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GDoN “SAUNA, Sound Proof MUSIC Studio” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth March 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm 111 Comments

1205 Farragut St NW

This house is located at 1205 Farragut Street, NW. OP writes: “This is an eyebrow-raising home on so many levels…the price, some of the, er, eclectic design choices.” The MRIS listing says:

“CIRCA 1923-Beautiful Home W/9ft Ceilings, Wrapped VERANDA., Natural light, Hardwood Floors, SAUNA, Sound Proof MUSIC Studio, In-law Suite, Plus Separate Self contained Lower Unit. GRAND LR & DR, Huge Foyer Entry, 5-6 BR’s, 4 FB’s,Gourmet Kitchen, Master Suite W/ Marble Shower & Jacuzzi Tub, Large Yard, DECK.Garage parking 4-5 Cars…A MUST SEE”


You can, AND MUST, see more photos here.

This 6 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,450,000.

  • Lion of LeDroit

    Lion is so confused. Roar?

  • JS

    Oh god I saw this and thought about sending it in too. This house is BONKERS, and will be priceless to the right buyer.

  • condoer

    Can’t fault this one for lack of character.

  • km

    I am feeling a bit dizzy after viewing those photos.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Yup! that’s how I feel!

  • anon

    That bathroom, dear god. The Jacuzzi in the bedroom. The, the…*cannot process*

  • Wendy Testaburger

    The blue and white office was kinda a let down after seeing the rest of the house.

    • When I got to that picture I felt like my head was finally above water and I could relax.
      Omg that house.

  • Captain Obvious

    I think The Simpsons has it covered: “My eyes! The goggles do nothing!”

  • LedroitTigah

    My FAVORITE part of this (besides the AWESOME bathtub in the master) is that they RAISED the price on the listing after a day. Ballsy….

  • lucie

    Wow! Totally not my taste, but I have to say I appreciate the commitment throughout and it looks as if they’ve taken their time to do things right – the lightning bolt wood inlay, the wood trim, etc..

    • KenyonDweller

      This was my reaction. Not my thing but very well executed.

      • STYLE! – not mine, but I love that someone went with their vision.

  • jumpingjack

    Swingtastic, circa 1987.

  • H

    Interior design by Guy Fieri?

    • Mojotron

      My guess was Patrick Nagel.

    • NW Mom

      I thought Guy Fieri, too, when I saw the kitchen.

    • Bloomy


  • OldinAM

    I notice there’s a comparably priced house at 1209 Farragut that’s been on the market for over 6 months. Very calming to look at its photos after viewing this one.

    • Cassie

      So funny. I look at those pictures at 1209 and it’s actually aggravating because everything is so poorly installed and junky. It’s like I’m walking down an aisle at Home Depot.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I don’t find anything about 1209 to be “junky.” It’s just a normal house that looks like it is probably the home of normal people – not a 2017 DC flip. It is obviously priced much much too high, as evidenced by its having been on the market for nearly 8 months, but I don’t have any problem with any aspect of it (besides the price!) There are similarly-sized complete renovations on the market within a block of this house for $100K less.
        It looks like the current owner bought near or at the peak of the market, in 2006, for $920K. Sure, they want to make a nice profit like everybody else around here seems to do, but unfortunately, selling an unrenovated house that you bought in 2006 ain’t the way to do that. If this were priced appropriately, it probably would have sold in a week, albeit at a price that likely would have had the seller losing money after accounting for transaction costs.

      • textdoc

        For anyone else who was curious, this is 1209 Farragut Street NW. (You may need a Redfin account to actually see the photos.)

      • textdoc

        I usually agree with HaileUnlikely, but in this case i agree with Cassie about 1209 Farragut. The terrible-quality photos don’t help, but somehow the bathrooms (and the kitchen, to a lesser degree) _do_ look junky to me.
        I’ll have to look at the photos again to see if I can put my finger on why. Usually I am sympathetic to bathrooms whose only crime is not being flashily up-to-the-minute… but with 1209, I think there must be crimes beyond those. Rarely do I feel such antipathy upon seeing a bunch of bathroom photos.

