GDoN “Gorgeous renovation” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth August 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm 32 Comments

700 Longfellow Street Northwest

This house is located at 700 Longfellow Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Gorgeous renovation*Bright, sunny end unit*New roof, plumbing, electrical*No carpeting anywhere; wood main & upper, tile lower*Open main level*Stainless, marble kitchen*Deck*Sep dining area*Powder room*4 bed up w/awesome master bath*LL in-law suite*2 car off street parking*Fenced backyard*1 block to Kennedy St. renaissance*Convenient to Petworth groceries, restaurants, metro*Geo Ave Walmart*More!”


You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $869,000.

  • Anon

    Love all the natural light, but those windows are probably not the best fit for an indoor floor-hockey rink.

    • wdc

      I was just going to say, I can hear the echo from here. Plus, all that open space, and they didn’t bother to wall off the front door somehow. Does ANYONE want their front door to open directly into the living room??

      • Matt

        Most houses in Petworth/Brightwood have the front doors open into the living room.

        • wdc

          Why not fix that when you’re gutting a place? Again, does anyone actually like that element?

          • Matt

            Building a wall/creating a foyer would take a lot of space away from the living room. The photos don’t reflect the reality but most of these row homes are only around 15 feet wide. If you build a wall to do what you think should be done, you’re taking away at least 3 feet of space from the living room.

            From a personal stance, my home’s front door opens into the living room and I’ve always been fine with it. Different strokes for different folks.

          • Anonymous

            I like it just fine. It works for us in our house.

        • eva

          Do you mean the ones that have been renovated? Almost all of the houses in my immediate area of Petworth that haven’t been gutted have a foyer with a 4 foot piece of wall between the door and the entrance to the living room (which may or may not have french doors depending on how much you’ve kept of the original).

        • Rich

          Foyers are pretty uncommon with rowhouses and breezeways never seem to have made it this far South in a lot of house designs even though they’d actually make a lot of sense for this climate.

      • ET

        My house has a center door that opens directly into the living room and it is the one thing I really do HATE about my house it was THE compromise I had to make. Saying that at least you can’t see the kitchen sink from the front door.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        It has never bothered me.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Seems like a lot of questionable design choices, to me….I love the kitchen and island, but I think I hate the ceilings on the main level….weird, floating sinks….just…odd.

    • NE of NW

      This home is really nice and I like the Brightwood / upper Petworth area a lot. But I think it’s weird & random that this house is selling for 869K, but is two miles from the metro and closer to crime… compared to the recent GDoN “You’ll be the envy of your friends” edition. The previous GDoN featured a Petworth house about the same size, one mile from the metro, less nearby crime, near a park and bus stops… but that house reduced its price down from 839K. I don’t understand why the former location would be considered more desirable.

      • DF

        Yup, that one is around the block from us (on 5th) and is down to $729; more than 100k less than initial listing. No way this one goes for 869.

  • Matt

    Crooked eyebrow at the term “Kennedy St renaissance.”

    • Anon

      It’s a year or so away from being visible, but there’s a lot of investment pouring into Kennedy, and particularly on the 700 block. In a year or so there will be a new cidery, bar, and restaurant within a few blocks. I agree it’s a bit rough now, but there’s a reward to be had.

    • Guillermo Brown

      Crooked eyebrow at “convenient to GA Ave metro.” It’s almost 2 miles away

      • stacksp

        Convenient by bus I assume.

  • soozles

    Another generic, soulless gut job. I wonder how wide this house is. The replacement windows are one of the most unfortunate aspects of this house. How do they open? Or do they? And I agree about that ceiling on the first floor. What’s going on there?

    As others have said, I think the width of the house determines if you have a foyer. Less than 18 feet, and the answer is probably no. This house looks fairly wide though. I have one, but my house is 22 feet wide, which I think is unusually wide for DC.

    I’ll be curious to see if this house fetches the asking price.

    • Cassie

      My house is 16-feet wide with a foyer, and I LOVE it. My living room is the perfect size.

      • Bloomy


    • anongardener

      Casement windows. More expensive than double-hung, which is an indication that they cared about the finishes. I think windows on rowhouses look better with muntins, so sad they don’t have those, but I guess they were going for the modern look.

  • jdegg

    It’s hardly fair to imply that this house is close to the Petworth metro.

  • ***

    WTF is going with those ceilings? That is the most unnecessary over-designed element. Simple, flat, articulated ceilings would have been just fine. It’s made worse that it appears that neither of the coffers align. All I can think is – those are going to collect dust and spiders and be a pain in the ass to clean all the time.

  • Anon

    This house went under contract almost immediately after it went on the market, but it looks like it fell through.

  • lizcolleena

    Nice house, but that is a lot of $$$. I can’t imagine paying nearly $900k for a house that’s a 30-min walk to the metro. But, it has been on the market since 7/1, so maybe they need to drop the list price a bit.

    • Nicole

      This house is about a block from my place. It went under contract almost immediately, so I imagine it will close at something pretty close to asking price. Crazy if you ask me. But, as someone pointed out above, there is a ton of investment in the area right now, so I am sure that is one reason why.

      • Anon

        That contract fell through. I’m guessing that it either didn’t appraise of the would-be buyers got cold feet after many repeated shootings down the street.

        • Nicole

          Ahh.. didn’t know it fell through. Yes, I think either of those could be definite possibilities.

    • Duponter

      It’s a lot, but I just think for a corner house with the extra light you get inside and the bigger side yard, it’ll sell close to that.

  • stacksp

    Another shooting last night, may Gos bless the person that spends this much on a home around the corner from an open air drug market and all the violence in that area.

  • anon

    Someday I’d like to see an ad that says “Soulless redo of a once-nice well-designed house. Doors, windows, ceilings, ceiling can lights, stair railings and floors totally inappropriate to style of house. First floor walls removed. Vessel sinks. Exterior brick painted.” Would save a lot of people from clicking unnecessariiy on those ads.

    • stacksp

      Never heard an argument regarding painting the brick exterior before.


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