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GDoN “One-of-a-kind” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm 39 Comments

722 9th Street Southeast

Never in a million years would I’ve guessed it looked like this on the inside. This house is located at 722 9th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“One-of-a-kind Hill home has a 1st floor BR & BA, and boasts over 2,500 sq.ft. on 2 levels. One step at the front door & direct walkout access to backyard. Huge garden, flagstone patio & gated 2-CAR PARKING w/ auto opener. 18′ ceilings in 2-story great room. First floor side-by-side W/D & wood-burning FP. Loft on 2nd floor w/ office & family room. Massive 2nd floor BR has 5 closets! Room 4 Pool.”


You gotta see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $1,150,000.

  • anon

    Never in a million years would I want to live in a house that looked like that on the inside.

    • Hill Denizen

      Let alone the outside.

  • anonymous

    Stealth activated!

  • Angry Parakeet

    I suppose we should thank the builder because its insensitive façade probably greatly pushed forward historical movement to preserve classic old neighborhoods.

  • textdoc

    All of the stone/tile/brick on the first floor make it look really cold and uninviting.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed. Looks like an office.

  • SilverSpringGal

    That is an incredible transformation. O.O

    • GBinCH

      I would love to see the before photos. I don’t really like this house, but it has seen so much work.

  • spookiness

    Wow. Love it.

  • anon

    I won’t even comment on the reno. The price is bats@#! crazy. It’s a 2 bedroom house. $1.15 mil? Sorry, no.

    • smh

      For someone who has a small family (couple without kids?) and likes to entertain, that could be the perfect fit. I have 1 kid and like to hang out in the common areas of my house, so dislike homes with lots of giant bedrooms with walk-in closets, big master baths, etc.

      It’s under $444 a square foot. That is not out of line for the area.

      Did have to chuckle that the real estate agent has it listed as a “mobile home” on this site. Someone who is going to earn over $30,000 on the sale of this house should be able to hire a proofreader.

      • JoDa

        It seems that a large chunk of the ad markets this to someone older or who has/may have an elderly family member living with them. They mention the lack of steps at the front and back; the first floor bed, bath, and laundry; and the auto-opener on the parking (with no stairs in from parking). Well-heeled couple near retirement who want a home they won’t age out of if they can no longer do the number of stairs a traditional rowhouse typically requires, with the upstairs bedroom as space for kids/grandkids to visit, and plenty of room for canasta (I kid), as an example.

      • I agree on the proofreading. I often wonder what this type of effort says about America – that it’s still the land of opportunity because anyone with the right drive and ambition, but not necessarily the education, can still make it big? Or is this just representative of the decline of our society, where the person can’t even be bothered to put the minimal amount of effort in?

  • anon

    holyyyy. while i’m not sure i would live in this myself, it is beautiful. i believe it’s mid century modern? love.

    • anon

      You are correct. The listing says it was built in 1965, so it likely is in its close-to-original mid-century state – rather than an row house that had been heavily made over, as some assumed immediately given the location.
      My pet peeves about this house (and many of the era) are: 1) a kitchen needs natural light (windows) – otherwise, it is hard to want to spend any time in there. 2) That mezzanine seems kind of useless space (and dangerous, given the railing that looks very low – for clumsy folk.) 3) Beige brick walls, beige paneling, and beige carpeting – ugly. The latter two could be changed, but I wouldn’t want to have to drywall all those two-story interior brick walls (as I always figure would do when I look at photos of houses or apartments with exposed brick walls) – these were made that way, and there isn’t necessarily clearance for drywall – at least the other ones originally had plaster over the brick,

      • Anon

        Also, the staging is doing this house a major disservice- the carpet is awful and the furniture doesn’t match the aesthetic of the house. It’s too bad, the house could be amazing with proper decorating.

      • anon

        Natural light is always better, but silly in a row house kitchen. You only have so many windows–why waste them on work areas where nobody wants to spend time. Windows should be used for living spaces.

        • anon

          Oh, I so don’t agree. I am happy to putter about in my kitchen and cook when I have light. The ONE time I had a kitchen without natural light (and it was a nice size kitchen in a nice apartment – I bought the place), I realized that I just naturally didn’t spend time there, and would much rather eat out. Never again – because i eat better (and am happier) when I cook.
          I need natural light especially in work areas – kitchen, where my desk is, where I read. As eyes age, you become more aware of how important it is (I guess because eyes take in less light, or so I read.) As I grow to need darkness more when I sleep, I realize I now could like without much light (but of course need a window) in my bedroom.

