Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn – “Over $500,000 in renovations” edition

This home is located at 5501 Potomac Ave, NW:


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The listing says:

“Provence on the Potomac!! This intriguing waterfront residence has been meticulously renovated with exceptional craftsmanship & Mediterranean flair. Over $500,000 in renovations. At nearly 5,700 sq.ft., this Washington showpiece offers commanding views of the Potomac River & Panaromic sunsets across VA. High ceilings, sun-filled rooms, balconies, rooftop deck & more. Don’t Miss!!!”

You can find more info here and photos here.

This 4 bed/4 bath is going for $2,185,000.

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  • Am I the only one that though…”4 bedrooms? That’s it?!”

  • looks like a great piece of property and a lot of expensive work completed with very little taste. yuck. Seems like a good price though if you can handle the gaudiness.

  • why does the 1 percent have such bad taste? sheesh!

    • If there was a Real Housewives of Hampton Court — this would be one of the houses.

      • Hey now, no need to be hatin’ on the kitty/royal portraits.

        Thankfully a lot of what I don’t like about this would go with the previous owner or could be painted over.

  • I was walking by this last weekend. Absolutely astounding views for the area but its a stretch to say waterfront. The C&O canal and canal road is 100′ vertically down a hillside, and the Potomac another 50′ vertically and 800′ horizontally through a marsh from that.

  • I like it but I would rather have been wooed by panaromic views of DC. Honestly I thought it’d be going for at a higher price. I’m sure it will make some sultan very happy.

    • I actually thought it would go for more as well. And if not for a sultan, you would at least be able to look across the way at the Saudi prince who lives in the white monstrosity over the river by Chain Bridge.

  • The curtains, etc. over that tub in the master bedroom are out of control!

  • It looks like it has potential. The rooms don’t seem very big but they have good bones– I especially like the living room with all those windows. But the sellers certainly aren’t doing themselves any favors with that awful decor. It’s hard to get past the dark colors, heavy draperies, and faux-monarchy motif. Some pictures of the “commanding views” would have been nice too. I’ll bet the sunsets are actually pretty impressive given the location.

  • Uh…anyone else notice the cat-in-clothing portraits in the sunroom?

  • And they say DC doesn’t have a mafia. Here’s your proof.

  • While I think some of the interior details are lovely, here are my reservations. First, the exterior is intruiging (that is the right word but not in a good way). Unfortunately, I think it’s ugly. That is my first impression. I’d still go inside to take a look around but that’s already one obstacle. It’s tacky to advertise how much you paid in renovations. Seeing the photo tour, I would wonder what the $500,000.00 renovations were used for (not obvious to me). Why 3 pics of the stairwell; they are not that grand where I would like to see 3 photos of them in the virtual tour (total waste)! That pic of the balcony with 2 chairs is nice in concept but really, I have no wish to sit outside and soak up all the traffic passing beneath the balcony. Did I miss photos of the bathrooms and the kitchen? There was 1 of the kitchen and 1 of 1 bathroom but apparently the 500K renovations didn’t happen there since they are not proudly showing off these areas. Isn’t that what most Real Estate sales try to show off. I do like the views from the living room/dining room areas but they are not 2mil+ views in my opinion. I also think the bedrooms are kind of bland for a 2mil house. If you were to take away the furnishings (whether or not you like the decor or not), the rooms seem to be pretty modest, though look decently large. I also am not a fan of when people say “Provence on the Potomac.” Ah, not quite right.

  • Views of the river? When the trees leaf out you can barely see it. I’ll give them credit for personality. I thought this was going to be a boring white box inside.

  • It’s a little over-priced, because I would need to spend at least another $500,000 once I bought it to undo all the awful Provencal decor the sellers inserted. (Also they should be forced to drop the price to $1,999,999 as penalty for misuse of the word ‘waterfront’ – it’s an egregious lie even in real estate speak. There’s TWO roads and the Capitol Crescent Trail between the house and the National Park canal property, and then the river is quite a distance further still.)

  • Aahh….just how I like my real estate porn: Richard Meyer on the outside, faux-baronial chateau on the inside!

  • Please, please tell me that the Royal Kitty portraits convey. I want to add them to my collection of “Dogs Playing Poker With Republican Presidents.”

  • Love the street – hate the house.
    Whenever I run on that street I dream of living there – mostly its in one of the more charming bungalows.

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