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GDoN “Mid-century form with modern function” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm 17 Comments

4820 Illinois Ave, NW

This house is located at 4820 Illinois Avenue, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“MUST SEE – Unique and soulful. Mid-century form with modern function. Open floor plan w/defined & light-filled spaces. Upstairs, skylights, massive master suite, carrara & travertine marble baths, roof garden views & rear all glass bedroom. W/D upstairs, hookup in basement in-law suite. Speakers everywhere. Large rear deck w/awning, brick patio, garden, cedar fence & parking. OPEN SAT & SUN 1-4PM”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $819,900.

  • jaybird
  • Elkhaert

    I really like a lot about this, only a few nitpicks. I love everything about the outdoor areas (really wish I had a porch fan). But that kitchen is tiny for the space (I personally would rather have a larger one that ate the sun room). Similarly, I don’t really like basement kitchenettes when you don’t have a street entrance. I’d rather dedicate it to a wet bar or something. But overall I like it, and I bet it goes at or slightly below list.
    Also, are those planter boxes on top of the porch? I am not sure I would do that, but I guess the use of space is creative. Hope they checked out the structural integrity first, most of them are just designed for rain shed, not constant walking.

  • BookaholicAnonymous

    Aside from a few pieces of furniture (which I assume do not convey), there is absolutely nothing about this house that is “Mid-Century”. The house itself is lovely (hooray for rooms). The realtor should be given 20 lashes with a wet noodle.

    • mies

      Seriously. It was built in 1925. That’s absurd.

    • west_egg

      Agreed — beautiful home, but nothing “mid-century” about it — start with the fact that it was built in 1925 and work your way down.

    • anon

      I thought it was brilliant advertising – anyone knows that people of a certain age (younger than me, who grew up mid-century and doesn’t love the look) will flock to anything labelled midcentury in the house/decor word.

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    • jakeO

      mid century where…. please

  • stacksp

    My preference would have been to set the basement up as an entertaining space as opposed to a basement rental. As a rental, you lose the largest area to kind of stretch out and entertain. I would prefer a wet bar / TV area type of space.

    • anon

      It isn’t a rental, really – as there’s no front entrance (or exit) which is why it is called an in-law suite in the description. Seems to me it *IS* laid out perfectly for entertaining, with those glass sliding doors to the yard – no one says you have to put a bed in that room just because they staged it that way. And what, you can’t use the basement kitchen as a wet-bar (and more) when entertaining in the back yard?

  • jim_ed

    I really like that they kept the rooms together instead of going open floor plan. I also live nearby and like what this sales comp will do for my property value. That said, I hate that raised counter on the kitchen island with stainless rails. Also would prefer the basement be set up less as rental and more as a useful space since these homes aren’t very big. Other than that, I think its a great reno.

    • anon

      How does everybody get rental from this? It clearly isn’t a legal rental. You can use the space however you want. Seems to me that back room with the big glass door and perhaps a cork floor is really useful space for lots of purposes.

      Agree on that raised counter top – was thinking I’d have to remove it if I (laugh) moved into this house.

      • jim_ed

        That’s what the small range and full size refrigerator in the basement say to me.

        • textdoc

          And the mention of W/D hookups in the basement. (Although the room with those connections looks like it’s been reconfigured as a “mud room,” with a cabinet and countertop, and it’s not clear where the water connections are.)

  • lisavfr

    Is that a crank to open the skylight or a transom window in the photo with the skylight. Either way, great air flow.
    Wow, that’s a tiny sink in the powder room.

    • anon

      It truly is. But do you need a bigger sink in the powder room when the kitchen sink is nearby?

  • Vered

    What’s “soulful”? The guitar on the couch?


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