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Good Deal or Not? “Beautiful contemporary bathrooms” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm 31 Comments

919 Florida Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 919 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Terrace level unit with garage parking in the middle of all the action that is the U Street Corrider. The fabulous Floridian with a rooftop terrace featuring views that will amaze. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, SS appliances, wood floors. Beautiful contemporary bathrooms. W/D in unit. Steps from Metro and nightlife. Secured entry.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $524,900 ($430 monthly fee.)

  • Anonymous

    FYI – “Terrace level unit” means basement level. I know someone who recently sold a larger (1000 sq ft) 2BR/2BA basement unit a few months ago for $499K. This is overpriced.
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    Also, this building had major flooding in the basement a year ago during a torrential downpour (all the drains backed up). The building will be un-insurable if there’s another instance of flooding. Buyer beware. All the basement level owners are selling now.

    • Anonymous

      If you like the 9:30 though it might be good because you can probably hear all the shows and see the crowds in your back yard for free.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll pass. For $524k, you can buy a 2 bedroom anywhere in the city. That area is ok, but the block has absolutely no character. For the money, I’d rather live in DuPont, Cleveland Park, or 14th Street. Plus, at only 798 square feet, it’s tiny. There’s no separate dining room, and the second bedroom is smaller than most closets. That’s why I prefer older buildings. They may not have as much amenities but you can get so much more space for the money.

    • Everybody is entitled to their opinion of what constitutes character, but let me tell you ow yours in wrong ;-)
      I live in the building and next door is the 9:30 Club, Town is a block and a half away, little Ethiopia is on the next bloc. Thai X-ing is building their new place across the street. Cardozo High School is a few blocks away, the infamous CVS at Georgia and Florida Ave is two or so blocks away. Lee’s Flower Shop, Pony tail’s shoe shine. Masonic temple. African American civil war memorial. The neighboorbood neer-do well with the braided goatee. There are plenty of characters in this part of the city, and lots of diversity. Riding the bus or going for a walk can provide all the entertainment one needs for a day or sometimes a weekend.

      • *how yours is wrong

      • Anonymous

        No offense, but by “no character” I meant it’s not the prettiest block on the block. There are no trees, the project-style Howard dorms are right next door, and the 9:30 club, while it may be cool, isn’t exactly pretty from an architectural standpoint. Plus, HUH is right down the street – which is ok, I guess, if you like to listen to the calming buzz of an ambulance siren at 2:30 in the morning. For 525k, you can get a 2 bedroom basement apartment in in Dupont, Cleveland Park, the West End, or even Georgetown. And the last time I checked, those neighborhoods have plenty of shopping and restaurants. But that’s just me.

        • anon

          The strip of little rowhouses on Florida (not directly across the street, but diagonally across the street) is cute, though.

        • Fortunately the Vermont & Florida intersection has plans that have been approved and are moving forward to add wider sidewalks, street trees, bike lanes, and more green space.

          See here: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/16229/ddot-helps-complete-florida-avenue/

          Also, there is a movie theater going in the Atlantic Plumbing building behind this property, and plans for a grocery store (though who knows when this will happen) either or both next door and at the eternally delayed Howard Town Center.

  • Terrible deal.

  • Hilltopper

    That bldg also suffered major cracking during the earthquake a few years ago and the owners got hit with a sizable assessment.

    • anon

      I was going to say this – I looked at a much larger unit two years ago for $100K less and my agent disuaded me from buying because of the assesment that was about to be levied.

    • Prior Floridian

      A sizable assessment you say? How sizable? I only ask because I moved in long before the earthquake, and lived there until very recently, and that never happened at all. I no longer have any vested interests in this building, but your comment is completely false, and unfair to those who do live/own there.

      And as for the flooding mentioned in the first comment, it happened one time, just like it did for EVERY building with a lower level in the neighborhood the night before Labor Day in 2011. PoP even recently posted a video in which DC Water’s General Manager, George Hawkins, talks about that one storm, and how special it was, and what’s been done since that storm to fix the underlying issues (https://www.popville.com/2014/06/uh-oh-dc-water-manager-says-districts-infrastructure-in-critical-state/).

      I’m not saying the building is perfect (what building is?), but in this case, it’s not fair to the folks who bought there to have people publicly post negative comments that either leave out the whole truth, or are complete lies. These are their homes, and their investments. As for potential buyers, if there is a known issue affecting a unit (past or present), it must be disclosed in the sale documents. I would hope that the buyers would read those since they’re putting so much money into these units, and they can form their own opinions after reading them.

