Good Deal or Not? “inspired social space” edition

This home is located at 729 10th St, NE:

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The flier says:

“Rarely found, semi-detached, with yard and light on 3 sides! Open and inspired social space both inside and out. Centered staircase divides major cooking, dining and casual space from warm living room up front. Lovely updated baths on both levels, laundry and utility room off the kitchen. Three real bedrooms up with copious closet space and windows on the world.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $538,500.

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  • Someone please explain to me what “semi-detached” means.

    Is that like “semi-pregnant”?

    I mean, if something is detached it is detached. Otherwise it is ATTACHED.

    Also, too much carpet for my tastes. I don’t know if it is a GDoN as I know nothing about this area.

    • Looks like a great deal. I don’t like what they’ve done with the main level, but I’m sure it would appeal to some people. Yes, the bedrooms have carpeting, but I don’t see that as a huge drawback. However, I’m not sure what’s going on with the stairs in the upper level hallway. Could be something awkward going on there.

      • That kitchen set-up is so sad – and I have one of the world’s worst kitchens. No serious thought given to how to use the space, just tossed a bunch of stainless steel appliances in a row with really limited, unattractive cabinets on top.

        The lot is really nice – shows the benefit of semi-detachment, even if one could quibble over the semantics.

        • SouthwestDC

          I hate that kitchen setup too. I ruled out a lot of houses on the Hill that had the “stainless steel lineup” along one wall. Even a narrow galley kitchen is better, in my opinion.

          However, there are a lot of people who don’t really cook and therefore don’t care or don’t realize that their kitchen is not as functional as it could be. Those people tend to like this arrangement because it looks clean and sleek.

    • “Semi-detached” is a very common real estate term, at least in DC. It simply means that the house is not a row house that is in between two other row houses. Some people regard it as a big selling-point as it typically allows for more natural light.

    • There are no small coincidences and big coincidences! There are only coincidences!

    • The term “semidetached” is really common in the UK to describe what we would call “duplexes” — houses that are attached in the middle, but not on either side. (And it’s a very common building style there.)

      In D.C. you hear “semidetached” occasionally, but sometimes people instead describe the specific kind of semi-detachedness… like “end unit” to describe a rowhouse that’s at the end of a row of rowhouses, but has a corner yard or something.

    • how can anyone one be nearly-headless?

  • This is SO cute. I want it!

  • inspired social space

    WTF does that even mean? English, muthaf**ker! DO YOU SPEAK IT?

    • OMG, Thanks for the belly laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While reading your post, I could almost hear Samuel L. Jackson…

  • I live in the area and love it. However, this place is probably a little too close to the main H St. strip for me. You’d have to deal with a lot of foot traffic from people stumbling between the bars.

    • You mean like lots of drunk chicks walking by?


      • If you’re excited by drunk H Street chicks you are (I hope) a single young guy, in which case you probably can’t afford a $500k house.

    • That’s a good point. Right across 10th from the 24hr 7/11 too.

      That H street connection is going to be razed and turned into mixed use condos in the next couple of years. That could boost the house’s value but be a pain to the owners too.

    • I wouldn’t worry as much about the H St bar activity (though that can be annoying for a resident). The location deterrent for me on this one is that it’s right across the street from a strip mall/bank parking lot. I’ve seen a good deal of feral loitering in that spot. Might be why this price is on the lower end for an H St/Near NE house.

  • That house has changed hands 3 or more times in the last 10 years. I think it is haunted.

  • All of the closet doors look so unfinished. Put some molding up or something! I hate the sink but I have been recently spoiled with a sunken sink.

  • The closet in the living room right by the stairs looks like it doesn’t close all the way.

    I’m also puzzled by this semi-staging. Seems like it would make more sense to have the place either fully staged or not staged at all.

    And because the staging is only partial, my first thought on seeing the rug in the front parlor was, “What’s this hiding — is there something wrong with the wood underneath?”

  • I think this house is hideous. Awful open floor plan; cheap, cheap, cheap finishes; horrible plastic closet doors; every ounce of character removed. Blech. Not a good deal.

    • If you’re one of those people who likes open floor plans it’s a good deal. Unfortunately, original character will cost you a lot of money around here (around $100k extra from what I’ve seen), and the cheap finishes can be upgraded easily. Not much you can get south of H Street for this low, and this is an end unit to boot.

  • How or why did that house sell for 2.4 million in 2005?

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