Good Deal or Not? “Elegant & historic facade” Edition

This home is located at 1218 11th Street, NW:

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The flier says:

“special zoning also allows for commercial office/hm, condo conversion, or single family. Elegant & historic facade, reno 4/5 BR, 3.5 BA+ den. Lrg, grac rms accented by soaring ceilings, hwfs, huge over sized windows w/ flowing natural sunlight, generous, renovated T/S KI, large deck 2 car Gar + poss LL 2BR in-law suite(plumbed for gas and electric meters)”

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

What do you think of the home itself? Looks like they saved some nice historical details in the living room. This 7 bed/3.5 bath is going for $955,000. What do you think it’ll go for?

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  • No A/C (other than window units).

  • I actually think this is a good deal. I wonder if the buyer would take advantage of the commercial zoning – what about a restaurant in the basement?

  • The mixed zoning would be perfect for a funeral home, or even an area of the basement for an amateur mortuary hobby. I wonder if it was once used as a funeral home. There aren’t nearly enough of them in the neighborhood, anyway.

  • On a BUSY street, right next to all of that public housing… Not worth my imaginary million. I love that the interior seems to have its original floor plan and trim work, but that kitchen is cheap junk. “Oh, but it has shiny stainless steel appliances!!”

    • This may seem like a silly question, but what is so cheap about the kitchen? It seems like people always mention things like cheap cabinets on GDON posts, but I don’t really understand what the distinction is between just okay cabinets and good cabinets. I know shitty cabinets, because I have those; they are warped, sagging, and shedding the filler underneath the counter. But, do you really need high quality cabinets, as long as they hold things? Although, I guess if you’re paying close to a million dollars, then yes, you want high quality cabinets.

      (In full-disclosure, I also think the whole granite thing is totally overdone and that laminate counters are fine for most people, so maybe I’m just not that fancy.)

      • +1, [email protected]:32 PM

        I would have gone for a lighter color and a simpler profile, but otherwise, the cabinets look fine to me.

        I blame HGTV for propagating the idea that a good house MUST have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and spa tubs.

      • The cabinets just look like builder grade. There was no design thought put into that kitchen. For a house that grand and in that price range, I would expect a slide in range (not freestanding), stone countertops, an undermount sink, and for it to look like someone had put some thought into the design rather than going to Home Depot and asking for the cheapest, standard cab door.

  • Yet another Home Depot special. And right next to Little El Salvador too. Belgh.

    • I wonder what the Salvadorans that live there call the area where you live? Oh, that’s right, they don’t call it anything, because they have better things to do with their time than some over-privileged dandy might.

  • Mixed feelings on this one. I hate to see another one of these great old single family homes ruined into condos but the location dooms it to anything else. Who else would buy it but a developer so price is irrelevant.

    • MK, I used to share your view on tragic condo conversions. But developers aside, who’s in the market for a SEVEN bedroom house in DC? A family that large I think not, unless they have an extra $1M and don’t mind having 4 empty bedrooms.

  • Good deal. Two bedroom rowhouses near U street are going for $700,000. You could walk 6 blocks to U street from this house. Not to mention you could walk 6 blocks to alot of other parts of DC from here. A couple hundred grand will get you 5 more bedrooms. I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • I think that it is a good deal as well. The kitchen is very disappointing given the asking price though

  • Good deal. That’s a lot of house. Putting in central air isn’t a big deal if you’re looking at a near 7 figure property.

  • not a great deal unless you like broken glass bottles scrambled across your front steps when you wake up everymorning.

  • Is one of the guests they’re expecting a BABY?

  • I toured this. The big noisy street out front is horrible. No central AC is bad. The bedroom configuration upstairs is hilarious. The back porch has horrible views of a veritable junkyard. Just my opinion of course.

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