Good Deal or Not? “claw foot soaking tub and ambient heated floors” edition

This home is located at 1530 Monroe St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Victorian Beauty in the heart of Columbia Heights! Rich period details include High ceilings, hardwood floors & exposed brick. Spacious kitchen w. breakfast bar. Master Suite w. tiled shower, claw foot soaking tub and ambient heated floors. Lower level office/4th bedroom w. rear entrance and ample storage. Fenced in backyard, double decks and 2 parking spots. Motivated Seller!”

You can find more info here and photos here.

What do you think of the house itself? Does $674,999 sound reasonable for this 4 bed/2.5 bath?

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  • Good deal. Should go fast.

  • Love! Working transoms and pocket doors…I am wishing I had 600k right about now.

  • Great deal. Surprised it isn’t gone already.

  • Wow! Great deal. Superior looking building in a hot part of town.

  • Strange that this is on the market still. Anyone visit it? Any hidden issues that don’t show up in pictures? If no– this is a great deal.

  • Some of the houses on Monroe – as with everywhere – need a fair bit of work inside, so factor that into your budget. It’s a wonderful block, and worth paying a premium for, though.

  • I visited it yesterday. Beautiful, but big downside: no A/C! Also, the basement is only half-finished, but that’s not as big a deal. I assume putting central air in an old rowhouse is expensive, no?

    • My neighbor put the small vent AC in her <1800sq ft house and it set her back $16k.

    • I did it for $12k almost 4 years ago in a similar sized house, quotes ranged from 12-28k. Pretty short-sighted on the owner’s part, would have been a lot easier to do as part of the renovation, rather than after.

  • I don’t know why it’s taking so long for this one to go either, but didn’t know about the lack of AC. Still though, seems like a great deal.

  • Lack of a/c and location in a transitional part of Columbia Heights are why this house hasn’t sold yet.

    • Just out of curiosity, what part of Columbia Heights isn’t transitional?

    • I disagree that this is transitional. I lived on this block at 1502 from 2004 – 2007 and all kindsa crazy stuff went down in the alley between Monroe and Park but within a year of moving in, the undercover robbery cops were not a daily sight and people wern’t giving themselves tattoos in the alley. Indeed, they were replaced by white people with Volvos and golden retrievers. Swear to G, not using that metaphorically as a symbol of gentrification.

      This block is very quiet and very stable, even when I moved in 2007. So probably even moreso now what with DC USA and all.

      Perhaps this hasn’t sold due to the proximity to gutter art house. Though I’ve heard that’s all gone now …

    • It is transitional in the sense that all of CH is transitional. This part of CH seems to be one of the nicest to live.

    • Have to chime in on this one. To the extent this isn’t a general comment on CH, this is probably the least “transitional” part of the neighborhood. Very stable block, no big-box housing. Just trees and single family homes on a one-way street.

  • No AC does make me think twice, but it still seems like a good deal. And I’d probably install a split system, given the very uneven heating and cooling we have in our similarly-sized house.

    That street is pretty well shaded, though, and it faces north, so it does seem somewhat possible that you could do without it in this house…

  • I think adding central is expensive, though window units are fine. Certainly adding central is not $100k worth of work.

    For a change, this looks like a good deal to me! Not “great” but good.

    • where do you get $100K for AC? $16K is more accurate. Depending on attic and basement space, it could be zoned x2 and vert bulkheads avoided.

      • I was pointing out that many times people will justify a $100-$150k increase in sale price based on the addition of central AC and some nice appliances.

        I think retrofitting ductwork is more than just $16k…especially if you are going to have to build out a chaseway or something like that. I added central to a house once and it was nearly $20k when all was said and done – the ductwork was the big expense.

  • Wonderful house. Wish I had the money. That part of CH has already “transitioned”. If central a/c is the only problem with this house it’s a small one. I wonder how the basement withstood the recent rains.

  • The lack of A/C an attractive feature in that a right-sized system would be a great future selling point as well as reducing energy bills and environmental impact. Better off installing a new, efficient, multi-zoned A/C system than inheriting an old, antiquated energy hog.

  • Good Deal. Looks like it’s only been on market for 11 days –I don’t consider that a very long time. Should be gone within a couple of weeks. Someone could definitely install high velocity A/C ($10K-$20K) and keep the radiant heat.

  • Agreed, this block has already transitioned. Relatively quiet, friendly people, one or two crazies but they don’t bother anyone. It might as well be in Mt P.

  • Ohh, it’s so lovely! I hope there’s a house just like this at whatever point I want to buy a house. What a delightful series of photos.

  • I visited the house and these are the negatives:
    – no central AC
    – not all the windows have been replaced
    – although it says 4 br, it is really a 2 br + office + partially finished basement
    – partially finished basement = no rental unit
    – the kitchen needs to beredone as do the bathrooms
    – the Reno was done on wright budget and it shows

  • Last point was meant to say:
    Renovation done on tight budget and it shows

    The house will probably require at least $100K in additional work

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