Good Deal or Not Re-Revisited (Reader Request)


“Dear PoP,

I noticed that this house on Newton Pl is still on the market.

It was actually a GDoN in its pre-renovated condition and was also a GDoN revisited.

I think it would be interesting for people to weigh in on it now that it’s renovated and back on the market. I’m actually surprised it hasn’t sold yet.”

This home  is located at 529 Newton Place, NW:

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The flier says:

“Gorgeous renovation of Columbia Hts end unit brick row house * Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and ceremic tile floor * Two bedrooms and 1 full baths with new fixtures, vanity and tub surround. Gleaming wood floors * Shows great, a must see!”

More info and photos found here.

Wow, this is kinda cool. So before the reno it sold for $165,000. Now it has been renovated and can be yours for $249,955. Think that is a realistic mark up for the 2 bed/1bath?

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  • I think the price accurately reflects the size, but I think they are still going to have a hard time selling because it is so small. The living room is so small that it prevents a television or a functional seating group; the second bedroom doesn’t look like it could hold even a full-size bed.

  • Realistic, yes, if the renovation has been done well–looks can be deceiving. Problem is, that block is pretty scary. If it was a block to the east, the price would likely be a lot higher. Location location location.

  • It is next to the Park Morgan Projects…

  • Living close to public housing is one thing but living across an alley from public housing is another. Anyone who buys on that block is insane.

  • This block is on my (very short) “do not walk” list, but if you’re bold and have faith, patience and vision, go for it! Good deal!

  • not a desirable block now or in the near future, Park Morton is going to be a construction project for the next several years… but then… could be decent.

  • Is that really considered Columbia Heights? It bugs me when people do that when listing places because it is trying to deceive potential buyers.

  • It is considered Columbia Heights due to zip code – 20010.

    When the Park Morton comes down and is replaced with retail and mixed income housing, it will be a very desirable location.

  • Looking in birds eye view, the house shares an alley with a pretty and well-kept school, not projects. Park Morton is a long block away, with no alley/street making this house on a short cut to the projects. Love the price. Small – yes, but not all people require large screen TVs and full sized couches.

  • This renovation looks like a piece of crap. I wouldn’t pay more than 120K for it, especially since it’s next to public housing.

  • I live a block away from here, and first off – this a block away from Park-Morton, not an “alley” away; it’s also really not that sketchy of a block – especially compared to some others close by. The neighbors are pretty friendly and comparable condos around there have gone for a fair amount more than this one…

  • If one thing remains constant, it’s that the closer one lives to a place, the less sketchy they think it is!

    Arrrright then moving on… I’d personally rather live farther north in Petworth than this corner of “Columbia Heights” for similar money. Bigger houses, few apartment buildings, better yards, more quiet.

    I’ve never been a really big fan of that area around there not just because I think it’s a bit dodgy (but it’s hardly unique in being dodgy), but because the houses are really small, and on some blocks don’t even have basements.

    While I know that this may be plenty of space for a couple that doesn’t plan to have kids or be around after they do or something, the problem with areas that have really small housing stock is that they are much slower to improve. Most people want at least 3 bedrooms or at least a house that has potential to be expanded to accommodate a family someday. There’s not much to do with these little houses. And if you’re going to invest a lot of time in effort in fixing up a house, most people would rather do it on a bigger house for the same reason, and also so it’s got much more potential for return down the road.

    In every part of the city that’s gentrified the blocks with the smallest houses have always taken the longest to improve, and this is why. Think Ingleside Terrace and Brown Street in Mt. Pleasant for example. Even as the vast majority of Mt. P has been fixed up there are still a lot of tiny, run down houses on those streets. It’s just not as good a return for a living space and potential resale to fix up a small house.

  • This is hilarious. In google street view there’s a fabulous image of the house across the street:

    Bunch of kids in front, with a guy pointing at the kid who just walked up. I can imagine him saying something like “I told you not to come around here!”. Behind him on the porch is another dude, apparently sacked out. It’s a wonderful little bit of Americana.

    Here’s the picture taken moments before of the last kid approaching:

  • @Jamie – I’ll actually fully attest to the fact that the block I live is sketchier than this one, as are several other surrounding blocks! And yeah, the Google Earth images from this general area are pretty priceless…

  • It’s funny, I went to visit this three days ago. The street is not bad at all, I would walk around there. The place is in tip-top shape, but a little blah, and the rooms are small. No backyard, just a little plot of earth and scraggly grass behind the house. Also, I was a little afraid that being right in a school’s backyard would make it noisy at certain times in the day.

  • The block is nice, it’s quiet, but the renovation is garbage. There’s a shower in the living room, not kidding about that. The space isn’t really usable and the “master” bathroom is TIGHT. (small, not awesome)

  • To Jamie–

    Please watch what you say. You carelessly speak of a hard-working father and his children.

  • I’ve seen this listed at $329,000 elsewhere. A little bait-n-switch I think…

  • To Anon:

    “Please watch what you say. You carelessly speak of a hard-working father and his children.”

    Why did what I say offend you? Did I imply that anyone there not hardworking, or in fact, imply anything at all other than observe that it was a typical neighborhood scene? I described it as “Americana.” It could be a Norman Rockwell print. That’s why I liked it. Go look up Americana. It does not have any negative or derogatory connotations.

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