GDoN “Gleaming Brazilian cherry wood floors” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments


This house is located at 312 Varnum Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fabulously renovated 3-level row home in desirable Petworth with perfect attention to detail! Large Master Suite with sitting room, fireplace, luxury bath and access to private balcony. Remodeled kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances. Gleaming Brazilian cherry wood floors. Beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. Three bedrooms, three full and one half baths. Rare over-sized 1-car garage.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $799,900.

  • anon

    It’s walkable to metro (albeit barely), so that will definitely skew the price upward. Don’t like the ceilings or the lack of mouldings downstairs. The backsplash is ugly. A kitchen island might have worked better. Bathrooms are kind of ugly too. Beautiful tree in that backyard.

    800k? You could go just a bit further north towards Brightwood Park/Kennedy Street and get a lot more for your money. But you won’t be metro walkable anymore. It depends on what’s important to you, but I think you could do better.

    • Elkhaert

      I will say, if you ever think you need roommates or want to rent the place out, metro walkable is a huge plus. If it is not that knocks out a pretty large portion of your potential renters.


    This house seems extremely awkward to me. The kitchen is kind of weird without an island and the master bedroom upstairs is almost weirdly too big. This house is not my cup of tea.

  • anon

    You know, I love cherry wood (more in its natural, unstained state, but i digress) in general, but cherry wood floors in these row houses always looks so dumb to me. Maybe in a modern house out in the woods. But, best to stick with something that goes with the era and style of the house if you are replacing flooring I say, so it doesn’t look so terribly out of place – like thinner oak or heart pine boards – I hate what they’ve done here. That would keep me from even looking at this house.

  • Elkhaert

    “Oversized one car garage” is code for “too narrow for a two car garage.” Which is frustrating here, because from the lot it doesn’t seem like there is any reason it couldn’t be a two car space. That kitchen is terrible. It’s not just the backsplash or orientation, the cherry stain cabinets blend too much into the cherry floors. Also that peninsula fireplace in the master is very awkward, with weird choices on the finishes there and in the master bath.

    On the plus side, the back yard is gorgeous with the tree (though some new fencing would be welcome). And even though it is sad that extra two feet or so on the side of the garage couldn’t make it a two car, having a garage in DC is not a super common thing. And the location, being walking distance to the metro and the Upshur strip on both ends, is pretty great too. If you just looked at the outside of this house, $800k would be pretty reasonable. But unless the design choices here spoke to you specifically, I think with the cost of further renovations to fix THESE renovations, I’d pass until the sellers lower the price.


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