GDoN “Live in the hottest area in DC” edition

by Prince Of Petworth January 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 18 Comments


This unit is located at 2120 Vermont Ave, NW. The MRIS listing via Keller Williams Capital Properties says:

“Charming 1BR + Den, 1bath. Den can be 2nd BR. HW floors compliment the open concept. Granite counters, SS appliances & gas range in kitchen. Building amenities include rooftop with great views, gas grill, gym & on-site mgmt. W/D in-unit. Pet friendly. Live in the hottest area in DC. Steps from shopping, restaurants, nightlife & U St Metro. Home Warranty Included. Open Sat 1/14 and Sun 1/15 2-4pm.”


You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $414,900 ($392 monthly fee.)

  • just my opinion

    This seems like a very good deal for the area to have the space of the den/office for what straight 1 BRs are selling for. Those windows would make me crazy though–even if I have no view, it’s a perception thing for me to not be able to look out. And my random point for the day is that it seems like all the condo listings have white walls. Embrace the paint, people!

    • Anonymous

      Ugh, I think dark paint is so ugly.

      • maxwell smart

        No said it had to be dark paint. While I wouldn’t want white walls, at least it’s a blank canvas.

    • AdMoRez

      Good price and seems like a nice apartment, but I agree, not being able to see outside is a deal killer for me. Would feel boxed in and caged without being able to see the outdoors.

      • maxwell smart

        Agree on the windows. While my view “out” is at ground level so it’s mostly bushes and squirrels, my basement apartment has better windows.

    • textdoc

      “And my random point for the day is that it seems like all the condo listings have white walls. Embrace the paint, people!”
      Condos/houses painted in white or neutral colors are easier to sell.

      • just my opinion

        I’m not thinking fuschia or chartreuse which are obviously very specific to individual preferences, but a warmer neutral would still be a blank canvas and would make this particular space look less cold, especially in light of the limited sunlight with those windows. I also am doubting that all of these units have repainted their walls white for listing–I think people just don’t paint. [My recent obsession with Houzz may be showing.]

        • textdoc

          I think most people don’t bother repainting if they move into a place that’s already painted in neutral colors.

          • stacksp


            More often than not, you end up “working” with what was provided

          • blank

            And this is why it seems nearly every single place on here seems to have white walls, black granite, and the same cabinets. It’s like the skinny jeans and Uggs of DC apartments.

          • textdoc

            I think you’re conflating “common” and “neutral.” Skinny jeans and Uggs might be common, but they’re distinctive-looking. (And for the record, I’m not a fan of either.) Neutral-color walls are common, but NOT distinctive-looking. Maybe like jeans and a T-shirt. Or a suit, in a business context.

        • just my opinion

          it is ridiculously quiet here today, so I have too much time to get into a pointless discussion on paint colors. I meant that a) people should use paint more because every apartment is bland and looks the same and b) in response to the point that you can’t paint when selling that paint doesn’t necessarily make things unsellable and white is not necessarily the most flattering look to show an apartment. So by all means, taste is very specific, and thus while white paint is not where I want to make my last stand, it also isn’t necessary to try to type me out of my own opinion here.

          • textdoc

            If other people like white/neutral paint colors, and if people often default to that because it’s easier to sell property that way and because it’s one less thing to do after you buy a place, why does it bother you so much?

          • JMO

            Why does it bother you about the opinion I expressed up top that I wish people would embrace paint? It is just an idle, Friday afternoon opinion. Isn’t that what this site is for?

    • stacksp

      Doesn’t the white walls allow the owner to decide their own paint colors.

      • anonymous

        I’m not sure. I mean if I were to buy a resale home- The first thing I would do before moving in is painting everything with a fresh coat of paint- whether it’s white or whatever color scheme I wanted. To make fresh paint is quickest way to get that “new” feeling in a place.

        • stacksp

          If you research enough of these GDON posts you will see people complaining about paint colors in listings like they have no option or intent to ever paint their place. “Why did they use grey, or the same beige, walls are so dark etc.”. I think to combat some of that, the seller decided to go with a clean white slate and let the owner decide. There was probably no value or benefit to them in trying to pick a color that would could potentially narrow out their pool of buyers so they went as neutral as possible.

          • textdoc

            Exactly. The most neutral possible = the widest possible pool of buyers who will not be distracted and/or put off by that aspect.


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