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.
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Featured Property: 1641 19th St NW
Original List Price: $950,000.
List Price at Contract: $950,000.
List Date: 04/02/2010
Days on Market: 63
Settled Sales Price: $907,500.
Settlement Date: 06/29/2010
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Bank Owned?: No
Type Of Financing: Conventional
Original GDoN is: here.
I recently had the good fortune to get to visit this house with a buyer client while it was on the market. Truly super cute, but, as was mentioned in the Good Deal or Not (GDoN) comments, it is a bit on the petite side of things. I have to admit, though, that personally I am a huge sucker for things like it supposedly being a house that Tallulah Bankhead lived in (challenged by a GDoN commenter).
This property has the kitchen located in the lower level, which, in this case, was below grade in the front of the house but a full walkout to a lovely shady garden patio. I have shown and sold a few houses with this layout feature, which was sometimes where the original kitchen was located in these Victorian era townhomes. The basement kitchens are not terribly unusual on The Hill, but are also found scattered sporadically through pre- 1910 neighborhoods all over the city. One benefit is that they tend to be larger than main floor kitchens.
Then there’s the location, which is very sweet. This part of 19th St NW is quietly tucked away, but within easy reach of Metro, restaurants, the Phillips Collection, Dupont Circle, and I could go on. You’d probably never need a car in this location, but it even has a parking spot.