        • ah

          It’s the home depot vanities – prebuilt with a cheap “marble” top, and in some cases the cheap faucets that go with it. Add in floor tile with no imagination, which is also too big for the room (better suited to a large lanai or indoor/outdoor room in florida). In other words, the pieces weren’t well selected for the bathrooms.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I’ll grant that the price is downright absurd given the overall state of the property, but I think it could be perfectly nice with a few very minor cosmetic upgrades that could be accomplished by a skilled DIYer or a handyman. What’s the going rate for a huge but unrenovated and decidedly not upscale house in that neighborhood? $850K or so? I’m tempted to be harsher on it given the asking price, but the asking price is so comically absurd that I’m just commenting on the house generally and basically ignoring the price.
        Having bought this house at the peak of the market put the current owner in a really sucky situation. Hell, I paid more than $100K less for my house in 2012 than did its previous owner in 2005 and have put quite a bit of work into it since then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s *still* worth less than the previous owner paid for it in 2005.

  • Cassie

    LOVE. It’s so not my style, but I love that it’s just so fabulous in its own right.

  • stacksp

    The Jacuzzi in the bathroom is kinda playa I’ll admit. I am sure there were many nights with glasses of champagne and empty Don P bottles strewn about. Heavy on the bubbles, suds up to your neck lol

  • SaraEP

    I would absolutely love to meet the person (people?) who did all of this! I love eccentric folks!

    • MadMax

      Yeah this listing really begs the question, who owns this place and what do they do?

      • niceflipflop

        Based on the motif, I’m guessing he’s an orthodontist/councilman from Pawnee, IN.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          “You just got Jam-ed!”

          • J used to be in DC


        • CHGal

          Amazing reference.

        • eggs


      • Morton

        Todd J. Stroud, owner of “Funki Buttom Recording Studio”

        Can’t find much else…

        • OP Anon

          OMG…..I think he’s a pastor. I found a LinkedIn.

          • Elkhaert

            No way. Nothing about that bedroom doesn’t scream premarital promiscuity and lines of coke on glass. No way its a man of God.

  • MadMax

    That kitchen looks like someone got tired of waiting for a decent diner to open in the neighborhood so they just created one at home.

  • skj84

    This house is a whole lotta look and I love it. My goodness. I need that porch in my life. And the master.

  • wdc

    Someone put a lot of love into that house. I bet they are sorry to move.

    • matthew santos for president

      My thought too. It is not my taste, but I admire people who have and follow through on their style. Also, I am love with the decorative iron security bars on the first floor door and windows over the porch, especially the sunburst security grill over the front door. That suggests that, preferences aside, they really took care with this house.

  • anon

    This is potentially the most hideous renovation I’ve ever seen on GDoN- and that’s saying something. The exterior and the porch are beautiful. The interior looks like a nightmare.


    Anyone else want to count the triangles?

  • Scott

    I feel like a prerequisite to owning this house would be that you spend a significant portion of your day walking around in a silk robe

    • With 4 blondes on your arm.

    • textdoc

      Actual LOL!

  • Anonymous

    I feel uncomfortable that a person who did that to a house lived down the street from a school.

  • msus

    I like it minus the bathrooms. The rest doesn’t match my taste at all either, but it’s different and it’s fun to look at. Wouldn’t want to buy it either because the current decor would drive me crazy after a day or two.

    • skj84

      I feel like this house would be fun to Air BnB for vacation, but not live in 24/7. All that red would put me on edge day in and day out. And the patterns.

  • textdoc

    LOL on the editorial note: “You can, AND MUST, see more photos here.”

  • navyard

    Too many styles. I saw Louis XIV, Art Deco, ultra-mod, mission, craftsman, 1980s punk, and then I stopped. it hurt my eyes too much.
    I love eccentricity, but this is clearly the work of a madman. Or 12 madmen. oy.

  • ANON

    Who knew that David Bowie had a pad in 16th street heights…

  • keydet

    My first thought was the movie “Horrible Bosses”…Bobby Pellitt’s house

  • TMS

    I want this house for the kitchen alone. 🙂 Some of the rest is not to my taste, but if I had a spare million and half laying around that I wasn’t using otherwise, I’d be awfully tempted.

  • dcd

    It is rare that I am speechless. That house did it. Holy cow.

