Good Deal or Not? $60K Price Reduction Edition


This home is located at 3578 13th Street, NW.

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The flier says:

“A must see! Columbia Heights Jewel. Victorian w/ English bsmt w/ sep. front and back entr. Eat-in kitch w/ island and bar, full height cabs, S/S applncs. 2 HVAC systems and 2 gas furnaces recently installed. MBR on 3rd flr Jacuzzi, walk-in shower w/ dbl heads, Orig. wood flrs, recessed lts, RENTAL UNIT in Bsmt w/ everything. 3 Blks to Metro. Closing help!”

More info and photos found here.

Pretty sick kitchen, yeah? I’m curious to know what you think about this house because of the price reduction. It was originally priced at $660,000 but is now available for $599,900. Do you think the new price is more realistic? What do you think about the kitchen?

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  • Ug-o. Hate the kitchen.

  • again, another floor plan that has me all kinds of confused. is the bathroom literally IN the master bedroom? it’s not a separate room?

  • The price isn’t too far off — will probably sell for $550 to $575. It’s a nice block and a generally nice house. However, I think they may have gone a bit too reno crazy — too many odd fixtures/gadgets/kitsch that takes away from what is nice classic DC row house. I’m not a huge fan of exposed brick and the kitchen is a bit out there for my taste.

    They could have toned it down, spent less and still have pulled a nice price.

  • I agree with Ross about kitsch dislike. I especially loathe bowl-shaped sinks. What’s wrong with a normal sink that actually catches the water from the faucet?

  • Kind of neat to see this house complete. I walked into this house ages ago – while it was gutted – and thought the feel of the house was kind of cool. It is different from other row houses, lay out etc. But agree with everyone that they totally went over the top. What was kind of neat though is that I recruited all of my contractors from this job and all of them did great work. Just a tip for those of you looking for contractors – just stumble into a renovation project and start asking questions. Anyway…just my two cents

  • Prince Of Petworth


    Send me some photos of your renovation projects! Please.

  • Do you have before pics, Kay? I could always help with the afters…

  • I know for sure that I have some really nice digital pictures of the after – the house was completely empty. I will have to see if I have any digital pictures of the before. We may just have to ask people to use their imaginations.

  • No parking spot. Street parking on 13th is pretty tight as is.

  • It’s not a bad deal based on square footage (even in this market), but for this one, it looks like the the devil is in the details. From the pics, it seems like a new owner will have to put out significant cash to redue what’s been strangley done. The master bath looks inside out – bathtub and sinks literally in the bedroom. First floor layout seems whacky – – you enter the house into the kitchen. In all that house, where did the dining room go? Why no pics of the other bedrooms/bathrooms? For 600k, who wants to move into a house where something as simple as the master bedroom needs instant work? Needs another 50k price drop to be an OK deal. For 600k that far from the metro (not three blocks as listed), your house should be done. It always costs more to redo bad renovation than start from scratch.

  • I would say a bad deal based in part on the exposed brick at the front of the house. I don’t know the process that they went through, maybe they solved this, but generally, exposed brick, while aesthetically ‘cool’, has a tendency to conduct heat. The buyer will be spending an unreasonable amount of money to heat and cool the house. The worst being, if you leave for a weekend in the winter and come back, it will take about a day to heat up the wall so that the living room is comfortable, even if you are blasting the heat. Not particularly sustainable. For the environment OR the pocketbook It is hard to gauge the amount of insulation in a renovation when a wall is drywalled, but exposed brick is a dead giveaway.

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