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Good Deal or Not? “Architectural digest quality renovations” edition

by Prince Of Petworth December 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm 25 Comments

1635 Irving Street Northwest

This house is located at 1635 Irving Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“This is a 10! One of a kind, Sun drenched duplex,1300 sqft located in the historic Mt Pleasant, Architectural digest quality renovations w contemporary finishes,open floor plan, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appl, washer/dryer in unit. Penthouse views of Cathedral assigned parking, two private decks.Walk to Metro. Perfect for renting! Lbx on Spiral stair.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $599,000 ($306 monthly fee.)

  • Anonymous

    Ummm…no. But, it is a pretty nice place.

    If the agent laid off on the hyperbole, my initial reaction would have been “wow, that’s a really nice place.” Instead, my initial reaction was “wow, that doesn’t live up to the hype.”

    • Same. It’s a nice place, for sure. But I don’t see anything really “one of a kind” about it.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking exactly that. It’s not bad, kind of boring, but would be a nice place with the right furnishings and colors. The kitchen is obviously Ikea and the bathrooms are blah, so not sure where the realtor is getting “Architectural Digest” from.

      • wdc

        I think the photographer may have fallen down on the job and left out pictures of the ceilings… From the little bit I can see, it has some cool vaulted thing going on.
        But, I’m not old, I’m in decent shape, and I wouldn’t consider a place with that many stairs. Six bottles of wine and a half-a-week’s groceries aren’t going to haul themselves up those steps.

        • Anonther

          I like your wine to food ratio. :)

          • Anonymous

            +1. Beer more into beer myself, that’s like a case and a half of bottles!

        • Anonymous

          You’d be a half block from a liquor store, so you could just re-stock as needed, one bottle at a time. Herman always has a good story.

  • Kathy

    Way too much for that place.

    • Duponter

      Hardly. It’s a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath in Mt. Pleasant for under $500/square foot.

      I agree with everyone above and below in that it is nothing extraordinary, but it’s nice, cute and reasonably priced for the size and location.

  • mmm

    definitely not architectural digest quality, but seems nice enough and the price seems about right for the area. I say ok deal. There are (admittedly nicer) 2bed condos on Sherman going for more right now (at least one of which is under contract). And this is certainly a more desirable neighborhood. I wouldn’t necessarily want to live on Irving, but that close to Mt Pleasant street and the Metro would be nice!

  • soozles

    Still waiting to see the “Architectural Digest” reno. Are they referring to the slatted closet doors? The square white tiles in the bathroom? Or the cage door leading to the deck? I might pay this for the whole house, but not half the house.

    • Anonymous

      Actually the ad said “Architectural digest”. So maybe this is the magazine that features boring bathrooms?

  • joeschmoe

    Looks like a pretty good deal to me.

  • Cris

    It’s a shame that 600k is a “pretty good deal.” Have fun walking up 5 flights of stairs to your 600k condo!

    • Duponter

      Five flights of stairs to get to a unit in a four story building. Interesting. MATHS.

      • Anonther

        Well, there is an extra set of steps just to get from the sidewalk to the house…. Add one for a little hyperbole and you get 5 flights!

        • Duponter

          There’s probably a back set that is one flight from ground level up that you’d use if you bought that unit. I will say I do not much care for the spiral staircase from the main level porch up to this unit’s entrance. It makes me think you’d most certainly always enter from the back. This would worry me that moving furniture in would be a nightmare.

          As for people complaining about price, this also comes with parking.

          • I can attest that spiral staircases are logistical Hell when it comes to most things, not just furniture.

  • ET

    With a “Architectural digest quality renovations” description I sorta expected more. The kitchen was nice but the bathroom was old school square porcelain tiles.

    As for the price that isn’t all that bad for a 2/2.5 in a decent part of the city that is a doable walk to a Metro.

    • Anonymous

      It’s 3 blocks to the metro, basically. That sure better be “doable”.

  • Anonymous

    I like the place and it gets a ton of light. I love lofted ceilings.
    That said, it’s pricey for a 2BR. Eek.

    • Duponter

      Based on?

      I don’t get people complaining about price. It’s a large two bedroom (1300 sq ft) with parking and outdoor space at less than $500/square foot.

  • Whining about my house

    Forget the calculations of whether this is a good price for the size & neighborhood. Kitchen sink adjacent to fridge is a deal-breaker. That’s how our current house is and I will never, ever buy another place with that set up. It is an endless pain in the ass.

    • Anon

      Good to know. Not a detail I would likely think about when looking at a house but will store that away next time I do!

  • textdoc

    I have those same upper kitchen cabinets (http://realestate.popville.com/wp-content/themes/incontext-realestate/timthumb.php?w=500&h=375&zc=1&&src=http://photos.listhub.net/MRIS/DC8234481/19?lm=20131204T201853) — not by choice — and I would not recommend them.
    Glass cabinets are fine for storing dishes and similarly neat-looking things, but if you store any pantry-type items (canned goods, boxes of tea, etc.) it looks unsightly.


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