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Condo Envy

Last November, I posted "When Sparks Fly" (at in the archives) about the electrical fire at my friend, Jean Kornfeld's beautiful home that sits just behind my own.

Since then, her insurance company has rented temporary digs for her to live in while her house is being rebuilt. She's now in a very cool 2-bedroom, 2 bath with a den condo on the 1400 block of Church Street. God! It even has parking. And every time we get together and meet at her place, I feel the urge to move downtown.

If we are dining in, she can run over to Whole Foods (a block away) for something delicious. Or, if we decide to eat out, there are dozens of restaurants from every continent except Antarctica that are no more than a five minute walk from her condo.

Get togethers with Jean are not the only ones that create little pangs of condo envy.

My friend, Annie, moved from a big old house to my favorite building at 2500 Q, right on the cust of Georgetown and Dupont Circle. She even has a huge terrace where her friends will have a fabulous view of the fire works this 4th of July.

Then there are all of the places I am previewing and showing to my clients. I saw one at Chase Point, and while my clients were trying to decide what they wanted to do, I was mentally moving in my own grand piano, oriental rugs and twelve foot long bookcases.

But wait!

I already live very close to down town.

And my current significant other is good dog Willie, the labradoodle puppy who would greatly prefer his nice fenced-in back yard and walks in Rock Creek Park to humping legs on a crowded elevator on his way to a quick spin around Logan Circle.  That, by the way, assumes that my fantasy apartment even allows dogs, especially sort of large ones.

And when I throw my annual Christmas party, would my friends decline my invitation because parking would be such a hassle? And would my new downstairs neighbors call the police if we got even a little bit rowdy?

And if I want to play my piccolo or had some buddies over to play chamber music, would I get hate notes from the poor folks who had to suffer through the Christmas party noise, and Willie's barking and humping.

I'm wondering if some of this isn't inspired by impending bathroom renovations. And until they're done, I will be living mostly in my lovely home's basement apartment - with Willie! I have to keep him away from all of the lead paint dust.

Once the contractors are finished working their magic, maybe my condo fantasies will recede - especially when I'm soaking in the new Jacuzzi.

Comment balloon 9 commentsPatricia Kennedy • June 10 2007 04:43PM


Hi Pat,

Here's the 1st comment on your 2 year old post.  Are you still having condo envy?

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 11 years ago

Hi Pat, I took your invitation to comment very seriously.  :)

My idea of a dream home is a hotel with maid service and room service - I have always been a cheap date.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 11 years ago

Ask and ye shall receive!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 11 years ago

Hi Pat, I have condo envy because I live in a condop. A coop that looks and acts like a condo except for the underlying mortgage.

I'm with Virginia my dream home is a hotel wih maid service and room service. Preferably the Plaza or the Pierre.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) almost 11 years ago

Hi Pat ~ Fun post about the tradeoffs inherent in any real estate purchase really.  In a perfect world I'd have both - big city condo and slightly removed house with space and a yard. Happy anniversary!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 11 years ago

This is why we need to have several homes so that we can hang out at the one that matches our mood.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

Brian, yes indeedy!  My condo envy is now getting serious!

Virginia, yes, maid service and room service and dog walking service are included in the Georgetown Ritz Carlton, where I would really like to live!

Irene, thank you!  Thank you!

Mitchell, I adore the Pierre!  That would be my dream place, although I'm not sure they cater to big dogs!

Liz, oh!  And at an affordable price!

Stacey-Ann, so much for trying to reduce my carbon footprint!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 11 years ago

OK, So just exactly how many points do I get for coming over and commenting.  I know that I am not the first but it should be worth something.  ;-)

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

I just looked at this and am amazed that it took two years for the first comment to come in on this one! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) about 4 years ago