Good Deal or Not? Classic Rowhome Edition


This home is located at 1212 Quincy Street, NW:

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The flier says:


More info but sadly no photos found here.

I thought I’d show this house based on yesterday’s GDON discussion. I also like this house because the owl on the walkway once scared the crap outta me. Anyway, since there are no interior photos the property will probably need some work. I think it’s worth noting that because yesterday’s condo was likely in move in condition. For example right now, I think I have to replace some pipes in my house and it is really quite frustrating. I mean lose sleep frustrating. It would be a relief to not have to worry about stuff like that. Not that I’m hating on my house… K, sorry. This home has been on the market for over a hundred days and the asking price of $435,000 hasn’t budged. I think it’s a pretty killer location because you’re close to the Petworth metro and Red Derby. What do you think is a realistic price for a classic rowhome in this location that likely needs a little work?

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  • Well, there’s only 1 full bath, so I think if this were a regular sale (not “as-is”) it would get close to that asking price — I’d say $380-$425.

    But since it’s as-is, it’d have to be lower, obviously. I don’t know enough to say how much lower.

  • Great location, but as-is and one bathroom? Meh, I”ll say closer to $350 for a good deal. Seems like the market might be agreeing with me too. Especially since “livable” could still entail extensive renovations.

  • I’ve been wondering about this one. With the note that I have not been inside, I keep expecting to see it close in the $400-$420 range. The location is great, it’s on one of the better maintained and cleaner streets in the neighborhood, and the back area is big enough for a little patio/deck and two car parking. Maybe someone who has been inside has the info? If all the original details have been screwed up or there is some major systems work that needs to be done I could see $380 or so. Less if there is a foundation problem or something equally serious.

  • I too would love to hear if anyone has been inside and has an informed opinion on this one.

  • Vonstallin

    This house is across the back of my house and 5 doors down from my parent’s house where I grew up.

    It as always been a rental and the original couple died way back in the 80’s or early 90’s. The person renting it now is a contractor and I have heard that he put 30k of his own money into it, but not buying it. They just tore down the once car brick garage a few weeks ago.

    It’s a long 90 second walk to the metro, lol
    damn near no crime for the most part. Big football / soccer field that have a nice atmosphere in the summer with all the different teams playing. The block have changed a lot over time and have a lot of the newcomers and all are super nice.

    The back yards are nice and long and many have built decks.

    The odd thing is that all those houses have 2 bathrooms. One in the basement and of course upstairs. So the plumbing should be there. I might have an pic of the back but cant promise. If I do ill post back up. The houses are really nice size also. The second my parents move im going to buy their house.

  • Vonstallin

    Oh I live on 10th n Quebec and My parents live on 10th and Quincy incase I confused anyone.

    I just called my parents and they said the owner is trying to stick to the price (a bit hi). I think upper 300k is decent for what you get totaly.

    Oh and its totaly livable. the current family have been in since the mid 90’s and didn’t destroy anything (at least from the outside).

    i would spend about 65k to 105k bringing this house to the 2009’s.

  • I also like this block of Quincy. Well maintained front yards and a super quick walk to the metro.

  • Without having seen the inside, I think the price is fair given the proximity to the metro, big backyard and likely ample off street parking. Witht the new admin with all the bloody hipster liberals in it, perhaps it will now sell.. lol.. 😉

  • Well considering how long it has been on the market – in the current bad market – obviously no one is buying it at that price. I think it is a bit pricey for the house itself – seems like part of the price is based on proximity to Metro.

  • saf

    VonS – I’m in the 3800 block of 10th. Are your parents on Quincy or 10th? (Wondering if I know them. Or you, for that matter.)

  • Vonstallin

    They are on Quincy…I lived on that block from 1972-1994 and moved to Quebec Pl in 1994 to current.

    Click on my name…it goes to myspace page and hit the photo album I have hundreds of pics of me and my family. I even have old school pics.
    I went to Raymond, Rabult and Rooservelt.

  • My husband and I have lived on this block for a year and a half, fixing up our house. The block is great, neighbors are very friendly. I suspect this house needs about the same amount of work as ours does, especially the back porch which only has screens, no windows. I’ve been very curious to see what people think of this house, thanks for the post!

  • Von: What kinda bike do you have? I usedta have a Kawa ZXR 250 back when I was young and dumb in the early ’90’s. I specialized in laying it down on county roads near storm culverts.

    But Lil’ Gal won’t let me have one no more. I may be allowed to buy an old car next year if I behave.

  • Odentex, you should join my support group. It’s called the “Neutered Married Men of the Greater Metro Area”.

  • saf

    Dudes, you poor dudes.

    The husband wouldn’t DARE tell me to get rid of the bike. (1982 KZ440LTD)

  • Vonstallin

    Odentex Says:

    January 28th, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Von: What kinda bike do you have?

    I have a 2008 kawasaki ZX10R for the street
    and I have a
    2008 kawasaki ZX10RR that I race (track only)
    and a
    2006 kawasaki ZX10RR that I race (track only)

    Three bikes.


    On another note I took another look at that house and for some reason I never noticed until abbey wrote about the screen porchs that it wasn’t enclosed.

    I had to have mines completly redone. Got it done for cheap but expect to pay at least 50k to redo the back. The cool thing is that you can tailor this house anyway you like. and with the large basement you can make a basement rental very easily.

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