  • HillEast

    love it. parts of this place remind me of the Mansion on O Street!

    • wdc

      I was thinking the same thing!

  • Colhi

    Who knew David Lee Roth had a house in DC?

  • anon

    Eccentricity of the house aside, would this be a record for 16th Street Heights? I mean, it’s a very pleasant neighborhood with Rock Creek Park close by and all, but damn for that kind of money you could buy a pretty glorious place with better transit and retail.

    • gotryit

      West of 16th there have been a few that have hit 1.6-1.7M, but east of 16th only 1.25-1.3M and none of those were east of 14th.

      • anon

        There have been several houses between 14th and GA ave that sold for 1.2-1.3M. Definitely the top end, but not super rare the past year or so.

      • Truxtoner

        I wonder how long it will take though before everything is pushed in that direction, right?

        • anon

          It most likely will continue to be more commonplace. The area is generally well situated especially if you arent reliant on the metro and its hard to beat the lots and large houses that are in ample supply.

          • 16 st heights

            It’s a lovely, family friendly neighborhood but the commute sucks without a metro and the retail is still mostly crap.

          • anondad

            Lots of people seem to move up to the neighborhood from further south once they have kids. Kind of like moving to the ‘burbs but not as far.
            That said, I would not raise a child in that house. WTF.

        • gotryit

          It’s definitely happening. SFHs in the neighborhood are appraising at that level.

          • Truxton

            I’m more curious about east of 14th ST/Georgia.

          • gotryit

            I’m talking east of 14th. I’m not sure about east of Georgia. From what I’ve seen, the houses there tend to be a bit smaller and the yards not as big.

          • Truxtoner

            There are two blocks or so just east of Georgia on a lot of those streets that do have large houses, then you get into the smaller homes as you head toward Manor Park. Some have sold in the $750-850K range recently. Wondering how long before they hit a million or higher for 2500sf or more.

          • JS

            The big detached houses generally do not exist east of Georgia.

          • JS

            At least this far south. Yes, further north they do.

          • Truxtoner

            I guess I’m thinking north of Missouri, like the first couple of blocks east of GA on Quackenbos, Rittenhouse, Quintana, Sheridan, etc. There are some pretty sizable homes that look similar to the one in this post on those blocks.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Yes, but way further north, beginning just north of Coolidge High School, in the general vicinity of the Takoma Rec Center.

          • Truxtoner

            It also makes me wonder how long until the stretch of GA Avenue between Silver Spring and Petworth becomes more appealing? You’d think with these high priced homes on each side of it (more so to the west, obviously) and then homes selling at higher prices up in Takoma, would drive a bit more development along GA Ave as a main artery through there.

            I guess Walter Reed will probably spur some of that too.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Yes, the Walter Reed project will be huge (eventually). There is also a major project for Georgia & Eastern (right at the SS border) that has received zoning approval but not broken ground yet, which is to involve apartments and a Harris Teeter. Not sure of schedule on that; it’s owned by Douglas Development, and they sit on things forever.
            As odd as this sounds, the Wal-Mart was itself a pretty big improvement. It is always crowded and thus clearly meeting a need, for shopping and for jobs. You know what was there before? A Chevy dealership. There are also a few signs of promise sprinkled here and there between the WalMart and the Safeway. I live east of Georgia a few blocks north of Walter Reed. I’d love to see some of the vacant storefronts up there get used, but I also hope it doesn’t get to the point of skyrocketing rents forcing out the legit good mom & pop businesses that have been serving the locals well for a long time.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    What the what?! What is happening in all these photos?! I feel like my eyeballs got mugged.

  • J used to be in DC

    My eyes are bleeding

  • Ward One Resident

    I don’t even understand….

  • textdoc

    This is actually not quite as crazy as I was expecting it to be from the comments.
    Most of the bathrooms are dizziness-inducing, and the kitchen is a crazy mix of 1950s diner aesthetic with steampunk and god knows what else.
    But aside from that (and from the furniture/decor, which is utterly distracting and which the realtor should’ve insisted on removing), it’s not all that outrageous and could mostly be remedied with fresh paint and new furniture. Too bad about all of the triangles in the trim, though — I wonder how much work those would take to undo.

