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GDoN “every commuters dream” edition

by Prince Of Petworth February 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm 18 Comments


This unit is located at 1245 13th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Highly desireable condo/rowhouse private entrance to unit on 13th St NW at the corner of N. 2 story condo with 2 bedrooms 2 full baths just every commuters dream. 1 1/2 blocks from Logan Circle super close to Metro. First Open House on Sunday Feb 7th from 12 to 3 pm. Not to be missed!”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $495,000 ($744 monthly fee.)


    That has to be one of the oddest layouts I have ever seen. Also 744 fee seems really high, no?

    • west_egg

      Looks like the staircase goes down into the bedroom, right? And I agree re: the fee.

  • Mark

    I can’t say whether it’s a good deal but the photos make me sad.

  • textdoc

    It looks like the stairs from the living room to the lower level open directly into the master bedroom — no door or anything. I am always baffled by layouts like these — don’t people want privacy??
    Presumably this also means that if you had, say, a kid or guest in the smaller bedroom, the kid/guest would have to go through the master bedroom in order to get upstairs.

    • That Man A

      I think you are correct about the stairs (I wouldn’t prefer as its a lack of privacy but it appears as though the second bedroom is on the top floor.. at least I hope that is the case

    • Marie

      It actually looks like the smaller bedroom is on the same level as the kitchen – see the door right next to the kitchen? There are only two doors in the master bedroom – one for the bedroom and the other for the closet.

    • anon

      the smaller bedroom looks like it’s on the main floor, behind the kitchen. but it looks like the only laundry is downstairs, which would make it hard to have a roommate. but this might not be a bad deal for a (well-off) single or a couple.

    • textdoc

      Ahh, good catch on the smaller bedroom being on the main floor.
      I still don’t like how the stairs openly directly into the master bedroom, but good to know the layout isn’t quite as crazy as I thought!

    • HaileUnlikely

      I had a friend who used to rent a couple doors down from this unit. I think it’s a good bet that it’s the same layout, in which case, yes, smaller bedroom on main level with kitchen and living room, larger bedroom downstairs right at the bottom of the stairs.

  • No Bikes

    There is a BASEMENT around the corner going for around the same price. In comparison, this seems good. In reality, maybe not.

    • textdoc

      This is partly a basement.

  • ustreeter

    This whole brutalist building should be demolished — soooooo ugly.

    • spookiness

      I’m not an architectural historian but a brick building is almost by definition not Brutalist. If you meant to say ugly, then just say ugly.

      • Angry Parakeet

        Not brutalist. Although not my cup of tea, it’s a lot better than so many apt/condo buildings in that area. In its (1981) day it was probably snazzy.

      • oh2dc

        I agree. It is a hideous building.

    • ExWalbridgeGuy

      Ugliest condo building in DC…. unfortunately, I doubt it will be demolished in our lifetime. It’d never be cost effective to buy up all the units in a building this dense, then demolish, and build a new building (which couldn’t really be any bigger). Our only hope is that the city will seize the building via eminent domain and defrock/imprison/execute the architect and developer of this monstrosity so that they never commit another crime like this…

      • HaileUnlikely

        I halfway agree with that, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if people who are our present age in the year 2055 look back at the sh!t that we built and say the exact same thing.

        • ExWalbridgeGuy

          certainly agree that some current projects won’t age well — when we have our architectural Robespierre moment I will be cheering from the crowds — but that said I really can’t think of any recent large buildings that will hold up as badly as this one…


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