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Good Deal or Not? “Large coat closet” edition

by Prince Of Petworth August 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm 12 Comments

3314 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest

This condo is located at 3314 Mount Pleasant Street, Northwest:

The listing says:

“*OPEN SUNDAY, 8/18 1:30-4PM* Gorgeous 1BR/1BA condo in Park Terrace building. Stunning renovated granite eat-in KN w/stainless appliances and passthrough to LR. Huge LR w/large windows. Washer/dryer in unit. Large coat closet. Generous BR, lovely tile BA. Minutes to metro, bus lines, restaurants. Vacant on Sentrilock. Box on railing to right of building entrance, closest to building. Show anytime.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $299,000 ($273 monthly fee.)

  • kac427

    It’s nice to see something in my price range that isn’t either a dark basement or a 300 square foot studio. However, the lack of a bathtub is a negative. I also wonder if there’s a structural reason why they didn’t just cut one big pass-through into the kitchen – the two small openings look a little odd.

  • blahblahblah

    It’s a cute place. But I agree that the lack of a tub is a dealbreaker. They don’t take up that much more space than a shower, so I’m not sure why you would skip having one.

    • If I were a small condo kind of person not having a tub would be a huge bonus. But I’m also a guy, so I really have virtually zero use for one.

  • Anonymous

    Great deal! Unless there are hidden detractors from that building or block (haven’t been up to Mt P in a while), I think that’s a fabulous deal. Do that many people really take baths? I would give up my tub in a heartbeat for a little more space in my bathroom

  • shaun

    I can think of about three times a year that I enjoy having a tub. Price seems good (even though that makes me shudder) and it’s in a pretty decent location.

    • shaun

      (With the idea being that there’s little need to sacrifice even two square feet of space for a tub).


    For not even 600 feet, seems like the $/sqft is pretty high. And I have not heard good things about the combo washer/dryers. I guess that’s replaceable, but like others here have noted, not having a tub at all is a big negative even more than for the few times a year you want to luxuriate in a bath. Would be a little like living in a gym locker room.

    • anon

      We were pretty much forced to buy a combo washer/dryer at our old house when our very old stackable set crapped out and we couldn’t find a replacement that fit the space. Really, the only thing they have going for them is that they fit in a small space and you don’t need a vent to the outside. Otherwise, one load takes FOREVER to finish, mainly because it takes at least two drying cycles to properly dry a regular-size load.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I grew up in a place where you can buy a 2000 square foot rowhouse for $60,000, so nothing around here ever strikes me as a good deal, but this is about as close as anything I’ve seen around here to being a good deal, and is probably about the best deal I’ve seen in Mount Pleasant in a long time. I have been inside of this building several times (had a friend who owned a unit in there, moved away a couple years ago).

    If you must have a bathtub, buying one and hiring somebody to do the install should’t cost you more than about $5000, and that is a highball estimate assuming the worst in terms of existing plumbing. Whether this were listed at $299K or $304K would not change my assessment of whether it is a good deal.

    • kyle-w

      Agree with that assessment. You could remove the bathtub and put in a custom shower for that same $5,000, and it would be VERY nice. With that said, I say good deal.

    • Is there definitely room in there to add a bathtub?
      In the photo it looks like an unusually large shower, but I can’t tell whether that’s actually the case or whether the photo was taken with a wide-angle (fisheye? not sure of the correct term) lens. I used to live in a place with a similar square footage, and the photos were making this place look suspiciously spacious in comparison.

  • Gee

    I live in this building. Overall it’s pretty decent. There are free washer and dryers in the basement. There is no elevator. However, packages are frequently taken or ripped into which is sketchy.


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