Good Deal or Not? “award-winning row by famed architect Joseph Abel” edition

This home is located at 1713 Harvard St, NW:

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The flier says:

“SO CLOSE TO THE ZOO YOU CAN HEAR LIONS ROAR. Cloistered behind lush trees, this modern beauty is part of award-winning row by famed architect Joseph Abel. Features sunny floor-to-ceiling wndws, HW flrs, open plan, cedar deck & hot tub, 2-car pkg. Steps from Zoo, short stroll to Mt. P, AM, Col Hts, U St restaurants/nitelife/shopping. Close to Woodley & Col Hts Metros.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

I’ve always been a big fan of this cool row. What do you think of the house itself? Does $619,000 sound right for this 3 bed/2 bath?

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  • So, it was bought in 2006, at the height of insanity, and it’s being listed for $40K+?

    I say no dice. Lower it for starters to $575K

    They would actually be better off listing it at $499K and starting a bidding war.

    • Bought in 2006 for $575K. Remember, buyers paid closing costs on top of that. And now as sellers, they will by paying commissions and closing costs out of the proceeds of their sale. These people will not be making a fortune off this place.

  • beautiful interior, even if the outside seems dated. seems priced right to me.

  • hot tub is a nice touch

  • Don’t like the front facade, but the rest of the house looks nice, and the location is great

  • I’ve been in this place. It’s tiny.

    • Me too. I liked it, but it felt like a condo more than a rowhouse.

      • def a condo alternatve. But where can you find a condo with 3 bedrooms, front and back yards, 2 car parking and no condo fee in that location at that price? Its priced as a condo alternative. If it was a wardman rowhouse it would be 900k.

  • What an ugly exterior. Reminds me of gross on campus apartments from small liberal arts colleges.

  • I know people who live on this strip and I’m a fan. I don’t think the price is that far off either. According to redfin there have been a handful of sales over the past couple years and none have gone below 605k. Personally I think the bathrooms and kitchen are horribly dated so I would think 605 is a better bet. If I had the means I would buy it for the location and give it a sweet, modern renovation. Dwell Magazine style. It is less than a mile to the Woodley Park metro and under a half mile to the CH metro. 2 car parking. You have the zoo, rock creek park, Adams Morgan, right out your front door and Mount Pleasant right out your back door. (I swear this isn’t my listing)

  • That kitchen is gross, and it might be the furniture and set up; but the place is so depressing. Lower the price.

    Hot Tub= People Soup, really don’t like that feature

  • Tried to buy one of these in this row (unsuccessfully) last year. Promise it will go well, well over asking.

  • Definitely way overpriced, but anything that isn’t these days is under contract about 30 minutes after being listed.

  • There were 4 in this row that sold last year. Three sold for over the list price of 615-625K, one for 43K over. I think the listing agent did their homework and it’s priced well.

    • My research shows there were actually five in that row that sold last year. Prices ranged from $623K to $678K. I think the price probably takes into account condition as compared with some of the other, higher priced ones.

  • Another listing with a baby room…anyone else notice how many open houses have a baby room? It will be nice when having a child in DC doesn’t send you running for the suburbs…

    • I’m outing myself here… The owners are friends of friends. They actually have two kids. I have no idea of their actual reasons for moving, but with the layout of that house and two kids, you pretty much have to sleep two floors away from your kids if they’re not sharing a room. That’s a major pain in the butt when kids are little–and when they’re teenagers and you want to make sure they’re not sneaking out after you’re asleep.

      But I agree with your larger point that a lot of PoP-featured houses lately have had a baby’s room. I hope that’s not the whole reason why everyone is selling.

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