      • Anonymous

        You mean a real estate post on Popville is filled with untrue or half-true information about the building in the comments section? Well I never…

        As someone who lives in a building that has been subject of a “Good Deal or Not” post, I can tell you the comments section is often full of the woefully misinformed.

      • anon

        It’s strange that two different people heard this from two different real estate agents.

      • Anonymous

        “I’m not saying the building is perfect (what building is?), but in this case, it’s not fair to the folks who bought there to have people publicly post negative comments that either leave out the whole truth, or are complete lies. These are their homes, and their investments. As for potential buyers, if there is a known issue affecting a unit (past or present), it must be disclosed in the sale documents. I would hope that the buyers would read those since they’re putting so much money into these units, and they can form their own opinions after reading them.”
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        Boo ‘effing hoo. This place is at the bottom of a hill with woefully inadequate and antiquated storm drainage underneath. The original issue with the flooding was due to both lack of back up preventers AND the city’s drainage not being able to handle the deluge. It was that freak derecho that dump a ton of rain on DC. Back-up pumps alone probably would have been inadequate.
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        And it’s only going to get worse as the empty lots surrounding the Floridian are developed and there’s no empty ground to absorb the water. Sure, the sellers will need to disclose the flooding but will they also disclose the fact that insurance won’t cover them in the future if it happens again? Unlikely. As I said earlier, buyer beware. This area – while filled with cool buildings and lots of amenities – are going to have serious issues with drainage, as the city infrastructure has not kept pace with development.

        • Prior Floridian

          You cannot disclose what you do not know, including any future issues. Can you imagine what a disclosure document would look like if you did?!? The “might happen” and “what if” rabbit holes would be endless! And if you can predict the future, I’d like to ask PoP to get us in touch so you can help me out with some lottery numbers… I never pick the right ones.

          With that said, the Floridian was covered when I left, so I’m not sure how they wouldn’t be in the event of another potential disaster (really hope that doesn’t happen to them, or anyone else). That’s why we all have insurance… for the next disaster that may or may not happen to us, be it auto, homeowner, renter’s or building coverage. If an insurance company drops you, you shop quotes for a new one, just like any other insurance.

        • anonnn

          What makes you think insurance won’t cover them again if it happens in the future? Even if they can’t get a special endorsement on their regular hazard insurance policy, they will always be able to purchase a separate flood insurance policy offered through a government program that would cover issues like this.

    • There has been no assessment on the owners at the Floridian from the earthquake. professional engineering reports done on the building assessed no structural damage from the earthquake.

  • Anon

    …are those plywood ceilings?

    • Anonymous

      No, concrete.

    • Anonymous

      plywood is used to contain the cement as it cures. it is plywood textured concrete.

  • DCagent

    To be fair to the building and its owners:
    1) It suffered no damage during the earthquake and no one was assessed to my knowledge
    2) The north wall had issues with water leaks. The building owner has made the necessary repairs and the owners were not assessed.
    3) The basement flooding that occurred was a result of faulty and/or missing back flow valves. After the flood, the city replaced and installed the appropriate equipment and this should keep the problem from ever happening again.
    With all of that said, I do think it is priced on the high side.

    • DCagent

      Correction: 2) The original builder made the necessary repairs at their expense.

  • Anonymous

    Based on the furnishings, it looks like a grandma lives there.

    • anon

      Disagreed — just people who like antiques. (And no, “grandma” and “person who likes antiques” are not synonymous.)

      • Anonymous

        There is no excuse for that bedding.

        • anon

          I wasn’t into the bedding, but I did like the drop-leaf table, chairs, and bowfront dresser/chest-of-drawers.

  • Jay

    Very aggressive pricing for a basement unit. $660 per square foot to live in a basement?

  • Rich

    It’s an almost 800 SF 2br, which means that everything is cramped, esp. The 2nd bedroom and it’s in a basement. The price is ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    One of best locations to live in DC. With lots of restaurants, 5 blocks to Yes Organic, Trader Joes and Giant. Also, Whole Foods is rumored to be wheeling/dealing for a space in adjacent lots. Backyard is 14th, U Street, Shaw Logan, AND very walkable to Downtown and to 7th Street/Verizon Center and Penn Quarter, without having to worry about Parking OR Metro! This area is probably the most convenient area of the City to live, work and play and enjoy a great Urban life. All this, with the surround of lots of historic row houses – so it’s not all High-rise, rental city.

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