GDoN “400sf Private Terrace” edition

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2017 at 11:55 am 21 Comments

1400 Church St NW #201

This unit is located at 1400 Church Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“*2 BD/ 2 BA/ 1,200sf/ 400sf Private Terrace/ 1 Garage Parking Space* UNIT: Bamboo Floors, Vaulted Concrete Ceiling, South Facing w/ Tons of Light, Lofted Den / 2nd Bed, Exposed Brick, WIC. KITCHEN: Scavolini Cabinets, Quartz Counters, Glass Tile Backsplash, SS Professional Apps, Moveable Island w/ Seating. BATH: Scavolini Vanities, Dual in Master, Frameless Glass Shower, Grohe Fixts, Toto Toilets”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $1,099,900 ($626 monthly fee.)

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    Is it just me or is Church Street weirdly overpriced even compared to the rest of Logan Circle? I mean, this is a 1 br + den with a fairly small living room on a lower floor. Is Church Street really the best street in the city to the point that it’s worth paying a several hundred thousand dollar premium for a smaller worse place, than what you’d get a few blocks away in any direction?

    • Anon

      That’s something that only you can answer for yourself. I’d certainly spend my $1m elsewhere.

      • ExWalbridgeGuy

        I’d love to hear from someone who’s willing to pay what seems like a roughly ~$200k premium that it costs to live on Church Street. Why not live a block away and either save that money or have a bigger nicer place?

  • Rich

    I would dispute this being the nicest street in the city–there seems to be a lack of sunlight–my nom would be Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan or perhaps one of the rowhouse lined streets further up 14th going toward Dupont.

    The terrace is nice until you consider how rarely we have really good days (warmth w/o humidity). I had a deck in Atlanta and almost never used it–too much afternoon sun and my front porch was more practical for the climate. A small terrace for morning coffee would be more practical here, unless you were planning to have a garden. The noise from using the terrace for parties would not endear the owner to neighbors for heavy evening use and bbq smells also create ill will.

    The square footage is large but seems oddly apportioned and even with the terrace and parking, it should be in 6 figures. I looked at a large-ish unit next door with one big bedroom and one small one and it was more competitive with the general pricing for Logan.

    • Tim

      Has “favorite block in DC” ever been the Friday Question of the Day? Mintwood Place is fantastic. For me, Ingleside Terrace in Mt. P is up there too.

    • I have a rooftop terrace, added as part of a major renovation to my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse, and use it ALL THE TIME. It does have shade from an overhang but we use it mostly in the evening after the sun has gone down. Even on the hottest days, there is nearly always enough of a breeze to make it comfortable, and the mosquitoes that plague my yard rarely make it up there. One of the biggest issues with roof decks is access, but we built ours with a (new) master bedroom suite opening directly to it so it’s very accessible and inviting. Another issue is a water source if you intend to have plants in containers; this is something I wanted, so we included a rooftop spigot in the plans.

    • Leeran

      I think any outdoor space (terrace, balcony, deck) in DC is usable for much of the year.

      • Yes, we use it nearly year-round; even during the winter, it can be nice to sit in the sun if it’s not too breezy. My deck was featured on PoP a couple of years ago: https://www.popville.com/2013/03/checking-out-awesome-row-house-roof-decks-vol-3/

      • PetlessInPetworth

        Agreed. It was 60 degrees last week – mid-January! I’d say it will stay very usable from Mid-March to November with plenty of warm enough days throughout the winter too. July/August will probably be more of a night thing.

      • Nathan

        Yeah I use my roofdeck throughout the year. Added a nice umbrella for really hot sunny days, but I’m up there in the winter sometimes too.

    • But I do have to wonder about the grill. I could be wrong, but thought it was illegal to have grills on roof decks or terraces in DC?

      • Nathan

        I think the only legal way is if its a directly tired in gas line so you can shut it off. When the builder did my house they piped up natural gas to the roofdeck. Its nice not to worry about hauling up propane tanks.

      • Rich

        Unless they’ve changed in the last couple years, the restrictions are based on distance from combustibles. Some buildings restrict because of the smoke and smell issues.

  • PetlessInPetworth

    Woah – I really love this unit. The layout and outdoor space are both awesome. Too bad it’s about 5 times my price range.

    • Q

      I really like it too, mostly. I just couldn’t get used to having all of my windows look out onto either a) a brick wall or b) a bunch of other people’s windows.

      • stevee84

        Believe me, you get used to it quickly. It’s city living.

        • Q

          What’s your definition of “quickly”? I’ve lived in this city 20 years.

        • Q

          All I know is that I lived in an apartment for three years where one set of windows looked onto a brick wall, and the only thing that kept me sane was that the other set looked out onto a yard and some trees. (And it cost a hell of a lot less than a million bucks.)

  • anon

    We used to own in this building! (My spouse bought pre-construction). We sold in the Obama years. The building is great with a few negatives 1) this unit is facing the alley so you don’t have a lot of privacy. 2) Estadio. We were gone before they came but we’re still lurking on the building list serv. There were a lot of complaints about trash (smells, piling up, etc) from Estadio, as the building has a shared trash room. 3) Also, they put the cooking/heat vent for the restaurant in the buildings garage making it oppressively hot in the summer.
    The only other negative is that street parking is non-existent for guests.
    Otherwise, the building, the tenants and the location are hard to beat!


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