85°Mostly Cloudy

GDoN “exposed duct work” edition

by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm 20 Comments


This unit is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The listing says:

“Boutique Luxury Building located in Mount Vernon Square across from Capitol Crossing. This pristine modern 2BR 2BA corner unit offers unique floor to ceiling rounded windows and exposed duct work throughout the 1,400 sq. ft. of interior space. The Sonata offers a concierge, gym, and an expansive shared roof deck with views of the Capitol Dome and Washington Monument. 1 Garage Space, In unit W/D”


You can see more photos here.

This 1410 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath is going for $765,000 ($873 monthly fee.)

  • dc_anon

    I’m sure it will agree w/ someone’s taste, but looks like exposed ductwork for the sake of exposed ductwork and no real overall design to make it work

    • bll

      yeah, this just looks like an unfinished unit.

    • o2bncdg

      Agree. This place has potential, but it is far from finished. It’s so incongruous with the air duct just hanging there. What were they thinking?

    • Hill Denizen

      Agree. I like exposed duct work if it’s a refurbished building, like an old factory turned into lofts. But putting them in in a brand new building, especially one that looks this traditional from the outside, just doesn’t work

    • mcd

      IMO it is generally good to avoid faddish construction styles like the “exposed ductwork” phase of the early-mid 2000’s. In 15 years everyone will think it is tacky af.

      • anon

        I’ve always thought it looked tacky in new construction. Old warehouse with really high ceilings, fine. Here? No way.
        Though clearly some like it. I know someone who bought such a place and liked it. No accounting for taste.

  • bje22201

    The most randomly unfinished construction I’ve seen in a while. An old converted loft, it works. A brand newish building, it doesn’t. It doesn’t even match the windows.

  • LittleBluePenguin


  • Bloomy

    I think the unit could be really nice if someone came in and finished it… layout is cool.

  • Anon

    Well, that carpet certainly doesn’t match the drapes.

    • o2bncdg

      HA HA.

      • Anon

        ruh roh

  • Jon

    That condo fee!!

    That fee would basically support another $200K in mortgage principal.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Does not look good. Oh, and it’s at 3rd and Mass. Not paying that much to live on a highway.

    • Truxtoner

      It would, for me, depend on the floor the unit is on. If this was on a high floor, I probably wouldn’t care that much. And the windows/light are great. But I’m guessing since they don’t note that here, it probably isn’t on a high floor. and the windows become less desirable because you end up living in a fishbowl for your neighbors. I generally like the size/layout, but as others note, that exposed ductwork is asinine in a new build and this particular example is pretty outrageous/in your face. And my guess is your condo agreement won’t let you change any of that either. I don’t like the color of the hardwoods or the cabinets in the kitchen either, but I suppose that is fixable. The parking is a nice and frankly when Capitol Crossing is done, this will probably be a pretty sweet location despite the busy Mass Ave traffic.

      I’d say it will definitely sell at or close to that price. It isn’t my cup of tea, but I think it has a buyer.

    • Truxtoner

      I should add, I also do not like that the larger master opens up to the living room. I would rather the larger master be disconnected and the guest room, which could serve as an office, was connected instead to the living room.

      • soozles

        I also don’t like that the master bedroom is configured such that the bed has to go in front of a window. Also, the appliances in the kitchen look cheap.

    • turtwigs

      The staging is awful. If it were styled properly the industrial look wouldn’t be half bad. Poor choice of flooring, though. Just doesn’t make a lot of sense. I don’t mind the location considering 395 is almost already completely enclosed by Capitol Crossing on that block at this point.

  • Ehdc

    The slip covers… the boat… I think the reason this really stands out is how incongruous (sorry to reuse the word) the décor is with the unit. I almost feel bad for the apartment – maybe it’s an impersonation of an actual loft, but let it be the best impersonation it can be with some modern furniture! And this shtuff can go on to a nice cape cod… or possibly back to the rental company whence it came…

  • SilverSpringGal

    I like it alot. I even think the price is reasonable. Under 800K for a 2BDRM. But that condo fee, yikes! It’s triple my own. However considering that a normal parking space in the area would be about $200/mo, perhaps its appropriate?


Subscribe to our mailing list