DC’s Roundhouse Finds a Buyer

by UrbanTurf Staff

DC's Roundhouse Finds a Buyer: Figure 1
1001 Irving Street NE

One of the more interesting shaped homes to hit the market in DC in recent memory has found a buyer.

The Roundhouse, as it has been called, hit the market roughly a month ago for $899,000. The price was reduced by $100,000 about a week ago, and the home went under contract on Wednesday.

Built in 1901 by John C. Louthan, 1001 Irving Street NE (map) in Brookland is one of the few remaining octagonal houses in DC. (More round than octagonal, it is known as “the roundhouse” to its neighbors.)

DC's Roundhouse Finds a Buyer: Figure 2
Living area and kitchen

In its 110-year history, the home has had just four owners. Ditto Residential, along with architect Chong Cao, spent just over a year transforming the home into a 2,400-square foot, four-bedroom house while maintaining the property’s unique design.

We wrote about the home just before it hit the market, and are happy to see that it has now found an owner. More photos below.

DC's Roundhouse Finds a Buyer: Figure 3

DC's Roundhouse Finds a Buyer: Figure 4

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  1. RosedaleMom said at 8:49 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:
    Looks like a great reno! We would drive by this house years agao and daydreamed about buying it, but we weren't quite "ready" for Brookland. $900k, wow! How in the world did they get the comps for this? Is this area "worth" it? We still wouldn't buy in the area unless our kid got into Yu Ying...
  1. Jeff Wilson said at 12:58 am on Saturday November 17, 2012:
    YES, apparently we are worth it!!! We have been undervalued for a very long time, but because of the squeeze on single family housing with yards in the city, we have been discovered as a an advantageous place to be. Add this to the amenities coming in the newly develpoing commercial zones next to our own red line metro station and the truly great human beings in the community, and we are more than worth it!!!
  1. David said at 4:24 pm on Sunday November 18, 2012:
    Well, I think they did a beautiful job with this house. Price high, maybe, but the uniqueness and the growing area, Eckington, Brookland, etc., will only increase in home values.
  1. Yolaine Siko said at 7:52 pm on Monday November 19, 2012:
    Well done Brookland ! RosedaleMom, let me guess : are you from Georgetown ? Probably went to NE once and got scared, right ?! You are excatly the type of people we do not want to get in Brookland, so you are almost right : you are not worth living in Brookland !
  1. yoyo13 said at 12:15 am on Wednesday November 21, 2012:
    The high bidder on the house got cold feet and decided to rescind their bid (likely due to the comparison to the comps, which suggest a slightly above $700K selling price). The house is now back on the market...
  1. mona said at 5:00 pm on Wednesday November 21, 2012:
    I am not surprised that it fell through. Gorgeous house but I don't know if this price is supportable in this neighborhood. The appraisal could come back low and then your in a whole other ball of wax
  1. Milarga said at 3:09 am on Wednesday January 16, 2013:
    I just had to drop by on open house day. The house is beautiful and unique and the renovation well done. Almost. While the overall architecture and layout respects the original design, I noticed details poorly executed and missed design opportunities that would have really elevated the home and made it worth the asking price. Some examples: trim around house is 'cheap'; central staircase is straight and architecturally is too imposing. Staircase could have been circular echoing the shape of house and atrium. Halfwalls at the top of the stairs could have been open with the same railing as the stairs. Kitchen is too small, doesn't even have a pantry. Really? Cabinets should have gone to the ceiling, adding storage space which is lacking in the renovation. Backyard and garage were neglected, spruced but neglected. For more than three quarters of a million bucks, the design and renovation fell short.

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