Good Deal or Not? “regal living room w/ gorgeous stone fireplace” edition

This home is located at 3573 10th St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Historic charm meets modern luxury-high ceilings, ornate woodwork, & fabulous pocket door! Features: regal living room w/ gorgeous stone fireplace, formal dining room, new custom kitchen & the master suite of your dreams w/ stunning bath-Jacuzzi tub & double vanity! Fully Finished basement opens to a grassy yard and rear parking. Perfect location just a short walk to restaurants, shops & Metro!”

You can find more info here and photos here.

A bit odd that they don’t show photos of the bedrooms but what do you think of the photos that they do share? Does $659,900 sound realistic for this 4 bed/3 bath?

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  • The stair woodwork are more impressive than the fireplace.

  • Beautiful house. Probably an okay deal, given all the Wardmans that go for mid- to upper 500s well north and east of here, but certainly not a steal at that price. It is strange that they don’t show the bedrooms or the backyard.

  • 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in a 1700 sq ft rowhouse? The rooms must by small.

    • We live in a very similar house about 2 blocks away with 3BR, 2 baths up. Our master is about 17×17, the middle bedroom is maybe 14×14, and the last bedroom is admittedly tiny at 7.5×10, although it works perfectly for our child. Their fourth bedroom is in the basement; I’d bet it’s probably pretty good-sized.

      I sincerely hope it goes for close to this price, given the similarities to our place!

  • I’ve been in this house. The most interesting room is definitely the living room. The kitchen is OK, but the bedrooms and bathrooms look like the result of an inexpensive flip. The backyard is dominated by the parking spot (it does have a deck).

    Also, it was renovated by Menkiti, and I haven’t heard good things about them…

  • Looks OK to me. If the basement has a CoA it would definitely help this place out. I’d imagine you could get around $1400-1600 per month off of the basement unit which really would help lower the monthly mortgage payment or pay off the inevitable PMI.

    The inside looks really small and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the fireplace.

    All in all, I give it a 6.5 out of 10. Hooray slightly better than average!

    It’ll probably go for around 635-40 depending on how desperate people are.

    • 1600 for the basement there is high. You’re probably looking at 1400 max – check the Craigslist comps.

      • Oh yeah, I guess that is pretty far north. Thanks Realtor for listing the sub division as Columbia Heights. I know I can always count on nothing but the truth from listing agents (sarcasm . . .).

        • This is def. in Columbia Heights.

          • Prince Of Petworth

            I agree this is absolutely Columbia Heights. I just added Petworth in the tag because it is very close to the Petworth metro. But there is absolutely nothing deceiving by listing this as CH.

        • This is definitely Columbia Heights – the official neighborhood boundaries are Spring to the north and Sherman to the east. This block of 10th Street is definitely within those bounds.

    • A lot of lenders don’t let you pay off the PMI (or drop it when you reach a certain % of equity). They require you to keep it for 5 years.

  • An ok deal. My place is a Victorian 5 blocks north and close to the same size. I purchased for 85k less one year ago. It gets a bump for the address, provided it appraises.

  • This place is on my block and I went to the open house last week. Downstairs is very nice–really like what they’ve done with the living room and the kitchen. But the upstairs is quite common, i.e., three small bedrooms without much closet space. When doing a total renovation of these places if you’re keeping the basement as part of the living space of the main house (which they’ve done here) better to get two nice big bedrooms upstairs than three smallish ones, I think. Can always use the basement for a third if necessary. Wish they had done that here, but still a good place with nice finishes. Hope somebody nice moves in!

  • That fireplace is horrible–very out of place here!

  • I usually think the opposite… every time I see redone houses with 2 “master suites” upstairs it boggles my mind. I’d rather have the 3 bedrooms. Of course I don’t feel any need for multiple ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets.

    Does anyone else have a comment on converting 3-bedroom (upstairs) houses into 2-bedroom (upstairs) houses, assuming you get some compensation (larger space, more bathrooms/closet space) for losing the 3rd bedroom?

  • [that was supposed to be a reply to “10th and Spring”]

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