 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm 11 Comments

This condo is located at 2716 Ordway St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Unbelievably top-floor, open & bright 2BR with a kitchen that’s better than those in most houses! Parking included! Granite/Stainless table space kitchen with peninsula & upgraded cabinets. Washer/Dryer in unit. Windows on 3 exposures, new hardwood floors, ceramic tile bath. Walk to Cleveland Park Metro, shops, grocery, Uptown Theater, Zoo and so much more! Cats welcome.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

$439,900 ($381 monthly fee) sound right for this 2 bed/1 bath?

  • Johnny

    I’m not a fan of that complex or the condo itself. But the location alone should sell it. Low condo fee and parking. I know people in smaller 2 bedrooms in mount pleasant/columbia heights that paid more than that and didnt even get parking. I like how of all the neighborhood amenities the realtor could have snapped they went with California Tortia and Weyngat wines. No Palena, No Dino, No Uptown Theater. Cal Tort sells condos.

  • MJ

    I have no clue I’ve been out of the market for too long, but seems small for a 2BR, although the location is pretty nice. Always wondered how much of the CP noise penetrated those buildings.

    • Anony

      Yeah, that is small. I’m in market for a 2 bedroom right now and most places are at least 970 sq-ft. I don’t know why but ~970 seems like a popular size.

      I’ve been in a few of them and they all feel really small.

      In my mind, a 2 bedroom should be around 1100 sq-ft.

  • anon

    I used to rent a condo in this development and loved CP. While these condos are on the small side, low/mid 400’s is the going price for a 2 BR. Given the low condo fees and parking, I think its a better deal then the gigger developments on Conn Ave which often charge 700-900 in monthly fees.

    Not sure exactly which side this condo faces, but in general its a very quiet street and I never heard any noise from the CP neighborhoord.

  • Grand Funk

    For this area, it seems like a good deal. The building is situated nicely on a quiet street but very close to the action of CP.

    They could’ve used a few less photos of the same living room taken from every 3 foot vantage point in the place

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    Buyer beware: A McFadden’s is coming, so make sure you put bars on your windows and carry a rape whistle on your person at all times.

  • amateuropinion

    I don’t see the appeal of this one. Ugly building that looks more at home on a college campus. No central A/C sucks. It’s got a wall unit and a window unit. 8.5 foot ceilings it seems. Seems like a place you’d rather rent than own.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not too familar with rents in this area but I think the mortgage + condo fees would be lower than what it would cost to rent something similar. If you get a rommate for the 2nd bedroom your housing costs would be pretty low.

  • Bobby J

    Great location and great kitchen. Can’t have both a low condo fee and a doorman, pool, etc. I guess. Seems like a good deal for a young couple who want parking and to be able to walk to bars food and metro and are ok with the size. Not for a family of 5 obvs.

  • Kyle W

    I just don’t understand why people are willing to pay so much to live in a crappy ugly building, that doesn’t look like it has been updated in the least.

    I wrote that first part before looking a pictures. Beautiful home inside. Still pretty small, I lived in a 700 sq ft 2BR at one point, and that was tiny. I would imagine 855 is still too small for a long term home.

    Still not sure a 2BR condo in a crappy looking building can be worth 500+/sq foot.

  • Vinnie

    Apartments or Condos in Ward 3 are expensive. I can’t see paying $400,000 for an apartment. I can buy a house for less outside of the District. D.C. and Manhattan is too expensive to live. Who can afford to pay these kinds of rents? In order to afford to live in this city, one’s salary must be six figures.


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