(Was it a) Good Deal or Not? “Smash top-to-bottom renovation” edition (originally owner request)

This home is located at 3649 11th St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Smash top-to-bottom renovation of classic 1909 semi-detached TH on gorgeous corner lot with 3-car parking. Bay-front LR open to huge DR, large granite/SS kitchen, main level family room/bedroom with en suite bath, sunny deck, stunning master suite, 3 full BR suites plus separate 2BR 2BA basement rental with C of O! Walk to 2 Metros, shops, etc.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

I swear I’m not gonna make every Friday a “Was it a” GDoN post. This one was requested by the owners but already went under contract before I got to post it. They got multiple offers and it went under contract in only 2 days! Wild.

Anyway, what do you think of the renovation? Are you surprised it went under contract this fast? The asking price for this 5 bed/5 bath was $729,000.

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  • I used to live on this block. This house is HUGE and an outlier from the rest of the neighborhood. I’m not sure what kind of family would really need a 5 br/5 ba house around these parts, and it seems too nice to rent out the entire thing as a group house. (where you could reasonably ask for $6,000 /mo).

    Great neighborhood, down the street from all the happenings of 11th St, short walk to the metro. I hope that a large family purchases it, rather than someone looking to rent it out, because that place could turn into Animal House very quickly.

    • It has a 2BR basement rental with COO, so only 3BR in the main living area. I really doubt it will end up rented out as a group house.

  • Wow. I am surprised to see this under contract so fast. Actually, I was more surprised to see 3603 11th go under contract within a week, but this, too. Nothing that’s decently renovated is lasting very long on the market in CH/Petworth these days.

    BTW, 3902 Kansas, the GDON from about two weeks back, also is under contract. So excited because our very good friends are buying it.

  • Considering I’m about to put my house on the market 2 blocks from here, this is all very encouraging news.

  • Beautiful house, and super amazing garden, I think its a great deal considering the amount of land it comes with..

  • I doubt that owners generally would not request that PoP do a GDON on thei property unless they are pretty sure it is a GD. And this is a GD.

  • I’m jealous of all the trash and recycling bins.

  • For the neighborhood, the extra land the full exposure on the side, this is a good price (I’m probably biased, living right around the corner). I don’t think it is unusually large for the area–it just has a finished basement that gives it two extra bedrooms and more sq ft of finished space. I went to the open house and they did a very solid job with the finish work. I personally wish that more places were being renovated less invasively these days (as in function renovations that maintain more original spaces and features) but understand that the market demands more open floorplans right now. Most of the places in this immediate area once had separate sitting/dining/kitchen spaces divided by grand pocket doors. Someday, there may be a premium for such charming places. But I digress.

    • In theory I agree with you, but not every house has original features left to restore. Most woodwork has been painted over at some point, or removed. Popcorn ceilings got put up in the ’70s. Pocket doors were removed. If you’re given a basic torn-up ’70s rowhouse I have no problem renovating forward (toward an open floor plan) rather than backward (to a faux-Victorian look).

  • Didn’t this house sell recently? I remember it being up for sale, maybe 1 or 2 years ago…I thought it looked like a great deal then and I’m pretty sure the new price is higher…

  • GREAT deal. You could cover a huge chunk of your mortgage by renting out the basement. If I was in the market for a house and I could afford $750k, I would absolutely have put in an offer in on this house.

  • Absolutely great buy. The house is sturdy, has a classic DC-row house feel, and is in a neighborhood in which property value is on a steady incline. The thing about 11th St in particular is that the rents are about to shoot up — especially with the already-great local bars and restaurants and the soon-to-come Tryst (less than three blocks away from this place).

    To the person who wrote that his/her house will be on the market soon: sad time to sell but fantastic time to buy!

    • do you mean rents are shooting up because of desirability (for houses) or some change in rent control (for apartment buildings)? i’d agree with the former, don’t know about the latter.

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