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Good Deal or Not? “in sought-after Grace Church Condo” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm 16 Comments

This condo is located at 350 9th St, SE:

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The listing says:

“Rarely available 1 bedroom condo in sought-after Grace Church Condo! Meticulously maintained unit offers beautiful HWF, fireplace, open floorplan, natural light and plenty of closet space. Location, location, location! Across the street from Eastern Market Metro and Barrack’s Row, walk to everything!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $439,999 ($233 monthly condo fee.)

  • classic_six

    What a beautiful building from the outside. As for the inside, I was getting annoyed by all the photos of the living room but as the photos went on, I could see why they didn’t have many photos of anything else. That kitchen is tiny but at least it’s pretty much galley-style but it won’t help with the tiny feeling because the wall opposite everything else in the kitchen will make you feel closed in anyway.

    • Agreed. I was expecting some stained glass window or funky church architectural features, not a dimly lit kitchen and bedroom with odd angles. Definitely not a good deal.

      • Snarky

        Given how nice the exterior is one expected a more interesting interior. How sad!

  • Dirty Southeast

    I’m going to go with not a good deal. The most recent sale as a two bedroom about half a year ago with parking for $499k. The location is incredible but I can’t see someone spending that much on such a small place. How are you going to take advantage of all the great, fresh food you can get at Eastern Market in a kitchen like that? Unless there is something sweet/awesome I’m missing, I can’t see this going much over $400k.

  • Shaw

    Beautiful exterior. Need I say more?

  • so very tiny. Not a good deal.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing structure. Terrible deal.

  • anon

    Only if the TV conveys.

  • WalbridgeGuy

    I dunno… maybe if they’d let you redo that kitchen and knock out the wall and create a little flow between the kitchen and the rest of the place.

  • hm

    Probably not a bad price for being across the street from the metro, and in a neat building. I agree that the condo itself is nothing special, but you’re paying for location here.

  • mv

    I lived here for a couple of years and you really cannot beat the location!
    I would live here again, but not sure that this is the best deal. Perfect location if you work on the hill and close to great restaurants on 8th street.

    Except for Saturday around 10am there is plenty of street parking. Be ready to hear fire engines from the local fire station as they use D and E often to and from calls at all hours.

    • Anonymous

      I live a couple blocks away, on 8th Street. You do have to deal with a lot of noise from the firetrucks (though it’s never bothered me). This is an ideal location, also, if you work on M Street SE (DoT, Navy Yard, etc). It’s a lovely walk and 11th Street is great for bike commuters.

      I can’t tell if this is a good deal or not since I don’t know the condo market very well. Our 3-bedroom house cost $775k and is a lot more charming, but it’s apples and oranges.

  • Rich

    At that price, I’d expect parking. The ceilings look low and the bedroom seems small even for a condo that size.

  • I just can’t fathom paying close to half a million for what seems to me to be a dark basement apartment. Also, not exactly related to this particular unit, but I hate when developers replace the curved windows in turrets with flat sashes. It looks cheap and horrible to me.

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    Negatives: It’s a dark basement apartment for close to $450,000. Bad deal.

    Positives: It’s a step in the right direction towards converting churches into something useful, like condos. Would like a top floor unit at the National Cathedral.

    • frickorfrack

      +1 Time for St. Peter’s in Vatican Square to go! Especially considering the war the Catholic Church has been playing out on women recently…(like for the last 800 years).


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