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GDoN “5 Metros” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 27, 2016 at 11:55 am 20 Comments

This unit is located at 1239 Vermont Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sunny bright condo on 9th fl of superbly located bldg. Called Jr. 1 BR but sleeping area completely separate. Hardwood flrs, good closets, large extra storage room. Bldg has roof deck, pool, exercise room, community room, well appointed laundry. Weekday desk attendant. 5 Metros, downtown, dining, shopping, nightlife within minutes. Pets OK. Garage Space #24 for sale for $35,000.”

You can see more photos here.

This 465 square food 1 bed/1 bath is going for $265,000 ($517 monthly fee.)

  • MetroExpert

    If by “5 metros” you mean an 20 minute equidistant walk to five metros, then I suppose the description is technically correct…

    • Rich

      Not quite to 20 to all. I live nearby. the closest for this is McPherson, which probably takes 10 or so. Dupont is may be 15. Mt Vernon might take 20, but more like 15.

      I’m guessing they have problems with reserves or big recent capital expenditures (pools are literal financial sink holes, for example) that they chose to finance out of fees rather than an assessment. The price probably is well below 300K because of the fee.

      This is the building that recently had multiple garage break-ins.

      • fka Shawess

        There was a huge fire here about five years ago. I wonder if that’s the reason for the big fee?

        • textdoc

          That might well explain it — the building’s overall insurance would have shot up as a result.

        • Rich

          Even with a large deductible, the blanket insurance for the building should have paid for the damage, along with individual residents’ insurance. Buildings have to have have insurance–lenders expect it. Perhaps there were lawsuits or something more that raised costs to the owners.

          • Rich

            The building’s insurance would rise but probably not enough to justify fees that are probably $300 over comparable units in the area.

          • textdoc

            There are one-bedroom (or smaller) units in buildings with doormen and pools with fees of less than $217/month?? That doesn’t sound plausible to me.

  • MonthlyFeeExpert

    That monthly fee is ghastly.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a 50 year old building with amenities. What would you expect?

  • anon

    “Called Jr. 1 bedroom but sleeping area completely separate.” Duh, a jr. one bedroom IS a one-bedroom – one would expect the sleeping area to be completely separate. If it wasn’t, it would be a studio. Oh, yeah, since the photos you took do not bother to show that the “bedroom” has a 4 walls and a door, I’m going to assume from that, combined with your odd prose, that this is an alcove studio. Realtor fail.

    • textdoc

      A junior one-bedroom is something in between a studio and a one-bedroom. Usually a junior one-bedroom has some kind of separated sleeping area, but the sleeping area lacks its own window and/or lacks a closet.

  • fka Shawess

    I used to live very close to this and although I agree with others that the Metro claims here may be a stretch, it’s probably in the best location you could ever want if you work downtown. You can walk to basically everything you need. The building and unit are fairly no frills, but I think the price is just about right, given the fees. Would be a pretty great starter condo, IMHO.

    • textdoc

      It has a pool and a (weekday) front desk attendant — that doesn’t sound like “no frills” to me.

      • Rich

        It is a great location–living nearby, I never take cabs or buses downtown unless the weather is really bad. I walk all over downtown and while it’s a negative not to be on top of a Metro, having them all within a plausible walk is a positive–just don’t be carrying a lot or be running late.

      • fka Shawess

        You’re right Textdoc — “no frills” isn’t entirely accurate. I was speaking more to the unit’s finishes and the “curb appeal” of the building.

        • textdoc

          Agreed on that count.

  • ElevatorExpert

    A friend used to live in this building. We got stuck in the elevator when he moved in. That was not a fun experience. A resident said that that happens all the time. This was a few years ago so maybe it’s better now, but I would beware.

    • Ugh

      A friend of mine lived here and the ac was shot last summer. Apparently had been some type of long-ignored proposed fix that never got done and by the time it was a priority there was some lag in getting the work done due to scheduling/maybe chiller or some component needing to be built on site.

  • Anonymous

    Curious about the kitchen. There seems to be no exhaust over the gas range, but even more troubling, it looks like the fuse box or circuit breaker panel is on the wall just above one of the rear burners.

    • textdoc

      I could be wrong, but I think the panel that’s above one of the rear burners is actually the vent. My apartment in grad school had a manual vent like this in the kitchen, and a pull string that would run the fan.


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