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In this installment, habitual open house-goer Alex Baca finds some pleasing angles.
On Sunday, I dropped into one of the many rowhouses-cum-condos in Adams Morgan, advertised as “masterfully upgraded and expanded” and “combining traditional and contemporary influences with an open flair!” Two units in the four-unit building, renovated totally in 2008, feature hardwoods and granite countertops, and are steps away from the bustle of commercial 18th Street (and its late-night emanations).
You can check out virtual tours of both units—here’s the 1094-square foot Unit #2 and the 1135-square foot Unit #3. But they don’t showcase my favorite aspect: Unusual architectural notches on the building’s left side resulted in some wonky angles indoors. There were more than a few narrow, not-quite-triangular corners, and otherwise-square rooms sported elaborate diagonal plasterwork on their ceilings.
Realtor Gary Rudden of Congressional Residential Realty works primarily in Montgomery County, but he believes that there are more available units and a wider selection of properties in the Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights area than anywhere else in the District. Which doesn’t mean these haven’t taken price cuts: The smaller unit at 2510 Ontario Road NW has been on the market for 45 days and can be yours for $509,900, lowered from $529,900. The larger is going for $549,900, down from $559,900.