Good Deal or Not? Double Door Edition



This home is located at 473 Ridge Street, NW:

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The flier says:

“Delightful south-facing & renovated 2BR home on charming & quiet blk in great Mt. Vernon Square area. Walk to Metro, City Vista, new Safeway, Results, Busboys & Poets. Hardwood flrs, crown molding, exposed brick, sep living & dining areas, fireplace, renov bath & kit w/ granite counters, huge lot with plenty of room to garden, entertain AND park 2 cars. A real gem!”

More info and a virtual tour found here.

I was excited to see this house for sale because we looked at the double (front) doors a few months back. This 2 bed 1 bath is going for $369,000. Sound reasonable? What do you think of the home itself?

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  • Price is right, but the house is very narrow. The location is great. I dont see any ducts for air, is there no C/A? I never liked baseboard heating either.

  • What happened to the second door? Outside is two doors, but inside the door that appears to be in the middle of the house is against a wall. Would be interesting to know the story there. and what’s behind that wall.

    I’d call this a very (very) basic starter house. No central air. Extremely basic everything. It’s hard to find a liveable house for that much money so if you don’t want a condo, it’s a cute place on a cute street for someone starting out. And if you’re into bowling you have a hell of a space out back. I think you can do a lot better moneywise with a condo, but for a house, it’s fair.

  • Of course this is a good deal. People will nitpick aspects, but it’s a cool historic rowhouse half-a-mile from downtown for $370k! You’re not gonna get bells and whistles at that price

  • I think it is a good deal.

    I do really like how the fireplace separates the living and dining room. Most narrow row homes have a fireplace on the wall opposite the entry door, which forces you to put the sofa right in front of the door. But in this home you could reverse that layout so you don’t walk right into the sofa and you have a clear circulation path.

    The outside–facade and landscaping–leave a lot to be desired. And the tiny bathroom with no mirror is a little odd. The second bedroom I assume is a postage stamp since it isn’t photographed.

    But compared to the price of a condo, I think this is a better deal for two bedrooms.

  • Pretty sure this house has been under contract for several weeks. I went to an open house – the main issue for me was that the only bathroom in the house is on the first floor in the far rear (behind the kitchen). Both bedrooms upstairs were a good size, but I think that’s because they didn’t make room for a bath up there.

  • oh, and that second door doesn’t go into the house, it leads to a passageway to reach the back of the house. this has been a previous PoP discussion (I think “helen of troy”). Many rowhomes have a narrow path between them for access to trash and to make deliveries to the kitchens back in the day. Some remain open with gates blocking off public access, but some are closed off to prevent debris from blowing in.

  • If i had 18 grand on me I would but it today.

  • That second door is atrocious looking. They should replace it with an iron, see-through gate as they do in most other small alleys between row-homes (like the one I lived in)…but they are probably using the space for storage or something. I think it looks too weird as is.

  • This is really cute. Great starter home.

  • Does PoP know the difference between “Active” and “Contingent?” Seems to me that every GDON posted the last few weeks has already had a Sales Contract on it.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Ha. Yes I do know the difference. It just happened to be a coincidence that a few not everyone were contingent. I walk around, snap photos of homes, that look interesting to me and plug into Red Fin. If there is a for sale out front and it looks interesting I take a photo. I don’t know it’s contingent at the time. Since many folks are still curious about the asking price I still feel it merits posting. Thanks for your concern.

  • This is actually a pretty good deal, and I’m usually one of the people saying “WTF?!??!?! Maybe if it comes with $200k in gold in the closet” on GDoN comment threads. I’d want a home inspector with a PhD, a 4th degree black belt, and a priest’s collar to go over this place before I closed, but this place looks really nice.

    People will hate on the baseboard heat and lack of central AC, but the thing you have to remember about central AC in a small house is that the up front and maintenance costs for central systems aren’t proportional to the footage – you can buy a lot of $150 windowshakers for what it costs to put one in as a retrofit and keep it up. I wouldn’t say that in FL or MN, but here in DC where you really only have 3 months of serious AC use and very little arctic cold you can live long and prosper with windowshakers and baseboard heat.

  • Unlike most frame houses of similar age, this one probably has legitimate party walls that meet modern code. The house to the left, which was built later, would have one, and the open wall on the right (which probably used to be a matching twin of this house) must have built up from an interior wall to a legitimate party wall.

    Whenever you see two wood frame rowhouses built together, from this time period, the walls between houses weren’t originally built as party walls. They were just plain interior walls. There was no building code at the time, let alone a fire code. Roof framing would run continuously across all houses. Whenever major renovations are done on houses like these, DC is apt to require that the property walls get upgraded to fire walls, as per modern code. That’s usually a hefty, unanticipated expense.

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