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GDoN “cool sliding barn door” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm 49 Comments

1740 New Jersey Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 1740 New Jersey Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Boutique six unit building in a prime location…Unique floorplans flooded with light & style. Unit 3 has cool sliding barn door, luxurious bath, rich dark wood floors and a beautiful white on white kitchen. NJ 1740 has loads of green space, bike & secure storage and a perfect roof terrace. Green feature throughout, solar panels the supply all common electric. other units available…”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $447,500 ($195 monthly fee.)

  • JS

    Not a comment on the individual unit, but from the exterior photo it looks like they did a pretty good job integrating the popup into the original structure.

  • CapitalDame

    Anyone know how much those sliding doors cost? Always wondered.

    • JS

      Like anything, it depends on how much you want to spend – you could spend $500 or $1500.

      • Anon

        Does the $1500 come with a certificate of authenticity telling us all about the finer points of the terroir from which it hailed?

      • CP

        Agreed. I knocked down part of a wall to open up the tiny kitchen and dining room in my house, but I didn’t want it completely open, so I chose to have two plain barn doors that I painted the same color as the wall, so you don’t notice them. It makes both spaces bigger without losing the ability to close off the kitchen. I don’t know how much the hardware was (was in a part of a much bigger reno budget), but you can make almost any door work with them. I chose cheap ones from Home Depot and they blend into my wall perfectly.

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  • Rich

    Price is high given what appears to be rather limited space, esp. given the location and no parking. The monthly fee is almost sure to escalate.

    • GBinCH

      If this was a two bedroom, I would agree with you. Given that this is a one bedroom and, I assume – haven’t looked, one of the smaller units in the building $195 might be reasonable. My HOAs are ~$290/mo for a two bedroom so I would say that seems alright for this unit.

      • Rich

        The norm for an established building seems to be 250-350, with more buildings over 300 than was the case even a few years ago.

  • Anon

    Why yes, that is indeed a cool sliding barn door.

  • ree

    impossible to say without knowing the sf

  • SilverSpringGal

    Looks really nice but I can’t find the individual unit sqft anywhere.

  • Linc Park SE

    Interesting they tout bike storage – but there’s a bike stored in the bedroom in the photo …

    • anon

      Came to make the same comment. Why not move the bike for the photo? It’s in the way and leaning against a white comforter.

      • stacksp

        They are selling the “bike-able” community lifestyle or trying to do so. Bring attention to the fact that you can bike places.

    • textdoc

      Yeah — that suggests to me that the bike storage area is somehow unsuitable — no room for additional bikes? Not conveniently located? Has had bikes stolen?
      Like anon, I found it strange that the bike is leaning against a white comforter. I wonder if the place was (partially?) professionally staged and then the occupant came home with her/her bike??

      • Nathan

        This is new construction.

      • G

        This is brand new construction (still under construction in fact) so this was definitely staged.

      • Anon

        This was purposefully staged in this manner to appeal to the bike-riding urbanites. They’re not actually suggesting that you park your bike at the foot of your bed – it’s more of a nod to the subconscious of the potential buyers. “Oh, a [metaphorical] bike-at-the-foot-of-my-bed! That’s SO me! ….. AND there’s dedicated bike storage?!? Be still, my beating heart!”

  • textdoc

    Is there a second sliding door behind the one in the photo? If not, that means that the bedroom is always open (at least partially) to the living room. IMO, this is a studio, or possibly a “junior one-bedroom” at best.

    • Ha! Great minds…

      • textdoc


    • Tsar of Truxton

      There is a wall…

    • lm

      isn’t there a wall behind the door there? (see living room pics)

    • Emmaleigh504

      there’s a wall behind the door, so when the door is closed the bedroom is completely closed off.

    • textdoc

      Ahh… Tsar of Truxton and LM are right about the wall.
      But it still seems like poor design. As binpetworth said, it looks as though the only feasible space for a bed is against the barn door. That means that if you slide the door across to enclose the bedroom, you’ll have a barn-door’s-width gap between the bed and the wall, perfectly positioned to swallow anything that falls off the head of the bed — eyemask, pajamas, thin pillow, etc.

      • I Dont Get It


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      • Anon

        One word: headboard.

      • SilverSpringGal

        Looks like its fit under the lion and against the window.

  • This looks very cramped to me…like there’s no way you could fit a bed in that “bedroom” except where it is now right by the door. To me, it’s a junior one-bed at most, and I’d guess no more than maybe 500 or so square feet. I don’t know what the going rate is for 1b/1ba in Shaw, but this feels overpriced to me.

    • textdoc

      “I don’t know what the going rate is for 1b/1ba in Shaw, but this feels overpriced to me.” I had the same reaction.
      I guess they shut the barn door after the price had already bolted. ;)

  • Petworther

    Barn door= the new vessel sink?

    • I Dont Get It

      I’m on it!

    • fka Shawess


    • Anonymous

      Seems like a pocket door would make more sense, and would actually provide more privacy (if for example you had guests in the livingroom) than a barn door which doesn’t actually have a complete closure. Maybe packet doors aren’t trendy, but they are useful, and should be something that could be easily done in new construction.

      • petworther

        But a pocket door would require skill and craftsmanship.

        • J

          Actually it looks like there are pocket doors to access the washer/dryer…
          Defniitely agree that another would make sense for the bedroom entry tho.

          • J

            Wow. **Definitely

  • 7thStTechGuy

    That is one of the nosiest corners in the District. That is the main route to Howard University Hospital, and Ambulances are going roughly 24/7. Also RI is bumper to bumper at times.

    • Amber

      Meh, I used to live across the street from the GW hospital ambulance bay (old hospital, so back circa 2002-03, when I was a GW student, and you can get surprisingly used to it really fast). Would wake people up when they stayed with me for a couple of days, but it all just blended away, and I’d often sit and study with the windows open in afternoons/evenings. I have high quality windows in my house now, and I never hear ambulances/fire trucks/etc now, living about 2 blocks from a fire station in NE — so if this house has new windows (my guess, since I’ve been watching that renovation going on forever) it probably wouldn’t be too bad for *most* people. People with migraines, small babies, and super-sensitive ears, maybe.

  • I have no opinion other than that it’s poorly staged. the furniture makes it look small. It very well might be small but the staging does it no favors.

    • jdegg

      So I guess the LR staging is meant to say that the perfect owner would prefer to watch himself sitting on the couch, rather than watch TV

  • Hill Denizen

    That doesn’t seem like very much space for $500k. It doesn’t make sense why you would put the barn door on the bedroom side where there is limited bed space when you a blank wall on the other side. The way it’s laid out now, the bed has to be several inches in front of the wall. Actually why a barndoor at all? Especially one that big?

  • kanon

    I think it’s an okay unit, but more like a jr 1-bed, like others have noted. Barn doors don’t appeal to me, but I can see why it’s used in this space. Staging is pretty awful tho. I can’t wait to sit on those couches and stare at myself :)

  • Near Northeast

    Agreed that the staging is terrible. I’m at loss to understand centering the living room seating around…a giant mirror. Was it too hard to borrow a TV for an hour to take a photo of it?

  • jdegg

    My three-BR house in Petworth (closer to Fort Totten, to be honest) cost about this much. But my house has no barn door. Perhaps I could put one in.

  • Anonymous

    This is a glorified studio. Just barely 600 sf, if I had to guess. And that’s generous.
    Way overpriced.

  • On Capital Heels

    Love the sliding door! What a great idea!!


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