Good Deal or Not? “Charm still in tact” edition

This home is located at 3902 Kansas Ave, NW:

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The flier says:

“Simply gorgous! Open to the E, S & W, light just pours in! Charm still in tact, this TH is completely renovated. Gorgeous frml living & dining rooms, expansive kitch w/ cherry cabs, ss appls & Silestone counters. Flex layout w/ 3BR up+lg office-add 3rd ba here. Rec rm+br space+full ba down. Entertain on the back patio w/ huge yard. METRO, YES!ORGANIC, RSTRNTS, CAFES, BARS just blocks away. GARAGE prkg”

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

What do you think of the reno? This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $595,000. Sound realistic? If not, what do you think it’ll go for?

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  • I walk by this house everyday and it’s not located in the greatest part of upper Columbia Heights/Georgia Ave/Petworth, but the interior looks impeccable.

    I wish I had the money for a down payment!

    FYI: the yard is a skinny rectangle with an alleyway on one side and a neighbor’s yard on the other. It’s definitely not HUGE, like the poster advertises.

    • saf

      “it’s not located in the greatest part of upper Columbia Heights/Georgia Ave/Petworth,”

      I live very close to here, and would SO disagree with this. I think it’s a fabulous little area.

      Although Kansas can get a little busy.

      • agreed – i’m around the corner and i totally love the location. nice neighborhood vibe, close to metro, close to Yes! and the Stinky Safeway (which is getting upgraded, but i contend it’s good for basics), and close walking distance to the Red Derby, Meridian Pint, Looking Glass, Blue Banana.

  • “Charm still in tact” = “corpse smell replaced by bleach smell.”

  • Went to the open house Sunday, the renovation was decent, but the Ikea bathroom didn’t impress me. The layout of the master bedroom was a bit odd, and the carpet upstairs is not my favorit. Unfortunately the floors cannot be sanded again, they are already a bit patchy, but at least they’re original. I liked the first floor layout, and the kitchen was large, plus there is a huge pantry! I have to admit, the sunlight in the house was amazing! I found the price for that part of the neighborhood a bit high considering the basement is not rentable.

  • pizza just a 5+ minute walk!

    try 10+…

    if there is one thing i really don’t like it’s when listing agents (and sellers) claim things are closer than they are. people who are buying these houses aren’t necessarily from these neighborhoods and buyers can be very prone to excitement and might actually just believe you when you tell them you are 3 minutes from the metro.

    just suck it up. nobodies house is close to EVERYTHING.

  • “Charm still intact”
    Really? Where did they hide it before taking the pictures?

  • I absolutely love everything about that house and would buy it in three seconds flat at list price if we were ready to sell our house a few blocks away. The yard is actually huge for a rowhouse; I am not sure what the first comment is talking about. Or what her criticism is of that part of CH/Petworth.

  • i love this!

  • I would LOVE to see this house sell for the list price, but I’m skeptical. If anyone is interested in another renovated house about a block away from here with higher-end materials in the bathroom, fancier appliances in the carefully designed kitchen, and a much bigger & landscaped yard (but no separate master bath), email me! We’d sell for almost 100k less.

  • I think the price is right for a renovated end-unit rowhouse with garage parking in this neighborhood. The house on the other end of this block, at the corner of kansas and shepherd, was a GDON and I believe went for close to this, despite being much smaller.

    Went to the open house two weeks ago and really liked the light and the fact that original details were preserved in the renovation. Having a good amount of outdoor entertaining space plus a garage is awesome and the biggest plus of being north of Spring.

  • A bit off topic, but does anybody know who can build a simple garage like this house has, and how much it might cost? My lot can take a garage without violating the 60% coverage rule.

  • It’s a fairly nice home with some nice details, although some of the renovation was a little Home-Depot in a generic kind of way. However I can’t get past the bars on the window – am I wrong?

    • Unless you’re in the absolute outer edges that are more suburbia than the city proper, I don’t think you can find a home that doesn’t have bars on the first floor windows.

      …but if you do, I’m sure someone will be happy to liberate your belongings shortly.

      • Petworth residence. Neither I nor any of the neighbors in my block have bars on any windows. And there’s only been one break-in in the 5 years I’ve lived here–when the friends of the son of a resident broke in to steal his Playstation. Unfortunately for them, Dad was home with a baseball bat.

      • saf

        My block, less than a block and half from here, has NO homes with bars on the first floor windows.

    • Bars on the windows can be great for leaving windows open for nice breezes. I didn’t like them either before I had them, now I can really appreciate not having to worry about getting broken into- and you can get broken into anywhere.

  • Someone with a brain took the pictures. Shows some things that I think could be helpful to buyers.

  • Oh, and it scores a 4.9 out 5 on the PoPville Proximity to Red Derby scale.

  • I think this will sell within 3 or 4% of asking. I like some of the furnishings.

  • i’m really digging the toilet in the eighth picture. it has an elegant drop flusher. that alone makes the purchase worthwhile. do you think you can convert the garage into a carriage house?

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