Good Deal or Not? “Don’t miss the coal storage room” edition

This house is located at 1306 Riggs Street, NW:

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The listing says:

“Impressive 4 story townhouse on one of Logan Circle’s Premier Streets, main living area has whole floor en-suite master bedroom, 2nd bedroom, bath and family room on 2nd floor, main floor has a dramatic entry, pocket doors, living/dining room with table space kitchen and lovely multi-tiered deck. There is also a recently restored street level studio with c of o. Don’t miss the coal storage room.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $875,000.

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  • I must have missed the dramatic entryway when I was trying to figure out what this is, “main living area has whole floor en-suite master bedroom”!?

  • A whole house for only $875G in this area, what gives? Perhaps expecting a bidding war? Yes, the layout is odd, but this should be going for over a Million.


      No parking, no alley access, not a lot of outdoor space other than deck. Also an 80s main house kitchen. It’s sold for 699 and 857 in the past 6 years – not sure it is a million dollar Logan house – price seems about right. The new basement apt with c of o helps though

    • Yeah, what gives here? The whole building is $875k? What’s the square footage? An investor could split this up and chop it into four units at $450k a piece.

      • 1530 sq/ft, at about 572/ft.

        • OK, so this means that each floor will be under 400 sq/ft, which is pretty small. I thought the photos on the main level with the dining area, kitchen and living room looked pretty small, even though the photos tried to make it look roomy by showcasing defined living area/dining area/kitchen. Priced per sq/ft, it seems in keeping with other area homes in Logan.

        • Upon further sleuthing, it appears the house is extremely shallow and thus smaller than I’d assumed. You can see the footprint of the building is almost square on google maps.

  • Completely agree with you. Before I even saw the pictures, I wondered why this was priced so low.

  • I also think the price is incredibly low. This was the upper end of our budget when we were house-hunting in 2009-2011, and Logan Circle would have been my girlfriend’s first choice if there were any houses available in our price range. We only found two the entire time we were looking– one needed to be gutted and the other was much, much smaller than this. If this house sells for asking the buyer will have gotten an amazing deal!

  • For a 4-story rowhouse, even with 1 as a separate unit, which leaves 2 bed/2bath spread over 3 floors. Something isn’t adding up to me because that means about 1bed/1ba on each floor and the pictures didn’t show gigantic br or ba and the description says the main living area has whole-floor en suite master bedroom (whatever that means).

  • It’s low because it’s right next to the infamous R and 14th Street. Sight of numerous muggings, shootings, and other violence. Look up the crime stats in DC for 1,000 feet within this address and you’ll see.

    in the past year there have been 33 robberies without a gun, 12 with a gun. And 58 total violent crimes (up from 37 from the previous year).

    • The fact that houses in this area change hands so often is also telling.

    • Yeah but remember they chopped down some trees–crime problem solved!

      • True, but most in the area know that 14th makes a nice barrier between the good and not-so good parts of R.
        Regardless, with values rising, hopefully those on the West side of 14th will *soon* be rid of the nuisance.

  • “The theme of this kitchen is: ROOSTERS”

    No, but seriously, what’s up with the roosters.

  • Paying this much for a house that still has bars on the windows is just not right. Is this area still so sketchy that you need bars?

    • When I lived in NoVA some of my neighbors had bars on their windows (and I wished the house I was renting did too). I think it’s just a personal preference.

  • The main house has electric stove but the basement has gas? Boooo

  • It’s priced low and definitely a good deal. Even if the lot is tiny and the space is not that large. You basically have a 1200 sq/ft owners unit and a apartment that you can easily rent for $1400+/month. So as long as the main house fits your space requirements you’d be good.

    • Even if the basement is a studio (which it looks like from these photos) you could get much, much more than 1400/mo for it. Probably closer to 2K.

  • That seems like a steal to me, even though it’s a bit awkward, and has cheap looking fixtures, appliances, and cabinets.

  • Since when is a coal storage room a selling point? For people who need their own personal dungeon?

  • This is an adorable street, relatively quiet for the vibrant location, so convenient to downtown near Frankllin Square, Whole Foods, 14th, U, Dupont, the metro…seriously walkable area. A small house footprint though, and parking can be problematic.
    There is a public housing complex nearby on S and some sketchy stuff out of the row of apartments on R between 14th and 15th, and the in-boundary schools are not great.
    It could FABulous for the right buyer.

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