Holy Cow Sweet House on the Inside

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I thought these houses just east of 14th Street on Riggs were public housing. But check out the Web site for this house for sale. It looks incredible on the inside. According to the Web site this house is going for $674,900. Wow. Does public housing ever go for sale at market rates? Anyone know the story here?

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  • This is not public housing. It was a condo ownership community built in 1977 called ‘Frontiers West’. The owner is an agent (interestingly, the house you liked with the huge lot in CH is also owned by an agent).

    There are a few forms of ownership for affordable housing communities. There is a version of a cooperative ownership structure (for example, the soon-to-be-demolished Sursum Corda in Truxton Circle). PUDs or MPDUs, which are planned communities with affordable units built in, usually have a time limit on re-sale at market rate. I have seen some of these types of properties come on at market rate in parts of Montgomery County.

  • great kitchen!

    I think Mari at in shaw has blogged about these — developed by some African American physicians, I believe, who wanted to improve the comunity.

  • Interesting info. Not sure how wise it is to pay 675 for something everyone thinks is a PJ though.

  • Here are more pictures: http://www.homevisit.com/tour/mristour.asp?id=32897

    I hate dark wood and stainless steel, so I’d have to redo the kitchen and 2 bathrooms, so I’d drop the price to $550 or something.

  • I’m confused — I just looked up the address on the DC Real Property Search website and it says the condo sold on March 12th of this year for $425K. Did the new owner do an expensive fix up job in order to flip it? It does look gorgeous inside (I LOVE the dark wood cabinetry)

  • i, too, thought this was public housing–there are several other groups of condos/townhouses in the city that look like this one. are they, too, private, not public housing?

  • That place is whack.

  • I went in during one of the open houses (when it was listed for $699) and didn’t have a very favorable impression of it. But it is listed as having a contract on it, so there really is a house for everyone. To me, I didn’t think the renovation looked as nice in person. The ceilings are all pretty low (8 feet maybe? just low enough that you get to become very aware that there is a ceiling fan inches above your head), and the basement is probably 6.5 foot ceilings. There were also some weird deformations in the floor boards (it felt like there tiny hills and valleys in some places…maybe this isn’t uncommon, but for a compelte renovation, you’d expect it to be done better and makes you wonder what else was done sloppily). The pictures look awesome though.

    It was public housing / affordable housing when it was built. I couldn’t understand HipChickInDC’s post, but my understanding was that when all the houses in that community were built, low-income residents basically had interest-free mortgages to buy the properties (sort of a rent-to-own type thing), then they somehow got screwed over by the DC gov’t (lost records or something), so some were sold for as little as $500 to the long-time residents (I think on the assumption that if they had been living there since it was built in the 70s, the mortgage would have been paid off by now). If you check the tax records for these units, you’ll see alot of the ownership transfer from DC to the residents. There is a condo fee, but the grounds of the community don’t look very well maintained (there is a “playground” in the center of the parking lot that literally has one thing to play on).

  • Chica, I love the classic look of the dark stained cabinets also.

  • From what you describe, anonymouse, it sounds like it might have originally been one of the co-op ownership situations that changed over to condo.

  • There was actually a public financing component to Frontiers, and a few years ago Manna (a non-profit housing developer) rehabbed a bunch of them into affordable housing . . . but there are a couple of parts of Shaw that has Frontiers, so I don’t know which are Manna rehabs and which may be open market deals.

  • What a conflicted property. Fugly exterior but good looking interior. Good location but on a block of low-income housing. I guess the fair price would vary more than usual based on individual tastes.

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