Was it a Good Deal or Not? And No Photos GDoN


This home is located at 1743 11th Street, NW:

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The flier says:

“This may be the one you have been waiting for. .. 2006 renovation w/ open floor plan, exposed brick, crown molding, recessed lighting, custom built-ins, modern kitchen w/ granite and stainless appliances, rear deck for outdoor entertaining, two blocks to Metro, near new dog park, easy street pkg.”

More info found here and a virtual tour found here.

I think this house looks great though I was wondering why it was on the market for so long. (I think it got relisted because redfin said it’s only been listed for 14 days but I’m pretty sure that’s not right.) Well, it’s now under contract but I’m wondering if you dig the house and if you think $599,900 was a good deal for this 2bed 2.5 bath?


And because there were no photos I thought I’d include this house located at 82 V Street, NW as well:

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The flier says:

“Your wait is over. .. This is what you want in LeDroit Park A big townhouse lot of bath rooms. .. .Everything works as it should. Call listing agt. Showing by appt.”

More info found here.

I could’ve sworn this was Bloomingdale and not Le Droit. Which do you think is a more desirable neighborhood Bloomingdale or LeDroit Park? This home is on the market for $524,995. Considering there are no photos it probably needs some work. Does this price sound reasonable? I love the homes of Bloomingdale but have the prices really gone that high?

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  • that is definitely bloomingdale, not ledroit park. ledroit park is definitely the more desirable neighborhood however ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ledroit park’s border is 2nd street.

    that said, i bet this house is a mess inside, but it looks huge and would be a great project.

  • Sorry Eric in Ledroit, this is defin Ledetroit Park. I grew up on this street and my mother still lives there. Even the tax records show ledroit park.

    Defin need some pictures to judge this one. This use to be a group home for girls, may still be.

  • If this isn’t Bloomingdale, then I’m not sure where Bloomingdale is?

  • it’s bloomingdale!!!

  • Everything I’ve seen shows 2nd Street NW as the boundary between the two neighborhoods. LeDroit’s streets are on a different grid.

    As to which is better… LeDroit has more trees and is closer to the Metro. Bloomingdale has Crispus Attucks Part and Big Bear. They’re also relatively tiny neighborhoods next to each other so I’m not sure if you can really differentiate them all that much.

    And yes the market appears to be blowing up in the area. My proof: an attorney I work with knew where I lived because she had recently looked at some property nearby.

  • Getting a whole renovated house in this location, my first thought was, fantastic deal. Then I saw the pictures — not the greatest reno job, kitchen is fairly ugly, bathrooms are generic, nothing really stands out at all. And the bedrooms look really small. Plus, no parking. I think if the new owner puts a little effort into design, the space could be great, and hard to find an entire house near U Street for under 600, but the price seems to be about right considering the general blah-ness of the interior.

  • I like bloomingdale but I looked to live on this street on the corner of 1st and v and the public housing plus people hanging out in the streets … made me want to look elsewhere… and I have lived in some not so nice neighborhoods.

  • On the 1743 11th Street, NW:
    The renovation is an okey/generic one. Better design would only sell if it is really luxurious (but that is tough on cca 1200 sq ft) OR it has to be original and with really clever solutions (I haven’t come across such during my entire year of searching…).
    The mayor problem is that it is overpriced for its location. It belongs to the 20001 area, which is a very mixed one, statistically. Unfortunately, this is that most of the banks, their assessors and even some homeowner-to-bes are looking at (especially if not familiar with the area).

    The renovation and the features offered are good enough to be sold for that price 2 blocks west, under 20009… My bets are:
    1. It will either go for this price, when it finds a future owner that is willing to put 55-60% (and up) down.
    2. It will be gone in no time, once priced for 500-520k.

    Of course, I might be wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Historically, this neighborhood was known as Adams Circle, which took its name from a traffic circle that was sketched on a napkin by Pierre L’Enfant as he was working on the first draft of his plan for Washington. The napkin was inadvertently disposed of shortly afterward, and the roundabout itself was forgotten and never came to be built. The name for the neighborhood stuck, though.

  • Newbe – the house is under contract for 599…

  • @Anonymous
    I never said it would not sell. + According to the website: 1. it is contingent + 2. its last price was 599k, thus
    1. contingent is not equal to being under contract
    2. it might have gone 10% lower (550k-ish), which is still ok (its original price was 615k)

    But if you have internal information, than, as I said, I might be wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (Anyhow, it will either come back, or go to the taxpayerservicecenter.com)

  • Re 11 Street house:

    Under contract or not, just because the final list price was 599,900 doesn’t mean that is what the purchase price is – surely you all must watch Real Estate Intervention, wherein owners who ask $$$ for their homes often end up accepting much lower offers. As far as I know, the purchase price is not available until it becomes public record – generally months after final closing.

