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Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn “private terrace with plunge pool” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm 38 Comments

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This unit is located at 1401 Church St, NW:

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The listing says:

“Former developer’s unit at Lofts 14. 1,400+ SF private terrace with plunge pool, fire pit and bar. Open floor plan with high ceilings, premium fixtures and abundant natural light throughout. Den with gas fireplace and built-ins as potential third bedroom. Two garage parking spaces and extra storage. Ideal Logan Circle location.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,200,000 ($884 monthly fee.)

  • Can’t say I’m a fan of the interior, with those pseudo-lofted bedrooms and exposed pipes, but that private outdoor terrace is sweet!

  • Ryan

    If money weren’t an issue, I’d take it in a heartbeat.

    I love it.

  • dcreal

    NO WAY! not to be on a ground floor, with a view of a brick wall/alley. If this was the penthouse level, it would be amazeballs!

    • Caleb

      Yeah….I think the same thing. It looks dark even with those massive windows.

    • Anonymous

      not ground floor

  • Linc Park SE

    That’s a private terrace? Great deal – wow!

  • anonymous

    The best part about this place is the terrace, ,but then again you will have all of your neighbors looking down on you. I have no idea if the market has gotten crazy enough to justify the price but 2.2 mil seems ridiculous to me in addition to $800+ monthly condo fees. I’ve seen way better options for that money, and far less, in equally as good locations.

  • Anonymous

    $2.2 Million? Really? Its an awesome place, no doubt. The interior is quite small, and the bedrooms aren’t very private. The deck is awesome (and huge), but being on a lower floor, EVERYONE above you can look down and see what you’re doing. Not as private as I’d like for that price tag (which I can’t afford anyway…..).

    • Anonymous

      Yup. If I’m dropping over 2 million on a penthouse, I want to be able to do all the dirty things outdoors without the hassle of possibly offending the peons.

  • Anonymous

    That terrace would be amazing if it were a penthouse. Give its location, it’s anything but private. The rest of it is eh. Never did like the faux industrial look.

  • Anonymous

    That price is disgustingly high for a 2BR condo. It’ll take someone with oil money to buy it at that price.

  • jcm

    That terrace is bigger than the lot my rowhouse is built on.

  • Anonymous

    $2.2 million yet you have those god-awful dated vessal sinks?

  • Logan-eer

    I laughed out loud when I saw this. $1,200 / SF would make this more expensive by any 1 or 2 bedroom condo in DC, I think ever. Its 30% more than the units are being listed (and not selling) at the new City Center project.
    This owner bought this unit in 2010 for 1.5 million, and he thinks its worth 50% more, with a $900 condo fee?

    The worst part, and I am shocked at the number of people who seem to go for this, is that fugly warehouse loft chic look where you don’t bother concealing any of the mechanical or HVAC systems. That shouldn’t cost MORE, it should cost less as the builder saved not insignificant dollars leaving all that crap exposed, especially since they appear to have done it in all the common spaces as well.

    Verdict? Worst deal in a long, long time.

  • Anonymous

    Great location, and obviously they are upselling the private terrace, which is admittedly nice. But as people have said, it’s still a ground-level, minimal-privacy unit, and the industrial look reminds me of 60% of the new construction condos I’ve seen in Chicago, so not exactly groundbreaking architecturally. A 0.1%-type might buy this as a pied-a-terre in DC, but I don’t know who else is really in this market for a place like this at $2.2 million. Still, you can only sell it once.

  • That terrace and pool don’t get much sunlight.

  • soozles

    $2M gotta get me a penthouse with monument views, AT LEAST! And that weird arrangement with “windows” in the bedroom that just open up to the rest of the condo so you can get light from the real windows is bizarre and unappealing to me.

