Good Deal or Not? “courtyard facing unit w/ private balcony” edition

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm 22 Comments

1744 U Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1744 U Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 2/2, 1-4p! 2BR/1.5BA two level condo on hip U St. Quiet, courtyard facing unit w/ private balcony. Newly painted w/ a well-suited floor plan. Large + flexible living/dining room w/ wood-burning FP. Huge windows + hardwood floors. Large BRs w/ connecting BA. Skylight. W/D in unit. Excellent location- blocks to it all, including Metro, ZipCar, and CapBikeshare! Walk Score: 92/100.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $449,000 ($313 monthly fee.)

Ed. Note: In 2009 we looked at a 2/1.5 bath that was going for $425,000 and ended up selling for $408,000.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a pretty cool deal, if you’re into this retro look. The kitchen – despite being dated – looks to be still in really good space and well cared for. This is probably the cheapest you’ll get in the area for a place this size and with these feature (duplex, balcony, W/D, lots of light).

  • JJ

    Will they be taking the carpet with them? Yikes. The kitchen looks pretty narrow but lots of counter space, which is good. Appliances need updating. Looks like a pretty nice place and love the light in the living room.

  • Anonymous

    seems like a surprisingly great deal, actually, especially for the location. The place looks great

  • Anonymous

    I like it! It has a good vibe. Reminds me of Europe for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    Great deal, I think. The price is good and the condo fees are low.

    • Anonymous

      Overpriced. Similar homes in that same place, sold for about $40K cheaper within the past year. It hasn’t appreciated that much that quickly

      • Anonymous

        Interesting. Nice sleuthing, Nancy Drew of Real Estate.

      • Anonymous


        Looking at DC Property Tax Records, the only other unit to sell in the past year was Unit D: sold for $490k in August 2013. (http://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/1744-U-St-NW-20009/unit-D/home/9857764). Same #bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage.

      • Rich

        The condo fee is too low. This might be a building that keeps it low while running sizable assessments, which are a bigger problem for owners even if they are paid over a series of months.

  • Anonymous

    alot of dead space in the kitchen corners there

  • Anonymous

    I think that is an excellent price for that neighborhood.

  • ET

    I think that is realistically priced. It recognizes that some kitchen appliances and bathroom things may need to be updated which should be fine for many because they can do a few improvements and put their stamp on the place and still keep it within range of comparables. The decor doesn’t detract and shows the place off well.

  • Anon

    These are the ugliest examples of Row Houses from an ugly period of architecture.

    • Anonymous

      Meh, you don’t live on the front porch. The insides look nice and presentable.
      What even more awesome is that this place has a real wood burning fireplace! You don’t find that much anymore on stuff built in the last 20-30 years.

  • Anonymous

    Where these condos originally public housing? Or just terrible architecture?

    • Anonymous

      They’re actually surprisingly compatible with the row houses on the block. It’s a modern interpretation but it good symetry. Better then faux row houses which try to mirror an older style and just look wrong. This place looks nice – obviously for someone with modern sensibility. The dated kitchen would be easy to update (floors are a bit worn too).

  • alpinepaq

    What’s interesting to me is how much emphasis they put on windows/light on the courtyard-facing side and how bunker-like they are on the street-facing side.

    • Anonymous

      The street facing side faces north (so not a ton of direct light) and would be privy to loud noises and gawking pedestrians. It’s actually a really smart design – the street facing side is essentially treated as the back of the house while the side facing the large courtyard (and thus a southern light exposure) gets the big window treatments. Smart design.

  • Anonymous

    not sure I agree with “Large Bedrooms” — what . . . just large enough to fit a queen sized bed?

  • jumpingjack

    Anyone know where the sofa in the living room is from? I need a sofabed and this one looks nice.

  • Rich

    The bedrooms look small and the the kitchen does seem narrow, but the old school appliances are easier to clean than stainless. The “connecting bath” could be a negative, at least it isn’t only en suite.


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