Good Deal or Not? “glorious windows” edition

This home is located at 905 M St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Tradition updated w/ generous rooms, soaring ceilings, glorious windows, gleaming wood flrs. Incredible decorative elements adorn front ext. TS kit. 2 BRs with baths on 2nd fl. Large BR on 3 could be a suite w/ deck. House has legal 1 BR rental unit. Addl storage, work shop on lower level. Blagden Alley historic dist. is close to Metro, bus, shopping, entertainment.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

One of my favorite houses in the city. What do you think of the inside? This 4 bed/3.5 bath is yours for $1,250,000.

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  • I see a lot of nice old school touches (tin ceilings, claw footed tub) and a lot more old ass touches. That place doesn’t look like it’s been updated in over 20 years, and for that price, it should have been.

  • Is that carpet in the master bedroom? Yack. Needs a lot of work, but has potential.

  • Needs an update but the bones alone may fetch 1.25

  • Great house, high price. I’m thinking in the high 900s. Nice features, but why cheap out on the lights? Also, an excess of adjectives in the description says they know there’s a lot of work left.

  • It seems another case of the post renevation prices for the pre-renovation home. The details are unique and could be incorporated into a stunning home, however it still needs work and you can’t have an asking price on par with houses that have been renovated in the area. But whoever the seller is I wish you the best of luck.

  • Love, love, LOVE this stretch of gorgeous old houses — it’s great to get a peek inside one of them. I tend to prefer modern, open spaces, but this place makes me swoon. I think it’s a plus that it hasn’t been renovated…the new owner can decide how much (or how little) of the original details to keep. Not sure it will fetch list price, but I think it will be close.

    • I was going to say overpriced for the same reasons stated above, but then I saw it was near a CVS and that changed my mind completely.

  • I don’t understand why folks think the house has not been renovated. It obviously has. (Notice the exposed brick in the kitchen and recessed lighting in the living room.) It’s just been done tastefully, which is why it looks like it hasn’t. I think what folks mean is that is hasn’t been gutted, which is good. I hope it never is.

    • If you’re saying it’s been renovated since it was built in 18-whatever, then yes, It’s been renovated. But that master bath screams 1980s, early 90s, and that kitchen does as well. If whoever buys this finds charm in that era, then by all means, keep it that way. A person wanting to update this place would need to throw down at least 50 grand.

  • Oh I love it. Yes, the kitchen and a few other bits could use some updates – but the SIZE of it downtown? And fireplaces in so many rooms? And…and…oh I hope someone will buy it who can love and cherish it, and not break it up into condos (or GUT it).

  • houseintherear

    Ooo what a bit of staging could do for this place! A coat of white paint on some walls and a few rented pieces of modern furniture for open houses, and they’d get asking price.

  • I love love LOVE how they didn’t even clean up the dead leaves in the back yard. Charm-ing!

  • Way overpriced for a place that hasn’t seen much work done since the 1980’s.

    Everything looks usable, yes, but the style is too out of date to support the asking price.

  • When you say updated in the listing it better be. There is a lot of work that needs to be done even with an update to be asking. 1.1 million. Didn’t say anything about parking, and in that area it is a pain, but I got to see the picture of the CVS…

  • lol @ don
    and the description on the backyard photo: The easy care back yard is currently a brick patio with space for yard furniture for outdoor enjoyment.

    “easy to care for” but there’s no care shown in the picture…worn-out patio furniture strewn all about the backyard with a layer of dead leaves doesn’t say “easy to care for”

  • It’d be nice if everything came turnkey, but the positives of this house in terms of size, location, and pure cosmetics outweigh the drawback of putting a little work in.

    Chances are, this is the 2nd or 3rd home they’ve owned, and the ability to design to suit would be kind of sexy. Period details can be retained — throw in a new kitchen, a redo a couple bathrooms, turn 3rd floor in man cave or lady lair…

  • I don’t care whether it’s a good deal it’s my kind of house. If I had the cash I’d snatch it up and restore it to it’s former glory. I’ll pray that it doesn’t get chopped into condos. To think that entire area used to look like this. Thankfully this row of houses survived the riots.

  • Cool house. To all those who complain it’s dated, I can’t wait 6 years what you’ll be saying about these hack job drywall flips we see.

    This house has character, style, and is well kept. Solid original style is something that should be sought not looked to be gutted for the HGTV flavor of the month (i.e. granite countertops, open floor plan, crown moldings, stainless steel appliances, etc…)

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