    • Linc Park SE

      Ew – you’re right about those windows. My AZ bred brain stopped at ” plunge pool”

  • wdc

    Resounding Meh. At any price.
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    What’s with that weird single cherry cabinet sticking out of the wall? What’s with the bill-cosby’s-sweater-patterned carpet? What’s with the unabashed use of photo trickery making the bed appear to be 12 feet long? The whole thing looks cold and weird and like it was the dumping ground for the leftovers from projects the builder spent more time on.

  • andy2

    It is an interesting space but two major issues. The bedrooms don’t have windows – you have to use the shutters and the view across the living room or dinning room to get sunlight. And the private terrace – its private in that you don’t share it with anyone but you must be okay with the neighbors looking down. I guess this is the ideal penthouse for Richard Lewis in Pretty Woman – its on the ground floor!

    • dc_mike

      This – I cannot imagine spending over $2 million on a place where the bedrooms don’t even have real windows.

  • ShawGuy

    Looks like living in (insert trendy restaurant here) without the bathroom line.

    • anon

      Not even a trendy restaurant … A Chipotle.

  • AJB

    are those really bedrooms? they look like big closets that have doors that open onto the hallway…weird.

  • Ryan

    Guess I should clarify, I love it…if it weren’t on the ground floor.

    I actually like the industrial look…always have.

    Again, this is if money weren’t an issue.

    Obviously if I had 2.2 million to spend I’d be looking elsewhere.

  • branddave

    The bubble photography that’s used is so weird. I makes it all look so distorted and unappealing. Probably works well in empty spaces, but not here!

  • Anonymous

    BahahahahahhahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No.

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    Unless I can hop in my plunge pool nekkid, I’m not paying 2.2M, no matter how nice the terrace is. Sorry you got ripped off in 2010, buddy.

    • Anonymous

      he didn’t get ripped off, he is the developer.

      • Anonymous

        I think the developer sold in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Those bedrooms don’t have windows. This is pretty much a 0-bedrom + 3-den condo. For $2.2 million and $900/month in condo fees. Sweet terrace and pool though. Just a super wierd setup.

  • redraiderdc

    When oh when will this Godawful unfinished ceiling trend be over!?

  • It looks like there is a raised platform beneath the cabinets & appliances in the kitchen – what’s up with that? If you hung model trains, habitrail hamster tubes or catwalks from those exposed ducts it would be cool.

  • Loganite

    This is ridiculous. The terrace is wonderful, but seriously, nothing private about it. For the money, who wouldn’t rather have an entire rowhouse in the neighborhood?

  • emilysquirrely

    I would never pay that much to be able to hear people stomping around above me as long as I owned the house.

  • Sam

    Does anyone know where to get that rug in the living room? I’ve seen that in a couple new homes/condos.

  • Wobble

    I looked at this briefly and thought “Oh, yuck, 2.2 million?”

    I thought I would come back and look closer, and do a more considered evaluation. My conclusion was actually worse:

    1) The industrial look seem so passe. Like a 70s James Bond film. On the other hand, some people like it, so it is ok by me.

    2) The terrace is clearly cool, as some have said. However, if I were to bonk my girlfriend at the poolside, I would want to have 20 people taking shots with their cellphones. “Private terrace” — NOT

    3) The “plunge pool” is a joke. It is just something to maintain, an insurance problem, and a toddler drowner.

    4) The proportions of the rooms are awkward. The living room is barn-like, the bedrooms are small, the den is very small and has no privacy.

    5) To get privacy in the bedrooms, you have to close the (presumably) opaque shutters, meaning you end up in an airless, windowless little closet.

    6) As somebody said, the bathrooms were cool 10 years ago, but they are now dated.

    All in all, I wouldn’t spend 2.2 million on this. For the same money you can get a wonderful house with a garden in Cleveland Park or other desirable neighborhoods in the city. I think this will only go to a very wealthy James Bond type who wants a pied a terre in DC.

  • It’s beautifully done, and that location is nearly impossible to beat in DC, but for that price I would have liked a larger master bedroom.

  • margaret

    Storage?

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