Good Deal or Not? “exposed wood crossbeams” edition

This house is located at 515 6th Street, SE:

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The listing says:

“Impeccably restored row home with garage! Original exposed wood crossbeams and brick walls, flooring, and hearth. Spectacular new kitchen with gorgeous granite-topped island and countertops and stainless steel appliances. Serene brick patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. Second level includes a bedroom with brick fireplace, newly renovated bathroom and den.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $670,000.

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  • I don’t know if it is a good deal or not, but I would sacrifice the blood of my future children for that house. *want*

  • It’s unappealing to me from the outside. However, more interesting on the inside. The kitchen is too dark, even though there is a window at one end of it. 670 seems like a lot to pay for a 2 br/1ba even with a garage and outdoor space in that neighborhood. I’d hope or wish to have another bathroom for that price. Anyway, nicer on the inside than I would have expected. Might have to replace that wood fence in the backyard patio. The end in the alley looks like it’s about to flop over.

  • It’s really an interesting house, and I think the reno is well done. I’m just not sure it’s all that practical, and I’m betting that is a cold-ass kitchen and dining room in the winter with that brick floor at ground level.

    Also, realtors, please, stay away from “his and hers” in this city. It just ain’t that way for a lot of us. And also, “his and hers” what? One gets the toilet and one gets the sink?

    • Medicine cabinets.

    • Yeah, I thought that was a FAIL on all counts. They could’ve just said “Two medicine cabinets!” and left it at that.

      Apart from the issue of “his and hers” coming across as tone-deaf to same-sex couples, when I see the wording I’d expect to see a pair of items that two people can use simultaneously, like two sinks, two mirrors, etc.

      Trying to brand two medicine cabinets as “his and hers” makes me think of someone saying, “Ma’am, you get the sink. Sir, you’ll have to wash your hands in the toilet bowl.”

  • Interesting house, but with the only bathroom being on the third floor…certainly not good for entertaining.

  • I look at the kitchen and think: “Doesn’t anybody care about an efficient work triangle any more?” Since it was a total renovation, they could have put the range in the middile of the island/peninsula, and would have created a much better work triangle.

    I like these photographic tricks with wide-angle lenses. It makes the rooms look 3 times the size they actually are. I guess it has become the standard, though.

    • While I’d agree with you about the triangle in the kitchen, this kitchen is so small the triangle is less necessary. The work triangle usually functions well in a large space that is meant to make sense of and efficiency of the work area and minimize the numbers of steps someone has to walk from here to there, which makes sense in a large kitchen.

  • I love old, historic houses. But, having lived in one (and this listed one is no different), I’ve found that old historic houses have many inconveniences, and are best left to visiting, not living in.

  • This is not a good deal. I think if there was a bathroom on the 2nd level, then yes.

    • If that deck could be replaced with an addition containing a lower level bath, more room for kitchen on the 2nd (stairs to yard) and then a deck on the 3rd – this place would be killer.

      • Yes, I’ve been thinking exactly same thing. With a few slight changes I really think you could make this an absolutely fantastic place.

  • this is actually a good deal. it’s in the brent elementary district, so that’s gotta be worth something. plus, there’s a garage and an attic (storage on the hill is hard to come by). i live a mile northeast away (in the maury district) with slightly more square footage (1.5 baths more). if we sell, we’ll ask $700K.

  • The single bathroom has been mentioned, as has the presumed chilliness of the ground floor, but I have a couple more thoughts.

    The staircase – it’s not a big deal, but I’ve found that most dogs (not to mention alot of young kids just learning to walk) really hate those kind of open steps. It’s not a big deal for adults, but apparently looking right through to the floor below when you’re almost at the top is very disconcerting.

    Then there is the custom sliding door that “brings the outside in”. No kidding. You can’t buy a screen that big anywhere I know of, and in any case, I don’t see a screen door. So expect bugs, and maybe even the occasional bonus bird!

    But, the place really does look gorgeous, it has what seems to be functioning fireplaces, and the location is pretty great, so I’m sure this is a good deal for many people.

    • Those were my thoughts as well. I also wouldn’t feel safe without metal bars on that back door.

  • It’s probably a good deal, inasmuch as I bet it sells for list price or even higher. I find the houses that I’ve been in that are like this one to be tiny, however, and would not be surprised if this one benefits from good photography that de-emphasizes its lack of square footage. The size makes it very hard to live in them over the long run, particularly if you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. The garage and limited storage in the attic help, but only so much.

  • Too much brick–are we going back to 1980? Lighter colored cabinets would make the kitchen seem less dark and tiny.

  • I went to the open house and I was amazed at how small this house is in real life, compared to the photos. DC Property Tax says 1,141 square feet – but also says there is a half bath, which I never saw.
    Also, I thought it was over-staged. They had taken all the regular things normal people have in their homes out, to the point that it made me question if any of my stuff would fit. And I live in a 1,167 square foot house.

  • And you thought G’town homes were narrow. Atleast in G’town you get three layers deep of rooms. This place is not very appealing demensions wise at all.

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