GDoN “Sympathetic renovation” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth December 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm 9 Comments


This house is located at 628 Madison Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sympathetic renovation over three levels, retaining classic features and charm but with modern luxury finishes. Original hardwood throughout with restored feature staircase. Gourmet kitchen with SS appliances and granite countertops. Finished basement opens to newly fenced yard.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $599,000.

  • Mark

    I’m not sure that keeping the floors, stairs, french doors, transom windows, and steam heat are enough to make this a “sympathetic” renovation, but it’s much better than the worst of the gut-rehabs.

    • Anonymous

      We bought a house with the exact same layout that was mostly unrenovated. The only major changes they made were to remove the entry closet/pantry on the other side, expand the center kitchen into what used to be the dining room to take up the width of the house, and expand the upstairs bathroom into what were originally bedroom closets.

      When we did our renovations we concluded there just was no way to make a modern functional kitchen without removing the old kitchen wall. And if the upstairs bathroom were our only bathroom we too would have taken the closets.

      All that is to say it’s a pretty darn sensitive renovation.

      • Cas

        We have the same layout, and have a full modern kitchen without knocking down any walls or adding any can lights.

    • GBinCH

      I’m guessing sympathetic is their way of saying they kept some of the original walls and didn’t go open concept with the floor plan.

  • jim_ed

    Did they use the same paint for the exterior and the interior? The reno looks fine, and it did keep a lot of original detail, which I like. The blocks of Madison between this house and Georgia aren’t great, but on the other hand its two blocks from Taqueria Distrito Federal, so its kinda a push. Pretty close to the 62 and 63 line down 5th, the 70 down Georgia, and the E lines across the park and to Ft Totten, so its sneaky good for transit. Paying $600 large to live north of Kennedy seems nuts to me, but based on the current market it may not be all that crazy.

  • HaileUnlikely

    This would be a fabulous deal if only there were a whole lot less gunfire in the general area.

  • Anon. No. 5

    “Sympathetic reno?” Did they ask how the house’s feelings before, during, and after?

    But I do like the reno and glad they kept all the french doors!

  • Outback2010

    Looks like a great place to me, and really close to the some of the new and upcoming projects on Kennedy ANXO’s cidery and the new restaurant from the Dunya owner. Keeps the charm without having to shell out a fortune on a complete gut job, some of which are going north of 700 in the area.

  • textdoc

    I really like the plain backsplash tiles and plain bathroom tiles. So many renovations have ones that are WAY too busy.


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