Good Deal or Not? “Wonderful wrap-around porch” edition

This house is located at 1248 Fairmont Street, NW:

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The listing says:

“Developer/Investor alert! Golden opportunity for development potential. Grand Victorian on premium extra wide corner lot (5,000 sq ft). Wonderful wrap-around porch, exquisite paneled DR w/ beamed ceiling, remodeled SS kitchen, beautiful ornate FP mantel, tin ceilings, parquet flrs, in-law suite, scenic view, Sold “as is.”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/3.5 bath is going for $955,000.

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  • looks like a haunted mansion

  • It’ll be sad to see it chopped up into condos

  • I’d kill for this house. It’s awesome. I hope they don’t chop it up, but they probably will.

  • From the outside, it does not look like a grand Victorian, in fact, it doesn’t look like an example of a show-stopping Victorian at all. The kitchen is absolutely ridiculous and not at all in keeping with the rest of the house. The wrap-around porch, while it wraps around, does not call out to me. I have seen Victorian wrap-arounds and they are filmworthy. This one is not. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because it will either become a groups house or turned into condos, sadly.

  • Seems low for such an enormous house. Is it surrounded by public housing on three sides or something?

    • I have a buddy that lives that on 11th and Fairmont. While not the worst area of CH, the area certainly has issues. 14th and Fairmont is known as a troubled corner, meaning riff-raff hangs out there all day/all night throughout the summer looking for trouble to start.

  • Unless I missed something, the photos were mysteriously devoid of any bathroom, basement, exterior rear photos. I’m guessing the “as-is” condition may be something to consider — so despite the size and nice corner lot, I suspect it’s priced high. I do love the parquet floors, though!

  • I used to live in this house. So, I have a few thoughts to offer on the price.

    1) The place has been used as a group house for years, so I’m sure it’s got a handful of issues in maintenance related to that.

    2) It’s not really six bedrooms, but more like five and a den. There’s a basement unit with a single bedroom; there are three bedrooms on the second floor, each of which is interconnected with the other two bedrooms by doors; and the third floor has two rooms, but the outer one is a “den” which isn’t enclosed. The basement unit also doesn’t have a C of O, if I recall correctly, which might reduce its functionality some.

    3) That said, it’s a great house. The kitchen was updated within the last 6-8 years, but the rest of the place is full of great original details. I loved living there, and kind of wish I were in a position to buy it now.

  • I think this is a really cool looking place, particularly the rooms with all the wood. It would be a lot more stunning, however, if they painted the outside some interesting colors to make it “pop.” I know the brick is original, but it’s blah.

    • Painting that brick is just too awful of a suggestion to believe! It’s a beautiful brick home not a “poping out” fun house. Have some class people.

      • you’re calling someone classless for suggesting brick be painted?
        hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. that makes me want to paint all the brick.

  • It is kind of a mirror image of the house at the other end it to the south. It can be as nice as the othere i suppose

  • Please don’t paint it. They’ll just paint it the usually boring gray after they’ve chopped it up to into condos and taken out all the walls and destroyed the woodwork.

  • The zoning here is R4. You need one parking spot for every two condo units. This building has no parking. Therefore, you could only convert it to condos by adding a curb cut for a driveway or going to BZA for a zoning variance. Neither are easy and both take months and months. I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets kept as a house. It’s not a good candidate for condos.

    • Actually it’s a great candidate for condos since many other large homes are chopped up and turned into condos. Now the zoning issues (needing to have it re-zoned) might be a temporary obstacle but how many other SFH have turned into condos? Can’t be that difficult a process or it would never be done considering the number of SFH (started out that way) that have been changed over to condos.

      • It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a SFH. It has everything to do with the fact that it’s R4 with no parking.

        • Dave,

          Here is the description taken directly from DC office of zoning for R4, I don’t see anything mentioned about parking or lack of parking.

          Permits matter-of-right development of single-family residential uses (including detached, semi-detached, row dwellings, and flats), churches and public schools with a minimum lot width of 18 feet, a minimum lot area of 1,800 square feet and a maximum lot occupancy of 60% for row dwellings, churches and flats, a minimum lot width of 30 feet and a minimum lot area of 3,000 square feet for semi-detached structures, a minimum lot width of 40 feet and a minimum lot area of 4,000 square feet and 40% lot occupancy for all other structures (20% lot occupancy for public recreation and community centers); and a maximum height of three (3) stories/forty (40) feet (60 feet for churches and schools and 45 feet for public recreation and community centers). Conversions of existing buildings to apartments are permitted for lots with a minimum lot area of 900 square feet per dwelling unit. Rear yard requirement is twenty (20) feet.

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