  • AMDCer

    I would hurt myself working in that kitchen.

  • Idontgetit

    I wish I was wealthy enough to be this eccentric.

    • textdoc

      Did you see the powder room? I think that’s one instance in which the vessel sink is the least of a bathroom’s sins. 😉

      • IDontGetIt

        There was a vessel sink? I missed it!

        • textdoc

          Actually, in retrospect I don’t think it counts as a vessel sink. It was like a vessel sink minus the base — a small red ceramic thing mounted in a corner. Easily missed given the triangular mirror over the sink and the bathroom’s overall craziness.
          It looked like a bathroom at a club — a rawk club.

  • textdoc

    Who knew you could put a geisha picture on a dishwasher?

    • ah

      Someone who happens to collect geisha dolls it seems.

  • textdoc

    Which room is the soundproof music studio??

    • Blithe

      The one with the drum set? (I hope.)

      • textdoc

        What drum set? I’ve been through the photos two more times, and I’m still not seeing it. Unless it’s those three things in the living room (?) that look like circular beanbag stools?
        Given the kitchen, I was expecting to see one or more guitars in the photos — flashy Fenders or Gibsons or something. Maybe even a Rickenbacker.

        • Anonymous

          You can see the drumset if you click on “Virtual Tour” in the listing.

  • msmodular

    I know this sounds crazy, but this is pretty close to my dream house. I love much of what is going on here in it’s absolute weirdness. I already own a home in my favorite neighborhood. Would be cool if an arts organization could buy this and turn it into artist housing.

  • Merarch

    Beatlejuice, Beatlejuice, BEATLEJUICE!

  • lisavfr

    That master bedroom is reminding me of an awful camp in the Poconos we were subjected in high school. The camp was a failed honeymoon resort complete with Jacuzzi’s in each cabin, next to the bunk beds.

    • textdoc

      Did you notice the apple placed on the edge of the Jacuzzi in the photo, like some kind of temptation alert?

      • Anonymous

        That’s not an apple. Too spherical and too brown. Hard to see exactly but my guess is it’s a candle.

  • timmyp

    Jesus, I didn’t realize the O st. Mansion was for sale.

  • kittycatbob

    This first floor reminds me of McDonald’s and not in a good way.

    • timmyp

      What would in a good way be when referring to McDonald’s and decor?

  • anon7

    I am 95% sure I went to this house about 10 years ago. It was 4th of July and I was driving toward wonderland, but stopped when I saw a block party where there was an epic fire work show. So I hung out in front of the house with a bunch of people. Everyone was going in and out of the house and this guy mistook me for a new neighbor (he was pretty drunk). He invited me in and after talking to me for a while took me to a music studio in his basement with a couple neighborhood gals. The studio was top notch, with a recording booth and state of the art producer equipment. He smoked a big “cigar” and then showed us some of his original beats. Ended up hanging out all night. Really cool guy. I hope he gets 1.45 mil.

    • lisavfr

      Great story about being invited in after the firewords. Reminds me of a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend who had a gas mask/bong combination in his house. People would stumble upon his parties and exclaim “Wait, I know this house, I’ve been here before!”

      • textdoc

        Actual LOL on the last sentence.

  • 10thSt

    This house would be the perfect setting for the next season of MTV’s “Real World”

  • Rich

    Completely wacky. Which is something you rarely can say about DC real estate. Two things I don’t like–turning the attic that should remain an attic into a room—this one is particularly claustrophobic. Even as a guest room, it doesn’t work. too many ways to worry about hitting your head in the dark. there’s also something a miss with the purple wall paper in the basement.

  • B

    I LOVE this house. I think the bathrooms look very dated, and all need to be redone, but so much else is quite wonderful. The kitchen, too, seems to have been done quite a while ago; though I wouldn’t change a thing. Wonderful to see such a unique house in DC.

  • Bookgal

    Not a pale gray wall in the place! That’s a win in my book.

  • Julia Vipsania

    With rooms that loud the whole house oughta be soundproofed! Not at all my style but I love the weirdness of it. I hope whoever lived here loved it too.

  • shriek

    What’s been seen cannot be unseen.
    In case you need a visual of my reaction …

  • MrsK

    “No, this is what going insane must feel like…”


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