GDoN Revisited by Hipchickindc

In real life, hipchickindc is actually the not-so-hip Suzanne Des Marais, an associate broker with Urban Pace. Voted one of the best real estate agents in DC by the Washington City Paper Readers’ Choice Poll in 2009, Suzanne is currently Chair of the DC Public Policy Committee for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and is President Elect of the Washington, DC Association of REALTORS®. She lives (and sells a lot of houses) in Bloomingdale, but works all over DC, with everyone from first time buyers to highly regarded developers.

Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1235 W St NW

Original List Price: $974,900.

List Price at Contract: $949,000.

List Date: 10/05/2009

Days on Market: 68

Settled Sales Price: $920,000.

Settlement Date: 05/17/2010

Seller Subsidy: $2500.

Bank Owned?: No

Type Of Financing: Conventional

Original GDoN is: here.

Listings for both the shell (a year ago) and recent sale are: here. Pics can be seen once you open the link to the listing (click on the main pic to scroll).

The DC Spring real estate market was a frenzy encouraged along by historically low mortgage interest rates and buyers eligible for the Federal Home Buyer Tax Credit. While the tax credit played an important role in motivating first time homebuyers, what about higher priced homes? As we saw from last week’s Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R), houses in price ranges not likely to be affected by the tax credit are moving along quite nicely. Today’s GDoN-R is another example of a property in an expensive price range.

This property is a complete renovation of what was, until quite recently, a dilapidated run down shell of a building. It was purchased with cash for $395,000. in May 2009 by a member of the Koutromanos family, who has been renovating DC real estate for many years. The comments in the recent listing indicate that the house was stripped down to the brick walls and is otherwise completely new construction.

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  • I am totally fascinated by this, because I used to live in a group row house diagonally across the 13 and U intersection, and got to see the place develop from a dilapidated shell into what it is now. I drooled with envy for a while, and it makes me miss the street all over again!

    I’d like to see pictures of the inside, but there don’t seem to be?

  • “Pics can be seen once you open the link to the listing (click on the main pic to scroll).”

  • Is it just me, or does the interior of this house really need a good dose of quality trimwork?

  • I’m just glad is finally sold. It looked like it was under contract and then back on the market a few times. The windowless basement room is creepy and probably illegal to use for anything but storage.

    But, I guess it is a good deal. Not a deal I’d make, however.

  • Wow – Purchased for $395 in 2009 and just settled for $920K. Nice ROI there.

  • I can’t believe someone paid this much for this place! It was an extremely cheap rennovation. I guess a fool and their money….

  • That building was where i had my first job. It was a grocery store I forget the owners name but I work there for the summer of 1966 . I grew up a few house north on 13th street. During the riots of 1968 the building was burned and of course the store looted and remained boarded up for few years then a Black Family owned the store for a number of years after that and then New owners took over until the building was deemed unsafe to occupy until the new renovation. I truly know the history of this building

    • Thanks for sharing, LongTImeNeighbor.

      Kindly write here more often as your uncommon local duration and knowledge is valuable.

      You’ve probably seen a lot here in Washington since the 1960’s and having survived the awful riots of 1968.

      Do share with us more on future posts as your unique local experiences and lifelong perspective could add much to this neighborhood blog.

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