This home is located at 72 O St, NW:

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You can find more info here and photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $469,900.

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  • I like this part of town but the unit block of O Street is a tough sell because SOME takes up half the block. THer sheer amount of trash generated by throngs of drunks who loiter around there all day and night for their next meal made me insane when I lived there. And SOME does nothing to adddress neighbor concerns (like refusing to serve visibly intoxicated people). Neighbors have to get used to having their stoops used as toilets.

    • All that said, I love that block for the potential I see in it. Every time I walk through it, I think it could be so cute someday. Granted, it’s likely SOME would have to relocate before that would happen, which is sort of the gamble you make in buying this house. Then again, if you get enough of a discount, maybe it’s worth living on the bad block in (what will one day be) an area rife with amenities.

      One block north, this is a $500k house, so the seller’s trying to say that the bad block discount is worth at least $30k here. If I were buying right now, I’d try to hammer that price down, to make it worth my while to live there while the new condos sprout up in Eckington and along North Capitol. I don’t think there’s any development planned for the parking lot at North Capitol and NY Ave, but it seems like an inevitability given the close proximity to metro.

      • True about the “bad block” discount – but shouldn’t there be at least a bit of outrage over this? For years I lost at least $300.00 dollars a month in rent for some apts. I owned near the Irving St. Homeless shelter, because I couldn’t in good faith ask full market rent when I knew the window wells would be pissed in several times a week, homeless men would sneak in and s**t in the washers, or jerk off in the basement doorway.

        I believe we need to care for all the wretched, but there is definitely a real cost to all those who live nearby.

        • Presumably you took advantage of the discount as well when you bought the place, though? Unless it came in afterwords in which case I understand being annoyed.

  • Well, it’s been advertised in the PoP real estate listings for a while now (I think ever since the site re-launch?) and hasn’t sold, which leads me to think that the price must be too high. (Although I imagine sales in December/January are probably slow.)

  • Looks like a nice house, price probably fairish. One thing I wonder though, in one place in the listing it says 2 Bath and in another place 1.5 Ba – which is it? Seems like a sloppy mistake to make in the listing as that makes a big difference.

    • It’s 1.5 baths. I’ve toured the house when they had an open house. The Redfin listing doesn’t show that discrepancy.

      • Thanks! Yeah, the realtor should fix that, kinda misleading…

        • …It’s quite likely that the Realtor entered in the Multiple Listing Service that it is 1 full bath and 1 half bath. REDIN gets a feed from the MLS then can do with it what it wants. Stop assuming the Realtor is the culprit/criminal.

        • Anon Too seems a little oversensitive on behalf of real estate agents. I don’t think A or E were saying that the agent was being sneaky, only saying that there was a mistake and that having a mistake like that in the listing looked sloppy.

          From what I can tell, it looks like the PoP real estate listings don’t feed directly from MLS — rather, the real estate agent enters the info himself/herself. If you go to the PoP real estate page and click “Add New Listing,” you get this page:

          It seems like the real estate agent entered the info correctly in MLS, but clicked on the wrong number of bathrooms when filling out PoP’s form.

  • SOME would be a major problem for me. They do not seem to be responsible or understanding neighbors. The folks they serve need help and assistance, which I have no problem with… but the way SOME does their work and interacts with the community bothers me a lot.

  • We went to this open house. The house is wonderful, but the block is just awful. I would buy this house pretty much anywhere else.

  • I agree with most everyone else. I haven’t seen the house in person, but from the photos, I think it looks nice. I like the renovation and particularly like the white cabinetry and double glass doors in the kitchen. I mostly like this neighborhood in general, but agree that this block isn’t the best. Were this two blocks over, I’d consider it a good deal.

  • Italianate? It (and those from 66 to 86 O Street) were built in 1906, about 25 years after Italianate went out of style.

    • So what style do you call something like that? The city is full of them. Do you know of an authoritative site which describes the different row house styles in DC?

      • I think my question sounds rude or disbelieving, and I don’t mean it to. I’m genuinely interested in the subject, and sadly I can’t afford to hire you. 🙂

      • From some research I’ve done, I also seriously doubt this house is an italianate style. My best guess would be classic Federal style.