        • JoDa

          Yeah, my only complaint about that kitchen was that it didn’t have a double wall oven. But there’s enough space to add the second oven without major expense, so that’s a minor quibble. At first glance I thought the kitchen was too small, but reviewing all the pics, it was just the scale of the living space that made it look small and I’m certain I could bake/cook up a storm in that space easily (but would have an even better time with a double wall oven, just to reiterate!).

  • Franklin

    This is one of those situations where spending 20-25K putting a new veneer or facade treatment on the outside would probably pay off 5 fold. I wouldn’t ever walk into the house to view it as I can’t get past how ugly it is on the outside.

    • ZetteZelle

      But if they’re within the boundaries of the historic district, they can’t make changes to the exterior (even if the exterior doesn’t fit in with what made the historic district historic in the first place), at least not without jumping through a ton of hoops.

  • Anon

    That’s a lot of sq footage to only have 2 BR

    • anon

      It’s clearly not meant to be a house for a family of four (or a family at all). They are spending the square footage on entertainment spaces, which for some people is a bigger priority than bedrooms. Plus, many people are looking for those extra bedrooms because they want them for other reasons — home offices, mostly. This place has plenty of “bonus” space in the open plan for a home office and other multi-use spaces. It just doesn’t make sense to compare a house like this (which really is one-of-a-kind in this market) to a row house — totally different target audience.

      That said, I have mixed feelings about the price. Price per square foot makes sense, especially given that huge yard. But when you move above $1 million, your pool of buyers shrinks by a lot. Add that to the fact that this is not a house for everyone — lots of buyers in this price range will dismiss it immediately as an option because DC buyers tend to want more traditional layouts. I could see this going under asking, possibly well under asking, simply because it’s going to be hard for the seller to find a buyer. But I guess you never know — someone might fall in love with it and not care about the price (lucky person!).

      • Accountering

        I agree with this – my parents are looking for a second home in DC for when they retire to have a place close to Andie and I, and my two brothers and their significant others. They are looking more in the 750K range, but they want a 2nd bedroom so grandkids have a place to stay when they babysit.
        I am sure there are plenty of people in similar situations where they would be willing to go to 1.25 million, and that is who IMO buys this place.

  • K

    I have always wondered what this house looks like on the inside. I had always assumed old apartments. Little did I know.

    This house looks directly at the Marine Barracks on a really quiet street that is a block off Barracks Row. The kind of person who can afford this house can afford to give it a little more curb appeal to match the mid century aesthetics of the inside.

  • DCer15

    Looks like a conference center!

    • I Dont Get It


  • Pretty cool, nice that it’s mostly cohesive throughout. I’m one of those people who purposely paid more for a house that wasn’t broken up into a bunch of tiny bedrooms, so I completely understand the mentality of whoever designed this place. I’ve no desire for children, so two large bedrooms is all we needed, and the rest goes to great entertaining space.

  • Duponter

    It gives me a very Brady Bunch vibe.

    That said, I’m not entirely sure that renovation is that extensive or new. I imagine that was the floorplan when built. The stairs appear to be redone, but beyond that, much of it looks remarkably dated. I would have to gut/renovate those bathrooms and the kitchen. For that price, I would have hoped they would be a touch nicer.

    I definitely like it though. It’s a style that is particular to a buyer into the mod feel, but I dig it. It just isn’t updated enough for me.

    • I Dont Get It

      Despite having an architect for a father, those poor six Brady Bunch kids shared a bathroom that apparently, had no toilet!

  • OP Anon

    I would buy it and name it “The DINK Bunker”

  • anon

    Deal. Based on the location and width of the lot. Even if you can’t pop this up, you could redo the second floor to two bedrooms and a windowless bathroom. Would also invest some money in a very modern facade.

    • Rich

      Why does it have to be turned into a variation on everything else on the market?

      • +1, there are plenty of buyers who would at least be interested, despite the small sample size of Popville commenters.

        • fka Shawess

          +1. I like it and could totally see why it could be good for the right buyer as-is.

  • lisavfr
    • anon

      I think POPville classified it as a mobile home, don’t see it in the actual listing. They do refer to it as double-wide, which is a reference to the lot width.

  • CS

    I went to the open house on Saturday for this place – I happen to love it, but I am also a fan of mid-century modern houses. Alas, I do not have a $1M plus budget. Here is the crazy part though – when I was walking up, there were a couple of police cars parked across the street, and they were arresting a man. I though “weird, I wonder if that’s related to the open house at all?” As it turns out, when I went into the house and there were more officers, yes it was. My first thought was that he was trying to steal something from the house. While I never got to talk to the agent (he was still talking to the police when I left), I did talk to some of the other people touring the house, and apparently the guy had been squatting in the house, and refused to leave when the agent showed up to open the house.

    • textdoc



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