GDoN “overlooking romantic historic Circle” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm 27 Comments

16 Grant Circle Northwest

This unit is located at 16 Grant Circle Northwest. The listing says:

“Open Sun 1-4. Choose from 6 all new twnhse style units overlooking romantic historic Circle only 6 blocks to metro! Great open floorplans with gourmet kitchens, warm hdwd floors, wonderful light, great closet space, w/d, private roofdecks & pkg. avail for 25k. tankless hwh, low fees, Like lving in your own twnhse taxes approx.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $769,900 ($219 monthly fee.)

  • tke98

    Hmmm, these homes are located north of the Circle, they are a good nine – ten blocks from the GA Ave. metro station. Unless the listing agent expect future owners to catapult from the roof deck to the south side of the Circle.

    • tke98


  • textdoc

    I’m having trouble remembering for sure, but don’t these units face New Hampshire Avenue rather than Grant Circle?
    (Not disputing the address, just the characterization that the units “overlook” Grant Circle — sounds as though only the one on the end would overlook it.)

    • tke98

      I pass them almost daily while walking my dog. Four units face New Hampshire. Two units are in the Circle proper.

  • textdoc

    Backstory on the 16 Grant Circle property:

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    What does “private roofdecks & pkg. avail for 25k” mean? You have to pay an extra 25k for the roofdeck? I don’t know…$769,900 seems like a lot for a condo in a row house. I like that area though.

    • JS

      This is why you need the oxford comma – “private roofdecks, and parking available…” The current formulation is probably written in an attempt to conform to MLS’s character limits.

    • SilverSpringGal

      Yeah, but look at it next to the smaller rowhouses – its about the size of those homes just by itself.

    • Yeah, that confused me as well. And $769K is a lot. I like all the light these units get, but looking at Redfin, I see both a separate bungalow and a rowhouse with more square footage, completely renovated, that are both $100K less than this “condo” and in the immediate neighborhood. I know what I’d choose (i.e., something without a condo fee) if I had that budget, but I’m sure these will sell at around this price.

      • JS

        To be fair, that bungalow is counting the basement in the square footage and is priced for a bidding war. It will almost certainly sell somewhere in the low to mid 700s.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        Oh man, I LOVEEEE that bungalow, but I am a sucker for bungalows. I’d much rather have that bungalow over this condo, but that’s just me.

        • ANC1Resident

          Only one unit is priced at $769,000, it’s the largest one overlooking the circle. Two units are priced as low as $569,00. The 25k is just for 3 available parking spaces.. Decks are included in 3 units.

          • textdoc

            “As low as” $569K. (shaking head in disbelief)

  • SilverSpringGal

    Beautiful. Right on the Circle and a good price. If wanted a townhouse at this point in my life, I would totally buy this. Yes, I know its nowhere near close to metro or transpo but things change.

    • ke

      It’s actually not a bad walk to the Metro and the 64 bus runs right by, so I don’t think you can say it’s not close to transportation.

    • dat

      It’s a very short walk to the petworth metro from here. Less than 10 minutes.

  • PG

    They look nice and blend into the neighborhood but as a neighbor I would say they are about $100-$150K overpriced. Several traditional rowhomes in the area, recent flips granted, sold at or below this price and they looked just as nice, if not nicer and bigger, with some backyard area and off-street parking.

    • jdegg

      There’s a brand new 2BR/2BA around the corner for $635K. And a couple of 4BR houses nearby recently sold for close to $800K. Not sure these are overpriced. All the white makes me a little nuts, but otherwise they seem reasonable.

  • madmonk28

    They’re not that far from Metro. We live about a block north of these and it takes about 15 min to walk to it; there’s no way it’s only 6 blocks though.

    • NH Ave Hiker

      I just counted it is six blocks from the circle.

      • tke98

        NH Ave Hiker. From south of the circle, but from the house’s location, one has to walk either through or around the circle, and that is additional blocks.

  • petworther

    after all the conflict about these I think they turned out really nicely. I hope we can get an ANC that works better with developers in the future, especially when they create a quality product.
    Any new on where the lawsuit about all this went?

  • expw

    imo these are very ugly in person and do not at all fit the character of the circle or surrounding houses. I can’t believe I’m saying this but this huge popback around the corner ultimately turned out better https://www.popville.com/2016/03/units-for-sale-at-varnum-pop-back/

    • E05DCA

      Agreed. The condos have very little character, and the developer used builder-grade materials throughout. The view is absolutely wonderful, but it doesn’t make up for plasticky countertops, flimsy kitchen faucets, and cheap-looking hardwood floors. The cruise ship around the corner is quite a bit nicer and has more interesting features. I’m really looking to seeing the pop-back next to these condos though. The developer has used matching brick, and they look like they’ve done a really nice job.

      • ANC1Resident

        These comments seem suspiciously like developer comments to gain traction on their own projects. Nobody who has been in these units would say it was builder grade or plastic.


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