    And even though they have accepted an offer after 14 days – well, this may not be their first time on the market, or they may be in a tight spot (already purchased another home, or have a contingency contract that they want to close on….)

  • The U Street house has been on the market for a while. I went to an open house in June and it was empty (the owners had just moved out). I’m glad to see they staged it-it shows better this way.

  • this section of bloomingdale is know as the LeDroit Park subdivision of Bloomingdale. bloomingdale has four subdivisions/additions. one is called the LeDroit Park Subdivision. another is called the LeDroit Park Addition. developers naming neighborhoods for sales purposes has a long history.

    they’re different neighborhoods in that LeDroit is designated Historic, different political boundaries, and is 10-15 years older. the housing stock tends to be different.
    all trivia, but still fun.
    also, brick made pre 1885 tended to be different than post, because they switched to gas furnaces. it made the brick less porous. they used to treat brick with a paint made from iron filings and brick dust. thats why , mostly on capitol hill, you’ll see these brick colored houses, but the mortar is also brick colored. post 1890 brick, you didnt see that. cool, huh?

    the name bloomingdale fell out of favor for a long long time. neighbors as far as truxton had adopted the “LeDroit” moniker for years. “bloomingdale” didnt regain much usage till this decade.
    that why a lot of people that grew up there would have called it, and identified with LeDroit Park.
    the only real significance of its historical boundary was its racist origin. after the neighborhood opened, and the supreme court case about that house on bryant street ( bloomingdale) it really effectively became one neighborhood once it became mostly african american.

  • Very interesting Anon2.0! Thanks for the post.

  • anon2.0 is right. The “Bloomingdale” moniker is similar in authenticity and use as “Truxton Circle.” Its use has very little historical significance in reality, but has been mostly popularized by real estate agents and speculative homeowners in the area.

  • actually archduke, thats not what i said at all. i said that the boundaries are really only purposeful in their origins.
    bloomingdale has been called bloomingdale for 115 years, since the first plot was advertised.
    i said that calling it such ebbed out of fashion for a while as it got swallowed up in a trend to call surrounding areas LeDroit, because of the value placed on “leDroit”. perhaps because of realtors. LeDroit has always been famous. first for its racist segregationist origin, then for its cultural community. bloomingdale and truxton weren;t part of the original gated community. truxton was built before. bloomingdale after.

    there was a trend for a long time in nomenclature that made neighborhoods seem larger, this trend has reversed and people are referring to their neighborhoods in smaller and older divisions. its simply a matter of preference by residents as to what you refer to your hood as. unless its designated historic, no one really cares. but historically, there lines were drawn firmly, just as divisions between buildings are clear. not understanding that would kind of be like saying that the Ellington was part of Harrison Square, but on a bigger level.

    I can’t really address “truxton” except that i like the term and newspapers seemed to initiate that as a term for a neighborhood, back in the 20’s or so.
    when people dont know the clear lines or accept the historical ones, the say what they want.

  • as another data point, the “Bloomingdale” sign on the shops at 1st and Rhode Island has clearly been there for a while. It pre-dates me (7 years) by a long time.

  • I often wonder when Petworth will be split up into realtor-inspired, differently-named, smaller neighborhoods. I live near the metro and would consider the areas of Petworth up near Brightwood a totally different neighborhood.

  • CHP, I saw a map the other day (I wish I could remember where) that labeled a large chunk of north Petworth as Brightwood Park. I’m talking from approximately Decatur (I think) up to Missouri.

    There’s also a big discussion happening right now on the Brightwood listserv regarding the lines of Brightwood and Manor Park.

    It seems to be very difficult to nail down neighborhood parameters.

  • I always thought Brightwood park was between Kennedy and Missouri and Georgia to Kansas.

  • Anon @ 2:36 — I think that’s generally how Brightwood Park is defined. But three blocks of a cheese wedge? That’s not big enough to be a whole neighborhood!

    Now that I think about it, maybe it started around Gallatin, on the map that is.

  • talk to the bloomingdale civic association, and members like robert brannum and cassandra costley if you want to know more about the history of bloomingdale, and if you think the neighborhood’s name is a recent appellation. i swear, sometimes people want to just push their own version of history against all rational proof otherwise for no good reason…

  • Bloomingdale was named Bloomingdale (and possibly before) when it was subdivided and platted in 1889. Same for Brightwood Park in 1890.


  • The nickname for the estate that sat on the land previous was “Bloomingdale” because of its rose gardens. thats why all bloomingdale houses were planted with rose bushes when first built. some still have them. at a neighborhood party i was told that the Rosedale house stood around Randolph Place and First. that could just be a legend

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