Good Deal or Not? “Huge windows = very bright” edition

This home is located at 1404 Crittenden St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Huge home. Bright, renovated, move-in ready home with lots of charm and modern conveniences. Wonderful windows on 3 sides, granite kitchen w/ eat-in area, 4 br’s and 3 full ba’s up. High ceiling, warm wood flrs, ceramic tiled bath’s and much more. Bonus renovated 1 br in-law w/ separate ent, full ba, great kit. Landscaped rear yard has extra storage. Huge windows = very bright.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

This 5 bed/4 bath is going for $675,000 though it’s been on the market for 178 days – what do you think it’ll go for?

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  • Lead based paint? Was listed, under contract, and relisted so something fell through.

    • Yup. I’m guessing something serious turned up in the inspection that they now have to disclose and is turning off potential buyers. Not lead paint–just about every house in DC has that so I don’t think that’s a huge deal-breaker.

      • I’m guessing that there’s a limited pool of buyers out there with the scratch to pay $675K for a place who want to live in that neighborhood.

  • It was under contract, but that could mean lots of things including the buyer being unable to secure financing.

    I imagine a few buyers (read: those looking for low down payment) are now priced out of this house with the conforming loan limits expiring next week.

  • Slightly off-topic question. From the photo, it doesn’t appear that the separate in-law suite unit has a front, street-facing entrance (though maybe on the side since it’s an end-unit).

    My question — can a basement unit legally be rented out if it only has a back entrance accessed through an alley? seems kind of dangerous.

    • I thought “in-law suite” is real estate speak for “you can rent it but it isn’t strictly legal” anyway (no C of O)…?

    • Do not quote me, but I think the rules are that there has to be two means of egress, not necessarily doors. So if there is one door and one large window that a tenant could crawl out of, then I think you’re okay.

    • andy

      no front entrance. check out the google maps.

      neighborhood is good though. EXTREMELY close to the best of the 14th st strip, e.g., Highlands, and the new Villa Pizza.

  • Not germane to the issue of why the earlier contract fell through, but:

    – Bedroom #2 should have been staged. Looks depressingly like a prison cell.

    – All the photos of the in-law suite are appallingly out of focus.

  • Not a good deal. Rowhouse is right across the street from the WMATA bus barn. Well over 200 buses come and go right in front of your door each door. Not to mention the pollution and noise from the buses. It is not a good thing to have a rowhouse on a corner for numerous reasons like trash and loitering from the business strip. The final selling price will be under $615K and that will be driven by the comps. The inside does show well, but it is the external factors hurting the property

  • This price seems high for the area. Take $100k off and that might be about right. If it was south of Upshar (ie closer to metro and Columbia Heights then it could go for this price but it’s too close to the bus barn. The pollution in that area is real. I bike past it twice a day and it’s not good. I wouldn’t raise a child that close to the bus barn.

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