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Good Deal or Not? “skylights reflect vintage architectural detail” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth November 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm 29 Comments

This house is located at 1624 Taylor Street, NW:


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The listing says:

“This remarkable MCM inspired home greets you with a gracious open floor plan,flooded with natural light .2 full stone wall fireplaces, original hardwood floors & skylights reflect vintage architectural detail. Professional stainless/granite kitchen is outfitted w/ top of the line appliances.Huge LL w/ FamRm/Recrm/bar+,Great Closets,Attd Gar”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $972,900.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, it’s not really to my liking at all. While the outdoor space is nice enough and the kitchen is not your standard DC-renovated kitchen, still not to my liking in terms of style. I really hate (sorry to be so strong) that one of the bedrooms is on the lower level next to the utility closet area with the systems, the storage unit closet. Plain weird. I don’t like that they say skylight reflects vintage architectural detail. The house looks like it was either built or the style screams 70’s to me and that is hardly scream from your rooftop glorious nor is it vintage.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure about the price but i love this house!

    If the style screams the 70s you obviously weren’t alive in the 70s.

    • iaom

      Yeah, the detail is seriously 1950s “house of the future”-looking, which is hard to find these days since so many of the houses that were built like that have been remodeled a bunch of times since. I can see the appeal of this if you are into that sort of retro-futurism; not really my favorite thing, but I like the idea of still having a few of these around. Makes me kind of hope whoever gets this isn’t the typical “everything must be renovated constantly” type of person you always get in PoP comments.

  • Anonymous

    It’s cold and soul-less, which is my definition of Mid-Century Modern…but then I grew up with that and thus hate it.

    It’s hard to see how this will get a million. It has the curb appeal of a middle school.

    • I agree with the curb appeal problem. It looks like an office building or, like you said, a school. However, I love the interior of the house. I like the mid-century modern look. Resale could be difficult given the unique aesthetic, but that is not always an important factor to a buyer.

  • Anonymous

    This place needs a fortune in updates alone to make it even half way aesthetically pleasing. Not a good deal.

  • Love it. So refreshing after these very contemporary layouts and furnishings, which to me seem far more soulless. Guess I better play the PowerBall to see if I can swing the mortgage…

    • I agree. No, the style is not to everyone’s liking. But so much of the original detail has been preserved – clearly it is a loved house. There aren’t many like this, and it was done really well. Love the flow of the first floor.

  • bissinger

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen this style, but I really like it! I don’t think I could do the underground split level. Sometimes you need windows, no matter how cool the layout is.

  • Anonymous

    love love love

  • monkeyrotica

    I’ve always been fond of that stretch of NoPiBraP.

  • Jay

    Any Crestwood residents who have reviews of the neighborhood? You can get a feel for a lot of places by visiting their establishments but for a purely residential area it’s harder to get an idea of what it’s really like…

    • I live on the other side of 16th, but run in this neighborhood because it is very nice, feels safe, and has interesting houses.

      This is not particularly my style, but I love the house and think it is a good deal. I absolutely love the kitchen.

    • Anonymous

      Might be a little late here — but we moved from Petworth to Crestwood and LOVE it! Safe, quiet, friendly neighborhood with easy commute downtown. We’ve made fast friends with many neighbors and love hearing owls at night and seeing deer. So happy here; it was a great move for my family.

    • Anonymous

      We moved to Crestwood from MtP several years ago after having kids. Love it! We plan on staying here for many, many years.

  • Anony

    It embodies everything I both love and hate about MCM design.

  • Snarky

    Don Draper just called. He wants his house back.

  • Love it! DC is full of federal and colonial architecture – mid century is rare inside the city limits.
    Need a winning lottery ticket, a Manhattan and then I’m set!

  • Just checked it out on Google Maps. Looks like there’s a bike rack on the driveway (with space for a Moped, if that’s your style). Really nice touch.

  • anon

    Gorgeous — makes me wonder why anyone would give it up. They’ve obviously furnished it with a keen eye for MCM design.

    No idea about comps or price, but I’d certainly buy it if I was in that market. it’s reminiscent of work of renowned MCM architect Charles Goodman. Agree with previous poster about paucity of MCM residential architecture within DC proper. Usually you need to look in MoCo or Fairfax for this style.

    • The current midcentury modern furnishings go really well with the house… but I suspect most potential buyers aren’t going to already have that kind of furniture collection. I wonder what the house would look like with more “ordinary” furniture; seems like it wouldn’t work as well.

    • sbc

      Southwest DC has a lot, including River Park, which is Charles Goodman.

  • yessir

    i got drunk in this house one time. then the couple broke up and i never returned again.

  • Anon

    My parents lived in this neighborhood (on Allison St.) for a while, and it’s really convenient – S busses on 16th St get you downtown quickly, and it has quick access to Rock Creek Parkway when driving.

  • DEA

    If you look at Google Streetview, you can clearly see a drug deal taking place outside of this house. Caveat emptor.

  • Bob

    What are you talking about with the drug deal stuff? On Street View, there is no one on the street, as is always the case in Crestwood. Crestwood is one of the best neighborhoods for a family in all of D.C. 20/30 somethings will need more action, but there are few neighborhoods better for established folks who want to stay in town. It’s like a very nice suburb smack in the middle of the city, with easy access to all of the amenities the city has to offer. It’s clean — no corner stores, no trash. Big, beautiful houses with nice people who aren’t obsessed about living West of the park. It’s actually diverse, unlike the Glover Park, AU, etc. The character of 16th Street Heights and Crestwood are completely different. (not that 16th St. Heights is bad, it’s a nice neighborhood too) You can get anywhere in Northwest quickly once you know how to use RCP roads. National airport in 13 minutes, U street in 10 minutes. Walk to the zoo. The only thing the neighborhood lacks is being in bounds for a decent public school. This is the only thing that keeps it from being overrun with strollers. I like flying under the radar. When I say where I live, everyone says, “Where?”

    • DEA

      Bob, check out the street view directly in front of the house, then “walk” west. “Turn” back towards the house, and you will see a rather suspicious group of individuals congregating out front. If that’s not a drug deal going down, I don’t know what is.

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