Good Deal or Not? “You’ve never seen anything like this” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm 30 Comments

DC8369461 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 2142 Cathedral Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“You’ve never seen anything like this. Unique, lavishly livable, Woodley Park. Transfer your artistic , alternative bent here, or make it a new personalized space with the vision and inspiration of your dreams. Either way, entertainer deck, 7 parking, elevatr..(poss 5th level rooftop deck?) Walk into equity and grace at the same time. Worth the look? Reclaimed wood walls, Lava rock structures…”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4 full bath/2 half bath is going for $1,850,000.

  • John

    OMG, Yuck! That is the epitome of terrible taste! 1.8m for that!

  • the ceilings creep me out.

  • I thought the terrible kitchen was a basement bar…then I didn’t see another kitchen.
    Do not want.

  • Anonymous

    The house is at least interesting, though a little too medieval dungeony for my tastes. However, you’d think you could get some decent pictures for an almost $2million listing. Those pictures are horrible! What’s with the random black and white ones and weird closeup shots of nothing?

    • b&w is xtra classy. doy.

    • The fruit bowl conveys.

      • Bnon

        The fruit is bruised/rotting

    • Angry Parakeet

      You would think they could have put away the hose and removed the ADT sign.

      • textdoc

        I wouldn’t have removed the ADT sign, but I agree about the hose.

  • Anonymous

    5200 sq. ft. and the whole thing is decorated like a dark cave. No thanks!

  • Anonymous

    This could take a lot of money to renovate. So. Much. Wrong.

  • I’ve certainly never not been able to understand what the hell someone is saying in a listing quite like this before, so they’re partially correct.

  • carlosthedwarf

    UGLY. The elevator is cool, though I bet it’s expensive to maintain. That said, even if it does need a bunch of redecorating, that much space in a location that good means that this will probably get close to list price.

    • Anonymous

      The elevator looks fairly old. Probably needs a lot of maintenance and will need to be replaced in next 10 years (big $$$$).

      • Anonymous

        big deal if you’re spending $1.8M on a place…

  • Likingit

    How funny, I loved it especially the outdoor space. Cool to have a elevator too. Lots of parking. I thought the kitchen was a refreshing change from the usual cookie cutter kitchens . I think the negative reactions are related to the price, right? I think the price per square foot and amenities are in line with other properties recently sold/on the market. And that is a good neighborhood. I wonder how many units the foot print is zoned for? I declare this place a good deal.

  • Angry Parakeet

    Reminds me a lot of the “fancy” Polish and German restaurants in Detroit and Milwaukee. All they need is a suit of armor decoration.

    • jim_ed

      Definitely. There’s a Lithuanian restaurant just outside of Chicago called Grand Duke’s that looks just like this on the inside. Which reminds me that I’d kill for a good Lithuanian restaurant in the DC area.

  • Administrator

    Deal. multiple parking spots, outdoor space, and under $400/sqft two blocks to Woodley metro.

  • Anonymous

    They’re smart to put this on the market while Game of Thrones is so popular.

  • Anonymous

    for the square footage and the location i’d say it is a bad deal. it really just needs a kitchen and bathroom redo and then a good interior designer.

  • hma

    I’ve seen this house for sale before. If you can believe, it was actually worse a couple of years ago.

    7 parking spaces and two blocks from the metro is pretty sweet.

  • textdoc

    Well, the listing agent’s claim was actually accurate — I’ve definitely never seen anything like this before.

  • fellowpetworthian

    I so wish that there were a couple of giant turkey legs in the bowl on the dining room table. They would be so much more appropriate than 10 day old fruit.

    • textdoc

      Actual LOL upon reading “I so wish that there were a couple of giant turkey legs in the bowl on the dining room table.”

  • Anonymous

    I drive past this house everyday on my drive home, I always wondered what these house went for on Cathedral, I am in love with that street but yikes! terrible decorating

  • Florista

    The black-and-white photography (and occasional sepia toned images) don’t make it any more desirable. Only the Flintstones would be interested in that lava-rock-cave kitchen!

  • ET

    This is one of those old overly taste-specific renos that we are warned about. Wonder if is one of those cases that the long-time owner died or went into a senior facility situation.

    That seems a bit high considering the kitchen (at least) will have to be demolished. But that is a good neighborhood and a sizable place so it isn’t ever going to be cheap.

  • Anon

    The photos should add to the sale. These photos look like they distract by getting to artsy. I want to SEE the space, which is hard to so in the black and white and sepia photos.


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