Good Deal or Not? “Custom finishes w/ preserved classic details” edition (Reader Request)

This home is located at 4213 Illinois Ave, NW:

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The flier says:

“Another total renovation by Urbiz! Modern, open floor plan. Custom finishes w/ preserved classic details. New systems inc high efficiency heat/ac. Kitchen w/ granite, SS apps & sun room beyond. 3 bright upper BR’s inc lg master ste & 4th BR, full bath on lower level. Fenced rear yard w/ pvt pkg. Steps from Grant circle, easy access to Metro & Georgia Ave bus lines.”

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

A reader simply write, “nice renovation”. I agree. What do you guys think? Think this 4 bed/3.5 bath will go for $539,900?

22 Comment

  • Good deal. That is all.

  • anon. gardener

    I walked through this house when it was in dire need of renovation, loved it but didn’t have the money to take it on. the reno looks great – looks like they kept the pocket doors downstairs, and i can’t believe how the columns look. if anyone has walked through it, can’t wait to hear your impressions.

  • That’s a beaut! Lot’s of space. I don’t know that hood so well, so I don’t know if it’s a GDoN, but if it were in my hood, by 14th and Shepherd, it would be GD.

  • I don’t like when Realtors use HDR photography to make something look better when listing a house. It is so unrealistic.

    • What do you mean? My understanding is that HDR is supposed to allow images to more accurately represent how they really look because of its ability to process a wider range of contrast.

    • i don’t know if they’re actually using it, but HDR can actually make a photo look *more* realistic than a standard photograph.

  • I swear this house had an under contract sign on the for sale sign. It must have fallen through. I like the deck from the master bedroom.

    • It did have an under contract sign! We walk by it all the time…interesting…

    • I saw the under contract sign, too. I’d love to know why it fell through. I assume it was either buyer’s financing fell through, or the homecheck went badly.

      House looks great in the photos. Larger (also) fully-renovated homes closer to the metro (in that neighborhood) went for the lower 500’s in late Winter early Spring. They were total gut-renos, though. I have no feel for how the market is right now, though.

  • I think it looks like a great deal – it’s on the high end of the price range for the neighborhood but at least from the photos looks like they did a great job, much better than the average flip job. The area is very nice and a good location reasonably close to the metro (about 1/2 mile-ish). There have been a few other houses in the area that sold for over $500K, including one on the 700 block of Shepherd that went for $555K, and about a year ago two houses that sold for just over $570K on the 700 block of Upshur.

    I really love the 2nd story deck with french doors – the master BR looks amazing.

  • Nicely staged and photographed. If the reality holds up to the online presentation, it looks like a great place that is priced to move. My only reservation would be the traffic on New Hampshire and around Grant Circle.

  • bfinpetworth

    This house looks fantastic. By the floorplan dimensions, its a little larger than the typical Wardman homes in the area – definitely a bit wider. The builder did a great job of merging the classic with new. I really love this renovation. I’m on the other side of Grant and paid about 40k less a couple months ago, but I’d have to say that this is probably worth the 40k additional for the person who can afford it (and we LOVE our house, by the way). I think they’ll get close to full price on this. This place is so charming.

  • Beautiful. Love that they kept the pocket doors and enough of the original woodwork to keep if from feeling super cookie-cutter.

  • With no knowledge of the immediate neighborhood, this is exactly the kind of value I’d be looking for were I a first-time homebuyer in DC. Contrasted to today’s GDON (425k, 1/1 condo), I daresay this one looks like a steal. Nice renovation, good space, private backyard, and parking — other than Metro proximity, it’s sitting pretty. I sense there will be a pretty low buyer’s remorse factor on this one.

  • awesome, i am having total buyers remorse on my house! but the location is boring.

  • Excellent reno. Modern with character. Good deal. That is a really beautiful photo of Grant Circle in the virtual tour.

  • Location is not boring! With all the local crews active near Grant Circle, never a dull moment…

  • Nice renovation, that is not a house, that is a home!
    good deal

  • I wish we could afford it.

  • I remember this house from when we were house hunting in Petworth. They were selling it for $240k (cash only) back in February, but it needed a ton of work. I haven’t been in it since then, but I guess I should check it out. Apparently they have done a lot of work.

  • janie4

    Saw it when it needed work – it had a cool built in china cabinet in the dining room, which is gone. It’s a nice place, but they ripped out more of the original character than I would have liked. It doesn’t feel as cozy as before, but that’s what sells.

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