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Good Deal or Not? “oversized windows” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth December 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm 17 Comments


This unit is located at 1401 1st Street, NW:


The listing says:

“New construction 2BR/2BA condo steps to NOMA metro. Great light, oversized windows on 3 sides & southern exposure. Top level condo comes w/ Brazilian Cherry floors, whole house audio w/ an I-Pod docking station. SS & Granite , slow-close cabinets, farm sink w/ commercial style faucet & breakfast bar, balcony & private roof deck. Parking & storage. Curbcut & driveway installed before settlement.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $599,000 ($256 monthly fee.)

  • Bored

    I guess they found an architect that decided that curb appeal is not important . What an ugly design. It is hard to imagine something more lacking in character, either historic or modern. It is the worst of both worlds. It is just a brick bunker with windows.

    • Anonymous

      You have such a great disposition!

      • Anonymous

        Sure, there’s a bit hyperbole above, but do you actually disagree with the poster above, or did you just intend to feign pretension?

  • 1st St Peep

    Eh, maybe? There’s a full house up the street (1516 1st) that’s all redone and going for 649 or so, with a yard and a roof deck (and no condo fees!) This seems a bit overpriced. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

  • Bored

    PS: Good luck with that curb cut and drive way. I have heard that promise before…

    • Anonymous


    • anon

      curb cut is done, driveway in, and electric gate installed

  • Anonymous

    Nice, modern home. But, the area’s “troubled” reputation will surely bring down the price.

  • Anonymous

    If anything, at least this property is an improvement over the eyesore of a vacant lot it used to be. I wonder if having the new Dunbar high school literally across the street from this will affect anyone’s buying decision. And yes, there’s still a problem home on this 1400 block of 1st NW.

  • Anonymous

    I got a look inside the property during the open house, and the quality of construction is abysmal. Basement unit is depressing… bedrooms with large windows that face concrete retaining walls. Awkardly sized too. Definitely overpriced for what you get and for that area.

  • Anonymous

    $500/foot for new renovation in this area is too high for a 1200 sq foot apartment. Smaller places have been going for $500/foot, but that’s the affordability “premium”. $450/foot would be a fairer price.

  • S

    This is one of the condos we were looking at when we saw the car jacking a few weeks ago…https://www.popville.com/2013/12/reader-reports-car-jacking-and-car-crashing-into-a-house-sat-afternoon/

  • ET

    I don’t understand why they went with a completely different window on the 3rd floor. That doesn’t really make sense. Wouldn’t ordering 3 of the same thing be easier/cheaper than 2 of one and one of another? It isn’t like the one was done to make it more fabulous which is sometimes done.

    Can’t speak to quality but at least the inside looks better (if a bit blah) than the outside. I am sure someone will buy it in spite of its (lack) of curb appeal.

    • Anonymous

      It would have looked a lot better with the 3rd floor style window on all 3 floors. Also more practical, you can actually open those 3rd floor windows.

  • lmfb

    Looked at this place and I thought it was really nice inside–huge windows, fancy touches, roofdeck, etc. The price seemed about right for a two-level condo of its size and with it’s size and finishes. But the master bedroom was weirdly cramped and I wasn’t crazy about the block and being right across from the HS. I think overall not a great deal (though not unfairly priced either). It’s been on the market for a while though, so I wonder if the seller would accept an offer that was a better deal than the listing price.

  • This was entirely new construction built on an empty lot? Seriously?

    • Bloomingdale Rez

      Yes, it was a vacant lot.

      And I do not believe the curb cut has been approved by DDOT. Caveat emptor.


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