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GDoN “923 sq ft.” edition

by Prince Of Petworth October 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm 25 Comments


This house is located at 1247 Maryland Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Prime location for this Capitol Hill townhouse, blocks from all that Capitol Hill has to offer and then some. Recently renovated two bedroom, two bath home with hardwood floors throughout, SS appliances, exposed brick, washer/dryer, bathroom w/ separate shower, outdoor space and lots of storage. Close to H St. corridor, Eastern Market and the Capitol.Sq. ft.923. Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $600,000.

  • Accountering

    I like it – great condo alternative. Price-wise, seems about right, size-wise, seems like a good spot.

  • EckingtonDoodle

    “Whats for dinner?”
    “Raw pumpkin on a plate”

    • Near Northeast

      A great house for people who never eat at home, I guess. There isn’t even an attempt to pretend you can squeeze a table in there somewhere.

      • stacksp

        TV Trays in the living room while watching the evening news

        • AMDCer

          Yep – that’s what coffee tables are for. Has worked for me for 20 years – that and a drop leaf table I can pull out/set up if I have guests.

      • anoNE

        Looks like the island has a bar that’s counter height. That and the stools provides an option if it’s just two residents. Not ideal, but perfectly normal in DC.

  • ET

    Seems about right given size and location. Wouldn’t surprise me if it went for a bit more.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I like this quite a bit as well.

    Quibble of no serious importance: I’m perplexed by the orientation of the hardwood, though. In a house of this shape, the joists certainly run across the house, and ordinarily the hardwood is laid perpendicular to the joists. With a thick/stiff enough subfloor it is possible to run the flooring the other way, but why?

    • Rich

      The new floor was probably laid directly on top of the old flooring. That is the case in my house.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Good point, did not think of that. My house had extensively damaged floors and subfloors – had to remove all flooring and replace much of the subfloor.

    • textdoc

      Yeah — my assumption was that these weren’t the original floors (though I hadn’t thought of the idea of laying the new floors directly on top of the old ones.).
      I don’t know why the renovator thought it would look better to run the boards the “wrong” way, though.

    • soozles

      I think orienting the floorboards that way is to make the house appear wider than it is.

      • textdoc

        Ahh. I hadn’t thought of that.
        I know we’ve seen at least one GDoN (or maybe rental of the day?) where the flooring was laid out diagonally, as thought it were fabric that was cut on the bias. My googling has so far proved fruitless, though.

      • Anon

        Damnit, beat me to it!

  • hungeegirl

    What is going on with the backyard? Is that…a foundation for a deck?

    • stacksp

      Wooden pergola

  • textdoc

    I don’t understand why they didn’t get the vacuum-cleaner handle out of the frame in the third-to-last photo.

  • kan

    This is exactly what I’m looking for, but unfortunately I just resigned a 1-yr lease so not looking to buy until next year. I’m honestly really bummed….if this had come on the market two months ago I would have likely put in an offer.

  • GS

    Looks like 1 bedroom’s upstairs and the other’s in the basement. That almost rules out any families bidding on this property.

    • Near Northeast

      I don’t know, seems like it would be pretty ideal for parents of teenagers to me!

    • AMDCer

      Yeah – I’m thinking this would appeal to a single/couple who only need one bedroom and want to have a second as an office/guest room.

      • textdoc

        Yep, that was my thought too.

  • jdegg

    I think I saw one closet. I will pass on this.

  • anthony

    Hey! That’s my house next door!

  • Ellen

    I have a similar sized house in this part of the Hill. They are indeed a great condo alternative.

    But usually for $600k you can get something with both a dining space and with the rooms more conveniently spread out over two floors instead of three.

    The $600k seems high to me for those reasons (although as a neighbor, I’m certainly cheering for the boost in comps). But I suspect it will still go quickly just because these houses are such a commodity.


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