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GDoN “1400+ sf private river front terrace” edition

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm 32 Comments

3303 Water St NW Unit 8H

This unit is located at 3303 Water Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Breathtaking WATER VIEWS abound from this rare 3BR/3BA+Den PH featuring 1400+ sf private river front terrace in exclusive Gtown condo bldg. Euro-inspired kitch w/Sub-Zero, Miele, Gaggenau, lux Italian marble BAs, floor-to-ceiling wndws, custom built-ins & architect dets, Bang & Olufsen custom snd sys, 2 pkg, 2 strg, pool, fitness cntr, concierge, doorman -a truly spectacular residence. EZ commutes”

office gdon

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $5,650,000 ($3,811 monthly fee.)

  • kapitolhill

    $3,811 a month in fees? Sorry, not a good deal! I wouldn’t pay more than $3,700. $3,811 is too high.

    • Bloomy


  • HaileUnlikely

    If you have a down payment of $1.1M that should bring the monthly payment down to less than $30K.

  • Autoexec.bat

    Those are some nice views, but 5.6 million for a 1,400 sqft place with condo fees that are higher than my mortgage payment means somebody is going after the dumb money. Holy crap.

    • Liz

      I think the 1400 sq ft refers to the terrace alone, though I’m curious what the total interior square footage is.

    • Patrick Division

      The terrace alone is 1400sf; living space is another ~2900. But your point still stands.

    • HaileUnlikely

      In all fairness the stated square footage is something like 2800-2900; the 1400 square foot thing in question is the “private riverfront terrace” (basically a balcony the size of my house if I understand correctly)

      • Rich

        The square footage doesn’t justify the price. There are large units in Best Address buildings in the 2500 sf range that would not go for even half the price (and would have much lower fees) and a big terrace doesn’t justify the difference. And those Best Address places often have great views (a relative has a nice Capitol View; the upper floors of the Ontario have awesome views over the Park toward the Cathedral. My guess from the pics is the view would be the skyline of Rosslyn which is pretty ugly–the view would be an asset for July 4th Parties, but otherwise not very inspiring.

  • wpk_dc

    That terrace — wow!!! I love it. But as for GDoN, I have no perspective on what’s worth $6M and what’s not as I sit in my $475K condo. I wish I did, but I just couldn’t conceive of those numbers. Unfortunately.

  • Elkhaert

    Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered by a multi million dollar listing that cannot bother to spell out words? If I am dropping 5.6 million on a place, I think the least you can do is use all four letters to spell “Easy.”

    • JS

      I didn’t know this until recently, but the listing services have a character limit.

      • Elkhaert

        I did not know that, though I guess it makes sense. Doesn’t mean I gotta like the abbreviations though. “w/” I am fine with, but I’ll never be on board with “EZ.” I’m not that EZgoing.

  • Colhi

    Looks like there are gold cds and an framed article from Billboard in the den. Any guesses on who the seller is?

    • textdoc

      Tax records say it’s Lawrence R. Albert, but that name doesn’t ring any bells with me.

    • navyard

      Are the cds you refer to in front of the big picture windows? I thought that was an older B&O cd player, owing to the comment about the “Bang & Olufsen custom snd sys”. My immediate thought was “how unfortunate that they placed that antiquated thing right there in the middle of the windows…who uses CDs anymore”?
      Did I mention that I have a similar B&O stereo that is mounted on a wall in my home, only mine has a single CD AND a Cassette Tape feature! (I know….but the radio still works..)

      • textdoc

        There are also a bunch of framed CDs on the mantel.

      • DJFinance

        I so want to post a picture of Margo and Todd looking at their destroyed B&O CD player in Christmas Vacation, but alas, this forum doesn’t allow for pictures.

  • HaileUnlikely

    For interesting history on the property look up 2015 Washington Post article titled “Condo wars: How a water leak turned into a $30 million lawsuit.” (I thought I recognized this building so I googled “‘3303 water street’ lawsuit” and found that yes indeedy this is the one!)

  • Anonymous

    Sold on the first picture…
    Frumpy furniture for the space.

  • AJSE

    I love this house but for the price am SO unimpressed with the kitchen.

    • Elkhaert

      It is slightly better in the video tour (that range is 6 burners and there is a double oven, hard to tell from the photo), but I agree. Though if you are spending 5.6 mil on a condo I am guessing you aren’t cooking much.

    • textdoc

      Yeah. I’m pretty sure those cabinets with the frosted-glass doors are the same IKEA ones I have in my kitchen. (Put there by the previous owner.) I hate them in my kitchen, and I hate them here too.
      (I don’t have anything against IKEA cabinets, but I hate frosted-glass doors. Not everything in my kitchen cabinets is worth being seen.)

    • soozles

      My thoughts exactly. That is a tiny kitchen with very little counter space. But maybe you don’t need to cook if you can afford that. On the other hand, for my $5.6M, i want a real dining room, not a small glass table in the corner.

      Is that a keyboard in the office?

  • Bri

    I spent 5mil on a condo, then I went to Ashley Home for some amazing furniture!

    • wdc

      Never heard of staging?

      • ColHeist

        There is a kitty in picture 4 and personal photos in the bedroom, which lead me to believe the owner still occupies the condo and this is not staging. Furniture is definitely not my style, but the space itself is amazing.

        • wdc

          Well spotted! But it’s not uncommon to stage the place you’re still living in. I recently helped a neighbor move, and she moved about half her furniture (and most of her personal effects) out so the stagers could bring in more coordinating pieces. And you can’t put a cat in a storage unit…

        • textdoc

          I completely missed the stealth cat in photo #4 — well spotted!
          Maybe some of the furniture is staged, but like ColHeist, I’m surprised when I see personal photos, etc. in real estate listings — I thought real estate agents usually tell people to take those sorts of things down when they’re selling.

  • anon

    I wonder if you can hear whitehurst from that terrace…

    • JohnH

      It’s only 3 or 4 stories about Whitehurst – guarantee you can. You can see it in the picture.


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