Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Smallest Condo


Sure, an expansive penthouse with a view is ideal - but, for those of us not born Rockefellers there's a need for something a little more diminutive. To the Everyman we showcase the ideal home for less-is-more 2011: the smallest condo for sale in DC, a 274 s.f. condo in Glover Park on the market for $175,000.

The 82-year old subterranean condo - the size of a Potomac McMansion closet - somehow features a separate bedroom, "little desk," and even boasts a "hidden" stacked washer and dryer within its newly renovated walls. The urban vista from the 3 small casement windows is serene, with an arboreal view (on your tiptoes), overlooking the trunks of mature shrubs and an alley. The living space is essentially a large kitchen, saving the owner money on a couch, coffee table, and wall art.

"These places sell themselves, but this one has been a bit trickier," says Sarah Brodsky, the listing agent. The property has been on the market for more than 6 months despite the newly refinished hardwood floors, built-in bedroom cabinets, and new kitchen. While hoarders may find lack of floor space discouraging, the appliances are as good as in condos 3 times the size. And so what if Starbucks' handicapped accessible bathroom is larger? A new owner can do the laundry, wash the dishes, and cook dinner, all from the same spot. Now that's true luxury.

3520 W Place, NW
Washington DC, 20007

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

sorry to burst the headline of this post, but this isn't the smallest condo in DC. this one is smaller.

http://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/1900-Biltmore-St-NW-20009/unit-9/home/10183966

Anonymous said...

Wait, I've got one even smaller, so small it doesn't even have a link...

Anonymous said...

The Days On the Market show that it's overpriced... Any plans to correct this?

Anonymous said...

It's perfect for an agoraphobe!

Anonymous said...

Need to market this as a pied-a-terre to some of the larger local companies who have people coming to DC on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

I would consider renting a place like this, but not sure about buying.

Ken on Jan 13, 2011, 2:23:00 PM said...

Okay, sure its the 2nd smallest condo, but I was going for the title. If James Fenimore Cooper had written "2nd to the last of the Mohicans" it would have sold like 4 copies. Nuff said. And it was by far the most opened link on our newsletter.

Anonymous said...

It may interest you (the author) and readers/commenters to know that the Building Code minimum for an efficiency apartment is 220 sf for one occupant, or 320 sf for two occupants. In that respect, this unit is well above code minimum, at least for one occupant!

Anonymous said...

I am the listing agent on this condo- there is a simple way to remedy the claimed high price, make an offer.

Ken, thank you for the serious preview of my listing and all the free advertising. When this little gem sells, after the receipt of multiple offers, I hope you won't be claiming a referral fee.

Ken on Jan 15, 2011, 10:14:00 PM said...

I had 25% in mind...and I wasn't saying it was overpriced, just for the record.

 

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