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GDoN “Daring design” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm 26 Comments


This unit is located at 747 Morton Street, NW. The listing says:

“Daring design meets elegant finishes in these breathtaking new residences. The 2 new units are something different and unique in Columbia heights – they make a statement. High & vaulted ceilings, rich cherry Hardwood Floors, swanky European Kitchen, floating steel stairs to the suspended loft, glass walls & railings, large master suites. Roof deck w/wet bar. Parking included.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $769,900 ($312 monthly fee.)

  • HaileUnlikely

    I’ll pass. This looks more like an office than a home to me, and this block is not a place where I’d want to go so far out of my way to not only stand out but actively call attention my home and thus myself.

  • Surprising to me, there’s a lot I like about this one. Not a fan of no doors on / in the bathroom though. There are times when even the least demure person appreciates some privacy.

    • textdoc

      This one is even worse than the last one we saw like this. (The last one I remember seeing, at any rate.) It looks like with this one, all the steam from your shower will end up in your bedroom.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I did not get though enough of the photos to even see the bathrooms prior to posting. Yes, this is troubling. I am genuinely curious as to whether this was permitted and passed relevant inspections. Checking now.

        • Anon A. Mouse

          I’ve designed master bedrooms without doors and haven’t had a problem, I still try to sneak in a pocket door. Typically it’s a master where privacy is provided by a closet/hallway and not a combination Bed Bath like this one, but I’m not gonna judge what people are into… Normally, people buy it like this one and WANT a wall put in.
          I haven’t heard of a SFH requiring a door to the bathroom or in this case, walls. One mechanical code that pops up is that return air vent can’t be located within 10 feet of the bathroom. This one gets overlooked all the time. I’d have to poke around for a while to really understand what they did and if they’re are any issues, but nothing seems glaring.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Update: Failed mechanical inspection last week. Plumbing inspection scheduled, not yet performed. Electrical rough-in inspection scheduled last week, not yet performed. Hard to do electrical rough-in inspection with everything covered by drywall.

        • JS

          And yet they passed electrical-close in months ago, the TPF electrical was approved, and they have the electrical final scheduled. This looks more like someone at DCRA forgot to update the file than anything else. .
          I know from personal experience that re-scheduling a mechanical inspection can cause a “Mechanical – disapproved” entry to appear in PIVS. If anyone looks up my house, it appears that I failed a mechanical inspection when in fact that inspection never occurred and was simply rescheduled for a later date.

    • lm

      it looks like there could be a pocket door for where the toilet is? i could be wrong

  • petworther

    I like what they’ve done with the space. Some of the finishes are strange. What’s the deal with the striped tile in the bathroom?
    Price could be a little high, you can get a lot in a two bedroom for 770k. And with the future of Park Morton far from clear this block is not getting nicer soon.

    • Anonymous

      There are currently 3 other gut renos on that block alone in addition to the Morton St. Mews project at the end of the block which is nicely done. It is actually one of the nicer blocks in the area

      • JS

        Morton St. Mews is asking $1.35 million for new rowhouses on this block, which just boggles the mind.

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          Morton St Mews looks very nice, but yes the prices they’re asking are crazy. They’re way overpriced on the rowhouses and the condos. I’ll be interested to see what they sell for.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Ooh, shiny things! Nobody will ever bother me in my luxe gentrifier pad here!

  • I would love to have heard the conversation that led to the design decision of putting an oversized shower in the middle of the master bedroom.

  • Rich

    “Daring” = looks like a sore thumb or filled with impractical features.

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    So much NOPE with this one. We watched it go up so so so slowly. At one time it seemed like they weren’t working on it at all for months and there wasn’t a stop work order or anything. First problem is this rowhome is incredibly narrow. They popped it up to make way for 2 condos, but still I cannot imagine how narrow it is inside. Secondly, 769k for a condo plus HOA fee in Park View. Umm, you can still get a whole rowhome for less than that in Park View. This isn’t far from Park Morton so it’ll be better once that’s redeveloped (in like 2030 at this rate), but right now you’d be insane to pay this price for this condo.

    • I think the glass wall staircase helps alleviate some of the narrowness that would otherwise make it feel more cramped.

      • Glass walls are great- as long as you have someone to clean it every other day. . .

        • Anon

          Why is that any different from other types of walls? I don’t go around palming every wall I pass.

  • Robert H

    Ugly facade, glass separation wall instead of bannister at stairs looks silly, thermostat in the same area, with the way it’s staged, makes this look like an office. Bathroom and kitchen look pretty good, if not too typical. 3/4 mil in that location with a 300$ hoa…..hmmm. I think the facade(and surrounding facades) devalue the curb appeal.

  • Anonymous

    An open-concept bathroom, and shared laundry in a two-unit condominium building?

  • spookiness

    No particularly daring. There are a lot of things I like, but would be better as a SFH and in a completely different location.

  • Planner

    Not my style at all. Don’t care for the open stairs, the glass walls & railings, the stripey bathroom tile. That said, I like the shell of the space and given the chance to own and re-do to my own tastes… maybe.

    But to rent as-is? No thanks.

    • Timebomb

      It’s a purchase, not a rental. But I personally know all too well the environmental and economic discomfort of trashing brand new finishes (and even then, it wasn’t as brand new as these).

  • jd

    This place holds less than zero appeal to me.

  • Jhon

    Nice design. I like the open stairs and the glass wall it opend up the place. We all have diffrent taste and diffrent names. I like what they did given the space!!

    I wouldn’t be suprized if it goes on contract/sold quick.

    Great work…


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