Good Deal or Not? “Craftsman-Style, circa 1912” Edition

This home is located at 5010 13th Street, NW:

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The flier says:

“This has been the owner’s”Dream Home”, now make it your’s!Det Craftsman-Style, circa 1912, Renovated with todays amenities w/ lots of original details intact, coffered ceilings, pocket doors, leaded glass windows framing frpl. mantel, SS Appl, granite countertop, wall of glass windows, Master Br. w/ DBLE Sinks, Jacuzzi & Sep. Shower walk-in closet, BR laundry lvl. RR w/ bar, great yard w/ parking”

You can find more info here and a virtual tour here.

This is a reader request. The reader writes:

“I was running along 13th street north of columbia heights yesterday evening and noticed that one of the awesome bungalows is for sale. This one looks even nicer that some of the others in that area.”

I gotta agree, this house is amazing (def. check out the virtual tour above). What do you guys think of the house? Do you think $699,000 sounds reasonable for this 4 bed/3.5 bath?

19 Comment

  • Well nope, it don’t do it for me. Something just ain’t right about it.

  • I totally agree with Chuck, generally I am a huge fan of the craftsman style houses on 13th but there is something really weird looking about that house. The inside looks great, but the outside just doesn’t do it for me.

  • Wow, that’s a really beautiful house. It’s a little funky looking on the outside, but the inside is gorgeous.

  • I was a cute little Sears Cataloge Home that they messed up. Too bad they didn’t leave the front alone and just confined their reno to the back.

  • I really like it. I think the front is quirky and cute. BUT, I don’t think $699 is reasonable for any house. I’d rather move to the suburbs then pay that.

    • I hate to tell you, but you’re not likely to get a house this nice for much less in the burbs unless you go well outside the beltway.

  • 700k seems a little steep. I think the ruined the curb appeal of the house. And to gain a walk-in closet and laundry on the second floor, nice as it may be on the inside, the addition looks like a tumor from the back yard. a fair amount of space but I think it goes for 50-60k less.

  • Heather,

    One year of commuting from the suburbs to your job in DC will change your tune about living in the suburbs. I won’t move to the suburbs if you paid me. I’ll take the occasional late-night gunshot noise, drug deal and car break-in any day. But please don’t make me drive on these conjested roads with all these knuckle-headed drivers.

    • Good point, except my office moved to Rockville, so I’m stuck driving either way, LOL.

      I do love living in the city though.

  • love it and think it is well worth the price. that yard alone is worth $400k!

  • I love every square inch of this house. A little work on the curb appeal and I’m moving in…

  • Everybody loves curb (and alley) appeal, and this one needs a helping hand. But most people actually looking for a place to live rate curb appeal as just one more factor — not a dealbreaker. The interior and the yard are terrific and this might get close to asking price.

    • Completely agree…btw PoP, this site is a HUGE time suck for me when I work from home. Keep up the good work!

  • Cute house. Great for a family with young kids. Maybe a little overpriced, but I don’t know that part of town particularly well.

  • I really like the house; the location doesn’t do it for me, though. If I were going to spend that much and be that far from the metro, shopping, etc., I’d rather buy something in less-good condition on the other side of the park with better schools. Friends are buying in Chevy Chase DC for about that price, so it’s possible. They’ll have to do some work on the house, but they don’t have to worry about schools at least until their kid is in middle school.

    • I used to docent at a museum, leading school groups. The Kids from Lafayette were the most self-centered little brats. Very hard to deal with. You couldn’t pay me to send my kids over there.

    • The rear addition is unattractive. I noticed a crib and a couple of twin beds. I bet they are moving for schools. @dreas I doubted you could get a house in Chevy chase zip 20015 /20016 in this condition but I was wrong. There are some decent options in the same price range.

      here is just one (30k more) 3709 JOCELYN ST NW, 20015

      • That’s a MUCH nicer house, and it probably wouldn’t be hard to talk them down the $30k difference.

        • uhm, yeah it would be hard to talk them down on that jocelyn st house – it’s under contract 🙂

          re: the GDON house, it looks nice (well, except for the outside and why is the first picture on the listing all blurry? c’mon, real estate agent. you can do better than that!). maybe a tad overpriced, though. i’m thinking more like $650k?

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