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GDoN “exposed brick walls & barn door!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm 22 Comments


This unit is located at 1869 Mintwood Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“**FIRST OPEN HOUSE: SUN (12/6)1-4PM** Renovated junior1BR co-op on one of DC’s most charming streets! Bright, open living & dining room w/ upgraded kitchen featuring top-of-the-line SS appliances, granite breakfast bar & gorgeous glass cabinets. Stylish touches throughout w/ exposed brick walls & barn door! Low fee, pet-friendly. GREAT LOCATION – tree-lined street, Metro, shopping & more!”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $289,900 ($256 monthly fee.)

  • Anonymous

    Uh, where does the bed go?

    • textdoc

      That’s what I was wondering — I went through the photos a second time, thinking I must’ve missed it.
      My guess is that the bedroom area must be behind the “barn door” and maybe has no windows… but why are there no photos of it?? Makes me wonder if they’re trying to pass off a studio as a junior one-bedroom.

      • Anonymous

        Or it’s staged with no bed and the bed has to go where the sofas are (hence the bargain basement price)

        • textdoc

          Maybe, but if that’s the case it should be listed as a studio. Usually the idea with a “junior one-bedroom” is that there’s a separate bedroom-ish space that doesn’t completely qualify as a bedroom — say, no windows.

        • GBinCH

          Given that it’s a coop, I don’t think the price is all that cheap. Coops never go for as much as a condo.

  • Tory

    I seem to have missed the barn door? And the bedroom?

    • textdoc

      I think the barn door is what’s at the right edge of the second photo that shows the exposed brick. For something featured in the description, I’d expect to see it given a little more attention in the photos.

      • Tory

        Oh, I see it now. Certainly it is not featured in the photos!

  • textdoc

    Maybe they closed the barn door after the bedroom had bolted. BADOOM-TISH!

    • I Dont Get It


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  • Philippe Lecheval

    Good luck. I know of two different couples who were denied the right to buy units in this building by the co-op board for reasons that were unclear. They were normal folks with steady, high-paying jobs who could more than afford to live there, so I’m not sure what sort of people they’re looking for.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’m sure the sellers were thrilled with the board holding up their sale. Note to all buyers, such bizarre bs is always a risk inherent in buying into a coop.

    • Anon

      I don’t have any insider knowledge about this particular building, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the board’s reluctance wasn’t somehow tied to the prospective buyers’ age. In other words, the board may be trying to ensure they don’t get the party-type making late night noise.

  • TX2DC

    Almost $300k + condo fees and you have to use coin-operated laundry room? Nope.

    • DC CapHill

      *Tck* Bingo….

  • Rich

    Junior one bedroom often means the bed goes in a very small space that looks like it was originally meant to serve as a sunporch or something. The exterior doesn’t seem to betray this kind of layout, but it may be that back in the 80s when a lot of Adams-Morgan buildings were renovated someone converted what had been a large studio or efficiency to this kind of layout.

  • Shaw

    1. If they are hiding the bedroom in the listing photos, it’s because they know once you see it you’ll say no. They are trying to get people excited enough to show up in person and hoping they fall in love with it despite the bed going in the walk-in closet of this studio.
    2. Not paying anything over a quarter million bucks to have to collect change to wash my own clothes.
    3. Hard pass on anything that’s a co-op. They’re much more difficult to finance, and the Co-Op Board is like a crazy condo board on steroids – denying buyers for no (verbalized) reason, changing rules willy-nilly, allowing rentals and then changing what kind. Absolute insanity. This is a horrible deal for anything over $200k – you will need the delta to pay a good “dealing with total BS” fee to yourself, pay for a laundry service, and cover your holding costs while you wait for an all-cash buyer the Board thinks is perfect enough when you go to sell.

    • Rich

      I’ve lived in 2 co-ops–one an ordinary building, the other a “Best Address”–I had no problems with the coop boards (and I eventually was involved in the governance of both) and that generally seems to be the case. Co-ops are not difficult to finance–there are plenty of lenders who will finance them. There were much stricter down payment requirements around ’07 and ’08, but that was a historical anomaly–you might have to put down more than for a condo but you can shop around about that. The upside of coops is that they usually don’t have a lot of renters and people are committed to the long haul which tends to make for better, more sociable buildings. Every time a co-op shows up here, there’s always a lot of misleading info like this.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I wouldn’t call it misleading when it can be absolutely true in some instances.

  • Rich

    If there’s one concern I’d have it would be the fee. Coops usually finance their capital improvements through an underlying mortgage, although they don’t have to (they can do assessments just like a condo). The underlying The fee is low enough that I’d wonder what capital improvements are needed and how they will be financed over the next 5 or so years. You’d want to know the age of boiler (if they have one) and the roof, and take a look at the brickwork to see if it needs tuckpointing.

  • ColHeist

    I realize this thread is a few days old, but I toured this unit a few days ago and the bedroom is located behind the barn door. The only thing that will fit in the bedroom is a mattress – it was touching walls on 4 sides. The living room/kitchen area is gorgeous though!


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