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GDoN “Front yard has a garden w/ adorable peach tree!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm 13 Comments

This house is located at 1627 Monroe St, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Charming 2BR/2BA townhome in Mt. Pleasant! 2 outdoor spaces- front porch & back deck. Front yard has a garden w/ adorable peach tree! Large basement w/ tons of storage, full bath, laundry room & extra fridge/freezer. ROOF-MOUNTED SOLAR PANELS make this home an eco-friendly city abode! 96 Walk Score, but 1 off-st. parking spot conveys- best of both worlds!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $724,900.


    Is 1350 sqft counting the basement? This house seems much smaller than that. Also the fridge/freezer under the counter combo is something I have never seen before. I’m thinking I would rather have a normal fridge than the 1 upper cabinet there.

    • textdoc

      “Also the fridge/freezer under the counter combo is something I have never seen before.” There was one on PoPville last week (but it was the first one I’d ever seen):
      The ones in this house look fancier than the ones in last week’s house, though.

    • anon

      That house IS tiny, and thus, I think, overpriced. I don’t see how they get to anything near 1350 sq. feet, even counting the basement, the stairs, closets, and every square inch of the inside of the house.
      As to the kitchen, it is so tiny that even the under-the-counter refrigeration and undrer-sink dishwasher don’t get you much space to cook in. Most people who want some space to cook in would want to renovate to make an eat-in-kitchen across the entire kitchen and dining area.
      Which might, unfortunately end up also doing away with that nice little arch between the living and dining areas, though I’d try to keep it. I’m beginning to see why so many row house have all the walls on the first floor torn out – when they are really small, is it difficult to get a functioning kitchen, dining area, and living room in there.
      Still, it is a nice house for one person (maybe two) who either doesn’t/don’t want to cook much, or has/have the funds to make the kitchen better. But not at that price, I wouldn’t think, not yet anyway (I realize we are in a time of demand for housing, like I’ve see elsewhere, where things just go up and up and up, and in a few years time this could look, in hindsight, to be a very good deal.)

      • AE

        How much space do you really need to cook? I make big, somewhat elaborate meals in a kitchen about that size

      • textdoc

        The floor plan (#10 or 10 in the photo gallery) makes me wonder if this was originally a galley kitchen that was opened up. It’s hard to tell from the photos what the space is like, but I wonder if having just a doorway from the kitchen to the dining room — rather than a whole open area — might’ve offered more countertop/cabinet space.

      • textdoc

        I have to saw I’m impressed that the dishwasher is immediately under the sink. I didn’t know such a thing was possible.
        (Although I guess it means you have to find somewhere else to put all your under-the-sink chemicals and whatnot.)
        Hmm, this gives me an idea regarding my own kitchen and potential renovation!

        • Anonymous

          Tax records have the square footage at 900 square feet, so I would think it is a footprint of 450, and they are counting the basement.
          I think that there was also a recent POP post with a dishwasher directly under the sink, and a quick Google search turned up the available models.

        • anon

          I think not having an undersink cabinet for chemicals would be a plus – I hate digging for stuff under there, and bumping into pipes. Having to store that stuff elsewhere would be a plus.
          But I’ve always thought that putting dishes IN a dishwasher under the sink would be a pain – either I’m rinsing the dishes off first, as I only need to run the dishwasher every few days, or else I am taking dishes out of the sink to put in the dishwasher. Both would be awkward when you can’t stand AT the sink and access the dishwasher. You’d need to stack them up first on the counter, then step away from the sink and open the dishwasher – and there isn’t enough counterspace here to make that easy, even if you were happy to do that.
          So this placement under the sink only works well in teen, tiny spaces where it is a necessity. For a renovation in a small place, I’d rather think about putting in those dishwasher drawers, or else a smaller-than-full-size regular opening dishwasher before I’d ever think about doing this.
          Probably was a galley, definitely a wall, though perhaps nothing on that side of the wall (no counters, cabinets, appliances, etc.) You could get back some storage and counter space by putting in a free-standing counter with storage below on the other side – or you build in a counter in and put some appliances under that counter if you renovated, but either option might crowd the dining table space too much.
          If I lived here and wasn’t renovating, I’d put in a long, wide table there that I could use as counter AND dining table – with a shelf below for storage (because I hate islands and peninsulas in small kitchens where I don’t think they fit well.)

      • mtpleasantlady

        Just a note that as a neighbor, I know the people moving out of this house had two elementary aged kiddos….so, it can be a house for more than 1-2 people (though of course this is probably also why they are moving on).

  • MM

    Good deal – solid house, reasonably priced
    I know at least two people who have chosen to have their fridge/freezer under the counter. It adds counter space as well as cabinet space.

  • anon

    I looked at 1625 Monroe a few years ago and it was tiny!

  • Anon

    I like this house, the kitchen is plenty big g enough for cooking. Great location


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