    • Hey househistoryman – do you do house histories for hire? I would love to learn more about my home and am curious.

    • Calling this house “Italianate” makes about as much sense as calling the Wilson building “grecian” because it has columns on the front.

      It’s a nice house, and it’s basic row house vernacular architecture. I guess I shouldn’t let it bother me, but this kind of real estate puffery is just annoying.

  • Can someone fill me in on what organization “SOME” is?

    • So Others May Eat – it’s a soup kitchen/food pantry

    • It stands for So Others Might Eat. They deal with the homeless/addicts/etc. and help people to support themselves. Like a lot of the social services in that area, there is some question about just how much good they do and how many problems the people they help cause. The MPD listserv is constantly flooded with people asking for an increased police presence on the unit block of O.

      • SOME has been feeding and caring for the poor in that spot for 35 years, and has been considered a model charity. Nobody “question[ed] about just how much good they do” they did until people started spending huge amounts for the houses there. It’s not their fault people are paying half a million dollars for a house next door and then are shocked to find poor people in the neighborhood.

        • So, what you’re saying is that it’s OK for people to act like degenerates (i.e., producing a lot of trash, using stoops as a bathroom, or causing disturbances that require police presence) as long as the houses on the block stay cheap?

        • Thats not really the issue. But definitely, assume its classism.. it fits into your pigeonholing understanding of other people.

          The issue is how they treat the people they serve. Busing them in from all over DC and then leaving them at NY Ave and North Cap to fend for themselves is what is particularly worrisome.

          I want to support SOME, they do provide an important service, and that service has to be located somewhere… and this isnt NIMBYism because I live almost a mile away… but I do think they could be more responsible neighbors and better stewards of those they serve.

          There are social services all over this city that dont enable the kinds of problems that happen on the Unit Block of O.

          • SOME doesn’t bus the people in from shelters The city does. And the shelters are closed all day with no ride back until they open in late afternoon. People loiter because they literally have no place else to go and no money to get anywhere.

        • There you are wrong. I live on that block, and am active in the local civic association, and can assure you that SOME has plenty of local critics, both among longtime residents and “gentrifiers.” SOME’s methods in running their kitchen and managing their clients are dubious, making them rather discourtious neighbors. That said, the effects of SOME’s presence are felt all around the neighborhood, and having the epicenter on our block actually mitigates them to some degree.

  • What on earth is going on in the backyard? The driveway is exposed to the alley, but protected from the house – it’s almost as if they’re worried that the owners of the car might break into it. And it cuts the size of the open outdoor space by like 80%!

    I know it’s not easy to get an automated garage door permit, but at least take out the fencing and make a yard with a car pad.

    • I thought the same thing. That with the patio that is the size of a small balcony looks and is ridiculous. Close off the yard at the end, and let the owner decide what amount of space to use for parking.

    • I guess they were trying to reduce the hassle of having to get out of your car in order to open a gate, and then move the car inside… but I agree that the current configuration doesn’t look attractive or seem a particularly good use of space.

      And in a neighborhood that’s “transitional,” I’d want to be able to enclose my car in its off-street parking space. They probably didn’t do one of those automatic roll-up doors because those are insanely expensive (like $8,000), but I’m surprised they didn’t just build the fence with two big doors at the back.

  • Does anyone think its weird that the door is glass and has no bars?

  • They overspent on this renovation. This location would do great as a mid market rental with your basic renovation and cheap fixtures. Instead they tarted it all up with fancy finishings and surprise, now it won’t sell.

  • I contributed to SOME and am on their mailing list. Last issue described their opening a new building/location (in addition to their main one) and I found it irritating that its location was completely left out of the long article!

  • I viewed this home and it was beautiful! I loved all of the details that were kept in the home in the renovation. This house is two blocks from the NY Ave metro (soon to be NOMA metro) and all that NOMA now has to offer which is growing by the day. Many shops are in walking distance in NOMA and in Mount Vernon Triange and this neighborhood has been on a major upswing. Its no shock that SOME cannot survive in this area with all of the growth, the neighbors wont stand for it. Eventually SOME will move to one of the thier more commercial locations and whoever buys this house will gain major equity!

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