Good Deal or Not? “Top of the line renovation refinement” edition

This house is located at 1518 A Street, SE:


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The listing says:

“Minutes to the Capitol, downtown Washington DC, Metro.Views from Rooftop 360 view of the City. Private Backyard patio.Features 4 Bedrooms with 2 1/2 Baths. Master suite on the top level. Top of the line renovation refinement combine with unique features. Bamboo Flooring throughout. Gourmet Kitchen.2500 Sq Ft of Living spac. Unit for sale next door or buy both – Fabulous!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $799,000.

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  • nothing says $800,000 like a little ill fitting astro turf on the roof – there is NO way this is a good deal

  • Is this a Frat House?

  • Interior looks good, but what the hell is going on with that roof “deck”? That’s a piss poor hack job. You could set up a mini-golf course on the astroturf and use the vents sticking up as obstacles.

  • I knew as soon as I read “Top of the line renovation refinement” that this edition wouldn’t be. Then I saw the photo of the building, which confirmed this wouldn’t be. Then for kicks, I decided to humour myself with the virtual tour, and yet again confirmed that this wouldn’t be. It is surely decorated as if it were an apartment in a group house. We’re in the middle of July, why are there Christmas or holiday decorations in the photo. Seriously, are we too lazy to remove those for the purpose of selling this place. The photo of *exterior general* on a balcony with 2 chairs, a table and that blue thing that overlooks parking really does not warm my heart to this place.

    • If you look at one of the exterior shots of the rear (that sounds naughty) you can see that none of the trees in the area have leaves on them so this photo was probably taken when the holiday decorations were appropriate.

      • Ok, nice detective work minus the naughtiness in your comment. But to the point, if you’re putting your top of the line renovation refinement on the market in July, why are you using old photos from the holiday past, be it last year or many years past. Weird.

  • I wonder if the Ms. Pacman machine conveys?

  • As some people on these boards like to say, “Good Riddance.”

  • They make spoilers for kitchen cabinets now?!?

  • shit. that roof deck looks like the one on the Jersey Shore house. not that i watch that show or anything……

  • jacuzzis are such a waste of valuable interior real estate. how often do you sit with candles and strawberries to “soak”. please.

    • They are so tacky. I ended up with a house that has a jacuzzi tub in the shower, which is not as bad but still very ugly and annoying to step into.

  • Oh goodness it is even worse than I thought. Look at the skinny house across the street on Google streetview. Imagine looking at that when you walk out of the house every day. There there is the mural on the alley wall and the little playground (though depending that may not be to bad).

    Looking at the building directly to the right it seems it may have been originally built as an apartment building and then the pop up put on and turned into a duplex – which explains the 2-tone bricks (if you are going to do that paint the building so the 2 different brick situation isn’t so obvious).

    I’m not sure it is worth it.

  • What’s the neighborhood like this far east? Anyone have favorable/unfavorable reviews?

    • This is old information, and it may no longer be true. However, 15 years ago I used to run in that area, and there was so much gunfire at night that it was nicknamed “Vietnam”.

      • 15 years ago? good lord… not single comparison can be made…

      • I would say that is probably not a good comparison.

        Seems like a ton to pay to be this far east. Have a friend at 20th and E, and her rowhouse was in the 200′s a year and a half ago, so I am going to say bad deal.

  • I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is maybe $25-50K overpriced. Otherwise, once you get over some of the decorating choices of the current owners there is a lot of good space, big bedrooms, decent sized backyard and a roof deck. This is a pretty easy walk to Potomac Ave metro (why walk a block or two less to RFK if you have to go an additional stop)? For a young couple, it’s a great location near Lincoln Park and a 15 minute walk to Eastern Market, which is still the heart and soul of the area.

  • This guy has been trying to sell this house for YEARS now. Used to be a daily listing on Craigslist, posted like “come and get it”. It’s been used as a tourist rental too. Some folks had reserved it for Obama Inauguration the summer before, then fews weeks before owner jacked the rental price sky high forceing the people out, they publically complained.

    The neighborhood is not bad at all, plenty of properties being flipped.

  • We just paid about $60k less for our 4br, 2.5 bath that’s less than a block east on A–it had multiple offers and realtors said 4 bedrooms are rare in the area. So if one can get beyond the interior decoration, you might find someone willing to go above $750k for that amount of room given the crazy market. Area has definitely improved although some areas south and toward RFK you have to be sensible about walking at night. I like our place much better so on that count, I’d say bad deal–but hope he gets it for the sake of our house value :)

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